RampART is five years old this month which makes us about 500 in social centre years. We want to say a big thank you to all the people and organisations who have used the space, helped out, supported and inspired us.
Celebrate with us on Friday, May 29 th and raise a glass to another five years of piracy and mayhem. Music from our favourite bands and Djs + our resident rampRATS squeaking up a storm and a special guest appearance by the contents of the rampART fridge. Party like it’s 2004!! Meanwhile, we’d like
to thank Conservative MP Anthony Steen for the announcement that he has a ‘very, very large house’. Any other MP, Peer of the Realm, CEO or reigning monarch with space to spare should contact us via the website. Coming up this week….
<* EVENTS @ rampART *>
***Tuesday,26th May, Cinema Libre***
***Thursday 28th May, Chill-Out Cafe. Free Food!***
***Friday, 29th May, Radical Theory Reading Group***
***Friday, 29th May, RampART’s 5th Anniversary Party***
***Saturday, 30th May, Free Tibet Benefit***
//TUESDAY, 26th 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, 28th MAY, 7PM///
Pre-anniversary party chill-out cafe. Music, good company and free food.
//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
(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///
PARTY TO CELEBRATE RAMPART’S 5TH BIRTHDAY!!!
No Mas Nada, Thee Intolerable Kidd, David Cronenberg’s Wife, 52 Commercial Road, Savlon + Djs Steene (drum’n’bass/dubstep), walid ‘n’ kitty (dancehall) & klanger (breaksore) + others. BYOB.
//SATURDAY 30th MAY, 7pm – late///
FREE TIBET BENEFIT PARTY
Early evening: films, discussion & vegan food. Later: Uproar, Active Slaughter, Kick Up the 80s Djs + more TBC.
//OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS AT RAMPART///
//FRIDAY 5TH JUNE///
TOYS ‘R’ NOISE
— Experimental sound art —
//SATURDAY 6TH JUNE///
NO BORDERS BENEFIT
— Details in next week’s newsletter—
<* 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
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 :)
**THIS WEEK (25th – 30th MAY) AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE**
First, thanks to all of you who came at “Le Grande Fete” on saturday, it was an amazing day! Fantastic weather, elderflower fritters and tons of food, music, bikes, capoeira and such a great crowd! Party went on really late and was very fun!
If you want to get involved, please do come round at our weekly meeting on tuesdays 8pm. We do need more people to make the place even more vibrant!
Ok, having a meeting is not always very funny and exciting, but we promise you’ll get some tea and hopefully some cake :)
The main event this week is on Friday 29th of May: Latin American Cine Klub by Cinema Klandestino. A collective from Bristol that will come and present two movies:
1. FRETECO: Occupied Factories and Workers’ Control in Venezuela
2. LA TOMA (The Take)
==Monday 25th 6.30-8pm==
*Kundalini Yoga 6-week course*
Another 2 sessions…
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 26th 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 27th 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 28th 7-9pm==
We are a group of people sharing and learning some capoeira. We want to have fun while finding our roots. If the weather is nice, we should go in the park. We usually practice movements, make a rodinha and play live music. We have all we need: good mood, a lot of energy and willingness to learn. Sessions are free, and you are more than welcome to join us!
==Friday 29th 7.30pm==
*LatinAmerican CineClub by Cinema Klandestino*
Cinema Klandestino take leave of their hometown this Friday the 29th of
May to travel to London for one night only. Two movies:
– FRETECO: Occupied Factories and Workers’ Control in Venezuela (Venezuela, 2009, 40mins). A new film on the Venezuelan Revolution.
Produced by Vive TV in Venezuela, this new documentary on FRETECO explores the movement of occupied factories and workers’ control in Venezuela.
– LA TOMA (The Take) (Argentina, 2004, 87mins)
A film by director Avi Lewis and writer Naomi Klein, focusing on the struggle of workers in Argentina to take back their abandoned factories amidst economic collapse.
//The Cinema Klandestino collective//
Inspired by the Cineclubs of Bogotá, the Cinema Klandestino Collective have spent the past year and a half bringing the best of Latin American cinema, old and new, to a Bristolian audience.
**<<== 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.
*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
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
//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)
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
//PUBLIC MEETING AT GOLDSMITH’S COLLEGE: OCCUPIED!///
WEDNESDAY 27TH MAY FROM 6.30PM
2009 – the year of the recession – is also the year of the OCCUPATION. From workers in a Ford factory in Enfield demanding their redundancy pay, to
parents in a primary school in Glasgow demanding it stays open, to university students just about everywhere (even Goldsmiths) demanding greater access to education, everywhere it is being demonstrated as a viable tactic.
