This week, we’re thanking the Electoral Commission which has admitted it will not be able to police the Internet prior to the next general election. We’d like to assure ministers, who are apparently worried about ‘challenges such as the growing scope for dirty tricks in cyberspace’ that anything published about them on the rampART website will be neither tricky nor dirty (well, not much). Meanwhile, back at the editing suite…
The website in question has had a revamp. Check out our new, sophisticated house style (rampart.co.nr) and send us your pics of events and happenings in the space for when we finally get round to updating the gallery.
<*UPCOMING EVENTS AT rampART*>
///FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, 6PM///
Radical Theory Reading Group
We’ll be reading ‘The Friend’ from Giorgio Agamben’s What is an Apparatus and other essays (download here
https://vstuff.virginmedia.com/n/50-17/share/LNK59364aa7bed8ecbd1/) and ‘He Who Accompanies Me’ from Jacques Derrida’s The Politics of Friendship (download here https://vstuff.virginmedia.com/n/50-17/share/LNK57594aa7c0cd800be/).
///SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd, 7PM///
Stop Deportations Network Benefit
* HACKNEY COLLIERY BAND -nine-piece brass band playing hip-hop, ‘brass funk’, Ska and Balkan Beats
* KASAI MASAI – music from African Village with an Urban edge
* ONE DROP – reggae
* PLUS DJs, SPOKEN WORD, SPEAKERS AND FOOD!
All proceeds go to the Stop Deportation Network to fund support for refugees and other migrants threatened with deportation, campaigning, and direct action against deportations. (Money raised will NOT go towards any legal fees/court costs).
<* 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 (14th-20th September) AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE**
*Tuesday, 22nd 7pm*
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. 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!
Sessions on Tuesdays between 19h and 21h.
Check our blog, thats part of The Library House Website
*Tuesday, 22nd, 8pm*
Library House Collective Meeting
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!
*Wednesday, 23rd, 8pm*
Filmed by the first ever team of women video journalists trained in Afghanistan, this rare and uncompromising film explores the effects of the Taliban’s repressive rule and recent US-sponsored bombing campaign on Afghani women.
**<<== 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…
<* NON COMMERCIAL HOUSE *>
7PM, Tuesday, 15th September and every Tuesday
165 Commercial Street, E1
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.
**Thursday, 24th September, 7pm**
OPEN DISCUSSION ON POLYAMORY
Polyamory, often abbreviated to poly, is sometimes described as consensual, ethical, or responsible non-monogamy. The word is occasionally used more broadly to refer to any sexual or romantic relationships that are not sexually exclusive, though there is disagreement on how broadly it applies; an emphasis on ethics, honesty, and transparency all around is widely regarded as the
crucial defining characteristic.
for more info see http://www.faqs.org/faqs/polyamory/faq/
discussion will/may include topics like…
– freedom, responsibility and commitment
– safety (hiv etc.)
– pregnancy, children and family (also related to responsibility)
– response from the society “outside”
– publicity, transparency vs. secrecy, privacy
– publicitiy: love as representation of property (showing how “rich” we are, showing up the belonging to each other or to someone)
– secrecy: love as personal – separated from other spheres of life, secret, hidden, taboo to talk about or make it visible
– hetero- and homosexuality, LGBTQ
– conflict management – reflections, friendship and love, non violent communication, communicating expectations and conditions, desires without giving orders or setting up “requirements”
– separation between sexualized love and non-sexualized love, sexuality and intimacy
**Monday 28th September 7pm**
FREE SPANISH LESSONS!
Ever wanted to learn Spanish? Come along to weekly lessons for beginners at Non Commercial House… If you are planning on attending please email beforehand –
noncommercialhouse…at…riseup.net (replace the ….at… with the @ sign)
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
///COLOMBIA SOLIDARITY, INDIGENOUS MINGA ARRIVES IN LONDON!///
Colombia Solidarity Campaign meeting this Tuesday postponed,instead to take part in the following important meeting:
IMPLICATIONS OF US MILITARY INFLUENCE IN LATIN AMERICA
Tuesday 22nd September
6.45 pm, Bolivar Hall
Today (Tuesday September 22nd) there is a public meeting at Bolivar Hall entitled “Implications of US military influence in Latin America”. This will include a brief documentary on the School of the Americas, followed by talks from Alvaro Sanchez (Venezuelan Embassy), Paul Bullock (Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University and expert in Latin America), Maria Vazques
(member of ChileSCDA and lecturer at Northern College) and Diego Almeida (Activist from the Ecuadorian Movement in the UK). Andy Higginbottom, Secretary Colombia Solidarity Campaign, has also been invited to speak.
6.45 pm, Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DL (nearest tube: Warren Street).
And this coming weekend come hear Aida Quilcué speak about the Minga and Indigenous movements in Colombia..
AIDA QUILCUÉ – WALKING THE WORD
Indigenous minga arrives in london!
“My very wise father used to say ‘when
we have to cry we will do it together,
together we will feel the pain, we
don’t cry like cowards, we resist’ ”
Saturday 26th September
Bolivar Hall, 56 Grafton Way,
London W1T 5DL
(Euston and Warren Street tube, Victoria line closed , Northern line is running)
Guest speaker: AIDA QUILCUÉ, a spokesperson of the Minga of Indigenous and Popular Resistance, champion for the rights of the indigenous communities in the Cauca Valley, Colombia.
With ‘La Minga’ film show, plus solidarity panel with Polo Democratico Alternativo UK and movements of Coordinadora Latinoamericana.
