To the place Ryanair will never take you

Hello once again from RampART. Last Sunday we had a productive ‘RampART and beyond’ meeting, where initiatives for both RampART and for a trans-squat social-centre project were developed. We’re already hard at work on some of these so thanks to the input of all those who came. Yes we can rebuild it…stronger, funnier, happier and nicer smelling.


Events at Rampart


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

Radical Theory Reading Group

The 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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#=- Saturday 13th December -=#

Whitechapel Food Not Bombs

Cooking : from 11 am at Rampart, 15-17 Rampart Street, E1. Check their website on for a map

Serving : from 2:30 / 3 until the pot is empty at Alta Ali part in Whitechapel. The park is on Whitechapel High Street, almost opposite Brick Lane, near aldgate east.

Whitechapel Food Not Bombs will be cooking skipped and donated food, and serving free vegan meals in Alta Ali park


Some events going on elsewhere


On the night of December 6th, police shot 15-year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in cold blood in the Eksarhia district of Athens. Since that night, Athens and tens of other greek cities have been burning.

On the same night, up to 10,000 people took the streets of Athens on a spontaneous demonstration, burning and smashing banks, ministries and multinational shops. Ever since, tension has been increasingly escalating: universities are occupied, as are most of the high schools in the country. Barricades are being put up around Athens; clashes with the police are consta

On Tuesday, 9.12, the funeral of Alexandros is taking place and a general strike is called for Wednesday the 10th – a day both sides are building up for.

The purpose of this blog is to provide up-to-date information on the Greek riots, directly from the streets. Authors are contributing from the Greek cities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras.

The updates will be irregular and as frequent as permitted, given the circumstances. The updates will be mostly text-based. Confirmed reports will be presented as such – and so will rumours. We are not journalists and we are not objective; we chose sides in the social war a while ago.

In memory of Alexandros Georgopoulos.

The struggle of humanity against authority, as always, continues.

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#=- TUESDAY 9th DEC 7pm -=#

at POGO CAFE, 76 Clarence Rd, Hackney


#=- WEDNESDAY 10th DEC 7pm -=#

at LARC, 62 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel E1

FILM SCREENING and DISCUSSION with Processi G8, Italian defendents campaign for the Genoa arrested. The film OP GENOVA is a devastating insight and critique of the frameup around the sentencing of many people after the 2001 Genoa G8 protests. People have been imprisoned amounting to 110 years.

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#=- Wednesday 10th December, 6pm (+ 3pm Seminar) -=#

On International Human Rights Day 2008, After 60 Years..

Public Meeting

New Theatre, Building E, LSE Houghton St WC2 (nearest tube Holborn/Temple)

On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) creating a global framework for the protection of the rights of everyone, and in this climate of multiple crises, we invite you to consider: do we really have human rights? Can ‘rights’ help us respond to the challenge of reconstructing society; so that justice, mutual respect and equality prevail? And if so, what concrete actions must we now take?

The 10th December event at the LSE looks to mark the 60th anniversary by finding ways to make human rights relevant to all, and not just activists, lawyers and academics. Asking the question: how can a broad civil rights platform encompass the full range of relevant social movements in Britain today? We will explore beyond civil liberties and individual rights to consider: what are humanity’s essential, and collective economic, social, political and environmental rights, for which we must fight?

“Men are not capable of doing nothing, of saying nothing, of not reacting to injustice, of not protesting against oppression, of not striving for the good of society and the good life in the ways they see it” Nelson Mandela (First Court Statement, 1962)

Event Themes

Speakers, panellists and questioners may wish to consider the history of the UDHR – successes, failures, shortcomings, opportunities  – under six broad themes: Culture, Development, Dignity and Justice, Environment, Gender and Participation. They may also wish to refer to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Human Rights Act (HRA) as well as the EU Charter of Fundamental Freedoms and recent UK Cabinet proposal for a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. And in respect of any or all of these, and the various crises we find ourselves in: what concrete actions must we now take?

Format, Topics & Speakers

1. Afternoon Seminar – Prison and Society

3-5pm Room H102, Connaught House Building (on Aldwych)

A. Hicham Yezza, Nicki FRFI, Massah Barnett and others on the politics of Prison/Detention;

B. Professor Michael Edwards, Teresa Hoskyns, Dave Wetzel [Labour Land Campaign] and others on the Politics of Society in the context of Land, LVT, Housing and Lebfevre’s Right to the City; and

C. Action proposals, discussion and preparing questions for Evening Conference.

2. Evening Conference

6-9.30pm New Theatre, Building E,  Houghton St

A. 6pm Intros and Initial Presentations

Intro to Project (Ismet Rawat, CAMPACC & Association of Muslim Lawyers)
Head of State Immunity (Peter Tatchell)
Vivienne Westwood and others
Reports from 3pm Seminar on Prison and Society
Personal Story (Massah Barnett)

