‘Good Night Out’ Comes To Sheffield!

PRESS RELEASE: 21 LOCAL VENUES UNITE TO FIGHT HARASSMENT

Good Night Out campaign against sexual harassment launches in Sheffield with 20 pubs and clubs signed up. The campaign launches on 29th September.

By signing up venues commit to the Good Night Out pledge that harassment will not go unchallenged in their spaces;

‘We want you to have a good night out. If something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable, no matter how minor it seems, you can report it to any member of staff and they will work with you to make sure it doesn’t have to ruin your night.’

Good Night Out Pledge

The pledge is displayed on a poster in all male and female toilets in participating venues. Venues in Sheffield have requested a total 250 posters so they will be very visible.
All staff at participating venues will also receive training from Good Night Out on how to respond to sexual harassment when it occurs.

The campaign is aimed at the common form of harassment that has become normalised on nights out such as groping, leering, inappropriate touching or inappropriate comments. It’s hoped by displaying posters in male and female toilets will prevent cases of harassment by setting clear boundaries about what is acceptable behaviour. The posters also encourage people to report cases of harassment and with our training venues will be able to respond appropriately.

Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, said:
“The Good Night Out campaign has my full support. If we want people to have a good night out in Sheffield then we must have zero tolerance for any form of harassment. Bars, clubs, venues and pubs have a key role to play in preventing and tackling unacceptable behaviour and I’m pleased so many Sheffield venues are already backing this excellent campaign. I hope more venues sign up soon and pledge to not let harassment go unchallenged.”

Good Night Out Coordinator, Steph Ratcliffe says ‘We have been overwhelmed by the support received by the pubs and clubs of Sheffield and their desire to stamp out the sort of harassment that has become routine on a night out. Good Night Out will ensure that unwanted bum pinching, boob grabbing and inappropriate comments are dealt with consistently. It will remind everyone that this behaviour is not welcome in Sheffield’

The campaign is also backed by the Sheffield Best Bar None Scheme and Sheffield Rape Crisis Centre (SRASAC)

The is the first ever coordinated national action around safety on nights out, the Good Night Out. Good Night Out will launch during Fresher’s Week 2014 in Sheffield, Edinburgh, Oxford, Bristol, Glasgow, Nottingham, Brighton, Galway, Limerick, and the Medway towns in Kent, with more cities signing up every day.

Sheffield venues that have signed up are:

1. Plug
2. Corporation
3. The Harley
4. The Leadmill
5. Soyo
6. Tiger Works
7. The Common Room
8. DQ
9. West Street Live
10. Frog and Parrott
11. Hallam University Union
12. Sheffield University Union
13. Dempseys
14. Twist and Fuel
15. Paris
16. Crystal
17. Beg Steal & Borrow
18. Bowery
19. Rocking Chair
20. Bloo 88
21. The Old House

More info: Steph Ratcliffe: Sheffield@ihollaback.org /

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Fundraising Thoughts

With our November event getting closer, we’ve been discussing the idea of running the finance/fundraising side of things slightly differently this year, and we wanted to write this post to explain our thoughts and see what your opinions were. Being transparent about how we run events and the decisions behind that is very important to us and, as ever, we welcome your feedback or suggestions to help guide us along.

Each year in December we publish our ‘financial report’ for that year, showing what we’ve spent money on and where our money has come from in the preceding 12 months. In the early days, we fundraised an awful lot during the year through events such as gigs and films, so that our big festival event in November would be paid for ahead of the event, meaning that any and all money donated on the door would go 100% to the particular local women’s organisation we were supporting that year. For the first few years, this was a manageable way to work, and then we were ‘employed’ to co-ordinate the first big Hidden Perspectives event with Sheffield University, for which our time input was paid for at a standard hourly rate. This money meant we didn’t – and haven’t – needed to fundraise in quite the same way since then as we’ve had funds behind us to supplement the activities we organise and our general costs. With the pressure off fundraising, we’ve spread more of the money raised at events around the performers and participants involved, we’ve become a member of the Audacious Arts Experiment and we’ve been able to take greater risks with the events we put on.

