Cosy cafe nights for the curious..

Howdy,
Weekly Rampart organising meetings are held at Rampart every Monday from 7pm, feel free to come by to see how you can get involved.

<* EVENTS AT RAMPART *>

-= THURSDAY 15 JAN =-

Weekly cafe/film/info night at Rampart, 7pm -10pm

Our first cafe night! Which we are running this time around. Come along for a relaxed chat and get to know us better! Our thoughts at the moment are focused on the Gaza attacks and so the cafe would be a good opportunity to discuss tactics for protests, with national protests announced for Saturday this week also. We might have time to pull together some youtube footage from international protests which we would screen on the night. There are still banner making materials at Rampart so we could also work and talk..

One of our group attended the EUROPEAN CONFERENCE OF SOCIAL CENTERS BARCELONA/TERRASSA last week, and could give a report back on the evening if people are interested.

** Groups are invited to run the cafe to generate funds and put on info nights of their own. Contact us to book a slot for the cafe, email rampart@mutualaid.org. **

-= THURSDAY 22 JAN =-

Weekly cafe/film/info night at Rampart, 7pm -10pm

RIOTS IN GREECE

The murder of the student Alexis Grigoropoulos by a policeman, has sparked in Greece some of the biggest riots since the demise of the dictatorship in that country. Athens has been in the last month, the stage of continous battles between students and youth and the repressive local police, which after having shot thousands of tear gas canisters has not managed to placate the revolt.

For some people this is the first credit-crunch riot, a sign of things to come, as economic pressure hits hard across the continent and particularly targets youth. But what is actually happening in Greece at the moment and what are the prospects of the movement that has risen in the streets of Athens?

This event will host testimonies from activists who have participated in the protests, and projections of video to provide grassroots information to counter the distortions of mainstream media.

-= FRIDAY 30 JAN =-

Radical Theory Reading Group

First reading group of 2009 will be Friday, January 30th in the newly repaired and somewhat warmer rampART library, starting at 6pm.

We’ll be reading Chapter 5, ‘Ideas in Action: Rhizomatics, Radical Democracy and the Power of the Multitude’ from Jeremy Gilbert’s Anticapitalism & Culture and Chapter 6, ‘Ethics, Affinity and the Coming Communities’ from Richard Day’s Gramsci is Dead. Downloads here http://www.box.net/shared/btebt07iy8 and here http://www.box.net/shared/qfvxbtzc1d.

Blog, as ever, has been updated (radicaltheoryreadinggroup.blogspot.com).
Comments welcome.

-= FRIDAY 6 FEB =-

Crossing Channels 2

No Borders London party and fundraiser for transnational solidarity
more info soon.

-= WEDNESDAY 11 FEB – SATURDAY 14 FEB =-

THE ARCHETIST

A touring exhibition based on a story

Opening night Wednesday 11th 7pm-12am
Thursday 12th 7pm – 12am
Experimental Electronic Concert Friday 13th 5pm – 3am (Donations after 9pm)
Experimental Electronic Concert Saturday 14th 2pm -3am (Donations after 9pm)

Having dispayed the exhibtion in Paris, Toulouse, Milan, Rome and Marseille this is the final piston-powered leg of the tour, involving over 20 artists working in the mediums of; painting, drawing, sculpture, film, projection, installation, photography, sound design and theatre.

www.theplotthickens.org for info and previous exhibition photos
www.hekate.co.uk
www.randomartists.org

<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

-= WEDNESDAY 14 JAN + =-

Breaking news: SOAS occupation (ongoing)

SOAS University of London – occupation by students in support of Gaza

Brunei Gallery (photographic celebration of colonialism) was occupied by students at 6pm on Tuesday 13 January

Students are occupying this space to raise awareness on a number of issues…

* Solidarity with Gaza – The SOAS director refused to issue condemnation of attacks on Gaza.

* End the racist MoD exhibition currently on display in the Brunei Gallery which ignores the reality of the ethnic minority experience within the British army.

* Create a practical example of student self-organisation to pose a direct challenge to the marketisation of universities – Brunei Gallery is currently being subcontracted out by Sodexo to MoD for an exhibition.

* Students are encouraging others to join them at SOAS and to engage in similar demonstrations at other universities.

SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF GAZA

SOLIDARITY WITH THE STUDENTS OF GREECE, ITALY, FRANCE, GERMANY, AND ALL OTHERS FACING THE PRIVATISATION OF THEIR INSTITUTIONS

Check http://www.indymedia.org.uk for reports and http://www.thesoasrag.co.uk

-= WEDNESDAY 14 JAN + =-

DAILY PROTESTS AT ISRAELI EMBASSY

Daily protest from 5 to 7pm outside the Israeli Embassy against the brutal invasion of Gaza.

