AnarchaFeminist black bloc at Reclaim the Night London this Saturday, 22nd Novemeber.

London AnarchaFeminist Kolektiv will be forming a black bloc at Reclaim the Night on Saturday and would like to invite all those who are anarchist and feminist to join us, and those who arent also. We will be wearing black, with a london anarchafeminist kolektiv banner (if we get it together in time)and hopefully we will also have a bike powered soundsystem.

The Reclaim the Night website never publicises it very well but every year LFN asserts that the march is open for all women including trans-women.  So the anarcha-feminist black bloc want to explicitly and clearly offer welcome and solidarity to any trans-women who want to join those blocs for the women only section of the march.

We have called for a black bloc in this years reclaim the night to protest against the police co-option and pro-criminalization stance of the event.

Reclaim the Night is an annual women-only march protesting against rape and sexual assualt. However, the the march has a constant theme of being pro-police and pro-criminalisation whilst being anti-trans and anti-sex workers. Last year the Met police were given a platform and welcomed with open arms. Police don’t make us safer – We want to reclaim Reclaim the Night!

The anarcha-feminist bloc will be meeting at 6:00pm just beneath the north end of the Hungerford pedestrian bridge, just west of Charing Cross Station and across the road from the river.There’s a place where there are steps and a lift down from the bridge and some bike racks nearby.

So please come, wear black, bring a red umberella if you want to show solidarity with sex workers (there is a ‘red umberella bloc’ as well!) and any black flags you have at home, any messages for placards….
The london feminist network will be handing out hundreds of free placards, so if you write your own message on a sheet of paper you could just staple on top of theirs.

Indymedia call -out

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5 Responses to AnarchaFeminist black bloc at Reclaim the Night London this Saturday, 22nd Novemeber.

  1. Susie M says:

    I was not planning to go to the event for the reasons you give, and particularly as the group I facilitate was specifically, and deliberately excluded from an event run by LFN called ‘Feminism in London’ a few weeks ago – because I oppose the criminalisation of ‘prostitution’ and support the ecp and Safety First campaign and put the reasons on their forum whenever the subject was raised. Our group is a discussion meetup and not a policy/campaigning group. Our aim is to bring feminists into activism.

    I created a red feminist umbrella for London Women’s Day celebrations in March – and it didn’t rain. And when I got this last email from you, I thought ‘Great’

    I got the idea from a group of women from up North at the Big Anti-Iraq March.

    However the instructions do not make it clear which side the bridge/river you will be meeting North or South?

    Sue from London Secular Feminist Meetup Group

  2. anarchafeministkolektiv says:

    we will be meeting on the north side of the river and hope to see you there.

  3. Valerie says:

    As an anarchist feminist former prostitute, I’m deeply upset by your willful misinterpretations.

    Yes, it’s important to protect the rights of transwomen, but nobody at the march is pro-criminalization and anti-sex worker. The radical feminists you’re referring to are often former prostitutes themselves, and the effort to which many of them have dedicated their lives is one to de-criminalize prostitution while criminalizing the buyer.

    Criminalizing only one party has never stopped prostitution before, and it hasn’t stopped it in Sweden where this law was enacted. What is does is transfer the power and control of the situation to the party who is not criminalized, which puts prostitutes in charge of their encounters.

    Why on earth you would try to characterize a movement composed largely of ex-prostitutes who are trying to enforce laws which would make it impossible to criminally charge for prostitution “anti-sex worker” is entirely beyond me. As for why you would try to characterize these women as “pro-criminalization” for their efforts to shift the balance of power within prostitution, I am equally baffled.

    Again, you realize that they are trying to de-criminalize prostitution, right?

    I really wish you wouldn’t write about a movement you apparently know little to nothing about. I also with that you wouldn’t identify as an anarchist while spewing the propaganda of one of the largest industries on earth.

    I mostly wish, as a survivor, that an amazing anarchist feminist collective wasn’t dedicated to silencing my voice. How exactly is that supposed to make me feel empowered?

  4. butterflea says:

    To Valerie,
    You accuse lafk of willfull misinterpretations. You say that nobody at the march is procriminalisation, but then say that they are dedicated to criminalisating the buyer. That is contradictory surely.
    There are many criticisms of The “Swedish” model in relation to prostitution, whereby the buyer is criminalised and not the seller: many swedish people feel that it has not actually reduced the amount of people buying or selling sex, it can also be said that it pushes sex-work further into the realm of the black market, nor does it make sexworkers safer.
    You say that LFN is a movement composed largely of ex-prostitutes. I must say that I wasnt aware that this was the case and do doubt whether that is true. Perhaps you mean the Reclaim the Night movement? LAFK is not criticising the Reclaim the Night movement, but maybe criticisng the Reclaim the Night London event. There have been a lot of criticisms of Reclaim the Night London in the past and there is the perception that it is anti-trans and anti-sexworker. People organised a red umbrella bloc at this years march because there was a perception (real or perceived, it doesnt matter) that there was an anti-sex worker feeling at the march and the red umbrellas were to show solidarity with sex workers. Many of the women carrying red umbrellas were sex-workers.
    Anyway in this call-out there is no direct reference to who exactly the organisers want to criminalise. It does not say that they want to criminalise sexworkers, or buyers, just that the event has a procriminalisation stance. The event is about violence against women, so having a procriminalisation stance could mean criminalising anybody who perpetrates violence against women. In my opinion the state is the biggest perpetrator of violence against women, so how can we ask a violent state to legislate against those who perpetrate violence against women, how can we ask a violent policeforce to protect us from violence.
    Surely radical feminists need to be looking at other more radical ways to solve the deep, deep problem of violence against women, instead of relying on the inherently patriarchal and misogynistic legislative system to protect us. Plenty of things are illegal, like rape, murder, drugs, descrimination, but it still happens. The legal system will not and cannot solve these problems.
    I’m sorry that you feel that lafk is dedicated to silencing your voice, i can assure you that thats not the intention. As anarchists, we should be about conscensus, and ensuring that all voices are heard, even those we might disagree with.
    I am a part of this kolektiv, but these are my thoughts nd not necessarily those of the kolektiv.
    In solidarity,

  5. There is obviously a lot to learn. There are some good points here.

    Robert Shumake

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