Back to the Ramparts

Ok, so Bowl Court is gone and the 24hour security put in there since our eviction have apparently stolen our video projector, media player, tools, cash and other valuables. Nether-the-less, we are not defeated and have retreated back to the rampART to regroup. Last saturday the place was packed for the Music & Lights benefit party and this thursday (assuming we can borrow a projector) we’ve got a film night
organised….

> > THURSDAY 21ST

Climate camp film night, debrief and discussion

Loads of short films about this years climate camp (including a never seen before exclusive première) and stuff from some of the other camps that have taken place around the world – along with a chance for people who attended to share their experiences. Bring photos/video to screen if you have any.

Starts 8pm. Free

15 rampart street, london E1 2LA

> > MONDAY MEETINGS

It should be obvious… the weekly social centre organising meetings are now taking place at rampART again. 7pm every monday. If you have a proposal or would like to get involved in the space, please come
along.

>> >> ELSEWHERE

> > BOOK LAUNCH & TALK – Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment

Author Peter Hallward will be discussing how Haiti, once the most lucrative European colony in the Caribbean, has become one of the most divided and impoverished countries in the world.

In the late 1980s, a remarkable popular mobilisation known as Lavalas, or ‘the flood’, sought to liberate the island from decades of US-backed dictatorial rule. After winning a landslide election victory, in 1991 the Lavalas government, led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown by a bloody military coup.
Peter’s latest book ‘Damming the Flood’, analyses how and why Aristide’s enemies in Haiti, the US and France instigated a second coup in 2004 to remove Aristide and Lavalas for good.

The elaborate international campaign to contain, discredit and then overthrow Lavalas at the start of the twenty-first century was perhaps the most successful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the Cold
War. Its execution and its impact provide important lessons for those interested in today’s political struggles in Latin America and the rest of the post-colonial world.

“This riveting and deeply-informed account should be carefully read by those who recognise that Haiti’s tragic history is a microcosm of imperial savagery and heroic resistance which, as Hallward argues, will continue to shape Haiti’s political future if its people are granted the opportunity to take their fate into their own hands. ” – Noam Chomsky

Wednesday 20th August – 7pm
Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Free entry
Nearest tube: King’s Cross

email: shop@housmans.com
www.housmans.com/events

> > FILM SCREENING -Territorio Pacificado, (Kanal B, Germany 2006, 77 min)

On February 21, 2005, Colombian army units attacked two hamlets in the San José community in North-western Colombia. The soldiers brutally killed six people including two children and a baby. Those murdered were members of the peace community San José de Apartadó. In 1997 the farmers had decided to declare neutrality and to refrain from cooperation with any of the armed groups in the war-torn Urabá region – be it the state, the paramilitaries, or the guerrilla.

After decades of displacement the community hoped that neutrality would allow them to stay on their land. In the face of continuing attacks, the people hold on to their project which they call ‘el proceso’. El proceso stands for the search for political alternatives in a conflict profiting few and victimising many. This film documents their struggle.

The film will be presented by Tobias Hering, co-author and co-editor of ‘Territorio Pacificado’, and member of the Berlin-based independent media collective Kanal B.

Saturday 23rd August – 5pm
Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Free entry
Drinks will be available
Nearest tube: King’s Cross

email: shop@housmans.com
www.housmans.com/events

> > Anti-Olympic Street Party

* 1pm Sunday 24th August in Shoreditch Park *

Join us for a protest pic-nic at Shoreditch Festival ( http://www.shoreditchfestival.org.uk/sunday24.html ) , where Hackney Council will be marking the official handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London at 2.30pm. This will take the form of a 1948-themed street party: the last time the Games were in London.

Bring banners, sports equipment and food to share and consider dressing accordingly.

Let the Games begin!

In four years the Olympic games will be held in London: no reason to celebrate.

The 2012 Games will contribute to privatisation, inequality and surveillance in our city. It will convert large areas of public space into private ground, most of it compulsorily purchased. The Games rely on volunteers working for no wages as well as workers in conditions that will get worse as 2012 approaches. Already we have seen local businesses closed down, allotment-users, travellers and tenants evicted and amateur football pitches are getting destroyed (not to mention everything else) for what are apparently ‘everyone’s’ Games.

Feel free to contact us at letthegamesbegin@riseup.net

> > Earth First! Summer Gathering

Ecological Direct Action without Compromise – 27 Aug – 1 Sept 2008, Norfolk

Earth First is a loose network of people, groups and campaigns coming together for ecological direct action. Join us for 5 days of workshops, networking and planning actions.

For more info about the gathering check out our website or email us at summergathering _AT_ earthfirst.org.uk (though we won’t be able to answer your emails after 21 August, as we’ll be on site setting up)

The gathering this year will be held at Woolseybridge Farm – a lovely site in Norfolk with lots of trees and a little stream. It’s approximately 1.5 miles NNE of Diss. Diss has regular train services and a wholefood shop. The Grid Reference of the site is TM130819. The post code is IP22 5SY.

The site is easily accessible by public transport, you can get the train either to Diss or Norwich and then catch the bus route no 1 (Simmonds) from Diss to Norwich or vice versa – this route goes right past the site and we’ll be asking the local bus company if they will stop right outside the site on request. Or you could walk or cycle – it’s only 1.5miles away from Diss train station. Please come by public
transport if at all possible! .
We will run pick-ups from the train station for anybody who can’t use the bus service or for larger groups of people. If you need a lift please let us know well in advance (and not in the middle of the night, when you’re at a train station somewhere!). Ring the Gathering mobile on 07789 331857.

