This week immigration minister Phil Woolas proposed changes to citizenship that would penalize migrants with an ‘active disregard for UK values,’ and would implement compulsory orientation days that would teach British values, social norms and customs – and charging migrants for the privilege. The proposal would create a new category of ‘probationary citizens,’ and extend the process of gaining full citizenship from 3-5 years to 10 years. However, applicants displaying exemplary Britishness, such as canvassing for a political party, could be fast-tracked into full citizenship.
rampART offers on-going anti-citizenship behaviour modification to fast-track the disintegration process. A good place to begin is at The Radical Theory Reading Group, this Friday at 6 pm.
<* EVENTS @ rampART *>
///FRIDAY, 30TH JUNE, AUGUST 7TH. RADICAL THEORY READING GROUP, 6 PM///
In the rampART Library.
This week we are looking at “Political Belonging in a Neoliberal Era:
The Struggle of the Sans-Papiers” by Anne Mcnevin. download the reading: http://www.box.net/shared/3yk5j2lvba
///MEDIC TRAINING, AUGUST 14TH TO 16TH ///
The Northern Action Medics will be giving a 20 hour course that will teach you the basics of general First Aid, as well as skills to deal with medical situations specific to direct action, such as dealing with chemical weapons and the police. The course will involve scenarios and hands-on practice and, although we cannot offer you any official accreditation, the 2 1/2 day training is the minimum standard for membership of the Action Medics, and will equip you for a wide range of situations, from hypothermia to baton wounds.
There will be 3 or 4 hours on Friday evening and two full days on Saturday and Sunday. We are not charging to do this training but any donations towards our travel over there would be greatly appreciated.
It would also be great if people can confirm if you are coming so we know how many people to prepare for.
For further details: http://medics.ox4.org/training.php
/// ArtKitchen EGGS and CHICKENS EXHIBITION AND PARTY, 13th of August,
at 4PM ///
A new cultural event powered by the underground ArtKitchen crew from Estonia. The idea of the party is to cook and mix some art and music by amateurs and young enthusiasts.
Music and cinema: The evening includes indie cinema session and acoustic music. DJ Spacetravelisboring, DJ Olio. Silly tasty stuff from artkitchen: Free tea, face painting, free hairstyles, candies, performance, making special meal from eggs. CD exchange (like flea market), and so much more.
If somebody has an idea to present art works or arrange creative action or performance, you’re very welcome to participate! Send an email to email@example.com or call 07536803944
Express YOUR view on what came first: the chicken or the egg.
Be on time because there will be free scrambled eggs and wine
Entry: donation of 1 pound
<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>
<* NON COMMERCIAL HOUSE *>
7PM, Tuesday, 4 August and every Thursday
165 Commercial Street
Come along every Tuesday from 7pm to get involved in the space, propose a discussion / skillshare / workshop or whatever you fancy!
Non Commercial House is a recently opened space in East London, located at 165 Commercial Street. It aims to offer an alternative to mass consumption and capitalism based upon cooperation, mutual respect and sustainable living. The main space is used as a free shop where people bring items they no longer require and take what they need. It is not only about objects but about sharing! Other activities include free bicycle repair, workshop / skillsharing and cinema space.
Children are very welcome within Non Commercial House. The ground floor is wheelchair accessible. However, the only toilet in the building is on the top floor.
Items can be dropped off anytime; knock on the door or leave them out front.
<* AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE *>
The Library House is a social centre in Brixton Camberwell
Contact us if you want to be on our mailing list and be informed about the events there :)
==Tuesday 4th 8pm==
*Library House Collective Meeting*
A weekly meeting for members of the collective to discuss all things social centre. Newcomers with ideas and suggestions received warmly!
==Wednesday 5th 7pm onwards==
*The Itinerant Poetry Library + Skookum Boom*
An evening of poesy, written and spoken. The Itinerant Poetry Library operates a non-static special collections public library for free, for everyone and for everywhere. Come and browse and read and sing…there will be an open mike for poetry and acoustic music by Super Pennie, Atilla the Stockbroker, Vic Lambrusco and Ruby Kid and maybe some others, brought to us by Skookum Boom. Entrance by donation.
