Followingthe news that a cat named George has recently been registered with the Professional Hypnotherapy Practitioner Association using fake documents from the non-existent Society of Certified Advanced Mind Therapists, we’re encouraging the rampRATS to apply for accreditation with professional bodies. Successful applications mean that rampART is now a licenced massage parlour, crematorium and bowling alley. Meanwhile, back at the sewer…
<*EVENTS @ rampART*>
///FRIDAY, 16th OCTOBER, 7pm///
Screening of A MASSACRE FORETOLD
Followed by MENTIRAS
The massacre of Acteal, Mexico, 1997, in which 45 unarmed Tzotzil Indians were murdered, most of them women and children displaced from their communities by violence, at the hands of paramilitaries trained and armed by State forces, is one of the most brutal episodes of the government’s counterinsurgency strategy in Chiapas since the uprising of the Zapatista Army in 1994.
None of the intellectual authors were ever tried. In August this year, Mexico’s Supreme Court set 20 of the material perpetrators free (the liberation of the rest is imminent), alleging not their innocence, but procedural irregularities in the original indictment.
There has been international outrage at this new flaunting of impunity. Yet documents and information have recently emerged to point directly at those responsible, including the then President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo, providing elements for a redoubled demand for justice.
We believe that this is the moment to join our voices and strength in order to demand the reopening of the investigation of the case, backed up by international courts, as this is a State crime. The screenings of the film and discussions are premiminary steps towards our planned demonstration on the Day of the Dead (2 Nov), coordinated with other cities and Mexico City.
Contacts: Adriana Díaz Enciso, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Lida Pérez Valencia, email@example.com
Lorna Scott Fox, firstname.lastname@example.org
<* UPCOMING EVENTS AT rampART*>
///SATURDAY, 24th OCTOBER, 8pm-4am///
No Borders No Nations
Featuring live acts:
* WALKING WOUNDED – Folk Rock/Punk/Other
* J.D.SMITH – Blues/Rockabilly/Country
* XTRATS – Drum n bass
Plus more acts TBC
Suggested donation: £5
<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>
**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)
=TUESDAY 7-9pm= Capoeira
=TUESDAY 8pm= Meeting of the collective
=WEDNESDAY 8pm= Summer Cinema snacks and videos
=Varied time, check website= English-Spanish Language Exchange
All free or on donation of course
the library house collective presents…October Cinema
++A QUEER NIGHT IN++
Wednesday 14th October
Survival is not enough. Fariba Tabrizi has made it. Under peril of death she has fled from Iran where she is persecuted due to her lesbian relationship. In Germany she has no alternative way of avoiding the threat of deportation other than to assume the identity of deceased co-detainee.
Directed by Angelina Maccarone the movie is a political drama and reminder of what women around the world must sacrifice and endure in order to love freely, to live freely, as a lesbians, specifically, and women in general.
Wednesday 21st October
HAPPY TOGETHER (1997)
“Happy Together ” is Hong Kong movie directed by Wong Kar-wai and is essentially a study of a couple falling in and out of love. The couple from pre-handover Hong Kong, visit Argentina hoping to renew their ailing relationship. The two have a pattern of abuse, followed by break-ups and reconciliations. One of their goals in Argentina is to visit the Iguazu waterfalls, which serves as a leitmotif in the movie. A heady cocktail of vision and sound by Bueno Aires rythms and Frank Zappa’s jazz.
Wednesday 28th October
American comedy-drama film written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, who interweaves three separate tales of highly sexed and sexually frustrated New Yorkers, all of whom find some kind of salvation at an underground club named Shortbus. Anything goes at Shortbus–wild orgies between people from different ages, backgrounds, and sexual preferences are treated as commonplace. The movie revolves around the search for identity and acceptance–into a prominent orifice will also find plenty to enjoy here.
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, 6th October 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, 14th October, 3pm**
Screen Printing Workshop
**Thursday, 22nd October, 7pm**
Dual Power Discussion on Autonomist Leninism
Dual power is a concept first articulated in an article by Lenin, “The Dual Power,” (dvoevlastie) which described a situation in the wake of the February Revolution in which two powers, the workers councils (or Soviets, particularly the Petrograd Soviet) and the official state apparatus of the Provisional Government coexisted with each other and competed for legitimacy. Lenin argued that this essentially unstable situation constituted a unique opportunity for the Soviets to seize power by smashing the Provisional Government and establishing themselves as the basis of a new form of state power. This notion has informed the strategies of subsequent communist-led revolutions, including the Chinese Revolution led by Mao.
