From Greece to France, persecuting activists

Hi,
our dearest DIYers, squatters, critical cyclists, freeschoolers, guerrilla gardeners, perma-peasants, vegans, syndicalists, anarchists, autonomists, anarcho-autonomist, far-far-far-leftists, unleashed dogs, none-of-the-above-neither-below…

It was great to see so many of you at our Thursday cafe’ last week, which hosted an info event on the revolt in Greece.
We are trying to make our thursday cafe’ a regular event for rebellious and curious people in London to gather, exchange views and develop new projects. Hope to see you again to our new thursday cafe’ this week which takes from Greece to France…

THE TARNAC 9 & THE POLICE STATE / THU 29 JAN – 7-10 pm @ rampART
This week’s thursday cafe’ brings together videos and discussions about the police and media persecution of the Tarnac nine. On November 11 2008, nine young people from
Tarnac, in the Correze region of French are arrested with others in a huge anti-terrorism operation and accused of a number of sabotage operatoins against the high-speed TGV train routes. After 2 months from the event only one person remains in jail, but the persecution continues to be a sad reminder of how far the state can get when persecuting activists.

HELP ORGANISING THURSDAY CAFES
In the last two weeks we had two successful cafes. We are inviting rampART’s users to come up with ideas and proposals for upcoming cafes.

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.

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.

<* EVENTS AT RAMPART *>

-= THURSDAY 29 JAN =-

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

THE NINE OF TARNAC AND THE SPECTACLE OF TERRORISM

description of the event above in this newsletter.

-= 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 II: No Borders Benefit for Transnational Solidarity

Featuring live acts:
# Radio Revolucion – reggae/punk/drum n bass
(http://www.myspace.com/radiorevolucion)
# FGC – reggae/ska/punk (http://www.myspace.com/fgc)

Plus DJs:
# Len – pop/punk/electro/trash

And much more TBC!

Refreshments available.

Suggested donation: £5 waged/£3 unwaged

http://london.noborders.org.uk

-= 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 *>

IMPORTANT UPDATE: THE COLLECTIVE MEETINGS ARE NOW AT 8pm ON TUESDAYS!
(they used to be at 9pm)

#We have a phone!#
07985353503 is the new phone number of the library house, DoN’t LEaVe
VoiCe MaIl, its expensive to check them. Send a text if you can!

==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).

==Tuesday 27th 8pm==
*Library House Collective Meeting*
We meet as an open collective every tuesday evening from 9pm to discuss use of the space, hear proposals, and if you’re lucky have some hot food and a cuppa!

==Wednesday 21st 6pm==
*Cafe Marie + Cinema Libre*
As the dust settles and the zombies have finally gone home, Cinema Libre comes out of its cave to show the the other side of ‘The new Face of Fascism’

Featuring ‘The men behind Barack Obama’

Especially in politics it is of the utmost importance to try to look behind the facade: who makes up the team of the presidential candidate? The future president of the United States of America is for a large part dependent on and being fed by his team of advisors and future cabinet members. Webster Tarpley wrote a book on the men and women behind presidential hopeful Barack Obama. He argues that there is more to Obama than his charismatic appearance and that some of his advisors pose a danger to the US and the world in case Obama might be elected to become the next US president. Whether Tarpleys view is correct for now is a matter of opinion and remains to be seen, but for the public debate it is relevant to take note of his facts and arguments. Therefor DeepJournal interviewed Webster Tarpley on the topic of his recently published book Obama, The Postmodern Coup,The Making of a Manchurian Candidate.

Plus plenty of other obama baiting shorts

There will also be a round up of recent events in Gaza, Greece, Pakistan and other Solidarity Actions in and around London

==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 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!

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)

Check The Library House Website : http://thelibraryhouse.wordpress.com
The Library House is a social center in Brixton Camberwell
Contact us if you want to be on our mailing list and be informed about the events there  :)  libraryhouse°°°at°°°lists.riseup.net

<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

-= FRIDAY 30 JAN =-

Critical Mass London

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.

