This week, we’re preparing for the implementation of ISIS, the new pre-crime detection system to be installed on public transport over the next five years which, apparently, can detect ‘crimes about to be committed’ by analysing ‘odd behaviour like moving seats’. rampART’s fleet of decommissioned Routemasters will host a series of synchronised seat moving workshops. Bring suitable clothing. Meanwhile, back at the depot….
Radical Theory Reading Group are meeting on Friday to discuss the politics of friendship, closely followed by a fundraiser for the Remember Chernobyl campaign and a No Borders ‘Stop Deportations’ party on Saturday. Sunday is yet another cleaning up and de-junking day. Get in touch if you’re up for helping out.
<*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
///FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2nd, 8pm-3am
Remember Chernobyl benefit
Benefit night for Remember Chernobyl, 8pm-3am, with DJs, contests, 80sdisco party, vegan food etc.
///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 (28th September – 4th October) AT THE LIBRARY HOUSE**
==Tuesday 29th Sept 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.
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
==Tuesday 29th Sept 7-9pm==
We are a group of people sharing and learning some capoeira. We want to have fun while finding our roots. 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!
==Wednesday 30th afternoon onwards ==
This a reaction on the contemporary cosumption society and ‘culture of waste’.Is your house clogging up with stuff you actually dont need? Bring it to the Freeshop and sure you will make other people happy with it. The Freeshop is not based on the ‘swapping-principle’ so you can both come to only bring stuff or collect stuff or both…. The Freeshop is for everyone!
==Wed 30th 8pm onwards==
*Cinema Night // THE FOURTH WORLD WAR*
It is the untold story of men and women around the world, who refuse to Surrender to terror and realise to have their dreams of a world in justice occupied by armies, fear or despair. A film that brings together the inspiring images and the poetry of worldwide social struggles against neoliberalism, in six continents. It shows a system that is increasingly dependent on violence and so called war on terror, in order to sustain its world order.
Narrated by activist Rick Rowley and poet Suheir Hammad and Singer Michael Franti of Spearhead
==Thursday 1st 6:30-8:00pm==
*English – Spanish language exchange/lessons*
Come along if either English or Spanish is the language you speak or want to learn. Why go to expensive institutes if we can share our skills?
**<<== 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, 29th 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.
**Wednesday, 30th September, 3pm**
Screen Printing Workshop
=**Saturday 3rd October 9pm onwards**=
Our friends at dissident Island.org have a party coming up on Saturday 3rd October.
Bands from 9, Dj’s till late (Dub, Dubstep & D’N’B)
Venue: Non Commercial House, 165 Commercial street. £3.00 suggested
donation. (donkies free before 12) email@example.com
**Monday 5th October 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 *>
///FIGHT THE EVICTION OF THE CALAIS JUNGLE///
Tuesday, 29th September, 5.30pm
No Borders London calll for action in solidarity with migrants in Calais!
Join us in a demonstration at 5.30pm, on Tuesday 29th September 09, outside the French Embassy, 58 Kinghtsbridge, London SW1X 7JT.
On the morning of Tuesday 22nd September, French police bulldozed the area known as the ‘jungle’ in Calais where migrants were living, destroying their homes and possessions and detaining around 300 people, including 132 children. Other migrants left before they could be detained, and have been driven to sleep rough on the streets of Calais, Paris and elsewhere.
UK Home Secretary expressed his ‘delight’ at this devestating move by the French authorities, as it aims to stop migrants reaching the UK. Immigration Minister Phil Woolas falsely claimed that ‘genuine’ refugees would claim asylum at the first EU country they came to, regardless of whether they had familiy in other countries – and ignoring the fact that many migrants had not had the chance to claim asylum had they wanted to. European countries which migrants commonly travel through to reach France and the UK do not adhere to the UNHCR guidelines on hosting refugees. In Greece, fewer than 1% of asylum claims were accepted last year, while in Italy thousands were intercepted and turned away without even having their claims looked at.
We believe people should have freedom to move and live where they choose. We believe that adults and children should not be detained against their will, having committed no crime. In solidarity with migrants in Calais and everywhere, we demand that the French authorities release the 300 people that are being detained!
For hourly updates on the situation in Calais, visit calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com
///CUT THE CRAP – DO WE NEED TO CUT PUBLIC SPENDING?///
Thursday, 1st October, 2009, 7pm
Artillery Arms, Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND
It’s party conference season and all parties now seem to agree that reducing the budget deficit is essential: Cameron has been calling for an ‘age of austerity’, Brown admitted to the TUC that cuts are now ‘inevitable’ and Clegg tried to trump them both by saying we need ‘savage’ cuts… before later retracting. The recession has left a yawning gap in public finances but there is actually little consensus on what and how deep the ‘cuts’ should be.
