( news from rampART, and related people and places )
This week, we’re congratulating an IT Manager called John who has been stopped more than 25 times in 2 years after a ‘protester’ marker was placed against his Mercedes SUV and, on one memorable occasion, was surrounded by a police armed response unit ‘on an evening out with his wife’. Any other monied professionals who would like to volunteer to keep ’em busy for us, please get in touch via the website. Luxury cars preferred. Meanwhile, back at the bike shed…
Calling all people that live in SE17. The wonderful new social space Lift ‘n’ Hoist is being threatened by plans to convert the building into a series of ‘affordable’ flats. We would ask anyone that the lives in the area and wishes to help keep this burgeoning centre active to contact us via the rampART email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on how to inform the council of your view.
The first Lift’n’Hoist workday is planned for Friday, November 27th. Please get in touch via the rampART email address (email@example.com) 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 some mega curtains to make partitions (or lots of smaller ones to stitch together).
<*EVENTS @ LIFT ‘n’ HOIST*>
/// WEDNESDAY, 25th NOVEMBER ///
How can we tackle the housing crisis?
Struggling with ‘benefits’? Bills rising? The South London Coalition Against Poverty invites you to a public meeting to discuss how we can tackles these issues together. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for start time and further details.
/// FRIDAY, 27TH NOVEMBER ///
@ 8 PM
LIFT & HOISTS, 1 QUEENS ROW SE17
VIDEOS, TALK, VEGGIE FOOD
Indigenous people of South America
After more than five hundred years of repression they now reject any further dialogue with the state and are preparing themselves to defend in any way their rights over their territories and culture.
/// SATURDAY, 28th NOVEMBER ///
Women’s self defence workshop day
/// ?&*7^+=”£%, ?/TH &%$!”>?(^!, ?.??pm ///
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…
/// SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19th, 9pm – 6am ///
Sound Foundation + Solidarity Not Charity
The rampART and Lift’n’Hoist collective present a night of dub + dubstep with the wonderful Sound Foundation (featuring Horsepower Productions) & Trebor soundsystem. Solidarity Not Charity is an organisation set up to support grass roots groups and communities in the Global South who fight for human rights and social justice and against poverty, war and the negative impact of globalisation. Donations from the night will go to aid refugees from Burma displaced by Burmese Army military campaigns. Line up:
Hygrade soundsystem (Reggae)
Onlyone dub band
Horsepower dub set
HYLU + MCJAGO (Dubstep)
Lysergide + COOPS MC (Dubstep)
Horsepower Dubstep (DJ KAI)
DJ Unknown (DNB)
<* 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)
libraryhouse (at) googlemail.com
=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
VegAnCaffe’ is back! 6.30-8pm, Wednesday, 25th November
It is again time for cold and coff and autumn is here already, as we need to warm up a bit the Library House is happy to invite u at our skipped/cooked/tasty/vegan cafe’
WIth A wOrlD liKe tHis wE sHouLdn’T be hAviNg QuiTe niGhtS iN!
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.
<* NON COMMERCIAL HOUSE *>
7PM, Tuesday, 24th 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.
:: VHS VideoBasement ::
Puss in Boots Strip Club
11 White Horse Street
TUESDAY 24th: 9pm, FILM SCREENING: Arena + Aquario, 2003, 7 min
inspired by the venue (a squatted strip club) Claudia Tomaz will be showing 2 scenes
from feature film ‘Us’ (2003). Arena and Aquarium were 2 shows | clubs we designed and built for the film. We conceived the sets, costumes, choreography, lights and every shot was prepared carefully. With music by NYC underground performer Lydia Lunch and british experimental electronic musician Muslimgauze. Shot in super-16mm. Director
Claudia Tomaz and dancer Jiska Morgenthal will be there.
FRIDAY 27th: Off Modern + VHS film and art night (more details to follow)
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
/// 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.
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?
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.
/// 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
/// ‘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:
/// 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 email@example.com or phone 020 7983 4791.
/// DEMO@POLISH EMBASSY: SAVE THE CEGIELSKI PLANT! ///
Friday, 27th November, 4.30pm
On Friday, 27th of November Polish anarchist society in London together with London branch of IWW trade union is organising a solidarity demonstration with sacked union stewards from Cegielski plant in Poznan, against the repressions for union activity at the plant and further layoffs. The protest will start at 4:30 pm at the Polish Embassy in London: 47 Portland Place W1B 1JH.
