Commander Arian film screening, in Lewes 14th June.

There will be a screening of Commander Arian at the Depot Cinema in Lewes on June 14th at 6.15 pm. After the screening, director Alba Sotorra Clua will take questions from the audience with Elif Sarican and Dirk Campbell.

On the front line of the Syrian war, 30-year-old Commander Arian guides a female battalion towards the city of Kobane to release its people from the grip of ISIS in an empowering tale of emancipation and freedom. When the war in Syria broke, a group of women from the Kurdish resistance assembled the YPJ – Women Protection Units. Arian, who witnessed at a young age the nefarious treatment of sexual assault victims, leads the unit and dedicates her life to battling ISIS. As the YPJ inches closer to their target, she implores her comrades to discover the true meaning of their fight: freedom for the next generation of women. With unprecedented access to the commander and her troops, including delicate scenes of her recovering from multiple bullet wounds, Sotorra brilliantly crafts an enthralling portrait of a woman on a mission.

Anna Campbell from Lewes chose to support the Rojava revolution by going out and fighting alongside the brave women of the YPJ. She met and was interviewed by Alba Sotorra Clua. After the YPG/YPJ defeat of Daesh in the autumn of 2017, Anna went to defend civilians from the Turkish incursion into Afrin in January 2018 and was killed by a Turkish air strike on 15 March.

Proceeds will be donated to the charity Kurdish Red Moon

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Red And Black Telly: TOMMY ROBINSON IMPRISONED ( AGAIN )

Trans Student Faces Expulsion from University of Bristol.

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by Nic

About me

I’m a trans 1st year PhD student at the University of Bristol. My research examines the ways in which the criminal justice system reproduces rape culture through examining who is prosecuted for sexual violence and who is not. The research takes a queer, feminist and abolitionist approach. This research is important because of the endemic criminalization of black, brown and trans bodies.

The Case

I am facing disciplinary board at the University of Bristol for writing an open letter asking the University to take a stand against the infamously transphobic group, “A Woman’s Place”.

The University claim that the open letter contained, “false information”, that I have attempted to “suppress fellow students’ freedom of speech”, and by trying to address hatred towards trans people, and particularly trans women, I have, “brought the University into disrepute”.

I am facing possible expulsion as an outcome of the disciplinary meeting.

My Ask

I need £2,500 to pay the incredible Raj Chada of Hodge Jones and Allen fame to represent me at the disciplinary board. The University will have legal representation, so it is important I do too.

Beyond this, there are countless trans people incarcerated by the British state, who are in need of legal support.

Money raised for my legal fees will be matched in donations for the Empty Cages Collective to cover legal and medical fees for trans prisoners they support. Empty Cages Collective.

What am I Trying to Achieve?

As well as keeping me at the University of Bristol, the outcome of this case will have important implications for both the trans community and for future attempts at holding Universities to account.

If I am expelled as a result of voicing opposition to trans-hatred, this will set a dangerous precedent, silencing future students wishing to stand up for themselves and their community in the face of hatred towards trans people. This is likely to be particularly damaging for trans women, trans people of colour and international trans students, whose right to remain in the UK is tied to retaining a student visa. It would demonstrate that the University can silence marginalised students with impunity.

Thanks in advance for your support!

As Israeli arms company Elbit expands, activists’ resistance grows

By Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson

The number of Palestinians who have been killed or maimed in Gaza during the Great Return March protests continues to rise. The death toll currently stands at 119, and more people have been shot or injured in the West Bank.

Uday Abu Khalil

Yesterday, on the 23rd May, Uday Abu Khalil died from his wounds after a sniper shot him in the stomach at a Ramallah demonstration on Nakba day, the date Palestinians remember the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948.

Meanwhile, Elbit Systems, Israel’s most profitable arms company, continues to expand.

Full article on: Corporate Occupation

 

 

A Bristolian (and a toy fox) who fought ISIS

100 years of Antifascism: Bristol 19-20th May

A weekend of talks and short films to celebrate 100 years of fighting fascism at BASE Social Centre (formerly Kebele) 14 Robertson Rd, Easton, Bristol BS5 6JY. All welcome. facebook event

In conjunction with the International Brigades Memorial Trust, Bristol Antifascists presents a weekend of talks and films celebrating our rich collective history of fighting fascism in the UK and beyond. Come along, learn, discuss, share, network and plan for the future.

Events will run from 10-5.30 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday and a healthy, vegan lunch will be offered for a suggested donation on both days. In the cafe room, we are excited to be hosting the ANTIFASCISTAS exhibition by the International Brigades Memorial Trust.

If you would like to recommend a speaker or a film please contact us

“Workers Power: Unions against Fascists”

“Beating the Fascists: Physical Resistance to Fascism”

“Fighting Fascism in the Middle East, a report by ex-YPG volunteers”

“A History of the Anti-Fascist Network”

“The 5th Column; Partisan Resistance to Nazis in Poland”

We will be showing many short films throughout the weekend. If you have any films you would like us to show (or films you would like us not to show) then drop us a line.

On Saturday night there will be a social event for anybody interested in discussing things further or networking. Details to be released nearer the time.

This is a free event but can only survive off the back of donations to cover our logistical costs. Anybody who can or wants to is invited to give a £5 suggested donation. Nobody will be turned away. Accommodation can be helped with if you are travelling from out of town but advance notice is needed.

BASE Social Centre (formerly Kebele) is an anarchist/libertarian space that survives off the hard-work of volunteers. It is a safe space and will not tolerate any form of oppressive behaviour at any time. As a rule, don’t be an arsehole.

Red and Black Telly: INSTANT REPORT FROM THE TOMMY FREE SPEECH RALLY.