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Issue 123: 11th October 2004

Green FOE go
Friends of the Earth (FOE) Ireland is set to be launched on 20th October (a new company has been set up, separate to Earthwatch which has ceased trading). There are local groups involved in Carlow, Clare, Kerry, Kilkenny, Louth and Waterford. General enquiries can be made to 01 - 6794178. Meanwhile FOE Ireland will be advertising for a director - look out for advertisements the same week as the launch.

FOE Northern Ireland continues its work and campaigning on a variety of issues. One big campaign is to get the removal of Crown (British government) immunity for the Water Service which is Northern Ireland's biggest polluter; FOE has asked the European Commission to take legal action on the matter. It is also drawing attention to the failure of NI's Waste Management Strategy; an official report shows only 14 out of 90 strategy targets set in 2000 have been achieved. Other issues being dealt with include recycling, the threat to the rail network in Northern Ireland, and environmental protection. FOE-NI has local groups in Bannside (meeting Coleraine), Craigavon, Downpatrick, Fermanagh and Larne; if you're interested in setting up a group in your area of Northern Ireland you can contact Lisa Fagan at or phone 028 - 9023 3600. FOE-NI is at 7 Donegall Street Place, Belfast BT1 2FN, phone 028 - 9023 3488, fax 9024 7556, e-mail and web

The PANA AGM will be held on the 23rd of October, 2-5.30pm in the Amicus Headquarters, 15 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. The keynote speaker is Kate Hudson, Chair of British CND. On the 13th of November at 1.00 PANA is organising a demonstration at Shannon airport to protest against the continuing use of Shannon Airport as a staging post to ferry US troops in order to maintain military domination of its Iraq colony. On the 4th of December PANA is organising a seminar on the EU Constitution in the EU office in Molesworth Street.
PANA was established in 1996 because Ireland was being integrated into the US/EU military structures to ensure Irish participation in the resource wars of the 21st century. There was a need to build a broad based alliance to advocate a United Independent Democratic Irish Republic with its own foreign policy pursued through a reformed United Nations as an alternative to US/EU military block advocated by FF/FG/PD/Labour/DUP/UUP/Alliance group. PANA is confident that as the Irish people are dragged deeper and deeper into the war for oil (war on terrorism) the people will transfer their allegiance to those political parties and Independents that oppose the war. The EU Constitution is another step towards militarisation and for the first time the people of all Ireland will have the right to vote. PANA will be seeking to build an All Ireland Campaign against the EU Constitution and if anybody wouuld like to help contact For details see website; PANA, 17 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co.Dublin, phone 01- 235 1512.

Oh me, oh MII mediation conference
The Mediators Institute Ireland Conference is to be held on 20th & 21st November at The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. We are delighted to have distinguished guests including Kenneth Cloke and Robert Benjamin. Kenneth Cloke JD,PhD, LLM is Director of the Centre for Dispute Resolution in Santa Monica, California. His Keynote Speech, on Saturday "Conflict Beneath The Surface" will give us some stories of the work he has done on mediating the deeper "dangerous" issues in conflict. Robert Benjamin has been a practitioner mediator for over 23 years in most dispute contexts and runs a regular basic training course. Sector meetings taking place at the conference include Family Mediation, Restorative Justice, Organisational & Workplace, Commercial, and Community Mediation. There will also be a Northern Ireland regional meeting. Contact: Anne Walsh, MII, Kylemore House, Sidmonton Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow Tel. (01) 2828952 or by e-mail Website at

Hedge your school with Afri
'Creating a global citizen in a world of conflict' is the title of Afri's Hedge School which will take place on Tuesday 23rd November from 7pm - 10pmat O'Connell Schools, Dublin 1. The keynote speaker will be former President and UN Commissioner Mary Robinson. Further details from Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7. Phone 01 - 8827581/8827563, e-mail and web

CAJ, the Committee on the Administration of Justice, is holding its AGM on 25th October and will be being addressed by Shami Chakrabati, Director of Liberty, who will be talking of the "war against terror" in England and the implications especially for the Muslim community. Members will get an update on activities during the year and elect the new executive. Unfortunately, someone missing from their midst, after years of loyal involvement, will be Stephen Livingstone, professor of law at Queen's University and a former chair and treasurer of CAJ, who is now presumed dead. A memorial service was organised for him by Queens, CAJ and others on September 11th - a strangely fitting date for someone who worked so hard to ensure that terror never be used as an excuse by governments to deny people their basic human rights. On a happier note, it can be reported that Maggs O'Connor has taken up the post of legal officer with CAJ. For those interested in knowing more about CAJ, check out the website CAJ, 45/47 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2BR, phone 028 - 9066 1122.

