Sisters Uncut in Bristol have been carrying out protests against cuts and closures. The group occupied the Cheltenham Road library for 12 days this Spring protesting the closure of services and the housing crisis. The library site has been sold to developers and is going to become a development of private flats.
Last December Bristol Sisters disrupted a council meeting calling for more rehousing to be made available for women who are in refuges.
Since the economic crisis of 2008 domestic violence has risen, but more than 30 shelters have been closed down, some refuges are now only sheltering people for 12 weeks and some are not taking women from outside the local area, which is dangerous as it is important for survivors to be able to go far away from their attacker if necessary. The latest housing benefit cap is also a threat to refuges as most rooms are funded by housing benefit.
Sisters Uncut is open to all women and non-binary people, there are new groups opening all the time, check the website for a group near you. Alongside multiple London branches, as of this year there are Sisters Uncut groups in:
sistersuncut at gmail.com
This article first appeared in the Summer issue of Freedom anarchist journal