Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

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Bent Bars LGBTQ Prisoner Solidarity

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 29th September / 7pm–10pm

  • Discussion Café 7pm (Come & get your dinner)
  • Presentation 8pm

The Bent Bars Project is a new letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain. The project aims to develop stronger connections and build solidarity between LGBTQ communities outside and inside prison walls.

Although many overtly homophobic and transphobic laws have been recently overturned in Britain, the criminal (in)justice system continues to target and criminalize queer, trans and gender non-conforming people. We don’t know exactly how many LGBTQ people are currently behind bars, but we do know queer, trans and gender non-conforming people, particularly those from poor backgrounds and communities of colour, are disproportionately funneled into the prison system as a result of systemic discrimination, inequality and social exclusion. We also know that queer, trans and gender non-conforming people are subject to increased isolation, harassment, violence and assault when in prison.

Bent Bars aims to work in solidarity with prisoners by sharing resources, providing mutual support and drawing public attention to the struggles of queer and trans people behind bars.

The project is still in the early stages of formation, but we also hope to collect and distribute information for LGBT/queer/trans prisoners on harm reduction practices (safer sex, safer drug-use), HIV and HepC prevention, homophobia, transphobia, coming out in prison, etc.

We are looking for non-imprisoned and formerly imprisoned LGBTQ people who are interested in becoming penpals. In the first month since we initiated the project, we received more than 100 requests from LGBTQ prisoners for penpals, and the requests keep coming. So we are urgently looking for non-imprisoned folks to write to prisoners. We are especially looking for gay/bi men and transwoman to be penpals.

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Social Solidarity Network — Building a Network of Resistance: Invitation to meeting Saturday 3rd October

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 3rd October / 12:30pm–9pm

Job losses, wage cuts, cuts in essential public services, pension levies… Our living standards and our social services are under huge attack.

Mainstream media commentators and some politicians would have us believe that there is no alternative, that we have all been living beyond our means and that we have to tighten our belts in these recessionary times.

But we do not have to accept their reality. We do not have to accept that people on minimum wage, unwaged workers, those on social welfare, low-paid civil servants or working class people in general should be the ones who pay for the economic crisis. We do not have to accept that our health, education, infrastructure and social welfare services should be slashed in order to bail out the banks and the property developers.

Huge numbers of people recognise that we are being sold a lie. Huge numbers know that the attempts to create divisions between public and private sector workers and between different groups of ordinary people are an attempt to weaken us.

Communities all over the country have organised to resist hospital closures, cuts in hospital services, education cuts and other attacks on social services. Senior citizens fought valiantly, and ultimately victoriously, to retain the right to a medical card for over 70s.

Communities and workforces all over the country are organising resistance to threatened attacks and cutbacks. Groups such as Waterford Crystal workers, Visteon workers in Belfast, Thomas Cook workers, Custom House cleaners in Dublin, Marine Terminals Ltd. Workers (Dublin port) and Mr. Binman workers (Co. Tipperary) and many more have fought back against job losses and attacks on working conditions.

The Social Solidarity Network is coming together to provide a forum for workers and communities to unite to resist the attacks, and to build links across the many struggles which will break out over the coming months. On Saturday 3rd October we are holding a meeting which will provide a chance for people to come together and share their personal experiences, explore the economics of the crisis and plan ways in which we can build resistance.

We have identified 3 main areas for discussion – Workplace Resistance; Unemployed/Unwaged/Community Resistance; Education Cuts resistance. In each of these areas we want to explore how opposition to government cuts can be encouraged and co-ordinated. These are of course only our ideas and we are open to suggestions for alternative or additional workshops.

We hope that you will come along on the day, share your views and help to build a network which can share skills, knowledge and experience and which can help to bring reality to the old maxim that ‘Unity is Strength’.


Tea/Coffee/Registration & mingling – including film showing
Short introduction to the day followed by breaking up into groups of 10 or less for 30 minutes discussion on how people are effected personally (work, dole etc), what if any involvement they have had in resistance, what problems they have faced in that involvement (or what has stopped them being involved) and what they think might be possible for them to do. Followed by feedback.
Introductory session on the economics of the crisis — 20 minute presentation followed by breaking up into groups of 10 or less to discuss.
Building Resistance – short leadoff followed by breaking into 3 groups.

  1. Workplace resistance
  2. Unemployed/Unwaged/Community resistance
  3. Education Cuts resistance

Discussion on how we should organise ourselves / what is the first step.

