Mar 032012
 

Twice a month we hold a discussion about an anarcha feminist topic.  We send out an article or book chapter beforehand and people read up on the topic before coming to the discussion.

Next discussion…

When?: 1st March 2012 at 19.30pm
where?: 62 marchmont road, Edinburgh.

Topic: Are the slut walks Empowering?
readings:
Ariel Levy, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture: read the chaper ” raunch culture”

People of all genders, colours, backgrounds and sexualities etc are welcome.  We meet in a ground floor flat so access isn’t a problem.  We are open to new topic suggestions.

For more info or to join the mailing list email us at betweenthelines.readinggroup@gmail.com

Feb 242012
 

DIY Discussions, our fortnightly anarcha-feminist skillshare and discussion group, is up and running again!

After a little break over the cold winter period, the first event will take place on Tuesday the 28th of February from 7pm – 11pm.

Please email us for the address of where we will be meeting.

The topic of discussion is ‘Safer Sex’ and we will be skillsharing techniques in massage and aromotherapy.

Click here for more information on DIY Discussions.

 Posted by at 3:08 pm
Dec 182011
 

An Anarcha-Feminist Reading Group

Anarcha-feminists have recently begun meeting fortnightly to discuss interesting readings together.

Where? 62 Marchmont road

When? Fortnightly on Thursdays @ 7pm

The next reading group will take place on the 5th of January.

This space is entirely inclusive to all genders, sexualities and backgrounds, and there will be tea! All are welcome.

 Posted by at 1:55 pm
Nov 282011
 

Creative Christmas Crafts!

On December the 7th we will be holding a special Christmasy DIY Discussion to help raise money for The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) a women’s group who have been active in many amazing and inspiring ways since the ’70’s. We will be making crafts together to be sold at a Christmas Fayre in Tollcross on the 17th to raise money for the group. We’ll also be talking about ‘Feminism in the Middle East’ with a special focus on RAWA.

Please join us for what is sure to be a fun evening!

Where to find us:

We normally hold DIY Discussions in somebodies house, but tomorrow we will be holding the event in “The People’s Cafe” 3 Bristo Place Edinburgh, in support of the recent occupation of this important community space. You will find us in the front room (first right as you enter through the cafe) in the old ‘snip and sip’ room of the ex-Forest cafe.

Here’s what we’ll be up to:

6.00pm – 8.00pm  Film Showing “View From a Grain of Sand”  Read the synopsis of the film here

8.00pm – 9.30pm  Creative Craft making and skill sharing

9.30pm – 11.00pm Discussion

What to bring:

Please bring any materials you would like to use to make things with. It could be wool, wood, thread, cardboard, fabric, you name it! The sky’s the limit! If you can’t think of anything to make, don’t worry! Part of the point of the evening is to share ideas and skills and learn to make things we haven’t tried before.

Snacks! We’ll definitely get hungry so bring along some food to share. A constant supply of tea will be provided!

As this event will take place at someone’s house, please email us at edinburghanarchafeminist[at]noflag.org.uk and we will send you the address.

More about the Christmas Fayre

All of your amazing donations will be sold at the “Tollcross Mini Christmas Fayre” which is taking place at the Tollcross Community Centre, 117 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh from 1.00pm – 3.30pm on the 17th of December. Come along! The fayre is a great place to find home made Christmas presents, and will have homemade bread, christmas gift cakes, hand quilted bags, winter chutneys, hand felted scalves, botanical art, books, food and many more things on sale.

Let’s end our reliance on corporations and avoid souless high street consumerism by supporting little initiatives like this one!

More about RAWA Solidarity Scotland

RAWA Solidarity Scotland is a grassroots group based in Edinburgh that actively supports the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA). If you can’t come along to DIY Discussions, but would still like to donate something to the stall for RAWA, please email the Edinburgh Anarcha Feminist Collective and let them know. Your donations are hugely appreciated! Thank you.

 Posted by at 3:39 pm
Nov 072011
 

Sabrina Chap and The Zorras

Friday, November 18
7:30pm – 10:30pm
The Third Door
45-47 Lothian Street

We are ecstatic Sabrina is coming to Edinburgh again as part of a wider european tour. Come out and give her a huge welcome back.

Sabrina Chap’s got classical piano skills, the ballad lyrics of Tom Waits, the onstage antics of Phyllis Diller and the voice of a whiskey angel. Her sets are a ragtime stompin’ good time, full of laughs, heartbreaks, and just plain good songwriting.

“Don’t let the picture fool you–Sabrina Chap’s forlorn album cover of Oompa! doesn’t reflect what inside: bouncing rhythms, complex instrumentation, and intelligent lyrics covering everything from heartache to performing femininity.” – Bitch Magazine

Zorras performances floor me so it with equal zeal that we welcome them.

