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Fresh new paint in St Werburghs, by 3Dom, Sepr, Feek, Epok, Piro

Bristol summertime, with its carnivals, festivals, sound systems, street parties and cider, feels far, far away in these claustrophobic covid times. But this is a resilient, creative city and it'll take more than economic hardship, a global pandemic, and a national ban on all gatherings of more than six people to completely ruin our fun!

So in Pride month, during Refugee week, and amidst the swirling currents of the Black Lives Matter movement we bring you a message of Peace, Love and Unity, plus a whole stack of creative offerings to help this summer feel more like summer, and to aid us in the ongoing struggles for a fairer world.

Staff picks: Pride

From PRSC staff member CJ...

I was originally planning on writing this as a personal piece on what Pride means to me as a trans person and what inspired me to create this set of designs. Events of the last two weeks have jolted me into a rethink of what Pride means to all of us, and why it’s more important than ever to remember its origins and that the fight for rights is not a battle won.

Pride is such an important time for so many in the LGBTQ+ community, it’s become a month when we celebrate being able to express our identities and remember the efforts of so many and the lives lost in the struggles to gain our rights, freedoms and the relative safety enjoyed by many in this community. And for so long it’s felt like society has been moving slowly but inexorably in the direction of progress, towards more equal rights and opportunities and greater acceptance by the public at large. These last weeks have been a stark reminder of how far we still have to go, and how easily those rights can and will be lost if we lose focus and allow others to spread misinformation and fear about the community and our goals and needs.

Read the rest on our website...
"The First Pride was a Riot" mug
"The First Pride was a Riot" mug
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Trans Rights are Human Rights Mug
Trans Rights are Human Rights Mug
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Love mug<br> 
Love mug
 
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The Stokes Croft Food Project needs your help!

Cash Donations - Can you spare some cash? A £15 donation will pay for TEN fresh, hot, nutritious meals distributed to rough sleepers. You can transfer money to us using the following account details:
Account Name: Bristol Credit Union
Account Number: 63313868
Sort Code: 30-94-80
Reference: 78403

Volunteer - Our most pressing task is finding funds for the project, please email stokescroftfoodproject@gmail.com if you're up for helping us with this! We rely on a small team of volunteers to physically help us distribute food on Tuesdays and Sundays, but we have plenty of other stuff you could help us with from home – from making us a small wordpress website or creating a donation appeal leaflet, to going through a list of funders to help us figure out what we are eligible for. If you can give up a bit of time (at home or in the streets) we can use your help!

Read more about the Stokes Croft Food Project »

Tents & Sleeping Bags needed!

Once again our container is empty! We've given all the previously donated tents & sleeping bags away, so now we are on the hunt again. If you have a tent you don't use anymore, or spare sleeping bags, we want them! Donations can be dropped off at PRSC (17 Jamaica St) on Tuesday afternoons between 1-4pm.

Read more about our Street Survival sessions »

A petition asking for the Government to extend support for all rough sleepers beyond the pandemic has attracted over 7000 signatures. Each signature increases the pressure on the Government and demonstrates that members of the public value the lives of rough sleepers, and expect positive action.

Interesting Stuff

Refugee Week: 15-21 June

It's Refugee Week, and in true Bristol fashion you can celebrate and value the contribution of refugee and asylum seekers to the city by taking part in the Bristol Refugee Festival. #BRF2020 has a theme of 'imagine', so you're invited to 'imagine a world where…' by writing a poem, song, story or drawing a picture to display at home in your windows. There's also a curated online festival, check out the Bristol Refugee Festival website for the full programme.

See also:
Bristol based refugee organisations - Aid Box Community and Bristol Refugee Rights
Imagine a Kinder World - activities to help children and young people develop their empathy and understanding, from the Red Cross

Carnival goes digital

Missing the carnival vibes this summer? The St Paul's Carnival crew have got you covered with a series of online events - expect drumming workshops and spoken word along with performances and sets from your favourite Carnival DJs. The vibrancy of Carnival will begin on June 22 with two weeks of online fringe events preparing you for the day itself, culminating with a massive celebration on Carnival Day on 4th July. Join in, unite at home and celebrate Carnival with us.

