Invitation to Festival of Freedom

June 30, 2010

Bangalore is celebrating the first anniversary of the historic Naz Foundation decision that decriminalised homosexuality in India with 2 public events that will be organised on July 1st (Thursday) and July 2nd (Friday), 2010.

The first of these events is “Freedom Song”,  an evening of (singing) performances featuring Philadelphia based singer Fatimah Loren, along with Bangalore based singers Sumathy Murthy and Akkai, and the Lesbit troupe.

This event is being co-organised by Good As You, We’re Here and Queer (WHAQ), Swabhava and Lesbit.

Date: July 1st, (Thursday)

Time: 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Venue: Mother Tekla Auditorium , No.10, Casa Brigitta, Old Passport Office Road,  Brunton Road, Bangalore – 560025

On July 2nd, 2010, the Campaign for Sexual Minorities Rights (CSMR)  is celebrating the “Festival of Freedom”, an event that we are celebrating to mark the First Anniversary of the historic Naz Foundation judgement, which decriminalised homosexuality in India.

Date: Friday, July 2nd

Time: 4pm – 7pm.

Venue: Senate Hall (Central College Campus, near Mysore Bank Circle)

Please come in solidarity.

Protest against the BJP Anti Cow Slaughter Bill

June 28, 2010

Here are some photos from the protest against the BJP Bill, which is a direct attack on miority groups who rely on beef as a source of income. Many farmers groups, dalit groups, muslims, christians and civil society campaigners (including SICHREM) joined forces today to challenge the Bill.  

Roundtable discussion: Reconciling the Sacred and Secular

June 28, 2010

The CIEDS collective will be holding their 2nd roundtable discussion concerning the conflict between the sacred and secular. This discussion will be held in the context of the Anti Cow Slaughter Bill and the Baba Budangiri Shrine.

Prof. Asghar Ali Engineer, Director, CSSS, Mumbai, Sudha Sitharaman, Lecturer at Smt. VHD College of Home Science, Bangalore and Shiva Sundar activist-journalist, Lankesh Patrike will all be initiating the discussions. It should prove to be a fascinating event. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Date and Time: July 1 at 4.30pm.

 Venue: CIEDS Collective/ Vimochana Premises
33-1/9, Thyagaraj Layout
Jai Bharat nagar
Maruthi Seva nagar post,
Bangalore-560 033.

8th Monthly Discourse on Human Rights

June 28, 2010

SICHREM in conjunction with the Indian Social Institute held the 8th monthly human rights discourse. The topic for discussion was  “The Psychology of Torture: Democratization for Constructing Cultures of Peace”.

The speaker Nananda Reddy, challenged the audience to reflect inwards and question their own capacity for compassion and selflessness.

Using the film Schindler’s List as the paradigm by which to judge our won morality she asked us to question whether we are the compassionate Oscar Schindler or the masochistic SS guard.

It was a thought provoking talk, which motivated all present to spend some time of introspection and reflection in the hours that followed. We thank the speaker and all those who came. We look forward to seeing you all next month.

Nananda Reddy addresses the audience

Rally and candlelight vigil in support of victims of torture

June 28, 2010

SICHREM marked the UN day in support of victims of torture by walking from St Josephs College to the Town Hall. SICHREM staff and volunteers were joined by civil society campaigners and students and staff from St Josephs College.

As we walked handbooks were handed out to interested members of the public. These handbooks provided more information about torture. At the Town Hall a candlelight vigil was held as a mark of solidarity for victims of torture.

The day was a tremendous success and managed to garner the attention of the press:

Protestors march toward the Town Hall

Outside Town Hall

March in support of victims of torture

June 26, 2010

Today is the UN day in support for victims of torure.

SICHREM as a show of solidarity will walk to highlight the issue of torture and its effects on the victims. The walk will start outside St Josephs Arts and Science College at 5.00pm. The walk will pass via Lalbagh Road passing in front Kanteerva stadium, Corporation Offices J.C Road and will conclude at  the steps of the Town Hall.

There will then be a candlelight vigil at 6.00pm outside the Town Hall. Please come in solidarity.

Protest against the fascist move of the BJP governmnet

June 26, 2010

The BJP government of Karnataka are pursuing a divisive policy that will lead to the suffering of many farmers who choose to eat non-vegetarian food. This bill is a direct assault on the Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and Christians.  The BJP government should represent all the people of Karnataka, not just the people whose diets they approve of.

Cattle provide a valuable source of income to many impoverished farmers and this bill will seriously undermine this. This bill is not inspired by any theological objection, but rather it is an attempt to attack and subjugate already marginalized groups.

“Time was in ancient India when nobody could be a Brahmin without being a beef eater. The Vedas tell you that you have honoured your guests when you serve them beef” VIVEKANANDA

Please come in solidarity and oppose the BJP’s fascist bill.

Date: 28 June

Time: 10am

Venue: Shivajinagar Grounds