UNLEASHING ASPIRATION

The Alan Milburn report released last week (called ‘unleashing aspiration’) was an indictment of social inequality, followed, in true New Labour fashion, with holding up pushy parents as the parenting model for the rest of us to emulate, and recommending people take out micro-credit loans to fund unpaid internships in the professions.

As a response, we’ve decided to draft our own report, called ‘Why the word “aspiration” should be banned from politics’. The report’s key recommendation is that any politician using the word ‘aspiration’ more than three times within five minutes should be sentenced to unpaid community service, which they can fund by selling off those duck islands and nice leather chairs, or… taking out a micro-credit loan…

This Friday we have a benefit for Dialogues Against Militarism on Friday, then on Sunday evening, we have a planning meeting for the days of action for squats and autonomous spaces in September. The Radical Theory Reading Group meets the following Friday.

////////EVENTS AT RAMPART////////

//FRIDAY, 31 July, 8PM ONWARD//////////

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.

http://www.againstmilitarism.org

//SUNDAY, 2 AUGUST, 6PM///////////

//PLANNING SESSION FOR DAYS OF ACTION FOR SQUATS AND ALTERNATIVE SPACES, 18TH/19TH OF SEPTEMBER///////////////

As a movement we have been on the back-foot for too long – now its time to  start taking things back – to kick capitalism while its down and liberate  the land from privatised enclosure; to take housing and create space where  we can live outside of monetary exchange.

From Dijon to Berlin to the thousands of places where actions took place  in defence of squats and autonomous spaces in April 2008 a process has  begun, new groups have formed, networks grown, and more people have become  involved. As a movement we recognise that power and domination must be  contested at multiple sites – this is beauty of our mode of struggle and  why we call for decentralised, coordinated and confrontational action on  the on the 18th & 19th of September 2009.
ORGANISE YOUR RAGE – OCCUPY, RESIST, CREATE!

//OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS AT RAMPART//////////

//FRIDAY 7 AUGUST 6-8PM///////////

//RADICAL THEORY READING GROUP///////////

For the next reading group, we will read Anne McNevin’s ‘Political
Belonging in a Neoliberal Era:  The Struggle of the Sans-Papiers’. PDF here:
https://vstuff.virginmedia.com/n/50-17/share/LNK92774a5519ade535a/

////////EVENTS AT OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES///////

//SPANISH LESSONS AT NONCOMMERCIAL HOUSE///////////////

Ever wanted to learn Spanish? Come along to weekly lessons for beginners  at Non Commercial House beginning on the 3rd August 2009… If this is to  go ahead we need to know that enough people are interested in attending so  please reply to this email!

Non Commercial House is a recently liberated space located at 165 Commercial Street, London, E1 with free shop, bicycle repair, skillsharing  etc. We are open from 12 noon til 8pm, Thursday – Sunday. If you would  like to get involved in the running of the space come along to one of our  weekly meetings held on Tuesdays from 7pm.

//LIBRARY HOUSE COLLECTIVE MEETING//////////

//TUESDAY, 28 AUGUST (AND EVERY TUESDAY)//////////

The Library House is a Squatted Social Centre, very near Myatts Fields, and not far from Loughborough Junction station in Brixton. The Library House stands right behind Minet Library. The Social Centre is run by a group of local south londoners that have put quite a lot of work into fixing up the space, and they are preparing events and dreaming of a vibrant free space for South London!  We meet as an open collective every tuesday evening from 8pm to  discuss use of the space, hear proposals, and if you’re lucky have  some hot food and a cuppa! :)
Email us at libraryhouse..at..lists.riseup.net

2 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)

//CAPOEIRA AT LIBRARY HOUSE////////////

//THURSDAY, 30 JULY 7-9M AND EVERY THURSDAY/////////

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. But its more likely that we will go to the park if the weather is nice. 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! Check our blog, that’s part of The Library House Website
http://thelibraryhouse.wordpress.com/capoeira/

//POGO CAFE FILM SCREENING: BREAKING THE SIEGE/////////

//MONDAY, 3 AUGUST, 7:30PM/////////////

Pogo Cafe 76 Clarence Road, E5

A film about the events in Atenco / Mexico 2006.
San Salvador Atenco, May 2006. A small town in the suburbs of Mexico City. Two months before the presidential elections, a conflict for land and rights escalates between the population of Atenco and the Mexican government. Unbelievable events take place: the police attack a marketplace, the inhabitants block the highways leading to the city, and confrontations between an outraged population and police forces break out. The state of emergency goes on for several days and culminates in the death of a 14 year old boy.

