Rats can teach you a thing or two you know…… Rampart newsletter 20 November

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rampart is that place you probably know about that things happen at. sometimes.
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friday 21st – sunday 23rd November 2008

A weekend of free workshops promoting community learning and skill-sharing
Timetable of Events…
Friday 21st November @ rampART Social Centre (see below for venue details)
3-5pm ReFuse: Recycled Glass Fusing
5-6pm Welcome Meal: Come along, meet each other and enjoy some free vegan food
6-8pm Clothes Making
6-8pm Radical Theory Reading Group
9pm Crisis in the Credit System film screening
Saturday 22nd November @ various locations
12-2pm Publicising Events @ LARC
1-3pm Computers @ rampART
2-4pm Safer Spaces Workshop @ the Library House
2-4pm DIY/Zine Publishing @ LARC
2-4pm Self Defense @ freedom
3-5pm Free _expression_ Art @ rampART
4-6pm Screen Printing @ rampART
4-6pm Workshop of Nothing @ LARC
5pm Theatre of the Oppressed @ the Library House
6-8pm Clothes Making
6-8pm Self-Education meeting @ LARC
Sunday 23rd November @ the Library House
1-3pm Nomadic Kiln Construction
1-2pm Class Politics & Climate Change
2-3pm Gender & Autonomous Spaces
3-5pm Open Discussion on Permaculture
VENUE DETAILS!
rampART Social Centre: http://www.rampart.co.nr
5 -17 Rampart Street, London E1 2LA, off Commercial Road
London Action and Resource Centre (LARC): http://www.londonarc.org/
62 Fieldgate Street in Whitechapel
52 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY behind Minet library in Camberwell/Brixton
84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
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other things not in rampart

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friday 21st november 11am

a bit of gardening at the library house!

the library house
Address: 52 Knatchbull road (entrance on Burton rd, behind Minet library) SE5 9QY.
nearest tube: Brixton, Oval, Kennington. nearest train: Loughborough
junction, nearest bus: brixton road (3/N3, 59, 133/N133, 159/N159, 415.
stop: loughborough road)
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friday 21st november

EMERGENCY PICKET: 1-2 pm FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER COLOMBIAN EMBASSY LONDON

3 Hans Crescent, London (back of Harrods) Nearest tube Knightsbridge
SOLIDARITY WITH THE MINGA OF POPULAR AND INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE!
HANDS OFF THE MINGA!
NO ESMAD ROBOCOP VIOLENCE!
NO STATE TERROR!
Convened by Colombia Solidarity Campaign in immediate response to the International call for
solidarity action from the Minga, received through ONIC, the national organisation of indigenous peoples of Colombia.
We invite all friends and allies of the Minga to join us.
If you are in other cities, make your own protest. Similar actions will be taking place in Paris, Barcelona and other cities.
CALL TO ACTION
Dear Friends and Allies of the NATIONAL MINGA OF POPULAR AND INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE!!
Right now the MINGA is on its way to Bogotá. Other social movements have joined in and are now meeting together to define the points of a common platform.
On Friday 21 November a great march in Bogotá is planned, ending in the Plaza de Bolívar, where we will await the President, to continue with the diálogue we started in la María.
Therefore, we are asking that in your respective countries you do events in solidarity with the MINGA, on 21 November, so that together we create a Joint act of resistance at worldwide level. In particular, we ask you to make tickets outsider the Colombian Embassy in your countries, and hand over letters of solidarity with the MINGA. At the same time we want you to write to your governments reiterating the necessity of real talks between the Colombian Government and the MINGA, and expressing concern for the security of the leaders of the MINGA.
For the meeting in Plaza de Bolivar this Friday, we ask you to write letters or solidarity pronouncements with the MINGA from your organisations or solidarity groups , that can be read out at the event…
A thousand thanks
MINGA NACIONAL DE RESISTENCIA INDIGENA Y POPULAR
17 November, 2008
For more information on the massive Indigenous and Popular protests happening in Colombia at the moment please see www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk
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friday 21st november

