Hey Oh Hello!
lots of events to write down on yr diaries in this week’s newsletter.
While the G20 summit approaches an irresistible protest buzz is spreading from activist mailing list to the Guardian and the Daily Mash [http://tinyurl.com/b8cqob].
And you? Are you preparing your light clothes for the Spring Offensive? Are you getting fit to look gorgeous during the Summer of Rage?
UEL STUDENTS VICTORIOUS
The students at the University of East London have won on most of their demands including the provision of scholarships to 6 Palestinian students. Compliments! (http://ueloccupation.blogspot.com/2009/02/our-demands.html).
G20 APPROACHING, ARE YOU PREPARING?
Between the 28th of March and the 2nd of April a series of protests will “welcome” the arrival of the leaders at the G20 summit in London which will decide the future of global financial institutions. rampART will organise a series of events during those days, and will get involved in the organisation of the Black Procession on the issue of Housing, one of the 4 marches which will converge on the Bank of England on the 1st of April [http://www.g-20meltdown.org].
We have set up an organisational assembly on the 16th of March to organise the protests. Everybody is welcome. More details below.
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 5TH MAR =- 7-10pm
— 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.
-= FRIDAY 6TH MAR =- 8.30pm til late
— END IMMIGRATION DETENTION! FUNDRAISER FOR YARLS WOOD DEMO —
* Small Money – conscious world street music (Monday Love/Inspiral
* Whalid Jamblat – electro/breaks
* Kitty Krump – electro/breaks
Suggested donation: £5
All proceeds go towards costs for Yarls Wood demonstration
http://london.noborders.org.uk/yarlswood2009, 21st March 2009
— Demonstration at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre
London NoBorders, Campaign Against Immigration Controls, SOAS Detainee Support Group and Campaign To Stop Arbitrary Detention at Yarl’s Wood call:
For An End to Immigration Detention
Saturday 21st March 2009 Gather 11.30am at Bedford Town Centre to march from Bedford to Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, to demonstrate between 12.30 and 2pm.
For An End to Immigration Detention – Saturday 21st March 2009 Gather 11.30am at Bedford Town Centre to march from Bedford to Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre, to demonstrate between 12.30 and 2pm.
more information and travel info at:
-= TUESDAY 10TH MAR =- 7pm
ART COLLECTIVE @ RAMPART
A preliminary event for forming an art collective at Rampart
Can art be a way to suggest an alternative to the established system?
Can it be an effective tool to change the world?
“13 experiments in hope: the laboratory of insurrectionary imagination”
video projection and discussion
-= SATURDAY 14TH MAR =-
TAMIL/SRI LANKA MINORITIES SOLIDARITY
Tamil hip-hop/resistant music + speakers
more details in the next newsletter
-= MONDAY 16TH MAR =-
ASSEMBLY FOR THE BLACK (HOUSING) PROCESSION @ G20 MELTDOWN
Organisational meeting for the Black Procession (focusing on the question of housing) which is part of the g20 meltdown protests [http://www.g-20meltdown.org/] which will converge on the Bank of England on the 1st of April. We invite all squatters, council housing tenants, activists and people concerned about the issue of housing and social spaces to participate in this assembly. Spread the word!!!
-= WEDNESDAY 18TH MAR – SUNDAY 22ND MAR =-
FEM AD LIB KOLLECTIV
-= FRIDAY 27TH MAR =-
RADICAL THEORY READING GROUP
Hello everyone and welcome new members. Thanks to everyone who turned up for the special London Freeschool reading group and those who contributed to the Theory and Practice Workshops at the Cultural Centre on the Saturday. I’ve updated the blog (http://radicaltheoryreadinggroup.blogspot.com). Please feel free to contribute.
Next meeting is on Friday, March 27th at 6pm in the rampART library (http://rampart.co.nr). We’ll be reading Hubert L Dreyfus’ ‘Heidegger on the Connection Between Nihilism, Art, Technology & Politics’ (http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~hdreyfus/pdf/HdgerOnArtTechPoli.pdf).
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
<* AT BELGRADE ROAD *>
A new fantastic autonomous space in Hackney!
Website ready soon :)
2a Belgrade Road, Dalston, Hackney, N16 8DJ
<* AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE *>
==Tuesday 3rd 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 3rd 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 4th 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 5th 7-9pm==
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 11am-1pm==
Kundalini Yoga Sessions on donation. Bring your own yoga mat and blanket if you can.
==Friday 6th 8pm==
*Queer Cinema Night: UNVEILED*
The educated Fariba Tabrizi flies from Teheran to Germany expecting to have asylum, since she is persecuted in Iran due to her lesbian relationship with her beloved Shirin. However, her application is denied by the authorities and Fariba has to return to her home country. When her recent acquaintance Siamak, who is grieving the death of his brother, commits suicide, Fariba assumes his identity and status of political refugee and is sent to a refugee camp in a German village. Fariba finds an illegal work in a cabbage factory and she has many difficulties for not having bath with the other male workers. She becomes close to her colleague Anne and they fall in love for each other. However, prejudice and her illegal condition jeopardize her exile in Germany. (Dir. Angelina Maccarone)
==Sunday 8th 12noon==
*Gardening Team Meeting*
This is a call out for anyone who’s interested in getting involved in the Library House community garden! March is coming and we are looking for as much hands as possible to create a great and beautiful garden! So if you are interested, come to our first LibHou Gardening Brilliant Team meeting – LGBT (yes some of us are queer, and yes some of us like to do stupid puns!).
Also, if you have any knowledge/skills on alternative energy, grey water system, and the whole permaculture idea (or just wish to learn about it) you’re more than welcome to join us!
==Sunday 8th 5pm==
*Open Day/Tea Party*
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!
