Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

Social Solidarity Network meeting in Seomra Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 19th November / 8pm

Social Solidarity Network will meet on Thursday 19th October at 8pm in Seomra Spraoi to discuss responses to the financial crisis, and the governments handling of it. All are welcome.

We had our first meeting on the 3rd of October in the Seomra Spraoi social centre. It was a positive day that saw around 40 people coming together. It involved the sharing of experiences, much discussion about the crisis and potential ways of resisting its effects, film screenings, dinner and an evening social event.

This was followed by a second meeting on the 19th of October, which focussed on continuing previous discussion and furthering the growth and potential of the network. Much attention was given to building for the ICTU national demonstration on November 6th, as it was seen as an important way to show the government that Irish people won’t just lie down and accept cuts to vital social services and as an indication of the mood for a fight back.

With this in mind, the SSN leafleted the march in Dublin and held another meeting in its aftermath to plan future actions. This network is still in its early stages and its success will depend on getting large numbers of people involved. If you are interested in knowing more about the SSN and/or getting involved, please contact socialsolidaritynetwork@gmail.com.

Meeting on Thursday 19 November is in Seomra Spraoi Belvedere Court, off Upper Gardiner Street.

Palestinian Night

Seomra Spraoi / Friday 13th November / 8pm–12am

The IPSC, in association with Seomra Spraoi Re-Sessions, is hosting a Palestinian Night as part of the Week of Solidarity Against Aparthied Walls in Palestine. The event will take place on Friday 13th November, at 8pm in Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvedere Court (near Mountjoy Square), Dublin 1. On the night there will be Palestinian food, Palestinian and Arab music (from folk to electronica to hip hop) and craic galore. This is a bring your own booze event, and the cost of entry is just a suggested donation of €5. This may or may not include a free shot of Palestinian Arak while stocks last.

Social Solidarity Network Follow-up Meeting

Seomra Spraoi / Monday 19th October / 8pm

Following on from the successful first meeting of the Social Solidarity Network on Saturday 3rd October, a follow up meeting will be held on Monday 19th October at 8pm in Seomra Spraoi.

The purpose of this meeting is to continue the discussion about how to build the Social Solidarity Network, and to discuss what we can do to build for the ICTU-organised ‘Day of Action’ on 6th November. It is planned that we will meet in each of the 4 groups we established at the last meeting (Workplace Organising, Community/Unwaged Organising, Unemployed Organising, Education Organising) for about 40 minutes, followed by a larger meeting of the full group (30 minutes).

For those who did not make it along to the meeting, the day was fairly successful with about 40 people attending. We started with a discussion in workshops about people’s personal experiences of the recession and cutbacks. This was followed by a look at the economics of the recession, and we finished up by breaking into the 4 groups mentioned above and began a discussion about how the Social Solidarity Network can be built and how it can relate to the ongoing fight against government cutbacks.

Hopefully all of you who were at the first meeting will be able to come along to this follow-up meeting, and hopefully also most of you will be able to bring a friend/work colleague/fellow activist along. If you didn’t make it along to the first meeting but are interested in helping to build this initiative, please try to get along to the meeting on Monday night.

Thank you.

Gregor Kerr
for Social Solidarity Network

Film Screenings — ‘The Coathanger Project’ and ‘Abortion Democracy: Poland/South Africa’

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 17th October / 8pm–10pm

RAG Presents: Two documentary films concerning the legalisation of abortion

Two filmakers are on tour with films they have made on the subject of abortion. The first one is called The Coat Hanger Project and the second is Abortion Democracy: Poland/South Africa.

The film makers will be there to talk about the films so there should be some great discussion afterwards.

Abortion Democracy: Poland/South Africa
This documentary feature explores and contrasts changes in Poland and South Africa regarding abortion laws and their impact on the lives of women. In the 90s, Poland banned abortion due to the increasing influence of the Catholic Church after the fall of communism; around the same time South Africa legalized it, reforming the health system after the fall of apartheid. The film reveals how the legal status of women is a direct result of the silencing or empowering of women’s voices.
The Coat Hanger Project
A documentary about the history of abortion in the US, recent attempts to ban abortion there, and the fight to keep the right to choose.

Spooky Spraoi Presents: Zombie Night!

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 31st October / 8pm–1am

Featuring:

  • Zombie Games
  • Zombie Movies
  • Zombie Dancers
  • & Zombies…

Live Music from:

More acts to be confirmed watch this space!

Dress Like a Zombie…

Don’t make us make you one!

Suggested Donation €5/10 (more less as you can afford)

all proceeds to seomra spraoi

Café Concert: Breton Pipes & Sarod

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 14th October / 7:30pm–10pm

  • Food Served 7:30pm
  • Music 8:30pm

€5 suggested donation
more/less as you can afford
(all monies to the running of Seomra Spraoi)

Ciaran Murphy — Sarod
Ciaran Murphy plays the Sarod, it’s a 25 stringed lute originating from the Afgan Rebab. The sarod is the most popular and prominent instrument in Hindustani (northern Indian) classical music. The sarod is known for a deep, weighty, introspective sound with sympathetic strings that give it a resonant, reverberant quality. It is a fretless instrument able to produce the continuous slides between notes known as meend, which are very important to Indian music.
Thierry Michel — Musette Béchonnet, Vegie pipes & Voice
Pipe players are usually called pipers and their fancy fingerwork pipering. Following both the French usage and avant-garde piper Jean Blanchard’s definition, Thierry prefers to be called a sonneur (‘sounder’) and his budding art dronering:

Pipers do not merely play with drones on: we play with the drones. Precisely, we play the drones. Each note produced on the melodic chanter releases a myriad overtones from the choiring drones; a buzzing swarm or wild harmonies. A presence at times disturbing, eerie or beautiful. ‘Dronering’ in this regard can be seen as much as a way of listening as a way of playing.

This is what he invites you to join in as he sings and ‘sounds’ his French pipes or briefly give voice to plants and vegetables that rarely get a hearing: “someone always cut them before they even get a chance, it seems!”

Thierry will play a selection of raw ballads & greens, and rare new tunes from France & the Great Beyond.

Food Fight! Present: Transgènico

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 24th September / 7:30pm–10pm

Café & Catalan Documentary on Genetics Campaigning.

  • Food Served 7.30–8.30pm
  • Presentation kicks off at 8.30pm

Food Fight!

Food Fight! is a monthly food/politics info night & cafe at Seomra Spraoi. Take some generous lashings of sustainable food, whizz it up with flavoursome talks, films & presentations and you’re in for a tasty treat. It’s for anyone passionate about food & changing the world…

Transgènico

GMO, silently, are every day more present in our lives; from the farmer’s fields to the consumer’s plate. Based on the local experience of Catalonia and Aragon, this documentary explores different point of views on transgenics (consumption, health, knowledge and production system) showing the clash of interests provoked when this new biotechnology stops the development of the alternative ecological model of production and consumption.

(Catalan w/ English Subtitles)

http://www.transgenicsfora.org/

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.

More info: http://www.co-re.org/joomla/index.php/bent-bars

Seomra Spraoi location & info: www.seomraspraoi.org

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’.

Timetable

12:30pm
Tea/Coffee/Registration & mingling – including film showing
1:30pm
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.
2:20pm
Break
2:30pm
Introductory session on the economics of the crisis — 20 minute presentation followed by breaking up into groups of 10 or less to discuss.
3:20pm
Break
3:30pm
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.

4:30pm
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.
5:15pm
Meeting concludes
6:00pm
Food will be served.
7:00pm
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.

socialsolidaritynetwork@gmail.com
086 1501151