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Radical Womxn's Dance Party
June 4 - 17
For the next in our series of postal exhibitions, OUTPUT is proud to present a collaboration between Radical Womxn’s Dance Party and CAPE (Campaign Against Prison Expansion).

Radical Womxn’s Dance Party are a collective that formed in 2017, organising events, workshops and fundraisers to protest womxn’s struggles in anti-capitalist movements. Collectively and individually they are committed to raising awareness and ensuring that they play an active role within their communities to enact change where possible.

Prompted by the recent calls for prison abolition throughout the US and UK, this project aims to show that anyone can be part of the fight against incarceration.

The print is an exclusive double-sided two-colour A3 risograph (printed locally by Granby Press), with writing about the prison system commissioned from CAPE (Campaign Against Prison Expansion), a network of grass-roots groups who have been fighting UK prison expansion for over half a decade. The print also contains a QR code that connects to a range of UK anti-prison resources - see below for the full list and be sure to follow us on social media, where we’ll be signal-boosting a range of campaigns, demonstrations and fundraisers over the next two weeks.

Radical Womxn’s Dance Party have previously organised club night fundraisers for Abortion Support Network and Migrant Artists Mutual Aid, and a programme focussed around immigration detention, with a donation point and fundraiser for Yarl’s Wood Befrienders.

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CAPE Campaigns:

Online Actions You Can Take In Under 5 Minutes

National Demonstration: Protest At HMP Full Sutton 5th June


Writings on Prison Architecture:

On the physical violence of architecture

The University and the Prison: A Dialogue

Other Links:

How to Write to Prisoners

Rethinking Our Justice System: Understanding Abolition in the UK

Alternatives to calling the Police
Abolition NOT Reformation

What about the rapists? Anarchist approaches to crime and justice


Donate to Books Beyond Bars, a collective who send books and other educational materials, free of charge, to incarcerated LGBTQIA+ people across the United Kingdom

A list of anti-carceral fundraisers

Useful sites:

Abolitionist Futures

Women in Prison

Books Beyond Bars

4Front



Radical Women’s Dance Party in collaboration with CAPE - formed in 2014 to oppose the construction of Europe’s second largest prison, HMP Berwyn in North Wales which opened in 2017. This new prison was a precursor to the 2016 announcement of the Prison Estates Transformation which guaranteed 1.3 Billion pounds for 10,000 new prison cages. Alongside rising numbers of school exclusions and rises in military policing budgets we know this cannot continue.

FIRE TO THE PRISONS

Abolitionist organising is a commitment to return fire to the prisons, their teeth are already covered with blood. It is work that keeps us steady, as work to survive and support each other.

Abolition is a practical programme of radical change produced by the everyday work of people across struggles in an active process of coalition building; because what is truly right but the right to rebellion?

REBELLION: from re, meaning again, and Latin bellare, meaning to wage war again and again.

In this year, 500 years since the start of the fascist invasion of what is now known as Mexico, 40 years since the New Cross Massacre and 20 years since fascist violence in Oldham and Bradford - we must know how we have kept people across communities safe and therefore with what tools we have to figure out how we can stop the violence.

At most, reforms seek to repeal a revolution before it is passed from one generation to the next and instead offer community outreach, compliant charities and council officials.

In case you missed it, that means Hackney council will refuse to provide a suitable premise for Sister Space who provide Hackney’s only service to support women of African & Caribbean heritage who suffer domestic abuse, and pass a motion declaring themselves anti-racist the next day.

Understand that in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s, Rastafarian women were among the most militant and vocal activists in social movements. Rastafari includes ideas that motivate the development of communities beyond the valorisation of material goods and beyond the consumption of processed foods and drugs. It is rooted in an understanding of the violence of the western project, for that is what is used to win. It therefore shares with so many other ideologies the aims towards more egalitarian forms of society that are in some kind of harmonious relationship with nature.

Take ‘Ital living’; an early form of food and health guidance that existed outside and against the interests of the colonial and neo-colonial administrators of the Caribbean.

These social movements are about decolonisation, which is also what prison abolition is about.