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
-= THURSDAY 5TH MAR =-
Movimientos @ The Salmon and Compass
Musica Mestiza. Documentary Films. Latin Culture
Thursday 5th March
POSSIBLY – THE FINAL THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE SALMON AND COMPASS!! ONE OF LONDON’S LONGEST RUNNING MONTHLY EVENTS!!
Revolutionary Salsa / Cumbia / Reggaeton / Hip Hop / Dancehall / Flamenco / Brazilian Funk / Latin House / Afro-Latino sounds
With resident DJs
Cal Jader / Clem George / Pablo N + Live Percussion & guest musicians
Upstairs from 7pm – CINE ACTIVISTA:
Documentary films on political, social & cultural issues in Latin America with exhibitions, speakers and discussion
International Women’s Day special
CAWN presents Honduran speaker tour
+ Colombia films: ‘Promises and Bullets’ + Q&A
+ ‘Time is Now’ – ONIC: Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal
Free/Donations before 9pm; £3 after
The Salmon and Compass
58 Penton Street (Corner of Chapel Market) Angel N1
Honduran Womens speaker tour
The Central America Women’s Network (CAWN) has invited two colleagues from its partner organisation, Centro de Estudios de la Mujer -Honduras (CEMH), to the UK to share their experiences, their work in tackling violence against women and their initiatives to influence policy and decision-makers for better and more sustainable services, policies and institutions. Lawyer Sara Elizabeth Avilez Tome and grassroots leader Maria Amalia Reyes Cartagena will be discussing violence against women in Honduras, identifying the links between poverty reduction and promoting women’s rights, to discuss the situation of women’s rights in Honduras and the Central America region; the struggle to promote and defend women’s rights, and the successes and challenges of CEMH’s work. Plus a 9 minute video on their work.
Promises and Bullets
Promises and Bullets charts the history of Colombia’s war, exposing the roles of the guerrilla, paramilitary groups, the army and the Colombian government. The film looks in depth at the role of the Colombian government, questioning its ability and readiness to broker a real and lasting peace. Finally it presents a space for ordinary citizens of Colombia to speak out about the conflict and how it affects them, a rare opportunity in a place where being critical of the status quo results in being labelled a guerrilla/terrorist. The film contains extensive and exclusive interviews with the FARC’s key negotiator, Raúl Reyes, assassinated by the Colombian government in a bombing raid in Ecuadorian territory
The Time is Now
The Time is Now is an ONIC commissioned film which documents the Peoples Permanent Tribunal (TPP), focusing on those who came to give evidence about the human rights violations against their communities, looking from a historical standpoint since the conquest, but mainly focusing on the current constant violation of indigenous rights to territory, autonomy, culture and life, related to the implementation of massive infrastructure projects on their lands without their consent (for oil, hydro electrics, gas, tourism and natural parks, mining of precious metals, African palm plantations) and the use of horrific violence and extermination to implement these projects. The film also asks what those watching could do to support this struggle, given that genocide is a crime against humanity that we should all be struggling against.
-= SATURDAY 7TH MAR =-
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.
Saturday 7th March – 5.30pm
5 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
Nearest tube: King’s Cross
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
-= SATURDAY 7TH MAR – SUNDAY 15TH MAR =-
WEEK OF ACTION AGAINST THE ‘WELFARE ABOLITION BILL’
Call to Action
Week of Action on ‘Welfare Abolition Bill’ March 7 – 15th
The London Coalition Against Poverty, Disabled People’s Direct Action Network and Feminist Fightback are calling on all groups and individuals concerned with the eroding of our welfare rights to take part in a week of action against the ‘Welfare Abolition Bill’ .
As the government has bailed out banks and rewarded the bosses with big bonuses they have been stealthily pushing through a bill that will virtually abolish welfare for single parents and disabled people. Poor people are being forced to pay for the financial crisis caused by the rich.
The Bill proposes a number of draconian changes including:
• Introducing a compulsory work-for- benefits system in a US-style workfare scheme
• Privatising more of the work of Jobcentre Plus to companies which will be paid more the less benefits they award
• Increased punishments for claimants
• Cuts on carers’ allowance
• Compulsory two parent registration on birth certificates, including survivors of violence
The third reading is expected near the end of March. We need to stand with those targeted to oppose the passing of this bill by taking dissent to the streets, to the government offices, to the bankers and the bosses.
A toolkit with more information on the bill, leaflets, a press release and suggestions for action is available here: http://www.lcap.org.uk
-= THURSDAY 12TH MAR =-
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
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
-= WEDNESDAY 1ST APR =-
BANQUET AT THE BANK
12 noon, April 1st, Bank of England. Thread Needle Street
Bring friends and family food to share.
Come celebrate the future: a world no longer led by fools, a world without war, unemployment, home repossessions or self-inflicted climate chaos.
Music, theatre, and a convergence of communities.
The bankers, politicians and their corporate cronies made the foolish mess we’re in. Only we the people can sort things out. Seize the day. Close your business, take a
day off work and come out to play your part.
Meet 11.00am at either Moorgate, Canning St, Liverpool St or London Bridge Railway station to move off at 11.30am. Four carnival horsefolk of the apocalypse (see photo) parades will proceed to the belly of the beast: The Bank of England. PS: Calling on all policefolk: call a sickie on 1st April.
1st April 2009 is the 360th Anniversary, and so we are going full circle with the Diggers and the beginnings of their short lived, but ever inspiring revolutionary commune on St Georges Hill.
“The Earth a Common Treasury for All” was one of their watchwords so let’s stick it the Bank!
The poem at http://criticallychatting.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/commoner2.jpg mourns the loss – through the Acts of Enclosure, the Tragedy of the Commons that the Diggers were responding to.
Join us as we resurrect their memory and relevance today, ‘Full Circle Theatre at the Bank of England!
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