Inspired by the charity which provides gardens for traumatised British Army soldiers, we at RampART are proposing a spot of gardening leave for battle weary activists. Spring is supposedly here and building sites abandoned by recession hit developers are turning into mini ecosystems all over London. Anyone interested in squatting some open space and reclaiming the land for a spot of alfresco activism should turn up at our meeting on Monday 25th May and present their horticultural credentials. Meanwhile, back at the potting shed…
<* EVENTS @ rampART *>
A big thank you to the folks from 56a Infoshop and collective members and friends involved in the Visteon workers benefit for two great parties and leaving the place sparkly clean. Coming up this week….
***Tuesday,19th May, Cinema Libre***
***Thursday 21st May, Uni Occupation Cafe. Free food!***
***Saturday, 23rd May, Radical Routes 21st Birthday Party***
And coming very soon….
***Saturday, 29th May, RAMPART’S 5th BIRTHDAY! FREE PARTY!! FREE PARTY!!***
//TUESDAY, 19th MAY, 7PM AND EVERY TUESDAY///
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, 21ST MAY, 7PM///
RAMPART CAFE – UNI OCCUPATION NIGHT
To celebrate the occupation of our local university and in solidarity with students everywhere protesting the marketization of higher education, the closure of courses and staff redundancies, we’re revisiting the stirrings of dissent in Paris in 1968 when Nanterre university was occupied by student activists. We’ll be showing a short film ‘Outside the Window: Events in France, May 1968’ which looks at the events from the perspective of film makers, followed by discussion and FREE FOOD. Joel will be cooking.
//SATURDAY 23rd MAY, 11pm – 6am///
RADICAL ROUTES 21ST BIRTHDAY AFTERPARTY
Eltham John – Jungley Dub Dr Colossus – Yardcore Everyday Junglist – Folkstep Junglism
//OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS AT RAMPART///
//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, Djs Kitty Kate, Walid, Steene and Klanger + others + our resident rampRATS squeaking up a storm and a special guest appearance from the contents of the rampART fridge!! Party like it’s 2004!!!
//SATURDAY, 30th MAY///
FREE TIBET PUNK BENEFIT
— details to follow—
<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>
<* 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/> 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 :) ibraryhouse..at..lists.riseup.net
**THIS WEEK (18th – 24th MAY) AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE**
Some news about the court case: We’re still here!! the case has been adjourned again, so it seems that we’re here for at least another month!
Our main event this week: LE GRANDE FETE :) an open day at the Library House of workshops lazing around, food and a Party “Final(ly) some DJs at the LibHou”!. Starts at 11am with an invisible food walk (harvesting wild herb and plants growing in the streets/greens of london!) and end late at night (how late, not sure, we told you, its the first time we’re having DJs here!).
And dont forget next week, Cinema Klandestino on 29th of May. A collective from Bristol will come and present some latin american movies! 1. FRETECO: Occupied Factories and Workers’ Control in Venezuela 2. LA TOMA (The Take) http://thelibraryhouse.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/latinamerican-cineclub-by-cin ema-klandestino/
==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.
==Tuesday 19th 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 20th 6pm onwards==
*Cafe Marie and 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 21st 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!
==Saturday 23rd 11am onwards==
*LE GRANDE FETE: Open day and Party*
11am Invisible Food walk: invisible food walk (harvesting wild herb and plants growing in the streets/greens of london!) * 12.30 Cooking what we got during the walk! * 2-4pm diy rainwater harvesting wheelie bin: we got rain, we got wheelie bins. Lets try to make a rainwater harvesting system! * 4-5pm SOMA an Anarchist Therapy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatherapy * 6pm Capoeira rodha
Also Hopefully a bike workshop, jam session, a bonfire.
VEGAN BBQ from 6pm – bring your own tofu and other fancy vegan stuff to grill!
EARLY AFTERPARTY 10pm-3am random DJs for pleasure and rage +++everything free!+++
**<<== 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
//EDUCATION AND YOUTH IN COLOMBIA – 7PM TUESDAY, 19TH MAY///
Colombia Solidarity Campaign The Apple Tree pub, 45 Mount Pleasant, WC1 (Russell Square, Farringdon, Kings X or Angel tube)
A discussion of ‘Colombia’s classroom wars’ in Frontline Latin America – a chance to talk with Colombian students and educators
Between 1999 and 2005, more than half of reported murders of trade unionists in the world happened in Colombia, of whom more than half were working in the education sector. This is in addition to detentions, disappearances, displacements and threats, including against family members.
Protests against cuts in education have led to teachers being branded as ‘subversives’, and schools have often been drawn into the war between the guerrilla, state and paramilitary groups.
Opposition to the Uribe government continues in schools and universities. FECODE, the national teachers’ federation is well organized and active. How can we build solidarity in the UK?
