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Davy Carlin • 22 October 2005

Through the avenue of the Blanket I would like to let people know of two new blogs that have recently been established in Ireland.

The first is an online living diary written by myself. It gives regular accounts from my own perspective of the ongoing progressive campaigns and movements that I am involved in and also accounts for many of the previous movements, as recorded on the Blanket.

The second blog-spot is about a new activist Anti Poverty Paper that I have played a part in setting up, and our activism to date.

Below I give but a brief summary of what each are about.

1) My on line Diary (Please sign the petition in the October Link)

2) Street Seen


As a child growing up in Belfast I had seen many faces from youth (through television, newspapers etc) that I now engage with through debate and discussion as an adult. Indeed, from the now leadership of Republicanism to the leaderships of Loyalism I have either shared platforms, television studios or sat across tables from them on many an issue. May it have been sharing a cab back to West Belfast with Danny Morrison, after we had both participated in a BBC Sunday programme on Religion and its attitude to Racism, or sharing a debating platform with Billy Hutchinson (PUP) on the 11 plus and its effect on working class kids, at their conference. Each were situations in which debate and dialogue were essential to either bring an important issue to a wider audience, or to a particular constituency.

Similar, but in a context of resolution, I had sat across the table at specific times from Loyalism's Combined Leadership through to, in part, engaging with leaders of Unionism from David Trimble to (much earlier in my activism) that of Ian Paisley Junior. Again criticism from some aspects of the left was forwarded, this at specific times. Yet I have found that 'real politick' is essential, and not what I term as 'formula politics', more especially within Irish politics given our recent history.

For me such real politick has given me a growing understanding not only of the history of our recent conflict and those involved within it, but of a wider world and its history. Yet with that real politick I still can see through the eyes of a socialist, both local and global.

And so with that, I had been spokesperson of the Belfast Anti War Movement against the Iraq war, which seen the largest demonstration in the North History against such a war, where tens of thousands came out onto the North's Streets in demonstration and direct actions etc. I then was founding member and Chairperson of what became known as the Anti Racism Network and Movement in which we mobilised thousands around Belfast against the attacks on the minority ethnic communities. This which seen pipe bomb attacks, shootings, pregnant Chinese women being dragged from their homes and attacked with bats and seeing broken glass smashed in their faces, and we had seen racist murder. Indeed such was the case, that Belfast was then called the Race Capital of Europe.

It then links to the mass Anti Sectarian rallies and Anti Poverty rallies (in which I had again recorded at the time and from the position of being a key activist), through to recording our travels from Belfast to the protests in Genoa through to Geneva and much more.

It also details the formation of the grassroots activists paper 'Street Seen'.




















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23 October 2005

Other Articles From This Issue:

Badges? We Don't Need No Stinkin Badges
Mags Glennon

A Long Way Down
Anthony McIntyre

A Party of Their Own
Mick Hall

Reid's Sectarian Slur
Eamon McCann

Repeal Anti-Catholic Section of Act of Settlement 1701
Fr. Sean Mc Manus

Nicola McCartney & the Facts About Irish History
Seaghán Ó Murchu

Usual Suspects
Anthony McIntyre

Socialism in Ireland
Francis McDonnell

Turning "Smoke ban" thing into ANTI-DIOXIN movement
John Jonik

From the Classroom to the Grave
Anthony McIntyre

Yet More Voices Against Censorship
Davy Carlin

The Death Fast Enters its 6th Year
Tayad Committee

Setting Up Abbas
Jeff Halper

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A Bleak Future
Anthony McIntyre

Provos Censor de Chastelain in Bid to Lie About Guns
Tom Luby

Taking Politics Out of the Gun
Brendan O'Neill

Sinn Fein - The Shark's Party
Mick Hall

Live From Hollywood: The IRA Disarms
Harry Browne

Show Us the Money
Dr John Coulter

Doris Dead
Anthony McIntyre

Whatever Happened to... 'er, You Know... Whatshisname?
Tom Luby

The Dirty War Goes On
George Young

Reject All British Institutions
Kevin Murphy

Capitalism Vs Socialism
Liam O Ruairc

Apology to Dr Dion Dennis and CTheory website
Carrie Twomey



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