Recently the concept of “Dual Power” has taken on an even broader meaning in the hands of anarchists who use it to refer to the concept of revolution through the creation of “counter-institutions” in place of and in opposition to state power. For example, if cooperative food markets were able to compete on an even-level with corporate grocery store chains, dual power would begin to be achieved in the domain of food.
Dual Power Strategy
Dual power is a method of struggle for the revolutionary transformation of society. It presupposes a pre-existing, fundamentally flawed social order. Within that society, those who envision a different future create alternative institutions (AIs) that embody their vision. AIs are places for experimentation with new social forms as well as places for liberation for those who are oppressed within the larger society. As AIs spread and diversify, they take on more and more of the functions of a larger social system: creating over time an “alternative social infrastructure” that fulfills economic, political, social, and cultural needs. In addition to their direct functions, AIs demonstrate the viability of new ways of organizing society, and attract interest to the ideals behind them.
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
///DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO///
Friday, 16th 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…
///UN SECRETARY GENERAL BAN–KI–MOON CHARGED WITH INACTION! ///
Saturday, 17th October, 12noon
Mass Rally on 17th Oct at 12 noon from Embankment to Hyde Park London. Calling for: The
end of 150 days arbitrary detention of the Tamils behind Barbed Wired camps
in Sri Lanka and an International Independent enquiry into War Crimes.
Please pass this around.
Organized by British Tamils Forum & Tamil Youth Organization
///STOP VEDANTA MINING IN INDIA : MEETING///
Saturday, 17th October, 2pm
Corporate murder, environmental crimes:
Vedanta plc, DfID and the Indian State
PUBLIC MEETING AND FILM SCREENING
Samarendra Das activist, film-maker and researcher will discuss these and related issues at a screening of extracts from his remarkable film Wira Pdika (Earthworm and Company Man) in which people from the Adivasi Dongria Kondh and Majhi Kondh communities, activists, singers and dancers, forest dwellers and fisher people speak about their lives and their struggles against Vedanta. If Vedanta are not stopped, the mine will destroy the Niyamgiri hills – known as the most beautiful mountains in India – wiping out the ancient civilization of the Dongria Kondh adivasi community who regard the Niyam Dongar mountain and forests of the area as their Gods. It will also lead to unprecedented environmental disasters, water pollution and mass unemployment
///@COUSTIC FEST 09///
Saturday, 17th October, 6pm
the rose and crown, crown lane, streatham, sw16 3jg
acoustic squat fest featuring members of bands such as inner terrestrials, filaments, king prawn, suicide bid, i.c.h, tofu love frogs etc. acts on the night are- j terrestrial + chezney, babar luck, captain hotknives, johnny one lung, sarah bear, ed ache, sarah bear, the granarchist + more tba
///FREEDOM TO FILM: RECLAIMING OUR PUBLIC SPACES///
Sunday, 18th October, 10.30am
We will be filming at the following locations and times:
At 10.30am in Mandeville Square, Clapton, London E5
At 12.00pm on Ridley Road Market, Dalston, London E8
At 1.30pm outside Hackney Town Hall on Mare Street, London E8
Not everyone may be familiar with the restrictions on filming in public spaces, shopping centres, even parks, unless they have been given marching orders for taking out a camera in Trafalgar Square or London’s Docklands, or have been served ‘a caution’ for filming without a licence in Oxford Street. In fact, brawny security guards, community safety wardens and self-appointed ‘jobsworths’ are refusing our young volunteer film crews ‘permission to film’ on many of our streets.
Whilst the rationale for banning filming is often justified on the grounds of ‘privacy’ and ‘security’ concerns, there is in fact no law against filming or taking photographs in public places. Most restrictions are based on contemporary anxieties and prejudices, not law. At the centre of the ever-growing shut down of the public sphere is a deep rooted suspicion of the citizen filmmaker or photographer, who is routinely identified as a predatory or threatening figure. Yet filming, news-gathering and photography by citizen journalists has a long and important history and freedom to continue this tradition is vital to our democracy.
On the 18th October in East London we aim to highlight to the public these ‘film free zones’ and to shoot a programme about the right to film. We are encouraging all film-makers (and photographers) and everyone who believes in freedom to view, record, capture and question, to join us on the day.
Bring your still cameras, mobile phones, mini DVs or whatever you may have and help us to promote the right to view, record and question the world around us.
At these places and times, we will take out our cameras, mini DVs and mobile phones and start filming our film makers, interviewing members of the public and recording any attempts to prevent us. We aim to make a stand for the freedom to film and a programme re-establishing the right to film in East London without harassment.
For more information contact:
The WORLDwrite Centre email@example.com
Telephone (0044) 0208 985 5435
Tuesday, 20th October, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall
(probably at the mezzanine on the first floor, just above the main hall.)