COMMUNITY SOCIAL WITH MUSIC
Sunday 27th September
6pm – 10pm
Telefono de la Esperanza
Unit 7, Fairfax House
Overton Road, Brixton
London, SW9 7JR
(Stockwell tube, Loughborough Junction rail, Victoria line closed, Northern line is running. Buses 36, 436, 185, P5, 133, 59, 159, 3, 415)
..bring food to share
The indigenous peoples have had enough, they will not put up with false promises, lies and trickery any more. They are out on the streets fighting: to ‘liberate Mother Earth’ from the destructive alliance between multinational
corporations and the Colombian rich; and for a dignified future for their children and their communities. They are a moral force rising from below to reclaim what is justly theirs, life itself.
For more information see www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk
///SKOOKUM BOOM BENEFIT GIG///
Saturday, 26th September, 6pm
5 Caledonian Road
London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
Nearest tube: King’s Cross
The Skookum Boom collective is a not-for-profit group who work to support artists in all fields in pursuing their non-commercial artistic dreams. This evening Skookum Boom will be rounding up a selection of free-thinking musicians, poets and comedians for a benefit for London’s premiere radical booksellers, Housmans
Featuring: Leon Walker, Deferred Sucess, Jimi Gherkin, Viclambrusco, Captain of the Rant
///FULL UNEMPLOYMENT CINEMA PRESENTS///
Sunday, 27th September, 6pm
56a Infoshop, 56 Crampton St (off Walworth Rd), Elephant and Castle, London SE17
Once again Full Unemployed Cinema are back with their free film screenings about work and all that:
This month we have a special Men With Carts Double-Bill”
MAN PUSH CART, Ramin Bahrani, 2005 (87mins)
Man Push Cart is a 2005 American independent film by Ramin Bahrani that tells the story of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee and donuts from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan.
Every night while the city sleeps, Ahmad, a Pakistani immigrant, struggles to drag his heavy cart along the streets of New York to his corner in Midtown Manhattan. And every morning, from inside his cart he sells coffee and donuts to a city he cannot call his own. On his free time Ahmad Razvi sells pornographic DVDs. He lives a hard life, drinks Heineken and smokes Parliament cigarettes and goes to clubs. Like the workers found on every street corner in every city, he is a man who wonders if he will ever escape his fate.
BOROM SARRET, Ousmane Sembene (20mins)
Borom Sarret was the cinematic debut of Senegalese novelist and Moscow-trained filmmaker Ousmane Sembene – and also represents the earliest film directed by an indigenous filmmaker in sub-Sahara Africa..
Retrieving his family’s sole possession – the horse Albourah – from a clearing, the unnamed man then leaves to fetch his wooden cart in order to earn a paltry income as a borom sarret, (a derivative of the French term bonhomme charret), a horse-cart driver for hire operating around the native quarters of Dakar, often picking up equally destitute passengers who can only offer an indebted (and indefinite) promise of payment or a wordless, ambiguous handshake in lieu of the fare. Nevertheless, the day seemingly turns auspicious as actual paying customers begin to hire his services…and so on.
Tubes: Elephant or Kennington
Buses: Loads to E+C or Walworth Rd
///DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO///
Friday, 2nd October, 9pm
Let’s be honest here. We islanders rarely know what the heck is gonna be on the show until it actually airs. This is because we are committed to getting the absolute latest word on the street. (That and because we are a little bit disorganised sometimes.) But we can guarantee the show is gonna kick ass. Cos it always does. So check back here at IMC London for more on what will feature,
or go to www.dissidentisland.org to find out what’s happening on the show…or you can forget all that jazz and just tune in at 9pm, every first and third Friday, by clicking the player on the front page of IMC London (top right corner) or the player on the dissident island homepage…
///THE FAT OF THE LAND: A QUEER CHUB HARVEST FESTIVAL///
Saturday, October 3rd, 2pm
55 Dean Street
London W1D 6AF
London’s fat queers and their pals are coming together to challenge the greed of the diet industry and body fascism within the gay community by producing a food festival that celebrates body diversity.
The Fat of the Land: A Queer Chub Harvest Festival is a DIY food fest, synthesizing interest in slow food, recession-busting, sustainable food, ‘make-and-do’ and craft culture with a fat queer sensibility. It is intended as a secular fat queerifying of a traditional harvest gathering, and the organizers positively welcome multicultural interpretations of the theme.
The Fat of the Land is child friendly and open to people of all sizes and sexualities.
It will feature:
Activities: crafting, traditional games, competitions for best jam, best chutney, best cake, best produce, best vegetable monster and more
Stalls, refreshments, and information about Health At Every Size
Art: Allyson Mitchell’s grotto will be open for visits
Evening Performance: including a group rendition of The Fat Queer Harvest Hymn, written especially for the event, and special surprise act by Chopin Gard
Visitors are encouraged to bring along a tin of unwanted food to be donated to a prominent diet guru – the respondent will be chosen on the day.
Co-organiser and fat queer activist Charlotte Cooper explains: “We see The Fat of the Land as a celebration of the abundance of harvest time and our connection to the rhythms of nature and creativity, albeit executed in our own idiosyncratic, outsider, warped, prankish, punk, 21st century, Wicker Man style.
“It is a defiant celebration of abundance and plenty amidst a ‘healthy living’ agenda in the UK that is often reductionist, fatphobic and mean, and is thus health-enhancing for people of all sizes.”
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