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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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

 

 

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.

Crowdfunder for activism in Palestine

Via Anarchist Action Network.

Hi friends,

Some of us are currently in Palestine. We are doing a writing project to provide information for action for the solidarity movement, and also doing interviews with Palestinian anarchists, anti-capitalists and feminists.

We are also doing some activism with the International Solidarity Movement (www.palsolidarity.org), joining Palestinian demonstrations against the occupation.

A lot of this is coming out of our pockets, but we’d really appreciate
some help if anyone’s feeling flush:

https://www.gofundme.com/shoal-ism-activism-writing-research-palestine

Please pass it on to your friends,

With solidarity

C

Happy May Day from Boscombe Punx!

What better way to celebrate International Workers’ Day than to stroll around handing out fivers to homeless, street people, beggars and the occasional busker – we like those. No questions asked because this selfish transactional society needs a kick, in the face.

Big up the Boscombe Punx who raised the money in the first place. We will be doing it again.

Bollocks to the law, bollocks to work, bollocks to the bourgeoisie. Happy May Day!

Why we celebrate May Day.

Kurdistan Solidarity – Portsmouth fundraising gig, 10th May.

10th May at 3 Bar, 106 Palmerston Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3PT

Hosted by Kurdistan Solidarity – Portsmouth, in support of the people of Kurdistan and in honour of the martyrs who gave their lives for the freedom of others, we are hosting a benefit night at Three bar in Southsea, featuring local and international acts.


Performing will be:

Roj – kurdish singer based in London
Kelly Kemp – indie tinged acoustic
El Morgan – soulful acoustic
Cyprian Sceptre – lively folk

Words by Bavil Ahmad: giving information about Kurdistan, in particular Rojava and the revolution their. We will speak about what the revolution means, what it stands for. It will be an informative night of learning and fun.

Tickets will be £5 with students getting a 2-4-1 deal. Option to donate more towards the cause if anyone wishes to support.

All proceeds to Hevi Foundation

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Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Southampton Branch. Dates in May.

Four Important Dates In May

May 5th Guildhall Square Portsmouth. 11.30 . This event is hosted by our friends at Portsmouth and South Downs PSC. If you are near the Portsmouth area, go along and show solidarity with Palestine.

May 7th Come and Celebrate May Day in Palmerston Park, Southampton. A celebration of left, green and progressive activism. From 12 Noon -4pm PSC will have a stall. Come and say hello. If you can help with the stall on the day please e-mail me.

May 13th Let’s Show Solidarity with Palestine

March of Solidarity with the Gaza March of Return. Meet at the Bargate at 11am. We will march to the Peace Fountain and then finally assemble in cultural square. 42 people have been killed by Israel defence forces since the March of Return began on 30th March and over 5000 have been injured. The March of Return declares the right of all Palestinians to return to the lands that were theirs before the creation of the state of Israel . Israeli independence (14th may) is remembered as Nakba in Palestine, (the Catastrophe.)

May 27th PSC Sponsored Walk.

Meet at Platform 1 Southampton Central Station at 9.45 or at 10 20 at Brockenhurst Station, south side. This is our annual sponsored event. It is a very enjoyable walk though the countryside. This year the route takes us from Brockenhurst to Lymington.Please wear walking boots or other suitable footwear as places of the route are very muddy. We will be back by 5pm.Please find the attached sponsor form if you want to take part. This raises awareness about Palestine as well as being a good opportunity to raise money which will directly help people in Palestine. Funds raised will be split betweem Medical Aid for Palestine and PSC.

Please support these events and tell your friends as well.

Stalls are continuing in town on 5th 12th and 19th May. Come and say hello, and tell HSBC to Stop Arming Israel.

My very best wishes

Cathryn M Spiller

Branch Secretary Southampton PSC.

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