Lockdown Bristol Zine

A grass roots zine promoting mutual aid, community action, art and DIY physical, social and mental health as an alternative to state power during the Corona virus lockdown in Bristol 2020. View/download it here »

Festival of Ideas Audio Archive

With most of the Festival of Ideas planned live events either cancelled or postponed due to lockdown, they've taken this opportunity to look back through their archives. Check out their latest newsletter for a collection of audio around the subject of racial injustice, hop over to their blog or bookmark their Reflections on Race SoundCloud playlist.

Co-operative College online workshops

Online workshops coming up at the Co-operative College:
Co-ops & Crisis - June 24th (£35)
Union Co-ops UK: A Manifesto for Decent Work - July 2nd (Free)
Lights, Camera, Activism - June 30th (Free)
Free webinars / podcasts : https://www.co-op.ac.uk/event-calendar

Alternative Photography Summer School

St Pauls Darkroom are offering a FREE Alternative Photography Summer School with experimental image making processes to try, plus four monthly online workshops, June - Sept. Register online to learn about solargraphy, sun printing, paper negatives and chemigrams!

Mental Health First Aid

Public Health England has launched psychological first aid training (PFA) for volunteers, frontline and essential workers. On the 90 minute course, you will explore the psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic and learn how to give practical and emotional support, to help people cope. The training is free, and no previous qualifications are required. Sign up on the Future Learn website.

Getting Bristol Moving Active Travel Map

Bristol City Council are asking for suggestions to improve walking and cycling infrastructure during this COVID19 pandemic. This interactive map can be used to highlight safety concerns and request physical changes to Bristol streets, such as putting in place a one way system on high streets for people to socially distance, parking restrictions to widen cycling provision and reallocation of road space for active travel.

Returning to Live Music Spaces: Your Thoughts

As part of their 'Save our Venues' campaign, the Music Venue Trust are asking music fans for their views on what they think about venues reopening, how confident they feel about going to shows, what they are looking forward to and what they are worried about, in a survey design to gauge audience confidence in returning to the UK's grassroots music venues from as early as July 2020. Share your thoughts on the future of gig-going by completing this short survey »

Opportunities and Appeals

Coexist Community Kitchen are hiring!

The Coexist Community Kitchen team are looking for a creative marketing manager to support them in sending out their message to the world and helping them promote the amazing work they do! The application deadline is July 1st, check out the job description on their website.

No Shit

"My name is Adam Castledine and I clean my ass. I have forty years experience of doing so. In addition to this, I have a passionate belief that, if we collectively need to purchase something like toilet paper - or lose our collective sh!t and panic purchase a years supply - why not ensure it supports charities and creatives? It does now. In fact, why shouldn’t toilet paper in itself be good to look at? It is now.

Want to support Artists? No sh!t you do
Want to support Charities? No sh!t you do
Want to support the environment? No sh!t you do
Want to treat your ass? No sh!t you do"

Check out Adam's Crowdfunder to find out more about No Shit »

Karshare - lend a car / borrow a car

If you have a car or van that's currently not being used, and you'd be prepared to put it to good use in the Bristol community, email: help@karshare.com.

If you're an NHS, hospice, care home, community meals service, food bank worker or volunteer, and you are struggling with transportation, please visit the Karshare website and enter your details. The Karshare team will do their best to match you with an appropriate vehicle (free of charge) as soon as possible.

Guerilla Art Through the Lens
Bristol has been exploding with rebellious creative energy lately and PRSC has been loving it.

St George Was Turkish

Did you see the anonymous sculpture that popped up next to the Colston Plinth in response to the 'defend the cenotaph' protests at the weekend?

Photo: Sian David / Bristol Live

Three Billboards in Bristol

Three anti-consumerism billboards appeared on our streets at the weekend. Thank you to whoever put them up.

Thanks also to Colin Moody for capturing this 'when people move together' billboard in Bedminster; to the Propagate Collective for the 'furlough forever' image in Ashley Down; and to PRSC's Lisa for snapping this 'Everything to Everyone' poster in Easton in the brief window of time before it got covered over.

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

Donate to support our homeless community
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