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.
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.
Finally our donation is on its way to Röszke – or rather: it’s on its way to those great people who are in Röszke since several days, cooking for refugees. (this is their German FB page).
Please support this campain and, if possible, donate some money!
They’re not only in need of money, but also looking for people who can support them on site.
Name: Residenzpflicht abschaffen GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG
IBAN: DE 8143 0609 6782 1991 7100
This saturday during the Hechtfest (festival of the Hechtviertel), we’re having a stall with cocktails (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) and lots of information at the az conni from 4pm. It’s a solidarity stall for our protest in Annaberg-Buchholz and we want to use the money to pay parts of the upcoming legal costs and lawyers’ fees. The police accuses a group of activists of having violated the assembly law by presenting a banner 50m away from the fundementalists’ march. We’re also looking forward to chatting with you!
The workshop will describe the history of Women in Exile and Friends. In a power point presentation and a short film clip from our raft tour last summer, this was joined by refugee women and supporters without refugee background nation wide.
We will tell a story that started from personal problems, which made us organize ourselves politically and friends supporting our political fight. After that, we will discuss together about general refugee issues, from a woman’s perspective such as isolation, exclusion, sexist and racist discrimination.
Women in Exile‘is an initiative of refugee women founded in Brandenburg in 2002 to fight for their rights. We decided to organize ourselves as a refugee women’s group because we have made the experience that refugee women are doubly discriminated against, not only by the racist and discriminative refugee laws in general, but also as women.
Women in Exile & Friends‘ was formed in 2011 by Women in Exile & activists in solidarity without refugee background. We focus on the abolition of Lagers, all laws governing the life of asylum seekers and migrants, and on the intersection of racism and sexism. In our group we experience that women can relate to each other, regardless of their differences in age, origin, religion, status, sexual orientation or other factors. And that together we can make an impact. We develop strategies to achieve political change and take our protest against the inhuman living conditions of refugee women to the public.
Wednesday May 13th
6.30pm // Martin Luther Str. 13 (kosmotique)