Two years on from Bristol’s first of many #KillTheBill protests on 21.3.2021, campaigners against increasing police & state powers and violence will march and rally in central Bristol. Meeting at 5.30pm in the Bearpit, marching to Bridewell police station. Campaigners will express solidarity with all those brutalised, arrested and imprisoned for standing together and fighting back against police and state attacks on us all; and with all communities, genders & races bearing the brunt of misogyny and racism. Be there.
Text from the flyer image: “On the Tuesday 21st March 2023 we will hold a demonstration in front of Bridewell police station against the violence of the police and the British State.
34 people, mostly young, have been imprisoned for over a total of 100 years for the uprising that took place on this day 2 years ago. An uprising that was self defense against the brutality of the police towards demonstrators and in response to the rape and murder of Sarah Everard and the PCSC Bill.
In those two years we have seen the police continue to brutalise and murder young black men, refugees have been left to die in the channel, we have seen suicides and murders at the hands of the prisons, the inherent and vile misogyny and racism of the police has been openly exposed and we have seen increasingly repressive legislation against protest and the organisation of working people.
The police and prison system continues to attack and disappear the already most marginalised and oppressed areas of society.
At the same time the state protects and furthers a system of systematic poverty. It protects the wealthiest and most powerful who live as they please off of our backs whilst one step out of line puts us in prison. The state punishes those who are the victims of its policies.
We want to come together on this day to show who’s side we are on, to show our solidarity with the Kill The Bill prisoners and their families and all people brutalised by the British State and its institutions of repression.
We will hear from those affected and those involved in organizing resistance”.
Support for #KillTheBill Protestors, Defendants and Prisoners If you need support then contact these groups: Bristol Defendant Solidarity email – bristoldefendantsolidarity[at]riseup.net mobile – 07510 283424 Twitter – @bristoldefenda1
“If governments are serious about the climate crisis, there can be no new investments in oil, gas and coal, from now – from this year.”
Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (May 2021)
“I believe that what we do in the next 3 to 4 years will determine the future of humanity”
Professor Sir David King, former UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser (2021)
Allowing the extraction of new oil and gas resources in the UK is obscene, a genocidal policy that will kill our children and condemn humanity to oblivion. It just has to stop.
There can be no new oil anywhere in the world, if governments are serious about climate (the IEA). If we continue down our current path it will destroy families and communities. We will face the starvation and the slaughter of billions – and the utter betrayal of our children and this country.
This choice of rapid transition to a low energy, low carbon world or social collapse is now inevitable. We can do it now, in an orderly manner – creating millions of proper skilled jobs and protecting the rights of workers in sunset industries – or we wait for the unavoidable collapse.
Climate collapse will mean the end of workers rights, women’s rights, all human rights. It is already the greatest injustice visited on the global south in human history. It is time to put everything aside, it’s either survival solidarity now or collective failure.
involved in supporting and navigating conflicts in your community?
interested in transformative approaches to conflict?
curious about how we can use embodied learning to connect the theory to our everyday lived experience?
keen to develop your skills and awareness in this area?
Come along! This is an experimental space, with group agreements around confidentiality, care for each other, and care for our communities. This is not a formal training space which will ‘qualify’ you for mediation or other conflict support work. It is also not a space where you will be able to receive ‘expert’ advice for specific conflict situations.
We hope it will be a regular reflective, supportive space where people with a range of backgrounds and approaches can learn from each other and develop ideas and skills in community, with different folks stepping up to facilitate. We sometimes plan our sessions in discussion with BARC (Bristol Anti Repression Campaign) Transformative Justice & Abolitionism reading group – we think our sessions are complementary to each other- but this project is entirely independent from BARC.
We first met in October 2022, and here’s some notes our sessions so far and resources that might help you figure out what we’re about…