Equine Solidarity Newsletter

This week, the Tory MP who claimed more than £380 in expenses for horse manure gets a round of applause for effectively dumping him/herself in the sh*t. Our sympathies are with the horses. Meanwhile, back at the stable….

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<* EVENTS @ rampART *>

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***Tuesday,12th May, Cinema Libre***
***Thursday 14th May, RampART Cafe***
***Friday 15th May, Benefit for 56a Infoshop***
***Saturday, 16th May, Benefit for Visteon Workers***

//TUESDAY, 12th MAY, 7PM///

CINEMA LIBRE

Cinema Libre is a chance for people to meet up and discuss their 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.

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, 14th MAY, 7PM///

CHILLED OUT CAFE

No films, heated debate or debriefs. Just good food, music, and good company.

//FRIDAY, 15th MAY, 9-LATE///

56A INFOSHOP BENEFIT PARTY

52 Commercial road : beautiful atmospheric post rock
Me and Goliath : Screamo Core
Sorro: Sludgy Doom
Hobocop- Dissidant Island DJ – dubstep
Klaus. Minimal step

//SATURDAY 16th MAY, 7pm – 2am///

PARTY IN SUPPORT OF THE FORD/VISTEON WORKERS

7-9PM:
-workers from the Enfield factory will speak about the occupation and their ongoing dispute with Ford
-screening of the Reel News film and images from the occupation.

9PM-2AM: live music and DJs
-Half a Person (Mandolin)
-Special Guest Singing Sensation: Femii
-Double Negative
-DJ Anomie(Rocksteady / Dancehall)
-XC (Dancehall + Dubs)
-John Eden (Dancehall + Reggae)
-Martin Klang (Electro)
-Galaxy Code (Dubstep/D+B)
-other acts TBC
-sound system by trebor

ABOUT THE FORD/VISTEON DISPUTE
The workers at Visteon occupied the factory in Enfield on Wednesday 1st April. The previous day, in a 6-minute meeting, they were told that the European company, with plants in Belfast, Basildon and Enfield, was going into administration and that they could come and collect their possessions the next day, with no wages due. They are continuing to maintain a 24-hour picket outside the factory. A deal is being offered, but there are outlying concerns so the struggle continues. For more details and information on how to help out, visit:
http://visteonoccupation.wordpress.com/

//OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS AT RAMPART///

//SATURDAY, 23rd MAY///

RADICAL ROUTES 21st BIRTHDAY PARTY/BENEFIT

—details in next week’s newsletter—

//FRIDAY, 29th MAY, 6pm///

RADICAL THEORY READING GROUP

We’ll be reading Chapter 3, ‘Anarchism, Poststructuralism and the Politics of Sexuality: Sexual Orientation as State-form’ from a very interesting doctoral thesis by Jamie Heckert called Resisting Orientation: On the Complexities of Desire and the Limits of Identity Politics, available here
http://sexualorientation.info/thesis/Resisting%20Orientation%20-%20C3.pdf
(thanks Anna!) Suggest reading from the sub-head ‘Queer Culture’ on page 54 to the top of page 70 but the whole chapter is interesting if you have the time.

In response to those who have worried about feeling excluded because of the complex language of some of our readings, my suggestion is to find a section that makes sense to you, even if it is only one paragraph, and think about what it might mean in a wider context. All theorists repeat themselves anyway. Or, alternatively, skip the reading and just come along to join in the discussion. No pressure – this is not a university seminar! Happy reading.

//FRIDAY, 29th MAY, 9pm – Late///

*FREE* PARTY TO CELEBRATE RAMPART’S 5TH BIRTHDAY!!!

52 Commercial Road, DJ Steene and others. Full lineup will be announced next week.

//SATURDAY, 30th MAY///

FREE TIBET PUNK BENEFIT

— details to follow—

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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
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 (11th -18th MAY) AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE**

Here’s what’s happening from Monday May 11th to May 18th at the Library House.

This wednesday 13th is our court case. A second session after the adjournment 2 months ago. Anyone who’s around is welcome to come at court for support: 10.30am at Lambeth County Court Cleaver St, London, SE11 4DZ. For the bravest ones: Radical Breakfast at 9am at the Library House!

Put down on your diary the two next special dates:
– Library House day on 23rd May. One of the last event? :) A chilled out day of workshops, food, lazing around in the garden, bonfire and music (jam session and hopefully some DJs!). probably starting at about 4pm.
More details later!
– Cinema Klandestino on 29th of May. A collective from Bristol will come and present some latin american movies! http://www.cinemaklandestino.org

love and rage!


==Monday 11th 6.30-8pm==

*Kundalini Yoga 6-week course*
Kundalini Yoga returns to The Library House for six weeks only. The theme is vitality, Working with breath movement, mantra and meditation we will tap into our infinite energetic reserves and release old debilitating energy.Donations appreciated.
Wear loose comfy clothing and bring water and a blanket or something warm to cover you; to relax in. If the weathers nice we’ll be outdoors. Contact Laura 07779 284527 for more details.

