|Justice for Bloody Sunday|
- The Bloody Sunday March for Justice group have forwarded their programme of events for 2015, some of which are attached below. The campaign’s full itinerary for the 2015 march can be found on their website: bloodysundaymarch.org.
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Over the years internationalism has always been a central feature of the Bloody Sunday commemorative events. In 2015 we focus on various struggles against injustice, from Ferguson Missouri to Guantanamo Bay, from Long Kesh and the ‘Hooded Men’ to the struggle against the ongoing imprisonment of the Craigavon Two.
The 10-day series of events aims to provide a focus for discussion and debate around a range of domestic and international campaigns, including the recent referendum on Scottish Independence, the current housing crisis in the North, the lessons of the campaigns against austerity and neoliberal economic policies North and South, and the behaviour of State Forces in Missouri and elsewhere. The aim of the organisers is to help build resistance and foster fraternal links across various campaigns.
The first major event of the programme will discuss the implications of the ‘Stormont House Agreement’ as it relates to the ongoing struggle for justice for the Bloody Sunday campaign. Our theme of RESIST! will be the subject of one of the flagship events to be held on Saturday, 12 noon at Pilots Row, and we would encourage your participation in the debate.
Speakers include the Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, Missouri USA, who has been prominent in the campaign on behalf of the family of Michael Brown, the black unarmed teenager killed by a white police officer in his hometown of Ferguson. Joining him will be Independent TD for Donegal South West Thomas Pringle, who is a vocal and high profile opponent of the suggested introduction of water charges in the South.
This event will be followed by a second panel discussion at 2.30pm, again in Pilots Row, with columnists Brian Feeney and Patrick Murphy from the Irish News and Kitty Holland from the Irish Times exploring the theme ‘The State We’re In’.
The March for Justice itself will leave Creggan shops at 2.30pm sharp, making it way over the original route ending up at Guildhall Square in Derry City Centre. Guest speakers are the Reverend Osagyefo Sekou from Missouri USA and the anti-austerity, anti-water charges Dublin TD Clare Daly.
In keeping with this year’s theme of Resist! various groups and campaigns will be represented on the day in a show of solidarity and also to highlight their concerns, whether it be the state of the current murder investigation into the deaths on Bloody Sunday or more recent opposition to water charges in the South, the impending impact of welfare cuts in the North or the continuing persecution of the people of Gaza, or indeed the ongoing racist behaviour by US state police against black communities right across America today.
Please note that all events will begin immediately at the times stated. For further information and for the complete 10-day itinerary please visit bloodysundaymarch.org or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org