From Abortion Rights – Pro Choice Protest on Friday

Action Alert: Pro-Choice Protest on Friday!

7.00pm, Friday 30th March, Bedford Square, London

It’s protest time again, folks. Anti-choice activists are currently staging a 40 day protest at the Bpas clinic in Bloomsbury, central London. They are outside every day, 8am to 8pm, praying, approaching people entering and leaving the clinic, handing out inaccurate information and on at least one occasion filming staff and clients.

They’re part of a growing tide of anti-choice activity, which is increasingly mimicking the tactics of hardline US groups – from harassing women trying to enter clinics, to hacking the websites of providers, to targeting those who rent premises to them.

Pro-choice groups have not staged counter-protests against these picketers during clinic hours: it increases anti-choice numbers and often makes the situation worse for service users.

But on Friday 30th March, ’40 Days for Life’ will be joined in Bedford Square by Bishop Alan Hopes for an evening ‘prayer vigil’ outside the Bpas clinic. Abortion Rights will be joining a peaceful counter-protest alongside other pro-choice groups and we hope you will be able to join us.

We want to make sure it’s a fun, family-friendly event – so bring babies, kids, partners and pets – everyone’s welcome! We plan to be noisy, but good humored and non-confrontational.

Women attempting to access a legal medical service must be able to do so without fear of harassment or intimidation. It’s time for the UK’s pro-choice majority to say we’ve had enough of this kind of behaviour and to stand up for our right to safe, legal abortion.

Where: Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HP (nearest tube Tottenham Court Road)

When: 7.00pm on Friday 30th March

Details are on Facebook and follow @BloomsburyPCA and @Abortion_Rights on Twitter for updates

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Feminist Brighton Workshop Series – Next Meeting 3rd April

You are invited to…..
Brighton Feminist Group Workshops Series

An intimate, safe space for women, transwomen and queer feminists

At the March 13th meeting of B.Feminist we accepted a proposal to begin a women only workshop series as part of the group´s activities, with the idea of creating greater intimacy among us as women, sharing our stories, and exploring debates in more depth way starting from our selves and our experiences as women and feminists. In this first workshop we hope to identify theme areas to work on during the year, based on our diverse visions and interests. The workshops will be facilitated by B.Feminist members based on participatory methods.

Workshop 1:
Tuesday April 3rd – 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Friends Meeting House
Ship Street Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AF
Facilitator: Helen Dixon

Who am I and who are we as feminists? What do we share and in what ways to we differ?

Workshop Aims:
1. Share moments in our histories that were key in becoming feminists
2. Identify core values and ideas that we share as feminists as well as differences or dissonances between our particular views of feminism and its meaning.
3. Based on what is shared, establish theme areas for more in depth debate and exploration this year in women only workshops

We will also have a tea and coffee break during the evening.
Maximum no. of participant: 20
Please confirm your participation with

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Vocal Opposition – Tickets Selling Fast

 

Britain’s foremost, award-winning jazz vocalist Claire Martin will headline a show to raise money for Brighton and Hove Women Against the Cuts. The jazz singer will be accompanied by guitar legend Jim Mullen at the Sallis Benney Theatre on Friday 30th March at 7.30pm.

And that’s not all. The show will be compered by cheeky northern comedian Julie Jepson and features Brighton community choirs We-Bop and Hullaballoo plus Raised Voices, a guest street choir from London. Journalist and Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee will open the show. What a line up!

Tickets are on sale now! £10 (£6 concessions) from Sallis Benney Theatre & Gallery or Pen to Paper, 4 Sydney St, Brighton.  Please note there will be no tickets for sale on the door.

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Next meeting – 13/03/12

Happy International Women’s Day for yesterday! It’s not over yet,
don’t forget we are performing Still I Rise outside Jubilee Library
tomorrow at 1pm, in a flash mob style performance stunt to celebrate
IWD and raise awareness of the impact of the Government’s cuts on
women. Look out for the Samba band!

Then join us and loads of other women’s groups, services, artists at
the Women’s Centre’s Big Day at BMECP, Fleet street (behind Brighton
Station).

Next Meeting – 13th February
7-9pm Friends Meeting House.

Discussion – Sexual Harrassment and Assault – how far have we come?

