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					Donegal Community Workers Co-operative          Communit-E Bulletin No 20/11 to 21 November 2011




                 Donegal Community Workers Co-operative
              Communit-E Bulletin No. 20/11 to 21 November 2011

 Extracted from C&V sector e-bulletins & websites, newsletters, national & local press,
  and Citizens Information Resource Database for Voluntary and Community Sectors
                             www.citizensinformation.ie
FUNDING _________________________________________________________________ 2
 Equality Mainstreaming Unit: Funding ______________________________________________2
 Global Fund for Women – Women’s Fund____________________________________________2
 The Atlantic Philanthropies Names Human Rights Advocate Martin O’Brien Senior Vice
 President for Programmes _________________________________________________________2
GENERAL _________________________________________________________________ 2
 DCWC HELP Project Conference – 09/12/2011 _______________________________________2
 Women’s Aid 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women Campaign _____________3
PUBLICATIONS/INTERNET _________________________________________________ 3
 Community Renewable Energy in Ireland - Comhar ___________________________________3
 European Commission publication on equality mainstreaming ___________________________3
 Making Ireland Home – voices of young immigrants - MRCI ____________________________4
 Budget 2012 – Submission -EAPN Ireland Europe 2012 Working Group __________________4
 Oireachtas Brief__________________________________________________________________4
 Redundancy claims _______________________________________________________________4
EDUCATION/TRAINING ____________________________________________________ 4
 PRG Facilitation Skills Course _____________________________________________________4
CROSS BORDER / EU NEWS _________________________________________________ 5
 Sector Matters recommends a new free qualifications comparison service __________________5
 Social Justice Network launched ____________________________________________________5
 Best practice in victims and survivors support _________________________________________6
 Free One-Day Film & Social Media Seminar __________________________________________6
 Women into Public Life (WIPL)- Event ______________________________________________8
LOCAL PRESS / INFORMATION _____________________________________________ 9
 Donegal South Forum Ltd – Information Evening _____________________________________9
 Abhaile Aris – Book Launch _______________________________________________________9
 Amnesty International Event in Letterkenny _________________________________________10
 Regional Cultural Centre Free Weekend Programme Nov 24 – 27 _______________________10
 Movie Night in Port na Fáilte ______________________________________________________11
 Women from diverse backgrounds stand together against Violence Balloon Release: November
 24th at 11am at An Grianan Theatre ________________________________________________11
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FUNDING

Equality Mainstreaming Unit: Funding
The Equality Mainstreaming Unit (of the Equality Authority) is now inviting applications for funding
under the European Social Fund supported Equality Mainstreaming Approach 2007-2013. Funding of
up to €40,000 per project, for one year may be made available to public or private organisations
including civil society organisations.

The funding is for clearly targeted projects which foster equality across the nine grounds covered by the
equality legislation through the delivery of an equality mainstreaming project focused on vocational
education and training, access to the labour market or on access to, experience of and progression in
the workplace.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 23rd November 2011.
Further details can be found at www.equality.ie


Global Fund for Women – Women’s Fund

Open for Applications
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Grant Value: Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 per year for operating and re-granting expenses.
First-time grant awards generally range from $5,000 to $25,000 per year.

The Global Fund for Women is a publicly supported grant making foundation that advances human
rights by investing in women-led organisations worldwide.
Funding is available to organisations outside the United States that advance the human rights of
women and girls. Three types of grant are available:
• General support grants.
• Travel grants.
• Organising meeting/event grants

Access the website and application form here –
http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/apply-for-a-grant/womens-fund-criteria

The Atlantic Philanthropies Names Human Rights Advocate Martin O’Brien
Senior Vice President for Programmes
8 November 2011 – The Atlantic Philanthropies has announced the appointment of Martin O’Brien, a
renowned human rights activist, as Senior Vice President for Programmes, effective immediately.
O’Brien has served as Atlantic's Country Director for Northern Ireland since 2010 and Director of its
global Reconciliation & Human Rights Programme since 2004. O’Brien will continue to be based in
Belfast.



