Building Transnational (&Trans-squat) Solidarity

Hello and hope you are all warm and well.

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we have a No Borders benefit party this Saturday with a full lineup, fundraising for a new initiative between French and British freedom of movement groups. On Sunday we are organising an open meeting to re-energise and mature the Rampart as a project, and to also find ways to develop the Social Centres scene in London as a whole. Your involvement is very much welcomed as we seek to learn and transform the project, taking on new approaches and ideas. The meeting is also a chance to meet up with others to start your own project. If you know others who would be interested, please forward our callout to them.

Thanks for reading, on with the events..


Events at Rampart


#=- SATURDAY 6th Dec, 9pm -=#

Crossing Channels

Benefit @ Rampart Social Centre December 2008

for details and updates see:

A NoBorders Benefit for Transnational Solidarity



52 Commercial Road (rock/experimental

# sista zoum (reggea/french hiphop )

# Danny Fontaine & The Horns of Fury ( alternative/progressive/ska )

# onlyjoe ( dub/punk )

# DJ Martin Klang ( electro, breakbeat )

# xtrats ( drum & bass )

more acts tba …


£5/£3 suggested donation at door …

Venue: Rampart Social Centre, Rampart Street, Whitechapel, E1 2LA

read more about whats happening across the Channel at

London NoBorders

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#=- SUNDAY 7th Dec, 4pm -=#

Rampart and beyond, open meeting for developing new and existing London Social Centres

Sunday 7th December 2008, 4pm
at Rampart Social Centre, 15-17 Rampart Street, Whitechapel, E1 2LA

The Rampart collective would like to call out to everyone interested in the concept of Social Centres as spaces for the practicing and development of radical politics.

The Rampart has faced many challenges throughout its life. Through hard work and the generosity of its supporters (and a little luck!), it has survived for nearly 4 and half years. As with all projects,  circumstances change and now the Rampart, frustrated from months of worries over a possible eviction, is going through some changes and seeks to reinvigorate not only the project itself but also the much valued London Social Centres scene.

Social Centres provide an important resource for activist groups in that they offer spaces within the city which function outside of the structures of the dominant culture and its conditional demands. As well as providing a safe, autonomous space for groups to come together, they can aid with fundraising and
provide a platform for public interaction. In character with grassroots groups, Social Centres have the possibility to be diverse and imaginative in their forms and processes. In running a Social Centre, activists have a change to develop their own activism, communicate with similar groups and implement new ideas (as well as better establishing some old ones).

If you have ideas or are interested in learning how to contribute to and support London-based activism and radical politics by running a Social Centre, then you are very welcome to attend the open meeting we are organising for this Sunday 7th December.

Rampart itself is looking to gain more people for the collective and take on input in order to evolve as an established project but the meeting will, we hope, also encourage people to create their own projects and find out about and join with already existing ones.

Some questions for the meeting; How can activism in London be developed? How can a social centre do more to support activism and alternative politics in London? How can a social centre operate as a sustained long term project? What else can a social centre be?

Meet at 4pm on Sunday 7th December at Rampart Social Centre, 15-17 Rampart
Street, Whitechapel, E1 2LA.

The London Social Centres Network [SCN] is a grassroots network of occupied and legally owned social centres, infoshops, radical bookshops and independent community centres.

What’s This Place? Stories from Radical Social Centres in the UK & Ireland
Downloadable from


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#=- FRIDAY 19th Dec, 6pm -=#

Radical Theory Reading Group

Despite rumours to the contrary, rampART is still going strong and open for events so our next meeting will, as usual, be in the Library at 6pm on FRIDAY, 19TH DECEMBER. We’ll be reading two chapters from Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks: Chapter 5, ‘Teaching as Liberatory Practice’ (download and Chapter 10, ‘Building a Teaching Community: A Dialogue’ (download

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Some events going on elsewhere


#=- THURSDAY 4th Dec, 7pm -=#


“Música Mestiza. Documentary films. Latin Culture”

Movimientos turns up the temperature with a night of film and discussion on the Dominican Republic and Haiti in association with Discovering Latin America Film Festival and the charity Progressio followed by a special live set and album launch from Haitian DJ Chombo Loco who caused a sensation at the Carnaval Del Pueblo this year with his blend of Haitian rhythms, Caribbean flavours and Latin beats.

Joining the party are the amazing Zizek DJs with superstar DJ Villa Diamante as part of their European tour showcasing the freshest beats from Argentina and beyond with their monstrous sound of digital Cumbia and electro Reggaeton!

->> Upstairs


7.15pm The Chocolate Country
Tells the story of the Loma Guacanejo cooperative, an alliance formed in the backcountry of the Dominican Republic to secure better profits for farmers while protecting the local rainforest

7.45pm Cutting the Cane (Christoph Courth)
A short film on the plight of sugar cane cutters in Dominican Republic interviewing Guillermo Baptiste a former cane cutter from Batey Bombita in the Barahona district of the country +Q&A with director

8.15pm The Challenge Of Co-Existence (Dir. Tigu Guimarães / Dominican Republic)
Exploring the background and effects of Haitian migration to the Dominican Republic
Presented by DLA Film Festival in association with Progressio

9.30pm Atis-Rezistans: The Sculptors of Grand Rue (Leah Gordon, 2008)
A documentary portrayal of a collective of Vodou sculptors in a slum in Haiti which shows a neighbourhood both materially poor and culturally rich. The film is also a meditation of the links between sex, death and creativity. +Q&A with director