==Thursday 6th 6.30-8pm==
*English Spanish Language exchange*
Learn each other’s language. monolinguists/Bilinguists/Polyglots welcome! :)
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)
<* London Action Resource Centre *>
MONDAY, 10 AUGUST, 6PM
Queer Prisoner Letter Writing Night
62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1 1ES
Bent Bars is a letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain. We recognise that LGBTQ people are over-represented in the prison system as a result of systemic discrimination, inequality and social exclusion. The project aims to develop stronger connections and build solidarity between LGBTQ communities inside and outside prison walls.
Come along and find out more about the project, write a letter to a prisoner or help us put together resources. Writing can give someone in prison vital emotional support, help them be less vulnerable to violence and be a valuable exchange on many levels for all involved.
We will also be compiling a newsletter about coming out in prison, with writing from prisoners already involved in the project.
Email Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
Solidarity with cleaners in struggle
TUESDAY, 4 AUGUST, 6:30PM
Somerstown Community Centre, 150 Ossulston Street, London NW1 1EE
Public meeting organised by Labour Representation Committee.
Speakers include Alberto Durango (victimised UNITE cleaner activist), John McDonnell MP, Clara Osageide (Cleaning Grades Secretary, RMT), Jeremy Dear (NUJ General Secretary) SOAS UNISON cleaners rep, Gill George (Unite Executive Council, PC)
Fundraising gig for London No Borders
WEDNESDAY, 5 AUGUST, 7:30PM
The Dog House, 293 Kennington Road, SE11 6BY
featuring: Jessica Grace, Mondesir, Trent Miller & The Skeleton Jive, Luke Rosier, Amy & Deem
Suggested donation: £4 waged/£3 unwaged
Contact email: email@example.com
Save Vestas Rally
THURSDAY, 6TH AUGUST, 6.30 PM
Outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change, No 3 Whitehall Place (off Whitehall, Charing Cross tube)
On this Tuesday 4th the application from the employers for an eviction order goes to court for a second time. This Rally will enable us to respond to whatever the court decides and subsequently happens at the site.
Just when we need a huge expansion in renewable energy they are closing down the only wind turbine factory in the UK. The government has spent billions bailing out the banks, and £2.3 billion in loan guarantees to support the UK car industry – they can and should step in to save the infrastructure we are really going to need to save us from climate catastrophe.
Join the campaign to save Vestas, for Green Jobs and for the Green Energy Revolution we need to respond to the Climate Emergency. This is just the start!
Prisoners Justice Day
FRIDAY, 6 AUGUST, 7PM
School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), Torrington Place, central London
Prisoners Justice Day is an international event started by prisoners to acknowledge and remember all those who have died in prison and police custody. Since 1995, more than 2000 people have died in custody in Britain. This year alone, there have been 118 deaths in custody in England and Wales. As the British government currently embarks on a massive prison expansion project to create 20,000 new prison spaces, even more people will be vulnerable to such violence. This film event will provide an opportunity to reflect on organizing against deaths in custody and to link with current struggles against prison expansion, immigration and psychiatric detention and state violence both at home and abroad.
Film Screenings include:
Excerpts from INJUSTICE (Ken Faro & Tariq Mehmood, UK, 2001)
A film about struggles for justice by the families of people who have died in police custody.
Shorts from the INSIDE FILM PROJECT (UK, 2006)
Inside Film began in August 2006 in HMP Wandsworth with the aim of using film as a means of creative expression and as an educational tool. Out of the project emerged 5 exciting short films created and produced by prisoners, which use their own voices to tell their stories.
THIS BLACK SOIL (Teresa Konechne, USA, 2004) 58 minutes This award-winning film chronicles the inspiring struggle of Bayview, Virginia, USA, a small and impoverished rural African-American community, which successfully defeated a state plan to build a maximum-security prison in their backyard and instead pursued a new vision of economic justice.
The Treehouse Gallery
ON-GOING THROUGH THE SUMMER
The Treehouse Gallery is a public project featuring a free daily program of events, arts, musicology and activities in Regent’s Park, London (by the boating lake!)
This week’s activites include ‘Crystallisations’, ‘Deschooling – Ivan Illich and rethinking Education’, Music Making Workshop, and lots more.
The Treehouse Gallery is open Mon – Thurs 10am – 4pm and Fri – Sun 10am – 8pm
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