W*nking isn’t working: rampart ‘n’ lift ‘n’ hoist newsletter

In the run up to our Conspiracy Cafe (on a secret date, at a secret location) we’re concerned by the news that the government of the Extremadura region in Spain is dealing with having the highest youth unemployment figures in the country by offering masturbation lessons under the slogan ‘pleasure is in your own hands’. We’re setting up a secret helpline for onanist activists who think they’ve been targeted by a covert government initiative. Meanwhile, back under the bedclothes….

The first Lift’n’Hoist workday is planned for Friday, November 27th. Please get in touch via the rampART email address (rampart@mutualaid.org) if you’d like to come and help us make the first floor cosy for cafes. People with expertise in plumbing and wiring particularly welcome. And we still need…

30AMP Cable (40M)+ 20m standard 13 AMP cable. Cafe tables and chairs. Large pots/pans, crockery. Very large heavy curtains to partition the first floor

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1 Queen’s Row, Walworth, SE17

/// FRIDAY, 20th NOVEMBER, 7.30pm ///

The Beautiful South + rampART Revisited

Not a defunct 1980s soft core rock band but an info night celebrating South London activism and social centres past and present + a bit of rampART reminiscence. We’re not just getting teary eyed and nostalgic (well, not much). This is an event to assess what we’ve achieved, what could’ve been done better and the role of social centres in contemporary activism. An evening of films, slideshows, talks and discussion + live music from 52 Commercial Road and guests.

/// SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH ///

Women’s self defence workshop day

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CONSPIRACY CAFE

A chance for activists who think they really are out to get us to slog it out with those of us that KNOW they are. Full details will be sent by encryped carrier pigeon but it might be an idea to keep the evening of Friday, December 18th free…

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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) libraryhouse (at) googlemail.com

*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….  *CINE NOVEMBER* WIth A wOrlD liKe tHis wE sHouLdn’T be hAviNg QuiTe niGhtS iN! 18.NOV 1984 (1956) by Michael Anderson George Orwell’s novel of a totalitarian future society. In a futuristic, state-run society controlled by “Big Brother” in which love is outlawed, employee of the state Winston Smith falls for Julia, and is tortured and brainwashed for his crime. 25.NOV Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1974) by Pier Paolo Pasolini an adaptation of one of DeSade’s most depraved works channeled through the horrifying excesses of the Second World War with the Fascist ruling classes as its (authentically vile) villains, SALO also contains a lot of contemporary criticism, it is a perfect film metaphor, it shakes us out of our casual attitude to film violence. this film could be remade many times. whether it be pol pot in cambodia, stalin in russia, or america in vietnam, nicaragua, guetemala, there are a thousand salos waiting to be filmed.

Plus… *ACTION MEDICS TRAINING WEEKEND* Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd November Action Medics will run an in depth training for those wanting to know more so they can look after themselves and their mates on actions (and other places).

==Running Times== # start: 7.30 on friday evening. this will run till roughly 9.30 Please try to show up before – there will be food from 6.30 # Saturday 9.30 am untill 6.30 pm # Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.

==Costs==The training is a suggested donation of £10, if you can afford more than this, or cant afford this thats okay, just let us know. This covers the materials we use, a donation to the space thats hosting us and trainers travel to the venue. Any surplus is ploughed back into training/medic resources. The food will be by donation.

Contact us ASAP if you want to participate, few places left (libraryhouse (at) googlemail.com)

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<* NON COMMERCIAL HOUSE *>

7PM, Tuesday, 17th November 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.

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Puss in Boots Strip Club 11 White Horse Street Mayfair London W1J 7LL videobasement.org ohninesoho.blogspot.com

TUESDAY 17th: 7pm, Vegan cooking. 9pm, Bring Your Own Short Films: Short film screenings and discussion.

WEDNESDAY 18th: 7pm, Book Club: ‘The Coming Insurrection’ (We will read the Introduction and Point of Clarity)

SATURDAY 21st: 12am-4pm, Camera-less Film Workshop: Scratch and paint film. 10pm- late, Music Night: 52 Commercial Road

TUESDAY 24th: 8pm, Bring Your Own Short Films: Short film screenings and discussion.

