( news from rampART, and related people and places )
Following Professor Nutt’s announcement that ecstasy is less dangerous than horse riding, we’re offering home counties equine addicts the chance to try a safer alternative. Swap your pony for a pill (or your steed for some weed) and join the revolution. Stables will be provided. Meanwhile, back at the gymkhana…
We’re holding an event on Friday, November 20th to celebrate the past and future of social centres in association with some folks who have occupied a stunning space in SE1 (address below). Bring your films, photos and memories of spaces past and present and continue the discussion about where we go from here. Contact email@example.com if you’d like to get involved or just turn up. Full details in next week’s newsletter.
Our 7pm Monday meetings continue, currently at an as yet unnamed social centre at junction of Merrow Street and Queen’s Row, SE1 (off Walworth Road, nearest tube Elephant and Castle). Come and help out at the space or propose an event. Suggestions for cafes, screenings, anti-copyright events, workshops and salons more than welcome. Anyone who can help us out with some big, heavy curtains to partition a very large space, please get in touch via the usual email address.
The Radical Theory Reading Group is temporarily relocating to LARC’s likkle library. Scroll down for details.
<* 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
Friday, 6th November, 8pm till late **BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE** Come as ur favourite anarchist revolutionary Bring and burn ur nemesis Bands and djs - full line up coming soon Jamm Session bonfire ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// <* NON COMMERCIAL HOUSE *>
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.
**Sunday 8th November, 3pm**
INVE(R/N/S)T YOUR GENDER COMPETITION
Non-Commercial House is still here and now announces its Big Gender Designer Competition.
Non-Commercial House is a free shop where people can browse amongst and try different objects and clothes. Do you feel intimidated because in commercial spaces shop assistants assume a certain kind of body type has to result in a certain kind of choice of clothes and accessories? Do you get harassed because you think beard and skirt, tits and tie, wrinkles and vivid colors, folds of fat and tight clothes are all right? Then come to Non-Commercial House which is a safe space to try out different clothes and accessories for all body types. To encourage experimentation, we are organizing our unique competition with big prizes, and a special panel of celebrities. The three possible stages of the competition are:
- Invert Your Gender: Are you a strict social determinist? Don’t you believe in pure free will? Then don’t design, just invert your existing gender by using one or more objects from
the free shop.
- Invent Your Gender: Are you a fan of free will? In that case design your entire new and individual gender from the stock of the free shop.
- Invest Your Gender: In your chosen form explain to the special panel what are the usual acts and habits, attitudes and manners which can be associated to your gender.
Neither of the stages is compulsory. You can choose to be just part of the audience, or you can take part in any of the stages of the competition. You are encouraged to bring with you any kind of cloths or accessories.
Members of the Panel:
T.E. – Alien, Member of the Intergalactical Academy, President of the Understanding Earth Board
Philip Saunders – Familiar, Solicitor, Chief-Evictor of the City of London
Earthworm – Animal, Expert of Soil Life
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
/// 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!
/// COTALL STREET WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (PART 2) ///
Wednesday 4th November, 8pm
Flat 61 (Top Floor), Cotall Street, E14 6JX
Action! Film Kolektiv Present their second screening in their fortnightly Cotall Street Film Festival, this time we are showing a
film from Denmark and some shorts filmed in the UK.
>>>>>>2 Short films by Morgan Beringer shot in UK
>>>>>>More short films tbc.
>>>>>>SQUAT 69 (Denmark)
4 Independent directors document the last year of Denmark’s most famous social center, Ungdomshuset, in Copenhagen. Their eviction in 2007 caused thousands to rally in support of the center resulting in heavy clashes with police. Very well produced documentary and rarely seen in UK as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbZvQ128NUQ
Action! Film Kolektiv are looking for people who want to make or screen films.
/// DIY FESTIVAL OF USEFUL OPENINGS ///
Wednesday, 4th – Saturday 21st November
A group has recently begun occupying a building in Hackney. Part of the building contains a hall / stage area and offers the potential for some amazing events. We are in communication with the owner and although they plan to demolish this part of the building soon they have given us confirmation that we can definitely use it up until Monday 23rd November!
So, this is a callout to all those who want to be involved in creating a temporary autonomous space to come and create, inspire, conspire and get organised! This week we will be cleaning up ready to start events from next week. We want to make the most of the space while we have it with workshops, discussions and general shinanigans. So if you always wanted to organise a day of circus training but never quite had enough space here's your chance!
**Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th November**: Workdays: Come and help fix up
**Saturday 7th**: creARTion day: give the walls a lick of paint and bring out
your creative side with a day of art
**Thursday 12th**: Art Opening: explore the building and the new exhibition
**Friday 13th**: The Haunted Herstory: An evening of story-telling &
performance relating to the building's past.
**Saturday 14th**: PantoPractice: developing a pantomime to perform on the
stage at next Fridays event. Anti-Militarist / NATO gathering: an evening of discussion
**Friday 20th**: Who Can Do What?: bringing you an open stage for all of your performance needs: fancy having a sing-song, playing the fiddle or reading
a poem? Make the most of the stage or come along for the Pantomime!
