On January 22, 2016 will be the first annual Trans* Prisoner Day of Action: an international day of action in solidarity with trans* prisoners.
We would like to join this day of action together with the Anarchist Black Cross Dresden.
Especially in Germany there is almost nothing known about trans* people in prisons and what they have to face there.
That´s why we would like to invite you to meet us together at the January 22.
We will watch a movie and discuss, exchange the knowledge we have to know hopefully more at the end, we wanna write letters to the prisoners and eat cake.
This grassroots project was initiated by Marius Mason, a trans* prisoner in Texas, US. This annual event is being lead by trans prisoners and their supporters from around the world. It is a chance for those on the outside to remember those behind bars, give real solidarity and support and raise awareness about issues facing trans* prisoners. It is a chance for those on the inside to have a voice and organize together.
For trans* people in prison, those problems, like the terror of scrutiny, disgust, isolation, harassment and sexualised violence are doubled by the physical and emotional restraints of a literal cage, which you can’t leave. For decades, early queer activists showed active solidarity and support for the ones imprisoned – they wrote letters, had marches, and demanded not just that they be treated with respect and dignity, but their total and unconditional release. Queer and trans* prisoners organized with each other and the outside world. Join us in reviving that tradition.
On 17/01, cafém starts at 4pm and invites you to enjoy coffee, cake and other delicacies (please feel free to bring something along). Come around to have a nice chat or to take the time to burry yourselves into one of our many (queer-)feminist books and zines. Kids are very welcome, as well.
At 6pm, we’re showing the film “Before Stonewall” (USA, 87 min, documentation, English w/ German subtitles)
“Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community is a 1984 American documentary film about the LGBT community prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots. Using filmed recollections and a wealth or archival material, Before Stonewall traces the social, political, and cultural development of the gay and lesbian community – from the social experimentation of the Roaring Twenties, to the discovery of the true size of this hidden society during World War II, to the scapegoating of homosexuals durng the McCarthy era, to the development of the early homophile rights movement. Often funny or ironical and sometimes sad, Before Stonewall provides an informative and engaging portrait of the history of ‘ordinary gay people’ in America.”
cafém – getting to know feminism from 4pm
film screening at 6pm (English w/ German subtitles)
at kosmotique, Martin-Luther-Str. 13, 01099 Dresden
We also support this text Against sexualised violence and racism. Always. Anywhere. #ausnahmslos (“noexcuses”):
On the night of New Year’s Eve, numerous women were sexually attacked in public spaces in Cologne and other German cities.. These crimes demand thorough and comprehensive investigations. The prevailing impunity regarding crimes of sexualised violence must end.
We demand that the survivors receive the best possible care and support. We are in solidarity with those who have experienced sexualised violence and harassment.