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Event Details

Activist Fleadh

Time: August 14, 2010 at 10am to August 15, 2010 at 5pm
Location: St Benedict's Resource Centre - Just a one minute walk from Kilbarrack DART station or just past Kilbarrack Shopping Centre on the 29a bus.
Street: Swan's Nest Road
City/Town: Kilbarrack, Dublin 5
Phone: Cathleen O'Neill or Kim Cromwell 01 848 3619
Event Type: gathering
Organized By: Kilbarrack Community Development Project
Latest Activity: Jul 21, 2010

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Event Description

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius,
power, and magic in it!"
- WH Murray


In recent months there has been much discussion about alternative options
to deal with the current economic crisis. This is because we are being drip-
fed a story which tells us all to accept the "reality" of the situation we face.
This is ironically "inclusive" and suggests that it is possible to manage the
crisis, but only if we work together. What many now realise is that the
current government is prepared to put Irish society itself into crisis to "fix" an
economic one of its own making.

So what can we do?

It is not about getting further expert advice. It's about learning to re-engage
with the society we live in on all sorts of levels. It's about expressing our
anger in constructive and obstructive ways to affect change and act in
solidarity with the struggles of people in our communities and around the
world - to put the values of social justice and equality back on the agenda.

So what do we do?

We are organising an Activist Fleadh this summer to bring together activists
and non-activists who want to learn how to find new ways to challenge the
crisis we are facing. We talk, we listen, we learn, we respect, we support,
we create - we "speak out" and we ACT. We begin, not only for ourselves
but with and for others.

Kilbarrack Community Development Project. It is cost-free as everyone is
volunteering - their time, their expertise, their ideas and experiences. The
venue is fully accessible with childcare and materials provided. All you need
to do is get in contact and fill out a registration form!

How are we going to do it?

We will set the scene with a small number of inspirational talks and these
will be followed by work-camps on the themes outlined below which will link
a variety of issues. These will be guided by motivators using creative and
participative methods giving all of us the opportunity to explore and express
our views. The second round of work-camps will offer opportunities to use
creative methods and media to develop statements; plan actions; write plays
and short sketches; tell and record stories; use radio, film, video and
photography; create art, installations and banners; perform music and write
new lyrics to old songs; support each other through home-cooked food;
create a beautiful and inspiring space and a community for a weekend.

There will also be open spaces to be used for all sorts of activities such as
"open mike", watching videos, playing or listening to music, using the on-site
internet café.

The themes of the Fleadh

- Social inequality, inclusion and justice
- Fighting the cutbacks
- Sustainability and global justice
- Radical change and transformation
- Supporting the warrior leader in ourselves and others

What do we hope to achieve? A call to action!

- find new ways to resist and protest that are inspiring and supportive;
that channel anger to create rather than destroy; that are fun rather than
filled with despair; that build communities and solidarity.
- reclaim our capacities (politically, socially, culturally and economically)
to influence the society we live in so that it is truly democratic and socially
- show respect for our different experiences.
- re-learn how to support ourselves and each other.
- create new leaders in all of us.
- explore our own alternative options. There is not just one way! and, print out copies

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