Dissident Island Radio – 21st November 9-11pm: On this show we’ll be joined by Paolo who’ll be talking to us about the recent student uprisings in Italy as well as some ESF related matters.
In the hotseat this show we’ll have John, our newest crew member, playing us some tunes and giving us wise words for Dissident Island Discs.
We’ll also have a piece on the apparent arrival of the Green Scare phenomenon in the UK, as well as a digest of the Sumac debates which have been happening over the past few months.
As usual we’ll have recipes, random facts, and music – which will be provided by DJ Ursa and should consist mostly of Drum ‘n’ Bass.
Tune in, should be a laugh! www.dissidentisland.org
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DISSIDENT DUBS 1

Dissident Island presents a night of Dub, Dubstep, DnB and more
Luke.Envoy
Tempa/ Wonderland/ Hotfush
Ronin
Headfuk/NFA/uncut.fm
Delsa
Total Niceness
DJ Dirt
Abacus/ uncut.fm
Ballcat
Dissident Island/ Uncut.fm.
La Etnia
Wireless fm
plus the mighty Dissident Island Djs
£3 quid donation.
Benefit for the Anarchist Bookfair and Dissident Island Radio
10pm onwards in the London & Brighton, Asylum rd, Peckham SE15 – beside Queen’s Road Peckham station
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monday 24 November

A Place in the City

a film about Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shackdwellers’ movement that started in Durban, South Africa
30 minutes long filmed and directed by Jenny Morgan
London International Film School
(which is in Shelton Street, WC2, but the entrance to the viewing theatre is around the corner in Langley Street)
6.15 for 6.45pm
RSVP
Jenny’s mobile (in case you get lost on the night)
07780 702 547
A PLACE IN THE CITY
Nearly 15 years since apartheid ended, millions of black South Africans still live in self-built shacks — without sanitation, adequate water supplies, or electricity.
But A Place in the City will overturn all your assumptions about ‘slums’ and the people who live in them.
In this film, shot in the vast shack settlements in and around Durban, members of Abahlali baseMjondolo, the grassroots shackdwellers’ movement, lay out their case — against forcible eviction; for decent services — with passion, eloquence, and sweet reason.   The film captures the horrible conditions in which shackdwellers live — but it also captures Abahlali’s bravery and resilience, in a political climate where grassroots campaigners like them are more likely to be met with rubber bullets than with offers to talk.
‘For the first time now’, says S’bu Zikode, Abahlali’s elected leader, ‘poor people have started to speak for themselves.   Now, that challenges those who are paid to think for us — who are paid to speak for us.’
At the heart of Abahlali’s struggle is the struggle for meaningful citizenship rights for South Africa’s poor majority.   ‘Or does freedom in South Africa,’ asks Abahlali volunteer organiser Louisa Motha, ‘only belong to the rich?’
Made with assistance from Fahamu — Networks for Social Justice (www.fahamu.org) through a grant from TrustAfrica (www.trustafrica.org)
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tuesday 25th november 7.30pm

Meeting of the Library House collective
Come along to get involved, propose events, be part of the project or just have a cuppa and some food :)
the library house
Address: 52 Knatchbull road (entrance on Burton rd, behind Minet library) SE5 9QY.
nearest tube: Brixton, Oval, Kennington. nearest train: Loughborough junction, nearest bus: brixton road (3/N3, 59, 133/N133, 159/N159, 415.stop: loughborough road)
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wednesday 26 November 4pm

Talk: The double crisis of the university and the global economy
Goldsmiths University of London – Warmington Tower 1210
For a number of weeks in Italy the entire education system – from universities to elementary schools, from students to researchers and from parents to teachers – has been mobilizing. Marches, occupations, demonstrations, pickets and blockages of the metropolitan flow have replaced the dreary rhythm of school timetables and university courses. The protests are directed against the new budget cuts implemented by Berlusconi’s government last summer, which seriously undermine the public nature of education and research.
The university movement – self-named the “Anomalous Wave” – acts within a specific context, such as the long crisis and decline of the Italian higher education system. However, it also critically underlines common trends in the transformations affecting the university at the European and transnational level: i.e. the Bologna process, the corporatization of education and the changes of the welfare system, the central role of knowledge in the mode of production, the rise of casualised labor, the emergence of a new type of student-worker figure.
Moreover, one of its key slogans is particularly interesting “We won’t pay for your crisis”. It indicates the critical intersection of a double global crisis: the university crisis and the financial crisis. The rise of a “debt generation” is one of the points at which this intersection is clearly observable. But the movement is also an occasion to formulate a deeper, more complex analysis of this double crisis, in order to allow a debate between different perspectives to topics such as the rise of a global university and its various forms of translation, the conflicts in the process of knowledge production, the role of networks in the education and financial markets.
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friday 28th November 6pm

