The National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns just did a brilliant workshop at WAST in Manchester. WE are just about to launch a weekly support group for women seeking asylum who want to start public, community and political campaigns. We all want to share some of what we have learned in this journey. Below is the link the the guardian article about Fatoumata.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Despite all our best efforts, the UK Border Agency are still proceeding with the deportation of our good friend Fatoumata, who is seeking asylum in the UK to protect her British born daughter from Female Genital Mutilation.
I would be incredibly grateful if you could take 2 minutes to sign our on-line petition, which we are hoping to present to Theresa May as soon as possible as part of our campaign to prevent the deportation, and forward to any of your contacts who may be interested. Your signature will really make a difference, not just to my friend and her child’s lives, but to women everywhere seeking protection against gender-based crimes.
We have been asked to reflect on what accomplishments we are proud of and we thought we would share the sounds of a Tuesday in Liverpool.
Cartographies of Justice
Liverpool Hope University
Saturday 8th December 2012, 1-7pm
Cartographies of Justice was a creative investigation into citizenship, migration and belonging with an eye on social and ecological justice. The event brought together internationally renowned art activists, writers, poets and performance practitioners (in feminist alphabetical order) Jennifer Verson, Katherina Radeva, Natasha Davis and Sai Murray with Liverpool-based artists and members of the migrant community (Migrant Artists Mutual Aid and Merseyside Refugee and Asylum Seekers Pre and Post Natal Group).
As part of the Cartographies of Justice, Migrant Artists Mutual Aid organised a Migrant Story Slam:
Imagine having just three minutes to tell your story. This is the story that your life depends upon and for one night only the judges are not from the courts but are members of the audience.
The Migrant Story Slam brings together the lively world of slam poetry and the high stakes reality of storytelling that is part of the lives of migrants. From passport control through asylum hearings to the check out at supermarkets, people who cross borders must continuously explain where they come from and why.
Slam Performers included Ben Belmar, Jennifer Verson, Lorena Rivero de Beer, Mark Loudon, Pa Modou Bojang and Zodwa Nyoni amongst others.
Liverpool Hope University
On Sunday 1st July, Penny swam a mile in Salford Quays, to raise funds for Migrant Artists Mutual Aid.
We raised £600 towards Fatima’s legal fees.
If you would like to donate, you can do so either through paypal (link below), or by transferring directly into the Migrant Artists Mutual Aid bank account:
Migrant Artists Mutual Aid
Sort Code: 08 92 99
Account Number: 65562282
Click on this button to make a secure donation through Paypal:
You can also donate in person with cash or cheque (payable to Migrant Artists Mutual Aid)
Migrant Artists Mutual Aid is a network of people who come together to produce community cultural events that aim to promote cohesion and intercultural understanding while raising money for migrants in crisis.
Mutual Aid is not charity, it is a safety net that is based on shared values of justice and equality, it is a safety net that is recession proof, that affirms that even in the toughest times we can stand together to help ourselves.
If we keep our resources inside of our communities we can create prosperity even when times are difficult.
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO CAME TO THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES AND HELPED US TO RAISE £900!
Read Sebastian Gahan’s review of Migrant Artists Mutual Aid’s performances of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues here: http://www.catalystmedia.org.uk/reviews/vagina_monologues.php
Sunday March 11th 4 pm International Women’s Day Performance at the Lantern Theatre
Sunday March 18th 4 pm Mothering Sunday Performance at the Lantern Theatre
Saturday March 24th 7pm Grand Finale at Ullet Road Unitarian Church
What are The Vagina Monologues
Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as
“intelligent” and “courageous,” The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed offBroadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and
excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim
throughout the world – from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which
includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998. A special edition was released in hard
cover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day’s ten year anniversary.
The Vagina Monologues will be performed at (insert location and address), (time), (date). Tickets
are (price) and may be purchased (or reserved) by phoning (insert).
What is V-Day?
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst
that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of
existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop
violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation
(FGM), and sex slavery.
Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit
performances of The Vagina Monologues, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, Any
One Of Us: Words From Prison, screenings of V-Day’s documentary Until The Violence Stops,
and the PBS documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You, Spotlight Teach-Ins and V-Men
workshops, to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities.
In 2011, over 5,800 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S.
and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women
Performance is just the beginning. V-Day stages large-scale benefits and produces innovative
gatherings, films and campaigns to educate and change social attitudes towards violence against
women including the documentary Until The Violence Stops; community briefings on the missing
and murdered women of Juarez, Mexico; the December 2003 V-Day delegation trip to Israel,
Palestine, Egypt and Jordan; the Afghan Women’s Summit; the March 2004 delegation to India;
the Stop Rape Contest; the Indian Country Project; Love Your Tree; the June 2006 two-week
festival of theater, spoken word, performance and community events UNTIL THE VIOLENCE
STOPS: NYC ; the 2008, V-Day 10-year anniversary events V TO THE TENTH at the New
Orleans Arena and Louisiana Superdome; the Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource: Power To The
Women and Girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo Campaign; the V-Girls Campaign, and
the V-Men Campaign.
In Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, V-Day commits ongoing support to build movements and
anti-violence networks. Working with local organizations, V-Day provided hard-won funding that
helped open the first shelters for women in Egypt and Iraq; sponsored annual workshops and
three national campaigns in Afghanistan; convened the “Confronting Violence” conference of
South Asian women leaders; and donated satellite-phones to Afghan women to keep lines of
communication open and action plans moving forward. V-Day was instrumental in the founding
of Karama, a program working in Egypt, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Syria and
Lebanon that works to build upon and strengthen efforts to end violence against women by
bringing together local women’s organizations and other civil society groups in collaboration,
analysis and advocacy at national, regional and international levels.
The V-Day movement is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world, in 140 countries from
Europe to Asia, Africa and the Caribbean and all of North America. V-Day, a non-profit
corporation, distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs
that work to stop violence against women and girls. In 2001, V-Day was named one of Worth
Magazine’s “100 Best Charities,” in 2006 one of Marie Claire Magazine’s Top Ten Charities, and in 2010 was named as one of the Top-Rated organizations on GreatNonprofits. In eleven years,
the V-Day movement has raised over $85 million.
The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina.