Defend the Ramparts

Rampart & Ex-Bowl Court newsletter 30th September 2008

Rampart is on eviction alert this week..

At the weekend we were tipped off that the Rampart might be getting a surprise eviction this week. Today we have been checking it out but we’re not much more wiser for it. We’ve heard nothing officially, through the county court or the bailiffs, but there are other ways we could still be on the receiving end of a surprise eviction, potentially high court bailiffs. Our much loved Bowl Court space was evicted through the high courts in August this year so ‘once bitten, twice shy’. Potentially the fires in the houses next door have worried the council and prompted them to get onto the owner, but the school that the Social Centre occupies is still in sound condition. As we have not been able to confirm anything to the contrary, we are treating the information as real and so we are calling out to you as our eviction supporters on standby!

** Call out for mobile numbers **

The text messaging service we were using for the London Social Centre alerts, Twitter, has started to charge for their service so we no longer have that as a facility, nor the list of phone numbers subscribed to it as that is retained by Twitter under privacy laws (you’ll be happy to hear). Everyone willing to support us during eviction please email us with your mobile number and we will be messaging you when the time comes for your help. Thank you for your ever solid support on this.

We will keep you informed about any developments but you can be assured that we’re still going ahead with the planned events and regular Social Centre functioning until further notice.


— Coming up at the Rampart —


-~ WEDNESDAY 1ST OCT – 7pm ~-

Debrief on This Year’s European Social Forum

We will have an informal meeting to debrief on this year’s ESF in Malmö. Come if you were at the ESF and would like to talk about your experience, or if you couldn’t make it but are curious about what happened.
If you can’t get into the building, call 078 5247 4256.

-~ FRIDAY 3RD OCT – 8pm to 2am ~-

A BeneFIT for Freedom of Movement and against Repression!

On July 5th people demonstrated for freedom of movement and the right to protest at the home office buildings in Croydon. This party is a post event benefit for the demonstration and to support the people who were charged for protesting the Forward Intelligence Team (FIT) in the run up to the demo.

No Justice, No Peace!

Friday 3 October 2008, Rampart Social Centre, London E1 2LA (near Whitechapel,
off Commercial Rd) from 8pm – 2am
Reaggae, Roots and More


-~ FRIDAY 3RD OCT – 9pm ~-

Dissident Island Radio

Dissident Island Radio focuses on environmental and social campaigns as well as issues that are relevant to anti-authoritarian people and groups. With activist news, reports about actions and happenings, recipes, plays and DJs we give you all you need to keep informed, entertained and thinking. Broadcasting from the London social centre scene on the first and third Friday of every month, and are also available for download. Check it!

-~ FRIDAY 31ST OCT – 6pm ~-

Radical Theory Reading Group

Hello and welcome, again, to new members. Next Reading Group will be on Friday, October 31st. Given that rampART is currently under threat of eviction, venue remains uncertain but I will mail updates regularly. We’re doing lit crit (sort of) this month. We’ll be reading William Burroughs’ ‘The Cut Up Method of Brion Gysin’ (available here and two short extracts from Cities of the Red Night available for download here For those of you who have/want to buy the book, the chapters are ‘Politics Here is Death’ (book 1) and ‘Cities of the Red Night’ (book 2) – or all of it if you have the time and inclination. No linear narratives here so don’t worry about how the extracts fit with the ‘story’ (there isn’t one or there may be many). I’ve updated the blog Please feel free to comment.


— Events elsewhere: ———


-~ FRIDAY 3RD OCT – 6pm ~-

Arthur Russell event at University of East London

Following successful premieres at the Berlin and Edinburgh film festivals as well as the Kitchen Centre in New York, Wild Combination, the new documentary about Arthur Russell directed by Matt Wolf, will be screened at the University of East London on Friday 3 October 2008.

A composer and musician, Arthur Russell lived in downtown New York between 1973-92, during which time he worked within and across a wide range of music genres and scenes, including orchestral music, disco, new wave, folk, pop and hip hop. Exploring the potential to create a collaboratively driven artistic community during one of the most politically turbulent and aesthetically productive periods in the history of New York, Russell frustrated record companies with his resolute diversity and collaborative sensibility before he died of complications arising from AIDS in 1992.

Wild Combination will be introduced by Tim Lawrence, author of the forthcoming biography of Arthur Russell, Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92, which will be published by Duke University Press in 2009. Following the screening, Jeremy Gilbert, author of the newly published Anti-Capitalism and Culture, and Tim Lawrence will discuss the film and Russell’s work. How can creative practitioners and communities negotiate neoliberalism? A Q&A session will follow.

If you would like to attend the screening, please reserve a seat by contacting Sarah Baker at Depending on demand, the screening will take place in either Matrix East (EB.1.37) or the Film Theatre (WB.G.01) at 6pm.
Please check the CCSR website for information (Centre for Cultural Studies Research at UEL

-~ SATURDAY 4TH OCT – 5pm ~-

Radical Barcelona with Michael Eaude

at Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
Kings Cross
London N1 9DX

Michael Eaude, author of ‘Barcelona: the City that reinvented itself’, talks about radical Barcelona, ranging from recent community struggles with developers, to the Spanish Civil War.

Michael Eaude, author of ‘Barcelona: the City that reinvented itself’, talks about radical Barcelona, ranging from recent community struggles with developers, to the Spanish Civil War

Michael Eaude lives in Barcelona where he is active in the anti-capitalist movement. He is fluent in Catalan, Spanish and English.

“Partly a jauntily erudite guide to the city, partly a sharply written history, Eaude’s book excels at spiking his deft snapshots of squares, bars and sites with flavoursome fragments of Catalan lore and literature. Unlike other Barcelona boosters, Eaude knows how hard the road from Franco to freedom proved, and shows us the marks of that struggle.

The city’s candid friend, but no hyper merchant, he is the kind of companion who even knows (say) that Placa George Orwell was one of the first spots to have CCTV. So Big Brother is watching you – or was, till anarchists severed the cables.” – the Independent

-~ SATURDAY 4TH OCT – 3pm onwards ~-

Calling out to all and everyone a new space has been opened:


52 Knatchbull rd (behind library, junction with Burton rd)

Saturday 4th of October, 3pm onwards, will be our first open day. Food, music, words, gardening, workshops, DIY…

Look forward to seeing your known faces with new ones!

-~ WEDNESDAY 15TH OCT – 10am to 6pm ~-


The difference and repetition of James Brown

A Symposium
in the Centre for Cultural Studies Research
University of East London
Docklands Campus

October 15th 2008
10:00am – 1pm Room EBG.06
3pm – 6pm Room WB1.01

Dhanveer Singh Brar Goldsmiths College
Anne Danielsen author of ‘Presence and Pleasure: the Funk Grooves of James Brown and Parliament
Jeremy Gilbert co-author ‘Discographies: Dance Music Culture and the Politics of Sound
Steve Goodman (Kode9) University of East London
Julian Henriques Goldsmiths College
Tim Lawrence author of ‘Loves Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79
John Scannell Macquarie University
Ashwani Sharma University of East London
Simon Zagorski-Thomas London College of Music

Attendance is free of charge
To register email


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