Whats the potential of OCCUPATION as a tactic for getting what we want?
Come find out – open to all students and non students
Speakers from the OCCUPATIONS at:
LEWISHAM BRIDGE PRIMARY SCHOOL (SE13)
CHARLOTTE TURNER PRIMARY SCHOOL (SE8)
LONDON METROPOLITAN UNI (E1)
FORD VISTEON CAR FACTORY (EN3)
followed by a QUESTION & ANSWERS session.
RHB308 (Main building, 2nd floor, follow signs)
LEWISHAM WAY, SE14 (British Rail: New Cross/New Cross Gate)
REFRESHMENTS FOR THE EARLY BIRDS
(hosted by Autonomy & Solidarity)
/A DIE-IN FOR NATO’S VICTIMS IN AFGHANISTAN///
WEDNESDAY 27 MAY, 11am
Northwood tube station (Metropolitan line)
for a procession to the gates of Britain’s military nerve centre (and NATO
** Wear wedding clothes **
“We all ran into our houses and later the jets arrived. They dropped one bomb and it hit a wall and demolished it. Dust and dirt went everywhere. Then they dropped another and it destroyed our house … It was meant to be a wedding and at these events you expect happiness, dancing and to see your relatives. You don’t expect your daughters to be killed for no reason” – Haji Abdul Satar, who’s daughters Najeba (9) and Fatima (10) were killed in the US attack on Haji Nabu on 27 May 2007
WHAT IF THEY’D BEEN BRITISH?
On 27 May 2007, forty-seven Afghan civilians were killed when a US war plane bombed a wedding party in Afghanistan. Thousands more have been killed by US/NATO forces since the 2001 invasion.
A BBC poll published on 13 November showed that 68% of people in Britain think all British troops should be withdrawn from Afghanistan within 12 months.
Join us on Wednesday 27 May 2009 for an act of nonviolent civil disobedience at Britain’s military nerve centre in Northwood, demanding an end to the bombing and the withdrawal of all British troops from Afghanistan.
Action called by JNV, the London and Oxford Catholic Workers and Voices UK.
More information (accommodation available):
0845 458 2564 www.stopbombingafghanistan.org
//DIE-IN NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION WORKSHOP AND LEGAL BRIEFING///
TUESDAY 26th MAY, 7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL
The Die-in is an act of civil disobedience, so by taking part you will be rising arrest. It should be possible to take part in the wedding procession to the main entrance at Northwood, and then to vigil outside, without being arrested. However, whilst the police will usually give ample warning before arresting people – giving you time to comply with their demands etc… – this cannot be guaranteed. Those not wishing to be arrested are welcome to join us on 27th, but should be aware of this reality.
If you are thinking about risking arrest on 27 May and you’ve never been arrested before then we recommend that you attend this legal briefing.
For more info on the arrest process and other possible offences see the briefings on the Activists’ Legal Project web-site:
//INFONIGHT ON MIGRATION ON US/MEXICO BORDER///
WEDNESDAY, 27TH MAY, 7PM
Pullens Centre, 184 Crampton Street, Elephant & Castle, SE17 3AE
Talk from activist from No More Deaths (nomoredeaths.org), which gives humanitarian aid to migrants on the US/Mexican border. Plus showing of the 2006 film “Crossing Arizona”.
//TALK + PAMPHLET LAUNCH: GREEN LEFT – ECO-SOCIALISM///
WEDNESDAY, 27TH MAY, 7PM
…putting a green and red spanner in the works…
Green Left is an eco-socialist, anti-capitalist current within the Green Party, which started in June 2006 when 36 Green Party members agreed its launch statement (the Headcorn Declaration).
Sarah Farrow, Green Left co-convenor said then: “Activists in the Green Party have founded Green Left because many Greens believe the only path to an ecological, economically and socially just and peaceful society has to be based on an anti-capitalist political agenda.”
This evening guests from Green Left will be discussing their agenda, and launching a new pamphlet on the issues at hand.
5 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
Nearest tube: King’s Cross
//DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO PRESENTS DISSIDENT DUBS III: BEATS FROM THE PIT///
SATURDAY 30TH MAY – London & Brighton, Peckham
They came to Drax to stop the pollution. 29 reasonable and good looking people, armed with imagination, shovels, a red flag and a canary suit. Now, they are desperate outlaws, being threatened by people in wigs and gowns. They need your support. They want you to have a good time. They think you should come to Dissident Dubs III. They are the Drax 29.
On Saturday the 30th Dissident Island Radio are pleased to present ‘Dissident Dubs III – Beats from the Pit’ at the London & Brighton pub in Peckham, to support the Drax29 activists. It’s a 3 quid donation on the door, starting with films at 6pm and DJs from 10pm ’till very very late.
