WOMXN'S DANCE PARTY IN COLLABORATION WITH CAPE
|04/06/21 - 17/06/21
|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
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
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.
Listen to the OUTPUT Gallery Podcast interview with RWDP using the player below or read a transcript here.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.