**Saturday 21st**: Gardening: clearing has already begun so let's start
- prison society info night: food, films and discussion relating to prison(er), death in custody & detention centre campaigns
- Permaculture Discussion Group
- An Evening of Poetry / Spoken Word
- already mentioned but seriously considered, Circus Training
- roller disco / roller ping-pong
Come get involved to help ensure that all of this and more happens in the space.
For exact location please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also drop us a line if you have any ideas for stuff to do, want to help out or just keep updated on the goings on.
/// MPA CIVIL LIBERTIES PANEL : G20 SIX MONTHS ON ///
Thursday, 5th November, 9.30am
London’s Living Room, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA.
Civil Liberties Panel open meeting – come and have your say!
As part of the review of the events surrounding the G20 demonstrations there is an open meeting from 09.30-12.30 on 5 November 2009, in London’s Living Room, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA.
If you would like to be involved, please complete the registration form and return it to PPO@mpa.gov.uk by email or by hand (to avoid the problems with the postal strike) to MPA Scrutiny and Oversight, 10 Dean Farrar Street, London SW1H 0NY.
If you are unable to attend, we will be happy to receive written submissions. These should again be emailed or delivered to the addresses provided above and ideally should be no more than 2 pages.
Civil Liberties Panel
The MPA Civil Liberties Panel was introduced in the MPA’s mission statement for London’s police, Met Forward, as a means of securing public confidence in policing tactics in the capital and ensuring the Met maintains public trust.
‘Our duty, as London’s police authority, is to ensure the Met restores and maintains public trust. In order to support this, we will establish a Civil Liberties Panel of Authority members that will begin its work with a formal civil liberties scrutiny of the Met’s public order policing of violent disorder. Once the initial scrutiny is complete, the panel will continue both to monitor the situation and hear specific concerns from the public and human rights organisations.’
It is proposed that the panel will convene to consider issues on a priority basis as agreed by the MPA. It will be a standing panel, and will meet as the need arises.
Due to the public concern over events surrounding the policing of G20, the first priority for the panel is a review of the HMIC report on the policing of G20. This will reflect the issues raised by members at the full authority meeting on 30 April 2009. As other priorities emerge, additional terms of reference will be agreed.
Panel hearings will be held in open session except if there are extraordinary and compelling reasons to meet in private.
The panel met for the first time on 9 July 2009. At this meeting Victoria Borwick was elected chair, membership of the panel was confirmed and terms of reference were discussed and agreed. The terms of reference were ratified at the full Authority meeting on 23 July 2009.
We are keen to engage with as many individuals and groups as possible who would like to comment on the events which took place on 1 and 2 April 2009. We would particularly welcome firsthand accounts from those who were actually there.
In order to cover the range of topics we plan to group the morning into three broad areas for discussion as detailed below. Our aim is to gather as much information as possible from the maximum number of people, and to do this in the time available we need to limit submissions to a maximum of 3 minutes each. Topics will also be grouped together to avoid repetition.
Comments, submissions received and points raised in discussion will be used to inform the report of the Civil Liberties Panel to the Metropolitan Police in the New Year. The report will be widely circulated within the Metropolitan Police Service, the Mayor’s office, HMIC and other bodies concerned with civil liberties.
The session will be recorded and the webcast will be available after the meeting.
I look forward to seeing you.
Chair, Civil Liberties Panel.
Agenda – 5 November
08:45 Doors open at City Hall
Please allow time to get through City Hall security
09:00-09:25 Coffee and tea available
09:30-09:35 Welcome from the Chair
9:35-10:15 Planning for the Event
This section will cover pre-event planning between organisers, the police, the public, the local businesses, and the media
10:15-11:15 Policing on the day (various marches/demonstrations)
This section will cover the various events and demonstrations that took place, and how they were policed
11:15-11:30 Tea/coffee break
11:30-12:15 Communications (before, during and after G20)
This section will cover communications: prior to the event, during and afterwards from the public, police, organisers, media and local businesses perspective.
Covering the key points made during the discussions
Members of the panel
* Victoria Borwick (Chair)
* Valerie Brasse
* Dee Doocey
* Kirsten Hearn
* Jenny Jones
* Clive Lawton
* Joanne McCartney
* Richard Tracey
Terms of reference
To develop an ongoing understanding of civil liberties and human rights and the consequences this has for policing in relation to all the areas considered by this panel.
* the panel may investigate any topics which in their view are relevant to civil liberties
* within each area of review, develop a clear understanding of the full range of policies and tactics, including training, supervision and communication; the situations within which various tactics are deployed and how decisions about proportionality are made. The panel will consider the wider impact of these on civil liberties and human rights.
* scrutinise the MPS’s work to retain public trust and confidence in balancing civil liberties with the need to maintain public safety and public order through proportionate policing. This should include scrutinising how the MPS communicates with the public, key stakeholders and the MPA.
* the panel will consider how lessons learned from previous investigations impact on current MPS practice, training regimes and organisational culture.
