Vampires and Racism

Oh Hello!

UEL STUDENTS IN SOLIDARITY OCCUPATION
Full support from the rampART collective to the students currently in occupation at the University of East London in solidarity with the people of Gaza (and to all other students taking similar action at universities across the UK). A full list of demands can be found on the UEL blog (http://ueloccupation.blogspot.com/2009/02/our-demands.html). Indymedia article here http://london.indymedia.org.uk/articles/736.

THE GROUP OF TWENTY AND THE “SUMMER OF RAGE”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/feb/23/police-civil-unrest-recession

“Hartshorn identified April’s G20 meeting of the group of leading and developing nations in London as an event that could kick-start a challenging summer. “We’ve got G20 coming and I think that is being advertised on some of the sites as the highlight of what they see as a ‘summer of rage’,” he said.”

Wednesday 1st April 2009 “The Government Of The Dead” 12 noon Bank Of England
Thursday 2nd April 2009 G2O Summit Excel Centre Canning Town

Climate Camp hits the City of London on April Fools Day, the eve of the G20 leaders’ London Summit. Join our camp in the Square Mile! Gather at noon, April 1st, at the European Climate Exchange, Hasilwood House, 62 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AW. Bring a pop-up tent if you’ve got one, sleeping bag, wind turbine, mobile cinema, action plans and ideas…let’s imagine another world.  http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/g20

GET INVOLVED AT RAMPART
Weekly rampART organising meetings are held at Rampart every Monday from 7pm.
You are welcome to come by and get involved. We welcome proposals for our Thursdays’ info-cafes.

<* EVENTS @ rampART *>

-= THURSDAY 26TH FEB =-

— VAMPIRES AND RACISM

Rampart Cafe : 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.

Undead creatures who return from the dead have been part of legends for more
then 2000 years. However, some aspects of the vampire legends which are part
of our popular culture actually appeared only in the last 150 years. 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.

The evening will close with a screening of the 1922 silent movie Nosferatu
(80min).

7pm start

-= SATURDAY 28TH FEB – SUNDAY 1ST MARCH =-

— FEMINIST HEALTH WEEKEND

Feminist Health Weekend
Saturday 28 February –  Sunday 1 March
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come to our feminist health weekend in whitechapel, on Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 march.

20 workshops, including:
herbal first aid
midwifery
radical mental health
charting your cycle
recovering your voice
self defence
cervical health

The weekend is open to all women and trans people. There is a kids space, info stall and seed swap. Workshops are being held in two buildings and there is level access to all the workshop spaces. However one of the buildings is undergoing some refurbishment, if you have mobility difficulties or use a wheelchair and want to contact us before the event, we can give you more information about the accessibility of the buildings and arrange the locations of the workshops so that you can attend all those that you want to go to. If you have any other requirements, such as interpreters, please also contact us using the email address below.

The workshops run from 10 till 6 each day. We are having a party on the Saturday night at Ramparts, which will include performances/ open mic – if you would like to perform please email us or let us know in advance as there are limited spaces available.

The workshops are being held at LARC http://www.multimap.com/s/PNqTAMS6 and at Ramparts http://www.multimap.com/s/tBKf9G50.

Look at the website for further details: http://lafk.wordpress.com or contact us by email lafk@riseup.net

-= THURSDAY 5th MARCH =-

— THE HIDDEN STORY OF SILVIO BERLUSCONI

Rampart Cafe/film : Silvio Berlusconi

A subtitled video projection of a talk in an italian university unveiling all the myths and lies that surround the italian world wide known prime minister and gagman.
The unbelievable but true story of a nation in the hands of a mental case, of his links with the mafia, and other uncomfortable truths.

7pm start

<* AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE *>

The big news of last week: we just received our court papers  :(  The council wants their building back, probably to let it rot empty another couple of years… So we’re going to court this wednesday.

But we keep going! winter is almost finished, events are still happening, and we’re not evicted yet, so Library House lives!

Our two main events this week, the mini Eco Fair on saturday 28th at 12noon, organised by the People’s Republic of Southwark (lots of cool stuff: really really free market, seed swap, free food and a Bike Powered Generators workshop!!). Also on Sunday 1st of March, our third Knitting And Sewing Circle, at 4pm. Join in for some knitting, crochet and sewing!

love and rage

==Tuesday 24th 8pm==
*Library House Collective Meeting*

We meet as an open collective every tuesday evening from 8pm to discuss use of the space, hear proposals, and if we’re lucky have some hot food and a cuppa!

==Wednesday 25th 10.30am==
If you’re free and feel like showing some support, you can come with us at the court this wednesday, 10.30am (but expect it to start later than that…) at Lambeth Council Court, Cleaver St, Kennington rd SE11 4DZ.

==Wednesday 25th 6pm==
*Cafe Marie + Cinema Libre*

As usual, this wednesday 6pm, there will be some hot drinks and hot food on donation. Then at about 8pm, movies about recent political struggles by Cinema Libre. This week will be dedicated to the G20 and the different campaigns against it!

