Moving on, from Capitalism

~~~~SOCIAL CENTRE NEWS~~~~~

~~~4 NOVEMBER 2008~~~

First of all, a big thank you to everyone who showed up this weekend to support us.
We had a surprise visit from the cops, who kicked in the door and took photos–but they didn’t evict us. Because the door was kicked in we were in a pretty vulnerable position, so your help was much appreciated.

While we weren’t actually evicted on the weekend we still aren’t out of the woods–and so we’re still looking for help–and so continue to send us your details so we can call on you if the big showdown happens.

We’re also now trying to put energy into finding a new space, so suggestions of empties would also be welcome. Please email them to rampart@mutualaid.org.

Upcoming events include a talk/screening on the student protests against Berlusconi’s education reforms in Italy and a launch of new books by Debra Shaw and Jeremy Gilbert.

~~EVENTS AT RAMPART~~

~~The anomalous wave: discussion on the student protests in Italy~~

~~Wednesday, 5 November, 7PM~~

For a number of weeks in Italy the entire world of the education system – from universities to elementary schools – has been uprising. Marches, occupations, demonstrations, pickets and blockages of the metropolitan flow have replaced the dreary rhythm of school timetables. The protests are against the new budget implemented by Berlusconi’s government last summer, which seriously cuts down on public funding of education. This is the outcome of a 10 year period of crisis of the education system in Italy, when Berlusconi’s Right and Prodi’s Left alike treated education as a cost rather than an investment.

The closure of many universities, precariousness and the dismissal of thousands of new teachers and researchers: Berlusconi’s government wants the university to pay to save itself from the crisis of  banks and private corporations.

In support of this large and strong movement of students, researchers and teachers – the so-called Anomalous Wave – we would like to invite you to participate in a debate.

This movement gives us a chance to open up a new Europe-wide discussion on education today. From the struggles in Greece to the anti-CPE protests in France, the movement of the Anomalous Wave sweeps through Europe. What this means is that education and the Bologna process must start afresh on the basis of these struggles, turning education into the field of their circulation and connection, and Europe into its political domain of growth and enlargement.

The 7th of November is a day of action in Italy and this week will see a communication action in London as well as Barcelona, in support of and to multiply the Anomalous Waves and get ready for the Sea Storm. Anyone who wants to take part in, or have information about the time and place of
this action can come to the event at Rampart on Wednesday at 7pm, or email: anomalouswave.london@gmail.com

~~BOOK LAUNCH FOR DEBRA SHAW AND JEREMY GILBERT~~

~~FRIDAY, 14 NOVEMBER~~

You are invited to Technology,Creativity and Capitalism

A short seminar and long party

with Debra Shaw and Jeremy Gilbert

Marking the recent publication of ‘Technoculture: The Key Concepts’ by Debra Benita Shaw and
‘Anticapitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics’  by Jeremy Gilbert

Friday November 14th 2008 7:00pm

~~RADICAL THEORY READING GROUP~~

~~Friday, 21 November, 6-8PM~~

Next reading group is timed to coincide with the London Freeschool Weekend (http://londonfreeschool.wordpress.com/) so will be on NOVEMBER 21ST (a week earlier than usual). We’ll still (hopefully) be in the rampART Library (www.rampart.co.nr) and we’ll be starting at 6pm as usual. In the event of an eviction, we will be moving to LARC (http://www.londonarc.org/index.php?section=19).

We’ll be reading two chapters from Cote, Day & de Peuter (eds), Utopian Pedagogy: Radical Experiments Against Neoliberal Globalisation (Univ of Toronto Press, 2007), available for download here http://www.box.net/shared/92n1if4b6e. (Part 1, Ch 1, Henry Giroux ‘Utopian Thinking in Dangerous Times: Critical Pedagogy and the Project of Educated Hope’ and Part III, Ch 14, Allan Antliff, ‘Breaking Free: Anarchist Pedagogy’). The download is a zip file so you’ll need to save it to your hard drive and unzip it (sorry! my scanner is only working on high quality at the moment so only produces big files).

The blog has been (www.radicaltheoryreadinggroup.blogspot.com). Please feel free to comment.

~~OTHER EVENTS IN LONDON~~

~~Free Lex Wotton: Aboriginal Political Prisoner~~

International Day of Solidarity
London Rally 12 noon Thursday 6th November
Australia House, Strand, WC2B 4LA

On October 24th an all white jury found Lex Wotton, an Aboriginal man from Palm Island, guilty of ‘rioting with destruction’ for his involvement in the 2004 Palm Island uprising. On November 26th 2004 the people of Palm Island set fire to the local police station, court house and police barracks  after a pathologist’s report claimed that the death of Mulrunji Doomadgee, a 36 year Aboriginal man in police custody a week earlier was an ‘accident’. Mulrunji died in a police cell, one hour after he had been arrested for being drunk. He suffered massive internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen, four broken ribs and a ‘liver that had been ‘almost cleaved in two’ from a huge compressive force.’ Following Mulrunji’s killing, Queensland’s then Premier, Peter Beattie declared a state of emergency. Balaclava clad Paramilitary style police, armed with semi automatic weapons, roamed the streets arbitrarily arresting Aboriginal people. Police unnecessarily tasered several people, including Lex Wotton. Houses were stormed and children were forced facedown onto the ground with guns pointed at their heads.

