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February 12, 1998


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Irish American Unity Conference, South Jersey Chapter

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A Chairde,
Hello! This is the IAUC Online, a electronic voice of the Irish American Unity Conference, South Jersey Chapter. This is a web page is dedicated to getting information out about IAUC news.

Message from the chapter president:
Dear friends,
A Chairde,
There will be a fundraiser for Philadelphia Irish deportee John McNicholl to offset his legal expenses from his recent trial. The INS along with the RUC and elements in the British government have been attempting to have John sent back to Northern Ireland. John escaped from the infamous Long Kesh prison 20 years ago. Even though another man has already been convicted of killing an RUC man during the attack the Brits still want this innocent man. John is only guilty of being Catholic.
Please support this fundraiser which is to be held on March 21 at the Irish center on Emlen and Carpenter lane in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Irish music, dancing and good craic will begin at 4 pm and end when we can no longer stand erect.

Slan, Gerry O'Hare
The proposed Irish Famine stamp
The IAUC South Jersey Chapter is continuing to urge the United States Postal Office to recognize the suffering of Ireland and the Irish during the Great Famine. The Famine killed many millions of people, and many more were forced to immigrate. Many of those forced to leave came here to the United States of America. Under the American system and U.S. Constitution these Irish immigrants and children thrived under a more fair and equable government. While very thankful for such a good government, Americans should never forget the struggle their ancestors overcame. That is why the IAUC/SJ is prompting such a stamp.

from 1997: Most people involved in the peace movement were hoping the British Government would have prevented the illegal anti-Catholic marches through Catholic neighborhoods. After all, they had promised they would. Sadly, they went back on their word once again. They used the army and the black uniformed RUC to clear a path for the Orange Order to march through these Catholic neighborhoods.
On some occations our members who were visiting in Northern Ireland witnessed this first hand. Nuala Moore wrote of her experiences as she stayed with a family on the Garvaghy Road in Portadown on July 6th. Another was witnessed by Andy Somers at Drumcree on July 12th. Our own Gerry O'Hare visited Northern Ireland, and has reported that he has some very interesting videos he plans on showing at upcoming meetings.
All throughout July and August there were many times where this would repeat itself. Mo Mowlam had personally promised this would not happen, yet the Troops and RUC had once again beaten and arrested people so that the Orangemen could demonstrate their dominance over Catholics.
The Orange Order is a very old organization, a hangover from another era. It was formed to end the Catholic religion, and to this day remains fiercely anti-Catholic. It operates very much like the Ku Klux Klan in the United States. It still serves to discourage Catholics from "taking Protesant jobs," moving to "Protesants neighborhoods," or getting political control of any elected offices. It also is said to serve the member cadres for the loyalist paramilitary groups, such as the UDA and UVF. Most moderate Protestants don't like the Orange Order neither.

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IAUC SJ News


from the United Irish-American Societies:

Survival and Remembrance

The Federation of Irish American Societies is sponsoring a March to commemorate the 150th anniversary of "Black 47," perhaps the worst year of An Gorta Mor, The Great Irish Famine. During the famine years of 1845-52, over 1,000,000 Irish men, women, and children succumbed to the Great Hunger and the ravaging diseases which accompany starvation. Another 1,500,000 migrated, the majority to America. Many of the 44 million people in America today are the decendants of the Famine Immigrants. They helped to build this country. The March, with the theme of "Survival and Remembrance," will be hold on Sunday, November 16, 1997.

In conjunction to the march, the Federation is also producing a Commemorative Ad Book. Money raised during the Commemoration will help promote the history of the great Hunger, the purchase of books, videos etc. for distribution to libraries and schools throughout the Delaware Valley. As you may know, Philadelphia has the second highest percentage of Irish-Americans (yes, Boston is first!) among American cities, and Delaware Valley has well over one half million people of Irish desent.

If you would like more information on the Federation Ad Book, please telephone Mr. Anthony Mielich (President, Black Jack Kehoe Division of the Ancient Order of Hiberians), the Ad Book Chairperson at (215) 365-0699.

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Message from the chapter president:
Dear friends,
A Chairde,
Mr. Trimble has failed to live up to the agreed upon schedule of actions that are outlined in the Good Friday accord. He has refused to take any action towards policing, cross border institutions and the equality issue. Mr. Trimble knows quite well that the weapons issue is addressed within the Good Friday accord and should be done as a matter of course once the equality and cross border issues are settled. He is holding the democratic process hostage. Mr. Trimble should be removed from office and replaced with Seamus Mallon who is second in line for the position.
I hope that this message finds you healthy and happy. May you all have a wonderful Christmas and a joyful New Year.
Slan, Gerry O'Hare

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