Last summer there was a massive wave of layoffs at Cegielski plant in Poznan, western Poland. As the result, more than 20% of workers at this heavy industry, state owned plant loose their jobs. In response, at the beginning of October Workers Initiative (IP), radical trade union operating in Cegielski established a Strike Commitee and started formal industrial dispute with the management. Shortly after, the management retaliate, unlawfully sacking four newly appointed stewards from IP. On November 3 Marcel Szary, one of the IP leaders in Cegielski plant and elected workers’ delegate to the board of directors was sentenced for a financial penalty for organizing wildcat strikes and workers’ rallies at the plant. On October, 23, 2009 almost 4.000 workers from different trade unions (and various plants around the country) took part in a demonstration in defense of workplaces, ended up with a clashes with the police.
For more information on Workers Initiative and ongoing struggle at Cegielski Plant check:
please, spread the news!
/// HILLEL TICKTIN, JOHN HOLLOWAY ET AL., DISCUSSION ///
Friday, 27th November, 7.30pm
The Devereux Pub, Devereux Court, WC2 (off The Strand, near Temple tube)
The UK’s largest academic Marxist event, the Historical Materialism conference, is bringing numerous interesting speakers to London. This is a good opportunity to invite a number of them to a Roundtable Discussion on Capitalism’s Present Crisis and the Prospects for Social Change
Hillel Ticktin (editor of Critique, a Journal of Socialist Theory) has already agreed to attend and others, such as John Holloway, Moishe Postone, Peter Hudis and the Turbulence collective, are being invited.
Please come along to contribute (or just to listen). All welcome.
The Historical Materialism conference is free / donation. The conference program is here: http://mercury.soas.ac.uk/hm/pdf/2009conf/2009confprog.pdf
/// FREE VIDEO CITIZEN JOURNALISM TRAINING ///
(***pre-booking for this event is required***)
Saturday 28th November – 10am – 6pm
Space Studios, Hackney – http://www.spacestudios.org.uk
129-131 Mare Street, Hackney, LONDON E8 3RH
Cost: Donation for the opening of the space
Places are limited – to apply, please fill in the application form at
Our training programme is bold and unique. We have taken away the obstacles to making effective films by radically simplifying the whole process. Come to the workshop to learn how to make fast-turnaround video news reports. Our production templates will enable you to make films with whatever equipment you already possess. You can even make videos with no camera at all!
Please bring the items of portable recording equipment you have – video camera, stills camera, mobile phone, laptop computer. We will use them during the workshop.
Please note: to complete your productions, an extra session on Sunday morning (in a local cafe) may be necessary
/// THE GREAT GLOBAL WARM-UP ///
Saturday, 28th November, 11am
SOAS, (G2, FG07, FG08)
Nearest tube: Russell Square
Cost: Free (donations welcome)
Climate change is one of the biggest issues of our age. The current political response is feeble. Warm-up to Copenhagen with a day of workshops, discussion and debate. Speakers include activists, academics, and anyone involved in the fight for climate justice. Whether you’re new to issues of climate change and social justice, or brimming with knowledge on such subjects, this is an exciting opportunity to explore the issues, imagine the solutions, and get involved in the action in the run up to UN climate talks in Copenhagen.
Speakers already confirmed include: Oliver Tickell (author of Kyoto2), Martin Reynolds (editor of the Environmental Responsibility Reader), Victoria Johnson (New Economics Foundation), James Garvey (author of The Ethics of Climate Change), Harry Shutt (author of The Decline of Capitalism), Ruth Davis (RSPB), Rupert Read (Green Party) and activists from Workers’ Climate Action, Biofuels Watch, Climate Rush, the Camp for Climate Action and more…
/// THE CHOMSKY EFFECT ///
Saturday, 28th November, 5pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
Professor Barsky, on a rare visit from the USA, will be exploring the work of Noam Chomsky, considering his role as a both analyst and activist, and trying to asses why he has come to mean so much to so many.