For more info on travel, including a map and bus times, check out http://earthfirstgathering.org.uk/2008/where.html

The Workshops

This year’s programme focusses on info and planning for actions, direct action skills as well as spaces to discuss how we can respond to and deal with the widening ecological, economic and societal crises. We hope there’s something for everyone. We strongly suggest that you arrive on Tue evening as workshops will be starting Wednesday morning and running until Sunday evening. It’d be great if people could stay on for the Monday to help take down and clear up the site.
Wednesday
12:00
Introduction to Earth First! and the gathering
Dealing with the mainstream media – how to get your message across
Basic electrics – for squats and homes.
Capitalism and climate change – how to make the links visible in actions
Queer networking session

2:30
Self-defence – mixed practise session
Squatting FAQ – sharing tips and tricks
Action Reconnaissance for beginners
Introduction to the root causes of ecological destruction and an exploration of alternatives
Advanced Navigation

4:30
Saving Iceland – Introduction to the campaign
Nuclear waste and nuclear weapons
Consensus Decision-making
Introduction to Ecology
Confronting Abusive Behaviours within our Communities – without the police/prison.

6:00
Library Space: Negotiating Safer Sex: tips on putting the theory into practice, and making your sex life more fun as well as safer!

8:00
Cinema: Talk with video on resisting rainforest destruction in Tasmania

Thursday
10:30
Dealing with Public Order situations – understanding police tactics and how we can deal with to them/turn them to our advantage (runs until lunch)
State and corporate oppression of the Australian Aborigines
Action reconnaissance – advanced skillshare, share your most clever tips and tricks for getting info for actions
Practical plant identification (beginners)
Activist trauma and recovery

12:00
Saving Iceland – an evaluation of the camp this summer
Security for Activists Part I: Do’s and don’ts of organising action, from arranging to meet, planning and what happens after
Arrest support for actions – how to provide support for your affinity group, medium sized actions or mega camps and gatherings.
Introduction to Earth First! and the summer gathering

2:30
Women’s self-defence – introductory session
Food and Climate Action: info for action
How to plan an action
Police liaison for actions – what it is, its uses and limitations and how to make it work.
Changing light bulbs or smashing the system. Sharing ± experiences of working within/outside the system

4:30
Opposing nuclear expansion: planning for action
How to plan and run a successful medium to long-term campaign
Night time skills Part I: introduction (followed by practise session at 8.30pm)
Legal and arrest workshop
Introduction to anarchist history/potted anarchist histories

6:00
Library space: open discussion ?Direct action or publicity stunt??

8:00
Cinema: Seashepherd film and talk

8:30
Night time skills Part II – practice your skills in the field.

Friday
10:30
Blockading tactics
Climate Camp debrief: a critical look at the climate camp, its achievements and politics
Introduction to Earth First! And the summer gathering
Computer Security for the non-technical
Prison Abolition: what’s wrong with prison? what do we mean by abolition and how can we make it happen?

12:00
Food and climate change: action and campaign planning
Self-defence mixed practise session
Squatting to resist – occupations to resist the powers of darkness
History of Earth First!

2:30
The Earth First! Action Update and website: feedback and getting involved
Resisting agrofuels – update on the situation and action planning
Sea Shepherd – an intro to its campaigns and how to support/get involved.
Grow your own food – share you skills and experience
Queer Activist Forum: Radical queers organise for the future!

4:30
Queer Self-Defence: an intro to basic self-defence skills (verbal and physical)
Setting up new direct action groups
Saving Iceland ? planning actions for the coming year
Techno-fixes and climate change ? report by Corporate Watch
Urban self-reliance and self-sufficiency

7:30
Library: Prisoner Support – An informal get together to discuss the state of prisoner support in our movements, find out news and get advice on writing to prisoners, as well as making and writing cards to
send to prisoners.

8:00
Cinema: A talk and film by a tribal activist from Orissa opposing mining

Saturday
10:30
Campaigns and Actions Round-up: UK and international news (no other workshops)

12:00
Women’s self-defence practise session plus running alongside – introduction to women’s self-defence
Stopping GM test fields – discussion on future campaign/actions
Research and destroy – how to research corporations
Future models of society – finding a path to sustainable living
Introduction to Earth First! and the summer gathering
Using tripods for blockading

2:30
Leave it in the ground – building resistance to new coal mining and power stations
Facilitation of meetings
Activist Security Part III: doing actions without leaving traces
Restoration Ecology
Creating safer spaces
Visit to Burston Strike School

4:30
Regional meetings and action planning (no other workshops)

6:00
Library Space: Working without leaders – discussion about core values of anarchism

8:00
Cinema: Smash Edo film and talk

Sunday
11:00
Self defence mixed practice session
Sorting out ways of communication within EF!
Using radios on actions
Introduction to Earth First! And the summer gathering
Fences: getting over them/taking them down

12:15
The summer gathering: feedback on this year’s and getting involved in organising the next one

2:30
Condoms, capitalism and climate change
Smash Edo
Introduction to navigation
What’s new in the world of law?
Feminist Health
Climbing trees, lamp posts and anything else

4:30
Radical politics in the age of collapse
The Royal Bank of Scotland and Fossil Fuel Financing
Getting your electricity from solar power and wind
Radical Parenting
Looking after our mental health – sharing ideas and experiences

8:00
Cinema: films – climate camp footage, ready steady skip etc

Monday
Take-down: please stay for a day or two to help take down the site. If you’ve got access to a vehicle/van, it’d be great if you could help transporting marquees, recycling etc to the places they need to go.
Cheers!

Come along and join in!
http://www.earthfirstgathering.org.uk

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