RampARt Newsletter. 20/11/07

>>>>>>>>>>RampARt Newsletter. 20/11/07<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>LAST CHANCE – DO IT NOW<<<<<<<<<<

Tomorrow is the deadline for objections to the planning application for the demolition of the houses in the rampART block. You can lodge your objection right now.

Pick one or two of the following points of objection and elaborate on them in your own words.

a) Traffic congestion, narrow street, parking, heavy vehicles
b) Environmental – noise, nuisance, dust, vibration during
demolition/construction
c) Loss of social/affordable housing. Loss of large family homes.
Needs of community.
d) Heritage / conservation value – east end history, cobble,
traditional character
e) Right to light – loss of morning light to existing Rampart Street
houses in block

That’s it, simple. Just a couple of sentences are fine.

Send it by email now to… planning@towerhamlets.gov.uk
with subject: 7 to 11a Rampart Street – PA/07/02707
you must also include your physical address and name.

>>>>>>>>>New WEBSITE for the Rampart<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>Sort of….<<<<<<<<<<

In the long run we are planning to help to set up a website for the Social centre’s network rather than just for rampart, including online collective decision making, shared calendars and other radical gimmicks.

Meanwhile we are setting up another quick fix, an interim solution, a ack job which will -as always- going to last much longer then it should do. But it’s better then forwarding our domain to wikipedia. it goes live later this week, SO WATCH THAT SPACE! www.rampart.co.nr

If you have any pictures, videos, recordings from events, workshops etc…of the Rampart things you may have participated in, organised, invited to in the past and if you happen to have it online, please tell us and we can add your link to the Rampart website!!! Any Facebook, Flickr, and anything else other there….

@@@@@@ Happenings at the Rampart this week @@@@@@@@@@@

>>>>>>>>>WANC together this Wednesday at the Rampart <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>> WEDNESDAY 21st November. 7PM – 11.30PM <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

The Women’s Anarchist Nuisance Cafe is held every penultimate Wednesday of the month at the RampART creative centre and social space in Rampart
St, E1 2LA. We are open from: 7.00pm-11.30pm.

The next cafe is Wednesday 21st November ‘Goodness Gracious Ghee Cafe’.
More than just Bollywood, Shilpa and vindaloo… A celebration of South Asian culture. Qweer/feminist activism, Diwali and Eid, sari wearing instruction, dance workshop, fantastic food and guest speakers.
(http://www.myspace.com/wanccafe)

FREE Admission!!

>>>>>>Alternative Homeopathic Drop-In. Reclaim Your Health<<<<<<<>>>>>Fridays 2PM – 6PM<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

If you ever wanted to go to a homeopathy, but were too scared/poor/nervous, then come to this one!! Maddie is a qualified homeopath and will give you help if you are ill or not. First time consultations can take up to 45-60 minutes, so if there are a few of you…it might be a while, so email first and come early!!! Or you could just risk it and come along. It really works, and Maddie is GREAT!

An Alternative Homeopathic Clinic focussed on empowering & enabling you to health. One-to-one consultations on a monthly basis. Remedies, Essences, Herbs & advice to take during the month.

How Much? £0. It’s an exchange or barter clinic. Bring whatever you want. Eg. Skipped food, poetry, art, socks, a good book or an IOU!
reclaim@homeopathy4health.co.uk

>>>>>>> Beginners Hatha Yoga with Jupiter in the Yellow Room<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>Saturday’s at 4pm – 5.30pm<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>> Radical Theory Reading Group <<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>FRIDAY 30th November From 6.30PM <<<<<<<<<

Radical Theory Reading Group – A forum for informal discussion of radical ideas and utopian visions, which might lead to strategies for social change. We read philosophers, social theorists and mad visionaries with no particular agenda other than to fire our imaginations, unleash our desires and provide a space where knowledge can be free. Some come to express themselves, others just to listen.
Everyone is welcome. Readings are chosen on an ad hoc basis so everyone gets a chance to propose a topic for discussion. Just turn up and join in.

The next reading group meeting will be on Friday, November 30th 2007
We’ll be reading selections from Emma Goldman’s writings
http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_archives/goldman/GoldmanCW.html .
Suggest ‘The Tragedy of Woman’s Emancipation’ and ‘Marriage and Love’ and anything else that you have time for.