However, that money was obviously not going to last forever, and as each year has gone by, LaDIYfest Sheffield has grown and expanded and we’re now putting on much bigger events throughout the year, some of which are free, and costs (which we on occasion are absorbing ourselves) continue to grow.

Discussions on this year’s big November event have therefore focused a bit more on the future, in terms of how we will run and fund next year. With projected costs for the remainder of this year, we will be left with very few funds (if any) going forward. While we are making attempts to seek an extra revenue stream to support us (such as applying to the Sheffield Town Trust for a grant), we cannot guarantee being successful and, even if we make a renewed effort to fundraise for ourselves through gigs and other events, we’d also love to make LaDIYfest bigger, better and more accessible, and this is probably going to come with new costs.

In order to continue to try and remain self-funded, we have decided to use our big November event this year to help us start 2015 with some money behind us, by splitting the profits made between WiCAT and LaDIYfest on a 50/50 basis.

This is what we would welcome your thoughts on, or to see if anyone has any additional ideas we may not have considered, that could help us survive and continue to thrive!

Please either comment on this post, or drop us an email or message via any medium you prefer.

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Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years, 6th October, Showroom Cinema!

Monday 6th October, 6.30pm, Showroom Cinema

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In collaboration with the Showroom Cinema and the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Gender Research, LaDIYfest Sheffield are very pleased to present Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992. A short introduction to the film will be provided by Azeezat Johnson, a Black feminist and PhD student at the University of Sheffield, working with Black British Muslim Women. Please join us in the bar afterwards for a drink and further discussion.

‘Audre Lorde: writer, activist, poet, scholar, mother, warrior, lesbian, black, woman, feminist. Audre Lorde: who always took the risk of naming herself, of asserting her right to exist in a world that made her existence difficult. In this film, Audre Lorde reaches out to each of us; we can hear her voice, follow her in her travels, as she walks down a street, laughs, talks, eats, dances, reads and even sings her poems. To have this footage of Audre Lorde in Berlin, a city she visited many times between 1984 and 1992, is an extraordinary gift’ – Sara Ahmed, 2012.

Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 documents Audre Lorde’s influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of East and West Germany. This chronicles an untold chapter of Lorde’s life: her empowerment of Afro-German women, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways.

A Facebook event can be found here and Showroom ticketing information is here.

All welcome!

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This Year We Will Be Fundraising For..

WiCAT!

…We are really excited to announce that this year’s November event (on the 29th, get it in your diary!) will be fundraising for and working with WiCAT (Women in Construction, Arts and Technology). More details will follow shortly, but in the meantime, read a bit about who they are and what they do:

Women in Construction Arts and Technology Ltd, known as WiCAT, is a dynamic organisation run by women for women to promote and support women in non traditional trades.

The project is based at the Women’s Construction Centre in Burngreave, Sheffield.

WiCAT runs introductory courses for women in a whole variety of trades and skills that women don’t usually have access to.  Most classes are run on evenings and weekends to accommodate women with work and family commitments.  Some courses are held for men and women, but all classes are taught by skilled and qualified women who have construction industry experience.

The Centre allows women not only to train in the workshop but, where safety allows, gives them the opportunity to undertake real jobs in the development and maintenance of the Centre.

There is a tool library for women who have done courses to borrow tools.

WiCAT also promotes networking events for women working in the trades and holds quarterly networking events for tradeswomen and those training in non traditional trades to meet and support one another.

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LaDIYfest BIG EVENT 2014

It’s that time of year again, where we take over part of yr weekend for our annual festival and raise some money for a local organization.

So far we can tell you that there will be a day of feminist/LGBTQ workshops at the Quaker Meeting House, where there will also be vegan food for sale, a supervised crèche, a quiet room and stalls with loads of zines and info!

In the evening we will be heading to the Redhouse for lots of bands, DJs and dancing until very late.

LOADS more information will be released very shortly, so keep checking back for updates and announcements!

If anyone wants to get involved in organising or running a workshop or stall or helping out on the day, please let us know!

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29TH!

(FB EVENT)

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Gig: Street Eaters + Jesus and his Judgmental Father + Big Joanie + The Repossessed

We’re super excited to welcome back Street Eaters, supported by a raft of equally amaaazing bands!

