( news from rampART, and related people and places )
This week, following the news that the UK has plunged deeper into recession, we’re congratulating the bailiffs who attempted to save money by sending a twelve year old with a drill to evict Non Commercial House. A spokesperson said, ‘we owe the continued existence of the freeshop to the fact that the bailiffs’ representative couldn’t see over the barricades’.
Meanwhile, inspired by the Michael Jackson fans’ ‘This Is Not It’ campaign, the rampART collective is making a film to prove that rampART was killed by profiteering and corporate greed. Seriously though… if anyone out there has video footage, photos, posters for past rampART events or anything else that could contribute to an archive, please contact us at email@example.com.
Also needed…. peeps with tools and expertise for impending future project. Email address as above for contact if you can help.
<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>
/*/ VHS VIDEOBASEMENT /*/
The Hand and Racquet, 48 Whitcomb Street, WC1
firstname.lastname@example.org // videobasement.org
*Tuesday, 27th October, 8pm*
Bring your own short films – watch and discuss.
*Friday, 30th October, 8pm*
Jamming session (bring your own instruments)
*Saturday, 31st October, 9pm*
INDUSTRIAL NOISE HALLOWEEN FIESTA
with bands etc. Dress accordingly.
**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 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.Plus, coming soon...Friday, 6th November, 8pm till lateBURNING DOWN THE HOUSECome as ur favourite anarchist revolutionaryBring and burn ur nemesisBands and djs - full line up coming soonJamm Session bonfire
7PM, Tuesday, 27th 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, 28th October, 7pm**
We will be showing two very recent documentaries:
My name is Kevin (2009) 15 mns
An intimate portrait of Kevin, a man who has experienced homelessness for the last twenty-four years but is determined to “remain on this earth as a noble human being. It is a personal reflection on his migration and his experience of being an outsider, not having a Birth certificate, ID card, valid passport, National Insurance number or any one to turn to.
Filmed, Edited and Directed by Olga Lidia Saavedra Montes de Oca
A Broken Promise (2007) 23 mns
In 2002 the British government introduced a new scheme to attract highly skilled people to the UK. Professionals with post-graduate qualifications were invited from across the world. Almost 50,000 people came but then suddenly the government changed the rules, meaning that many of those who made their homes here were faced with deportation. Refusing to accept what they believe to be an illegal change in law, these migrants have taken on the British government through the high courts. This is their story.
Directed by Rosa Rogers (http://rosarogers.co.uk/)
Produced by Hugh Hartford
A Banyak Films Production for Al Jazeera 2007
Rosa Rogers and Olga Saavedra will be present at the screening to answer questions on their work and share their experiences as documentary makers.
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
/// LAUNCH OF 2009 BHP BILLITON ‘ALTERNATIVE REPORT’ ///
Tuesday, 27th October, 2pm
Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
BHP Billiton ‘alternative report’ 2009
2pm, Tuesday 27 October, Amnesty International UK’s Human Rights Action Centre
London Mining Network is working on this report with groups in Australia, the Philippines, Canada and the USA. There will be speakers from Colombia, affected by the Cerrejon coal mine, of which the company owns one-third. Company operations in Australia and the Philippines will also be discussed. All are welcome.
Directions to the Human Rights Action Centre are here: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=10151.
Further details from LMN, 07929 023214
/// PUBLIC MEETING ON BHP BILLITON IN COLOMBIA ///
Tuesday, 28th October, 7pm
Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
Karmen Ramirez works with Wayuu Indigenous women’s groups Cabildo Wayuu Nouna de Campamento and Sutsuin Jiyeyu Wayuu – Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu (SJW-FMW). The Wayuu People live between the mine and the coal export port of Puerto Bolivar. They are affected by the transportation of coal from the mine and the militarisation of the area to protect the company’s interests.
Yoe Arregoces and Wilman Palmesano represent the Afrocolombian communities of Roche and Chancleta, which face relocation as the Cerrejon coal mine expands and which, despite company protestations of goodwill, are being deprived of means of making a living while negotiations on relocation continue.
Karmen, Yoe and Wilman are in London for the Annual General Meeting of the world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, which owns one-third of the Cerrejon mine along with two other massive multinational mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange – Anglo American and Xstrata. The AGM takes place at 11am on Thursday 29 October. Yoe, Wilman and Karmen will make clear to shareholders the failures of BHP Billiton to ensure that the Cerrejon mine treats affected communities justly. They will also speak at the launch of an ‘alternative report’ on the company’s activities which will take place at Amnesty UK’s Human Rights Action Centre at 2pm on Tuesday 27 October.
Organised by LMN member group Colombia Solidarity Campaign. Further details from LMN, 07929 023214
/// D*I RADIO: BOOK LAUNCH & PANEL DISCUSSION ///
Wednesday, 28th October, 7pm (music from 9pm – 11pm)
London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1
D*I Book Launch – it kicks ballz
Dissident Island Radio presents…
A live broadcast panel discussion on direct action, anarchism and contemporary radical social struggle…
(Please note that this event has been rescheduled from 23rd, to 28th of October)
The discussion will be followed by a low-key social with DJ Ursa (centrifuge), DJ Steene and Dissident Island DJs – playing dubstep, drum’n’bass, jungle – and with refreshments on offer!
