However you happen to be spending this time of year, best wishes from everyone at Rampart and good health and luck to you in the new year.
And a special thankyou to our supporters for the valued time and efforts throughout the year.
If you are around on christmas eve you would be very welcome to come by and join in our attempted escape from the christmas consumption.
We are also pulling something together late for new years eve, just what we don’t know yet, but again this place is still here so why not?
If anyone can help out on either of the nights, cooking, arranging drink, music, decorations, then drop us an email.
Top of our wish list this week:
Toilet seats (no relation.. or is there?)
Email us if you happen to have either.
-= RAMPART – WEDNESDAY 24 DEC =-
Ye Olde Waifes and Strayes christmas eve gathering.
Rampart 24th December 2008, 7pm
Stragglers, waifs, strays, dawdlers, dilly-dalliers, loiterers
Some fellow Rampart stragglers, or hangers-on depending on how you see it, are organising a social night on christmas eve for the remaining residents of London after the mass exodus that is christmas.
They will be cooking up something nice in the kitchen and there will be some Mulled wine and spiced cider by donations, but it’s very much bring your own drink and contribute some food if you can. Fun films and music co-ordinated in a sort of democratic fashion.
All starting at 7pm.
-= RAMPART – WEDNESDAY 31 DEC =-
New Year’s Eve rampARTy
We are going to get something together for new years eve this year, so consider this some advanced warning(!)
Currently looking to be DJs and Cabaret unless some bands come along with their own setup and equipment.
If you can help out on the night, or know a band that want to play who are self suffient with equipment and setting it up, then we would be happy to hear from you.
More info next newsletter.
<* SOME EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
-= SOUTH BANK – FRIDAY 26 DEC =-
Boxing Day Critical Mass
Next ride December 26th 2008 – Boxing Day. Virtually no trains running.
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.
-= STRATFORD – 8 JAN ’09 =-
THE OLYMPICS – What will be left when the Circus leaves town?
Hear speakers, watch film and debate the Olympics at an event on Thursday the 8th of January 6.30 – 8pm at Stratford Circus,
Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford (opposite Pizza Express)
What will the Olympics mean for the people of East London?
There have been a lot of promises. We’ve been told that the 2012 will create thousands of jobs, hundreds of houses and much needed investment to East London. However, some argue that the Olympics will create a handful of low paid, temporary jobs, worsen the housing crisis in the area and benefit only corporate sponsors and property developers.
The event will hear from a panel of speakers on Olympics issues such as
* Displacement of local people due to increasing housing costs or development.
* The kinds of jobs that will be created
* The impact of heightened policing on communities
* What sports facilities will be provided for local people
* What has and is happening in other Olympic Cities around the world
Cara Fisher from the Olympic Resistance Network and Vancouver Anti Poverty Committee who are opposing the 2010 Winter games held in Vancouver.
A representative from Queens Market Newham, to talk about their campaign to save the market from development.
A trade union representative from the Olympic construction site to talk about the reality of Olympic jobs (tbc)
Julian Cheyne ex resident of Clays lane Housing Co op and member of Games Monitor.
A youth representative from Newham Sixth form college to talk about their views on the Olympics.
Speakers and Films followed by questions and debate.
Access information: The main entrance at Stratford Circus has wide automatic doors to provide easy access for wheelchairs. Lifts give access to all floors. There are wide corridors throughout the venue, to accommodate wheelchair users.
Disabled toilets are provided on the ground, level 1 and in the level 2 changing rooms.
Supported by London Coalition Against Poverty / London Social Forum
Sponsored by Newham Sixth Form College
-= BARCELONA – 8/9 JAN ’09 =-
CALL FOR A EUROPEAN CONFERENCE OF SOCIAL CENTERS BARCELONA/TERRASSA, 2009, January 8-10. Network is Coming.
Social centers – in their different forms and declinations – have been in the last twenty years one of the most significant common words in autonomous movements all over Europe. The fil rouge connecting several experiences from North to South, from East to West has been the constitution of self managed spaces – for culture, rights and socialization – as political counterpowers able to challenge the hegemony of the State, of the Parties, of the Market.
Since the 1980s housing rights, underground cultures, anti-hierarchical politics have been the major focuses of these spaces and led them to crisscross the counter-memories haunting Europe and to experiment new fields of struggle for social and urban rights, for emancipation and political expression from below.
Networks on an european level have been rising through the last years, allowing the development of common lexicons, shared strategies, interchange and constructive critique as well as translocal coordination of initiatives for autonomous coordination of struggles on an international scale. The combination and composition of difference, the ability to translate experiences from one place to another and the mutual respect made possible both the constitution of permanent links and alliances between experiences and also the constitution of (virtual and non-virtual) spaces of coordination with variable geometries of participation.
