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Date Posted: 06:36:53 03/27/05 Sun
Author: A civil rights veteran
Subject: Plan to "resurrect" Civil Rights movement?

The following posting was taken from Stormont-Watch www.voy.com/70381/ on Easter Sunday, 2005. That is the forum of the Irish Anti-Partition League, which is also known by its Gaelic title. The League can be contacted at ia_pl32@hotmail.com and its News Service via iapl_newsroom32@hotmail.com Its Associate members'website is located on www.ia-pl.org

The October Fifth Association-(OFA)- a network of 1968 civil rights veterans and supporters will no doubt be highly interested in your views-The OFA alas, has so far not issued any statement relating to what follows. They should. Their contact Email: oct5th_vets68@hotmail.com

From Bogsider- a '68 CR Vets supporter

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From Stormont-Watch-Easter Sunday, 2005

>Informal discussions, are at an early stage, arising
>from politically-connected murders in Belfast and
>Derry, so-called "punishment-beatings", and other
>matters affecting 'both sides' of the community on a
>24/7 basis. The IA-PL Newsroom has learnt, these have
>been going on for some weeks now. But at this stage
>not a large number of individuals, or groups, are
>engaged.
>
>It is believed that these discussions involve some
>civil rights veterans, and at least two founding
>members of the Provisional movement, have expressed
>their support for the proposed "resurrection" of a
>grass-roots civil rights movement.
>
>However, these "chats" have as yet not been reflected
>on any civil rights forum. A key forum that we watch,
>linked to the some pivotal veterans, has not been
>updated for some time. We can only hope and pray that
>from such infant "stirrings" at a grass-roots level,
>more voices, old and new, will emerge. The IA-PL
>Network will whole-heartedly endorse such moves, for
>what that is worth? We are told that nothing will be
>made public until some more prominent civil rights
>veterans are canvassed, and agree to attend private
>meetings to discuss, on a more formal basis, the best
>way forward. It is known that there are frictions
>between a minority of veterans, but sure what's new or
>novel in that?
>
>One civil rights veteran however did venture opinions
>to our newsroom, on an off-the-record basis; "The
>terrible 39 or so murders etc, stretching back to both
>phoney "cease-fires", and other matters have not only
>disturbed many civil rights veterans, but whole
>communities, and these issues are now known of
>globally. But any agreed programme on the way forward
>should not be narrowed down to these, and related
>matters. There are many other issues to be faced, on
>the social and economic fronts, tap tax, MRSA linked
>to privatisation of cleaning in the hospitals,
>private-public funding rip-offs, or what have you ? Any
>new grouping will undoubtedly proclaim that the best
>way forward is through grass-roots political activity,
>not militaristic eletism on the part of latter day
>versions of self-appointed, party-blessed or
>specifically delegated "faceless men". Any new
>association must aim at the emergence of a mass
>movement if it is to succeed and should agree a remit
>aimed at tackling the day to day problems faced
>generally, but specifically by working-class
>communities. Within such, many are crying out for a new
>form of politics and a new popularly elected
>leadership, as in the aftermath of Duke Street, in
>1968. Threats have already been issued, even to
>people's front doors in recent times, for speaking out
>privately or publicly. As in the late 60s', there will
>be a price to be paid, and individual and collective
>fear are the first barriers that must be crossed. And
>that's only the first, brave, step, that for many will
>be a leap into the dark, but at this juncture, such is
>a very necessary and essential step forward"

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