Report on Alan Ryan Memorial

8 Sep

On September 6th in Toronto community members gathered to remember and celebrate the life of IRA volunteer Alan Ryan. The event began with an acknowledgment of the land given by a local native elder, and was followed by an explanation of the history of Ireland Park, which was built on the area where thousands of Irish people perished trying to gain entry into this territory.

This was then followed by a speaker who spoke about Alan Ryan, his life his legacy and the need to fight against the slanders against his name as well as why we honor his legacy. This speech was followed by a speaker who is a Colombian community organizer who started her speech by honoring Ryan and the struggle of Irish Republicans as well as drawing parallels between the Colombian struggle and the Irish struggle and the need to understand imperialism and colonialism to build a united front to defeat both.

Those living under the rule of the kkkanadian state have alot to learn from the legacy of Ryan, particularly his dedication to his community and protecting those that are most vulnerable.

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