RAMPART SITS VAC UPDATE

This week, we’re generously offering the services of the rampART tech team to help astronauts on the International Space Station repair their toilet after NASA experts advised them to ‘hang an ‘out of service’ sign’. We’ll also be happy to assist the MoD with the £155m worth of radio systems ‘unaccounted for’ in Afghanistan which officials insist are ‘currently being repaired’.

Meanwhile, back on the opium farm…

ART FOR FREE!! rampART Thursday cafe will be transformed into a gallery where we will be giving away donated paintings, sculptures and photography to relaunch the newly refurbished workshop spaces. Come and eat and drink with us and take away a priceless object d’art to adorn your living space.

And in other news:
Whitechapel Anarchist Group are reviving the long ago tradition of East End fairs and carnivals. Come along to Allen Gardens at noon on Saturday. Stalls, fancy dress, music and mayhem. Pelt Gawain in the stocks!! Scroll down for details….

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<* EVENTS @ rampART *>

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***Tuesday, 21st July, Cinema Libre***
***Thursday, 23rd July, rampART workshops relaunch cafe***
***Monday, 27th July, Rampart Social***
***Friday, 31st July, D.A.M benefit***

//TUESDAY, 21st JULY, 7PM AND EVERY TUESDAY///

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 23rd JULY, 4-11PM///

RAMPART WORKSHOPS RELAUNCH CAFE

A free entry event to relaunch the rampART workshop spaces. A chilled out evening of munch/tea/coffee/music + a FREE ART SHOP. Hosted by the Confusion Collective + Uncut.FM.

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//OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS AT RAMPART///

/*/ MONDAY 27th JULY 8pm – 11pm /*/*/

RAMPART SOCIAL

After the Rampart meeting we’re having a social evening to be able to relax and spend time with our visitors. Come along and catch up with the collective, tell us what you have been up to…

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/*/FRIDAY 31st JULY, 8pm/*/*/

D.A.M. BENEFIT

A benefit for Dialogues Against Militarism
£3 – £5 suggested donation. With music from:
Hello Bastards
http://www.myspace.com/hellobastardsxxx
52 Commercial Road
http://www.myspace.com/52commercialroaduk
Dissident Island djs
more tbc
Film showing: “Occupation 101”
Speakers from D.A.M.
Vegan food on donation

D.A.M. formed from a cohort of U.S. military veterans, conscientious objectors, war resisters, social justice activists and community organizers from the San Francisco Bay Area. The idea is to connect anti-war activists and war resisters from the US with those in Israel/Palestine to work towards forms of more substantive support and solidarity for each other’s movements and to work collectively against the destructive forces militarism on a global scale. All money raised during this event will go towards funding the D.A.M. project.

www.againstmilitarism.org

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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 (20TH – 26TH JULY) AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE**

==Tuesday 21st 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.

==Thursday 23rd 7-9pm==
*Capoeira*
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!

===Sundays, July 12th, 19th & 26th===
*Free intro course for writing, directing and conceptualising a film*
All classes from 3pm to 5pm
The classes are free and open to everybody
It’s best if you commit to attending all 3 as they are related to each other
Contact us for more information!

**<<== 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.
http://belgraderoad.wordpress.com/

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
*Mondays 11am-2pm // Free English classes for beginners*
everyone is welcome, tea and coffee will be provided. contact: 07928102817
alisisalisis@hotmail.com
*Sundays from 5pm onwards // Cafe*
Veggie and vegan food on donation, films, nice peeps…

**<<Non-commercial House>>**

is open for non-business…

Bring items you no longer require that are clogging up your home. Take stuff you need that someone else has abandoned. Come along to get help fixing your bicycle…

We live in a society of over consumption and waste. Non Commercial House aims to offer an alternative based upon cooperation, mutual respect and sustainable living. It is not only about objects but about sharing! We hope to have various workshops and discussions taking place over the coming weeks.

Children are very welcome within the space.. we are hoping to have a kids section of the free shop with free toys / clothes and hold family friendly events.

