On many Anti-War marches you will hear “Draft Dodger Rag” a sarcastic song about people who supported the Vietnam War but didn’t want to fight it. “Someone must go over there and that someone is not me”. The man who wrote that song was Phil Ochs and he was certainly not just a one song wonder. "Ochs was one of the finest singer/songwriters and political commentators of his time. " Tom Paxton.
Ochs was born 17th December 1940 into a country which was at war and where racial segregation was still an accepted fact of life in most of the US. The Ochs family was not political and only when he went to college did Phil become political.
By the late 1950’s the US was undergoing social change all across college campuses students were starting to question the ideas that governed their lives. In Ohio State University Jim Glover was the son of a political activist and he was Phil’s room-mate. Ochs was studying journalism at the time. His politics and music was formed by his interactions with Jim and Jim's father. Ochs own father suffered from bi-polar disorder and they were not close. After the he was turned down for the job of editor of the college newspaper because of his political views. He dropped out of college and fallowed his other passion music.
There was a folk music revival at the time Bob Dylan was undoubtedly the most successful of these. The most famous protest of the song is probably “Blowing in the Wind”. However if Dylan was the voice of the 1960’s generation (Dylan has always denied this), Ochs was the heart of it.
03/04/2016 - 16:30
03/04/2016 - 17:45
Irish Anti-War Picket at NATO ships in Dublin
Sunday 3rd April 2016 | 16:30
Six NATO warships are being berthed in Dublin this weekend and are open to viewing by the public. They are part of the 'enhanced readiness NATO Reaction Force'.
The Irish Anti-War Movement regards this as insidious pro-militarist propaganda which contributes to the ongoing undermining of Irish neutrality.
We are calling an emergency protest picket
This Sunday , 3 April at 4.30pm on the Quays at the East-Link Bridge.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1729016947352039/
IAWM Press Release, 22 March 2016
• SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS OF BELGIUM TERROR ATTACKS
The IAWM condemns the terrorist attacks in Brussels today that have left 31 people dead and many more injured and traumatised. We extend our sympathy to the victims relatives and solidarity to the Belgium people.
As with the attacks in Paris last November, and indeed other terror attacks since then that have not witnessed the same level of media interest, we believe it is necessary to break out of the vicious cycle of war, terrorism and more war and more terrorism - in which we have become locked. Security for ordinary citizens is important but we have to analysis why young men are willing to blow themselves up in crowds of people and why the world is now such a more dangerous place than after 9/11.
Jim Roche, IAWM PRO, who was on route to Brussels before the flight was diverted to Amsterdam, said:
“Despite what many will claim, these attacks are ultimately a response to the perpetual warfare waged by western powers in many middle-eastern countries. These last 14 years have seen wars on and in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and elsewhere, most of these instigated by western powers often with the clarion call of defeating terrorism. Yet, predictably the terrorist attacks have got worse. The best way to stop these terror attacks is to stop making wars in, and selling armaments to, the Middle East and to sincerely help those refugees fleeing such conflicts. Western Governments need to invest in peacemaking instead of war mongering and promoting zenophobic bartering deals over refugees.”
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IAWM BULLETIN 18 MARCH 2016
1. #M19 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM
PUBLIC RALLY, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2PM CENTRAL BANK PLAZA, DUBLIN 2.
2. IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT CULTURAL NIGHT, SATURDAY, MARCH 19: "ANTI-WAR ZONE"
3. USE OF SHANNON AIRPORT BY US MILITARY
4. ANTI-WAR LETTERS TO MEDIA
5. DONATING TO THE IAWM
1. #M19 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST RACISM:
PUBLIC RALLY, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2PM CENTRAL BANK PLAZA, DUBLIN 2.
At a time when racism is on the rise throughout the world, so recently targeted at refugees fleeing wars that have been instigated or prolonged by western powers, it is important that anti-war activists highlight the real reasons behind such racism and argue that a different world of peaceful co-existence is possible. The treatment of refugees trying to get to safety in Europe having fled repression and wars and faced horrific perilous journeys across land and sea, is truly appalling and against the stated ethos of the UN Human Rights Convention and even the supposed ethos of the EU. The newly agreed protocol between the EU and Turkey to send refugees back to Turkey and the recent action of the French police and Government in Calais are just two more shameful and racist inciting acts against vulnerable refugees.
A full list of candidates who signed the Peace Pledge can be found here
The Peace Pledge
Since October 2001, Ireland has provided direct support for unilateral military interventions by the US and its NATO allies, most notably in Iraq and Afghanistan. This support has included the transit of 2.5 million armed troops plus additional military aircraft through Shannon Airport. It has also included the deployment of members of the Irish Defence Forces with NATO missions abroad.
A neutral state is subject to certain rules and obligations under international law, in particular the Hague Convention which states that "Belligerents are forbidden to move troops or convoys of either munitions of war or supplies across the territory of a neutral Power". Ireland should not be facilitating the movement of US military cargo or troops through Shannon Airport. This and the participation of Ireland in military alliances like the NATO Partnership for Peace and European Union (EU) battlegroups should therefore be ended with immediate effect.
This is a re-issue of the Shannonwatch Press Release please contact shannonwatch for details.
Shannonwatch, 23rd February, 2016
A total of 116 candidates have committed to restoring Ireland's neutrality in response to a Peace Pledge drafted by the main peace and anti-war groups in Ireland. These candidates have said they will only support or join a Government that is prepared to end the US military use of Shannon Airport.
"This is a very important commitment in terms of Ireland's foreign policy" said John Lannon of Shannonwatch, one of the organisations behind the Peace Pledge. "It is also in line with the wishes of the Irish people. Polls consistently show that over two thirds of the population want a neutral Ireland that is not involved in wars of aggression or occupation. But by allowing Shannon Airport to be used as a US military base we are contributing to war and human rights abuse. The next government must end this practice and restore Irish neutrality."
All 50 Sinn Fein candidates are committed to supporting the Peace Pledge as are the Anti Austerity Alliance / People before Profit and the Workers Party. A number of candidates from the Green Party, Social Democrats and other parties, as well as Independents, have also signed up.
One of the first to sign the Peace Pledge was Richard Boyd Barrett TD who is also chairperson of the Irish Anti War Movement.
"The fact that not a single candidate from Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fail or Renua has signed the Peace Pledge is telling" said Edward Horgan of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA). "These parties may well have instructed their candidates to refuse to sign anything that helps protect our neutrality or diminish our role in military alliances. In doing so they are contributing to the death and suffering of millions of people, and to the refugee crises we have today."