The London monthly rides started in April 1994. It isn’t just for cyclists, sometimes there are wheelchairers, skateboarders, roller bladers, roller skaters and other self-propelled people. Cycle sound systems often play music on the ride.

http://www.criticalmasslondon.org.uk/

-= SATURDAY 31 JAN =-

Dissident Island presents:

Dissident Dubs 2 – A night of Dub, Dubstep, Jungle and more

Ely Muff (one-inch-punch/ headfuk)
Deapoh (barefiles/ bare dubs)
Luke.Envoy (tempa/ wonderland/ hotflush)
Hobocop (dissident island/ uncut.fm)
Young Noel Edmonds (dissident island)

Plus more TBC…

£3 squids in – 10pm onwards
Benefit for the Library House collective and Dissident Island Radio

The London & Brighton, Asylum Rd, Peckham, SE15 beside Queen’s Rd. Peckham Station
Buses 36, (N)171, (N)89, and N136

www.dissidentisland.org for more info

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6-10pm, Dissident Island presents a pre-gig ‘Community Payback’ event:

How much: FREE 6 till 10:30pm

What will be on?
FILMS from:
– Reel News
– ‘Injustice’ by Migrant Media with a Q&A hosted by CoRe(Communities of Resistance, a new prison abolition Anti-Titan group)
– Cinema Libre

STALLS from:
– Reel News
– CoRe
– the Library House info shop
– 56a with pamphlets
– Dissident Island Radio
– Freedom book store with free books
– Others TBC

TEE-SHIRT MODIFICATION:
– By Prankster – bring your own tee-shirt

FREE-SHOP…and FREE FOOD from FNB/RYF

Followed by DJs till very early the next morning…

Where:
The London & Brighton is a squatted pub on Asylum Rd, just beside Queen’s Rd. Peckham station. There’s tons of busses running 24 hours, some of which are the 36, the (N)171, the (N)89, and the N136

http://www.dissidentisland.org/dd2.html
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February 6 show:
<<Dissident Island Radio will be broadcasting live at 9pm out of the London Action Resource Centre featuring a ‘Graffiti Art’ special edition show featuring some local graffiti artists and subvertisers, talking about what they do and why, and DJ Iso will see out the show, spinning some hip-hop sounds…so tune-in by clicking the ‘listen now’ button or download the show (and all our previous ones too!) at www.dissidentisland.org
Happy listening…>>

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February 20 show:
<<Dissident Island Radio will be broadcasting live at 9pm featuring an ‘Economic Meltdown’ show, with a panel discussion and interviews de-mystifying the credit crunch, linking it to critiques of capitalism and looking at the practical, grassroots responses. Afterwards, as
always, we’ll end with a live DJ set to see us into the weekend…so tune-in by clicking the ‘listen now’ button or download the show (and all our previous ones too!) at www.dissidentisland.org – Happy listening…>>

-= SATURDAY 31 JAN – SUNDAY 8 FEB =-

INTERNATIONAL GATHERING

The struggle against poverty, war and occupation
Five major events, London, 31 January – 8 February 2009

International speakers
To interview or invite speakers contact:
Global Women’s Strike press office: 0207 482 2469 or 07958 152 171

The Global Women’s Strike & the International Women Count Network are bringing together distinguished, dynamic and dedicated grassroots women activists and some men from around the world. This unprecedented Gathering kicks off on 31 January and includes three day-long conferences, an evening public meeting and a memorial.  Details here.

At the forefront: news from war-torn Iraq; worldwide protest against the massacres of Palestinian children, women and men in Gaza; expectations for the anti-racist movement which in the US elected a Black family to the White House in order to oust the neo-cons and stop the war, and in Latin America elected Bolivia’s first Indigenous president and constitution to get rid of poverty and discrimination.

PROGRAMME:
Saturday 31 Jan:  Grassroots struggling vs sexism &d racism: an international comparison
Sunday 1 Feb:  Iraq, Haiti, Palestine: occupation is the crime
Tuesday 3 Feb:  Rape and Prostitution – a question of consent
Saturday 7 Feb:  Invest in Caring not Killing – valuing the work of caring for people & the planet
Sunday 8 Feb:  Tanzania’s Ujamaa –Tribute to the great Ntimbanjayo Millinga & the Ruvuma Development Association

VENUES:
All except one event will be held at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1 5AJ
We are most thankful to the Bolivarian Embassy of Venezuela for their gracious hospitality.
The meeting on Rape and Prostitution will be at the House of Commons, Committee room 6.

SPEAKERS from Bolivia, Canada, China, Greece, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Palestine, Peru, Scotland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, US, Venezuela and Wales, and from the many other countries resident in the UK.

http://www.globalwomenstrike.net/IntlGathering2009/IntlGatherinPR.htm

-= SUNDAY 1 FEB =-

Pens, Pencils and Photocopiers:

ALTERNATIVE PRESS FAIR

St Aloysius Social Centre,
Phoenix Road,
Euston,
NW1 1TP

Bringing together the worlds of alternative comics, zines, self-produced art-books, poetry and diy/punk culture for one amazing day, like a great colourful blacmange that you can’t eat. Meet the artists, see their work, buy some if you like it. THEN relax and enjoy an exciting evening of music, song and melody, starring the Singing Sensation of the Nation, Mr. Trent Miller (& The Skeleton Jive).