This is one of regular IMC-London meetings for coordination and the discussion of issues in relation to the website, as well as planning for other activities the collective is engaged in. It is also a good opportunity to get involved in the project.
The initial proposed agenda is as follows:
Anarchist Bookfair 2009-. Preparations for the IMC-London stall (dvd bonanza, agit-prop, etc…) Also think about IMC-London’s presentation/workshop at the Bookfair (what to exactly talkabout. Is it a talk,a workshop, a debate, etc…)
Images of Rebellion show/event where indy has been invited to have a presence (and should have anyway :-) Latest updates on the preparations for the show, and a start to be a bit more concrete about what imc-london would want to do there.
- What else? ….
///ANTI-AFGHAN WAR DEMO///
Saturday, 24th October, 12pm
Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park
Anarchist Federation and other revolutionary anarchists will be going on the Stop The War Coalition Anti-Afghan War Demo on Saturday 24th October.
So there will be an anarchist contingent with black flags and propaganda to contaminate the liberal march with revolutionary ideas.
Bookfair leaflets will be handed out too.
The demo is on the same day as the Anarchist Bookfair so we’ll meet-up for 12:00 at Speakers’ Corner, go on the march then onto the bookfair an hour and a half later.
///ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR – CAPITALISM’S PRESENT CRISIS///
Saturday, 24th October, 4pm
Queen Mary & Westfield college, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End tube.
BOOKS, WORKSHOPS, EXHIBITIONS, FILMS, MEETINGS including:
Capitalism’s Present Crisis – How Will It End? meeting with Paul Mason, John Holloway et al. 4pm – 6pm
The capitalist system is facing years of crisis and social instability. This raises two questions:
1) what caused the crisis? Was it ‘greedy bankers’, the natural tendencies of the capitalist system, or the resistance of the working class?
2) how will the crisis end? Will it be with more state regulation, more cuts in living standards or with working class revolution?
The Anarchist Bookfair and Mute magazine have invited three speakers to debate these issues:
Paul Mason, a presenter on BBC’s Newsnight, and author of Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed
John Holloway, author of Change The World Without Taking Power and Crack Capitalism (forthcoming).
William Dixon, Mute magazine contributor.
This discussion will take place at the Skeel Lecture Theatre, Anarchist Bookfair, Queen Mary & Westfield college, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End tube, from 4-6pm.
For further information on the Anarchist Bookfair, including a roster of many other talks, go to:
///CALL OUT TO ANARCHAFEMINISTS///
Sunday, 25th October, 1pm
This year anarchafeminists around the UK and Ireland organised massively. No Pretence forced some visibility within the anarchist movement, we created ‘zines including ‘RAG’, ‘Chickweed’ and ‘What the fuck is anarchafeminism anyway?’. We created safe spaces to explore health and practical skills, and organised actions.
Can we go further and create a national or even international network of anarchafeminists (of any gender) to work on countrywide actions, Activities and publishing? Please come and discuss the possibility of a network for national and international anarchafeminist actions and solidarity. …. but first lets eat lunch together. Lunch served at 1pm on Sunday 25<th October (weekend of the Anarchist Bookfair in London.) at LARC (London Action Resource Centre) at 62 Fieldgate St, E1 1ES
It will be followed by a meeting ending 3pm.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide childcare for this meting, but
children are very welcome to attend.
See you there,
London Anarcha Feminist Kolektiv
///CRACK CAPITALISM – A DISCUSSION WITH JOHN HOLLOWAY///
Monday 26th October, 7-9pm
The Octagon Room*, Queen’s Building, Queen Mary & Westfield College, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End Tube. (The event will be followed by a social at the Half Moon pub, 213-233 Mile End Road, London E1)
At the height of the anti-capitalist movement, John Holloway’s book Change The World without Taking Power _<http://libcom.org/library/change-world-without-taking-power-john-holloway>_provoked an international debate*. Eight years later, after the failure of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined with the failure of the capitalist economy, anti-capitalism is back on the agenda.
John Holloway will introduce his forthcoming book, Crack Capitalism, followed by a discussion on how we can change the world without repeating the tragedies of twentieth century socialism.
Come and join the debate.
*To read the debate around the book Change The World Without Taking Power, go to: _http://www.herramienta.com.ar/debate-sobre-cambiar-el-mundo/presentacion-e-indice-de-articulos_
*NB There is a small chance that the room in which the event is held may be altered. Check metamute.org for up to date information closer to the date.
Supported by Mute Magazine (mute AT metamute.org) and the Queen Mary & Westfield School of Business and Management
rampART, 15 Rampart Street, off Commercial Rd, Shadwell E1 2LA
Close to Whitechapel/Aldgate East, map http://tinyurl.com/3hfp2a