Festival of Resisting Borders, 5th & 6th October

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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.

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Stop the Arms Fair: free movement for people, not for weapons

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 TradeAll African Women’s GroupNorth London Food Not BombsBrighton Against Detention – BADLesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and many others to try and shut.it.down.  #StopDSEI

Come with us!  Facebook event is here.

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Workshops last weekend

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.

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Workshop at Get Organised!

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
SE1 7AA

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.

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Jokes Not Gags vol. 3

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:

JOSIE LONG
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.

SOPHIE DUKER
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.

CHERYL DOLE
“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