The Comhlámh Belfast group has been working together since 2013. From the outset, the group has aimed to raise awareness about existing work that’s going on in Northern Ireland around global justice and solidarity issues, as well as developing new activities and resources. In common with the organisation’s other member groups, Comhlámh Belfast uses development education methodologies and a grassroots, participative approach to developing their activities. With support from Trocaire’s Mobilising For Justice Fund, the group has organised film nights (http://www.comhlamh.org/2014/08/a-report-from-another-belfast-meeting/) and storytelling events (https://www.facebook.com/events/366489000205176/), as well as advocacy and solidarity work that focuses on mining in Peru and in Northern Ireland. This included an awareness raising ‘Walk in the Sperrins’ event that took place in March 2015 (http://www.comhlamh.org/2015/03/a-sunday-walk-in-the-sperrins/
The group has recently developed a published a schools’ resource on mining, “Digging Deeper”. The resource has emerged from a deep feeling of solidarity – solidarity with communities in Peru through the connection of Northern Irish woman Lynda Sullivan, solidarity with communities locally particularly with the Save Our Sperrins campaign, and solidarity with communities all over the world. What connects these communities? What are the shared struggles? What is the learning and solidarity we can share with one another?
The resource can be viewed or downloaded here http://www.comhlamh.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Final_Digging.pdf
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