29 Sept 2022

Bloody Sunday: March for Justice week long programme of events begins on Monday

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The main focus of the 2019 Bloody Sunday March for Justice is this year centred on a demand for “Sir” Michael Jackson to be jailed. Organisers have said that the paratroopers who fired the shots must be brought to book, but “the greater guilt lies with the top brass. Jackson, in the Bogside as second-in-command on the day, should be charged with murder and with perverting the law by procuring the cover-up. “ A spokesperson for the March for Justice added: “By the time he  appeared before the second Bloody Sunday Inquiry, under Lord Saville in 2003, Jackson had risen through the ranks to become Chief of the General Staff-Britain’s top soldier. Following the publication of the inquiry’s report in June 2010, Tory prime minister David Cameron couldn't have described the Derry massacre as “unjustified and unjustifiable” if the finger of blame had been pointed at Jackson. “Saville damned rank-and-file paratroopers and let the upper echelons off scot-free. The same old story.  We owe it to the victims not to let this stand. “We place Bloody Sunday in the context of Ballymurphy, the Shankill, Loughinisland, McGurk’s Bar etc. And we relate it, too, to state assaults on citizens elsewhere: the collusion by cover-up in the killing of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough; the relentless massacre of young black people by police in the US; the continuing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians by the Israeli state; the persecution of the Rohingya in Myannmar; and the drowning in the Mediterranean of refugees fleeing poverty and war. “The world is awash with blood. We march for the cleansing of war and injustice from the earth. “The Bloody Sunday March is not party-political. Everyone is entitled to their own perspective. We urge people of all persuasions to join with us once again on Sunday, January 27 th to signal that we won’t stop campaigning until the families of all who have lost their lives to State violence have truth and justice. “We want Jackson jailed, not for revenge or retaliation but because when the State kills its citizens it must be held to account.”   Next week’s events are as follows:   Monday 21st January 2019 'Suriyyat' 7pm: Exhibition Launch Shatila refugee camp is a one square kilometre site, just outside Beirut. It is home to an estimated 40,000 refugees who have been driven from their homes in Palestine and Syria by conflict. Trócaire’s partner Basmeh & Zeitooneh provides much-needed services to its inhabitants. One initiative encouraged women to express themselves through art and this exhibition was the result. Speakers include: Trócaire’s Roisin O’Hara, Judi Logue, Eden Place Arts Centre Venue: Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville St.   ‘Justice for the Craigavon Two: An Analysis of Injustice’ 8pm: Panel Discussion Dr Kevin Hearty, author of 'Justice for the Craigavon Two: An Analysis of Injustice' will discuss some of his key findings and concerns about the case of Lurgan men Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton who were sentenced in a Diplock Court to life imprisonment for the killing of PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll in 2009. Speakers include: Joanne Donnelly, JFTC2, Dr Kevin Hearty, Academic and researcher in Transitional Justice and legal representative. Facebook link: Chair: Former Internee, Francie McGuigan Venue: Corn-Beef Tin, Central Drive, Creggan   Tuesday 22nd January 2019 ‘The Ballymurphy Precedent’ 7.30pm: Film Screening & Discussion The Ballymurphy Precedent tells the unknown story of the death of eleven innocent people at the hands of the British Army’s parachute regiment in Ballymurphy, West Belfast in August in 1971. This same regiment would later travel to Derry in January 1972 and kill a further 14 innocent men and boys on Derry’s Bloody Sunday. Following the screening a number of Ballymurphy relatives will be in attendance to talk about the making of the film and to offer their thoughts and experiences regarding the current inquest into the killings, which is presently taking place at Laganside Courts in Belfast. Chair: TBC Venue: Nerve Centre, Magazine St Wednesday 23rd January 2019 ‘If Pigs Could Fly’ 7.30pm: Film Screening & Discussion Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland and  Farms Not Factories have produced the film  Pig Business in Northern Ireland to expose the true costs of pig factories on local peoples’ lives. Should planning permissions continue to be granted, emissions from thousands of pigs crammed into huge sheds and thousands of tonnes of slurry will damage local protected sites and ruin local peoples’ lives with the toxic stench. The overuse of antibiotics just to keep the pigs alive leads to antibiotic-resistant diseases that pass from pigs to humans. Speakers include: James Orr - Friends of the Earth NI and  Diane Greer - Campaigner with Stop the Limavady Pig Factory. Chair: TBC Venue: Nerve Centre, Magazine St Thursday 24th January 2019 'The State We’re In – Universal Credit & How It might Affect You’ 7.30pm: Workshop / Presentation STEP , the Dungannon based community development organisation will provide a public workshop / presentation, which will focus on how the Tory party’s Universal Credit scheme might affect you. The presentation will in particular address the following five questions:
  • What is  Universal  Credit  and how  does  it operates? -  what is it supposed to do
  • Why does Universal Credit not work and won't ever work in practice?
  • Why does the Government insist on trying to make it work?
  • What can we do to challenge/ oppose /  reverse Universal Credit?
  • What would work and how do we get there? How do we turn it all around
