News from the Mothership

Following the announcement that GCHQ are initiating a ‘Mastering the Internet’ programme involving ‘thousands of black box probes being covertly inserted across online infrastructure’ to monitor ‘those who threaten the UK and its interests’, the accommodating folks at RampART have decided to be completely open and transparent about our future plans. So…. the plan to squat the International Space Station and open RampART: Intergalactic Branch is on hold until someone returns our angle grinder. Meanwhile, back at the Mothership…..

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<* EVENTS @ rampART *>

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//TUESDAY, 5th MAY, 7PM///

CINEMA LIBRE

Cinema Libre is a chance for people to meet up and discuss there perspectives and share and learn from others in an informal environment. Discussion is open, and we always look forward to all contributions

Each week we bring you a selection of shorts and feature documentaries in an attempt to flesh out the issues and explore the solutions and action needed. Tonight Cinema Libre continues with a round up of the last 4 weeks from the mega uber over re-action by the G20 meltdown Cops to the continuing fight in Greece against the facist cops, from the N.A.T.O. summit Barbecue to the plight of London cleaners demanding fair wages and treatment. As usual there will be tons of other culture jammin’ media to give you that extra skip in your step as
we watch the capitalist system crumble around us.

Remember its still all free so your support is the only currency worth anything and our in-action the only deficit worth worrying about.

//THURSDAY, 7th MAY, 7PM///

CHILLED OUT CAFE

No films, heated debate or debriefs. Just good food from RampART’s favourite cook, music, and good company.

//OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS AT RAMPART///

FRIDAY, 15 MAY
BENEFIT FOR 56A INFOSHOP

SATURDAY 16 MAY
VISTEON WORKERS BENEFIT

END OF MAY – RAMPART BIRTHDAY PARTY!!

We’re five years old this month – which makes us about 500 in social centre years. Bands, DJs, food etc. Date and line up will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

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<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>

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<* AT 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
<http://thelibraryhouse.wordpress.com/&gt;
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

**THIS WEEK (4TH-11TH MAY) AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE**

==Tuesday 5th 7.30pm==
*Queer Group Meeting*
A 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 5th 8pm==
*Weekly Collective meeting*
This is a good chance to talk to the collective if you want to have an event in the space or to find out more about getting involved there

==Wednesday 6th 6pm onwards==

*Cafe Marie + Cinema Libre *
The weekly cafe starts around 6pm with lovingly cooked vegan food and access to the free shop. Friendly folks get together to chat before the films from Cinema Libre at 8pm. Expect a clever mix of political and current event shorts or similarly themed documentaries for most nights. Discussions between films, as well.

==Thursday 7th 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!

**<<== 2a Belgrade Road social centre ==>>**

2a Belgrade Road, Dalston
Belgrade road is a newly opened social space in dalston/stoke newington.
It is collectively run and open to the public. We currently have two weekly events and more to come soon…
*Tuesday 7.30pm life drawing*
naked narcisistic anarchists require people to draw us…
*Thursday 1 – 5pm bike workshop*
Tools and skills available to help you fix/build/pimp your bike

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<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

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COAL, COLOMBIA AND HUMAN RIGHTS: THE LONDON CONNECTION

7pm – 9pm Tuesday 5 May

London Mining Network and Colombia Solidarity Campaign, in association with Amnesty International UK, invite you to a public meeting at:

The Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International UK, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.

The meeting will be in Breakout Room 1 on the main floor.

Community leader Jose Julio Perez and legal representative Armando Perez will speak about the long struggle of the people of Tabaco, Colombia, to obtain a just settlement from the Cerrejon Coal Company after villagers were violently evicted and their homes demolished to make way for mine expansion in 2001.

Cerrejon Coal is owned by three large mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange: Anglo American, BHP Billiton and Xstrata. Some of the mine’s coal feeds British power stations. The British-based Colombia Solidarity Campaign and allied groups around the world supported the community in its struggle for justice. In December, 2008, the Tabaco Relocation Committee finally signed an agreement with Cerrejon Coal which should lead to the reconstruction of their community and some compensation for their loss.

What are the pros and cons of the agreement signed? What difficulties lie ahead in implementing it? What lessons might be learned by other communities facing relocation to make way for mining projects? What role can solidarity from London-based groups play in helping communities obtain justice from London-based mining companies? Armando and Jose Julio will give their views and initiate a discussion and sharing of experiences.

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BAE AGM

<http://www.run-riot.com/node/%202504&gt;

Wednesday, 6th May 10am <http://www.run-riot.com/node/%202504&gt;

Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE

BAE Systems are one of the biggest arms companies in the world and were investigated by the Serious Fraud Office for bribery until the investigation was halted on national security grounds.

Campaign Against Arms Trade will be outside their AGM for a photo and media opportunity at 10am.  The AGM itself starts at 11am and finishes at 1pm.  For more info, see http://www.caat.org.uk/events/bae-agm-2009.php

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—– Welfare Reform Bill parliamentary briefing —–

Wednesday 6 May 6.30-8.30 pm
House of Commons, Committee Room 12, Westminster, London SW1
ALL WELCOME  Wheelchair access

Deepening our crisis!

Keynote speaker:  Oliver James
Child psychologist and author of bestselling Affluenza

“Parents should be given the option of one of them being paid the national average wage while they give up work to care for children.”

Mothers are the world’s first carers and the first line of defence against poverty, illness and other threats to survival. But the work of mothers and other unwaged carers is not valued or economically supported. We are always in crisis but unlike the banks we are never bailed out.

Unless we act now, the Welfare Reform Bill will force many more families into destitution and even criminalisation, and children into neglect.

Jointly hosted by
Baroness Afshar OBE & John McDonnell MP
The Bill treats mothers as “workless”, and whether single or in couples, requires them to seek work or “progress towards work” as a condition of receiving benefit – and to leave their children at an ever earlier age.
The Bill abolishes Income Support, lowers the Carers and Maternity Allowances, and makes “work-related activity” compulsory for every claimant of “working age” – mothers with small children, people over 60, most people with disabilities or ill-health and their full-time carers.
“Work for your benefits” will force mothers and others to work for £1.73 an hour in supermarkets, etc., bypassing and undermining the minimum wage. Mothers are already among the lowest-paid workers.

Contact: Global Women’s Strike Tel: 020 7482 2496
womenstrike8m@server101.com http://www.globalwomenstrike.net

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COLOMBIA CARAVANA 2008

Wednesday 6th May 7pm

Launch of Report investigating the treatment of human rights lawyers in Colombia

Hosted by Garden Court Chambers

Speakers:
Mark Cunningham QC (Barrister at Maitland Chambers), Sara Chandler (Council member of the Law Society of England and Wales), Colombian Human Rights Defender

Venue:
Garden Court Chambers
57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ
Tube: Holborn (Central and Piccadilly lines) 2 minutes walk

Date:
7pm 6th May 2009
Followed by drinks reception

In August 2008 a delegation of forty-two members of the UK legal profession joined an international delegation of lawyers, the ‘Caravana Internacional de Juristas’ in Colombia, as part of a campaign by Colombian human rights lawyers called “No Justice without Lawyers”.

The delegation investigated the life threatening working conditions of human rights advocates and has returned with a commitment to support and to seek International protection for their Colombian colleagues.

The report documents our findings and recommendations.

Free to attend but please RSVP before
RSVP: milliegw@gmail.com

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