24/7 GAZA VIGIL OUTSIDE ISRAELI EMBASSY

The Islamic Human Rights Commission has called for a round-the-clock vigil outside the Israeli embassy in London “to show solidarity with the victims of Israeli war crimes”.

venue: The Israeli Embassy, 2 Palace Green, W8 (junction of Palace Green and Kensington High Street)
nearest tube: High Street Kensington Embassy, 5.30-7pm,  High Street Kensington (nearest tube High Street Kensington, out of the station turn right and walk 2 minutes.

VIGIL FOR GAZA

A round the clock vigil every day in Parliament Square, London
STOP THE MASSACRE, ISRAEL OUT OF GAZA, END THE BLOCKADE
Supported by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Vigil for Gaza welcomes all who wish to peacefully protest against the blockade of Gaza and the current assault on its people by Israel. The vigil is a space to gather, speak, bear witness, pray, meditate, sing or otherwise demonstrate that we find this situation unacceptable.

Join the vigil at any time in Parliament Square, London for as short or as long a time as you can.

In order that as many people as possible feel able to participate in the vigil, it is covered by authorisation to demonstrate under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

For further information on the vigil, contact vigilforgaza@gmail.com or see http://www.vigilforgaza.net. For more campaign information see http://www.palestinecampaign.org/
http://www.vigilforgaza.net

NATIONAL DEMONSTRATIONS : Saturday 17 January.

-= SATURDAY 17 JAN =-

‘Violence and Sex Work in Britain’

Book launch and talk

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Free entry
Nearest tube: King’s Cross

www.housmans.com

Hilary Kinnell, recently national co-ordinator for the United Kingdom Network of Sex Work Projects (UKNSWP), has published a controversial new book concerned with violence in the sex industry. It aims to provide an understanding of the nature of violence against sex workers and the relationship between violence, government legislation and policy, and law enforcement practices – an essential task in view of the recent Ipswich murders and the public and media response to this which illustrated how poorly the context of violence in the sex industry is understood.

Hilary’s book ‘Violence and Sex Work in Britain’ (Willan Publishing – 2008)The book describes the incidence of violence against sex workers, culminating in some cases in murder. It shows how the risk of violence is strongly dependent on the physical and legal context in which sex workers operate; how repressive policing tactics exacerbate vulnerability; and how discourses of abhorrence towards sex work promote perceptions of sex workers as worthless human beings.

It also examines how inadequacies in the criminal justice system lead to failures in investigations and prosecutions, and failures to prevent violence from known offenders; and how the stereotyping of sex workers, their clients and perpetrators of violence, in the media and in other spheres of academic debate, distorts reality leading to inappropriate or harmful public responses.

This evening Hilary will be discussing the politics of the sex industry with a representative of the IUSW (International Union of Sex Workers).

‘Why feminists should rethink on sex workers’ rights’ by Hilary Kinnell
http://tinyurl.com/6ld97n

UK Network of Sex Work Projects
http://www.uknswp.org/index.asp

‘The forgotten murders’ – Hilary Kinnell article in The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/feb/22/hilarykinnellonsexworkers

-= SATURDAY 17 JAN =-

50 Years of the Cuban Revolution

When: Saturday 17 January 2009
11am-6pm

Where: Bolivar Hall, Venezuelan Embassy,
54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL (see map)

Description:
Rock around the Blockade invites you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. We will discuss five decades of socialist development in Cuba and the island’s links with revolutionary movements in Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Helen Yaffe, (UCL/Rock around the Blockade): on Cuban political economy
Luis Marron, political officer of the Cuban embassy
Felix Plasencia, minister counsellor of the Venezuelan embassy
Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT Union
Professor Theodore MacDonald: speaking about Cuba’s literacy campaign
Diego Almeida, (Movement of Ecuadorians in the UK)
A representative from the Bolivian Embassy
Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the NUJ union and chair of Justice for Colombia campaign
Representative of the Revolutionary Communist Group

-= TUESDAY 20 JAN =-

Colombia Solidarity Campaign – London Branch Meeting

7pm Tuesday, 20th January
Colombia 2008: Review and Evaluation

London branch meetings of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign take place at 7pm every third Tuesday of the month at The Apple Tree pub, 45 Mount Pleasant, WC1X 0AE (Russell Square tube station).

-= TUESDAY 20 JAN =-

CONFERENCIAS SOBRE LATINOAMERICA ++ LECTURES ABOUT LATIN AMERICA

Ciclo de conferencias por: INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAS

20 January 2009 – 19 February 2009

Institute for the study of the americas
31 Tavistock Square London WC1H 9HA
London, United Kingdom

Human Rights and Lawyers in Colombia
Sara Chandler, Associate Professor and director of Pro Bono at the College of Law
Tuesday 20 January, 18:00 – 19:30
Venue: IALS
Organised by: The Society for Advanced Legal Studies and the Institute for the Study of the Americas

The lecture will give a summary of the detailed findings of the August 2008 international lawyers’ delegation to Colombia. The delegation was able to visit Bogota and 7 other regions where they met lawyers, human rights defenders and prosecutors, judges, victims and non governmental organisations involved in the defence of human rights. They also visited Universities and University Law Faculties running human rights programmes and Law Clinics.

