Poland: Firefund for Radical Queer Feminist Collective Stop Bzdurom

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Stop Bzdurom – fund for lawyers, more wild actions, and stickers.

On the morning of July 14, police in plain clothes came to the flat in which Margot stayed in as a guest. They first threatened to bust the door, and when they were let in they didn’t give a reason for their intrusion, nor allowed their information to be written down. Then they brutally dragged Margot out of the flat in her pyjamas (without shoes, socks or a sweatshirt), and took her to an unmarked car, threatening her with abuse and death, calling her a f*ggot and a loser. Only after countless of people and NGOs intervened, did the D.A. reveal that Margot was charged in connection with the destruction of a homophobic truck. The activist was held up all night, and released the next day by the court, without arrest. Now she needs funds for herself and other people at risk, as well as for further actions of her collective.

Our story:

The beginings of our group take place in the spring of 2019. We stopped next to the Foundation Pro (close affiliates of Ordo Iuris- organisation led by extremaly influential people in Polish catholic church), which pits people against the LGBTQ+ community, compares it to paedophilia, fights for the penalisation of abortion and a complete ban of sex ed. Totallly screwed up – we couldn’t let this slide.

We organized a series of dancing protests in response to the homophobic tents in Warsaw’s downtown. With our friends, acquintances and people we just met, we partied to the queerest of the songs. With music and shoutings we drowned out the harmful messeges of the Foundation Pro. We showed that there is no space for homophobia and hate. We also showed that we’re here – and when we get there it’s with fun and colours.

We explained, that homosexuality does not equal paedophilia, that sex ed is OK. We’ve had a thousand conversations explaining the benefits of sex ed as means to fight sexual abuse and rape of underage people. We’ve made a website explaining the lies and manipulations of Fundation Pro, distributed leaflets and explained the manipulations on site.

Our last protest of this kind-organised with the QueerTour collective – in response to the homophobic statements of Polish president Andrzej Duda („LGBT aren’t people, it’s an ideology”) was called Provocation of the LGBT ideology – was huge!

During our actions we faced police brutality multiple times – on the first day one of us was brutally thrown to the ground by the cops , handcuffed and taken to the police station. Her case was taken up by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. The D.A’s office doesn’t like us very much, because they ignore our complaints about police brutality, but they would gladly f*ck us up.

We provided queer kids with stickers multiple times – absolutely for free. We supported more than 2 thousand places in Poland and distributed over 50 thousand stickers. You can see them – at least we hope so – everywhere. Until now, we’ve made about 30 custom pieces – but many of the best still await their publication.

What are our plans?

As a collective we would like to discuss the topic of internalised homophobia and transphobia within the LGBTQ+ community. We’d like to fight some of the problems plaguing our community (inaction, hiding, fear, loneliness). We know we live in a sad reality, and that’s what gives us the power to go forward. No more day longer in the closet. We fight with the passive discourse in our community.

What is this whip-round for?

Nobody pays us for our work, we invested our own funds, and we spend our own, unpaid time pouring over reports, reaserch papers and bullsh*t laws. We’re having a lot of fun, but we need your support to keep it up. We can’t do this on our own.

1.We need money to pay the lawyers helping us in court – this is urgent.

2.We’re planning a big action against the Foundation Pro and its trucks (of course legal and law-abiding). It’s sort of a surprise, but we can promise you this event will happen this year.

3.We plan one of the largest reprints of stickers in the history of LGBTQ groups, sending them to thousands of people in Poland, and supporting other activist groups with the income – these are the plans for upcoming months.

4.We could use some cash for printing the leaflets, spraypaint, the upkeep of our website and broadly understood escalation of our actions. This money will support our daily survival and basic needs (food, meds, bills) too.

Here is where we come to you for help. To work, we have to have something to work with – unfortunately, yelling sometimes doesn’t suffice.

We need about 4,000 euros for lawyers – now. Another 4,000 for the queer campaign we want to start next month. All raising funds above this amount will be donated to the Polish Anarchist Black Cross and to anti-repressive activities.

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LAPP FOTOAP.ART , Kubis , JohnBoB&SophieArt and Spacerowiczka we love you.

 

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