SocialCentreNews WHAT A CARVE UP!

( news from rampART, and related people and places )

The non-event of the week, featuring a celebrity called Myleene Klass
who was not charged for waving a knife at someone who was not
threatening her has provoked debate which has elicited the useful
information that, under the Public Order act of 1986 ‘An argument of
self-defence could even apply to a charge of carrying offensive
weapons in a public place, for instance if someone had purchased a
kitchen knife and was taking it home and was then attacked’. Activists
subject to violent arrest are advised to carry a Jamie Oliver carving
set and a receipt from Homebase. Meanwhile, back at the grindstone…


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

/// THURSDAY, 14th JANUARY, 7pm ///
Greek Uprising Cafe/Info-night: One Year On
What’s happening in Greece? One year ago, the shooting of teenage
Alexis by the police fired a massive scale reaction from the
anti-authoritarian youth. The riots kicked off (and still go on) in a
country facing a big economic crisis, but what impresses us most is
the determination and resistance of this movement. Their aim is a
complete change in state and society: so should we dare to speak the
word? A revolution.

Then, another important item for a discussion: a couple of months ago
Alfredo Bonanno, one of the most controversial and known figures of
insurrectionary anarchism, was arrested in Greece along with Christos
Stratigopoulos shortly after a bank robbery had taken place. He’s now
held in prison under conditions that are unbearable for anyone, and
especially a 72 year-old man with health problems.

Join us if you’re interested in knowing more about the actual
situation in Greece, in learning more about struggles against the
appalling conditions in Greek jails and news concerning the
particularly severe conditions of detention of Alfredo and Christos.

/// WEDNESDAY, 20th JANUARY, 7pm ///
Charlie Chaplin Commemoration Cafe
Celebrating the life and politics of the Walworth born actor, film
director and activist. Charlie Chaplin was born in East Street, just
down the road from Lift’n’Hoist. In the month that the London Film
Museum opens a permanent exhibition of his life and work, Lift’n’Hoist
presents an evening of film, food and debate exploring the political
and cultural legacy of the man who said ‘Life is a tragedy when seen
in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot’.

/// 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:


Saturday, January 30th 12 noon. Meet at the London Eye, Minster Court,
Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB.
Bring still/video/digital cameras and mobile phones for a mass
photography shoot-out to challenge the use of Section 44 to detain and
arrest photographers shooting so called ‘iconic’ buildings.

Photography students and journalists have been detained, fined and
arrested for suspected ‘hostile reconnaissance’ for pointing their
cameras at city architecture, including billboards, shopping centres
and, in one memorable case, a fish and chip shop. Student Simona
Bonomo was stopped by Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and
Guardian journalist Paul Lewis was apprehended by security guards
while photographing buildings in London. In both cases, police
officers were called who used powers granted them under anti-terrorist
legislation to demand sight of their photographs and threaten them
with arrest when they refused. Bonomo was arrested and accused of a
public order offence.

Assistant commissioner Frank Armstrong reckons London has ‘the
politest police force in the country’. Flashpoint 2010 will use the
power of mass action to challenge the polite force and draw attention
to the erosion of civil liberties under the name of ‘anti-terrorism’
and ‘security’.

Join us for banner making at Lift’n’Hoist, 1 Queens Row, SE17 on
Sunday, January 24th at 2pm and photoshop your masterpieces for
‘Domestic Extremism’ an exhibition/cafe evening in a London location
in February. Full details tba. For more info email



~~ 56a InfoShop ~~

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



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)


=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

—- next week at the LibHou:

!!!   Please Note Capoeira is momentarily cancelled

==Tuesday 12th 8pm==
*Weekly Collective meeting*
This is a good chance to talk to the collective if you want to have an
event in the space or to find out more about getting involved there.

==Wednesday 13th 8pm onwards==
After Cop-15 it seems a good time for some debate about political
strategy… when old patterns have broken down it’s time to plot some
alternatives and see what these different strands can pull together.
The idea is to have an informal dinner/discussion regarding the
successes and failures of COP-15, the Global Justice movement and
where to go from here. If you have some frustrations to vent,
beautiful experiences to share, incisive analysis to contribute or
sudden illuminations that need
expressing come and show your face!

=Wednesday 13th from 4pm=
This a reaction on the contemporary cosumption society and ‘culture of
waste’. Is your house clogging up with stuff you actually dont need?
Bring it to the Freeshop and sure you will make other people happy
with it. The Freeshop is not based on the ‘swopping-principle’ so you
can both come to only bring stuff or collect stuff or both…. The
Freeshop is for everyone!

!!! COURT CASE UPDATE: WE go to court MonDAy the 18th of Jan at 10:30am,
Lambeth Country Court, Cleaver Street
We have been given a whole 2hrs for the hearing, so things could get
interesting… If you would like to give your support, come down to
our RADICAL BreaKfAst from 8am at the Library House


++ 195 Mare Street ++

195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE

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

+ Thursday, 14th January, 8pm +
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:

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!

+Sunday, 24th January, 11am +
2nd 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!!


