New Year’s Eve rampARTy


Just a quick newsletter to let you know the Rampart New Year’s eve party is definitely happening and we WANT to see you there! Come and celebrate the time and place with us, leading up to a launch of the revamped project in the new year.

You are probably quite aware of the Gaza attacks in the news, and so you might want to take part in the emergency protests being held outside the Israeli Embassy, there is one before the Rampart New Year’s eve party on the 31st.


New Year’s Eve rampARTy

Rampart Social Centre
15-17 Rampart Street London E1 2LA (off Commercial Rd, nearest tube “Whitechapel”)

Still Alive and Kicking!


chaos cabaret (cabaret)
52 commercial road (experimental)
xtrats (drum & bass)
critical sound system (dubstep)
more acts tbc …

from 9pm till late

Donations at the door



Israeli Embassy, Kensington High Street, London, W4.  Nearest tube Kensingston High Street (turn right out of tube station and walk along the main road.

Protest Tomorrow – London Israeli Embassy

Wednesday 31 December, 2pm – 4pm outside Israeli Embassy
Thursday 1 January 2pm – 4pm outside Israeli Embassy
Friday 2 January 2pm – 4 pm.  Outside the Egyptian Embassy, 26 South Audley Street, London, W1K 1DW.  Call for Egypt to open the border immediately.

Assemble 12:30pm Along Embankment, by Embankment tube station, LONDON WC2 – Nearest tube Embankment or Charing Cross

-= 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

Speakers Include:

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 =-


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

4pm. Workshop
*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

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)
Exit-Bcn, Barcelona

Friday January 9th
4pm. Workshop

*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 (Malaga)
Hackademy (Madrid)
Universidade Invisible (Coruña)

7pm Panel
*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

Third day:

10th. Ateneu Candela, Terrassa*

11 am
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.


-= 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
E1 6LA


Tube: Liverpool Street
Buses: 388, 8

Should you have any query please contact Fernando Domínguez Rubio (


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