FRIDAY 27th: Off Modern + VHS film and art night (more details to follow)

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/// TAR SANDS: TALK : DEMO : FILM DAY ///

Tuesday, 17th November, from 10am Several venues for different events – see below Join us next Tuesday 17 Nov for a series of events in London on tar sands, part of a UK tour. This is a really critical time for people in the UK to put pressure on investors and the oil companies involved – in the next couple of months, BP will be deciding whether to go ahead with a major project.

10am-12pm – Parliamentary event, Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 16 Representatives of some of the worst-affected indigenous First Nations communities are coming to Parliament to alert policy-makers to the local and global devastation being caused by the tar sands.

2.30pm – Take action against RBS’ dirty investments http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=163393066511&inde=

7-9pm – Speaker event with documentary film screening, George Pub, 373 Commercial Road, Stepney, London, E1 0LA First-hand accounts of the impacts of tar sands on indigenous communities and their resistance to them, plus a film and opportunities for you to take action

Please visit our blog for further details on all events Tar Sands in Focus Blog: Tour details http://tarsandsinfocus.wordpress.com/tour/

Visit our facebook page for more details and to invite friends Facebook: Tar Sands Tour page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185543850978&ref=ts

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/// AGE OF STUPID SCREENING ///

Tuesday, 17th November 6.30pm
The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EA

The Campaign against Climate Change in association with Amnesty International present a screening of the film The Age of Stupid at The Human Rights Action Centre in Shoreditch. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with speakers including Phil Thornhill and Abi Edgar from the Campaign against Climate Change. Tickets must be booked through the Anmesty International website: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/events_details.asp?ID=1353

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/// PEOPLE POWER: RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY ///

Tuesday, 17th November, 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473

Pluto Press present: ‘People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity’ with Howard Clark

Across the world, nonviolent movements offer resistance against repressive states, imperial interventions and corporate abuses. However, it is often hard for sympathetic activists in other nations to know how best to assist such movements. Howard Clark seeks to situate nonviolent struggles within a global context in which international solidarity is a critical weapon that such movements can use to achieve their ends.

Howard Clark has edited the recently published Pluto Press title ‘People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity’. The contributors place nonviolent struggles in an international context where solidarity can play a crucial role. Yet they also warn that good intentions are not enough, solidarity has to listen to local movements. Examining movements from Zimbabwe to Burma and Palestine, the contributors assess various forms of solidarity, arguing that a central role of solidarity is to strengthen the counter-power of those resisting domination and oppression.

Howard Clark is a nonviolent activist and independent peace researcher living in Madrid. He has worked for Peace News and since 2008 has been chair of War Resisters’ International. He is a research fellow of the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Coventry University and author of Civil Resistance in Kosovo (Pluto, 2000) and co-author with April Carter and Michael Randle of People and Power Protest Since 1945: A Bibliography of Nonviolent Action (2006).

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/// CLIMATE JUSTICE SPEAKER TOUR ///

Wednesday, 18th November, 7pm
Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

Speakers: Md Shamsuddoha (Equity Bangladesh) Eriel Deranger (Indigenous Environment Network, Canada) Asad Rehman (Friends of the Earth What is climate justice? The climate crisis has been caused by the rich industrialised countries, but it is the world’s poorer majority who are paying the highest price, as extreme weather events become more common, freshwater glaciers melt, and droughts increase. We believe that rich countries owe a ‘climate debt’ to the global south. Not only do we need to reduce our emissions drastically, but we also need to provide new money so that poor countries can develop in a sustainable way and cope with the climate crisis which is already putting millions of lives at risk. This should not be seen as overseas aid, given out of charity, but compensation for our overuse of the earth’s resources. In the run up to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December, rich countries are trying to bully developing countries into accepting unreasonably large emissions cuts, whilst shirking making the necessary cuts themselves. At the same time, they are seeking to channel climate change funding for poor countries through the World Bank, the largest multilateral lender for fossil fuel projects in the world! What’s more, this will mostly be in the form of loans which will only add to the unjust debts which developing countries owe the rich world. Come and hear our speakers explain why we need a global climate agreement which is both effective and delivers justice for the global south, and how you can make this happen.

