Initial Formation

The Citizens Defence is an initiative born from discussions between left wing political activists seeking new and practical approaches to politicise communities which have been alienated hitherto from political participation, and to defend them against the current market induced recession. The Citizens Defence is in its initial stage of formation and we expect to hold a meeting to organise and discuss the Citizens Defence Committee and its potential activities in the near future.

The ‘Waste Management Relief Initiative’ (WMRI) has been proposed as an initial starting block for the Citizens Defence to begin reaching out to communities and to get them involved. This initiative is a proposal –  not a sure runner. It will need to be discussed at the first Citizens Defence organising meeting along with any other ideas or initiatives suggested.

See here for further details about the WMRI – https://citizensdefence.wordpress.com/wmri/

It is clear following recent demonstrations against the 2011 Budget that there exists a political apathy amongst those who the revolutionary left have sought to involve, such as the unemployed. Andrew from the WSM has expressed similar concerns.  We do not believe an over concentration on gaining seats through elections will help our socialist ends, nor empower the working class. Through the formation of the Citizens Defence, we hope to employ a new strategy of reaching out to communities and individuals without an existing political culture through practical initiatives they themselves are involved in.

Note: This is not a political party and we welcome all radical left wing activists whether affiliated or otherwise to join.

To get involved, or to be added to our mailing list contact:

citizensdefence@hotmail.com

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2 Responses to Initial Formation

  1. Catherine says:

    Excellent Idea. Great to see a new radical approach that sets out to radicalize the working class. Wish you all the best with the waste management innititive. I would love to see such an innititive get off the ground in Doire.

  2. Sean Hughes says:

    Love to get involved in this. Its a great idea to be directly involved in not only the waste management inititive but to also have the oppertunity in speaking to working class residents and influencing them to actively involve themselves in working class agitation. Keep me informed of any meetings that are planned.

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