This event is FREE to all good men and women everywhere.

A day to live long in the memory – come along.

When? Sunday 1st February 2009, 12pm to 6pm (music to late)

Where? St. Aloysius Social Centre, 20 Phoenix Road, NW1 1TA

How do I get there? Alight Euston Station, venture up Eversholt Street on your right is Phoenix Road and a modern church – we’re in the basement.

For more info Contact: jimigherkin(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk or peterlally(at)gmail(dot)com or check http://comicsandzines.wordpress.com/ for the latest news

-= SUNDAY 1 FEB =-

Floods, Drought, Pollution and Survival.

Women from the Global South speak out about Climate Change.

Thursday 5 February 2009, 7-9pm.
Ethiopian Community Hall, 2a Lithos Rd, London, NW3 6EF

Five minutes walk from Finchley Rd Tube or one minute walk from Finchley Rd & Frognal train station. Many bus services.

A FREE event-
Climate Camp invites women from the Global South to speak about how they are organizing to survive the Climate Change that is affecting their lives now.

Hear first hand from women in countries such as Bolivia, Guyana, India, Uganda who are at the sharp end of climate change.

Estimates suggest that 85% of people who die from climate-related disasters are women. It is also mostly women who carry water for miles, who walk through floodwater to fetch food, and who fight for their community’s right for survival. Their experience, and their wealth of organizing skills and achievements are rarely heard in London.

Come and discuss what we can do in and around London to build our resilience and resistance worldwide in the face of climate change

Meet grassroots women from
· Bolivia: where giant US corporation Bechtel tried to monopolise the increasingly scarce water. The people threw them out!
· China: where hundreds of thousands are fighting to protect their land, air and water supplies from the devastating effects of rapid industrialization
· Guyana: where women forced down the prices of basic foodstuffs and successfully demanded food, sewage clean-up, and compensation after horrific flooding
· India: where women fought for resources to keep their families alive after floods, won compensation for widows and exposed discrimination against Dalit and Tribal people.
· Uganda: where they built a Women’s Centre with their bare hands in a desertified area, started and maintained an orchard, won a water purifying system, and some free health care
· USA: where women of the American South organized community responses to Hurricane Katrina and the murderous racism that followed

Hear what women are doing to protect their homes, land, water supplies, and communities. Discuss what we can do in London to build our resistance worldwide.

More info can be found here:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/263887294

-= SATURDAY 7 FEB =-

COLOMBIA’S KILLINGS: THE BRITISH CONNECTION

10am – 5pm Saturday 7th February 2009

A one day event exposing British complicity in the ongoing Colombian conflict

Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Speakers Include:

MP JEREMY CORBYN on British Military Aid
RUTH TANNER War on Want
RICARD SOLLY Colombia Solidarity Campaign
CARLOS CRUZ POLO DEMOCRATICO The Main Colombian Opposition Party
PAUL DOWLING on BP
MARLON MINA persecution of students movements
JULIE NICHOLSON on Indigenous Rights
HELENA PEREZ NINO Sexual Violence as a weapon of war
JULIO MAYOR Latin American Workers Association
DR. MARIO NOVELLI University of Amsterdam on Education and Democracy

Suggested donation: £4 waged, £2 unwaged

The decades-long conflict in Colombia continues to take the lives of its citizens, bring oppression on voices of dissent and displace tens of thousands of people. It has been widely portrayed as a conflict between left-wing guerrillas, cocaine drug barons and the government.

What is missing in the mainstream account is the influence of external actors. The actions of the British Government and British multinationals fuel the conflict and perpetuate the human rights abuses and political murders carried out by the Colombian Government and right-wing paramilitaries.

The UK gives an undisclosed amount of military aid to the Colombian Government whilst British companies profit from their plunder of natural resources from the Colombian countryside.

This event aims to raise awareness of British involvement in Colombia and highlight aspects of the conflict that are less well known. These include issues such as the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, the criminalisation of political opposition, oppression of students, and violence perpetrated against indigenous groups.

Here in the UK we need to recognise that this is not simply another conflict in another part of the world. It is one that Britain is complicit in. It is therefore our responsibility as residents of the UK to play our part in preventing human rights abuses and continued human suffering.

Engage in the issues of the Colombian conflict and the role that Britain plays – with a view to challenge it.

For more information and advance registration please contact:  colombiaskillings@googlemail.com

COLOMBIA’S KILLINGS: THE BRITISH CONNECTION 10– 5 Sat 7 February 2009 SOAS, London
http://www.peaceobservatory.org/en/
http://www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/

-= 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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