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SPEAKER'S CORNER

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At our Speaker’s Corner you will hear voices from a range of organisations who are dedicated in taking practical measures towards positive change in society. We have invited speakers from NGOs, movements, social organisations and more to discuss their work as Change Makers. Topics include environmental awareness, military & war, health, youth community work, sustainable fashion, and more. The Speaker's Corner invites you to sit back and listen to the stories behind these passionate campaigns.

Speakers listed below

 

Programme of Speakers

Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Fatin al Tamimi is Chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC), the largest such group in Ireland campaigning for Palestinian rights. A Palestinian woman living in Ireland for almost 30 years, Fatin’s role as Chairperson is a voluntary one – one she sees as more of a vocation than a job. Fatin will be representing the IPSC in our Speaker’s Corner where she will discuss the complexities of gender roles in Palestine today and what she did to overcome them. Website

Extinction Rebellion (XRI)

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. Cormac Nugent, who you may recognise from media coverage of his participation in the artistic and theatrical XRI Non-Violent Direct Actions, will be discussing Extinction Rebellion’s movement as Change Makers in society and what practical measures we can take towards the change we all want to see in the world today.  Website

Flossie and The Beach Cleaners

Flossie is an 11 year old organiser and activist. She is known for clearing the rubbish from her local beaches with The Beach Cleaners. The group raises awareness about plastic pollution and the damage it is doing to our marine life and oceans around Ireland and different parts of the world. They connect with people in countries around the world including Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka and we are excited to connect them with Dublin at BlueFire Street Festival. Website

Onda Verde

Onda Verde is a non-governmental, non-profit entity that contributes to the dissemination of information on conservation of the biological diversity of the Atlantic Forest Biome and encourages actions for sustainable development. In addition, it promotes Environmental Education activities, mobilizing, training and awakening people for the exercise of social and environmental citizenship. They will discuss their actions for rainforest preservation which is an absolute necessity in the face of global warming.  Website

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

MRCI estimates that there are between 20,000 and 26,000 undocumented migrants - including children and families - living and working in Ireland. The majority have been here many years. Ireland is their home.  The Justice for the Undocumented (JFU) group has over 1400 undocumented members and, with allies and supporters, is working hard for a solution. XXX will discuss how they have fought against the odds and continue to do so for a more just society and path to citizenship.  Website

The Nu Wardrobe

Nu is a clothes sharing community that allows access to a constantly changing wardrobe, without the social or environmental costs. Through sharing, you extend the life cycle of clothing and significantly reduce waste. It's a sustainable alternative to fast fashion that doesn't break the bank.  With communities across Ireland and the UK, they will share with you how you can borrow clothes in your area and enjoy fashion in a new way!  Website 

Irish Anti-War Movement: talk followed by questions 

The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) is a membership based grass roots organisation.  Anyone who agrees with the basic aims of the IAWM is entitled to join. The movement opposed the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and is currently opposed to any war on Iran and is calling for an end to US military flights out of Shannon Airport. John Molyneux is the Secretary of IAWM. He is a socialist, activist and writer.  He is a member of the Irish and British SWP.  He formerly lectured at Portsmouth University and now lives in Dublin. Website

Ellie Kisombe

Ellie Kisyombe came to Ireland from Malawi in 2011 and spent several years living in Direct Provision. During this time she lived through and witnessed the uncaring conditions people in this country’s asylum system experience.

Following a volunteering position with the Irish Refugee Council, Ellie co-founded Our Table in 2015 as a response to the ban on asylum seekers cooking for themselves and in order to give an outlet to her passion for food and cooking.  Website