>>>>>>>>> Come to this gig! An Occupied London Benefit <<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>Sat 1st Dec 2007 from 7pm <<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>Other stuff happening……<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>Woman! Reclaim the Night<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 6:00pm Trafalgar Square<<<<<<<<<<

Reclaim The Night 2007 is a women-only march against rape and male violence. It will be followed by a mixed rally and party for men and women at the University of London Union, with speakers, bands, DJs and dancing until 1am. Reclaim your right to party!

According to the British Crime Survey (2001) there are an estimated 47,000 rapes every year, in the UK, around 40,000 attempted rapes and over 300,000 sexual assaults. Yet our conviction rate is the lowest it has ever been, one of the lowest in Europe, at only 5.3%. This means that more rapists were convicted in the 1970s when Reclaim The Night marches first started than they are now. Did you know that the maximum sentence possible for rape is life imprisonment? Probably not, because rarely are rapists even reported or convicted, let alone with a realistic sentence. This situation has to change. We march to demand justice for rape survivors.

Tell everyone you know and also….• Do pass the flyers to your friends and contacts and put them up in your place of work, library, etc.• Do publicise the march at your trade union and get support for it to be discussed as an agenda item.• Give out flyers at your Uni, women’s group, book group, school, college, place of worship, party political group, etc., etc.

Let’s try and make this march bigger than last year’s, which had 1,200 women!

For more info and to download flyers….
http://www.reclaimthenight.org/why.html

>>>>>Buy Nothing Day. Friday 23rd November 2007<<<<<<<<<<<<<

This is easy if you are broke….like us, but try this….on Friday, its Buy Nothing Day!!!!
Even if you have 2 pence…try not to spend it today.

On Friday November 23rd 2007, environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in as many as 65 countries will hit the streets for a 24-hour
consumer fast in celebration of the 15th annual Buy Nothing Day, a global cultural phenomenon that originated in Vancouver, Canada.
http://www.adbusters.org/home/

>>>>>>>>>>> Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine. International Rolling Fast & Vigil<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>For the safe return by Christmas of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine human rights activist who disappeared in Haiti on 12 August 2007<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Urgent help is needed to ensure the safe return of this man. He is an internationally respected Haitian human rights activist who is an extraordinary grassroots leader. Lovinsky is generally known for being a co-founder of Fondayson Trant Septanm, an organisation founded by families and others concerned about the victims of the 1991 coup, similar to the work of the Mothers of the Disappeared in Central and South America, they held weekly vigils demanding justice for victims of human rights violations and the release of political prisoners.

Why hold the fast outside the Brazilian Embassy? The Brazilian government heads the UN forces which have had the responsibility for law and order in Haiti since President Aristide was forced to leave Haiti in 2004. The US and Canada are also key figures. We are urging them to do all in their power, including making resources available, to ensure Lovinsky’s immediate and safe release

This event has moved to Tuesdays, please show solidarity and met here:
Every Tuesday 5-6 pm
Outside the Brazilian Embassy
32 Green Street
London W1K 7AT

For more info….
http://globalwomenstrike.net/

Lastly….

Please remember that the Rampart is a NON RESIDENTIAL building. This means we do not have people living in the building for long periods of time. People are welcome to crash from all parts of the UK and all over the world if they are in London for a political event or reason for short periods of agreed time. You need to talk to someone in the collective BEFORE you come and dates need to be agreed. We unfortunately cannot house people who are temporarily homeless or between squats, otherwise the RampArt will not be able to run as a social centre. You are not welcome to just sleep on the sofas for weeks on end without even asking someone….sorry! And we will kick your butt….

Also lastly, just to clarify, the Rampart had nothing to do with the squatters next door who were evicted some weeks ago. There has been some evil rumours that the collective that help run the social centre here at 15-17 Rampart Street, chucked out people from numbers 11 and 11a Rampart Street, which we didn’t. Durrrrrr….who told you that, the big fat white man with the white beard and red jacket and his army of reindeer? Yes?…Exactly…
Don’t believe the crap

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