we're here, we're queer, we're back with a bigger venue and we're ready to raise more money for organisations supporting detainees! get ready for a radical queer party with an all feminist/queer line up to kick off the 2018-19 year ♥
as before, the space is primarily designed to be a place queer women & non-binary people can feel safe - all genders welcome but please be respectful
--- this time we're raising money for ---
SOAS Detainee Support (SDS): a great London-based group providing practical and emotional support for those in detention, check them out at soasdetaineesupport.wordpre...
Cambridge Migrant Support: newly set up this yr to raise awareness of the detention system and provide support to detainees, especially those in Yarl's Wood. We'll be having introductory meetings this term and hopefully will be able to get some training from external groups so message the page (or Flic Kersting) if you'd like to get involved!
-- PERFORMING --
Esme Garlake : feminist & queer tunes with an acoustic guitar!
Nim Chimpsky : angry noisy whirlwind of acerbic feminist pop you can dance to
You Know It Makes Sense : a female DJ collective playing beats to make you move
If you want to perform something (spoken word, singing, instrument, anything feminist/queer!) either get in touch with the page directly or message Flic Kersting (or if u have questions about performing)
Detention in the UK is kept quiet - it's a clear example of state violence against migrants, especially those who are also part of other oppressed groups (eg LGBT+ or PoC migrants). It's racist, xenophobic and has no valid basis - something the UK government knows, meaning they try to cover it up as much as possible.
Currently, around 30,000 people are detained in UK detention centres each year and the UK is the only European country to have no upper time limit on detention. The recent BBC panorama drew some attention to it, however this cannot portray the ongoing atrocities faced by those that experience detention and violent border enforcement first hand.
Border controls are enforced under the guise of 'national secruity'. In actual fact, they are something put forward by the state to help it create an image of 'otherness', allowing an idea of 'us vs them' to foster nationalism and help the government maintain its power. Migrants often face similar oppression to that which has been faced by LGBTQ+ people so it is vital we stand in solidarity with them and support them in their struggle.
Border enforcement is racist and violent and must not be allowed to go unchallenged.
- wheelchair access: "Due to the age of the building the Portland is not easily accessible by wheel chair but we will endeavour to provide any help we can. Generally entry to the venue and public bar is no problem." - from the venue website
- gender neutral toilets will be available
- there is seating available in the venue
- a safer spaces policy is in place - racism,, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, classism, ableism and any other kind of bigotry is not accepted and we will ask you to leave if needed (please report it to bar staff if you see it)
- message us if you have any other accessibility requirements/questions about the night and we'll see what we can do xx