Programme Launched – ‘RESIST’

Eamonn McCann and Kate Nash at the Launch of the Bloody Sunday March Committee's 2015 programme of events to mark Bloody Sunday

Eamonn McCann and Kate Nash at the Launch of the Bloody Sunday March Committee’s 2015 programme of events to mark Bloody Sunday

On 14th January  the Bloody Sunday March for Justice programme of events  for  2015 marking the 43rd anniversary of Bloody Sunday, was launched.

Eamonn McCann and Kate Nash welcomed the press and others to the event.   This year’s theme is ‘Resist’ and the programme will reflect the resistance to continued attacks on civil rights and liberties weather in Ferguson USA, Palestine, Dublin, Belfast or indeed here in Derry itself. The programme for 2015 will continue the tradition of acting as an inclusive platform for the seemingly disparate ongoing campaigns concerning the people of these islands and beyond. As in previous years it is a time to join together, make connections and raise our voices in solidarity. Some of the highlights of this year’s programme can be seen below.  A completed  programme will be available at www.bloodysundaymarch.org from next week.


Thursday, 22nd January City Hotel 7.30pm
’Where does the Stormont Agreement leave the Bloody Sunday Investigation’
Bernadette McAliskey (chair) with an invited panel of speakers to include Liam Wray, brother of Bloody Sunday murder victim Jim Wray.

Thursday, 29th January, City Hotel 7.30 pm
’Unmasking Injustice – from the Hooded Men to the Craigavon Two’
Bernadette McAliskey (chair), Francie McGuigan (former hooded man), Packy Carty from Justice For The Craigavon Two and Darragh Mackin KRW Law

Saturday, 31st January, Pilots Row Community Centre 12 noon
Resist!
Diane Greer (Chair), other speakers confirmed include Mary McManus Housing and Welfare Rights Belfast, Louie, performance artist and Yes Campaign Glasgow, and the Revered Sekou Osagyeyfo from Ferguson USA

Saturday, 31st January, Pilots Row Community Centre 2.30 pm
’The State We’re In’
Speakers include Patrick Murphy (Irish News), Kitty Holland (Irish Times) and Brian Feeney (Irish News)

Saturday, 31st January, Nerve Centre, Magazine Derry 7.30 pm
No Justice, No Peace – From Guantánamo Bay to Ferguson USA’
Chair Eamonn McCann, speakers include: former Guantánamo Bay internee Moazzam Begg and the Reverend Sekou Osagyeyfo from Ferguson, who will speak about the killing of the young black man Michael Brown by the Missouri state police.

Sunday, 1st February, Creggan Shops 2.30 pm
Annual March & Rally for Justice
This year’s march will finish at Guildhall Square in Derry City Centre where we are delighted to announce that the Reverend Sekou Osagyeyfo from Ferguson USA and the anti-austerity, anti-water charges TD Clare Daly TD will address the rally.

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Context 2017

One World One Struggle

Bloody Sunday was inflicted on the people of Derry.  But it has resonated around the world.  It is a local issue relevant to people everywhere.

Over the 45 years since British paratroopers erupted into the working-class Bogside area with rifles spitting death at civil rights marchers, representatives of victims of State violence from both sides of the Atlantic, from Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere, have travelled to Derry to take part in the annual commemoration and give substance to the idea of 'One World, One Struggle'. 

The British Government still sets its face Iike flint against telling the full truth about the Derry massacre.  A long Inquiry reported in 2010 that all the dead and wounded had been unlawfully shot. Despite this, the Report stopped well short of proposing prosecution of the killers - and pointed no finger of`blame at the senior military officers who had sent the Paras in, or at the politicians who had connived at the assault and then orchestrated a cover-up.

This is always the way when it comes to the violence of imperialism.

Only the persistence of family members and their supporters forced a police investigation. We await the outcome. One reason the British authorities fear the facts about Bloody Sunday is that this massacre cannot be ascribed to warring Irish factions. This was an authentically British atrocity.

Past commemorations have featured African Americans, Palestinians, former Guantanamo prisoners, victims of police violence in Britain etc., as well as members of other families bereaved by murder here in the North, in many cases murder inflicted by State agents and then systematically lied about to protect the same undercover agents.

Lectures, debates and cultural events are highlighted, economic struggles, women’s rights, gay rights, the rights of the environment, and many other examples of`oppression.  We have commemorated, too, the killing of other innocent people by non-State groups - Dublin Monaghan, Birmingham, Shankill, Greysteel, the Ormeau bookies, etc.

We believe that the programme we have produced this year puts Bloody Sunday in its proper context, an extreme example of the fact that, commonly, it’s innocent people who pose no threat to anyone who bear the brunt of conflict.

The trek towards truth and justice has been long and sometimes arduous. But we keep on keeping on because the cause is just and gives good example to the one world in which we all struggle. 

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