Following incidents of sexual assault on Sussex University Campus, we were invited to attend a meeting of women’s services, University staff and the police to discuss ways forward for tackling this crime. Kerry attended and I’ll bring copies of her report to the meeting.
Possible questions for discussion:
* Are cities and campuses safer now?
* Are police responses adequate and do we trust them to deal with these situations?
* How do we tackle violence against women, particularly sexual assault
and abuse in the long term – what role for the police, and for the
media?
* How should Feminist Brighton respond to this?

BBC launches campaign aimed at stopping teenagers becoming victims of sexual assault.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/17238674

NUS website and report about sexual violence at university
http://hiddenmarks.org.uk/2010/

This is an article in the Argus about one of the allegations that has been deemed false – the woman has been arrested.
http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/9556625.Teenager_arrested_following_university_sexual_assault_allegation/r/?ref=twt&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

These are just a few questions and articles, please forward or bring
more if you can.

We will then have 30-45 minutes to discuss the next round of meetings and our ideas for topics, speakers, films etc. and some plans for some all day workshops over Spring/Summer.

All welcome. 2 pound donation to cover the cost of the room.

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Press release – please disseminate widely

Women Rise Against the Cuts for International Women’s Day

On Saturday 10th March at 1pm, Brighton groups Women Against the Cuts and Feminist Brighton will surprise and intrigue passers by with a flash mob style poetry performance outside Jubilee Library.

The mass recital of Maya Angelou’s poem ‘Still I Rise’ is a fitting anthem to women’s creativity, determination and achievements, which are celebrated around the world on International Women’s Day – 8th March.  

 

The event will also highlight the Coalition Government’s cuts and their disproportionate impact on women. Evidence now shows the Government’s assault on public services and benefits is now actually reversing women’s equality in the UK. Women are likely to be hardest hit – suffering 72% of the cuts. Women’s employment has been rising (in contrast to men’s) with female unemployment now at a 23-year high.

Brighton-based poet, Evlynn Sharp, said “Women’s solidarity and resistance have been demonstrated throughout history. The inspirational poem we have chosen to perform reminds us that this is more powerful than a thousand cuts”.

 

ENDS

 

 

Notes to editors

  1. For further information on the performance or to arrange interviews with the organisers, contact Ali Ghanimi: mobile 07958 667927  bunchiefox@yahoo.co.uk

 

  1. Brighton & Hove Women Against the Cuts is a group of local women who have come together to take action against the Coalition Government cuts and highlight their impact. According to the Gender Audit of the Budget, women will bear the brunt by more than two thirds (Source: 2010, House of Commons Library). Website: http://bhwac.wordpress.com

 

  1. Feminist Brighton is an activist and discussion group inspired by debate and action for gender equality and feminist struggle.  We hold fortnightly meetings along with social gatherings.  We are a friendly bunch and welcome new people to join us.  Website: https://feministbrighton.wordpress.com

 

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Withdraw Support of Abort67

From the Brighton ProChoice site:

As Abort67 have started their 40 Days for Life campaign in Brighton, we launch our counter campaign to remove Abort67 from our streets. AS a step, we’re collecting signatures to present to organisations that support Abort67 in their harassing tactics.

Sign the petition Withdraw all support of Abort67 here.Petition text:“We, the undersigned, condemn the intimidating and aggressive tactics employed by the anti-abortion group Abort67 outside the BPAS Wistons Centre in Brighton.Abort67 tactics include large graphic imagery displayed outside the clinic entrance, giving out misinformation and using physical encircling to try and prevent people from entering the clinic. They target people who are already in a vulnerable position, trying to stop them exercising their legal right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

We urge your organisation to withdraw all support, direct or indirect, of Abort67 and their presence in Brighton.”

Please spread widely!

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Say ‘No’ to the Government’s Council Cuts

Please visit this website and sign the petition demanding the Government  restore funding to Brighton and Hove City Council.  The Government has demanded that the Council reduce its budget by a third in the next four years, which will result in huge cuts and closures of local services, not to mention the nationally implemented cuts already having a huge effect on service delivery.  There is an alternative!  Check out the website, like it and share it: 

http://brightonbudgetcuts.wordpress.com/

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