Vancouver Irish Prisoner of War Committee

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Vancouver Irish Prisoner of War Committee

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The Irish Prisoner of War Committee formed in 1981 in Ireland. Following the Irelands establishment, Irish Prisoner of War Committees surfaced in Hamilton, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.
Throughout its operation, the Vancouver Irish Prisoner of War Committee (V.I.P.O.W.C.) held rallies, hosted lectures, organized protests, campaigned for prisoner rights and the pursuit of Irish Republicanism. The V.I.P.OW.C. also supported other human rights organizations such as Amnesty International.;V.I.P.O.W.C. also produced Saoirse Eirleann a weekly radio show for Vancouver Co-Op Radio.
In 1987, the V.I.P.O.W.C. changed its name to the Irish Solidarity Committee as a member of the newly formed Canadian Irish Solidarity Network. The Irish Solidarity Committee established itself to coordinate Irish Solidarity Groups in Canada and receive representation from Sinn Fein.
The Irish Solidarity Committee also produced a newsletter: The Irish Solidarity News.


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