London branch meetings of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign take place at 7pm every third Tuesday of the month. http://www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/
More Teacher Trade Unionists Murdered in Colombia http://www.teachersolidarity.com/blog/more-teacher-trade-unionists-murdered-i n-colombia/#more-318
//INTERNATIONAL STRUGGLE WEEK AGAINST DISAPPEARANCES PROGRAM///
24th May 2009 – 31st May 2009 Panel – voice of disappearances 24th May, Sunday, 14.00-17.00, RWCA Hall, (Refugee Workers Cultural Association, Unit C1, 3-19 Victorian Grove, London N16 8EN)
Speakers Dr. Moorthy, (Disappearances in Sri Lanka and struggle against disappearances) Giuliana Casalle, Colombia Solidarity Campaign, (Disappearances in Latin America and struggle against disappearances) Max Fuller, Writer (Disappearances in Iraq, Middle east, and struggle against disappearances) Ilhan Karatepe, From ICAD, Journalist, (Disappearances policy, how it was created and how it is used and how to struggle against disappearances)
Tent Camp for disappearances 30th May Saturday, 13.00 – 31st May Sunday, 13.00, at Parliament Square
//MOBILISING MEETING FOR CALAIS NOBORDER CAMP///
Wednesday 20 May 2009 at LARC – London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, E1 1ES.
This meeting is for all London-based activists who are hoping to go to the Calais No Border camp (23rd-29th June), and/or the big demo from Calais town centre to Coquelles detention centre on 27th June.
The meeting will cover practical questions, such as how we co-ordinate travel from London to the camp and/or demo, and how we mobilise for Calais over the next month. There will also be some info sharing about the demo and what is happening during the camp.
We can also discuss the possibility of solidarity action(s) in the UK on 27th June, for those who are unable to travel to Calais.
//SATURDAY 23 MAY, 10:30 AM, WATERLOO STATION///
Pure Genius!! A call for those interested in a new eco project.
//SUPPORT DEATH ROW PRISONER TROY DAVIES///
Tuesday, 19th May, 4pm
NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. NO MURDER WEAPON. ANOTHER MAN IMPLICATED.NO COURT YET WILLING TO HEAR THE NEW EVIDENCE.EXECUTION DATE COULD BE SET SOON
Amnesty International UK will hold a demonstration outside the US Embassy in London on 19th May between 16:00 – 18:00 hours. We will also hand in a letter to the US Embassy.
When: 19th May 16:00-18:00 Location: US Embassy 24 Grosvenor Square London, W1A 1AE Organizers: Amnesty International UK Contact: Kim Manning-Cooper, 020 7033 1582, email@example.com
Saturday, 23rd May, 12 noon
ALL OF THEM MUST GO. Come and tell the fraudster MPs what you think of them. Bring saucepans, kettles, drums, horns, whistles. We’ve had enough. Our taxes have been ripped off by bankers demanding bailouts for their champagne lifestyles; now the MPs are laughing in our faces with their brazen claims: for moat clearance; grouse-beaters; helipads; swimming pools; fur-lined loo seats; mole-traps; and claims for imaginary mortgages!
The summer of middle-class rage starts now! And working-class rage? you ain’t seen nothing yet! Dress code: Guy Fawkes, the only man ever to enter Parliament with honourable intentions; recommended interpretation: V for Vendetta. Mask only from £4.50, to full costume from £39.99, from UK vendors – see: http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=V+for+Vendetta+costume&scoring=p
This protest is due to start at 12pm with a view to link up at Trafalgar at 3pm to join in with the police violence demo happening outside the Scotland Yard.
//STOP POLICE VIOLENCE///
Saturday, 23rd May 3pm
On Saturday May 23rd 2009, the United Campaign against Police Violence group will be holding a protest march starting from Trafalgar Square, London. This comes after a series of protest that have occurred after the controversial G20 summits. In which a passer by, the police struck Ian Tomlinson, in an unprovoked attack, which caused a huge uproar. Chris Knight, suspended professor at the University of East London and leader of the protest, believes that, ‘ that new labour are trying to impose a police state that nobody wants.’ The march from Trafalgar Square will then go on towards Downing Street, and finally will finish at New Scotland Yard. It will be held between 3pm – 6pm.
Saturday, 23rd May 5pm
‘Creatures of the Intertidal Zone’ with Susan Richardson
Susan’s collection of poetry, ‘Creatures of the Intertidal Zone’ (Cinnamon Press, 2007), was inspired by her journey through Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland in the footsteps of an intrepid eleventh century female Viking. One of the collection’s central themes is the impact of climate change and other environmental issues on the landscape of the arctic and sub-arctic.
Housmans Bookshop 5 Caledonian Road King’s Cross London N1 9DX Tel: 020 7837 4473
NEW ID GALLERY opening June 4th 2009!
Situated on 31 Commercial Road, in the heart of Whitechapel just between Aldgate East, Brick Lane, the Whitechapel Gallery and the Metropolitan University, we will show Unknown Art and present Constant Change.
We will present a new show every week, the opening hours 1-6pm Friday to Sunday. We will also host a night “be your own art” every Thursday in Fresh Club next door.
//SATURDAY, JUNE 6th & SUNDAY, JUNE 7TH///
ANARCHIST CONFERENCE ’09
Queen Mary & Westfield College
**Anarchist Movement Conference 2009** Anarchist Movement Conference 2009 will happen at Queen Mary & Westfield College on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th, 2009. The space will include 20 rooms and a large hall as well as a creche for both days. It 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? www.conference09.org.uk Please set aside 20minutes to register. Download the form at http://www.conference09.org.uk/register.html
If you are in a group in London PLEASE put this on your agenda at your next meeting. It is important that we see this as a part of what we are ALL doing. Its our movement, its our conference. You can also register at Freedom Bookshop. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more assistance
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