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!

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Calling all South West Activists! Demo March 24th

Calling all South West activists, workers and radicals!

Bristol Antifascists are rallying on 24.03.18 at 1pm at King’s Square, Bristol, to protest the rise of the far right. An ascendant far right is a threat to all of us, and opposing fascism on the streets is an important part of the struggle for a fairer society.

We are marching to show the fascists the strength of the public’s opposition to their views, and to demonstrate Bristolian’s beliefs in a strong working class movement and a better world.

We are asking all local groups to come out and support the demonstration, share the event on your social media and circulate to your members and contacts-event link below. Bring your banners and your best chants.

Solidarity!

Bristol Antifascists

https://www.facebook.com/events/2026481657624470/

Red And Black Telly: TRANSPHOBIA – AN ANARCHIST REACTION.

Bristol antifascists film premiere, Thursday 7th Sept. 7.30pm

Bristol antifascists invite you to a premiere of the new film “Antifascists”. Footage and analysis from the frontlines of the fight against fascism. More info here:

https://www.facebook.com/theantifascists/

Thursday 7th Sept. 7.30pm at Kebele Social centre, 14 Robertson Road, Easton. BS5 6JY.

Free showing but donations welcome to support the relentless work of your local antifascist group.

And if that gets you in the right sort of mood, how about a bit of putting it into practice?…

Everyone out on 10th September! Time for another solid antifascist response in Bristol!

Here’s the callout from our comrades, the angry queer antifascists:

It’s not going to go well for fascists in Bristol this Sunday! Keep your eye on these sites for demo meet point details:

angryqueerantifascists.wordpress.com

facebook.com/bristolqueercaf

facebook.com/bristolantifascists

Stay safe and solid together. No space for fascism in our city!
In solidarity,
BAF.

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Saturday September 16th 2017

International antifascist prisoner solidarity. Bristol 24th July

Greetings comrades!

Bristol antifascists invite you to come and show your solidarity with antifascist prisoners worldwide. We are organising letter writing and card signing at this gig, from 7.30pm on Monday July 24th:

facebook event

If you can’t make the gig, how about getting together with your friends / comrades / group and letting our imprisoned comrades know that they are not alone? An up to date list of prisoners can be found here:

global-antifa-prisoner-list

The International Antifascist Defence Fund provides solid support for arrested and imprisoned antifascists worldwide and so is also well worth supporting:

As the third annual July 25th International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners approaches, we find ourselves fighting the hydra of fascism and far-right ideology. While its many heads have distinct looks in different parts of the world, this beast spews the same venomous poison of nationalism and bigotry everywhere. It demonizes refugees and immigrants, stokes hatred for Muslims, and attacks LGBTQ and other oppressed groups who are fighting for liberation and their very lives.

The July 25 International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners originated in 2014 as the Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman, an Australian man serving a 20-year sentence in Bulgaria for defending two Romani men being attacked by fascist football hooligans. Whether acting as individuals or as part of larger organized demonstrations, this is the kind of bravery and solidarity which defines antifascist actions against the forces of hate. Since the day of solidarity last year, we have seen this spirit all over the world—in Indonesia, Czech Republic, Brazil, Poland, England, Greece, the United States, France, Syria, Australia, Japan and all points in between.

While antifascism is global, unfortunately so is state repression. In the U.S., hundreds of antifa have been arrested resisting both the Trump regime as well as Far Right street forces. In Belarus, the state continues to harshly repress the antifascist resistance. While many of these comrades are awaiting sentences, there are still many who languish in prison. We will not forget these comrades behind the prison walls!

We call on anti-fascists worldwide to act in solidarity with antifascist prisoners. Consider having an event or dedicating an action to them. They are in there for us, and we are out here for them!

No Pasaran!
Until All Are Free!

Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Saturday September 16th 2017

It’s 2017 and the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair Collective has new collective members, a new venue, a new date and some new ideas.

As well as all the usual exciting features of the bookfair such as the amazing range of radical literature and the networking opportunities, this year there is going to be a particular emphasis on workshops and discussions. For this reason we have had to change venue. We needed somewhere with good workshop spaces and while our previous venue has been almost perfect on other ways it doesn’t have this.

Our new venue is smaller and so stalls will be limited. Priority will be given to activist groups that organise using anarchist principles and we would ask that groups campaigning on similar issues consider sharing a stall. The number of book stalls will also be reduced although there will still be a huge range of books. As well as more suitable spaces for workshops and discussions, this year we will be allowing extra time for some of the key discussions.

To whet your appetites we will be having a Zinefair on May 13th at Kebele in Easton, hopefully this is already in your diary! The bookfair collective is going to have our own zine distro so if you have a zine you would like included let us know. If you have it printed already that’s great, if not we may be able to print it. We are keen to hear you recommendations. Watch this space for other events in the run up to the bookfair…

For bookfair stall bookings please use our shiny new online booking form . The deadline for stall bookings is August 16th.

If you have an idea for a workshop let us know, we are particularly looking for interactive workshops that will either inspire discussions or share practical skills useful for strengthening and progressing our movements.

It will be at:
St Werburghs Community Centre
Horley Road St Werburghs
Bristol
BS2 9TJ

For General inquiries message us on

bristolanarchistbookfair@riseup.net