Support base social centre: crowd funder and sponsored run

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-base-social-centre

Base Social Centre

BASE social centre in Bristol has provided an important space for community and organising for a better world for over 25 years. Putting principles of mutual aid, solidarity, self organisation and co-operation into practice it has been an inspiration to many. This autonomous, not for profit space has contributed so much to Bristol’s good reputation as a city of radical and progressive politics. BASE has provided genuinely affordable / free space to a wide range of community, campaign and activist groups and hosted innumerable events of all sorts. It is a place where people can meet others, socialise, eat, work, learn and organise together as equals. We are very proud of all that it stands for and all that it has achieved over the years and long may it continue.


Like many grassroots community projects, BASE has been really badly affected by the pandemic. We took the decision to keep the cafe, our primary source of income, closed to prioritise community safety and to avoid contributing to the spread of covid 19. This has meant that while our principles of collective care, mutual aid and solidarity are in good shape, our finances are not! The project’s reserve funds are now at a critically low level. So, it’s about time for some sponsored stuff! We get that everyone is a bit tired of yet another crowdfunder, so we thought we’d give this one some legs!

A group of BASE volunteers and supporters are running a half marathon along the Devon coast on 5th February to raise some much needed funds. While there may be some nice views along the way, it’s undoubtedly going to be an arduous metaphor for the struggle! It is described by the run organisers, Endurance Life, as “punishing” and “severe terrain”. Because the tougher it is the more money we raise, right? We will get it done, in the spirit of the old revolutionary adage of “Run comrade, the old world is right behind you!”


If you value autonomous, free, not for profit, community spaces please contribute to the crowdfunder and share it as widely as you can. Your support for BASE social centre is really appreciated.

New BASE and Roses crowdfunder live!!!

Please share as widely as possible to help BASE and Roses continue to sustain this much needed food solidarity project.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/baseandroses2022

“Our project will be heading in a slightly different direction in 2022, in the hope of continuing to address the crisis in inequality made so much worse by the Covid pandemic, but to do that in a less time-intensive way. Check back here in early New Year for more on that, and in the meantime, please contribute now so we can carry out our ‘traditional’ food bag deliveries on January 8th. And please get in touch if you’re interested in helping out with admin, bag packing or driving: 07731 845211; baseandroses@riseup.net.”

Active radical bookfair

We’re excited to be taking BASE infoshop out this Sunday to the awesome Active bookfair. We need revolutionary ideas now more than ever and bookfairs are a vital part of this, spreading information for action. So come support it and get those radical xmas pressies in!

The Exchange bar will also be open with mulled cider, coffee and the usual, and the incredible Pitchfork cafe will be serving up lunch from 1-3pm (a tasty bowl of rice/tofu/greens/a choice of sauces).

For last minute rallying – facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/405347437951686

BASE infoshop is back!

Well, it’s been a while! We’ve been doing a bit of anticapitalist shopping over the last year so come check out our expanded range of books, pamphlets, music, badges etc. We think there is something for everyone! And there will be cake and good people to meet and catch up with.

Please bring a mask to wear while moving around in BASE and keep distancing as much as you can. We will be limiting numbers in the building to be as covid safe as possible as well as ensuring other covid safety measures are understood and followed.

Support Kill The Bill demonstrators and legal defence

Defend resistance to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

The people arrested following recent demonstrations in Bristol against the much opposed Police Bill need our support.

We know the state will want to make examples of them.

As a grassroots voluntary group that has been supporting arrestees for over a decade, we have seen up close the damage a trial can do, regardless of the outcome. Particularly to people who have less privilege than those judging them.

We know that when the police are violent to protesters, they are determined to justify and excuse their actions through prosecuting those that witnessed and resisted their violence. This week in Bristol has shown the violence the police are capable of on the ground once they are emboldened by political support, after dark on Tuesday and again on Friday. The full scale of injuries sustained by protesters will continue to emerge, while the police have retracted their widely publicised claim that two officers sustained broken bones on Sunday.

Aspects of the protest on Sunday 21st March received immediate local, national, and international media coverage and political responses. The Mayor of Bristol has proclaimed everyone was “intent” on confrontation from the start. The police have branded demonstrators “a mob of animals”. Meanwhile some people have rushed to express “complete confidence in the approach taken by Avon & Somerset Police” – while the work of groups such as Bristol Copwatch shows that the approach taken by Avon & Somerset Police is racist and disproportionate year-round.

