Great to see so many people at an energetic Reclaim the Night last night. There were three fabulous speakers and a performance poet, with several hundred of us hanging on every word in a candlelit Kings College chapel.
I wrote a statement for The Cambridge Student in advance of the demo (to be quoted as ‘a member of FAC’ not on behalf of the group, as discussed in the meeting last week), so I thought I’d share it with you, as it sums up quite nicely what Reclaim the Night is about for me:
I’m thrilled that the CUSU Women’s Campaign are continuing the hugely important tradition of Reclaim the Night marches. This march is a rare space for the voices of women who have been silenced by sexual violence to be heard. Marching together in a group of women also means that, for once, we can respond to the street harassment that most women experience frequently. For once, we can actually respond to harassers without fear of escalation of violence, as we’re surrounded by other women who are in solidarity with us. And we can shout about our truth – that rape is common, and victims are silenced. Read the rest of this entry »
Wednesday the 27th of February
Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5 8GA
(Dear FAC, apologies for the long delay in publishing this! I’ve been reminded that it needed doing after the very timely response to the recent review.)
Structure of the session
- We shared experiences in which we felt we had been treated unfairly
- We made and discussed a list of ways in which women are oppressed relative to men, asking ‘why?’ or ‘what is the history?’
- We made and discussed a list of ways in which Black and minority ethnic people in the UK are oppressed relative to white people in the UK, asking ‘why?’ and ‘what is the history or institutional basis?’
- We found some parallels and related aspects on these lists
- We discussed ways of taking anti-racist work forward into the future
A big thanks to all who came to tonights review meeting, which was very successful. Minutes from the meeting, the outcome of votes and decisions passed are forthcoming. A second Review-Continued meeting will be organised shortly to cover the rest of the points [3-5] from the circulating agenda.
Watch this space…
The following letters can be downloaded and sent to MPs and the local cabinet minister for health and wellbeing about the activities of Care Confidential’s bogus pregnancy ‘advice’ centres. Please feel free to adapt the letters, and to use them for other areas where Care Confidential centres have been set up. Read the rest of this entry »
Reclaim the Night is happening on 28th January, organised by CUSU Women’s Campaign.
Info from the Facebook event –
Women have the right to live free from fear. Women have the right to walk free from fear. We want to claim this right. So join us on 28th January to demand an end to street harrassment and violence against women. We will be meeting at 8pm at the lamppost in the centre of Parker’s Piece and marching down Regent’s Street, through the market and ending up and King’s College Chapel where a candlelit vigil and a speaker event will happen.
The route is wheelchair accessible.The march from Parker’s piece is open to all self-defining women and children.
There will be a solidarity demo outside Great St. Mary’s from 8pm for allies.If anyone wants to come just for the vigil in King’s Chapel that is completely fine! It is open to everyone and will begin around 8.45pm.Please join us to demand safer streets!
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