“People are dangerous. If they’re able to involve themselves in issues that matter, they may change the distribution of power, to the detriment of those who are rich and privileged.” Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky, ground-breaking linguist and outspoken political dissenter – voted ‘most important public intellectual in the world today’ in a 2005 magazine poll – Chomsky inspires fanatical devotion and fierce vituperation. In ‘The Chomsky Effect’, Chomsky biographer Robert Barsky examines his subject’s positions on a number of highly charged issues – Chomsky’s signature issues, including Vietnam, Israel, East Timor, and his work in linguistics – that illustrate not only ‘the Chomsky effect’ but also ‘the Chomsky approach.’
Chomsky, writes Barsky, is an inspiration and a catalyst. Not just an analyst or advocate, he encourages people to become engaged—to be ‘dangerous’ and challenge power and privilege. The actions and reactions of Chomsky supporters and detractors and the attending contentiousness can be thought of as ‘the Chomsky effect.’ Barsky discusses Chomsky’s work in such areas as language studies, media, education, law, and politics, and identifies Chomsky’s intellectual and political precursors.
He charts anti-Chomsky sentiments as expressed from various standpoints, including contemporary Zionism, mainstream politics, and scholarly communities. He discusses Chomsky’s popular appeal – his unlikely status as a punk and rock hero (Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is one of many rock and roll Chomskyites) – and offers in-depth analyses of the controversies surrounding Chomsky’s roles in the ‘Faurisson Affair’ and the ‘Pol Pot Affair’. Finally, Barsky considers the role of the public intellectual in order to assess why Noam Chomsky has come to mean so much to so many, and what he may mean to generations to come.
/// FULL UNEMPLOYMENT CINEMA PRESENTS OUR DAILY BREAD ///
Sunday, 29th November, 2009, 5pm
56a Infoshop, 56 Crampton Street, London, SE17 3AE
OUR DAILY BREAD, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2005 (92m) + short
“Today, every worker is only working on one special part of the body, with always the same movement of the hand. There is no interference between the different sectors. For the workers it’s a normal work and most of them are happy to have a job”.
Full Unemployment Cinem – a bunch of no good commies and anarchists showing films about work and the struggles against it.
DECEMBER: December 20th at 5pm
WAGES OF FEAR, Henri Georges Clouzot , 1953 (131m) + short
JANUARY: January 31st at 5pm
BANGLADESH LABOUR REVOLTS. Films form the recent Garment workers strikes and riots + Speaker
FEBRUARY: February 28th at 5pm
PART-TIME WORK OF A DOMESTIC SLAVE, Alexander Kluge, 1973 (91m)
Film Times: Doors open 5pm – All films begin at 5.30pm!!
/// FILM SCREENING: TRAVELOGUE (2008, 12min) ///
Inn on the green, 3-5 Thorpe Close, (Portobello) London W10 5XL
The film will be shown at the party: ‘Experiments in dub, future roots and beyond’ http://www.urbansedated.com. Travelogue is a road movie, a documentary in dub, made in super-8. With sound design by The time travellers (Claudia Tomaz and Kevin Walsh)
using unreleased music by Full Moon Scientist, Hooligan Nights and Wlad
Ighetto, a hip hop band from Fes.
in the meanwhile check out Claudia’s new project, LONDON GROUND online. The project is currently in preparation | fund raising. If you want to see this project made, your ACTIONS can help. Make Independent Film Happen! DIWO (do-it-with-others) is a new concept of making films. read info about project, share it, follow updates and contribute!
MICRO FILMS web tv has a new film on this week. 10 in total at the moment!
watch all films anytime for free at MICRO FILMS web tv. new films uploaded every week!
web tv http://microfilmswebtv.com
/// BRISTOL TO LONDON BY QUADRICYCLE ///
Tuesday, 1st December, 2009, 8am
On the road between Bristol and London, From 1st Dec. 2009
Prepare the Agitpod
On 1st December PLATFORM’s Agitpod mobile cinema will set off on it’s return journey from Bristol to London, why not join us?
Agitpod is a solar-powered cinema system mounted on a quadricycle. The Agitpod has been projecting in gallery three at Arnolfini, Bristol since PLATFORM’s C Words season of events opened in October and the unique machine has been much admired, but it is on the open road that this four-wheel, pedal-powered contraption really turns heads.