We’re hoping the show will be at TAAE HQ but this may change, so keep checking back.. wherever we end up, there will no doubt be vegan snacks and dancing late into the night.

Street Eaters / JAHJF / Big Joanie / The Repossessed

LaDIY: bringing the party since 2011.

SATURDAY 15TH NOV, 8PM, DONATIONS ON THE DOOR! (FB EVENT)

Street eaters flyer - Emma

 

- Lush poster by Emma T!

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Boycott Femifest

Cross-posted from the Brighton Feminist Collective blog.

FemiFest is a radical feminist conference happening next weekend in London. As in previous years (with RadFem 2012 and RadFem 2013), the event has made it clear this it is only open to cis women, stating “we welcome all women who were raised and socialized as girls to join us”. The conference is organised by RadFem UK, a relatively new organisation that takes pride in its radical feminism, a concept perhaps once used for those who believe in an overhaul of society in order to address patriarchy, but which now has been claimed by a brand of feminism that perpetuates hate speech against trans identities, advocates for laws and beliefs that are seriously detrimental to the safety and well-being of sex workers and has a history of racism. This specific group is targeting young feminists, and organising events that give a platform to these views. They are also intimidating the venue for this event with legal challenges in order to be able to host it.

We, as a Collective, categorically do not support FemiFest, or this form of feminism. We wish to make this statement publically as, all too often, these events occur, and these views are expressed, without opposition from the feminist community.

This has to change.

The Brighton Feminist Collective is trans inclusive, sex positive and pro-sex workers’ rights. This event, and RadFem UK as a whole, is far from following this ethos. The announced speakers include Janice Raymond, Germane Greer and Julie Bindel, public figures who are widely known for their violent transphobia and their anti-sex worker beliefs. One or two examples for each speaker should be sufficient to illustrate this: Janice Raymond authored The Transsexual Empire (widely considered to be hate speech) and influenced US law on trans healthcare and actively campaigns against sex work; Germane Greer referred to trans women as ‘rapists’; Julie Bindel considers the medical treatment of trans children to be ‘child abuse’ and is a vocal anti-sex work campaigner.

Rachel Moran is also announced as a speaker – a self-identified survivor of prostitution, she is an advocate for the further stigmatisation of sex work through criminalisation of clients and her support of groups such as Abolish Prostitution Now!. Her experiences, of course, are to be respected and heard, but her commitment to endangering the lives and well-being of sex workers is unacceptable. Femi Otitoju will also be speaking – Co-chair of Women’s Aid, she also ran a session at last year’s RadFem event alongside Sheila Jeffreys and Cathy Brennan, known transphobes who actively seek out the identities of trans women to out them online and in their own communities.

These women are being given a platform for hate speech. Indeed, they are being celebrated for it.

We are pro-sex workers’ rights and anti-shaming, and as such we cannot support a group or an event that calls for the abolition of the sex industry and for legal changes that will further endanger the lives of sex workers. We are trans inclusive, and as such we cannot support a group or an event that is bullying, dismissive and violent towards the trans community. The targeting of trans women and sex workers by these speakers plays a large part in their so-called radical feminism, and it must be challenged.

The Brighton Feminist Collective is made up of individual members and therefore does not adhere to a particular brand of feminism, but we do strongly agree that transphobia, anti-sex worker sentiment and other forms of hateful bigotry have absolutely no place in the feminist movement.

We therefore call on all feminists to boycott and publicly call out the behaviour and views of the speakers at this event, and to address the many wide-ranging issues of the organisation itself. We encourage groups and individuals to co-sign this statement in order to show a united front*, celebrating a feminism that embraces all identities, that centres and magnifies the voices of those most affected by oppression, bigotry and bullying, against a growing movement of hate that bears our name.

*drop a message in our ask box or email brightonfeministcollective@gmail.com if you’d like to add your name to this post.

Signatories: Brighton Feminist Collective

We wholeheartedly agree with this statement and praise the work being done by Brighton Feminist Collective to raise awareness of the dangerous aims of this conference.

Last year LaDIYfest Sheffield fundraised for the charity National Ugly Mugs, which helps to protect sex workers’s safety, and we condemn forms of feminism which are anti-sex worker or transphobic in the strongest possible terms.

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