Unharm Fair Day Campaign 2016

$2,140 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 37 months
We’re members of the queer contingent of Unharm. We're building a campaign for queer spaces free from harrasment by police, by ending drug detection operations in NSW. You can help make it possible through a donation to the campaign.

For more than a decade now, police have used drug detection operations as a pretext to patrol our recreational spaces, harassing members of our communities and other marginalized groups. Those operations are intrusive, unfair and unsafe.

We want to bring together the growing global movement for drug law reform with the vibrant history of queer activism here in Sydney.

We love Sydney’s queer party culture and we appreciate the part it has played in making Sydney a playful, friendly and dynamic city. Drug detection operations are killing our scene and pushing people to adopt more risky drug taking practices. Pill testing would be a much more positive intervention by government.

We’re raising money to support this campaign. Our next goal is a stall at Sydney Mardi Gras for Fair Day 2016 to raise the profile of our campaign and engage supporters from within our community. 

The money raised will be used for the fee payable for the stall, costs of the design and the production of marketing collateral. We will then continue to raise money throughout February to help build and promote this campaign during Mardi Gras 2016 and beyond.

We need the funds by the end of February 2016.

We appreciate any financial support for this campaign and will be forever grateful to those who generously donate to the cause.

Unharm is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity. http://www.unharm.org/
+ Read More
Thanks to all your generous support the Unharm stall at Mardi Gras Fair Day became a wonderful occasion to engage with a wide range of queer folks and supporters about issues that concern us all: namely, how to make queer drug use as safe, ethical and positive as it can be by making and sustaining collective cultures of care.

Our fabulous volunteers worked together to sign up hundreds of new supporters, providing information and sharing expertise about how to improve our responses to a range of drug situations. We even got a visit from Stoner Sloth, who dropped by the stall to find out about more effective, less demeaning ways of making queer drug use safe – like providing pill testing at dance events, and putting an end to the police use of sniffer dogs to harass citizens once and for all.

Unharm volunteers also participated in the extraordinary Keep Sydney Open rally, spreading the word about more effective, non-violent ways of governing nightlife. Ways that work with citizens, not against them, and respect their agency and pleasure. All in all, it was a great day for nightlife in this city and its people: Sydney really came into its own and started shining again.

Unharm is planning a bunch more activities for the season, including a film event that we hope will help to further realize the collective capacities of queer Sydney to enact care.

Meanwhile, did you know that you can send any smartphone footage you collect of police drug operations to facebook.com/unharm ? More on this soon…

To keep informed of upcoming events, please do sign up (if you haven’t already) at www.unharm.org/join

Unharm relies on the input, participation, donations and general fabulousness of its supporters and volunteers to do this work.
Keep Sydney open, fun, safe and dynamic
+ Read More
Hey folks, thanks so much for your generous support for this initiative.

Just a heads up that as part of this campaign, we are holding a training session in Taylor Square tonight for anyone interested in volunteering for our MG Fair Day Stall this Sunday. The pressure on the state government to reform their thuggish approach to drug policy is heating up big time and now is an exciting time to become involved in this conversation. The session tonight is an opportunity to get across the key issues and find out what you can do to contribute and become involved.

I know many will be attending the rally on Sunday to Keep Sydney Open, which promises to be a major and important event, but there's always the possibility of volunteering for the Unharm Stall beforehand or after. When Keep Sydney Open achieves it important goals, the problem of drug dogs will remain (the group actually supports increased police presence in nightlife districts as a better solution to nighttime violence, which is a double-edged sword as most queers know - what if those coppers have drug dogs? - just saying, with total respect and support for the protest action, which I hope to get to too)

Details of our training can be found at the link below. We'd love to see as many of you beautiful people who support this cause there as possible!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1720445211525345/
+ Read More
Thanks to everyone who has supported this campaign, you are beautiful.

Can you join us at the Unharm stall for Fair Day? See this FB event for details https://www.facebook.com/events/226029951072695/
Fresh new banner for Fair Day!
+ Read More
Just two days in and we've passed $1000 in donations. Thanks to everyone who has got behind this fundraising campaign.

In so many ways in NSW right now, our basic freedoms are under attack from a government that don't even try to understand alternative ways of life. The silver lining is that more and more people are mobilizing to defend the places, spaces and people they love.

Please keep sharing and supporting this campaign!
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$2,140 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 37 months
Created February 8, 2016
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we'll let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We weren't able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
AL
$100
Amanda Lyons
37 months ago

Great initiative. Time has come for a new conversation.

$100
Anonymous
37 months ago
$50
Anonymous
37 months ago
AL
$100
Adrian LOVNEY
37 months ago

Great stuff :)

$5
Anonymous
37 months ago
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.