The ground floor is wheelchair accessible. However, the only toilet in the building is on the top floor and not.

Items can be dropped off anytime; knock on the door or leave them out front.

This is a non-profit, non-hierarchical space open to all and your input is valued so drop by some time to get involved and let us know what your ideas / thoughts are.

We hope to see you soon!

Non Commercial House
165 Commercial Street,E1

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<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

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//COUNTERINSURGENCY & HR VIOLATIONS IN COLUMBIA///

Tuesday 21st July 7pm

The Apple Tree pub, 45 Mount Pleasant, WC1 (Russell Square, Farringdon, Kings X or Angel tube)

Counterinsurgency and Human Rights Violations in Colombia:
The presentation will introduce the main points of my ongoing research on the relationship between human rights violations by state agents and counterinsurgency strategies during the 1990s and the 2000s. These strategies not only include military operations in combat, but also the targeting of presumed informants or sympathizers of the insurgents; as well as other well known counterinsurgency practices like the creation of ‘death squads’ or paramilitary groups. The analysis of these strategies would clarify the link between them and the violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law by state agents in Colombia.

Which have been the main strategies used by the state? Have these strategies changed after the declaration of the ‘war on terror’? Have the explicit use of US military aid for counterinsurgency strategies (previously bound to counternarcotics operations) from 2002 changed the situation? These and other questions will be addressed in the presentation.

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//MICHAEL X///

Wednesday 22 July 2009 7pm

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

John Williams recounts the life of Michael X, aka Michael de Freitas, aka Abdul Malik, who, as Williams’ fascinating biography makes clear, was a more complex figure than the simple monster of popular lore (which is not to say he didn’t act in monstrous ways).

Tracing his days as a Rachman-era Notting Hill hustler, to a ’60s counter-culture revolutionary, black power activist, and his ultimate descent into Manson-like madness in Trinidad, Williams skilfully captures the era and the man.

‘The life of Black Power leader Michael X is worth recalling even without its grisly ending…this biography tells a story that covers the great changes in London between the mid-Fifties and early Seventies.’ Nicholas Blincoe, Telegraph

Part of Housmans’ ‘London’s Burning’ series – see
www.housmans.com/events.php

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//THE LEFT DEBATES ITS FUTURE///

Thursday 23 July 2009 7.30pm

Indian YMCA (Jubilee room)
41 Fitzroy Square
W1T 6AQ
TOWARDS A NEW ANTICAPITALIST PARTY IN BRITAIN?
Speakers Luke Cooper (Workers Power), Andrew Burgin (Stop the War Coalition), and more (invited), discuss the future of the British Left after the European elections, the gains of the far right, the economic crisis and left unity

WWW.WORKERSPOWER.COM | 020 7708 4331

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//PICKET INDIAN EMBASSY LONDON, REG-LALGARH VIOLENCE///

Friday, 24th July, 3.30pm

Protest at the Indian High Commission, London, against the state terror unleashed on the people of Lalgarh, a village in West Bengal, India, who refused complying with a government sanctioned corporate landgrab of 5000 acres of land uprooting them from their homes and depriving them of their livelihood.

Hands off Lalgarh!

Stop State Terror – Scrap the Special Economic Zones!

Picket of the Indian High Commission
The Aldwych, London WC1
Friday 24 July 2009, 3.30pm – 5.30pm

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//56a ZINE LIBRARY LAUNCH and BENEFIT WEEKEND///

Saturday 25th July – Sunday 26th July

– Saturday 25th July
Launch Party Music & Distros at The Grosvenor in Stockwell 7.30pm
Music from: Jean Genet, Husbands, Chaps and Candy Panic Attack.
Distros: Cherry Bomb Comics, Ricochet Ricochet, 56a and more tbc

– Sunday 26th July at 56a
(56 Crampton Street, SE17 – Elephant and Castle Tube)
Pancake breakfast from 12 noon

Workshops, discussions, exhibition, zine library browsing, general hanging out
Specific activities confirmed; self published comics discussion, practical squatting and bike fixing workshops

Crashspaces available for weekenders

website for details:
www.56a.org.uk

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//THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS FESTIVAL 2009//

Wednesday 29th July – Sunday 2nd August 2009

A festival of events over five days celebrating the small press, self publishing and being creative in the print media.

