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

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:

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

SDS goes to Surround Yarl’s Wood – 13th May

We’ll be joining Movement for Justice and groups from all over the country at Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre to call for an end to immigration detention and racist state violence.

Saturday 13th May 2016

Full event description on the MfJ event here:

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Combatting Arbitrary Detention from the UK to Palestine

Two SDS members will be speaking on a panel organised by War on Want.

Combatting Arbitrary Detention from the UK to Palestine
Monday 8th May 2017, 7-9pm
SALT lecture theatre, Senate House, SOAS, WC1E 7HU

Join War on Want for an evening of education, discussion and movement building with organisations working to combat the use of arbitrary detention, both in occupied Palestine and in the UK. Representatives from Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association (Palestine), SOAS Detainee Support (UK) and Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary (UK) will report and reflect on their work, and the connections between struggles for justice and freedom for political prisoners.

This event is  free.  Please register here.

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