Housmans Books Newsletter 6 March 2019

6 March 2019 — Housmans Books

1. Women’s Strike – Friday 8th March – Housmans Closed from 10am – 6pm
2. ‘Switchboard Lgbt+ Helpline’s 45th Birthday’ with Natasha Walker and other Switchboard members

1. Women’s Strike – Friday 8th March – Housmans Closed from 10am to 6pm

On Friday 8th of March Housmans bookshop will be closed and staff will be taking part in the global Women’s Strike for the second year running.

Every day, women across the globe experience gender-based oppression in both blatant and subtle ways. We strike against harassment, assault, and violent misogyny in all its forms; against daily discrimination and gender-based violence; and to highlight the unpaid and invisible labour we carry out every day, often within our intimate interpersonal relationships. From the Women’s Strike call to action:
‘On 8 March we will speak out, resist, strike and refuse to work. The Women’s Strike is about realising the power we already hold – it is our labour that keeps the world turning and profits flowing. When we stop, the world stops with us.’

Scenes from the 2018 strike in Spain

In 2017 and 2018, the strike took place in over 50 countries, with millions of people taking to the streets in support. Mobilisations will take place in seven UK cities this year, including a range of protests and events across London. Although it’s still happening on a much smaller scale in the UK, hopefully we can all help to grow it in subsequent years.

For more info and details on how to get involved: www.womenstrike.org.uk
A fund has been set up to offset strike costs, including travel costs and lost wages for participants in the strike, which you can donate to here: https://www.gofundme.com/yakrv4-women039s-strike-fund

Housmans will be close from 10am-6pm, but the shop will be reopening at 6pm to help celebrate Switchboard’s birthday! See below:

2. ‘Switchboard Lgbt+ Helpline’s 45th Birthday’ with Natasha Walker and other Switchboard members
Friday 8th March, 7pm – tickets in advance from www.housmans.com/events.php

Join us to celebrate the 45th birthday of Switchboard, a pioneering support organisation that began in the rooms above Housmans Bookshop. A presentation and panel discussion on the history of the organisation will be followed by continued conversations over refreshments.

Switchboard was founded in March 1974 as the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, providing help and information to London’s gay community, particularly in the aftermath of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in 1967.

In the 1980s, Switchboard was the leading source of information on HIV/AIDS, with some of Switchboard’s volunteers amongst the founding members of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Switchboard rebranded to its current name in 2015 to emphasize inclusion for persons of all sexual orientation and gender identities, and that its services are not limited to London.

Today, it has expanded considerably to more than 30,000 callers each year, and now also provides support through email and instant messaging. Switchboard provides a listening service for people to discuss their feelings in an impartial and non-judgmental way, as well as information and advice for going out in London and the UK. Switchboard also operates an internet database of LGBT+ organisations in the UK known as “queery”.

click here for more info

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