What are the factors driving the demand for cuts, and is there really no choice in the matter? Is there any difference between ‘gleeful’ Tory cuts and ‘responsible’ Labour ones? What will be the impact of reductions in public spending when, for example, 75% of employment in Newcastle is in the public sector? There is a reluctance to see frontline services affected but at the same time there is little idea of how the state might spend in order to start the recovery. What should the state be doing in the recession? And why, in contrast to previous periods of downturn, has the social response been so muted?
Speaker: Rob Lyons, deputy editor, spiked
State Capitalism in Britain
James Heartfield, MetaMute, 24 June 2009
Slash public-sector non-jobs, not power plants, roads and rail links
Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2009
Where your money goes: the definitive atlas of UK government spending
Guardian, 13 September 2009
David Cameron warns of ‘new age of austerity’
Deborah Summers, Guardian, 26 April 2009
The cuts ‘debate’, dumb, dumber and dumberer
Rob Killick, UK after the recession blog, 22 September 2009
///LONDON PROFEMINIST MENS’ GROUP MEETING///
Thursday, 1st October, 2pm
Next Meeting is Tuesday 1st october 2pm at a group member’s house.
contact us for details
londonprofeministmensgroup at gmail.com
We’re a group of men meeting in London every 2 weeks.
The aims of our meetings are:
* – to support each other in our personal struggles as men, including our efforts to rid ourselves of sexist behaviour
* – to discuss issues around gender politics generally
* – to plan what kind of action we can take as pro-feminists
If you have any comments or questions or if you are interested in attending one of our fortnightly meetings, please send us an email: londonprofeministmensgroup at gmail dot com.
///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.”
///CLOSE COMMUNICATIONS HOUSE!///
Tuesday, 6th October, 1pm
Outside Communications House Immigration Reporting Centre
Immigration reporting centres are places of fear for asylum seekers, who have to report to them monthly, weekly or even several times a week. From reporting centres asylum seekers are often detained without warning and sent to removal centres to await deportation. Migrant workers, like the SOAS cleaning staff detained on 12 June, are also taken to detention via IRCs like Communications House.
Communications House is not just a reporting centre – caseworkers based inside are issuing the directions to deport people. It is an integral part of the immigration system.
Britain’s Labour government has declared war on migrants:
‘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.’ Former 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 then create a fertile recruiting ground for overtly racist parties like the British National Party.
So just as the government’s message is clear, ours must be too
NO DETENTION! NO DEPORTATIONS!
SUPPORT ASYLUM SEEKERS AND MIGRANT WORKERS!
NO TO STATE RACISM!
///NO BORDER FOLK///
Wednesday, 7th October, 7.30pm
Upstairs at The Dog House, 293 Kennington Road, SE11 6BY
Acoustic fundraiser for London No Borders, a group fighting immigration controls, featuring:
* SKINNY LISTER – acoustic/folk
* STEVE FERBRACHE – folk/country/alternative
Suggested donation: £3
Thursday 8th – Saturday, 10th October
AhíNamá! Festival of Contemporary Cuban Documentaries has been set up to raise funds and awareness for the group CanalDocumental TV, which serves as a vital online point of distribution for independent, documentary filmmakers, either from Cuba, or making shorts about Cuba. It takes place at select venues across London from 8th-10th October 09.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba entered a period of devastating scarcity known as the “Special Period”. Naturally this scarcity affected all aspects of life on the island and the film industry was no exception.
Since 1990, young, independent filmmakers have had to make films in new ways – both materially and ideologically – in order to embrace the transitions on the island. This has lead to some extremely innovative filmmaking that has documented these times of transition in Cuba.
The festival celebrates Cuban culture, documentary filmmaking and resourcefulness.
PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE TO BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE:as this is designed to raise funds and awareness, we encourage advance ticket sales, however tickets will be available on the night.
7pm-11.30pm: Thursday 8th Oct.09 at El Commandante: 10 Annette Rd, Holloway, London, N7 6ET
6.30pm – 8.30pm: Friday 9th Oct.09 at Ronnie’s Bar, Ronnie Scott’s, 42 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 1HT*
7pm – 11.30pm: Saturday 10th Oct.09 at The Regent, 201 Liverpool Rd, Islington, London, N1 1LX
Please get in touch for more information, or to offer any kind of support: firstname.lastname@example.org
///THE GREAT CLIMATE CAMP CEILIDH///
Friday, 9th October, 7pm
Hackney Round Chapel, Powerscroft Rd, London, E5 0PU
On 9 October, come and dance to Green Kite Midnight’s infectiously danceable jigs and reels as they whip up a storm to raise much-needed funds for Climate Camp. Everyone’s welcome – dancers, maybe-dancers and would-be dancers – be there if you can! www.climatecamp.org.uk www.greenkitemidnight.co.uk www.myspace.com/greenkitemidnight (If you can’t make this one, how about the ‘Heathrow Adopt-a-Resident Ceilidh’, organised by Plane Stupid, at the West Drayton Community Centre on Saturday October 10th; www.planestupid.com)
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