GENERAL

DCWC HELP Project Conference – 09/12/2011
The DCWC Harnessing Equality for Lasting Peace (HELP) Project will be hosting an end of project
conference in The Station House Hotel, Letterkenny, on Friday 9th December 2011. The theme of the
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event is Community Work Approaches to Peace Building – The Impact of the Community & Voluntary
Sector on Supporting Peace and Building Democracy.

This conference aims to:
       To highlight the contribution that community work has made to building peace and democracy
        and supporting reconciliation and social change in the North & South of Ireland

       To present case studies examining this work.

       To identify collective strategies for the community sector in the north and south to continue to
        make a positive impact on supporting peace and building democracy.

Agenda and booking forms are available on our website www.cwc.ie


Women’s Aid 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women Campaign
25th November to 10th December 2011

The 16 Days Campaign is an effective way of raising awareness of this issue at national and local level.
Groups and individuals help to make the issue visible by engaging at local level during the campaign.

Further information:

http://www.womensaid.ie/campaigns/16days.html


PUBLICATIONS/INTERNET

Community Renewable Energy in Ireland - Comhar
Comhar SDC has published a policy paper on Community Renewable Energy in Ireland.

This policy paper explores the status of community renewable energy in Ireland, identifies the barriers
to developing community renewable energy and outlines potential options to overcome these barriers.

A balanced renewable energy solution for Ireland should be an integrated mix of large, small,
community and micro-scale development from various sources. Community based energy generation
can play an important part in job creation, local income generation, enhancing support for renewable
projects and ensuring community involvement in Ireland’s transition to a low carbon society.

However, communities face several barriers which make it difficult to establish renewable energy
projects. This paper identifies these barriers and looks to international experience, academic journal
articles and reports from different stakeholders to identify potential options for encouraging community
renewable energy.
To download this document, visit www.comharsdc.ie. and there is a link on the homepage


European Commission publication on equality mainstreaming
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice has recently published a Compendium of
practice on Non Discrimination/Equality Mainstreaming. It is designed to assist policy-makers and
programme managers at local, regional and national level to mainstream non-discrimination/equality in
all policy fields. To this end, the compendium offers guidance and presents a variety of practice
examples from different EU Member States. Read More



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Making Ireland Home – voices of young immigrants - MRCI
‘Making Ireland Home’ is a film produced by young immigrants about their experiences in Ireland. It
was produced as part of the MPower initiative of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI).

The film can be downloaded from the MRCI’s website:

http://www.mrci.ie/News-news-latest/


Budget 2012 – Submission -EAPN Ireland Europe 2012 Working Group
This Pre-Budget 2012 Submission has been presented by the EAPN Ireland Europe 2012 Working
Group. It focuses on proposals on access to adequate income for those dependant on social welfare
supports and those who are low paid and how the Government should develop its approach to
supporting people into meaningful training and employment. It also includes proposal for assessing the
poverty impact of policies, including the budget. Membership of the EAPN Ireland Working
Group includes Age Action Ireland, Congress Centres Network, Disability Federation of Ireland, Dublin
Employment Pact, EAPN Ireland, Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed, Irish Traveller
Movement, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, National Adult Literacy Agency, National Youth Council of
Ireland, National Women’s Council of Ireland, One Family, OPEN and SIPTU. Download Publication


Oireachtas Brief
Oireachtas Brief is an information service for social justice NGOs and voluntary sector activists
interested in issues of poverty and social exclusion in the Oireachtas.

For further information and to subscribe please ... read the full article


Redundancy claims
The revised Guide to the Redundancy Payments Scheme (pdf) describes how to submit a claim online,
print off the RP50 and then send the signed form to the Redundancy Payments section.
Printed RP50 forms are currently not available. You can request a form by texting “FORM
REDUNDANCY” followed by your name and address to 51909.


NERA information about public holiday entitlement at Christmas and New Year.
winterready.ie
besmart.hsa.ie Health and Safety Authority resource for small business.
volunteer.ie: new website of recently merged Volunteer Centres Ireland and Volunteering Ireland.