“In Spanish their name translates to ‘female fox’ or ‘vixen,’ but for alt art group Zorras, the meaning is pure performance magic. Whether it’s the words of Sandra Alland, the intricate guitar work of Y Josephine, or the mesmerizing video images created by Alland and Ariadna Battich, Zorras lives up to its foxy namesake with stories ripe with sexuality, gender and sly humour.”

– Serafin LaRiviere, Xtra!, Toronto/Ottawa, October 2011

 Posted by at 6:21 pm
Nov 062011
 

A tank that has been "yarn bombed"

The next DIY Discussion is happening on the 9th of November from 7.30pm. Please come!

We will be chatting about pornography and making things with wool.

There are so many different things you can do with wool – knitting, crocheting and felting to name just a few! And wool crafts aren’t just for a certain section of society – anyone can enjoy wool regardless of gender or age, and it can be put to many creative uses such as “yarn bombing”  an art form involving the pairing of activism…and knitting!

Please bring anything you’d like to share, such as interesting things to read, craft bits and bobs, or simply your thoughts, feelings and ideas.

We hope to see you there!

For more information click here or email us at edinburghanarchafeminist[at]noflag.org.uk

 Posted by at 12:32 pm
Nov 042011
 

A workshop for Occupy Edinburgh
Sunday 6th November 2011 5pm – 6pm
Occupy Edinburgh, St Andrews Square, Edinburgh

This workshop addresses issues of marginalised voices within the Occupy Edinburgh movement, and seeks constructively to discuss the possibilities for creating a more inclusive environment and for creating space for “feminist voices”. Running for not more than 60 minutes, the workshop will start with a quick nod to some of the feeling that the Edinburgh Camp could be more inclusive. We’ll then move to a facilitated conversation about which methods to employ in order to move towards an inclusive movement, in which all genders can feel safe, comfortable, and valued. While the organizers recognize that the recent events which occurred in Glasgow may have affected some of the participants of the workshop, the purpose of this workshop is not to address issues of sexism in various protest camps, but to keep discussion focused on practical ways to affect positive change and create a safe welcoming atmosphere within this particular site of the de-centralised Occupy movement.

Topics in the workshop might include:

– Personal experiences of exclusion within Occupy Edinburgh
– The effect of autonomous organising on marginalised voices
– Potentiality of greater inclusion
– Women’s outreach – getting more women involved in the movement
– Feminist support networks within the camp
– Moving forward and creating an inclusive feminist space

The workshop organizers will conduct the workshop under a “safer spaces” policy which encourages positive and constructive discussion and debate, and asks all participants to recognize that this workshop is not the place for violent or hateful speech, intolerance, or aggressive language.

All welcome!

 Posted by at 8:54 pm

Skillshare

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Oct 242011
 

These events will hopefully take place monthly from now on, so stay tuned for the date of the next one!

 Posted by at 1:42 pm

DIY Discussions

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Oct 022011
 

Come along and get involved with our new project DIY Discussions!

DIY Discussions is a space to come together and meet with other feminists to share ideas and skills in a relaxed and friendly way.

Why?

The motivation behind the project is to attempt to empower each other to learn new things, with particular attention to skills which we may not have been encouraged to pursue growing up in a capitalist, patriarchal system. By learning to do things ourselves we become more self-sufficient and less dependent on this system of oppression and control. We also want to further our understanding and analysis of feminism through thoughtful, participatory discussion.

When?

DIY Discussions takes place every two weeks (fortnightly) on Wednesdays from 7.30pm – 11.00pm

The next one will be on Wednesday 26th of October at 7.30pm. Since this will take place at someone’s house, we ask that you email us (edinburghanarchafeminist[at]noflag.org.uk) for the address.

We’ll start the evening by sharing a craft/ability/art/technique/idea/way of doing something, and then spend the second half of the evening discussing a topic from a feminist perspective.

What to bring

An open, friendly attitude and willingness to work with and listen to others. Please read our safer spaces agreement

Any materials /equipment you think will be useful for the skill-share.

Snacks if you want them! (There will be tea)

Your ideas for other DIY Discussions!

Read more about DIY Discussions here

 Posted by at 2:59 pm
Sep 212011
 

On the 16th of September at 10.00am a morning picket was held outside the courts in Glasgow in support of Alice Nderitu. At least 5 people attended the picket, which was enough to pack out the small court room on Bothwell street. Held in the Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre since the 7th of July, Alice was finally granted bail much to her and her supporters great relief. She is now being supported by the Unity Centre.

On the same day, a solidarity letter writing event was organised in Edinburgh at the Engine Shed from 1pm – 4pm. During this period several people dropped in to write Alice letters of support or make cards. These have now been sent to the Unity Centre for her. If you would like to write to Alice to express your support you can do so by addressing mail to her care of the Unity Centre, 30 Ibrox Street,Glasgow G51 1AQ.

We will continue to support Alice in whatever small ways we can and provide updates on her situation here. There is more information about Alice’s story below.

 Posted by at 11:01 am