Following the news that the Spanish PM has been replaced by Mr Bean, we’re holding auditions for replacements for the entire British parliament on the grounds that replacing them with another bunch of comedians using techniques borrowed from X Factor will save everyone having to slog down to the polling station to achieve the same effect. Meanwhile, back on the hustings…
We’re kicking off January with the first of what we hope will be a regular series of cafes, beginning with No Borders London hosting a cafe on Wednesday, January 6th (8pm) and followed by an info night/cafe to discuss the events in Greece since the uprisings in 2008 on Thursday, January 14th. And, on Wednesday, January 20th we’ll be commemorating former Walworth resident Charlie Chaplin with an evening of films and discussion.
<*EVENTS @ LIFT ‘n’ HOIST*>
Lift ‘n’ Hoist is at 1 Queens Row, SE17, off Merrow Street (Walworth Road). Nearest tube Elephant and Castle.
/// SATURDAY, 23rd JANUARY, 7-10pm ///
ArtEvict: An Evening of Performance Art
ArtEvict is a series of Performance Art events that take place in abandoned buildings in the U.K
ArtEvict re-evaluates our surroundings and ways of seeing with the engagement of fluidity of the moment and integrity of action.
Performance art is innate to the way you live your everyday life. We all perform within a structure that is designed for us, by us, in order to relate to the others around us. We continuously execute, respond to and receive various performances throughout everyday life. Performance art is what ever lived experience you want it to be yet emphasized and open to reinterpretation.
The event is about receiving information that is created in the moment. Through exploring the formal qualities of performance/action as material, the artists hope to engage the audience in an alternative mode of experiencing information.
For more information: email@example.com
<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>
~~ 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.
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!!
*Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 3-7pm (Saturdays, 2-6pm)*
Food Coop and Bike Workshop
**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
= THURSDAY, 7th JANUARY =
Nomadic Queer Cinema Night – see below for details.
++ 195 Mare Street ++
195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE firstname.lastname@example.org
Do It Yourself Bike Workshop, Bike Repair, Meeting and Cooking Session every TUESDAY from 2pm to 8pm
+ Thursday, 9th January, 11am +
FIRST FNB OF 2010!
Cooking: 11 am at 195 Mare st, Hackney
Serving: 2/3pm in front of Hackney Town hall
We’re just a bunch of people getting together, getting vegetables and other stuff from bins or donated, cooking it collectively and giving it for free to anyone in the streets!!
How simpler, better and more rewarding could it be? Using waste of capitalism and surplus production to feed people you’ve never seen before with delicious vegan food :)
come and join us!!
+ Thursday, 14th January, 8pm +
MEETING TO ORGANISE NEXT FREESCHOOL WEEKENDER
The London FreeSchool collective has decided to organise another week-end of skillsharing (we thought about 5-7th March 2010). This will be the fifth London FreeSchool event since september 2008. We had tons of workshops, hosted in many different social centres scattered around london
and lots of very diverse people doing and attending workshops!
To know more about the project check our website: http://londonfreeschool.wordpress.com
The collective started discussing the next FreeSchool weekender, and had some very interesting and ambitious ideas. Mainly we would like the next FreeSchool weekender to have a focus on feminism/gender/anti-sexism. But at the same time, one of our main aim would be to get a wide range of people coming, including some that have not been before in feminist spaces or haven’t had access to it. Basically we would like to use the FreeSchool format to get everyone to think about feminism and anti-sexism issues in the Freeschool context. But also, more generally, we would like to create a space where people could feel safe and free to raise issues (sexism, racism…) or to ask for help if they felt oppressed/threatened. This would probably mean having a safer space policy for the whole event. It would also mean trying not only to have a strong emphasis on sexism but a
sort of general background throughout the week-end about systems of oppression, and make it open for racism, able-ism, age-ism, classism and other issues to be brought up.
We are then trying to reach out people around us to organise this event and make it successful! This is the very beginning and we would like you to come and help shape this next FreeSchool weekender!
The next meeting will be on Thursday the 14th of January at 8pm, 195 Mare Street in Hackney (bring some warm clothing!).
You are all invited to come and bring ideas and suggestions!
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
/// RE-SKILLING GROUP MEETING ///
Wednesday, 6th January, 7.54pm onwards
Old Dairy, 1-3 Crouch Hill, N4
Help organise training in bread-making, DIY, bike maintenance, wild food identification, beer-making etc. Skill up N4!
/// NOMADIC QUEER CINEMA NIGHT ///
First Thursday of every month, starting 7th January, 8pm
After eviction Non-Commercial House abandons its old self, and flutters across London, to become something else in different spaces.
Films are on the first Thursday of every month from 8 PM.
The next film night will be at Library House. For access codes see http://thelibraryhouse.wordpress.com/access-code-building-accessibility-for-disabled-people/
We will screen the first three episodes of ANGELS IN AMERICA.
ANGELS IN AMERICA (2003, 176 min), first 3 episodes: Playwright Tony Kushner adapts eir political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.
Following movie nights:
4th February –
ANGELS IN AMERICA (176 min), last 3 episodes
4th March – FISH CHILD (2009, 96 min): As soon as Lala, a young teenager from the posh part of Buenos Aires, meets Guayi, the family servant, ey immediately falls in love. They decide to runaway together to Paraguay. The result is an Argentine Thelma and Louise, caught between dreams and the class struggle.
