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Saturday, July 4 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Civil rights, hunger strikes, and treaties: Ireland's "Troubles"

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The partition of Ireland almost a century ago led to, in the words of James Connolly, 'a carnival of reaction' either side of the border. In the British dominated Northern State, the minority Catholic population turned to resistance and struggle in the late 1960s to challenge Unionist rule and discrimation. Vicious repression and decades known as 'the troubles' followed. Today, a mass struggle against austerity and massive support for Equal Marriage is transforming the political landscape in the South of Ireland. In the North, the legacy of British rule and the sectarian character of the state continue to weigh heavily on the so-called Peace Process. Despite challenges, an alternative to austerity, sectarianism and religious fundamentalism is emerging across the island. 

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Shaun Harkin

Shaun Harkin is an activist and writer presently based in Derry City, Ireland. He is a member of the Irish Socialist Workers Party and the People Before Profit Alliance. He is a regular contributor to Socialist Worker (U.S.), the International Socialist Review, and​ Socialist Worker (Ireland​). H​is articles have also been​ published in Jacobin, Truthout, Z Magazine, El Beisman, Counterpunch​, and elsewhere. He is currently working... Read More →
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Jessie Muldoon

Jessie Muldoon is an educator and organizer in Oakland.  She teaches at Oakland High School and is an activist in the Oakland Education Association.  She has written on issues in labor, education and gender politics.  She has contributed to the Haymarket books Education and Capitalism, and 101 Changemakers, Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History.

Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Field B

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