* understand the potential equalities and diversity issues arising out of all areas of service delivery being addressed by this panel.
* engage with the MPS, the public, relevant groups and civil liberty and human rights organisations to ensure that members gain a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved.
* the monitoring of the implementation of any recommendations by this panel and any other relevant reviews (e.g. the HMIC review of G20 and public order) on behalf of the Authority may be undertaken by the panel or another MPA committee as appropriate.
* provide regular reports to full Authority and other committees where relevant, updating them on the progress being made against the panel’s work programme and make recommendations to the Authority and the MPS.
There are potentially significant equality and diversity issues arising out of any scrutiny in this area. The equality objectives outlined above aim to ensure that they are addressed as the work of the panel develops.
/// PARLIAMENT SQUARE GUY FAWKES NIGHT ///
Thursday, 5th November, 8pm
St James’ Park
Free party with free alcohol! Bring a mask
/// 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.
/// RADICAL THEORY READING GROUP ///
Friday, 6th November, 6pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 (in the library)
Everyone welcome. It’s a good idea to do the reading beforehand but not essential. Bring beer and nibbles. LARC library is very cosy – exercise your brain and keep warm!
/// DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO – HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOUSMANS ///
Friday, 6th November, 9pm
Whitechapel, and pumpin’ out of your stereo!
Let’s be honest here. We islanders rarely know what the heck is gonna be on the show until it actually airs.
*[OK this time it’s not entirely true because we do know that several folk involved in the running of Housmans’ will be coming in to the studio to celebrate and clink beer cans (and maybe some flasks of rum) in a toast to 50 fantastic and eventful years of radical book selling.]
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 http://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… http://www.dissidentisland.org/
/// COMMUNITY SQUATTING PROJECT ///
Saturday, 7th November, 12pm, Finsbury Park (meet at gate nearest tube station)
Are you being squeezed out by ridiculously high rents and urban gentrification? Tired of waiting for a disinterested government to come to your assistance? Fed up with sleeping in parks/bus shelters/friend's living room floors? Want to create and control your own living space? Take matters into your own hands - go squat!
**** SQUATTING IS STILL LEGAL AND NECESSARY!****
We want you to be involved. The more people the better this will be for all of us. We are stronger if we organise together, if we can create our own solutions to the housing crisis and develop stronger communities to house ourselves in the future.
We plan to open a large residential squat in North East London, with the aim to prove that squatting can be a safe and secure way for all kinds of people to house themselves. Don't worry if you have never squatted before, we will all develop and share skills togather.
We are gathering at the Finsbury Park Station gate of Finsbury Park at midday (12pm) on Saturday the 7th of November and from there we will be moving into our new homes!
If you would like to be involved, either to help out practically or for a place to live, then please come along on Saturday the 7th!
/// ‘MASS DEPORTATIONS, MASS RESISTANCE’ PUBLIC FORUM ///
Saturday, 7th November, 12 noon
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
A public forum to build resistance against mass deportations organised by the Stop Deportation network
* 66: the number of deportation charter flights from the UK in 2008 alone
* 1,529: the number of people deported from the UK via charter flights
* £8,227,553: the amount spent on charter flight deportations in the financial year 2008-9
* Most frequent destinations: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria
Mass deportation flights are a new and urgent challenge to all those working for the right to freedom of movement for all. Many deportees have tried to stop or escape from these flights, some even self-harming in desperation. Outside, protests and actions are being organised in the UK, Europe and the destination countries. More are needed!
find out about the hidden reality of mass deportation flights
* legal and political challenges
* networking and building a UK-wide grassroots campaign against mass deportations
* strategies and tactics of resistance: protests, actions and more.
/// CLIMATE EMERGENCY COPENHAGEN LONDON PUBLIC FORUM ///
Saturday, 7th November, 12.00 noon – 6.00 pm,
at South Camden Community School, Charrington St, NW1 1RG
Free entry – no need to register
Round Table Plenaries:
10% cuts by end 2010: the case for emergency action
Green Jobs Now – a million climate jobs by end 2010?
Decarbonising our transport fast – the way ahead
Copenhagen, the deal we need and the deal we’re likely to get
Plus assorted workshops
Speakers to include Aubrey Meyer (Global Commons Institute), Oliver Tickell (author of Kyoto 2), John Stewart (HACAN), Johann Hari (journalist), Damian Carrington (Head of Environment, the Guardian), Alexis Rowell (Camden Council), Chris Baugh (Public and Commercial Services Union) …. plus more speakers invited and TBA.
Check the website for the latest info: http://www.campaigncc.org/londonforum
/// WHAT IS PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY TODAY? ///
Saturday 7th November, 5pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
Rich Cochrane explores the modern significance of Psychogeography, defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.”
Psychogeography came to have a political dimension, particularly brought out by The Situationist International, who advocated experiences of life being alternative to those admitted by the capitalist order, for the fulfilment of human primitive desires and the pursuing of a superior passional quality.
In recent years there has been a revival of interest in psychogeography, and Rich Cochrane will be investigating how the modern conception relates with to previous understandings.
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