For more information about the venues check london.indymedia.org.uk before each screening.
/// RADICAL THEORY READING GROUP ///
Friday, 8th January, 6pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES
Following our discussion about alternatives to competitive individualism, we’re returning to our anarchist roots and reading Peter Kropotkin. Two chapters from Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution, here http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/kropotkin-peter/1902/mutual-aid/ch0
7.htm and here http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/kropotkin-peter/1902/mutual-aid/ch0
8.htm. Also elsewhere on the web if these links don’t work. And have a look at Stephen Jay Gould’s ‘Kropotkin was no Crackpot’ here http://www.marxists.org/subject/science/essays/kropotkin.htm.
/// THE POWER OF HARMONY ///
Friday, 8th January, 7.20pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1.
Through the personal experience of a gay man’s chorus, this film takes a moving and intimate look
at controversial issues of the day such as gay marriage, religious views on homosexuality and gay
/// BI-MONTHLY REEL NEWS UPDATE ///
Sunday, 10th January, 7-10pm
@ Moth Club, Valette St, Hackney.
Concentrating on filming from Copenhagen/CO P15 Reel News took hours of film there of the
demonstrations and meetings and particularly interviewing activists. There will be at least an
hour of film including some amazing interviews with third world activists.
/// BAKE GOODS NOT BANK BAILOUTS ///
Tuesday 12th January 2010
7pm at LARC (62 Fieldgate St. Whitechapel E1 1ES)
Responding to the economic crisis and global hunger.
Admission is free
Video and Presentation with Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry
Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry will speak about the movements response to the global economic crisis and the increase in hunger. Food Not Bombs is an all volunteer global movement sharing vegetarian food with the hungry and working for peace and social justice. Keith has worked with Food Not Bombs groups all over the world and will share his experiences of cooking and feeding the hungry. Food Not Bombs chapters from Iceland to Chile are busy feeding those displaced by the global economic depression, planting Food Not Lawns community gardens,
organizing Really Really Free Markets and housing the homeless in abandoned buildings with Homes Not Jails. Keith will also show a dvd about his work in Africa and talk about how to start a Food Not Bombs group.
/// MEETING TO OPPOSE POINTS BASED IMMIGRATION ///
Wednesday, 13th January, 5pm
RHB 142, ground floor, main building, Goldsmiths, Lewisham Way, New Cross SE14 6NW
WE ARE NOT BORDER AGENTS. CAMPAIGN AGAINST NEW IMMIGRATION RULES
Following our public meeting at the beginning of December (entitled ‘Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Movement’), we are having an organising meeting to build the campaign against the Points-Based System for Immigration. Join us and bring your ideas for actions and events so we can build awareness and opposition to the new immigration rules. All welcome.
Why are we opposing the Points Based System for Immigration?
The new ‘points based’ immigration rules represent a serious threat to campus democracy and freedom of speech. They require non-EU students and staff to have biometric ID cards, involve demands on the financial background of applicants and mean that staff are obliged to report students to the UK Border Agency when they have not attended regularly.
We feel these rules are unwarranted, undemocratic and unfair. We feel they destroy the relationship of trust between staff and students, represent a threat to academic freedom, are discriminatory and shut down international dialogue and exchange.
We welcome the involvement of civil liberties, migration rights and anti-surveillance campaigners.
For more information, see http://homepages.gold.ac.uk/ucu/pbsicampaign.html
or email email@example.com
/// THE RISE OF NATIONALISM AND FASCISM ///
Thursday 14th January, 7pm
Calthorpe Arms. 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR, (upstairs room). Nearest tube King’s Cross.
Into the Dustbin of History? Maybe Not!
The Rise of Nationalism and Fascism. The War of Ideas. Discussion called by Anarchist Federation.
The fight against war cannot be waged without taking a stand against nationalism and fascist ideas. We look at why their growth is being aggravated by the economic crisis.
All welcome. www.afed.org.uk
/// DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO – FIRST SHOW IN 2010!
Friday, 15th January, 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 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..
/// DEBATE ON THE (IM)POSSIBILITY OF REVOLUTION ///
Thursday, 21st January, 7.15pm
Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornaugh St. WC1 (Russell Sq. tube).
Chris Knight, Hillel Ticktin and William Dixon debate: THE (IM)POSSIBILITY OF REVOLUTION
At the next election millions will vote for pro-capitalist political parties that offer little except cutbacks and austerity. Despite economic crisis, climate chaos and disastrous wars, people see no alternative to capitalism – and revolution seems, at best, an impossible dream.
Yet all three speakers at this debate believe this situation cannot last indefinitely. Their differing interpretations of anthropology, economics and history each show that a 21st Century global revolution is a real possibility – not just a dream.
Could they be right? Come and join the debate.
Chris Knight is an anthropology lecturer, sacked for his involvement in the G20 anti-capitalist protests, and author of Blood Relations, Menstruation and the Origins of Culture.
Hillel Ticktin is editor of Critique, a Journal of Socialist Theory.
William Dixon is a Mute magazine contributor.
/// 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
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
Lift ‘n’ Hoist is at 1 Queens Row, SE17, off Merrow Street (Walworth Road). Nearest tube Elephant and Castle.
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