==Tuesday 12th April 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 13th 10.30am==
*Court Case support!*
This wednesday 13th is our court case. A second session after the adjournment 2 months ago. Anyone who’s around is welcome to come at court for support: 10.30am at Lambeth County Court Cleaver St, London, SE11 4DZ.
For the bravest ones: Radical Breakfast at 9am at the Library House!

==Wednesday 13th 6pm onwards==
*POST COURT Cafe Marie*
If you cannot go to court with us come along at the cafe, get updates, get happy or sad with us! :) 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 14th 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!

==Sunday 17th 7pm==
*South London Squatters Network Meeting*
the library house collective is calling the squatters or ex- or futur-squatters living in south London to come to a meeting on sunday the 17th May, 7pm @ the Library House.
We thought it’d be a good idea to try again to build some networking, and share our experiences and skills!
Maybe the aim of this meeting could be to decide clearly what we want to do with a network, how and when do we meet etc.? or maybe something else?
And remember there are still the squatting practical night in 56a infoshop from 7pm every 2nd and 4th tuesday of the month.
These are exciting times, lets squat the world!

==Monday 18th 6.30-8pm==
*Kundalini Yoga 6-week course*
Kundalini Yoga returns to The Library House for six weeks only. The theme is vitality, Working with breath movement, mantra and meditation we will tap into our infinite energetic reserves and release old debilitating energy.Donations appreciated.
Wear loose comfy clothing and bring water and a blanket or something warm to cover you; to relax in. If the weathers nice we’ll be outdoors. Contact Laura 07779 284527 for more details.

**<<== 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.

REGULAR EVENTS
*Tuesdays 7.30pm // life drawing*
naked narcisistic anarchists require people to draw us…
*Thursdays 1-5pm // bike workshop*
Tools and skills available to help you fix/build/pimp your bike
*Monday 18th 11am-2pm // Free English classes for beginners*
everyone is welcome, tea and coffee will be provided. contact: 07928102817
alisisalisis@hotmail.com

SPECIAL EVENT:
*Sunday 17th May 5pm onwards // Together4tamils presnts an evening exploring the struggle for tamil cultural identity and self determination* cafe, exhibition, movies, speakers, discusion, traditional tamil musical satire and music till late

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<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

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//FRIDAY, 15th MAY, 7.30PM (MUSIC FROM 8PM)///

ROVICS, JOHNSON + MORE @ LARC!

Acoustic Insurgency presents an evening of unplugged anarchy – David Rovics & Robb Johnson + Ed Cox Acoustic + Sarah Bear + Veggie Food and Bar. £5 (if you still have a job), £3 (benefit cheats).

LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1ES

//SATURDAY, 16th MAY, 4PM TILL LATE///

CLASS WAR PRESENTS … BENEFIT FOR ANARCHIST CONFERENCE ’09

Defcon Zero, Bottle Job, Active Slaughter, Condition Dead, Bug Central, Refuse/All, ICH, Flowers of Flesh & Blood, Armed Response Unit + stalls.

£5 before 7pm, £7 after 7pm

Boston Arms, 178 Junction Road, London, N19 5QQ

//SATURDAY, 16th MAY, 5PM///

‘Atheism and Feminism’ with Sue Mayer

Sue Mayer will be debating the relationship between atheism and feminism, and remembering the freethinking women who challenged religious sway over civil laws and practices so that women may have the rights they possess today.

The untold story of the feminist movement is that it was sparked and nurtured by women without superstition, by the religious nonconformists and liberals, the unorthodox, the heretics, by the freethinking sceptics, rationalists, agnostic and atheists.

Women of today owe an enormous debt to the freethinking founders and foremothers of the women’s movement who dared question and confront the religious status quo which demand women’s silence, subjection, servitude and unquestioning obedience.

Sue Mayer will be debating the relationship between atheism and feminism, and remembering the freethinking women who challenged religious sway over civil laws and practices so that women may have the rights they possess today.

Sue Mayer is the convenor for London Feminist Freethinkers, a secular feminist group the meets to discuss such issues as where attitudes to women come from, equal representation, pay, pensions and work, women’s role in the family and society, how politics and religion affect women and the family, women’s reproductive rights, autonomy, freedom and equality.

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Free entry
Nearest tube: King’s Cross

www.housmans.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 7837 4473
shop email: shop@housmans.com
map: http://tinyurl.com/2oq9vv

//SATURDAY, JUNE 6th & SUNDAY, JUNE 7TH///

ANARCHIST CONFERENCE ’09

Queen Mary & Westfield College

As the world economy heads deeper into an unprecedented recession, the spectre of social unrest is again spreading across Europe and the World. In the UK we have experienced an extended holiday from wide-spread class struggle as social democracy and capitalism worked hand in hand to maintain social peace. But as the guarantees of the banks have gone, so too have the guarantees that the state can manage the emerging social conflict, which could potentially turn into social rebellion unseen in the UK for decades.