EDUCATION/TRAINING

PRG Facilitation Skills Course

Please find below details of a forth coming Peace and Reconciliation Group Open College Network
training programme.

Course:    Facilitation Skills: Legacy of the Past, Shaping the Future (Level 3 Credits 6)


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Duration: This is a 6 day course, with some home study required to complete a learning journal.

Venue: PRG training room, 16 Bishop Street, Derry / Londonderry, BT48 6PW

Dates: Thursdays, 10th, 17th, 24th November & 1st, 8th, and 15th December

Time: 9.30a.m – 4.30p.m

Cost: There is no cost for this training, however booking is necessary as spaces are limited

Please contact Teresa Melaugh or Catherine McColgan on (028) 71 369206 to register for this OCN
programme.


CROSS BORDER / EU NEWS

Sector Matters recommends a new free qualifications comparison service
Employment and Learning Minister, Dr.Stephen Farry, last week launched a new Qualifications
Comparison Service for workers from outside Northern Ireland.

The Qualifications Comparison Service offers individuals from outside Northern Ireland the opportunity
to call into one of Department for Employment and Learning’s (DEL) Employment Service offices and
have their qualifications compared against the UK equivalent. This will enable both them, and
importantly, employers to check whether they have the necessary qualifications to apply for or fulfill the
criteria for specific jobs.

The Department for Employment and Learning’s Qualification Comparison Service is available at the
following Jobs and Benefits offices; Carrickfergus, Shaftesbury Square, Lisburn, Antrim, Limavady,
Dungannon and Portadown. It can also be accessed at the EURES office in Gloucester House,
Chichester Street, Belfast. The full DEL press release on the new service can be found at
http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/news-del-021111-new-qualifications-comparison

To find out more about the above or other HR related issues, please call Louise at Sector Matters on
028 9087 5015 or email louise.foster@sectormatters.com.


Social Justice Network launched
On the 43rd anniversary of Derry’s first civil rights march in 1968, key organisers of that historic event
were amongst a well-attended private function, held in the city on October 5th. At the end of a period of
lively and enlightening discussions, the attendance unanimously passed the following resolution: ‘’that
this gathering supports the proposal to establish a grass-roots, cross-community, anti-sectarian and
non-party political Social Justice Network, to promote human rights and civil liberties’’

The gathering spent little time in retrospection, preferring to focus on current issues, which they felt
should be of major public concern. Among the speakers were four representatives of loyalist groups in
Derry and Belfast whose verbal contributions, and distributed leaflets, reflected the concerns of the
Shankill-based group, FAST – Families Against Show Trials.

The chairperson, Tomas Timoney, a cross-community activist opened the proceedings by commenting:
‘’ It is encouraging to see this type of working-class dialogue on diverse, and at times controversial
topics such as the re-emergence of dubious judicial mechanisms that cater for ‘super-grass’
testimonies. Such bodes ill for the our collective future as such can only be described as retrograde
steps that speak volumes for what passes for a system of justice in these parts. In this context we fully
support FAST and other groups and individuals within all communities who challenge the status quo
when hey feel their rights to truth and proper justice are, or have been, undermined or denied.’’

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The platform address came from local author and historian, Fionnbarra O’Dochartaigh. He referred to
the ever-deepening recession and the recent one-day strike by health and education workers, which he
asserted was ‘’not to enhance their own wage-packets, but on the contrary, without selfish motives, had
taken such action to alert the public to cut-backs, which, are all too often being disguised as ‘reforms’.
He asserted that, ‘’the supposedly progressive description of ‘reform’ is an insult to our individual and
collective intelligence’’.

Other thought-provoking contributions included those delivered by the civil rights leader Ivan Cooper
who was Minister for Community Relations in the ill-fated 1974 power-sharing executive; Dr. David
Latimer of First Derry Presbyterian Church, family members of Bloody Sunday victims, Dr. Anne
McCloskey of the Irish National Congress, Ken Wilkinson, FAST, Belfast, the feminist and campaigning
journalist Nell McCafferty, in addition to testimonies of former defendants at ‘super-grass trials’ and
former political prisoners.


