WELCOME TO THE GROTTO

So…. ’tis yet again the season of mawkish sentimentality enacted through consumerism and focused on the founding institutions of gender, race and class inequality, represented by a fat white man with execrable dress sense, exceptionally empowered to molest children in return for cheap gifts under the sign of a paternalistic authority endorsed by both the state and the Coca-Cola Corporation. Nevertheless, we’re grateful for Lift ‘n Hoist’s army of disaffected elves who have been working to undermine the infrastructure of capital by grounding EasyJet flights and knobbling Eurostar trains. Meanwhile, back at the grotto…

If you’re hungry on December 25th get down to Pogo cafe (76 Clarence Road, E5, open from 12.30 – 9pm), find edifying reading material at Freedom Bookshop (Angel Alley, off Whitechapel High Street, open from 12noon – 6pm) or join the Critical Mass bike ride (meeting on the South Bank by the National Film Theatre at 6pm). Lift ‘N Hoist kicks off the new year with a mega No Borders benefit in collaboration with Siren Sound System. See below for line-up.

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<*EVENTS @ LIFT ‘n’ HOIST*>

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Lift ‘n’ Hoist is at 1 Queens Row, SE17, off Merrow Street (Walworth

Road). Nearest tube Elephant and Castle.

/// THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31st, 8pm ///

London No Borders/Siren Sound System Benefit

Benefit night featuring:

Headjam (dub/punk)

The Leano (hip hop)

52 Commercial Road (alternative/rock)

Lewis Floyd Henry (one man blues band)

Jake Lawy (a’capella/hip hop)

Repeat (breaks)

xtrats – drum n bass

Little Minx (breaks)

Serifrat (breaks, hip hop, dnb)

DJ Alfie (deep tech house)

PLUS MANY MORE ACTS TBA

http://london.noborders.org.uk and http://siren-net.co.uk

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<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>

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~~ 56a InfoShop ~~

/// FULL UNEMPLOYMENT CINEMA ///

56a Infoshop, 56 Crampton Street, London, SE17 3AE

Full Unemployment Cinema – a bunch of no good commies and anarchists showing films about work and the struggles against it.

UPCOMING FILMS

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!!

plus…

*Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 3-7pm (Saturdays, 2-6pm)*

Food Coop and Bike Workshop

plus…

Tuesday, 21st December

PRACTICAL SQUATTING NIGHT

Meet people and get advice

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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….

*EnergyPolicy@LibHou*

23rdDec//FOOD4THOUGHT

a selection of films to change the consciousness of the World: Backwards Hamburger (US 2006,3min)//FastFoodNation (US 2006, 106min)

30thDec//HOMMAGE TO BRIXTON

Babylon (UK 1980) trials and tribulations of young black youths in troubled London in the early eighties between police repression, racism and reggae music

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++ 195 Mare Street ++

195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE

boardsofhackney@safe-mail.net

Do It Yourself Bike Workshop, Bike Repair, Meeting and Cooking Session every TUESDAY from 2pm to 8pm

+Thursday, 24th December+

FOOD NOT BOMBS

Food not bombs takes food that would otherwise be wasted, cooks it up in to some tasty

vegan grubs and hands it out on the streets, for free! Join us at this time of overconsumption

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<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

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/// CREATIVE DIGITAL WORKSHOP ///

Thursday, 24th December, 12noon – 5pm

at 491 Gallery, Leytonstone

Free friendly relaxed workshops catering for anyone to trying to advance their skills and projects in Digital Imagery/Photoshop, Website Deisgn/Dreamweaver, Film/FInal

Cut Pro and Multimedia. 07960

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/// LONDON RISING TIDE MEETING ///

Thursday, 24th December, 7.30-9.30pm

LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, E2

takes creative action on the root causes of climate chaos, and promotes socially just, ecological alternatives to the fossil fuel madness that we’re living through. Everyone is welcome. london @risingtide.org.uk

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/// INTERNATIONAL PIZZA PUNK DAY ///

Saturday, 26th December, 8pm – late

@ the Dewdrop, 58 Stewarts Road, London, SW8 5DE.

Yes, the holiday that is well under way in subverting the regressive mythbased false ritual of ChristMass. Celebrate the madness of imagining the impossible (an action based around cooking vegan pizzas for the revolution) “On International Pizza Punk Day, the

division between struggle and pleasure, between total insurrection and festival, will be

dismantled as we bake the pizza of our desires into reality” Organise your own local affinity cell. Entry: Bring raw ingredients for the making of vegan pizza.

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/// REMEMBER GAZA: END THE SEIGE ///

Sunday, 27th December, 3pm

One year on, join the vigil outside Israeli embassy, High St Kensington, W8. Called by

Palestine Solidarity Campaign and others.

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/// 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

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.

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

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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 See http://rampart.co.nr for more info about rampART.

     http://www.myspace.com/rampartlondon

 See http://bowlcourt.co.nr for more info about Ex-Bowl Court.

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

Lift ‘n’ Hoist is at 1 Queens Row, SE17, off Merrow Street (Walworth Road). Nearest tube Elephant and Castle.

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