This week, we’re urging activists in Dorset to reclaim the promenade following the news that Bournemouth cops are hiding behind beach huts to catch cyclists breaking the speed limit. Also, congratulations to our bovine comrades for a successful direct action on Saturday and for forcing David Blunkett to admit that ‘even the animals hate us’. We’re inviting the one ton cow that charged him to convene a tactical workshop. Vegans only. Meanwhile, back at the farm…
// schNEWS Appeal for Support ///
SchMOVIES, the video arm of Brighton direct action network SchNEWS, have been raided by the police and shut down. All computers, cameras, tapes, phones and contact lists have been taken. They need £500 or replacement cameras and computers to get up and running again.
If you can help out, email email@example.com
// London eco-village occupation ///
Around 70 protesters have occupied an empty plot of land next to Kew Bridge in Brentford, London (TW8 0EW). They’ve set up an eco-village.
This will showcase community based sustainable methods of living such as vegetable growing, compost toilets. They in the process of setting up tents and are cleaning the site of rubbish.
We could do with the more of the following if you are thinking of visiting:
>Big water containers (>10ltrs) >Oil for bolts >Screws, bolts, coach bolts. >Stationary: paper, pens, sticky tape, etc., >Banner making material/paints. >Tarps >String and Rope >Spades shovels and forks >Lots of hose for moving water.
We are at Kew Bridge
We are located at 2 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, London.
The nearest tube is Gunnersbury, but the Kew Bridge rail station is really close
We need more people to come help make this a full working village. Please come visit, stay for a day or too or come live forever! All you need is a tent. We have alot of support from the community so it seems like this will be a long lasting project
Site rules include: no dogs, no drugs, no vehicles and only accoustic music please!
Our facebook group is: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=88020757939&ref=ts
or follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/KewEcoVillage
or find more info here: http://london.indymedia.org.uk/articles/1530
<* EVENTS @ rampART *>
***Tuesday, 9th June, Cinema Libre***
***Wednesday, 10th June, Crunch the Creditors UK tour***
***Thursday 11th June, EU and Fascism on the rise – film night ***
***Friday, 12th June, FIT Watch benefit ***
***Saturday, 13th June, Bass Pressure ***
***Monday, 15th June, Rampart meeting and Social cafe afterwards ***
//TUESDAY, 9TH JUNE, 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.
//WEDNESDAY, 10TH JUNE///
CRUNCH THE CREDITORS UK TOUR, 2009 COMES TO RAMPART
US Anarchist Hip-Hop Benefit for Whitechapel Anarchist Group
Drowning Dog & DJ Malatesta (Entartete Kunst) – San Francisco – with support from Comrade Malone & Tickin Timebomb John
Go to http://www.myspace.com/natterjackpromo for links to all acts.
Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=91736611672&ref=mf
//THURSDAY, 11TH JUNE, 7PM///
EU and Fascism on the rise – film night
‘It Happened Here’
More information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Happened_Here
A 1966 British film, set in an alternate history in which Nazi Germany successfully invades and occupies the United Kingdom during World War II.
//FRIDAY, 12TH JUNE, 8PM – late ///
Benefit for the (soon to be) unemployed
Bands & DJs
Recent events in Brighton proved that the FIT team can be kicked off the streets. Now they are about as useful as a chocolate teapot!
So welcome to the dole queue lads, we will send you a couple of half empty beer cans after the party. Good riddance FIT & don’t come back!
BUT SERIOUSLY FOLKS
FITwatch can have a downside. Blocking cameras can result in assaults by the police and sometimes serious charges. Therefore funding is needed to clear a lot of debt, as well as legal support.
Come along, have a good time and find out more!
Supported by Jobcenter +
//SATURDAY 13TH JUNE, 9pm – late ///
A Night of Jungle, Dubstep n Dancehall
Featuring Rowan (Megabitch Soundsystem) Hobocop (dissidentisland.org) Dj Panjea, KittyKrump, Whalid (infobass.com) & La Etnia (wirelessfm.net)
Excellent night of bass heavy music & conscious visuals. Babylon aint that tuff!
>From 9 til later. Post G20 Benefit. £3 Donation Entry.
//MONDAY 15TH JUNE, 8pm – 11pm ///
Rampart Social cafe
After the Rampart meeting we are having a social cafe to be able to relax and spend time with our visitors. First cafe of what we hope will be a weekly event. Come along and chill with the collective – event proposals not a requirement (though of course welcomed, but try bring it to the meeting if it’s for real!). Food and sunshine will be arranged.