Climate justice speaker tour Our speaker tour is happening at the following places around the country: Mon 16 November Newcastle University of Newcastle, 6pm Tue 17 November Glasgow Renfield Centre, Bath Street, 7pm Wed 18 November London Khalili Theatre, SOAS, Russell Sq, London, 7pm Thu 19 November Birmingham Avon Room, University of Birmingham, 7pm Fri 20 November Brighton Community Base, Queens Road, 6.30pm Sun 22 November Manchester University of Manchester, 11am

Full details can be found at: www.climatejusticenow.org.uk

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/// COTALL STREET WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (PART 3) ///

Wednesday18th November, 8pm Flat 61 (Top Long Balcony), Cotall Street, E14 6JX
>>>>>> >>>>>>The Last Things / (De sista sakerna) (Swedish 2007) http://www.shortfilmcentral.com/film/782/ An amazing Swedish twister of a short film…. >>>>>> >>>>>>More short films tbc. >>>>>> >>>>>>Popcorn and musical interludes.x http://actionfilmkolektiv.blogspot.com/

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/// DO IT BEFORE THEY DESTROY IT! FESTIVAL ///

19th – 22nd November 2009 @ 195 Mare Street, Hackney

Moving out of the new and into the old: There aint long before the newest half of this beautiful building will be demolished so let’s make the most of it whilst we still can. Come and be part of creating a temporary autonomous performance space and community resource.

Line-up of events thus far; – Thursday 19th: 17:00 – 21:00 the Grand Opening & Art Exhibition – Friday 20th: 18:00 – 22:00 “Who Can Do What?” Sing a song, read a poem or ride a unicycle whilst juggling knives… whatever your capabilities or desires come perform on our open stage. – Saturday 21st: 12:00 onwards a day of workshops, discussions, films and performance culminating with a pantomime @ 19:00 – Sunday 22nd: 14:00 – 20:00 an afternoon of live music on stage

The building is child friendly and we hope to have a kids space for the weekend.

Food will hopefully be prepared each day so come help skip, cook and eat!

Active participants, not passive consumers: This is an open project so feel free to come get involved in any aspect; suggest a workshop, paint a wall, hammer a nail, or anything else of that nature.. simply drop by sometime or email us: boardsofhackney@safe-mail.net.

There will be a get together on Saturday 14th for all of those who would like to be involved in costumes, set design and acting in the pantomime.

The ground floor is wheelchair accessible but the toilets are not.

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/// QUEER PRISONER LETTER WRITING ///

Thursday, 19th November, 7pm London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1 1ES
Tube: Whitechapel / Aldgate East

The Bent Bars Project is a letter-writing program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain. Writing can give someone in prison vital emotional support and help them be less vulnerable to violence. Come and get matched with a prisoner who is looking for a penpal and get ideas about writing to a prisoner for the first time. Be involved in putting together resources, with writing from prisoners involved in the project. Third thursday of every month. www.co-e.org/bentbars

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/// DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO ///

Friday, 20th November, 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…

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/// DO YOU REMEMBER OLIVE MORRIS? ///

Saturday 21 November 2009, 2-7 PM

With performance by Calypso troubadour Alexander D. Great Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH Underground: Oval / Vauxhall Gasworks has full wheelchair access http://rememberolivemorris.wordpress.com/

Olive Morris was an important community figure in Lambeth’s local history. She worked with the Black Panther Movement; was co-founder of the Brixton Black Women’s Group and the Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent (OWAAD), and was central to the squatter campaigns of the 1970s. She died tragically young in 1979 at age 27.

Exhibition dates: 21 November 2009-24 January 2010 (closed over Christmas holiday) Opening times: Wed-Sun 12-6pm or by appointment

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive programme of events organised by the Remembering Olive Collective and a programme of film screenings.

Events and film screenings

EVENTS Entry fee: £1 donation with an Olive Morris badge

MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER, 7-8.30PM The Empty Gallery Interviews A live conversation piece in which art writers Claire Nichols and Altair Roelants talk to artist Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre and other ROC members about the upcoming exhibition Do you remember Olive Morris?

THURSDAY 26 NOVEMBER, 7-9PM Artist Talk Sonia Boyce talks about her project Devotional – a celebration of Black female singers in British entertainment – and her involvement in the Remembering Olive Collective.

SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER 2-5PM Documenting Migration A workshop looking at the ways in which records and documents of migration are kept and used by official bodies and by migrants themselves, and their importance in framing public opinion and policy.

SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER Remembering Olive Bicycle Tour, 12PM Meeting at 11:45am in front of Olive Morris House, 18 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RL. Visiting some of the places where Olive did things, and learning more about her, and Brixton’s history. The bike tour will end at Gasworks in time for the 2pm event. Housing Matters, 2-5PM This event investigates how housing has changed since her times, and what forms of struggle have been adopted. We will hear from some of the people who have been involved in those struggles, with a Q&A session with groups who provide advice to tenants, squatters and the homeless, including the Latin American Housing Coop and the Squatters Advisory Service.

SATURDAY 9 JANUARY, 2-5PM Self-Education: On Alternative Strategies of Education In Olive Morris’ Brixton, self-education initiatives challenged the failings of standard comprehensive education for Black children. Members of ROC will be joined by a diverse group of educators to explore and exchange different approaches towards learning, across sectors and communities. This open, round table discussion will be initiated by a film screening.

THURSDAY 14 JANUARY, 7-9PM The Heart of the Race: Oral Histories of the Black Women’s Movement The Heart of the Race’s author Stella Dadzie, Kelly Foster and Mia Morris from the Black Cultural Archives introduce this year-long oral history project documenting the activism of Black women in the UK.

SATURDAY 16 JANUARY, 2-5PM Financing the Revolution How does one fund work of a radical nature? What happens to community initiatives when public and charitable funding dries up, or imposes their own agenda? With Onyekachi Wambu (AFFORD) on fundraising to support indigenous economic development in Africa, Sandra Hurst on financial literacy for Black liberation, and Carolyn on low-budget/zero-budget organising.

SATURDAY 23 JANUARY, 2-5PM: Closing event of the exhibition and launch of the publication Do you remember Olive Morris?

FILM PROGRAMME SUNDAY SCREENINGS

Sunday 22 November, 4PM Pressure (1975), dir. Horace Ové, 120 min.

Sunday 29 November, 4PM Babylon (1980), dir. Franco Rosso, 91 min.

Sunday 6 December, 4PM – Double Bill Baldwin’s Nigger (1969), dir. Horace Ové, 48 min. Dread, Beat an’ Blood (1979), dir. Franco Rosso, 45 min.

Sunday 13 December, 4PM Born in Flames (1983), dir. Lizzie Borden, 90 min

Sunday 10 January, 4PM – Double Bill From You Were Black, You Were Out (2008), dir. Colin Prescod, 38 min. Blood Ah Goh Run (1980), dir. Imruh Caesar and Menelik Shabbazz, 20 min. Sunday 17 January, 4PM Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008), dir. Gini Ritcker, 72 min. Sunday 23 January, 4PM – Triple Bill On Becoming An Activist (1999), Angela Davis, 3:36 min (audio) David Gilbert: A Lifetime of Struggle (2002), dir. Claude Marks and Lisa Rudman, 30 min. We Were Born to Survive (1995), dir. Paul Okojie, 29 min.

OTHER SCREENINGS

Saturday 5 December, 5PM (after the ‘Documenting Migration’ event from 2-5pm) Signs of Empire (1984), dir. Black Audio Film Collective, 44 min.

Thursday 10 December, 4PM – Double Bill Grove Roots (2009), dir. Rae Evelyn, Kaye-Ann Adjei, Dontony Gill-Nasady, Moktar Alatas, Zakiya Amlak, Clinton Plummer-Nelson, Bankole Adegbulugbe, Jodechi Cumberbatch, 45 min. Sam the Wheels (2008) dir. Clovis Salmon, various durations

Thursday 7 January, 4PM – Repeat screening Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008), dir. Gini Ritcker, 72 min.

FILMS ON DEMAND If you want to come in individually or as a group and watch films outside of screening times, you can organise your own screening at Gasworks with the view-on-demand film library. A member of staff will provide you with technical support and access to a list of films including Dread, Beat an’ Blood, From You Were Black, You Were Out and Grove Roots, as well a selection of YouTube clips.

For more information and to arrange a suitable time if you are coming with a group, please contact: info@gasworks.org.uk Tel: 020 7582 6848

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/// GFEST – GAYWISE LGBT ARTS FESTIVAL ///

until Sunday 22nd November

Performances – Cochrane Theatre 19, 20, 21st November.

