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Stop telling us to be scared.

The news is full of things inspiring anger and outrage at the current state of the world. Last week we shared our thoughts on the proposed trespass bill, this week PRSC Director Lisa has written an impassioned piece inspired by Sarah Everard's murder, the surrounding vigils & protests, and subsequent debates on women's safety.

Read the rest on our website...

In the era of fake news, consolidated media ownership and tory donor BBC chiefs, we all know the importance of considering how narratives are presented. We see a fairly clear cut example of this in Bristol this week, where, as the #KillTheBill protest continued into last night, footage of heavy boots and riot shields trampling a peaceful sit-in showed that the characterisation of oppressed officer and violent protester might not be the complete picture.

The big media outlets have an awful lot to say about Sunday's protest, so here's some non-mainstream articles that might balance things out a little...

Plus a bonus article outlining what went down on College Green last night: Police violently shut down peaceful sit down occupation of College Green

Tinder is the Night

Brand new this week, the latest addition to Bev Milward's twisted takes on classic figurines. On one side, the idealised fairytale fantasy that little girls are fed growing up - on the other, the mantle of control, grumpy old men and the inventor of divorce, Henry VIII. A rare Royal Worcester figurine decorated with vintage ceramic transfers, real platinum and handpainted details, this totally unique piece questions what it is to be a woman, and what is expected of her, by both herself and society. Is it any wonder that she looks like she is trying to flee?

Miss World 1970 Protest Mug
Miss World 1970 Protest Mug
Truth Will Set You Free Teapot
Truth Will Set You Free Teapot
Lady Protest Dinner Plate<br> 
Lady Protest Dinner Plate
Tinder is the Night Figurine<br> 
Tinder is the Night Figurine
Lady Protest Teapot
Lady Protest Teapot
Votes for Women Mug
Votes for Women Mug
Women's Suffrage Mug
Women's Suffrage Mug
'English Rose' Figurine
'English Rose' Figurine

We can't wait... welcome you back into our shop! We've re-decorated with the help of our incredible volunteer team, this is just a sneak peek at what we have in store - a new disco ball right at the front of the shop, cos we want you to feel like the good times are ahead. Let the countdown begin!

In the meantime, all our wares are still available online! 

How to Rebel

at the School of Activism 2.0

It's easy to find yourself feeling helpless and angry in the face of all the shit news at the moment, so this week we're sharing some School of Activism sessions that offer practical ways to make a difference...

The Strategy and Tactics of a Direct Action

Sat 3rd Apr // 5:00pm - 7:00pm // Pay-what-you-can
This workshop, presented by Bristol ACORN members, will get you actively planning a direct action of your own in response to an issue facing you and your community, with an overview of negotiation, roles on a demo, how to show power, tactics, escalation and more. Read more »

Video and Activism

Sun 4th Apr // 5:00pm - 6:00pm // Pay-what-you-can
Activists from Base join us to talk about how to use video effectively for activism and the principles of self-organised spaces. Read more »

Adblock - Art In Ad Places

Thu 8th Apr // 12:00pm - 2:30pm // Pay-what-you-can
An online workshop looking at physical interventions and ad-covering techniques used by Adblock Bristol and other anti-advertising groups. Read more »

Becoming an Activist for Drug Policy Change

Wed 14th Apr // 5:30pm - 7:30pm // Pay-what-you-can
Training session on becoming an active campaigner for safer drug laws. Read more »

Technologies of Re-Enchantment

Wed 14th Apr // 7:30pm - 9:30pm // Pay-what-you-can
How can we communicate heavy issues in a way that brings people in? The incredible Pete the Temp leads this workshop for writers of all abilities and genres who want to develop ninja skills to enchant, provoke and persuade. Read more »

Digital Witness: An introduction to Storytelling and Advocacy

Fri 16th Apr // 12:30pm - 2:00pm // Pay-what-you-can
Stories can connect people to others who share their experiences and generate the ability of individuals and organisations to act. This session will introduce and demonstrate the Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling. Read more »

PRSC backs the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill campaign in Bristol

The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill is a game-changing vehicle for positive action. It would ensure that the UK Government plays its fair and proper role in limiting global warming to the 1.5°C recommended by scientists to avert catastrophe. The CEE Bill already has the support of over 100 MPs from eight different parties, including Darren Jones for Bristol North West! But not our other MPs, yet...

The Councils of Portsmouth and South Oxfordshire have just passed declarations of support and called on their MPs to do likewise. The campaign in Bristol is gathering momentum, and there are 3 easy steps that we can take as individuals to help get this bill into law:

Back the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill in Bristol, in 3 easy steps!

1. Sign the petition! Bristol Council - back the CEE Bill!

2. Thank you, Darren Jones (MP for Bristol NW)! But we still have three other Bristol MPs to persuade! Tell yours that this matters to you and ask them to support!
*Find FAQs and info on how to deal with MPs' replies

3. Like CEE Bill Alliance Bristol on Facebook

You can also join the Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill national banner drop and Twitter storm, Friday 26th March!

Things To Do

St Pauls Window Wanderland

St Pauls will light up for their first Window Wanderland this Friday and Saturday evening. Take a walk around the neighbourhood from 6.30-9pm, and marvel at all the decorated windows. There's still time to sign your window up, register here »

Got any spare disco lights? St Pauls Learning Centre are keen to borrow as many as possible to light their building this weekend, so if you have any to lend please contact the centre on 0117 9145470 or by midday on Thursday.