B. 7pm Speaker Sessions

Public Services (Hugh Lanning, PCS)
The Environment (Asad Rehman, FOE)
War on Terror (Andy Worthington)
Civil Liberties (AC Grayling)

C. 8-9.30pm Audience Q&A Discussion and Unconference Action Proposals

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#=- Friday 12th of December 2008 8pm -3am -=#

No Borders/ Queer exile benefit gig

at the Old Buddist Centre, Carlisle Lane, London SE1 7LG

This is a split benefit for London NoBorders and also for a very dear friend and Hackney Queer Activist who has recently been refused return to the UK by the bastard Home Office

Featuring Rabies Babies

Bogus Gasman

Spanner (Bristol based Ska Punk legends)

Victor Menace (Ninja Folk balkan reggae gypsy fusion)

Performances by Tainted and Smaxxx

DJ’s Raju Rocket & Mashed Patato

Suggested donation £5

From 8 to 3pm
(So yous can get plenty of beauty sleep before Behind Bars:-)

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#=- first Saturday after decision on Heathrow expansion -=#

Heathrow Decision Day Flashmob

12 noon (on the dot), Heathrow Terminal 5 Departures (‘Security North’ section) on the first Saturday after the Government makes its decision on Heathrow expansion (unless all forms of expansion are ruled out).

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#=- 13th and 14th December, 10am on Saturday to 5pm on Sunday -=#

Climate Camp national gathering

Greenpeace, Canonbury Villas, London, N1 2PN
The decision making body of the Camp is the series of national gatherings, which take place about once a month. Each meeting has a prepared agenda which is put together by the local group running each gathering, with assistance from the Process Group who have overall responsibility for the Camp’s administrative systems. All decisions at gatherings are made by means of consensus and run by a team of people trained in the facilitation of consensus meetings.

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#=- Sunday 14th December 6pm -=#

Screening of The Debtors, a short film by Maija Timonen; Jonathan Demme’s video for New Order’s The Perfect Kiss; and Chantal Akerman’s film News from Home.

GUESTROOM STUDIO, 103 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London  E8 2EB

The screening starts at 6pm. Space is limited so please arrive early.

The Debtors, 2008, 16min
The Debtors is a short film that takes as its starting point a book by Bertholt Brecht called Flüchtlingsgespräche (Conversations in Exile), set in a restaurant at Helsinki central railway station. The film is shot in the same place, and consists of five episodic dialogues in which the conversations between two exiled men in Brecht’s book are exchanged for conversations between two women. Stuck repeating the same borrowed sentences and engaging in (self-)regulated acts of gambling, the women lend a premise for the excavation of the space itself and initiate open-ended narratives on the nature of choice, nationality and risk.

The Perfect Kiss, dir. Jonathan Demme, 1985, 10min

News from Home, dir. Chantal Akerman, 1977, 85min

t: 0207 275 7856

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#=- 7pm Tuesday 16th December -=#

Colombia Solidarity Campaign London branch

Christmas Social

Upstairs at the Apple Tree pub,
45 Mount Pleasant, London, WC1X 0AE

Colombia Solidarity Campaign would like to invite you to join us for our Christmas social night with Colombian food and music this December.

It is a poignant time to celebrate. Along with the success of the indigenous and popular people’s protest (MINGA) in gaining international recognition and shaking the Colombia government, and also with the triumph of the Sugar Cane workers against their bosses by becoming organised and together standing strong – something that will have a positive impact on the workers’ movement in Colombia.

Reports of these successes are on our website

January 2009 meeting,

Private Security Companies in Colombia    Tuesday 20 January 2009, 7:00pm
Government’s use of Private Security, including British military companies in Colombia

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Events at The Library House


Autonomous space in Camberwell/Brixton London

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)

#Wednesday Cafe Marie + film @ Library House
Cafe Marie at 6pm, with two movies about Food production and waste

RECLAIM YOUR FOOD and FOOD NOT BOMBS are alive and will be again in the street!!

Follow up RYF next SUNDAY 14th December (the last of this year?!) in Brixton

and FNB next SATURDAY 13th in Whitechapel

WEDNESDAY screening will be about food production, waste of this society, repression, … and love for vegan food!

Reclaim your Surplus is a 20min documentary about the amount of waste the society produces, about police repression, about the surplus created by the society and how it can damage ecosystems, small ecomomy all around the world and… it is about Reaclaim ur Food!

Our Daily Bread, a documentary out of the Netherlands directed by Austrian Nikolaus Geyrhalter, that gives us a bird’s eye view of the daily operations of a variety of agro-businesses, but does so without a single moment of voice-over narration.

Cafe starts at 6pm as usual
Screening starts at 7.30pm (ish)

#Thursday: Capoeira lesson 7-9pm
Our regular Capoeira lesson, every thursday. Come and play!

#Friday: 11am, come and help gardening in the nice english cold  :)

#Friday: Queer Cinema Night 8pm.
Queer Movie Night every Fridays at the Library House. If you’re lucky you’ll even get some cock porns (pop corns in French) served by delicious people! :)


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