Visual Arts – McKenzie Pavilion (converted public toilet in Finsbury Park)
9 – 22 November. Short-Films – RichMix 13, 14, 15th November. Film workshops/cafes – RichMix 13,14,15 November.
Performance workshops – The Drill Hall 11, 16, 17th November.
Parties 10, 17th November – Royal Vauxhall Tavern / 14th November at RichMix.
LGBT Arts Debate at University of the Arts London, 18th November.

London’s premier gay arts festival now in its third year, ‘GFest – gayWise LGBT Arts Festival’ promises an exciting line-up to thrill audiences, gay and straight alike. The festival runs 9-22 November and covers Visual Arts, Performance and Short-films, as well as social events, workshops and debate. Alongside GFest 09 venues (RichMix, Cochrane Theatre, Drill Hall and McKenzie Pavillion), Wise Thoughts, the charity behind the event highlights LGBT issues through the arts and take the lead in stamping out homophobia across London. HARROWING RISE IN HOMOPHOBIC ATTACKS “With the recent rise in homophobic attacks in London and the UK, it is more important than ever that we continue to reach a mainstream audience. The festival is truly inclusive and open to anyone with an appreciation of both established and emerging talent. This year, we have taken some risks in selecting work that will challenge audiences. We are really thrilled to announce a greater and ever-expanding artistic content” – Niranjan Kamatkar, GFest Artistic Director. Based on a sample of 1,000 plus attendees at last year’s festival, more than 30% said they were straight. NOT TO BE MISSED The programme was announced earlier this month and the festival launch hosted by Minister David Lammy, at the House of Commons last week, attended by the Deputy Mayor of London. A full festival programme can be found on the GFest website: www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

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/// SIGNS OF REVOLT ///

until Sunday 22nd November Opening times: Weekends 10-10pm, Weekdays 12-9pm Shop 14, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

10 years ago, in November 1999 an alliance of direct action activists, environmentalists and trade unionists shut down the meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Seattle, stopping the next trade round of Capitalist Globalisation. In the process they sparked a Movement of Movements right across the globe its slogan became ‘Another World is Possible’. This November exactly 10 years from that momentous demonstration, and with most of the predictions of the movements rapidly coming true what with the crisis of the economy, a permanent state of war and the collapse of our eco-system wrecking lives across the planet, the rich and powerful meet again in Copenhagen to discuss the next Climate treaty after Kyoto, yet again activists are preparing to challenge the idea that the Market can solve the problems of the world, and take another step toward that possible world after Capitalism. Signs of Revolt is an exhibition that weaves together the story of the past decades social movements, drawing out the influences and connections between and across the movements against Capitalism, War and Climate Change. Using archive material and documentary photography and video from movement photographers and filmmakers. It reveals the story of how we got from Seattle to Copenhagen. Interspersed in this narrative are works by artist and designer activists and collectives, produced during, within and for the movements, this is the first time such a collection has been brought together in the UK and it will be a chance to reflect upon and celebrate the new creative impulses that the movements spawned and the possibilties for developing the creative capacity of future movements, these issues will also be discussed in greater depth during a series of talks during the exhibition. Timetable here http://signsofrevolt.net/?page_id=41. As Capitalism threatens our very existence, Signs of Revolt defiantly maps out possible routes to a future filled with hope…

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/// POLICE EVERYWHERE, JUSTICE NOWHERE – LAMBETH IN 2009? ///

Public meeting Tuesday 24th November, 7pm, at Brixton St Vincent’s Community Centre.

We are a group of Lambeth residents who believe that the problems within and between our communities can be solved by communicating with each other, and co-operating to find long-lasting solutions.

We believe that the increasing powers, and abuse of powers, of the police and the authorities serves only to undermine our ability to live and work with each other.

Furthermore we are concerned by the criminalisation of our everyday activities and the increasing threat of state violence towards us.

In particular we are concerned by the following:

1. Armed police

There is an increased presence of armed police on the streets of Lambeth and we worry that slowly but surely police with guns is becoming accepted and even the default position. Whilst the Met have denied that armed patrols will become “routine”, they have admitted that the C019 firearms unit have been involved in a number of operations in Brixton in the last few months. More guns on the streets means more violence, more guns and a vicious cycle. Children who are brought up in an environment of violence and fear will inevitably respond with violence themselves.

2. Surveillance

We are increasingly under surveillance, with CCTV across the borough. Lambeth Council, which has 160 cameras monitored 24/7 via a central control room, admits it uses CCTV to check its own contractors. Why are we being observed all the time? And furthermore who is watching us?

