The Rampart & Bowl Court newsletter – 11th June

Marie Vescothe rampART collective and Bowl Courteers would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Marie Vesco who was tragically killed last week whilst cycling to Brighton. She was a vibrant and lovely being who will be greatly missed by all. Her help with rampART and Cavell Street spaces especially will be remembered.

RIP Marie, you shall remain in our hearts as a true insiration to all


Last thursday saw Bowl Court in court and narrowly escaping being caught… or something like that. After ripping our defence to shreds the notoriously tempramental judge got frustrated with the claimants being unable to provide a correct postcode and so adjourned until this Thursday 12th June, again at 2:30pm Shoreditch and Clerkenwell County Court. The great people at the Advisory Service for Squatters
( have been extremely supportive but anyone able to help out in the coming weeks please get in touch or pop in for a cuppa. There has also been progress with campaigns against
Hammerson’s development and the destructive expansion of the city, please see for more info.

== So now on to the events at Bowl Court and Rampart ==


7PM @ Bowl Court
[[Palestinian Film Night]]

A benefit film night for Anna Wajda, a Polish activist, coordinator of Palestine solidarity group “Viva Palestyna” in Poland. In October of 2007 she was arrested in West Bank by Israeli authorities. While in prison Anna asked an Israeli lawyer known for defending Palestinians and international human rights activists for
assistance. The benefit would help cover the cost of the lawyer’s intervention.

Two films will be shown preceded by an introduction from Anna’s friends:

– Gaza Strip is a 2002 documentary film by James Longley which records events taking place in 2001 during the Second Intifada. The film focuses on 13-year-old Mohammed Hejazi, a second-grade dropout the
filmmaker encountered at the Karni crossing in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinian children often gather to throw stones.

– Shebab Daiya is a 2003 documentary film with real footage from Palestine: house demolitions, running from Israeli tanks, random shooting, defying the curfew, and interviews with Palestinians. The film was compiled from footage shot by European activists working in Palestine August 2002 to February 2003. During this period the West Bank and Gaza Strip suffered multiple invasions and a constant state
of occupation by the Israeli Army. The film was made by videographers working with International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

£3 suggested donation


8pm-2am @ Bowl Court
[[no borders! gig]]

A benefit for immigration detainees and London Action Resource Centre (LARC) with bands, DJs, cabaret, films and stalls. Donation at the door.


8.00 pm to 11.00pm @ Bowl Court

Asylum seekers and refugees telling their experiences. Proposed films: After Sangatte (by Oscar Beard) – Still Human, Still Here (A.I. film on the plight of destitute asylum seekers) – Real Harm (Schnews on the No Borders protest at Harmondsworth 2007)- The Early Bird Catches the Firm (old-ish film on stopping dawn raids in Scotland) and whatever else you like (but must be on theme ).

Venue: Bowl Court social centre, 6 Bowl Court, near Liverpool Street


7pm onwards @Bowl Court
[[Free Skool meetup]]

The regular, fortnightly meeting to organise and setup a free skool in London. Is there anything you wish to learn or a skill you wish to share? Then please get in contact:


@ Bowl Court

A benefit for Eric McDavid who was sentenced to 20 years in the US for conspiray to commit arson with performances from Hello Bastards, F.T.O and Waste Away.


8pm – 2am @ Bowl Court
[[ benefit night for political prisoners in Atenco]]

There will be films, cabaret, bands, DJs and Mexican food.

== And events you might be interested in elsewhere ==


[[London-wide LETS Launch]]

With LETSlink London (LLL) at the Money Club, University of London Union (ULU)
Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY – nearest tubes Euston, Warren Street, Goodge Street.

This is a networking event for LETS organisers in London, and anyone wanting to find out about LETS and become involved. LETS are Local Exchange Trading Schemes enabling members to obtain goods and services without money, and to make a contribution to their community. Most LETS use manual record-keeping systems, but this limits their effectiveness, and those wishing to join are now asking:

“Where do we log on?” To meet this need, we have developed two new have two web-based systems, one suitable for locally managed schemes, and another which has been specially programmed to support
London-wide trading.

You are welcome to attend this meeting if you wish to:
(a) meet LETS organisers of schemes all over London
(b) view the operation of the online systems for LETS
(c) discuss various management structures for LETS
(d) become a local contact for London-wide LETS
(e) simply meet others who are already members or who may wish to
join: you can do so at this meeting.

10am Coffee and Registration:
11am Meeting for LETS Organisers
1pm Lunch – please bring food to share,
2pm Meeting for new New Members
4pm Afternoon Tea and Presentations
5pm Networking and Social

Please bring information about your local LETS or other network, details or products of your small business, a LAPTOP if you have one, FOOD TO SHARE and most importantly – yourself. If you want to contribute to the agenda, eg give a presentation or performance, or ask a question, please email us.

Attendees can register on arrival but it will speed things up if you would please register in advance by following the web-link below.

Contact Mary Fee, Secretary LLL: 020-7607-7852 in emergency: 07966-216891
Contact email:
Website address:
or – go to TRADING then


from 2pm @ the Spike, 39b Consort Road, Peckham, SE15 2PR

South London Community Project under Threat – call for support
Open Day to showcase activities – all welcome

A community-based free space in Peckham is under threat of closure because the Southwark Council Executive has taken the decision to sell off the property. Peckham, one of London’s most deprived areas, needs such local-driven initiatives that provide an outlet for local talent to create, collaborate and practice.

The Spike is showcasing its recent activities with live music, including The Pin Stickers, Speakers Corner Quartet, and other acoustic acts, alongside healing, food (some of which is home grown and baked in the new cob oven created by the community gardeners); games and much more.
For more information, please contact:
Paul Kelly
Mobile: 0790 365 2149


5pm @ Parliament Square

A chance to give a ‘presidential welcome’ to Georgey Bush as he visits London on Sunday 15th June. Something formal arranged by Stop The War but plenty of scope for some independent actions ;)


7pm @ the Apple Tree pub, 45 Mount Pleasant, WC1X 0AE (Russell Square tube station)
[[Why is there so much Violence in Colombia?]]

Next London branch meeting
Colombia Solidarity Campaign

…nearly 4 million displaced…more than 2000 trade unionists killed in the last two decades…40,000 citizens killed overall since 1998…more than 15,000 disappeared…

Too often, the ongoing conflict in Colombia is naturalized in mainstream media coverage as though it were a timeless, inherent characteristic of the country and its people.

In the next London branch meeting, Andy Higginbottom contests this view and introduces competing historical explanations of the violence of Colombia’s “dirty war.”

London branch meetings of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign take place at 7pm every third Tuesday of the month at The Apple Tree Pub.


Don’t forget the collective meets every monday at 7pm. You will find Bowl Court off Plough Yard which is next to the Drunken Monkey at the junction of Shoreditch Hight St and Great Eastern Street.

Thanks very much


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