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 shortly after. 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…
Some background on the panelists:
Isabeau Doucet: Isabeau Doucet participated in her first direct action protests at 15 with Montreal-based group SalAMI and later CLAC, which David writes about in his book. More recently, she helped found Barriere Lake Solidarity, which campaigns for the Canadian government to respect the rights of an Algonquin First Nation community, and helped curate a Dissident Art exhibition in Montreal. Since moving to London to study Anthropology at Goldsmiths, she has become a militant Climate Camper, and hopes to defend the rights of bicycle clowns and trickster protest puppets.
David Graeber: David is an anthropologist and activist who teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London. Active in numerous direct-action political organizations, he is the author of Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology; Towards an Anthropological Theory of Value; and Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire.
Ohal Grietzer: Ohal spent the past year in Israel-Palestine where she participated in direct actions against the occupation and has been mainly involved in the popular struggle against the construction of the apartheid wall in the village of Ma’sara. Ohal has also been active in the struggle against the systematic oppression and abuse of migrant workers in Israel. She currently resides in London and studies Anthropology in Goldsmiths.
Debbie Shaw: Debbie is a senior lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of East London. She is the author of Technoculture: The Key Concepts and Women, Science and Fiction and a member of the rampART collective.
Some more words on David’s book:
In the best tradition of participant-observation, anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. Starting from the assumption that, when dealing with possibilities of global transformation and emerging political forms, a disinterested, “objective” perspective is impossible, he writes as both scholar and activist. At the same time, his experiment in the application
of ethnographic methods to important ongoing political events is a serious and unique contribution to the field of anthropology, as well as an inquiry into anthropology’s political implications.
The case study at the center of Direct Action is the organizing and events that led to the dramatic protest against the Summit of the Americas in Québec City in 2001. Written in a clear, accessible style (with a minimum of academic jargon), this study brings readers behind the scenes of a movement that has changed the terms of debate about world power relations. From informal conversations in coffee shops to large “spokescouncil” planning meetings and teargas-drenched street actions, Graeber paints a vivid and fascinating picture. Along the way, he addresses matters of deep interest to anthropologists: meeting structure and process, language, symbolism, representation, the specific rituals of activist culture, and
The book is available from AK press.
/// TECHNO-DEATH: TECHNOLOGY, DEATH AND THE CULTURAL IMAGINATION ///
Friday, 30th October, 6.30-8.30pm
Seminar to launch a special issue of the journal Science as Culture edited by Debra Benita Shaw
The Mayor’s Parlour, Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
Tube: Old Street (5 mins walk)
Liverpool Street (15 mins walk)
Buses: 26, 35, 47, 48, 55, 67, 78, 135, 149, 242, 243
The Mayor’s Parlour is fully wheelchair accessible
With suitably gothic presentations by Megan Stern (London Metropolitan University), author of several publications on gothic literature, medical technologies and the uncanny and contributor to the special issue Elaine Campbell (Newcastle University), a criminologist who writes about the science and aesthetics of death and death as televisual spectacle. Followed by René Clair’s controversial short film Entr’acte
/// LONDINIUM: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MAX REEVES ///
Tuesday, 3rd November – Saturday, 28th November. Private View: Monday 9 November
6.15 – 8.30pm
Barbican Library Foyer Barbican Centre, Silk Street,
London EC2Y 8DS Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 9.30am – 7.30pm Friday: 9.30am – 2.00pm Saturday:
9.30am – 4.00pm
“Bethlem became…a ‘mirror of madness’ reflecting the city’s disordered psyche, designed by the city fathers as an asylum for their own inpending insanity.” -Catherine Arnold Max Reeves’ photographs use London as a setting to investigate the intersections and interstitials between life and myth, revealing the complexity of London’s psychological terrain. The verity of the city
morphs into a documentation of personal mythology populated with curious characters, palimpsests, crows, protestors, children and apophenia. Blood, authority versus the freedom of the individual and transcendence emerge as themes through layered and often ambiguous images. Londinium embraces a poetic vision of London superseding its geographic locality. The exhibition will be accompanied by a poem by Cameron Bain ‘Londonium’
/// CLOSE COMMUNICATIONS HOUSE ///
Tuesday, 3rd November, 1pm
Outside Communications House Immigration Reporting Centre, Old Street, London EC1
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!
/// G20 FINANCE MINISTERS’ MEETING IN ST ANDREWS ///
Friday, 6th November, 7am
The Fincance Ministers and Trade Representatives of 20 self-styled “developed” countries will be poisoning the air of St Andrews in Fife. Popular groups will be converging to St Andrews in order to set up an alternative summit, and groups will be converging there with their own agenda. Actvists in St Andrews are scrambling to prepare a network for people to organise and an infrastructure to support this. Please get in touch at our semi-safe email: G20-StAndrewsATriseup.net. We will not transmit or ask for you to transmit any information which would put you at risk.
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