Best practice in victims and survivors support
Eastern Trauma Advisory Panel invites you to a best practice seminar to be held on Wednesday 30
November 2011 from 9.30am – 4.30pm at Stormont Hotel, Belfast


The purpose of this conference is to showcase the best practice of voluntary and community
organisations and statutory agencies providing support to victims and survivors of the 'troubles' and
also dealing with traumatic stress. The event will highlight available interventions that contribute to
helping and healing. One of the objectives of this conference is to enhance a better understanding of
how the different sectors are addressing victims/survivors needs.

Speakers will include the DHSSPS Minister Edwin Poots MLA; Colm Donaghy, Chief Executive of
Belfast HSC Trust; Hugh Connor, Director of The Safeguarding Board NI and former Eastern TAP Co-
Chair; Duncan Morrow, Chief Executive of Community Relations Council and the event will be chaired
by Sandra Peake, Co- Chair, Eastern TAP.

This event is free and lunch is provided, however registration is required. Please register by 25
November with the Eastern TAP office on 028 9056 4951 or email martina.mullin-
o’hare@belfasttrust.hscni.net



Free One-Day Film & Social Media Seminar
Sharing Stories in a New Media Age, an innovative free one-day event at the Regional Cultural Centre
Letterkenny next Friday November 25th to coincide with the Sharing Stories exhibition featuring 18
community films from Donegal and Derry. The seminar will highlight how a combination of good
storytelling and new media technologies can help individuals and communities to create a greater
impact with a larger audience. The day is aimed at artists, filmmakers, cultural organisations,
community groups, small businesses and essentially anyone interested in local stories and in using film
and social media to get your message out.

The morning session features two informative presentations by Dr. Cathal McLaughlin documentary
filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Ulster and Risteard Ó Domhnaill,
director of the hugely successful documentary The Pipe about the Corrib gas pipeline controversy. The
afternoon will include the feed-back on the recent ‘Share My Story’ challenge, where two social media
practitioners, Michael White (Doherty White) and Mark Nagurski (Digital Derry), were each given four
weeks to promote, publicise and disseminate a Sharing Stories film using free social and digital media.

The seminar will be chaired by Donegal resident Derek O'Connor - journalist, blogger and playwright,
who directed and produced one of the Sharing Stories’ films Frontiersmen. The day will be peppered
with screenings of 2 minute trailers of the 18 films and will conclude with a panel discussion involving all
the speakers. Registration and cofee is from 10.30 am, the morning session starts at 11 am sharp, the