Preparations are under way for departure – mechanical checks, route planning and importantly – rider recruitment. A team of three riders took turns to pedal the Agitpod from London to Bristol in late September, taking three and half days for the trip. As the evenings have drawn in we need more volunteers to maximise our progress on the return journey. If you are able to join us for any part of the route – however short – please get in touch.
Our route will leave Bristol following the Bristol and Bath cycle path, we hope that a band of Bristolians will join us for a short way – perhaps as a detour on their morning cycle ride to work. Similarly, we aim to have a reception committee who will meet us on the outskirts of London and cycle with us into the big-smoke.
If you live in Bristol, London or any other town along our route we hope that you will join as as we pass through your neighbourhood. We can also offer to show films for your local campaign or community group when the ‘Pod parks-up.
Find us at Arnolfini, until Sunday 29th Nov:
16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
To get in touch, leave a message with PLATFORM central command,
Telephone: 020 7403 3738
corealizers [at] googlemail.com
/// CLOSE COMMUNICATIONS HOUSE! ///
Tuesday, 1st December, 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!
/// LATIN AMERICA 2009: FACING THE CHALLENGES ///
Saturday, 5th December, 2009, 9.30am
Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
Conference open to all those wishing to find out about the recent developments in the region and support the peoples of Latin America in their struggles for self determination and social justice. Speakers from Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia plus many more. Films, stalls, music, discussion. Find out, contribute, join in.
Tickets £10 / £6 unwaged
Info/booking 020 8800 0155 or http://www.latinamerica2009.org.uk
Followed by Fiesta Latina with live music, food and bar. 5-10pm at Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London W1. Tickets £6/£4 if purchased with conference ticket. Includes one free drink.
Supporting organisations: Unite the Union, SERTUC, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, OH Parsons, Justice for Colombia, Bolivia Information Forum, Peru Support Group, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign, BananaLink, Unison London, Movimientos, Liberation, Morning Star, Red Pepper, FBU, RMT, UCATT, POA, TSSA, GMB, ASLEF, NUM, War on Want, and many others.
/// CLIMATE EMERGENCY BIKE RIDE ///
Saturday, 5th December, 10am
Join hundreds of cyclists on the streets of central London to urge the government to make major emissions cuts at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen.
Bring sirens, horns, bells and whistles, and decorate your bikes.
Fully stewarded – families with children welcome.
Starts at 10am in Lincoln’s Inn Fields and finishes at 12pm at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park to join the Climate Emergency Rally which will then lead to the Stop Climate Chaos “The Wave” event starting from Grosvenor Square.
Ride is approximately 6 miles long, stopping off at the headquarters of BP and E-On.
/// THE WAVE ///
Saturday, 5th December, 12 noon
Assemble: 12pm, Grosvenor Square
Climax: 3pm Encircling of Parliament
After Party: 4.30pm, LSE, more details to come
Dress code: Blue!
On Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life will flow through the streets of London to demonstrate their support for a safe climate future for all.
Part of a global series of public actions, The Wave will call on world leaders to take urgent action to secure a fair international deal to stop global warming exceeding the danger threshold of 2 degrees C.
The Wave, organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, will show mass support by people from all backgrounds for a better, low carbon future for the UK and the world.
We want the UK Government to show leadership at Copenhagen. We want them to Protect the Poorest, Act Fair & Fast, and to Quit Dirty Coal now, to inspire the deal the world needs..
Join The Wave – the UK’s biggest ever demonstration in support of action on climate change. More details http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/full-schedule-for-the-wave
/// 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…
(wide-ranging and heartfelt anarcho-punk since 1987, from Poland)
(indomitable Bristolian punk/ska/dub still going from strength to
(Bournemouth DIY ska-core how it used to be done!)
(ska with a twist of lounge by Sailsbury punx)
/// DO YOU REMEMBER OLIVE MORRIS? ///
until 24th January, 2010 (closed over Xmas holiday)
Opening times: Wed-Sun 12-6pm or by appointment
Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH
Underground: Oval / Vauxhall
Gasworks has full wheelchair access
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.
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
THURSDAY 26 NOVEMBER, 7-9PM
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
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?
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7582 6848
See http://rampart.co.nr for more info about rampART.
See http://bowlcourt.co.nr for more info about Ex-Bowl Court.
Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lift ‘n’ Hoist is at 1 Queens Row, SE17, off Merrow Street (Walworth Road). Nearest tube Elephant and Castle.
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