GREECE ON FIRE, WHERE NEXT?

Howdy,

Here we are with our weekly roundup of news and events about rampART and related people and places

While the pound falls and the Royal Bank of Scotland crashes, rampART’s assets are in good shape with a new bunch of people involved and a series of events for the coming weeks.

GET INVOLVED
Weekly Rampart organising meetings are held at Rampart every Monday from 7pm. You are welcome to come by to see how you can get involved.

THANKS FROM HABIBA
Habiba International, which held a fundraiser at the rampART last year, says thanks for the support towards buying the vehicle they needed for their work in rural Kenya: it is already in use a a rescue vehicle for women and children from situations of abuse. They bought this just before xmas and Solidarity Not Charity contributed £5,000 towards the vehicle
matching funds that we already assisted them with getting from the Body Shop Foundation and another NGO from Norway contributed the rest of the money. A big thanks to all of you who supported this.

FREE SCHOOL [20th – 22nd February 2009] / A weekend of free workshops, skill-sharing and discussions The London FreeSchool is planning another event for mid February in a few social centres across the capital. In order for this to be successful we need a timetable and for that we need you! So, if there’s something you always wanted to learn, a skill you are willing to share or a topic for discussion you think is important we would love to hear from you..
drop a line: deschooling_society [at] lists [dot] riseup[dot] net and check the website http://londonfreeschool.wordpress.com.
The deadline for workshops is 11th February to give us time to finalise and advertise the full timetable.

OCCUPATION AT SOAS
Students occupying SOAS have declared victory after winning significant demands from the university management. These include an agreement that there will be no military on campus without prior consultation with the student union. A motion passed yesterday by the student union opposes all military presence on campus. It stands for the next five years. The
occupying students will also have exclusive use of the gallery space until end of day Friday.
Other occupations are taking place at LSE and Essex University.
For more information check http://lseoccupation.blogspot.com/ and http://soassolidarity4gaza.blogspot.com/

<* EVENTS AT RAMPART *>

-= THURSDAY 22 JAN =-

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

GREECE ON FIRE, WHERE NEXT?

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 AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE *>

52 Knatchbull road (entrance on Burton rd, behind Minet library) SE5 9QY.
Nearest tubes : Brixton, Oval, Kennington.
Nearest train : Loughborough junction.
Nearest buses : P5 or Brixton road (3/N3, 59, 133/N133, 159/N159, 415.
stop: loughborough road)
Email: libraryhouse..at..lists.riseup.net
Website: http://thelibraryhouse.wordpress.com/

==Wednesday 21st 6pm==

Cafe Marie + Cinema Libre

This week we will have movies about Australia and state politics about aborigenous people. An australian activist friend should be here to enrich the discussion after the movies!

==Thursday 22nd 7-9pm==

*Capoeira*

We are a group of people sharing and learning some capoeira. We want to have fun while finding our roots The space is rather small but it is great fun as you need to be really aware of your surroundings. We usually practice movements, make a rodinha and play live music. We have all we need: good mood, a lot of energy and wilingness to learn.
Sessions are free and you are more than welcome to join us!

==Friday 23rd 6pm==

*Juggling*

We will just have fun juggling together. We will probably start indoor and then try to make a bit of fancy fire stuff in the garden! :)
We are very far from being expert in juggling!
Bring your own material if you have, but we’ll make our own juggling balls on site, its very easy!
Everyone is welcome and of course this is free!

==Sunday 25th 4pm==

*KASC – Knitting And Sewing Circle !*

Our second KASC event will be on Sunday 25th of January from 3pm, with the intention of a regular monthly slot. Please join us to learn or share skills in · Woolcrafts: Knitting and crochet · Mending: darning, patching, sewing and reparative embroidery.
Everyone over the age of 8 is welcome to drop in. It would be great if you could bring knitting needles, yarn, or a handknitted garment to recycle.
These can often be found in charity shops for next to nothing. Likewise bits of fabric and sewing equipment to practice with. We have a sewing machine Books or photocopies with clear illustrations would also be useful. Expect tea, lively discussion, and maybe even biscuits.

==Tuesday 27th 7.30pm==

*Queer group Meeting*

A brand new queer (activist) group has started. It meets twice a month, once in North London (at LARC), and once in South London (at the Library House). The group is very new, so discussion about what it should be and do are still ongoing, but there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm to work on
race/anti-racism issues, creating a queer bloc/affinity group for demos and actions, and community education (within our own communities and reaching outwards).

==Friday 30th 8pm==

*Spread The Vampire Love!*

A Horror/Vampire movie night at The Library House. Expect some Bloody Mary and Lots of Garlic!
Double bill:
– The Hunger, a 1983 movie: Nothing Human Loves Forever
– a surprise movie
Free of course (well, just a bite on your neck)
Dress up and drink the blood of capitalism!! :)

<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

-= 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

-= MONDAY 9 FEB =-

Copenhagen Climate Summit

Do we cheer them on, block them in, or close them down?

– 7pm, Monday 9th February // The studio at 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (through the blue door and upstairs)
What? Kevin Smith (Carbon Trade Watch) and Mel Evans (Camp for Climate Action) will kick off a discussion about the movement to stop climate change.
Why? The UN talks in Copenhagen this December are supposed to be the place where world leaders agree a new international deal to stop climate change.
But progress so far has been undermined by corporate lobbying and false, market-based solutions. When activists from across Europe hit the streets of Copenhagen, should we be calling on governments to do better, blockading them in until they come up with a good deal, or be saying they are so flawed we should try to close them down?

More info on http://www.radicalactivist.net/news/newsitem.php?id=0902forum

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