Rampart & Ex-Bowl Court newsletter 21st October 2008
Hello and welcome to another Rampart Newsletter
Sorry for missing out a newsletter but the flu had it’s grip on me. Hope you all got down to the Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday and had a good time.
I was going to give an account of the latest news about the eviction status of
the Rampart but the text for the Barricading and Resistance event this
Thursday puts it very well already. Only amendment to it would be that a High Court
eviction could be next week, could still be months from now, so we are
operating the space for the activist community for as long as we are able to.
Oh and keeping sending in your mobile numbers! Thanks.
— Events coming up at the Rampart —
-~ THURSDAY 23RD OCT – 3pm onwards ~-
Barricading and Resistance workshop
Apparently the owners have been trying to get us evicted since March and got therefore a warrant from the high court, which means they are using the high court bailiffs. The police say they need 80 officers and demanded £25,000 for the costs. So the owner took the police to court and the police backed down. The hold up is still the police who have not given a date yet…
The rampART could be evicted any time and it’s just the police being the ones that have held it up. We do need to proactively find another building as a backup. We won’t give in without resisting the eviction to make a statement against gentrification and the eviction of free spaces in east London. There will be a workshop on resistance this Thursday, 23rd October 5pm at the rampART. Please bring tools to fortify the building, especially we need a
Rampart one of London’s longest liberated spaces is facing eviction. We invite you to come and get creative in its defence. This Thursday we are launching an ongoing time of action. We’ll start building and cooking @ 3 pm, then Danish activists will share experiences from Ungdomshuset @ 6 pm, dinner around 7.30 and building and direct action skill sharing after that. When we fight for Rampart we are not just fighting to defend the space. We are part of a world wide struggle against the capitalist world order and for autonomous spaces. We are fighting for everyones rights to learn and educate, share, live and love without authorities.
We are fighting for our dreams.
Now is the time to show London and the rest of the world that the struggle continues…
-~ 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 http://www.brainwashed.com/h3o/dreamachine/cut-up.html)
and two short extracts from Cities of the Red Night available for download here
http://www.box.net/shared/a77dl9y3xy. 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 http://radicaltheoryreadinggroup.blogspot.com. Please feel free to comment.
-~ FRIDAY 21ST to SUNDAY 23RD NOV ~-
The London FreeSchool is planning another event for November to include free workshops, skill-sharing and discussion on various topics.
Workshops that have already been suggested are as follows;
Class Politics and Climate Change
Workshop of Nothing continued
Gender and Autonomous Spaces continued
Fanzine / DIY publishing
If you would like to go to or help facilitate any of the above then please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we have an idea of numbers.
Only the ones that people have expressed interest in will go ahead. Also, email us if you would like to organise a workshop or discussion with a brief description, how long you think you will need, if you require any special equipment/tools etc.
Keep checking the website from now onwards for more information on what is planned for the weekend and sign up to the newsletter at https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/londonfreeschool to receive updates.
— Events elsewhere: ———
-~ The Library House Events this week ~-
== Wednesday 22nd 6pm ==
Hot drinks, cake and hot food and Free vegetables to give away! Come along and try our new blue sofa, the most comfiest in the world!
== Thursday 23rd 6pm ==
Our Capoeira lessons start this week! Every thursday, our local capoeira facilitator will be there to share some capoeira skills to whoever is interested!
== Saturday 25th Busy day! ==
– 2pm to 6pm: Food buying group workshop (2pm) + meeting of the south london anarchist network (4pm)
– 12 to 4pm Cafe Marie
– 8pm til late but not so late: Butterfly/Benefit Party. Two in one: dressing up party and Fundraiser (we need money for our future alternative energy equipment – bike powered and solar panels!)
Theme of the dressing up party will be anything that starts with a B (like Butterfly or Banana or Banker).
It is run by a group of local south londoners that are currently fixing it up and already dreaming and preparing events. It aims to be an open house for the local community, and right now lots of work is going on, specially to sort out the electricity.
THE LIBRARY HOUSE
52 KNATCHBULL ROAD (behind Minet library, junction with Burton rd)
-~ WEDNESDAY 22ND OCT – 12.30pm ~-
This is to invite you to our next action in support of the five sacked Colombian cleaners working for Amey Plc at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).
Date: Wednesday 22 October
Time: meet 12.30 Embankment station (south / river exit)
for quick update and to walk together to the Institute of Engineering and Technology, next to the Savoy Hotel, Savoy Place (south side), where there is an all-day conference which NPL is supporting – more details at http://www.npl.co.uk/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.2862
Bring: anything visible or noisy – we aim to make enough of a racket for the industry to know what is going on at NPL, like we did last time (see http://london.indymedia.org.uk/articles/75) . We badly need a megaphone, relevant placards….
The action will be simultaneous to one in BRISTOL:
If you can’t make it you can call or email Amey and/or NPL: see
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/10/410396.html for model letters.
IF YOU WISH TO INVITE A NPL-AMEY CLEANER TO YOUR MEETING PLEASE EMAIL
-~ THURSDAY 23RD OCT – 4.30pm to 6pm ~-
Emergency Picket of Colombian Embassy
at 3 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge London, SW1 (At the back of Harrods, nearest tube Knightsbridge)
END THE STATE OF EMEGENCY! NO TO STATE TERROR IN COLOMBIA!
NO TO THE GENOCIDE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE!
NO TO SLAVE LABOUR CONDITIONS OF CANE CUTTERS!
SOLIDARITY WITH THE COLOMBIAN SOCIAL MOVEMENT!