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afternoon starts at 2 pm and the seminar is scheduled to end at 4 pm. Admission is free, including
lunch, but advance booking is essential. To book email jeremy.howard@nerve-centre.org.uk
“Sharing Stories in the new media age” is part of the wider IFI funded Sharing Stories, a two-year cross-
border community film project in County Donegal and Derry City organised by Donegal County Council
Regional Cultural Centre and the Nerve Centre Derry. The Sharing Stories exhibition, which opened at
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the RCC on Friday November 11 and continues until January 28 2012, includes the 18 completed
short films. They feature an incredibly varied range of topics and people, and taken together provide a
very rich tapestry of life, past and present, in Donegal and Derry
SHARING STORIES IN A NEW MEDIA AGE
REGIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE LETTERKENNY FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 2011
TIMETABLE
10.30 Registration and Coffee
11.00 Welcome, Shaun Hannigan (Regional Cultural Centre),
11.10 MC Derek O’ Connor [11.13 2 x 2 minute films (1 + 2)],
11.17 Dr Cathal McLaughlin (University of Ulster) [11.56 2 X 2 minute films (3 + 4)],
12.00 Risteard O Domhnaill (Director ‘The Pipe’) [12.31 2 x 2 minute films (5 + 6),]
12.35 Q & A, chaired by Derek O’ Connor,
12.55 Intro to afternoon Derek O’ Connor,
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Introduction, John Peto (Nerve Centre) [14.06 2 x 2 minute films (7 + 8)],
14.10 Michael White (Doherty White), including Brighter Days screening,
14.45 Mark Nagurski (Digital Derry), including Pride in the City screening,
15.10 10 x 2 minute film screenings (9 – 18),
15.30 Panel Discussion, chaired by Derek O’ Connor with Dr Cathal McLaughlin, Risteard O Domhnaill,
Michael White, Mark Nagurski, John Peto and Shaun Hannigan,
16.00 End.
List of Films
A Place to Talk and Tell - Stories from Ex Border Service Personnel in the Republic of Ireland,
directed by Michael McCormack. Part of the Peace lll funded One Donegal initiative.
Back to the Source - A documentary on the DCC Public Art Office / RCC organised music education
residency project by Altan. filmed by David Chernick, Otto Schlindwein, Karen Hosty and Brian
McVeigh and directed by Jeremy Howard.
Beyond the Walls - Young people from cross-community backgrounds explore Derry's Walls, both the
City Walls and the newer phenomena of Free Derry Corner and the Peace Line. Directed by Martim
Melarkey.
Brighter Days - A short animation by Daniel McGarrigle, with original music composed by Ronan
McConnell.
Destination Donegal - A series of filmed interviews with 12 immgrants to Ireland over the past 50
years, produced and directed by Jeremy Howard, Harriet Purkis and Ronan McConnell. Part of the
Peace lll funded One Donegal initiative.
Down in the Valley - A documentary on the traiditonal music and song of the Finn and Laggan valleys,
directed by Aoife Foley and researched and produced by Ronan McConnell
Football4Peace - The Derry / Donegal project based on the F4P international model, which uses sport
to build respect between young people. Directed by John Peto.
Frontiermen - Stories of rugged indivualists, sole traders and entrepeneur, directed and produced by
Derek O Connor.

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ID - Imaging Donegal -Filmed interviews with the 5 photographers in the DCC Public Art Office / RCC
organised project, directed by Jeremy Howard and produced by John M Cunningham.
Lovely Weather - A documentary of the DCC Public Art Office / RCC organised international art and
climate change residency, which featured five artist teams in each of Donegal’s Electoral Areas,
directed by Maria Mulhall.
Moving On - A series of short films and interviews created by teenagers from throughout Donegal with
various physical disabilities, as part of a HSE organised, Genio funded project. Facilitated by Jeremy
Howard and Daniel McGarrigle.
Pride - A fly on the wall look at the Pride of the Orange and Blue Flute Band in Newbuildings, on the
outskirts of Derry City. Directed by Otto Schlindwein.
Pride in our City - A documentary on the Foyle Gay Pride Festival in Derry City. Directed by Justine
Scoltock.
Rockhill Remembered- An inside look at the history of the Battalions stationed at Rockhill House
Letterkenny, directed by Stephen McCollum and produced by Ronan McConnell. Part of the Peace lll
funded How We Remember project organised by DCC Public Art Office.
Rondo Mondo - A summer weekend at Cafe Del Mondo, the hub of Derry's thriving international
community. Directed by Piotr Smigasiewicz.
St Peter's - A short documentary looking at 40 years of St Peter's High School in the Creggan Estate
Derry directed by Otto Schlindwein.
The Long Grass and High Walls - Wexford artist and filmmaker Michael Fortune worked with five
primary schools in Letterkenny and Derry to create a series of children’s stories.
Waiting to be Irish -Directed by Steve McCollum, a performance of the play written by Theo Guesella
and interviews with the author. Part of the Peace lll funded One Donegal initiative.

See full programme under Donegal News section of this bulletin


Women into Public Life (WIPL)- Event

WIPL are holding a meeting to explore the establishment of a North West Cross Border Women’s Forum.

Date:         Tuesday, 29th November, 10.30 am

Venue:        LETTERKENNY WOMEN'S CENTRE - Letterkenny

The idea for this Forum emerged from the planning process of the WIPL project and it is one of its
strategic objectives. The Forum will bring together representatives from public bodies and women’s
organisations and will provide a space to discuss policy issues and debate strategies to address the
gender imbalance in decision-making fora in the region.