So, where does that leave the Anarchist Movement? Are we relevant? Do we exist in a form coherent enough to actually be called a movement? Are we progressing? The Anarchist Movement Conference is a chance to put our ideas on the table and rebuild ourselves. The barriers that exist need to be broken down, the experiences and ideas of those involved in anarchist politics need to be shared, discussed, critiqued and debated. The task is urgent, practical and necessary – are we as a movement mature enough to face the challenge?

How and where should we organise? Who are we are speaking to? How do we relate to the wider world as anarchists? These are some of the discussions that might happen during the course of the weekend. We want this conference to be a historical turning point, a point where we manage collectively to come together to look at the problems and work towards the solutions. Anarchists from every federation, network and local group, those involved in diverse struggles from environmental direct-action to community work, trade unionism to DIY projects – we invite you and encourage you: Claim your place at the table and help make a movement!

If we truly aim to be part of making history we need to remake ourselves as an organised, pragmatic movement to become an effective part of revolutionary change. If we do not learn from the mistakes of the past we are doomed to repeat them. The anarchist ideals of mutual aid, solidarity and the desire to live as equals have been echoed throughout our history, in every country, by women and men, regardless of race or ethnicity. We have a proud history, this conference is both about recognizing where we have come from and organizing where we want to go. Be a part of it!

http://www.conference09.org.uk/index.html

//WEDNESDAY, 13th MAY, 7pm///

DAVID DOUGLASS ‘THE WHEEL’S STILL IN SPIN’

David Douglass, long-time coal miner, union activist and revolutionary, discusses the period from the end of the 60s to the coming to power of Thatcher.

David Douglass was a pitman for 40 years in the coalfields of the Tyne and in South Yorkshire. This book, the second in his trilogy ‘Stardust and Coaldust’, deals with the period from the end of the 60s to the coming to power of Thatcher. In this 15 year period, dramatic events in the world revolution course around the globe. Dave Douglass transports us back to a time conventional histories have tried to forget or bury or rewrite.

It is a political and social history told by a direct participant in the events, and not from some distant hill of academic neutrality. It has deep and insightful cameos of pit work and the recent history of the Miners Union. Douglass joins up the dots, along with some telling insights into the hidden world of underground labour in its harsh and gritty reality.

Throughout the whole story the air of sexual freedoms, which broke free of constraints in the previous decade survive and prosper. This is a time, when the world was up for grabs, the earth resounded to the world revolutionary impulse. The genii were free from the bottle, and the music was up loud. From where we all stand now, that distant period seems dim and becomes dimmer with every new law and every new brick successive governments have placed on the wall. Soon, they hope, no-one will remember how close we came, to finishing with the whole scumbag system of greed, privilege and power.

Housmans are delighted to welcome long-time coal miner, union activist and revolutionary Dave Douglass to discuss his latest book.

For more information about Dave Douglass please visit
http://www.minersadvice.co.uk/dave.htm
http://libcom.org/tags/dave-douglass

Housmans Bookshop
5 Caledonian Road
King’s Cross
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

//THURSDAY, 14th MAY, 7PM///

LONDON NO BORDERS MEETING

Fortnightly meeting discussing issues around border controls, and planning future actions. More info: http://london.indymedia.org.uk/groups/noborders

LARC
62 Fieldgate Street
London, E1 2ES

//FRIDAY, 15th MAY, 9PM ///

DISSIDENT ISLAND SHOW

It’s show time!! Dissident Island will be broadcasting live at 9pm – so check out the show! Go to our website for more details on how to listen…http://www.dissidentisland.org/

//SATURDAY, 16th MAY, 12noon///

EUROFLASHMOB AGAINST AIRPORT EXPANSION

Saturday 16 May 2009. The day of the Eurovision Song Contest. Join Heathrow Flashmobbers in a Europe-wide Flash Mob – taking place on the same day at 6 airports across Europe.

Flash Heathrow! Flash Paris! Flash Frankfurt! Flash Schipol! Flash Brussels! Flash Dublin!

Each flashmob will be singing Eurovision classics (song-sheets provided), so download your favourite eurovision song onto your ipod or phone and bring your friends, instruments, hats, wigs, and your dancing shoes and let’s party.

Now for the serious bit: airport expansion is seriously bad for local people, increased noise, air pollution, and especially the climate. The aviation industry want to expand airports across the UK and Europe, but opposition is huge, and the scientists are telling us we have to drastically cut emissions if we are to beat climate change. Flashmobs are a fun way to highlight the real opposition there is to expansion at airports across Europe. Here’s another big chance to show our opposition to a 3rd runway at Heathrow.

See you in Heathrow Terminal 1 Departures at 12 noon on the dot!

Tell BAA to get in tune: No Third Runway.

www.euroflashmob.com

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