==Thursday 26th 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 willingness to learn. Sessions are free and you are more than welcome to join us!

==Friday 27th 11am-1pm==
*Yoga*

Kundalini Yoga Sessions on donation. Bring your own yoga mat and blanket if you can.

==Saturday 28th 12-7pm==
*Mini-Eco Fair*

http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46:february-mini-eco-fair&catid=2:the-news&Itemid=3
A great event organised by the People’s Republic of Southwark. There will be: some free food, a seed swap, a walking tour of the neighborhood, a Really Really Free Market (glorified, participatory free shop!), film screening and a Bike Powered Generator workshop by Magnificent Revolution (http://www.magnificentrevolution.org/)

==Sunday 1st March 4pm==
Our third KASC! 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.

==Sunday 1st March 4pm==
*London Social Center Meeting*

The next meeting of the London Social Center Network will be on the 1st of March 4pm, at the Library House.
See http://londonscn.wordpress.com/

==Tuesday 3rd March, 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).

==On your diaries!==
*Gardening Team Meeting. Sunday 8th March, 12noon*

March is starting soon, and we have a big garden! There’s plenty of space to learn and have fun gardening all together! We will discuss our plans for the garden at 12 and then get our hands dirty!

*Open Day. Sunday 8th March, 5pm*
Come to our Tea party on Sunday the 8th of March at 5pm. Bring your own food/cakes and share with everyone! This will just be a social, so that we can meet, you can see the space, and maybe meet neighbours you haven’t met yet!

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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

<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

-= FRIDAY 27TH FEB =-

— CRITICAL MASS

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 7TH MARCH =-

— CHOMSKY AND COMPANY

FILM SCREENING – BRITISH PREMIERE
Chomsky and Company
(Chomsky et Compagnie).
France, 2008, 127 mins
Saturday 7th March – 5.30pm

Housmans Bookshop present the British premiere of ‘Chomsky and Company’, a French produced documentary which critically assesses Noam Chomsky’s body of political thought.

Noam Chomsky has become one of the most well known intellectuals in the world. His books, lectures, film and television appearances have familiarized his rumpled demeanour and revolutionary theories to millions of people, including a number of other influential thinkers and writers.

Co-directors Daniel Mermet and Olivier Azam travel from Boston to Montreal, Toronto to Brussels to uncover the far flung effects of Chomsky’s work. Their exhaustive journey touches upon everything from Edward Louis Bernays’ advertising techniques to Canadian Normand Baillargeon’s ‘Crash Course on Intellectual Defense.’ The film also explicates many of Chomsky’s greatest hits while paying particular attention to Chomsky’s thesis that the perception of events often comes down to the interests of corporations, whether they’re selling arms or selling news coverage.

This is not a complete love-in, however. The filmmakers, coming from a European position, pose a number of challenging questions including some rather pointed inquiries into the ‘Faurisson Affair’–the name given to the scandal that erupted when Chomsky’s essay on free speech was used to preface a book by holocaust denier Robert Faurisson.

Covering some of the same turf as Adam Curtis’ film ‘The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom?’, Mermet and Azam’s film greatly benefits from direct access to the man himself. Love him or loathe him, the sheer volume and scope of Chomsky’s work is deeply deserving of a measured and inclusive approach.

Event information
Saturday 7th March – 5.30pm
Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Free entry
Nearest tube: King’s Cross

Film information
Title: Chomsky and Company (Chomsky et Compagnie)
France, 2008, 127 mins
Directed By: Daniel Mermet, Olivier Azam
Language: English/French (with English subtitles)
Certificate: Exempt from classification

-= THURSDAY, 12 MARCH =-

— NIGHTCLEANERS PT 1

Nightcleaners Part I: A woman’s work- Film Screening and panel discussion

Date: Thursday 12 March
Time: 6.30-9.00 pm

FREE (booking essential)
Please arrive on time – latecomers will only be allowed in at suitable intervals
Venue: Area 10 Project Space, Eagle Wharf, Peckham Hill Street, London SE15 5JT

A public screening of Nightcleaners: Part 1, a rarely seen experimental film from 1972 by the Berwick Street Collective (Marc Karlin, Mary Kelly, James Scott and Humphry Trevelyan).

Nightcleaners Part 1 was a documentary made by members of the Berwick Street Collective. The films charts the campaign to unionize the women who cleaned office blocks at night and who were being victimized and underpaid. Intending at the outset to make a campaign film, the Collective was forced to turn to new forms in order to represent the forces at work between the cleaners, the Cleaner’s Action Group and the unions – and the complex nature of the campaign itself. The result was an intensely self-reflexive film, which implicated both the filmmakers and the audience in the processes of precarious, invisible labour. It is increasingly recognised as a key work of the 1970s and as an important precursor, in both subject matter and form, to current political art practice.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with film co-director Humphry Trevelyan, and people currently involved in researching and campaigning for better working conditions for night cleaners. This event is organised and hosted by Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre, the current holder of the Southwark Studio Residency, an award supported by ACME Studios, Southwark Council and the South London Gallery. The event is the last public event of her residency, and it has been funded by Peckham Programme for Celebrating Women 2009, with support from Lux and Area 10.

