The Bloody Sunday March for Justice programme will see a raft of civil rights events and speeches held in Derry. This year’s programme of events has been themed ‘Resist’.
Fourteen civil rights demonstrators were killed when British soldiers opened fire without warning on the streets of Derry’s Bogside on January 30, 1972. The massacre, and the continuing campaign for justice is marked every year with a march along the same route as the original demonstration.
In a statement the organisers this year said: “The programme will reflect the resistance to continued attacks on civil rights and liberties whether in Ferguson USA, Palestine, Dublin, Belfast or indeed here in Derry itself.
“The programme for 2015 will continue the tradition of acting as an inclusive platform for the seemingly disparate ongoing campaigns concerning the people of these islands and beyond. As in previous years it is a time to join together, make connections and raise our voices in solidarity.”
This year’s march will finish at Guildhall Square in Derry City Centre, where the organisers have announced that the Reverend Sekou Osagyeyfo from Ferguson and the anti-austerity, anti-water charges TD Clare Daly TD will address the rally.
Prominent republican Bernadette McAliskey is also due to chair two discussions at the City Hotel on successive Thursdays.
The programme is as follows:
Thursday, January 22, City Hotel 7.30pm
‘Where does the Stormont Agreement leave the Bloody Sunday Investigation’
Bernadette McAliskey (chair) with an invited panel of speakers to include Liam Wray, brother of Bloody Sunday murder victim Jim Wray.
Thursday, January 29, City Hotel 7.30 pm
‘Unmasking Injustice - from the Hooded Men to the Craigavon Two’
Bernadette McAliskey (chair), Francie McGuigan (former hooded man), Packy Carty from Justice For The Craigavon Two and Darragh Mackin KRW Law
Saturday, January 31, Pilots Row Community Centre 12noon
Diane Greer (Chair), other speakers confirmed include Mary McManus Housing and Welfare Rights Belfast, Louie, performance artist and Yes Campaign Glasgow, and the Reverend Sekou Osagyeyfo from Ferguson, USA
Saturday, January 31, Pilots Row Community Centre 2.30pm
‘The State We’re In’
Speakers include Patrick Murphy (Irish News), Kitty Holland (Irish Times) and Brian Feeney (Irish News)
Saturday, January 31, Nerve Centre, Magazine Derry 7.30 pm
‘No Justice, No Peace - From Guantanamo Bay to Ferguson USA’
Chair Eamonn McCann, speakers include: former Guantanamo Bay internee Moazzam Begg and the Reverend Sekou Osagyeyfo from Ferguson, who will speak about the killing of the young black man Michael Brown by the Missouri state police.
Sunday, February 1, Creggan Shops 2.30 pm
Annual March and Rally for Justice
More events and information are due to be placed online at www.bloodysundaymarch.org.