A total of 42 delegates went from the UK, and joined lawyers from Latin America, Canada, France, Germany and Spain. Of particular interest has been the growing support for an independent bar association or law society in Colombia. Colombia is the only country in Latin America which does not have a national representative professional organisation and members of the delegation attended meetings with local lawyers who are working to create such an organisation. Human rights lawyers are at risk in Colombia and during the last 5 years the number of threats and assassinations has risen without any steps being taken to prevent these risks.

To be held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Admission Free – All Welcome

RSVP: IALS.Events@sas.ac.uk

Globalisation and the State: What lessons does the Latin American ‘new left’ offer?
Peadar Kirby, Professor of International Politics and Public Policy, University of Limerick
Wednesday 21 January, 17:30 – 19:30
Venue: Seminar Room 12, ISA

A Precursor to Peace: Building Dialogue among the Armed Forces, Civil Society and ex-Guerrilleros in Colombia
Jennifer Schirmer, Visiting Professor, University of Oslo
Thursday 22 January, 17:00 – 19:30
Venue: Seminar Room 12, ISA
To register please e-mail: olga.jimenez@sas.ac.uk

Please check the location of each event in the institute for the study of the americas Website, also the following months: http://americas.sas.ac.uk/events.php

-= SUNDAY 25 JAN =-

Sunday Cinema Cafe

Happening at L.A.R.C (London Action Resource Centre) 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, E1 1ES. A relaxed and chilled out atmosphere to watch some rare gems of cinema!!

DOORS OPEN AT 2PM!!!!

Come nurse that sunday hangover. Cakes and munch, plenty of tea and great feature film double bills to watch.

Hosted by The Whitechapel Anarchist Group.
For more info:
http://whitechapelanarchistgroup.wordpress.com/

SUNDAY 25TH JANUARY – TELEVISION SPECIAL
2:30 “Culloden” (1964) Dir: Peter Watkins
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057982/
4:00 “The Firm” (1988) Dir: Alan Clarke
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095158/

-= SATURDAY 31 JAN – SUNDAY 8 FEB =-

The Struggle Against Sexism & Racism: an International Comparison

Five major events open to the public with speakers from: BOLIVIA, CANADA, ENGLAND, GUYANA, HAITI, INDIA, IRAQ, IRELAND, PALESTINE, PERU, SPAIN, TANZANIA, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, TURKEY, US, VENEZUELA.

1. Grassroots Struggle Against Sexism and Racism: an International Comparison
Saturday 31 January, 9.30am-5.30pm
Bolivar Hall, Venezuelan Embassy, 54 Grafton Way, London W1 5AJ

2. Our Debt to Haitians – the First to Abolish Slavery
Sunday 1 February, 10.30 -5.30pm
Bolivar Hall

3. Rape and Prostitution – A Question of Consent
Tuesday 3 February, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Committee Room 6, House of Commons

4. Invest In Caring, Not Killing:
Valuing the Work of Caring for People & the Planet
Saturday 7 February, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Bolivar Hall.

5. Rediscovering Tanzania’s Ujamaa – Tribute to the Great Ntimbanjayo Millinga and the Ruvuma Development Association
Sunday 8 February, 1.30 – 5.30pm
Bolivar Hall.

Organised by the GLOBAL WOMEN’S STRIKE & INTERNATIONAL WOMEN COUNT NETWORK.
For more information:
www.globalwomenstrike.net/internationalgathering2009.htm
womenstrike8m@server101.com

-= WEDNESDAY 4 FEB =-

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?

Speakers
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:
f.d.rubio@open.ac.uk

Directions:

Rich Mix, London.
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London
E1 6LA

Map
<http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?sourceid=Mozilla-search&q=47+Bethnal+Green+Rd+Tower+Hamlets%2C+Londres+E2%2C+UK>

Tube: Liverpool Street
Buses: 388, 8

Should you have any query please contact Fernando Domínguez Rubio (f.d.rubio@open.ac.uk)

<* ANNOUNCEMENT *>

Rockwool out of Istria!

Rockwool polluting in Croatia

What is this about?
In a nutshell, a multinational corporation has illegally built a factory in Croatia. It is polluting the area and the local residents are up in arms about this. They need our support. They don’t want to get polluted! A campaign of international support is just beginning.

See http://www.pressured.plus.com for information

Rock wool, whilst sold as an eco-friendly product, is a dirty thing to make. In the USA, Erin Brokovich is investigating claims that a now-closed Rockwool Group factory is responsible for the high rate of cancer locally. Meanwhile, the residents of the municipality of Pican, Croatia are protesting against a new factory which was built illegally. The factory regularly floods the valley with thick smoke.

Hopefully an anti-Rockwool activist will be giving a talk at Rampart in March.

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