Joanna Boyd, Women’s Officer, Derry City Council will speak about how the Derry City Women’s
Forum works.

If you and any of your colleagues are in a position to attend I would be grateful if you could let us know
- noirin.wipl@gmail.com

We'll have the tea and scones ready!


Nóirín Clancy
Coordinator
Women into Public Life
Three Rivers Complex
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Lifford
Co. Donegal

Tel.: 00353 74 9172901
Mob: 00353 87 7739429


Women into Public Life (WIPL) is a regional partnership between three women’s organisations,
Second Chance Education Project for Women (SCEPW), County Donegal, Foyle Women’s Information
Network (FWIN), Derry/Londonderry and Engender in Scotland. Donegal County Council is the Lead
Partner. The Project is funded by the INTERREG IVA Programme and managed by the Special EU
Programmes Body (SEUPB) www.seupb.eu and involves a programme of activities to be delivered over
a three year period.




LOCAL PRESS / INFORMATION

Donegal South Forum Ltd – Information Evening
The Donegal South Forum Ltd are hosting an information evening Safeguarding & Securing Our
Community showcasing How and What you need to protect and secure your home / farm or place of
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work in The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Tuesday 29 November 2011. Doors open at 6.30pm.
Trade stands will be available to assist you with information.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served


Abhaile Aris – Book Launch
We would like to invite you and your family to the Launch of a new book outlining the experiences of
republican prisoners who were incarcerated in English Prisons. The Ruan O Donnell book “The IRA in
English Prisons Vol: 1 1968-1978 is being launched in Gallaghers Hotel Letterkenny on Saturday 26th
November at 2pm.

This ground breaking book explores the history of Irish Republican Prisoners held in English gaols
during the first phase of the troubles. The book outlines in great detail the roles that republicans played
in bringing change to the penal system in England. The book also has had unprecedented access to
many of the prisoners in order to detail and analyse the phenomena of the IRA in English prisons.
Extensive new information is presented on IRA activities within English prisons not least planning and
participation in riots, protests, legal challenges, escapes (successful and unsuccessful) and violent
actions. Day to Day factors- such as interaction with British prisoners, family visits, education,
“ghosting” and attitudes towards prison staff.

This is a must read book and would make a great Xmas present. The book is €60 in the shops but can
be got for €35 (Hardback) at the launch €20 (Paperback).

This book is the single most authoritative and comprehensive history of any aspect of the political
prisoner experience in modern times. Come along and join us at the launch in Gallagher’s Hotel,
Letterkenny at 2pm on Saturday 26th November.

For further information please contact Gerry Mc Monagle at Abhaile Aris.


Gerry Mc Monagle

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Outreach Worker
Abhaile Aris
074 9128610


Amnesty International Event in Letterkenny
Time: 8pm

Venue: Café Blend
       The high road
       Letterkenny
       Co. Donegal


The Letterkenny branch of the worldwide human rights organisation, Amnesty International, is hosting a
music and information evening in Café Blend on Friday the 2nd December at 8pm. The evening is
hoped to raise awareness about some of Amnesty’s ongoing work and campaigns and to celebrate its
50th anniversary.

 Amnesty was founded in London in 1961. It draws attention to human rights abuses and campaigns
for compliance with international and standards. It works to mobilise public opinion to put pressure on
governments that let abuse take place. The organisation was awarded the 1977 Nobel peace prize for
its "campaign against torture” and the United Nations prize in the field of human rights in 1978. There
has been an Amnesty branch in Letterkenny since 1987.

There will be an opportunity to find out more about the work of Amnesty International and to support
their campaigns and to purchase Christmas cards, candles and Cds with all proceeds going towards
the work of Amnesty . The night is free of charge but there will be opportunity to make a donation to
Amnesty. Proceeds will fund the Radios to Zimbabwe appeal. This involves Amnesty sending short
wave radios to communities in Zimbabwe ahead of next year's state elections to allow them
uncensored information.

The Letterkenny branch of Amnesty International meets at the Cara House in Letterkenny usually on
the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm.