Critical Mass London
The London Mass meets at 6.00pm on the last Friday of every month on the South Bank under Waterloo Bridge, by the National Film Theatre.
The London monthly rides started in April 1994. It isn’t just for cyclists, sometimes there are wheelchairers, skateboarders, roller bladers, roller skaters and other self-propelled people. Cycle sound systems often play music on the ride.
also
Climate Bike Ride.
6th December 2008. Assemble 10.30am at Lincolns Inn Fields, arriving at 12.30pm at Grosvenor Square to join the March. http://www.campaigncc.org/bikeride.shtml
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saturday 29th November

Buy Nothing Day

Celebrated in more than 40 countries worldwide, this is an event where anyone can take part, provided they buy nothing all day. The message is simple: shop less, live more. Buy Nothing Day also exposes the ecological and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries that make up only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the Earth’s natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage and unfair distribution of wealth
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saturday 29 November 4pm

Capitalist Decline, Financial Crisis & Revolutionary Prospects

A talk by Hillel Ticktin – organised by Mute
Hillel Ticktin’s reinterpretation of Marx’s ideas enabled him to foresee the disintegration of Soviet Stalinism years before it occurred. Since then he has argued that capitalism itself is in a state of inexorable decline. During the 20th century, world wars, reformism, Stalinism and recently the credit boom successfully maintained capitalism by keeping the working class passive. But does the end of the credit boom mark the end of capitalism’s survival strategies? Will the coming recession spark a new working class movement? Come and join the debate.
The Whitechapel Centre
85 Myrdle St
London, E1
Nearest tubes: Whitechapel & Aldgate East
For a variety of views on the crisis see:
and Mute Vol 2 #6 – Living in a Bubble: Credit, Debt and Crisis
More info: +44 (0)20 7377 6949
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other things via massimo

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22 November in Marseilles, Reclaiming Housing Rights in Europe!
The European Minister of Housing and Urbanism will meet Monday November 24 in Marseilles (France).
Since they meet, the prices of rents, real estate and land have never been higher, rents and speculative profits have been madly on the rise, lack of housing and precarity in housing have been knocking at each door. The rights of tenants suffer direct attacks, home ownership is at the price of unsustainable loans, the so-called “revitalization” is evicting the urban working classes not only from inner cities but also from suburbs, forced and urgency evictions are increasing, social housing is threatened through privatization and funding tools being actively dismantled, repression is hitting peoples suffering precarity in housing.
Ministers are only worried with profits of speculators and banks threatened by a real estate crash. As for the European Central Bank, supposed to curb inflation, it does not seem to have noticed that
housing costs!
Choosing Marseilles, the ministers could not have found a better place of example about the dramatic consequences of the financial globalization of real estate, 20 years of bad policies in the fields of
planning and housing and the concurrence between cities organized by Europe in the context of the Lisbon strategy. Thus the working class center of Marseille is under high speculation encouraged by local authorities. For example, at rue de la Republique hundreds of families were displaced, and dozens of buildings were “devitalized”, to sell lofts at retail price of 4 000 EUR/m2. The current owner, a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers, is now bankrupted in the wake of the subprimes crisis : These hundreds of homes are likely to remain uninhabitable for years unless local authorities decide a requisition for social housing.
And the fact that Europe has appointed Marseilles as European cultural capital in 2013 is a bad news for housing. Every international event, ever cultural or sporting, has unleashed speculation and attacks against residents of working class neighborhoods all over the world.
Stop pushing an increasing proportion of the population in the streets, insecurity, debt, and encouraging the urban segregation with violent consequences – present and future- ! We reclaim the end of evictions, of policies of gentrification, of urban and social cleansing of the working class neighborhoods and the restoration or enforcement of policies regulating rents and protecting tenants’rights.
To finance an effective right to housing for all, we reclaim a taxation of real estate profits at European level, and the European Central Bank watchdogging the inflation of housing prices and rents.
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