The heavy bias of reporting, depicting protesters as the initiators of violence, rather than the victims of violence, makes it unlikely that anyone accused of attending the protest on Sunday 21st March will get a fair trial. While even the most blatant sex-offenders are named “allegedly” until proven guilty, those arrested have had no such treatment. It is unrealistic to expect a jury will have missed these very public comments. It will influence the judgement in any trial.

History shows us that fundamental social change requires a diversity of tactics. We believe that no one taking part in moments of resistance should face the system alone. If you do too, please donate.

With cuts to legal aid, those in full time work will need support with lawyers’ fees. For those without that security, the trial risks limiting their capacity to find work.

We are aiming to raise £15,000 for people arrested following Bristol demonstrations against the government’s new legislation.
Depending on need, and in this priority order, we will use this fund to support those arrested in connection with the Kill the Bill protests by:

Supplying money for legal fees not covered by legal aid.
Paying any travel costs to court.
Covering loss of earnings sustained as a result of attending court.
Supporting legal cases made against the police.
Helping pay rent to ensure defendants can return to their homes after any custodial sentences.

Our crowdfunder is now live:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/killthebill-bristol-legal-support-in-the-streets?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

In the unlikely event of there being any money left over from this, it will be held by Bristol Defendant Solidarity to support people in a similar way in the future. Solidarity is our best defence.

In solidarity, BDS

SISTERS UNCUT STATEMENT ON BRISTOL – WE WILL NOT BE DIVIDED

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

It feels like every day a new story about police violence comes to light. Over the past week, we’ve seen a police officer walk free after being caught on camera assaulting a woman, using tactics that he had learned on the job to force her to the ground, screaming that she was a ‘fucking slag’ when she managed to escape. In the 6 years between 2012 and 2018 there were 594 complaints of sexual violence against Met police employees, of which only 119 were upheld. We know that only a fraction of incidents of sexual violence are ever reported to the police, so it’s safe to assume that the true number is far, far higher. With the passing of the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act earlier this month, the state authorised police officers to deceive women into sexual relationships, and even into pregnancy. The police are the perpetrators.

The police already have a monopoly on violence and the Police Crackdown Bill will only entrench this further. Protests in Bristol over the weekend were described in national newspapers as having ‘turned violent’, yet we know that it was protesters, not police, who bore the brunt of that violence. Police tactics, including kettling, the use of batons, and dispersal techniques such as horse charges, are violent in both intent and effect. Whether they are manhandling protesters at Saturday’s vigil in memory of Sarah Everard, aggressively pursuing young Black women for their details, or forcefully arresting protestors for shaking their heads at officers, as we saw last weekend at Bristol, it is clear that it is the police who turn protest into violence.

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will enable the police to decide where, when and how citizens are allowed to travel, congregate, protest, and work. Sentences of up to 10 years are laid down for anything from a protest to a house party or even just a lone individual causing ‘serious annoyance’. This bill attacks all communities, and it is all of us that must resist.

31 years ago, a mass movement formed in opposition to Thatcher’s poll tax, a flat tax that would have punished the poorest in society, and took to the streets to defeat a bill that could not be defeated in parliament. During the protests, mounted police and police vans charged through crowds of people, who were beaten with batons, but politicians and the media drew a contrast between a moral majority and a small number of violent protesters. The stigmatisation of protesters is a tactic of division that we won’t stand for. It is a fearful response by a state that thrives on division and scarcity. While the police can use violence against people with impunity, protesters are condemned for ‘violent’ damage to property. 

We applaud all those who went out this weekend, and took to the streets to defend the right to a life free of state violence. The police use violence to divide us, but we will not be divided. The conservative media attempts to paint a moral hierarchy, but we will not be forced apart. We know that this bill can be defeated, and we are coming together in a coalition of solidarity to do just that. We will not be silenced. We will kill the bill!

Signed By

8M Feminista Latinx
Abolitionist Futures
Black Lives Matter UK
Community Action on Prison Expansion (CAPE)
Cradle Community
Disabled People Against Cuts
Docs Not Cops
Jewish Solidarity Action
Kurdistan Solidarity Network
Migrant Media
Migrants Organise
No More Exclusions
Remember & Resist
Sisters of Frida
SOAS Detainee Support
United Families and Friends Campaign
Women Defend Rojava
Women’s Strike

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