//THURSDAY, 18TH JUNE, 7PM///
PIRATE FILM NIGHT
Pirate Bay copyright cinema night
More info next week.
<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>
<* AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE *>
This week, our special event is a photograph exhibition on saturday 13th at 7pm. K. James took pictures of squats and squatters around London and will be showing them at the Library House.
Summer is coming, and there will probably be some changes at the Library House.
First is the change of shape of our cafe. Wednesday evenings will be less food and more sun: welcome to our Summer Cinema Libre!
Once in a while we will do a special cafe (maybe benefit, special screenings, talks etc) with lots of food but we will let you know on time off course! Contact us if you want to put on a special event on a wednesday!
Kundalini Yoga is over. There might be some random yoga lessons during summer, just keep an eye on the newsletter and the website if you’re interested.
Also, if you interested in more SOMA anarchist therapy workshops (cause you couldn’t make it on the open day!), contact us and we’ll put you in contact with the relevant people :)
==Tuesday 9th 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 10th 8pm onwards==
*Summer Cinema Libre*
>From now on the cafes on wednesdays in the Library House will be a little bit different. It’s getting summery and so its light outside till late. We will serve snacks (cakes, salads or whatever) but no complete meals anymore. So come at 8pm for snacks and films to the Library House!
==Thursday 11th 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!
==Saturday 13th 7-10pm==
*Blink and you’ll miss it: Squats close up*
New photographs by K. James. K. James presents several groups of images, both black and white and colour, that challenge us to look closer at the people and landscapes of the London squatting scene.
— 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
**<<== 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
*Mondays 11am-2pm // Free English classes for beginners*
everyone is welcome, tea and coffee will be provided. contact: 07928102817
*Sundays from 5pm onwards // Cafe*
Veggie and vegan food on donation, films, nice peeps…
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
// SPEAK OUT AGAINST RACISM AND DEPORTATIONS ///
Saturday 13 June 2009 12pm noon
Upper St, N1, Outside Angel Station
Open-air rally with speeches from anti-racist groups across London, uniting to take a common stand in defence of migrant workers and asylum seekers.
Please come along and bring speeches, music, chants, literature. Add your voice and help us speak out againt racism.
Public rally outside Angel Tube station, Islington, London N1
‘The message is clear – whether you’re a visa overstayer, a foreign criminal or a failed asylum seeker, the UK Border Agency is determined to track you down and remove you from Britain.’ Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, 18 March 2009
Racism is the form which national oppression takes within an imperialist country like Britain. Imperialist nations brutally exploit and impoverish oppressed nations, justifying their plunder and wars on the basis that people in these countries are inferior or have brought their oppression on themselves. They then use immigration laws to keep out people fleeing from the resulting war and poverty. The British working class is encouraged to see immigrants as the cause of its problems rather than capitalism. State racism and divide-and-rule government tactics are creating a fertile recruiting ground for overtly racist parties like the British National Party.
As Britain’s capitalist crisis increases its hold, the Labour government is stepping up its offensive against migrants and state racism is on the rise.
• Immigration detention capacity has increased from just 250 spaces in 1993 to 3,038 spaces with plans in the pipeline to increase the detention estate by 60% by 2012. Foreign nationals in criminal prisons are currently being moved into designated ‘ghetto’ prisons.
• In November 2008, Immigration Minister Phil Woolas boasted that the government is deporting immigrants at a rate of one every eight minutes. It is making increasing use of charter flight mass deportations.
• Ten years after the McPherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence branded the Metropolitan Police ‘institutionally racist’, black people are still seven times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people are.
• Anti-terrorism laws are being indiscriminately used to round up Muslim and Asian people and criminalise their communities. On 8 April 12 innocent Pakistani students were arrested on the pretext they were planning a bombing campaign. When it became apparent they were innocent they were handed over to the Borders Agency to be detained pending deportation.
So just as the Home Secretary’s message is clear, ours must be too.
NO DETENTION! NO DEPORTATIONS! NO TO STATE RACISM!
SUPPORT ASYLUM SEEKERS AND MIGRANT WORKERS!
// LONDON NAKED BIKE RIDE ///
Saturday June 13, 2009 from 3:00pm – 5:30pm
On Saturday 13 June 2009 the sixth London Naked Bike Ride will return to the streets of the capital, allowing riders to see the city sights from the comfort of a bike or skates. The ride is easy and upbeat, and riders decorate their bodies and bikes with messages of protest against oil dependency and car culture.
Time: 3pm assembly (for 3.30pm departure)
Location: South-east corner of Hyde Park, by the Achilles statue, near Hyde Park Corner.