Bookings and enquiries:
Tel: 07817 654 468
Email: southwarknights@gmail.com
Travel: Old paper mill situated to the back of Peckham Library
Buses: 12, 36, 37, 63, 78, 436, 345, 177, 312, 343 / Train: Peckham Rye Station

<* ANNOUNCEMENTS *>

-= NATIONAL SQUAT MEET 2009 =-

14th – 15th March, Bristol area

www.squatmeet09.wordpress.com

NOW IS A PERFECT TIME TO SQUAT

Now is a perfect time to come together to share our collective creativity, rage, and pride in our cultural identity; to come together for ourselves and look to our future with solidarity and passion. Let’s meet and empower ourselves in our common struggle!

CRACKS ARE APPEARING…

We feel it necessary to meet at a time when those at the top are losing their grip to discuss ways we can work together to change our world from the bottom up. New spaces and opportunities are opening all around us and there is a growing potential for more widespread recognition of the need for autonomous housing action. The threat of eviction and homelessness hangs over more people every day. There are over a billion squatters in the world. Now is the time to build a stronger network of resistance.

THIS IS A CALLOUT

This is a callout for all those involved in securing and maintaining squats and autonomous spaces across the UK, and beyond, to meet and discuss issues that affect us all as a community. Following on from the hugely successful national meeting in Leeds last year, and many smaller local gatherings, that have happened throughout the year, this year’s meet up will be in the Bristol area. Please bring your positive energy, enthusiasm and thoughts to share skills and engage in open dialogue.

WE CAN CONSTRUCT A POSITIVE VISION OF THE WORLD

We hope to discuss ways of strengthening our network in defence of autonomous spaces, share experiences from last year’s day of action and formulate future plans and schemes for creative chaos! The agenda will be decided between us all on Friday evening. Please arrive early if possible to help us create the space. Any comments/ suggestions/ mad ideas please contact squatmeetup@googlemail.com

-= SUPPORT LETTER FOR COX18 SOCIAL CENTRE =-

English

We are writing to show our solidarity with the Cox18 Social Centre in Milan, and to support the  permanent occupation of the space, after the 22-day eviction. We are also writing to support the demonstration which will take place on 28 February, in support of autonomous spaces.

Based on what we have seen on the news and over email lists, we understand the eviction of the Conchetta is part of a wider move to ‘clean up the city’, in preparation for Expo2015. We are experiencing a similar situation in London with the preparations for the 2012 Olympics, not to mention the ongoing gentrification we have experienced for a long time, caused by the expansion of the financial district and the greed of the real estate market. This has accelerated the eviction of social centres, the destruction of street markets, the privatisation of public housing and the surveillance and regulation of urban space.

This situation which is shared by London, Milan, as many other citiesin Europe and beyond, makes the need for spaces like the Conchetta Social Centre all the more urgent, because they represent and promote a completely different set of values. We support your attempts to take back the Centre—permanently.

The Collective of the rampART Social Centre – London

To contact Cox18, email: archiviomoroni@ecn.org or cox18@inventati.org
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Italiano

Vi scriviamo per esprimere la nostra solidarieta’ con il Cox18 a Milano, supportando il presidio permanente ed ogni tentativo di re-liberare il “centro”, la libreria Calusca e l’archivio Primo Moroni dopo l’espulsione del 22 Gennaio.

Supportiamo inoltre la manifestazione indetta per il prossimo 28 Febbraio a Milano, contro le logiche securitarie, per l’autogestione e gli spazi sociali.

In base a quello che abbiamo potuto capire attraverso siti di informazione alternativa e mailing list, lo sgombero della Conchetta e’ parte di una strategia piu’ ampia per “ripulire la citta'”, in vista dell’Expo2015. Qui a Londra affrontiamo una situazione simile, con le preparazioni in vista delle Olimpiadi del 2012, per non parlare dei piani di gentrificazione che da anni colpiscono la citta’, a causa dell’espansione del distretto finanziario e dell’avidita’ del mercato immobiliare. Questo processo ha accellerato lo sgombero di centri sociali, la distruzione di mercati di strada, e la privatizzazione
delle case popolari, cosi’ come il controllo e la repressione nello spazio urbano.

Questa situazione, che accomuna Londra e Milano cosi come molte altre metropoli europee rende spazi come il Centro Sociale Conchetta tanto piu’ necessari, proprio perche’ essi promuovono un’insieme di valori differenti da quelli dominanti. Per questo motivo il collettivo del Centro Sociale rampART sostiene i vostri sforzi per riprendere il centro sociale… permanentemente.

Il Collettivo del Centro Sociale rampART – Londra

contatti: archiviomoroni@ecn.org, cox18@inventati.org

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