A lot more fun than any pyramid scheme

After our meeting last week to rebuild RampART, we’re now doing it… literally. We are now trying to get the building back in shape (or at least keep out the rain) and are organising a work party for Saturday, 20 December starting at 10AM, to fix the roof and clean up the building. Any help would be appreciated. Please email rampart@mutualaid.org if you’d like to help out.

We also have the reading group this Friday evening.

–=FRIDAY, 19 DECEMBER 6-8PM=–

–=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 http://www.box.net/shared/4j071j6q21) and Chapter 10, ‘Building a Teaching Community: A Dialogue’ (download http://www.box.net/shared/zh3h7ji5st).

If you have problems getting into the building call 07904759830.

======OTHER EVENTS IN LONDON=====

–= WEDNESDAY, 17 DEC=–

As usual Cafe Marie on wednesdays at the Library House. Nice food and hot drinks from 6 onwards..

Then at 8 again a great movie screening… Pan’s Labyrinth from director: Guillermo del Toro

Spain, 1944. Officially, the Civil War has been over for five years, but a small group of rebels fights on unbroken in the northern mountains of Navarra. Dreamy 10-year-old Ofelia moves to Navarra with her delicate, pregnant mother Carmen, to become acquainted with her new stepfather, Captain Vidal, a Fascist officer under orders to rid the territory of rebels. Ofelia, who is fascinated by fairy tales, discovers an overgrown, tumbledown labyrinth behind the mill. In the heart of the labyrinth she meets an ancient faun who claims to know her true identity and her secret destiny. But first, she must complete three tasks before the moon grows full. And no one must know: not her ailing mother, or her new friend, Mercedes. Time is running out, for Ofelia and for the rebels. Both will have to battle hardship and cruelty in order to gain their freedom.

Library House location:

2 Knatchbull road (entrance on Burton rd, behind Minet library) SE5 9QY.

Nearest tubes: Brixton, Oval, Kennington. Nearest train: Loughborough junction. Nearest buses: brixton road (3/N3, 59, 133/N133, 159/N159, 415. stop: Loughborough Road)

http://thelibraryhouse.wordpress.com/

–=ALSO ON WEDNESDAY 17 DEC=–

London Housing Action Now!

Meeting at the Cock Tavern at 7:30PM.

Inspired by last year’s visit by members of Movement for Justice in El Barrio in New York,we are working together to build a coalition between housing groups and to coordinate initiatives between neighbourhood action initatives in London.

For more information contact:
londonhousingaction@riseup.net

Cock Tavern
23 Phoenix Road
London, NW1 1HB
Nearest Transport: Euston
Map: http://trustedplaces.com/review/uk/london/bar-pub/1q72j66/the-cock-tavern?bigmap=

–=THURSDAY, 18 DEC=–

Queer Group Meeting at the Library House

Call out:

“We are having the stirrings of an anti-capitalist queer activist group that hopes to look at more than just identity politics. we are interested in meeting twice a month… once in south london and once north of the river.

Have been talking with a lot of folks lately about activism in general. how there´s an awful lot of fantastic queer folk in london who are active in politics and it wold be nice come together to collaborate on some political projects, create an affinity group for actions and work on inclusiveness in our circles. areas of focus could be race, anti-militarism, trans, deaths in custoday, prison abolition, no borders, pride next year, feminism, the list is endless.

So if a group was meeting regularly (every 2 weeks) we could plan some activism/solidarity/education.”

Library House location:

2 Knatchbull road (entrance on Burton rd, behind Minet library) SE5 9QY.

Nearest tubes: Brixton, Oval, Kennington. Nearest train: Loughborough junction. Nearest buses: brixton road (3/N3, 59, 133/N133, 159/N159, 415. stop: Loughborough road).

http://thelibraryhouse.wordpress.com/

–=SUNDAY, 21 DEC=–

LARC’s 10th solstice party, Sunday December 21st

LARC AGM: 7.30pm, followed by our 10th annual solstice party, (though our first with a piano in the main space)…

SOLSTICE PARTY 8pm – 3am approx. Bring yourselves, your friends, wood for the fire, musical instruments (not for the fire), and that small bottle of good cheer you’ve been storing in the back of your metaphorical kitchen cupboard for quite a while now…

-=ALSO ON SUNDAY, 21 DEC=-

The Border Patrol Solstice Ride

A collaboration between artist Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre and Southwark Cyclists.

Sunday 21 December 2008, 6.00pm till late
Meeting place: 6.00 pm at Camberwell Green

The event is free but booking is essential as there is a limited number of places:

Email: southwarknights@gmail.com or info@southwarkcyclists.org.uk

Phone: Ana Laura 07817 654 468 or Barry07905 889 005

To celebrate the winter solstice, join a group of local cyclists on a ride following the political boundaries of Southwark Council, to travel the longest possible route in the borough, on the longest night of the year. It gets lighter from now on. En route we will explore almost every inch of Southwark’s so varied 17 mile border starting at 6pm in Camberwell Green. Bring warm clothes, bike lights and drink or food to share at the end of the ride, when we will gather at the artist’s studio for a post-ride film night.

The Solstice Ride is both a Southwark Cyclist social ride, and an artwork. It is part of Beating the Bounds, a series of live events exploring personal and social territories at night-time in Southwark, devised by Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre in collaboration with individuals and local organisations who have a particular interest or stake in the uses of public urban spaces. Previous events include the Neckinger River Walk with artist Amy Sharrocks, and a forthcoming series of night-time walks led by residents of the Tabard Estate in Borough.

Southwark Cyclists are a mixed group of people who believe that cycling as transport is undervalued, under used and under supported. They are regularly consulted on cycling issues such as design of the London Cycle Network, collision remedy schemes, location of cycle racks and making sure that cycling is well represented in Southwark’s bids for money from central government. Southwark Cyclists campaign on all cycling issues in the borough, run events all year round – even on 25 December, cycle socially, carry out research and usually manage to have fun in the process. For more info see their website:
http://www.southwarkcyclists.org.uk

Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre is an artist and writer from Uruguay, based in London since 1996. She is the current holder of the Studio Residency in Southwark, based at Acme Studios’ Galleria Studios (Peckham), and supported by Acme Studios, Southwark Council and the South London Gallery. See more of her work at:

http://www.lopezdelatorre.org

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