Final session — reportbacks from each group, discussion of how best to proceed — future meetings, organising etc. Attempt to come up with some concrete proposals and agree core principles.
Meeting concludes
Food will be served.
Film Showing
9:00pm onwards
Social evening – Chill out, relax, make new friends and discuss the events of the day in the convivial atmosphere of Seomra Spraoi.
086 1501151

Bicycle Repair Classes

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 15th, 22nd, 29th September & 6th October / 7pm–9pm

Seomra Spraoi will host a series of bicycle repair classes every Tuesday over the coming weeks.

15th September — How a Bike Works
Dismantle and re-build a bike. How to choose the size of your bike and general maintenance.
22nd September — Brakes
How to replaces the pads and cables, and tune it for maximum efficiency.
29th September — Wheels
How to fix a puncture, replace tubes & tyres and fix bent wheels.
6th October — Gears
How to replace the cable, tune the gears and replace the chain.

Suggested Donation: €5 unwaged / €8 waged

Punk / Hardcore / Noise Rock gig

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 12th September / 7pm–1am

Bands start at 7pm and end before 10pm.

After that it’s DJs playing punk, hardcore and party tunes till 1am.

€8 suggested donation, please.

Strikes, Healthcare and a New Union Model in Las Vegas

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 4th September / 7:30pm–8:45pm

A presentation on four years of organizing workers in the American healthcare system. The talk will focus on organizing strategies and tactics in the context of US unions and Healthcare in Las Vegas, and also tell the story of the first and only nursing strike in Nevada state history. A discussion will follow the presentation.

Suggested Donation €5

Tasmania Ancient Forest Film Screening & Info Night

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 27th August / 7:30pm–9pm

Presented by Climate Camp Ireland.

Tasmania’s Ancient Forests are under threat!

Come along and learn about Tasmania’s Ancient Forests, the threat they face, the campaign to save them & how you can get involved in 31st August International Day of Action To Protect Tasmania’s Ancient Forest.

Tasmania is Australia’s southern island with far stretching wild lands. On the Eastern border of the South West World Heritage Area is the vast and wild Southern Forests. What does remain of the Southern Forests is ecologically and culturally valuable to the Western Tasmanian wilderness area. Here in this wild country are valleys of ancient landscapes, tall eucalypt rainforest, untamed rivers, karst systems, diverse plant and animal life in a spectacular setting of glaciated highland peaks and lakes.

Currently unprotected and being devastated by shocking industrial forestry practices that clearfell, burn and poison large areas, the Southern Forests, are being lost.

What’s it got to do with Climate Change?

Like a giant safe-deposit box, old growth forests lock in vast amounts of carbon. As trees and undergrowth grow they draw in carbon dioxide. Over centuries, this carbon is slowly cycled into woody debris and forest soils. Ancient old growth trees, can store tonnes of carbon. After hundreds of years, old growth forests can contain over 1200 tonnes of carbon per hectare.

Unfortunately much of Tasmania’s remaining old growth forest is threatened by logging. Research shows that it is better, for climate change, to leave old growth forests in the ground rather than logging them and converting them to regrowth or plantations. As forests age, they build up a larger capacity to store carbon in wood, soil and woody debris. Logging undermines this capacity.

More Info

Tasmanian Ancient Forest Defence
Forests & Climate Change
Irish Climate Camp

‘American History X’ showing in Seomra Spraoi this Sunday at 7pm

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 16th August / 7pm–9pm

This week, Seomra Spraoi Cinema will be screening ‘American History X’.

American History X is a 1998 American film directed by Tony Kaye. The film tells the story of two brothers, Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) and Daniel “Danny” Vinyard (Edward Furlong) of Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California. Both are extremely bright and charismatic students, and Derek is drawn into the neo-Nazi movement after their father, a firefighter, is murdered by a black drug dealer while trying to put out a fire in a South Central neighborhood. Derek kills two black gang members trying to steal his truck, and is sentenced to three years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. The story shows how Danny is influenced by his older brother’s actions and ideology and how Derek, now radically changed by his experience in confinement, tries to prevent his brother from going down the same path as he did.


Seomra Spraoi / Every Friday (starting from 14th August) / 8pm–12am

Re-Session every Friday night in Seomra Spraoi!

Forget about the recession — it’s time to welcome in the weekend without breaking the bank. For all of you who want to be able to start the weekend on a Friday night, Seomra Spraoi will be opening its doors every Friday night from 8pm–12am.

For the price of a pint you can spend your Friday night in the company of friends, fairy lights and comfy couches in the home away from home. We provide the space, you provide the people and the refreshments, it’s B.Y.O.B, except for tea and coffee which are provided.

All monies go towards the rent of €2000+ that Seomra pays every month.

From 8pm — Entry a fiver — BYOB