Benefit gig for SDS

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




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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Evening training for visitors – 28th June

This is SOAS Detainee Support’s Summer training event. We are an abolitionist group who offer emotional & practical support to people affected by border violence & immigration prisons. If you want to find out more about immigration detention and how to be a part of SDS as a visitor or as an organiser then reserve your place for this training N O W!

Please book well in advance and before 23/06/17. Also, because we anticipate a high demand, if you book, please attend the training!


  • Intro to detention and experiences from Detention
  • How to visit and organise with SOAS Detainee Support
  • Intro to Immigration Law
  • Visitor Role Plays
  • Other ways to be involved

~ Please bring a picnic dinner for yourself and to share with others! ~

Book a space here.  If the event is sold out please add yourself to the waiting list.

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:

GET YOUR COACH TICKET from MfJ so we can travel together: 

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