Watch some videos

★ The Carriageworks feature in this excellent documentary about Byzantine architecture in Bristol.
When dinosaurs roamed Stokes Croft!
★ Bristol's Paraorchestra join Brett Anderson, Charles Hazlewood, and guest vocalist Nadine Shah in Death Songbook, delicate new versions of songs about death; the death of love and of loss, and transcendence.
A song for Bristol: Trousers Optional by This Is The Kit & Bucky, part of the national music project A Song For Us.

Support your favourite live venue

One Year On: How to get behind Bristol venues after 12 months behind closed doors has some great advice on how you can support your favourite live music venues and help ensure their post-Covid future!

Housing & Homelessness

News from Bristol Homeless Forum

Some very important updates in this week's Homeless Forum Bulletin - well worth a read if you are interested in housing or homelessness.

Government Quietly Shelves Plan To House 3,300 Rough Sleepers By This Month

Ministers appear to have quietly abandoned plans to house more than 3,000 rough sleepers by the end of March despite a high-profile pledge to tackle homelessness during the pandemic. Read more »

Community News

EU Settlement Scheme advice session

If you're a frontline worker or support/work with citizens from an EU country, St. Pauls Advice Centre is holding an information event tomorrow for anyone wanting to find out more about the European Union Settlement Scheme. Free. Thu 25 March, 11am. Register here »

An Update from St Pauls Carnival

Sadly there is no carnival this year, according to a statement released today. Disappointing for many, but there's solid reasoning behind the decision. Roll on Carnival 2022!

Our Air, Our City Fundraiser

Our Air, Our City are fundraising for a billboard & poster campaign during the lead up to local elections, sharing the message that dirty air kills 300 people each year in Bristol. The campaign will demand that candidates commit to cleaning up our air, so that after the election we can hold them to their commitments. Find out more or donate here »

Hello Bristol Ideas

Bristol Cultural Development Partnership have rebranded as Bristol Ideas, with a new website, and a specially-written poem, Bring Your Ideas, by City Poet Caleb Parkin, celebrating 27 Bristol ideas, inventions and innovators.

Bristol Community Meals

Bristol Community Meals is a food delivery and wellbeing check service for residents who can’t prepare food. They deliver nutritious, freshly cooked hot or frozen meals to your home all year round. The friendly and qualified staff will make sure you’re well, safe and comfortable. Meals meet all dietary, cultural, religious and medical needs and menus can be tailored to suit your personal tastes and requirements. Find out about prices and arrange a delivery for you, a family member or friend by calling 0117 903 1520 or visit the Bristol Community Meals website.

Coronavirus Street Art by John D'oh

Fans of John D'oh will be pleased to hear he has a new book out showcasing and explaining his recent and often controversial artwork documenting the Covid-19 outbreak and its political, social and economic consequences.

Jobs & Opportunities

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

Applications are now open for the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards, a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice. Open to UK-based artists who are between one and ten years into their practice to realise ambitious new works for a national touring exhibition, they're particularly seeking artists exploring new approaches to photography. There is no age limit or fee to apply. Deadline: 10am, Wed 12 May 2021. Read more & apply »

Events / Festival Operations Manager

Kambe Events are looking for an Event Operations Manager to hold overall responsibility for the planning and delivery of all operational aspects of their in-house events (including Shambala Festival & Starry Skies), contract events and relevant consultancy contracts. Deadline: 5pm on 9th April 2021. Read more & apply »

Artist Support Activists

Theatre Bristol are looking for two experienced, ambitious and organised individuals who have a professional artistic practice and care deeply about the live performance sector in Bristol. As one of a pair of Artist Support Activists, you will be responsible for continuing and developing Theatre Bristol’s relationship with artists and freelancers who live and work in this city and the surrounding areas. Deadline: 5pm, 1st April 2021. Read more & apply »

Experienced Makers for The Makershed (St Pauls)

The Makershed want to hear from woodworkers & furniture makers, upholsterers and soft furnishers, building and DIY types, carvers, needleworkers and crafts people who can share their skills by teaching courses. Send your CV and a small amount of interesting (or boring if you want) information about yourself and the skills you have to before the end of the month.

Head of Programme for Encounters

Encounters Film Festival are seeking someone with creative vision and ambition to join their team in a newly created Head of Programme role, leading on the curation and preparation of all audience facing activity, and playing a key part in communicating Encounters’ vision and ambition, whilst supporting new and emerging talent reach new audiences. Deadline: 19th April 2021, 5pm. Read more & apply »

Youth Involvement Officer @ CYN

Creative Youth Network is developing the derelict Old Magistrates Court building in central Bristol into a creative enterprise hub for creative and cultural organisations, and young emerging artists, creatives and those looking to go into the creative industries. The Youth Involvement Officer will lead the involvement of young people in this major £6m development, ensuring their vision and ideas shape the design and use of the building. Deadline: 4th April 2021, 9:00am. Read more & apply »

Signage Graphic Designer & Artworker - Weston-Super-Mare

Experienced Graphic Designer required, to create engaging and on-brand graphics for a variety of signage media. Duties will include create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. Read more & apply »

Engagement Coach

Supporting individuals who have been in long-term unemployment, or those affected by the devastating economic impact of Covid-19, by addressing the barriers to gaining new employment with tailored support for each individual to achieve and sustain good work, including supported job search, re-training for a different sector and restoring self-confidence for work. Read more & apply »

Through the Lens

Wholesome street art
Gorgeous new murals under Stapleton Road train bridge
We can never resist a colourful paintbrush!
Rooftop mini landscape.

Throughout this crisis our work with rough sleepers continues. Please click on the button below to support this ongoing work.

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