Venue TBC            See for details   Friday 25th January 2019 ‘My Walk with Palestine An Activists Tale’  1pm: Book Launch Hailing from the community of Ardoyne in North Belfast, join Fra Hughes at this Derry launch of his new book, ‘My Walk with Palestine An Activists Tale’. Fra was on a siege busting convoy to Gaza in 2010 with George Galloway and has been to Lebanon, Syria and Egypt as part of his ongoing support work for Palestine. Come along and hear his story and get the chance to ask him why he devotes so much of his time and energy to raising awareness on Palestine. Venue: Eden Place Arts Centre, Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville St. The Man With The Walls In My Head’ 7.30pm: Rehearsed Reading (a work in progress) Arthur Balfour’s first ministerial office was Irish Secretary in the 1880s, appointed by his uncle, Prime Minister Lord Salisbury. He devised the Irish Crimes Act 1887 that included detention without trial for anyone accused of boycott. The word “boycott” was coined by the Mayo Land League five years earlier, called after Lord Erne’s agent Captain Charles Boycott. It was the first statutory attempt to suppress the tactic of mass boycott, and its marks are on attempts today in the US and EU to criminalise the BDS Movement against Israel, the state created in Palestine as a result of Balfour’s 1917 Declaration. The Man With The Walls In My Head’ is an imaginary journey we take together, modelled loosely on Dante’s journey through Hell with Virgil in Inferno” - writer/performer Donal O’Kelly   Donal O'Kelly is a writer and actor who has performed several times in the Bloody Sunday March Commemoration. First Public Reading, duration 30 mins. Followed by Q & A with writer/performer Donal O’Kelly Venue: Tower Museum, Union Hall Place, Derry Saturday 26th January 2019 ‘Radical Book Fair’ 12 to 5pm: Stalls & Talks Due to its continued and outstanding success the Bloody Sunday March Committee has decided to make the Radical Book Fair, which is now into its third year an annual event in its programme. Venue: Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville St. ‘Universal Credit: What it Could Mean for You’ 12 to 5pm: Advice Clinic Advice North West (formerly Citizens Advice North West) will offer an outreach advice clinic to the public.  Advice North West campaigns and provides advice on a range of issues including Welfare Benefits, Welfare Reform, Finance & Debt, Consumer, Education, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigration, Relationships, Tax and Utilities. The advice service is free, independent, confidential, impartial and quality measured. Advice North West values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination in all that it does. The service is available to everyone regardless of their religion, political opinion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation and disability. Venue: Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville St. ‘Jail Jackson’ 12 noon: Panel Discussion A panel discussion which will place the British army’s General Mike Jackson at the centre of two seminal events in the recent history of political conflict in Ireland, those of the Ballymurphy massacre in West Belfast in August 1971 and Bloody Sunday in Derry just 5 months later in January 1972. This event will explore Jackson’s link with both massacres and in particular will focus on his pivotal role in how the British state fabricated its cover story for its army’s murderous actions on Bloody Sunday. Speakers to include: Eamonn McCann, Bloody Sunday March Committee, (BSMC) Janet Donnelly (daughter of Joseph Murphy) Ballymurphy Massacre Campaign, Liam Wray (brother of Jim Wray, BSMC) and Legal representative Chair: TBC Venue: Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville St. ‘Go, Move, Shift!’ 3pm: Panel Discussion A panel discussion, which will give voice to the experiences of Ireland’s most oppressed minority, the Travelling community. Over the course of the recent presidential election campaign in the South the whole country witnessed highly controversial and ‘border-line racist’ depictions of the Travelling community, where one of the candidates in particular attempted to stir up hatred and resentment towards travellers by portraying them as state spongers and people who were “not paying their fair share of taxes in society". Speakers to include: Traveller activists, Eileen Flynn, Irish Traveller Movement and Martin Mongan, Donegal Travellers Project and Irish Times journalist and columnist, Kitty Holland Chair: TBC Venue: Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville St.   ‘Palestine & the Struggle for Human Dignity’ 7.30pm: Panel Discussion This event will provide a platform for activists in different and varied areas of struggle but who are all unified around the core idea of working to establish a free and independent Palestine. Each speaker will talk about their own specific area of struggle and the particular campaigns they are involved in and how in their view their work contributes to the overall aim Speakers to include: Hazem Jamjoum (Palestinian BDS & Right Of Return campaigns), Jacqueline Walker (Expelled from British Labour party for holding anti-Zionist views) and Cathy Hutton, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign Chair: Jo Bird (British Labour Party councillor and member of Jewish Voice for Just Peace) Venue: Pilots Row Community Centre, Rossville St.   Sunday 27th January 2019 ‘March & Rally @ FDW’ 2.30pm: Central Drive, Creggan Speakers to include: Kathleen McCarry (sister of Eddie Doherty), Ballymurphy Massacre Campaign, Bernadette McAliskey, Bloody Sunday March Committee and International guest speaker: Hazem Jamjoum (Palestinian BDS & Right Of Return campaigns) Chair: Kate Nash, (sister of William Nash) Bloody Sunday March Committee Bloody Sunday

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