RAMPART IS DEAD – LONG LIVE RAMPART!

Any extraterrestrial activists out there who have recently returned to Earth and may not have heard the news, we’ve had a few problems with some bailiffs, 45 police officers and a vicar. See website for full details and our recent press release (rampart.co.nr)

rampART was not just a building but a convergence of committed individuals and groups willing to give their time and energy to creatively demonstrating that it is possible to effect change. That energy has not dissipated. We will not be beaten. We’ll keep sending out the newsletter with details of future plans. See you at the Anarchist Bookfair. Meanwhile……

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<*rampART EVENT RELOCATION*>
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The Dissident Island party scheduled for Friday October 23rd, to celebrate the launch of David Graeber’s book , Direct Action: An Ethnography will now be at Non Commercial House. Details below.

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<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>
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**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)

*REGULAR EVENTS*

=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

Plus….

the library house collective presents...October Cinema

++A QUEER NIGHT IN++

(https://london.indymedia.org.uk/system/photo/2009/10/04/2795/october.jpg)

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

SHORTBUS (2006)

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.

**<<== 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.
http://belgraderoad.wordpress.com/

REGULAR EVENTS
*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
alisisalisis@hotmail.com
*Sundays from 5pm onwards // Cafe*
Veggie and vegan food on donation, films, nice peeps…

<* NON COMMERCIAL HOUSE *>

7PM, Tuesday, 20th 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, 21st 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.

**Friday, 23rd October, 7pm**

DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO PRESENTS...

A live broadcast panel discussion on direct action, anarchism and contemporary radical social struggle.

The discussion will be followed by a party and Djs playing dubstep, drum’n’bass, jungle and more. Taking place at Non Commercial House, 165 Commercial Street, starting at 7pm with music from
9pm till late.

The event is inspired by, and a celebration of, the recent release of David Graeber’s book “Direct Action: An Ethnography”. The panel and audience will be asked to reflect on the anarchist movement and various tactics of direct action since the turn of the millennium, in the lead up
to Copenhagen and beyond.

The discussion will be broadcast live, online (via players on dissidentisland.org and IMC London), and available for download shortlyafter. We’ll be setting aside a chunk of time for audience participation, questions and comments – so come along and bring your views!

Hope to see you there…

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<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

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/// IMC-LONDON MEETING ///

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:

  1. 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…)

  2. 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.

  3. What else? …

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/// COTTAL STREET WORLD FILM FESTIVAL ///

Wednesday, 21st October, 8pm

Flat 61 (Top Floor), Cotall St, E14 6JX

We’ll be showing
*Broadway Squats (2001)*:
A short documentary about the Australian squatting scene in Sydney that mushroomed just before the 2000 Olympics along the Broadway. Only a handful of people have seen this outside Australia and its well done too.
http://www.squatspace.com

*Fugata (2009)*:
A Bulgarian Short Film retelling a short story of revenge, expect some twists in this short sharp atmospheric tale. For more info see,
http://bedbugstudio.org

More Surprise Short films to be announced on the night

Free Popcorn too..

Apart from doing a screenings we are looking for film makers,photographers, actors, sound recordists, musicians, story tellers, interviewees to who would like to get together and produce some short films in/around/about their squatting environments. We’re interested in documentary,fictional and experimental film styles so quite open. If you’d be interested please email us on: actionkolektiv@gmail.com

Please check our blog below too, cheers…
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http://actionfilmkolektiv.blogspot.com/

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/// R.A.G. ISSUE LAUNCH AND COLIN WARD FILM SCREENING ///

Friday, 23rd October, 7pm

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, LONDON, England, N1 9DX,

PRE-ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR SPECIAL
Ahead of this year’s Anarchist Bookfair, Housmans welcome the Revolutionary Anarcha-feminist Group from Dublin, who will be launching the latest issue of their magazine, whilst downstairs we will be screening a new documentary of ‘Colin Ward in Conversation with Roger Deakin’.

The RAG (Revolutionary Anarcha-feminist Group) is a magazine produced by a diverse group of anarcha-feminist women in Dublin. The members of the group are united in their recognition that women’s subordination exists, and in the belief for the need to create alternatives to what they recognise as a capitalistic, patriarchal society wherein all are dominated and exploited. This evening guests from the group will be launching the fourth issue of this important publication.

Colin Ward was an editor of the British anarchist newspaper Freedom from 1947 to 1960, and the founder and editor of the monthly libertarian journal Anarchy from 1961 to 1970. Colin has written a number of books, which brought a fresh anarchist perspective on subjects such as housing and education. One of his most well-known book, ‘Anarchy In Action’, was an attempt to show “that an anarchist society, a society which organises itself without authority, is always in existence, like a seed beneath the snow, buried under the state and its bureaucracy, capitalism and its waste. . . ”

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/// LONDON INDYMEDIA AT THE ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR ///

Saturday, 24th October, 11am

Training session for using the site and its new functions

Find out about the new functionality of the London Indymedia site. What’s a tumble? How can you set up your own dispatch and make timelines? What’s Indymedia got to do with your mobile phone? What’s an M3U playlist?