The officer who arrested Mulrunji, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, claimed that Mulrunji had fallen on stairs. A coroner’s inquest found that Hurley was responsible for Mulrunji’s death, as the injuries were consistent with a fierce beating. However, Hurley was found not guilty for manslaughter (by an all white jury) and has since been promoted to the position of police inspector on Australia’s Gold Coast.

In comparison Lex Wotton is now facing a possible life sentence in prison. He is being held in custody until his next court appearance in the Townsville District Court on November 7. Aboriginal Australians are still over 10 times more likely than non-Aboroginal Australians to spend time in prison, and are significantly more likely to die in prison than non-Aboriginal prisoners.  The over-policing and criminalisation of Aboriginal Australians is a clear continuation of the colonial policies that have been violently enforced on them since the white invasion.

Following Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s apology for past injustices to Aborigines earlier this year many people in Australia and around the World assume indigenous Australians are no longer treated as second class citizens. The continuing unjust imprisonment and persecution of Lex Wotton shows that Aboriginal Australians are still treated with racist contempt.

November 6th is a global day of action to free Lex Wotton. Lex’s friends and family are calling out for people around the world to picket Australian High Commissions and Consulates. Please send any details of demonstrations, solidarity messages and pictures of protest action to freelexwotton@gmail.com. They will all be passed on to Lex inside of prison.

Stand up in solidarity with the people of Palm Island against racism and police brutality!

Please forward widely.

~~Movimientos @ The Salmon and Compass~~

~~Thursday, 6 November, 7PM onwards~~

Dia de los Muertos shrine / Guatemala special

Upstairs

7.15pm
Film: Welcome to Todos Santos: We pray for peace for the world (Dir.Elva E Bishop)
This short documentary focuses on the meaning of the Feria Titular (fiesta) and the Dia de Difuntos (Day of the Dead) festival, which features indigenous music, dance and a daylong horse race, from the point of view of the Mam Mayan people of Todos Santos, Guatemala.

8.00pm
Film: Estrellas De La Línea / The Railroad All Stars (Dir. Chema Rodriguez)
A much praised documentary on Guatemalan sex workers who form a football team to highlight their plight. Highly entertaining and tackles some of the major issues facing Guatemala today.

Presented by Guatemalan Solidarity Network to tie in with the theme of their forthcoming speaker tour www.guatemalasolidarity.org.uk

Music Downstairs all night til 2am

Música Latina Clandestina – from Revolutionary Salsa, Nueva Cumbia, Latin Hip Hop, Reggae, and Brazilian Funk with Movimientos DJs Cal Jader & Clem George

+ Guest DJ Cydetrack (OpenAir Radio)
+ Day of the Dead Shrine – contributions invited

7pm-2am
Entry: Donations before 9pm / £3 after

Salmon and Compass
58 Penton Street (Corner of Chapel Market),
N1 9PZ (Angel tube/Northern Line)

~~Solidarity picket for sacked cleaners~~

~~Friday 7 November, 3.30 – 7.30pm~~

National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Middlesex

This Friday the Colombian cleaners we have been supporting will be appealing their dismissals at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, Middx.

We agreed at the CAIC meeting today with the cleaners to hold a solidarity picket there from 3.30 – 7.30pm, as their cases are heard one after another. The picket will be at the Queens Road entrance 5-10 mins walk from Teddington rail station. Although not an official public entrance those staff who leave by foot do so this way. See map at http://www.npl.co.uk/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.85
The first people to go will be meeting at 2.45pm on platform 8 of Vauxhall station to get the 15.01 train down there. It takes about half an hour with 4 trains/hour.

Watch this space for further updates or changes and please confirm if you can go, either at that time or later. http://caic.org.uk/

~~Handmade & Bound~~

~~Saturday, 8 November, 12-6PM~~

Handmade & bound is an affordable book-art and zine fair.
http://www.handmadeandbound.com

The first fair will take place on Saturday 8 November 2008 at St Aloysius Social Club, corner of Eversholt Street and Phoenix Road, London NW1 (nearest tube Euston). 12-6pm. Free entry.

It will feature work by a wide variety of artists, designers, writers and musicians.

>From 8pm-12am, there will be DJs and bands. More details to be confirmed. Donations welcome.

The bar will be open all day and in the afternoon we will have handmade & bound cakes too!

~~Mute’s November Events Programme~~

Peter Linebaugh, Fabian Tompsett, Hillel Ticktin

Forever Blowing Bubbles?

A walking tour and talk in the City of London, taking in landmarks of capitalist crisis past and present – organised by Mute magazine

(Writer) Fabian Tompsett and (Historian) Peter Linebaugh will guide a tour around the City relating the contemporary financial crisis to those of previous eras (such as the 1720 South Sea Bubble), using the
urban fabric as text.

When: 3-5pm, 12th November, 2008
Where: Meet 3pm at front entrance to the Royal Exchange, Threadneedle Street, London EC1
Nearest Tube: Bank
Admission: Free / All welcome

Related Talk
Radical historian Peter Linebaugh will give a talk related to the walking tour.

When: 6pm, 12th November, 2008
Where: The Rising Sun (upstairs), 61 Carter Lane, Fleet Street EC4
Admission: Free / All welcome
More info: +44 (0)20 7377 6949

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