3. Criminalisation

Stop and search is being used by police to harass and intimidate people. In June 2009 alone, 1531 people were stopped and searched, including 387 under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000! The tactic is an overtly racist one: a black person is over four times as likely than a white person to be stopped. Furthermore it is used not only on adults but on children too: in summer 2008 we learned that children as young as 14 are being stopped and photographed by Lambeth police, without their or their parent’s consent.

Meanwhile our daily activities are being criminalised. Last summer, for example, a young man was arrested outside the Ritzy, accused of causing “alarm and distress” as he was distributing free food! And Lambeth Council are dishing out ASBOs for alleged anti-social behaviour, such as for drinking in public places (whilst drinking in private places – bars and pubs which make money for Council and are leading to the increase yuppification of the borough – seems actively encouraged. One rule for the poor another for the rich we wonder?)

4. Police impunity

Whilst we are increasingly criminalised, police seem to be increasingly above the law. In the last 15 years, 6 men have been killed by police in Lambeth: Brian Douglas, Wayne Douglas, Derek Bennett, Ricky Bishop, Jean Charles de Menezes and Sean Rigg. Yet in not one of these cases have charges been brought against the police.

To discuss what is happening on the streets of Lambeth and our responses to it, we call for a public meeting on Tuesday 24th November, from 7pm, at the Brixton St Vincent’s Community Centre, Talma Road (off Railton Road), SW2 1AS. All welcome.

E-mail: lambeth@riseup.net

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/// NO BORDER FOLK ///

Wednesday, 25th November, 7.30pm
The Windmill, 22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2 5BZ

Acoustic fundraiser for London No Borders, a group fighting immigration controls, featuring: * Emily C Smith * Niall Kelly * Mark Ridout Suggested donation: £3

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/// ‘WAR ON TERROR’ AMNESTY BOOK LAUNCH ///

Thursday, 26th November, 6.30pm
Amnesty International: Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EA

Professors Conor Gearty and Joanna Bourke launch ‘War on Terror’, the latest publication from the world-famous Oxford Amnesty Lecture Series. The term ‘War on Terror’ covers a mass of interlinked topics. Here, an outstanding group of authors and academics dissect them from ethical, legal, political, economic and historical perspectives in essays of abiding relevence. This is a powerful contribution to current debates about immigration, multi culturalism and foreign policy, the politics of the Middle East and the Iraq War, human rights in Islam and the West and the ethics of intervention. Conor Gearty is Professor of Law at the LSE, specialising in human rights; Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck College. FREE: But please book here: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/events_booking.asp?ID=1335&#booking

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/// THE LONDON CLIMATE HEARING ///

Thursday, 26th November, 6.30pm The Chamber, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, More London, London SE1 2AA

In 2009 almost half a million people living on the frontline of climate change have told their stories at Oxfam’s Climate Hearings. Now, days before the crucial Copenhagen talks, it’s your chance to join the debate. Oxfam and the London Assembly ‘s environment committee are working together to host the city’s first climate hearing. At this FREE event you can meet Londoners whose families around the globe are facing the consequences of climate change, learn about the impact of the capital’s emissions on communities here, and share your ideas about the positive role that London can play in building a safer, greener future. Oxfam will take London’s stories – along with those from people all over the world – to the UN climate negotiations at Copenhagen, to back our call for a fair, ambitious and binding global deal. To book your place or for more information contact David Bellman via email david.bellman@london.gov.uk or phone 020 7983 4791.

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/// BENEFIT FOR BRISTOL ANARCHIST BLACK CROSS – SUPPORTING RADICAL PRISONERS ///

Saturday 5th December ’09
@ The White Hart, Whitehall Road, Easton, Bristol

8pm start, £5 on the door The Bastard Squad Collective kicks up a fuss, with… WLOCHATY (wide-ranging and heartfelt anarcho-punk since 1987, from Poland) SPANNER (indomitable Bristolian punk/ska/dub still going from strength to strength) THE EXTINGUISHERS (Bournemouth DIY ska-core how it used to be done!) and SIX FISH (ska with a twist of lounge by Sailsbury punx)

www.bastardsquadcollective.wordpress.com www.bristolabc.wordpress.com

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