Bring your ideas for new features, problems with the site and vision for Indymedia’s future.

If you’ve had any problem with the site in the past, drop by our stall and we’ll try and help you out with stuff.

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/// 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.

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/// 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:

http://www.anarchistbookfair.org

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/// CALL OUT TO ANARCHAFEMINISTS ///

Sunday, 25th October, 1pm

LARC


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 25th 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

lafk@riseup.net
www.lafk.wordpress.com

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/// RECLAIM THE IMAGINATION! AESTHETIC POLITICS IN SOCIAL MOVEMENT ///

Sunday October 25^th :: London :: 6:30-7:30pm :: Main Hall in the Kobi Nazrul Centre

As part of the This is Not a Gateway Festival

(http://www.thisisnotagateway.net)

Autonomous politics have a long and rich relation with artistic production and movements. From Dada through Reclaim the Streets, aesthetic politics have been essential in expanding the collective

imaginations of revolutionary movements, turning social resistance into joyful encounters, communicating rage at injustice with poetry and beauty. Come join us to celebrate the release of two books that explore the ongoing relation of radical aesthetics and politics: /Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today /by Josh Macphee (PM Press), a major new collection of contemporary politically and socially engaged printmaking, and /Imaginal Machines: Autonomy &

Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life/ by Stevphen Shukaitis (Autonomedia / Minor Compositions), an philosophical inquiry into the formation of collective imagination in social movement organizing. Josh and Stevphen will present and discuss their books while

engaging in a broader conversation about art and politics with Anja Kanngieser.

Josh MacPhee is a Brooklyn-based artist, curator, designer and activist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. His work often revolves around themes of radical politics, privatization and public space. He regularly produces posters and graphics for political groups and events, as well as to sell on Justseeds.org, a political art collective he helped found. He organizes the Celebrate People’s History Poster Series and is often in front of his computer designing books for PM Press.

Stevphen Shukaitis is an editor at Autonomedia and lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of /Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations //

Collective Theorization /(AK Press, 2007). His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor. For more on his work and writing, see http://stevphen.mahost.org.

Anja Kanngieser is a cultural geographer, who is involved in political and social collectives in Australia and Germany. She has been working on examining the intersections between aesthetics and activism, specifically German activist groups that use aesthetic techniques as a means of articulating their dissent. She is also involved in the future archives project, and works with installation and radio.

Minor Compositions: http://www.minorcompositions.info

Autonomedia: http://www.autonomedia.org

PM Press: http://www.pmpress.org

Stevphen Shukaitis

Autonomedia Editorial Collective

http://www.autonomedia.org

http://info.interactivist.net

“Autonomy is not a fixed, essential state. Like gender, autonomy is created through its performance, by doing/becoming; it is a political practice. To become autonomous is to refuse authoritarian and compulsory cultures of separation and hierarchy through embodied practices of welcoming difference… Becoming autonomous is a political position for it thwarts the exclusions of proprietary knowledge and jealous hoarding of resources, and replaces the social and economic hierarchies on which these depend with a politics of skill exchange, welcome, and collaboration. Freely sharing these with others creates a common wealth of knowledge and power that subverts the domination and hegemony of the master’s rule.” – subRosa Collective

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/// 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

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See http://rampart.co.nr for more info about rampART.
http://www.myspace.com/rampartlondon
See
http://bowlcourt.co.nr for more info about Ex-Bowl Court.

Email rampart@mutualaid.org or bowlcourt@riseup.net

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One Response

  1. In another post on this site you wrote (regarding the eviction) that “It also draws attention to the lack of facilities where people with a diversity of interests can meet and socialise without paying
    exorbitant prices and contributing to capitalist expansion, or fitting into paternalistic, box-ticking government agendas”.

    With respect, I think this is only half the story. I run The Rag Factory (ragfactory.org.uk) a non-profit project located in nearly 8000 square feet of old warehouses just off Brick Lane. We pay a commercial rent for our space, yet – by not spending lots of money on staff – we keep our prices down. On a Friday, Saturday or Monday night you can rent one of our rooms (the smallest is 7m x 8m) for just £20.

    Now, that really isn’t a lot of money – 20 people in a room for a film screening, say, can chip in £1 each.

    We know that, with the right management, spaces like this can be self-sustaining and affordable. We don’t get any grants or subsidies – this is just good old-fashioned hard work.

    If you’d like to know more then feel free to drop me a line. Whilst it is a shame that Rampart has gone, I think the future can be bright and legitimate – surely that’s better for everybody?

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