GG for B again
Following the success of previous gatherings throughout Ireland over the past three years, the Grassroots Gathering will be back in Belfast over the weekend of 22nd - 24th of October. The Grassroots Gatherings have aimed towards a network which would, among other things, be based on the principle that people should control their own lives and work together as equals, as part of how we work as well as what we are working towards. A theme the Belfast gathering hopes to tackle is building safe communities with an emphasis on undoing racism (both structural and interpersonal) and addressing gender bias and patriarchal structures and attitudes throughout society and within our social movements. The main venue is Queen's Students Union. To receive further information about this grassroots gathering contact: or c/o PO Box 505, Belfast, BT12 6BQ
or phone 077 - 29785327. More information on the web at

Walking through with WRI
War Resisters' International has received the Friedrich-Siegmund Schultze award to support nonviolent activities in 2004; it receives this award especially for its work on conscientious objection, which is the main focus of its The Right to Refuse to Kill Programme. The work ranges from lobbying international institutions such as the United Nations, to direct support and cooperation with local groups of conscientious objectors. Meanwhile the focus for Prisoners for Peace Day on 1st December is Finland where substitute service is twice as long as military service and there many total objectors who typically receive upwards of two hundred days in prison. A concern which the WRI has tried to highlight regarding the UK is that although it does not have conscription and in principle recognises the right to conscientious objection for members of the armed forces, the regulations governing this are not publicly accessible making it difficult to apply or to assist those wishing to apply (e.g. people opposing the Iraq war). INNATE is a WRI associate. See or contact WRI at 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX, phone 020 - 7278 4040.

Student Advisory Group on Diversity Campaigns
Are you a student and interested in campaigning for an end to prejudice and discrimination in your college and the wider community? NUS-USI, the umbrellla body for student unions in Northern Ireland, are looking for students to join our new Advisory Group on Diversity Campaigns.This will involve working with other students to develop ideas for action on issues such as racism, sectarianism, homophobia and disabilitydiscrimination. For further information, contact Emily Brough or Damian Kavanagh, phone 0289024 4641,Textphone 028 9032 4878 or email or

If music be the food of peace, decibel on
The second Peace Not War 37-track double CD was released on October 4th 2004. Selected from 500 submissions the compilation redefines protest music for the twenty-first century: non-stop funky beats on one disc and fat guitars on the other, with deep and inspiring lyrics throughout. It's an eclectic mix of hard-hitting rhythms to pound the streets and emotive radical lyrics to stir the soul into creative resistance against the Bush-Blair war machine.

Featuring the likes of Michael Franti and Liquid Blue who have visited US soldiers in Iraq and sung for them, to bring an anti-war message that is positive. Others, like Sydney's The Herd and London's GM Baby, convey the soldiers' experience of being in a battlefield: often either deadly or soul destroying. Available from (distribution in both Europe and N America) at £10 for one or big reductions for peace groups to sell and raise money.

Visit Tools for Solidarity in your own home
Tools for Solidarity (TFS) website is now up at including the September Solidarity newssheet which looks back at some milestones in twenty years of TFS, recently holding birthday celebrations. Tools for Solidarity is a charity which collects old, unwanted hand tools, repairs and ships them out to skilled tradespeople in Africa and Latin America. Address: Unit 1B1, Edenderry Industrial Estate, 326 Crumlin Road, Belfast BT14 7EE. Phone 028 - 90 747473., e-mail

Dept of Environment to save trees
The Environment Bulletin produced by the Environmental Awareness Section of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the Republic will soon be available in electronic format only. This publication is a must for those wanting to keep an eye on official policies and procedures and other information. To receive the e-mail edition (whether you have received the paper one or not), send your e-mail address to

One World Centre Annual Lecture
Belfast One World Centre's Annual Lecture 2004 is entitled Web of Deceit: A Critique of Britain's Foreign Policy to be delivered by Mark Curtis, a former Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and currently Director of the World Development Movement. It's on Wednesday, 13th October 2004 at 1pm in Room 212, Peter Froggett Centre, Queen's University, Belfast. Everyone welcome! The One World Centre produces a very useful monthly E-Bulletin, contact to be put on the mailing list. One World Centre, 4 Lower Crescent, Belfast BT7 1NR, phone 028 9024 1879.

Roses are red, poets are green
The Green Party is holding its second annual "Poets for the Planet" evening in the John Hewitt bar, Donegall Street, Belfast, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, on Tuesday 16th November. All are welcome, free admission. The evening of bards at the bar will be hosted by Tommy Sands, who will introduce readings from: Deirdre Cartmill, John Knowles, Lindsay Hodges, Maria Mc Manus, Matt Kirkham, Maureen Boyle, Moyra Donaldson, Paddy McEvoy, Pamela Green , Peter Emerson, Ruth Carr, Sinead Morrissey and Sonia Abercrombie. Queries to 028 9071 1795.


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