we’ve been through the most fantastic and terrifying, uplifting and saddening week in the story of rampART and all we know is that WE ARE STILL HERE AND WE ARE NOT SCARED!
The participation in the G20 protests has gone beyond our rosiest expectations.
The incredible turnout has shown how many common people, not just activists, are ready to voice their anger and that anarchist politic is at the moment the only channel for this anger.
The response of the police to this spontaneous popular uproar has been brutal.
They have kettled us, beaten us, thrown us to the ground, used horses, dogs, pepper spray, taser guns. How can this Nazi style violence be justified by a pair of windows of the most hated bank in the world falling down, fruit and flour thrown at the baton-wielding coppers, common people trying to get of the imprisonment kettles in an overwhelmingly peaceful but determined crowd?
The death of Ian Tomlinson, to whose family and friends the condolences of the social centre collective and its users go, is the saddest page of this wave of repression.
rampART has had its own bit of drubbing. On the 2nd of April we had a visit by the infamous TSG, in a ridiculous British rebranding of Gestapo retaliatory missions.
Around 12,30, on Thursday the 2nd of April, a pack of around 60 riot cops violently attacked rampART despite our attempts to de-escalate the situation.
They attacked from the rooftop and the main door. They smashed everything, kicked people on the head, threw two people down the stairs, fired a taser gun against another one, hand-cuffed us all, and humiliated us for over two hours.
For what then? The four people who have been arrested during the raid have been all released without charge.
This is not policing. This is political police. This is 1984.
We won’t forget – We won’t forgive.
WE SCREAM: Shame on you Paul Stephenson and Jacqui Smith and your Gestapo-style retaliatory missions. Blood is on your hands!
WE CHANT: Long live the spirit of April the 1st! Long live popular resistance against the system! Long live Rampart!
WE SAY: This is just the BEGINNING – the FUTURE is ours!
COME TO THE RAMPARTS TO ORGANISE AGAINST AN AILING SYSTEM WHICH RESPONDS WITH VIOLENCE TO LEGITIMATE PROTEST.
** JOIN OUR G20 DE-BRIEF CAFE TONIGHT AT RAMPART FROM 7 to 11pm **
<* EVENTS @ rampART *>
-= THU 9h APRIL =-
INFONIGHT – 5 YEARS OF CARMEL-AGREXCO ACTIONS – 7pm
Carmel-Agrexco is a company half owned by the Israeli state that exports fruit, vegetables and flowers grown in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a practice that is illegal under international law.
Over the last 5 years, campaigners have held numerous actions against Carmel Agrexco, including blockades and occupations of Agrexco’s warehouse in West London.
Activists invite you to an info-cafe this Thursday for discussion about the campaign, presentation of a new documentary on actions against Agrexco, and info about you how you can get involved.
Drink and snacks available. All welcome.
For more info about previous actions go to:
Upstairs at Rampart:
* G20 DE-BRIEF *
An occasion to discuss about the protests on April the 1st and the 2nd and to organise for the march against police brutality on Saturday. Come to share your experience and discuss how we can move forward for the upcoming protests.
-= SAT 11th APRIL =-
BEHIND BARS “…and NOT FUCKING GUILTY”
Supporting Q8 Karcelona Trial
£5 Suggested Donation
This will be a humble Behind Bars to help gather some focus before many of us will head to Barcelona to prepare for court on the 27th of April.
For those of you who have no idea what we’re talking about or simply have been out of the loop for a while – this benefit will be raising funds for the pending legal expenses and charges held against 8 individuals arrested at the end of a demonstration that took place in conjunction with Queeruption 8 Karcelona which took place in Barcelona in 2005.
20.00 * Travel Queeries Film Screening (75 minutes)
-= FRI 17th APRIL =-
rampART BENEFIT NIGHT
9pm til 2am
djs klanger, møndstrøm, live: 52 commercial rd,
Cos after the Gestapo raid the ramparts need some repair ;) .
-= SAT 25TH APRIL =-
BENEFIT EVENT FOR GREEK PRISONERS
more details in the following newsletter
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
Movimientos @ The Salmon and Compass
Musica Mestiza. Documentary Films. Latin Culture
Thursday 9th April
THE FINAL MOVIMIENTOS NIGHT AT THE SALMON AND COMPASS!!
With special Movimientos all star DJ tag team line up – we invite Movimientos family DJs to bless the decks with a special back to back session with killer Latin tunes all night
+ Live Percussion & musicians
Congas and Bongos
Flute – Drew Salida
Trumpet – Charlie Shuttler
Upstairs from 7pm – CINE ACTIVISTA:
Film on Mexican dirty war and speaker Jeremy Corbyn MP
£3 / £5 after 11
The Salmon and Compass, 58 Penton Street (Corner of Chapel Market) Angel N1
-= SAT 11th APRIL =-
In memory of Ian Tomlinson. Please wear black and bring flowers to lay where he died.
* 12.00 noon Saturday
* Wear Black
* Assemble 11:30am, BETHNAL GREEN POLICE STATION
We demand answers.
Solemn procession to BANK OF ENGLAND
To lay flowers at the place where Ian Tomlinson died.
A petition to stop police violence at peaceful demos has been started.
go to http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/climatecampg20/
-= SAT 11th APRIL =-
Support Visteon Workers Rally
Morson Road, Enfield
Ponder’s End Railway Station
Following the great showing of support for the workers last Friday/Saturday, there will most probably be another rally next weekend. If you can make it down, come down to show your support for the worker’s action! The address is Morson Road Enfield, just a short walk from the Ponder’s End railway station.
Apart from that, supporters generally assemble at the plant at around Midday.
If you find yourself with any spare time – go down and show your support.
Solidarity makes the workers stronger!
-= MON 13th APRIL =-
Pogo Cafe screening – “924 Gilman St”, 7.30pm
924 Gilman St
Lets talk about Tact and Timing
A documentary film about the non-profit all-ages club in Berkley California.
With many interviews and band peformances.
76a Clarence Rd
Hackney E5 8HB
-= FRI 8th MAY =-
The Media is Dead, Long Live the Media!
May 8th-10th – new media gathering on Raven’s Ait Island.
The imminent commercial collapse of mainstream media, and its replacement by PR-driven news, threatens the journalistic integrity and independence necessary for a free society. The next generation could be without the 4th Estate.
And new media has not realized its potential to fill this space.
Old media and new media need to gather together, sharing skills, resources and experience to create the media of the future.
Traditional media people, Alt-media people, Media students, DIY culture practitioners, Indymedia people, Documentary filmmakers, Print journalists, Radio journalists
The conference will concentrate on the audio-visual side of media, with space for break-out groups for print, radio and web.
The space: an eco-conference centre on an island in the Thames 25 mins by train from central London. http://ravensait.org.uk
We have a large hall, a cinema room, and 3 conference rooms. There is basic crash space for 40 people over the weekend. The conference will be run on an “un-conference” format, and will be funded by contributions for the space and meals over the weekend.
To book a place – please edit the wiki page at http://barcamp.org/visionOntv
To add ideas for the conference, contribute to the wiki or contact
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