:: VHS Video Basement ::

The Bath House Pub
96 Dean street, W1
(Entrance from Great Chapel street since Crossrail have built us a lovely cage)

On TUESDAY, 12TH JANUARY at 8pm we will be having a fundraiser/info
night for No Borders, at our new space The Bath House in Soho. This is
in anticipation of the upcoming demonstration on january 23rd in
central London, information about which can be found here:

We will be showing some or all of the following films:

No Comment: (53 mins)
Documentary on the situation of migrants in Calais and Northern France
attempting to get across to Britain

Outside of Europe (27mins):
Critical, short documentary examining the exclusionary nature of EU
immigration and border policies and the responsibilities that are
placed on periphery countries to ‘manage’ the flow of migrants and
refugees. Includes Ukraine No Border Camp footage

No Lagers: (39 mins)
Inspiring documentary on the resistance to detention centres across Europe

Living with Illegals (52 mins)
Documentary following African migrants as they attempt to cross the
Mediterrenean and enter Europe, includes chapter on Calais crossing

Entry by donation of £2/£3.

There will also be some delicious vegan food!


Tuesday, 12th January, 6.30pm
St Martin’s Community Centre, 43 Carol St, London NW1 (2 minutes from
Camden tube).
Anthropology asks only one big question:  What does it mean to be human?
Researchers into the origins of human language, mythic narrative and
ritual have recently made exciting new discoveries. It is now known
that symbolic culture began emerging in Africa some 100,000 years ago,
in a social revolution whose echoes can still be heard in mythic
narratives and ritual traditions from around the world.
Topics in this evening class will include:
Is there such a thing as ‘human nature’, or does it all depend on the
culture we live in?
Are children born with a ‘language instinct’? Can chimpanzees be
taught to speak? How and why did language first evolve?
Is sexual jealousy natural and inevitable? Why do traditional
carnivals so often become rituals of license?
Why did the Neanderthals of Ice Age Europe become extinct?
Is the nuclear family universal? Does a Navaho child have just one
mother – or many?
The lifestyle of Native American long-house dwellers has been termed
“communism in living”. Might such values hold lessons for humanity
Why do women in Amazonia believe that sleeping with multiple partners
helps ensure a successful pregnancy?
Is biology woman’s destiny? Is the human male a “naked ape”?
Are traditional healing techniques effective? Why do myths about the
origin of death so frequently implicate the moon?
How do hunter-gatherers maintain their egalitarianism?
Who built Stonehenge – and why?

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
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

Wednesday, 13th January, 5pm
RHB 142, ground floor, main building, Goldsmiths, Lewisham Way, New
Cross SE14 6NW
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
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
or email

Wednesday, 13th January, 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
Free entry
Nearest tube: King’s Cross
Launching the 2010 edition of ‘Socialist Register‘, editor Colin Leys,
along with contributors Wendy Savage and Jonathan Tomlinson, discuss
the state of healthcare within capitalist systems.

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.

Thursday, 14th January, 6-8pm
Committee Room 5, House of Commons. Women’s uncensored experiences of
detention & deportation

Thursday, 14th January, 7-9pm
Viewfinder Gallery, Greenwich
Exhibition open until 31st January
Make Your Mark brings together the striking work of three
photographers – each series explores how the placing of a mark in an
environment recreates the space. Marks are documented at three very
different scales: in cupboards, in rooms and across cities. Whether
subtle manipulation or
willful transformation, Make Your Mark imaginatively considers the
many ways in which our personal histories are written in the spaces
that surround us. This unique exhibition is a timely reminder of our
relationships to our environments, and should not be missed.

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 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..

Saturday, 16th January 1-2.30pm, Trafalgar Square
Aim to get at least 1417 people there to represent those that died
during the Israeli onslaught.
Wear red & white and if you like bring any visual accessories to symbolise the
atrocity and/or call to boycott

Monday, 18th January, 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX
Tel: 020 7837 4473
Rafael Uzcategui is a member of Colectivo El Libertario, an anarchist
project and magazine in Venezuela, and works for the human rights
organisation Provea.
He will talk about the situation in Venezuela from a critical
anarchist perspective, with a special focus on the militarisation of
Venezuelan society and the co-option of social movements.
The event will be in Spanish and English.

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
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.

Saturday 23rd January 2010
2pm St. Pancras International -> 4.30pm Piccadilly Circus
No borders, no nations!
A day out of control in London
While the migration regime is fortifying itself and setting up rings
of defence around European wealth, inner control is tightening to keep
public order, at a time where the nation state already seems to be a
dead corpse. And with an economy which exploits the most virtual
property, the need to control even the remotest parts of people’s
lives is increasing.
On Saturday 23rd January there will be two demonstrations in London.
One will be at St. Pancras, where the UK (e-)border agency put up
their controls in the middle of London. The second one will be at
Piccadilly Circus where, while commuters, tourists and clubbers stare
at the never-ending stream of commercials at ground level, they
themselves are under constant observation by security and police in
their cosy CCTV headquarters below ground.
So mark the day in your diary!
Life is too short to be controlled!

until 24th January, 2010
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

Events and film screenings

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

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.
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.
Closing event of the exhibition and launch of the publication Do you
remember Olive Morris?

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.

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: Tel: 020 7582 6848

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.
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
before each screening.

The non-event of the week, featuring a celebrity called Myleene Klass who was not charged for waving a knife at someone who was not threatening her has provoked debate which has elicited the useful information that, under the Public Order act of 1986 ‘An argument of self-defence could even apply to a charge of carrying offensive weapons in a public place, for instance if someone had purchased a kitchen knife and was taking it home and was then attacked’. Activists subject to violent arrest are advised to carry a Jamie Oliver carving set and a receipt from Homebase. Meanwhile, back at the grindstone…


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