We’re really pleased to be taking part in the Festival of Resisting Borders #FRB2017 – two days of workshops, discussions and strategy to challenge state racism and the deliberate ‘hostile environment’ under construction for migrants in the UK.
SOAS Detainee Support will be delivering a workshop alongside Haringey Anti-Raids.
Tickets are free and include lunch. Sign up here.
Building has step-free access and accessible toilets.
DSEI – the world’s largest arms fair – is coming to London. From 4th-11th September 2017, we’re going to try to stop it.
Read more about some of the ‘defence’ companies who will be at DSEI and how their wares are used to kill people crossing borders in this article by the Shoal Collective.
We say no to military reinforcement, no to racist borders, no to profiting from death and dispossession. Yes to freedom of movement – for people, not for weapons.
On Thurs 7th September, 11am-7pm we’ll be at the ExCel Centre alongside Stop The Arms Fair, Campaign Against Arms Trade, All African Women’s Group, North London Food Not Bombs, Brighton Against Detention – BAD, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and many others to try and shut.it.down. #StopDSEI
Come with us! Facebook event is here.
BIG thanks to everyone who participated in one of our workshops on Saturday. SDS went transmetropolitan, delivering simultaneous workshops at Get Organised! in London and PowerShift in Manchester.
With great contributions from participants we discussed immigration detention in the UK, how it fits into a wider tapestry of border controls, as well as how to challenge border violence & immigration prisons.
Saturday 15th July // 125 Caledonian Road, N1 9RG
Performances from Jazzar + Katibe 5 + DJ Steaz + Basel Zaraa + Shake Spear + more
Standup comedy, hip hop, screenprinted bags + vegan food
DOORS AT 8PM // COMEDY FROM 9PM // BRING YER MATES
We’ve been invited to contribute to Get Organised!, a day of workshops and discussions bringing together people and groups that are interested in or campaigning on the key issues of 2017 such as migrant solidarity, precarious work, the Far Right, housing or gentrification. Full programme for the day here.
Saturday 8th July, 11am-5.30pm
Waterloo Action Centre
14 Baylis Road
Right now, 3000 people are locked up in UK immigration detention centres – without charge or trial, and without knowing when they will be released. Often they have been wrenched out of their families and communities, detained in raids on their homes or workplaces, or transferred to detention at the end of a prison sentence.
In this workshop we’ll be discussing:
- What is immigration detention? Why does it exist and who does it affect?
- How do struggles for an end to detention link into other struggles for social justice?
- How can we challenge detention and support people inside?
Get Organised! is free to attend but please register for the day here.
We’re at the SOAS Volunteering Exchange until 4pm today. Come and find us in the Paul Webley Wing foyer to find out more about visiting. X
A HUGE thank you to everyone who came to the comedy fundraiser for SDS and North London Food Not Bombs. We had a really great night.
Thank you also to the wonderful acts that performed:
Described as the “David Bowie of standup”, Josie Long started performing as a stand-up at the age of 14 and won the BBC New Comedy Awards at 17. In 2006, she won the If.comeddies Best Newcomer award at the Fringe. Josie has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show three times. In 2012, Long and director Doug King produced two short BAFTA-nominated comedy films in Glasgow called Let’s Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure.
Funny Women finalist Sophie is a comedian from London who started doing stand-up in 2015. Described by the Independent as “a sparky proposition… intelligent jokes”, and by herself as “magical black girl stand-up”, Sophie is also one-half of comedy showcase Manic Pixie Dream Girls, and has written for Newsjack and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.
“Working-class Geordie word-smith” Cheryl Dole is Newcastle’s hottest new talent! She’s a propa class rap artist – and she’ll glass anyone who says otherwise. Here are the receipts