Anthology Book launch
Wednesday 29th July
7pm – 9pm
Free
Launching an Anthology book to showcase some of what’s going on in the small press scene at the moment; it will include work by Mark Pawson as well as a foreword by Roger Sabin and a variety of work from different areas of the scene. The evening will include the declaration of our aims and agendas in the form of a manifesto, as well as talks and discussion on the subject of the contemporary small press scene.

Housmans radical booksellers
5 Caledonian road
London
N1 9DX
http://www.housmans.com/

Are you zine friendly?
Thursday 30th July
7pm – late
Free

An evening to launch our idea of zine friendly events! In the two weeks around this event the organizers are hosting a zine wall at the Foundry and asking artists and small press creators to come down and contribute to this ongoing exhibition. There will be music and good times, the twist is that Zinesters, comix and small press creators are invited by the foundry’s owner to come along and sell their material. There will be a communal table for individual zines and the selling of zines out of bags, or diy carriers is encouraged!

The Foundry
86 Great Eastern Street
London
EC2A 3JL
http://www.foundry.tv/
Contact – garethbrookes69@hotmail.com

Spoken Word night out!
Friday 31st July
7pm – Late
Free
An evening of poetry, zine readings, story telling and other performances from artists creating work in the print media themselves.

The Griffin
93 Leonard Street
London
EC2A 4RD
http://www.allinlondon.co.uk/clubs_bars/venue-102.php

Collaborama!
Saturday 1st August
11am – Late
Free

An all day event which will comprise many elements of the small press coming together. Tables will be set out in the main space downstairs at the miller for zinesters, comix and small press creators to exhibit their work. There will also be space where any combination of visitors and exhibitors can get together to create pages which will be used to create a zine of the day. The garden will
have a barbeque and the upstairs space will be used for workshops, film screenings and talks. In the evening Resonance FM’s Radio Orchestra will be performing a piece written by Ed Baxter which will be interpreted and illustrated live by two teams of small press artists on overhead projectors!

The Miller
96 Snowsfields road
London Bridge
SE1 3SS
http://www.themiller.co.uk
Contact – jimigherkin@yahoo.co.uk

Alternative Press Fair
Sunday 2nd August
11am- 7pm
Free

Returning to St Aloysius Social centre, venue for the first Alternative Press Fair in February. Come down for a chilled out Sunday to celebrate comix, zines, poetry, book arts and radical literature: space for around 80 exhibitors and many more visitors so see you there!

St Aloysius Social Club
20 Phoenix road
London
NW1 1TA
Nearest tube Euston
Contact – peterlally@gmail.com

alternativepress.org.uk

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//THE RETURN OF THE SPITALFIELDS FAIR///

SUNDAY 26TH JULY 12 NOON

“Roll up, Roll up! Whitechapel Anarchist Group cordially invite you to the 2009 Spitalfields Fair on Sunday 26 July 12 Noon, in Allen Gardens – just a stone’s throw from Brick Lane. As living standards slide back to 1900 levels we’re reviving the rebellious spirit of long prohibited East End carnivals. There’ll be all the fun of the fair, from traditional attractions like coconut shys, acoustic music, soundsystems, tug-of-war, dancing, fancy dress, cake and food, various stalls, market traders, face painting, 5-a-side football, pin the tail
on the pig and lots more special surprises!

Turn up to Allen Gardens on the 26th of July 12 Noon (On the dot!) for a day of fun. If you come in fancy dress you’ll be entered into our prize draw; come as thieves, pirates, vagabonds, rebels, plague victims, druids and any other characters from the East End’s colourful history. Bring your own ideas, surprises and inspiration along!”

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