This video analyzes the events in San Salvador Atenco during the first days of May and denounces the violation of the civilian population’s human rights by state and federal police forces. The documentary deconstructs the mass media’s operating methods, which were responsible for creating a climate of fear and an information blockade on the events in San Salvador Atenco, in the midst of an especially delicate situation: the 2006 process of presidental succession in Mexico.

///////EVENTS ELSEWHERE////////

//SUPPORT VESTAS OCCUPATION (NEWPORT ISLE OF WIGHT)///////////

//TUESDAY, 28 JULY, 6:30PM ONWARD/////////////

DEMONSTRATE
Outside Offices of Department of Energy and Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place, SW1
Organised by RMT Union and Campaign Against Climate Change
For more info, see http://www.savevestas.wordpress.com and http://london.indymedia.org/events/1810

Vestas Blades UK on the Isle of Wight, the UK’s only wind turbine factory, is due to close on 31st July. 600 jobs will be lost immediately, many more jobs that depend on Vestas will follow. The government has just announced a major expansion of renewable energy including wind power. We are calling on Vestas to keep the factories open, saving jobs and offering those who want to leave a better redundancy deal. We are calling on the government to intervene to save jobs at Vestas – through nationalisation if that is what it takes – to show that it is serious about saving the planet.

On Wednesday 29th the case goes to court for Vestas to take out an injunction to evict the occupiers of the plant in Newport on the Isle of Wight. Hence the need for a show of support Tuesday evening – there will also be a big demonstration outside Newport County Court on the Isle of Wight at 10.00 am on Wednesday morning.

//THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS FESTIVAL 2009////////////

//WEDNESDAY, 29 JULY-SUNDAY 2 AUGUST//////////

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

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Anthology Book launch
Wednesday 29th July
7pm – 9pm
Free

We will be 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/

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

At the foundry we will be having an evening to launch our idea of zine friendly events! In the two weeks around this event we will be 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! After all, it is a zine friendly event, the question is: are you zine friendly?

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

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Spoken Word night out!
Friday 31st July
7pm – Late
Free

In order to promote poetry in the small press, we will be holding 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
EC2A 4RD
Map here.
veri_ceri(at)hotmail.com

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Collaborama!
Saturday 1st August
11am – Late
Free

We hope you’ll join us at the Collaborama (as we’ve affectionately come to know it!) 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(at)yahoo.co.uk

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

We will be returning once more to St Aloysius Social centre, where in February we held the first Alternative Press Fair. We hope you’ll join us once more for chilled out Sunday to celebrate comix, zines, poetry, book arts and radical literature. We will have 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(at)gmail.com

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comicsandzines.wordpress.com
20 Phoenix road
London
NW1 1TA
Nearest tube Euston
Contact – peterlally@gmail.com

http://www.alternativepress.org.uk

//SPACE HIJACKERS BENEFIT/////////////

//SATURDAY, 1 AUGUST, 9PM ONWARD///////////

The Space Hijackers have been officially charged with impersonating police officers..  As you may have heard on April Fools Day we drove a tank into the G20 demonstrations and for some reason the police took offence to this.

Obviously by covering up any police insignia on us the powers that be decided we were too similar to the real police who had spent the day removing their numbers and beating up innocent people.

So this Saturday we are having a fundraiser, for legal fees and future trouble.  The theme is police uniform fetish, and we would very much like you to come and ‘fuck the law’.

There will be live music from Audio Porn and more Dj’s than you can shake a stick at.  Alongside all this, there will be a bar and a variety of distractions including an interrogation room and cell for naughty party goers.

Entrance is strictly by pre-registration here

http://www.spacehijackers.org/events/fuckthelaw.php

entrance is £5 to help pay for our upcoming legal fees / helicopter for DSEi 09

love and rage
The Space Hijackers

//FISH ISLAND COMMUNITY STREET PARTY////////////

//SATURDAY 1 AUGUST 12-9PM////////////

The Fish Island Community Street Party will get in to full swing on Smeed Road and Dace Road. Featuring a live stage powered by SNATCH PRODUCTIONS showcasing local talent with music from reggae to folk and funk, quirky electro-pop outfit RIDDLER, local energetic foursome ONLY JOE, and guests from Oxford, 12 piece roots reggae band MAKATING, along with reggae DJ’s MR FASO & GREGGAE

WHERE: Smeed Road & Dace Road, Fish Island

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