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Queer Night: Poetry and Dancing Against Prisons

*BRING UR FRIENDS, BRING UR EX, BRING UR MOM*  Please join us at your weekly pop-up gay bar for a nerdy and fun night in support of the Western Massachusetts Bail Fund (info about the Fund at the bottom of description):  ALL NIGHT: A raffle/fundraiser featuring donated gifts from a variety of local business. Offerings TBA. We will also continue our free in-house bring a book/take a book library at 5.  8PM: An evening of queer and trans poetry and literature hosted and curated by Zoe Tuck ( www.zoetuck.com ). Featuring readings by: ANDREA LAWLOR, CAMERON AWKWARD-RICH, EMILY HUNERWADEL, MARÍA JOSÉ GIMENEZ, and ZOE TUCK.   AFTER DARK: A fresh and fruity dance party to the sounds of DJ HONEYSUCKLE.  $2-10 suggested donation // no one turned away for lack of $$$  ***  (what is it) a weekly pop-up gay bar featuring queer humans/art/music/food/magic  (why is it) because there isnt one  (where is it) the majestic saloon, downtown northampton  (when is it) july 3 and every wednesday forever  16 taps of beer/cheap cans/good wine/pretty and pink mocktails and specialty drinks featuring fresh cold-pressed juice from Iconica Social Club.  Bullshit will not be tolerated xoxo  Majestic is fully wheelchair accessible, with ramps to entrance and a chair accessible, gender-neutral, single occupancy bathroom.  *BOOKING POETS/BANDS/DJS/DRAG SHOWS/TAROT READERS/VIDEO ARTISTS/YR GAY IDEAS xxx COME BY AND PITCH US YOUR THING*  and follow us on instagram at @popupgaybar   xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  ABOUT THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS BAIL FUND:  Did you know: If the system of cash bail ended right now, approximately 536,000 people in the U.S. would not be in jail tonight (Prison Policy Initiative, 3/18).  Cash bail exists simply to ensure that people who have been arrested show up at their next court dates. People with money can afford bail and are released almost immediately. Poor defendants can’t afford bail, so the system simply holds them in jail until their case. This can take weeks, months, or even years.  The Western Mass Prison Abolition Network has helped to open a local bail fund with the Massachusetts Bail Fund (MBF) last June; that fund has meant release for about 20 people each month held on up to $500 bails in Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties.  These defendants have not been proven guilty of any crime. In fact, over 50% of all Massachusetts Bail Fund clients have their cases dismissed. In a money bail system, those too poor to afford bail spend time in jail simply because they are poor.  Pretrial incarceration has disastrous impacts on the lives of the incarcerated.  This is exactly why it is not only important that we post bail for folks who can’t afford it, but also that we expand our services to provide ongoing care in whatever ways we can. Namely, we’re putting together support backpacks– filled with basic essentials like food, toiletries, and materials on where to find other aid/resources– for bail fund clients. We hope to ease people’s transitions back into daily life after such a significant, often traumatic, disruption.       Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 5 PM – 1 AM     The Majestic Saloon     24 Main St, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

*BRING UR FRIENDS, BRING UR EX, BRING UR MOM*

Please join us at your weekly pop-up gay bar for a nerdy and fun night in support of the Western Massachusetts Bail Fund (info about the Fund at the bottom of description):

ALL NIGHT: A raffle/fundraiser featuring donated gifts from a variety of local business. Offerings TBA. We will also continue our free in-house bring a book/take a book library at 5.

8PM: An evening of queer and trans poetry and literature hosted and curated by Zoe Tuck (www.zoetuck.com). Featuring readings by: ANDREA LAWLOR, CAMERON AWKWARD-RICH, EMILY HUNERWADEL, MARÍA JOSÉ GIMENEZ, and ZOE TUCK.

AFTER DARK: A fresh and fruity dance party to the sounds of DJ HONEYSUCKLE.

$2-10 suggested donation // no one turned away for lack of $$$

***

(what is it) a weekly pop-up gay bar featuring queer humans/art/music/food/magic

(why is it) because there isnt one

(where is it) the majestic saloon, downtown northampton

(when is it) july 3 and every wednesday forever

16 taps of beer/cheap cans/good wine/pretty and pink mocktails and specialty drinks featuring fresh cold-pressed juice from Iconica Social Club.

Bullshit will not be tolerated xoxo

Majestic is fully wheelchair accessible, with ramps to entrance and a chair accessible, gender-neutral, single occupancy bathroom.

*BOOKING POETS/BANDS/DJS/DRAG SHOWS/TAROT READERS/VIDEO ARTISTS/YR GAY IDEAS xxx COME BY AND PITCH US YOUR THING*

and follow us on instagram at @popupgaybar

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

ABOUT THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS BAIL FUND:

Did you know: If the system of cash bail ended right now, approximately 536,000 people in the U.S. would not be in jail tonight (Prison Policy Initiative, 3/18).

Cash bail exists simply to ensure that people who have been arrested show up at their next court dates. People with money can afford bail and are released almost immediately. Poor defendants can’t afford bail, so the system simply holds them in jail until their case. This can take weeks, months, or even years.

The Western Mass Prison Abolition Network has helped to open a local bail fund with the Massachusetts Bail Fund (MBF) last June; that fund has meant release for about 20 people each month held on up to $500 bails in Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin Counties.

These defendants have not been proven guilty of any crime. In fact, over 50% of all Massachusetts Bail Fund clients have their cases dismissed. In a money bail system, those too poor to afford bail spend time in jail simply because they are poor.

Pretrial incarceration has disastrous impacts on the lives of the incarcerated.

This is exactly why it is not only important that we post bail for folks who can’t afford it, but also that we expand our services to provide ongoing care in whatever ways we can. Namely, we’re putting together support backpacks– filled with basic essentials like food, toiletries, and materials on where to find other aid/resources– for bail fund clients. We hope to ease people’s transitions back into daily life after such a significant, often traumatic, disruption.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 5 PM – 1 AM

The Majestic Saloon

24 Main St, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060