Contact Mary Ryan on 074 9127191 for further information about Amnesty International in Donegal.

To join Amnesty International or to find out more about their work visit: www.amnesty.ie or phone


Regional Cultural Centre Free Weekend Programme Nov 24 – 27
- THUR NOV 24, 8pm, FREE – The Pipe (2010, Ire, 83 mins) The most successful Irish documentary
of the past 30 years The Pipe attests to how individuals and their actions remain important in an
increasingly corporate world. An example of point-of-view documentary filmmaking that succeeds on all
levels, Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s film will both move and inform audiences in equal measure.
- FRI NOV 25, 11am, FREE - Sharing Stories in a New Media Age
- SAT NOV 26, 1 – 5pm, FREE Sharing Stories Screenings RCC Cinema and 7.30pm, When the
Drum is Beating, A feature documentary that interweaves the extraordinary story of the band
Septentrional’s with the history of Haiti
- SUN NOV 27, 7pm, FREE Choral Concert with Errigle Singers and Open Arts Community Choir
Belfast as part of Disability Awareness Week.




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Movie Night in Port na Fáilte
Movie night tomorrow, 22 November, in Port na Fáilte, 19.30!

We show Trafficked The Movie, which will be followed by a discussion on the issues of violence against
women, prostitution and human trafficking.

The event is held in cooperation with 'Women Activists for Social Justice'.

All welcome, all free.

Refreshments will be served.


Women from diverse backgrounds stand together against Violence Balloon
Release: November 24th at 11am at An Grianan Theatre
Violence against women is a crime and a denial of human rights. This year, as part of the 16 Days of
Activism on Violence Against Women Donegal Travellers Project is joining with Port na Failte
Intercultural Centre to organise a local balloon release to coincide with similar events that will be taking
place nationwide. At exactly the same time, Dublin Women’s Aid will be staging a balloon release
outside the Dail to raise awareness of the fact that one in every five women will witness or experience
domestic violence at some point in their life. For the past decade, Donegal Travellers Project has been
involved in activism and awareness as part of the International 16 Days campaign that takes place
each November and December. This year, the message from the Travellers Project is clear;

 ‘Violence against women crosses boundaries of class, ethnicity, nationality, religion. It is an issue
that affects all women, everywhere'. Ann Friel, the assistant co-ordinator of the Primary health care
projects says that it is really important for women from all ethnicities and backgrounds to build solidarity
and work together and extends an invite to all women to come along and join in by releasing a balloon
on the day; ‘Join us and stand in solidarity with the one in five women in Ireland living with domestic
violence. We’ll be on the plaza outside An Grianan Theatre that morning and will be giving out
balloons which we will all release together’. Donegal Travellers Project and Port na Failte are hoping
that as many women as possible will come along on the day to support the action in this central
location, near both the Theatre and the Letterkenny Women's Centre.               Tea and coffee will be
provided in the Theatre after the event.

For further information or comment

Paula Leonard

Mobile: 086 1722953


How can your Community group influence what is happening in Donegal?”

East Donegal Forum will hold information and networking evening for community groups and
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organisations in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny at 7pm on 24 November. This will be an opportunity
for those who are involved in the community and voluntary sector to meet and discuss issues affecting
their work.
There will be presentations by community representatives on the Board of DLDC and Donegal County
Council’s County Community Forum and there will be an opportunity for groups to put questions to
representatives. Highland Radio’s Donal Kavanagh will facilitate. Refreshment will be served.

All those involved in the community and voluntary sector are invited, to book your place contact
email:eastdonegalforum@eircom.net / 087 1812191(booking essential)


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 A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes
                         Body by the Community Relations Council/Pobal Consortium
Donegal Community Workers Co-operative          Communit-E Bulletin No 20/11 to 21 November 2011



East Donegal Forum is a network of community and voluntary organisations in the East Donegal area
which aims to represent the community and voluntary sector and ensure that it is fully involved in
decision making in the county and are funded by DLDC under the Local and Community Development
Programme 2011.




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 A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes
                         Body by the Community Relations Council/Pobal Consortium

				
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