There’s a Facebook Event here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=81590177505
2009 will be the sixth year of London’s participation in the World Naked Bike Ride. Numbers of riders have risen each year – 2004 had 58 riders in Hyde Park, 2005 had 250 riders in the central London streets, 2006 had 800, and 2007 and 2008 had 1,000.
Every year, in cities around the world, people will be riding naked to celebrate cycling and the human body. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against oil dependency.
Be there, as bare as you dare!
// ISBO present: ‘THE BOTTOM WILL RISE AND CREATE A NEW WORLD’ ///
Saturday 13th June – 5pm
The International School for Bottom-up Organizing (ISBO) launch their first book, sharing their work in training Revolutionary Organizers, creating and supporting radical grassroots projects across the Americas, and building powerful relationships of solidarity. From a rural Social Action Research Centre and Palenques in Colombia, to the poor Black community of the Lower Ninth Ward in post-Katrina New Orleans, ISBO is organizing and seeking out radical folk passionate and deeply committed to creating a new world from the Bottom Up!
A founding statement by the ISBO puts it thus: “Ours is an international struggle that must be led by the poorest and darkest, especially women. We all need the same freedom and equality; we all have the same oppressors, worldwide. Our movement will work toward an internationalist, egalitarian world. We foresee a world in which the genius and creativity of humanity is unleashed, in which all humans share and share alike, whether in starvation or in plenty: in which we are free to love and truly take care of one another.”
This evening London-based members of ISBO will be discussing their work and launching their first book ‘The Bottom Will Rise and Create a New World’.
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
// MERCHANTS OF DEATH FREE WALKING TOUR ///
Sunday 14 June 2009, 3PM
Meet at Clock Tower/Little Ben, outside Victoria Station, opposite the Palace Theatre where Billy Eliiot is showing
London Campaign Against Arms Trade will take you on a tour of arms companies in central London. Discover which company has the Pentagon’s biggest private security contracts in Iraq, which company has been investigated for alleged corruption in six countries, which company was contracted by the RAF to test and service cluster bombs and much more.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
// FULL UNEMPLOYMENT CINEMA AT 56a ///
Yes, our rolling free film programme continues this month with 56a presentation of a recently made fil about Lucio, an anarchist bankrobber, kidnapper and bricklayer. Full Unemployment Cinema also present Pitfall, a marvellous 1960’s Japanese classic.
– TUESDAY 16th June 7.30pm: ‘Lucio’ (2007)
‘Urtubia Lucio has devoted his entire life to anarchism. He collaborated with Che Guevara, robbed Citibank of 3,000 million pesetas, has been involved in notorious kidnapping … all without missing a day at his job as a bricklayer.’
– SUNDAY 21st June 5pm: (Changed from earlier advertised 3pm!!)
Full Unemployment Cinema at 56a – ‘PITFALL’, Hiroshi Teshigahara (1962)
Based on the experimental fiction of postwar novelist Kobo Abe, Pitfall is a haunting, spare, and elemental, yet surreal and atmospheric portrait of alienation. Teshigahara weaves actual footage of coal miners and their hungry and desperate families into Pitfall to establish his sympathy for the workers, but do not expect a neo-realist call to arms.
Free. All Welcome
56a Infoshop, 56 Crampton St, London, SE17 3AE
// FREESCHOOL ON HOUSING, SQUATTING & GENTRIFICATION ///
Location to be confirmed…
19th – 21st June 2009
A weekend of free workshops, discussions and skillsharing focusing on issues relating to housing and squatting is being planned for mid-June. The London FreeSchool will be occupying an empty building for the weekend. This is an open project for people to come and get involved in creating a new space from the beginning. It will hopefully include workshops relating to opening/fixing squats, housing rights and gentrification.
For this to be successful we need people… So, if you are skilled in the art of lockpicking, enjoy fixing toilets, have loads of knowledge relating to housing co-ops or anything else that is vaguely relevant that you wish to share we would love to hear from you!
London FreeSchool aims to confront the hierachy and inequality that dominates learning. It stems from a belief that the control and institutionalisation of education is wrong and as communities we need to reclaim knowledge in order to develop self-reliance. It is a collectively run project open to all so come get involved…
Check the website http://londonfreeschool.wordpress.com
Email deschooling_society [at] lists [dot] riseup [dot] net
or text ‘freeschool’ to 07905 774 037
for more information including the location which should be announced on the 19th!
Contact email: deschooling_society [at] lists [dot] riseup [dot] net
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