Starting from this stratification of experiences, the emerging projects of social centres are experimenting deep mutations, new forms of acting in the urban space. Metropolis is today a laboratory for new typologies of social centres: as embryonic universities of cognitive workers in the emerging framework of the production of knowledge, as nascent prototypes of social unionism in the new framework of precarious labour, not only for self-defence but also for demanding new social and urban rights in the postcolonial and post-industrial city; finally as autonomous processes trying to configure new forms of cooperative organization able to make common the subjective surplus and able to resist expropriation and exploitation in the contemporary composition of living labour.
In this framework, several social centres met last June in Ljubljana – in Social Centre Rog – for a preliminary articulation of a networking among these new experiences. In Ljubljana meeting, beyond the connection and interchange, we feel the need to open spaces for collective discussion on some issues. This is why we decided to organize two open meeting on these topics.
The first meeting, organized by Exit-Bcn and Ateneu Candela in the beginning of January 2009, will discuss new forms of unionism in the european framework, and the strategies for resources and fundraising of autonomous projects. The second meeting – the proposal is to realize it in Rome in Spring 2009 – will discuss networks of self-formation and the emergence of free universities. Finally it will be the place to discuss and invent perspective for networking and net-forms of cooperation among autonomous spaces.
This is why we call for a Meeting in Barcelona/Terrassa – on the 8th, 9th and 10th of January 2009. It will be divided in two parts: in the first days – in Barcelona – various panels will introduce a discussion on new forms of unionism with particular attention to citizenship, informal and precarious labour, cognitive production. The second part – in Terrasa on the 10th – will be for sharing experiences and discuss a first proposal about “alter” erasmus; the european production of spaces for self-education; the role of social centers as metropolitan tools of conflict, in the european framework and in the scene of global crisis.
PROGRAM First two days
SEMINAR ON BIO UNIONISM. January 8, 9. Macba, Barcelona Thursday January 8th
Experiences of biounionism for transnational social rights
SC Rog (Ljubljana) – Oficinas de Derechos Sociales (Terrasa)
Freefighters (Belgrade) Ferrocarril Clandestino (Madrid), Associazione de Difesa Lavoratori (Padova), Ods-Centro Vecinal Pumarejo, V de Vivienda (Barcelona)
7.30 pm. Panel Organizing the imperceptible: practices emerging in the
Barbara Beznec y Andrej Kurnik, Rog
Valery Alzaga, SIEU, Justice for Cleaners
Nicolás Sguiglia (CIM-REDI)
Friday January 9th
Experiencies of self-organization for cognitive production
ESC (Rome), Sale (Venezia)
Traficantes de Sueños (Madrid), Exgae (Barcelona), Coordination des
Intermittents et Précaires d’Île de France (París), La Casa Invisible
Universidade Invisible (Coruña)
Social rights in times of precarity: new waves in the metropolis
Gerald Raunig, eipcp, Vienna
Alberto de Nicola, Esc, Rome
Marco Baravalle, S.A.L.E Docks, Venice
Tomas Herreros, Universidad Nómada
Working session. SOCIAL CENTERS AND POLICAL SPACES NETWORKING. January
10th. Ateneu Candela, Terrassa
Discussion on mobility and Erasmus. Draft Proposal on «The Other Erasmus».
1 pm. Discussion on self education. Draft proposal on transnational
seminars/European University from Below.
6pm. Political Discussion: Making Europe throw struggles/ Movements
Institutions in the Crisis.
10pm. MEGA PARTY. NO FEAR.
-= SHOREDITCH 4 FEB ’09 =-
Culture (and Cultural Studies) After the Crunch: the End of Neoliberalism?
10.30am-5pm, February 4th, 2009
At Rich Mix, London.
Organised by the Pavis Centre for Cultural and Social Theory, The Open University & the Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London
The crisis of financial markets and the cheap-credit economy is interpreted by many as spelling the end of the 30-year neoliberal regime which has had such profound political, social and material consequences for world culture. Are we now witnessing the opening of a new conjuncture? What might be the social and cultural consequences of emergent forms of re-regulated capitalism? Does the Democratic landslide in the U.S. Presidential election presage an upsurge of progressive political activity -from within and outside government – in the Anglo-Saxon world, as did the elections of 1932 and 1964? Or has the cultural impact of neo-liberalism changed forever the meaning of ‘progressive’ cultural and social forces?
Prof. Tony Bennett (Open University)
Prof. John Clarke (Open University)
Prof. Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths College)
Dr. Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London)
Prof. Lawrence Grossberg (University of North Carolina)
Prof. Mica Nava (University of East London)
Dr. Jason Toynbee (Open University)
Tea, Coffee and Lunch will be provided
For free registration send an email to Fernando D. Rubio:
Rich Mix, London.
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
Tube: Liverpool Street
Buses: 388, 8
Should you have any query please contact Fernando Domínguez Rubio
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