Called by Polo Democratico Alternativo (UK) and Colombia Solidarity Campaign
A response to the recent violent attacks on the resistance in Colombia
See the Urgent Actions at the Colombia Solidarity website:
S.O.S TOTAL BARBARITY BY COLOMBIAN SECURITY FORCES AGAINST INDIGENOUS GATHERING IN CAUCA
SOS ARMED POLICE KILL 2 INJURE 20; STAND OFF CONTINUES
Urgent Action: Feminist Olga Marina Vergara and Family Assassinated
URGENT ACTION: International Volunteer deported from Colombia
-~ FRIDAY 24TH OCT – 7pm to 9.30pm ~-
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN)
invites you to the UK launch of its Founding Charter
Thousands of Palestinians crossed the Rafah border into Egypt to buy food and other staples. January 2008 (Abid Katib/Getty images)
Friday, 24 October, 7-9.30pm
Trinity United Reformed Church, Buck St, London NW1
Refreshments, wheelchair accessible (accessible toilets nearby) Camden Town
Speakers include: Professor Emeritus Moshé Machover, co-founder in 1962 of the Jewish Israeli & Palestinian Matzpen, the Socialist Organisation of Israel, active until the 1980s; Dr. Ghada Karmi*, Palestinian doctor of medicine, academic and author of Married to another man: Israel’s dilemma in Palestine; Professor Greg Philo*, Research Director, Glasgow University Media Unit, co-author of Bad News from Israel; Michael Kalmanovitz, IJAN; and others. Chair, Selma James, IJAN. (* not confirmed)
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) is launching its founding Charter in continental Europe, India, Israel, Latin America, Morocco, the US, Canada as well as the UK.
“We are an international network of Jews who are uncompromisingly committed to struggles for human emancipation, of which the liberation of the Palestinian people and land is an indispensable part. Our commitment is to the dismantling of Israeli apartheid, the return of Palestinian refugees, and the ending of the Israeli colonization of historic Palestine.”
The meeting will consider how the Charter is relevant to different sectors of people to promote anti-Zionist and other organising, and what we can do collectively to advance the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
For a report & video of our exciting July 2008 London meeting see
http://www.globalwomenstrike.net/AntiZionism/LondonIJSNPhotos.htm & for ;
Charter press launch see
To read the Founding Charter, see http://www.ijsn.net/about_us/charter/
For more information: email@example.com; 020 7209 4751; 07816 251377; www.ijsn.net
-~ SATURDAY 25TH OCT – 3pm ~-
Food Not Bombs Café. Saturday 25th of October, 3pm to 8pm, at the London Action Resource Centre (LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES).
Don’t miss the Food Not Bombs cafe of Saturday the 25th of October – a vegan cafe with coffe, tea, hot chocolate, cakes… We’ll also have some film showing, and might just add some skipping info-sharing in there too !
-~ SUNDAY 26TH OCT – 4pm ~-
Unemployment Cinema – Free Film Screening
Date: Sunday 26 October, 2008
Location: The Pullens Centre, Crampton St, SE17
Programme: Time Out / L’Emploi du Temps by Laurent Cantet
I don’t feel like a militant, but I’m involved in the world and what’s happening. My films show feelings about things, not ideals. They’re not very didactic, but Time Out is quite radical in its political meaning because it’s revolutionary to try to think of a world without work. What would that world be like? I don’t think the world can be without work, but I think some people who won’t ever find their place in work should be allowed to live without work. I think people could choose to work for a while, then take a while to just think about what they want to do. – Laurent Cantet on Time Out interviewed by Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly Writern, April 19, 2002.
Time Out explores the alienation of work and the terrifying extent to which work and identity have collapsed into one another. The film draws partly on the case of Jean-Claude Romand, a doctor for the World Health Organization, who killed his wife and their two children, shot his parents, swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills, and torched his tony suburban Geneva mansion. Romand, it turned out, had never been a doctor, much less worked for the WHO. For 18 years, he had kept up the deception, piling lie upon lie until the money ran out – which is when he decided to take his family’s life, as well as his own. Cantet: ‘he preferred to kill them rather than be judged by them’.
Though less extreme than its real life inspiration, Time Out is a study of the haunted, paranoid life of a middle manager going through the motions. Vincent, spends his days and occasional nights touring the French highways, pretending to be employed. Vincent has lost his executive position, the kind that’s provided his wife and three children a comfortable suburban house and a well-upholstered middle-class life, but he hasn’t yet told anyone he’s been cut loose. Initially, his silence comes across as evidence of shame and perhaps even moral cowardice, but as the story unwinds and Vincent puts more miles on his new life, it becomes clear that he doesn’t fear life without work; he embraces it. What seemed pathetic now takes on the edge of rebellion – the man who wasn’t there, it turns out, didn’t want to be there at all.
Laurent Cantet, Time Out / L’Emploi du Temps (2001) 129 minutes.
-~ WEDNESDAY 29TH OCT – 4pm ~-
London: Price Reduction Campaign – We won’t pay for their crisis
7.30pm Wednesday 29th October
Upstairs at the Cock Tavern Pub
Corner of Chalton Street and Phoenix Road
[the pub will be fairly busy due to football, so better get their early]
Please spread the word widely, there are some inspiring ideas being circulated and some momentum to make this happen. From the informal discussions at the @ bookfair it was hoped that this initiative grows beyond London and similar groups are formed to build towards a co-ordinated day of action in December.
The idea of Price Reduction is born out of the need to express the antagonisms which exist by an increasingly unaffordable existence and the rise in commodity prices. This is an antagonism which we face whenever we buy and consume the food, services, rents, culture, entertainment. Price Reduction is aimed at being a social and creative action which will take many forms. A way of politically articulating a means of action, to give confidence to those who are struggling to make ends meet and a way which we start to recompose an offensive class movement against the extremities of the credit crunch.
Come to contribute, discuss and get ready to participate!
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the facebook group: Price Reduction Campaign – We won’t pay for their crisis (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=59350085760)
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