The venue is right beside Queens Road train station.
We’ve got Mr Hyde, Kovert, Depoh, HoboCop and loads of other cool DJs playing Drum’n’Bass, DubStep, Reggae, Jungle and lots of other cool things going on. So come along and support the Drax 29 legal fund.
a single act of defiance is worth more than a thousand angry words. You
know what to do….
//CLIMATE RUSH PEDAL POWER///
MONDAY 1ST JUNE, 5PM
…A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED START-OF-SUMMER BIKE RIDE!
On Monday 1st June the UK Parliament returns from recess for the summer sitting. We want to give them a warm welcome and remind them of the heat they can expect if they continue to ignore climate change.
Ed Miliband (Secretary of State Energy and Climate Change) is in Bonn that evening, discussing with other ‘world leaders’ the agenda for the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen. Let’s give our ‘leaders’ a taste of the civil disobedience they can expect if real climate justice fails to materialise.
It is also the first evening of a coal conference at the illustrious ‘Chatham House’. Everyone who’s anyone, at least in the coal world, will be there.
We’ll begin our bike-ride outside their conference before winding our way through town.
Meet us from 5pm on St James Square, SW1Y 4LE. We’ll then move off at 6pm and take our bikes for a relaxed tour through London. Labour might think that investing in electric cars is the solution to climate change but we know that cars using electricity from coal-fired power stations is yet another red-herring.
//THE LATIN AMERICAN TURN: ON THE UNFINISHED PROJECT OF DECOLONISATION///
THURSDAY 4TH JUNE 9.30 – 5.30
One day Public Workshop Room B35 Birkbeck College
In European debates on the politics of emancipation, from Philosophy to Social, Legal, and Political Theory, from Jurgen Habermas to Toni Negri and Slavoj Zizek, the idea of the ‘unfinished project of modernity’ has become a mantra. In contrast, in other parts of the world, in the so-called ‘global South’ and specifically in Latin America, the debate that rages on, concerns the unfinished project of decolonisation.
Crucially, in the Americas this debate takes place not only in theory but also in actual political practice, in places like Bolivia, Venezuela, and Brazil, but also among the Latino/Hispanic communities in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. This workshop will contribute to the exploration of such a problem and hopefully to the beginning of a more rigorous, equal and true dialogue.
Speakers: Linda Martin-Alcoff (City University of New York) Marcia Martins da Rosa (NHS) Enrique Dussel (National Autonomous University of Mexico & UAM-Iztapalapa) Lewis Ricardo Gordon (Temple University, Philadelphia) Nelson Maldonado-Torres (University of California, Berkeley) Ramón Grosfoguel (University of California, Berkeley) Eduardo Mendieta (State University of New York) Paul Gilroy (LSE) tbc. Boyan Manchev (College International de Philosophie, Paris)
This event is free
– for more information visit http://www.bbk.ac.uk/bih/
Naked Punch are sponsoring How The Light Gets In –
www.howthelightgetsin.org – the UK’s first philosophy and music festival which coincides with the Hay Literary Festival from 22-31 May. With live music every night from Michael Nyman, Roger Eno and more, philosophy debates including guests Will Hutton, AC Grayling and Simon Blackburn, and bracing walks along Offa’s dyke, it should be wonderful fun. Take a look at the full programme for more information or to book tickets at www.howthelightgetsin.org
//ECO-VILLAGE OCCUPATION NEAR HAMMERSMITH///
SATURDAY, JUNE 6TH, 10AM
you may be aware of the eco-village occupation which is being planned for Saturday June 6th. The idea is to occupy a disused urban site in SW London near Hammersmith and to start an eco-village community based on sustainable
methods of living such as vegetable growing, compost toilets the works. There is a press release below- please can you distribute it to all and sundry and tell everyone you know who would want to know that this thing is going down or up? (depending on which way you look at it 8-)
The land is everybodys.
This eco-village occupation is inspired by campaigns like The Land is Ours which campaigns peacefully for access to the land, its resources, and the decision-making processes affecting them, for everyone, irrespective of race, gender or age. for more information, please visit: www.tlio.org.uk
The exact location of the site will be revealed on the day. The meet up point is at Waterloo Station (under the clock in the middle of the station) at 10AM on Saturday 6th June. Please try to be on time as we don’t want to be hanging around all morning.
If you would like to speak to someone regarding the campaign or the occupation, please contact Carolyn on: 01727 812369 or Gareth on: 07515 166011 or email:
//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?
Please set aside 20 minutes to register. Download the form at
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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