->> Music Downstairs

Direct from Buenos Aires!
Villa Diamante
El Remolon

With their own brand of Cumbia, Reggaetón, Hip Hop, & Dancehall sounds

+ DJ Chombo Loco (Live)
Fusing Haitian rhythms with Reggae, Latin, Caribbean beats & Cuban MCs

+ Movimientos residents DJs Clem George & Cal Jader and guests


Entry: Donations before 9pm / £3 after
Salmon and Compass, 58 Penton Street (Corner of Chapel Market), N1 9PZ (Angel tube/Northern Line)

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#=- FRIDAY 5th Dec, 9pm -=#

Dissident Island Radio Broadcast

listen up!

Dissident Island Radio will be broadcasting live at 9pm out of the London Action Resource Centre with the latest in activist news, reports, actions and happenings – to mix things up we include vegan recipes, self-produced and written radio plays and end each show with a live DJ set. There will be loads to keep you informed, entertained and thinking…so tune-in and listen by clicking the ‘listen now’ button on the front page of our website from 9pm onwards and download the show afterwards (and all our previous ones too!)

Happy listening…

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#=- SATURDAY 6th Dec, 12pm -=#

National Climate March

12noon starting at Grosvenor Square

= Climate Bike Ride 2008 =

Assemble 10.30 am Lincolns Inn Fields for a mass bike ride around Central London joining up with the National Climate March at Grosvenor Square.

There will be three stops on the route:
• Outside Greenergy, 198 High Holborn – for an agrofuels protest organised by Biofuelswatch
• Outside E.On 100 Pall Mall – for a speaker on NO NEW COAL
• Outside the Department of Transport – for a speaker on sustainable transport

All welcome.
Decorate your bikes. Bring whistles. Bring music.
For a map of the route see:

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#=- SATURDAY 6th & SUNDAY 7th Dec, 2pm -=#

Bike Maintenance Skillshares At 56a this weekend

Sat 6 Dec, 2-5pm ‘The Brake Block’ -all you need to know about Brakes inc. adjustments,cable and pad replacement. OPEN TO ALL

Sun 7 Dec, 1-5pm Wmen ,grrrls and transgender only session

Bring your bikes to work on to
56a Crampton Street
London SE17

The bikespace is open wed-fri 3-7pm, sat 2-6pm for diy repairs with guidance and cheap basic spares.

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#=- SATURDAY 6th Dec, 5pm -=#


10 Years of Chávez
with Bart Jones

Ruling elites in Venezuela, the United States and Europe, and even Hugo Chávez himself though for different reasons, have been eager to have the world view him as the heir to Fidel Castro. But the truth about this increasingly influential world leader is more complex, and more interesting.

The Chávez that emerges from Bart Jones’ carefully researched and documented biography ‘Hugo!: The Hugo Chavez Story from Mud Hut to Perpetual Revolution’, is neither a plaster saint nor a revolutionary tyrant. He has an undeniably autocratic streak, and yet has been freely and fairly re-elected to  his nations presidency three times with astonishing margins of victory. He is a master politician and an inspired improviser, a Bolivarian nationalist and an unashamed socialist.

His policies have brought him into conflict with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and major oil companies. They have also provided a model for new governments and social movements in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Argentina. When in September 2006 he declared at the United Nations that ‘the devil came here yesterday … the President of the United States’, it was clear that he was taking on challenging the most powerful nation on earth, in conscious imitation of the Liberator, Simon Bolivar.

To mark the 10th anniversary since Hugo Chávez came to power, Housmans are delighted to welcome US writer Bart Jones to reflect on the effects Chávez’s term has had on Venezuela, and on the wider world.

at Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kibng’s Cross, N1 9DX

Free entry
Nearest tube: King’s Cross


Events at The Library House


Autonomous space in Camberwell/Brixton London

Address: 52 Knatchbull road (entrance on Burton rd, behind Minet library) SE5
Nearest tube: Brixton, Oval, Kennington.
Nearest train: Loughborough junction.
Nearest bus: brixton road (3/N3, 59, 133/N133, 159/N159, 415. stop:
loughborough road)

Wednesday 3rd december 6pm
Cafe Marie + Movie Cinema Libre
Every wednesday from 6pm, we have our Cafe Marie with hot food and hot drinks, and a film at about 8pm!

Thursday 4th december 6-7pm
Italian lesson

Thursday 4th december 7-9pm
Our regular Capoeira lesson, every thursday 7pm. Come and play!

Friday 5th december 8pm
Queer movie night
The Salivation Army (2002)

For the first of our Queer Cinema nights we’ll be showing Scott Treleaven’s The Salivation Army:
The Salivation Army is a group of friends, a queer cult, a pack of wolves and sex-crazed hyenas….
Three friends with deeply personal agendas to destroy fascism, classicism, racism and sexism, decide to start a zine, sharing their beliefs and views of the world. However, while meant as a subversive half-joke, some people begin to take the Salivation Army a little too seriously…
Equal parts dogma, anarchy, SM fantasy and practical joke, The Salivation Army is creepy, disturbing, honest and ultimately poignant.

Sunday 7th december 3pm
Knitting Workshop
bring your own fabric, needles, crochets, textile or whatever you’d like to work on!


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