British yobs for British workers

Wildcat strikes have shaken England, Scotland and Wales in the last 7 days. This would normally be great news if it weren’t for the fact that nationalist slogans like “British jobs for British workers” (thank you Gordon!) are being used during the protests.

HELP ORGANISING THURSDAY CAFES
In the last two weeks we had two successful cafes. We are inviting 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 and get involved.

FREE SCHOOL [20th – 22nd February 2009] / A weekend of free workshops,
skill-sharing and discussions

The London FreeSchool is planning another event in February at several social centres. 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 5 FEB =-

MIGRATION AND RESISTANCE IN ITALY @ rampART THU cafes – 7-10 pm

This week’s cafe discussion will be about migration politics in Italy,
including the escape of hundreds of asylum seekers from the Lampedusa Detention Centre. We will screen news coverage of Lampedusa, and Gabriella Alberti will talk about migration politics in Italy.

-= 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

—->> UPCOMING THURSDAY CAFES (every thursday @ rampART 7-10 pm)

-= THURSDAY 12TH FEB =-

ART COLLECTIVES AND SOCIAL CENTERS

RampART’s Thursday cafe on 12 February features Alan W. Moore, art writer, historian and organiser, and coincides with the the Archetist exhibition at Rampart. He specialises in artists´ collectives. In the 1980s he worked with Colab and ABC No Rio in New York. He has written recently on social sculpture. He is currently working on a project to propagandise squatted social centres in the USA.

-= THURSDAY 19TH FEB =-

THE EUROMAYDAY AND PRECARIOUS LABOUR ACTIVISM

The Euromayday movement has managed to reclaim what for most unions has become little more than a tired ritual: the celebration of workers’ rights and struggle on the first of may. In the last 8 years, European cities have joined the colourful parade
protesting against the casualisation of labour and the lack of social
security for young and migrant workers. This event brings together activists that have worked on precarious labour and asks what comes next for the Euromayday movement in Britain?

-= THURSDAY 26TH FEB =-

VAMPIRES AND RACISM

This talk gives an introduction into the historical context of the
emerging racist theories in the second half of the 19th century and the development of the modern Dracula legend
between the 1850s and 1920s.

The second part of the evening deals with the interesting changes F.W.
Murnau made to the well-known books for the German film version
“Nosferatu” in 1922.

<* EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE *>

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
New regular workshop at the Library House: Yoga lesson every friday 11am
to 1pm!

==Tuesday 3rd 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 fre lucky have some hot food and a cuppa!

==Wednesday 4th 6pm==
*Cafe Marie + Cinema Libre on Tamil struggle*

As usual, this wednesday 6pm, there will be some hot drinks and hot food on donation.
This week cinema Libre presents a night on the Tamil struggle. With all independent journalists barred for over 2 years in the conflict zone under rebel control, and the local media in all other government-controlled areas in Sri Lanka, intimidated by the killings of journalists, followed by the eviction of foreign journalists, who are mostly affiliated with aid agencies, there is now this dark war, a proxy war for many antagonists united (China, Pakistan, Iran & the  G8  ) being conducted in Sri Lanka in the most brutal manner.
Genocide Watch in New York has now declared that this has reached genocidal proportions. The Western media has been slow to break their silence, imposed on them by the policies tying them to the war on terror.
Is it too late? Films on the history of the conflict, speakers and discussion

==Thursday 5th 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 6th 8pm==
*Queer Cinema Night*

This Friday we will be showing Milk (Gus Van Sant, with Sean Penn)

After moving to San Francisco, the middle-aged New Yorker, Harvey Milk, became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt, he was elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977, making him the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the USA. The following year, both he and the city’s mayor, George Moscone, were shot to death by former city supervisor, Dan White, who blamed his former colleagues for denying White’s attempt to rescind his resignation from the board. Mr. Milk had been the subject of several books and the Academy Award-winning documentary feature, The Times of Harvey Milk (1984); but Milk (2008) is the first fictional feature to explore private aspects of the man’s personal life and career. Milk was filmed on location in San Francisco. Many of Mr Milk’s real-life surviving friends and former associates participated in the making of this film, several appearing on camera.

=Friday 6th 11am-1pm==
*Yoga*

From this week new appointment at The Library House!
Every friday 11am – 1pm, Kundalini Yoga Sessions on donation.
Bring your own yoga mat and blanket if you can.

==On your diaries!==
*Mini-Eco Fair (People’s Republic of Southwark)*

At the Library House on Saturday, Feb 28th.
There will be:  a seed swap, a walking tour of the neighborhood, a Really Really Free Market (glorified, participatory free shop!), film screening, more to be announced.
http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk

<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

DISSIDENT ISLAND

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…>>

====================================================================

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.

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

-= 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
— Stay Informed, Get In Touch

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