This week we’re debating the implications of former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s proposal to ban the burka because, he tells us ‘I can’t wear a balaclava going round the District and Circle line’. We’ve decided that either Mr Farage is protesting the use of anti-terrorist legislation to penalise people who enjoy wearing fetish clothing on the London underground or UKIP is re-inventing itself as a right wing activist group willing to employ black bloc tactics to convey its message to the electorate. Activists who don’t want to be mistaken for a member of a political party are advised to travel by bus. Meanwhile, back on the Northern Line….

Welcome back Non-Commercial House! The amazing Shoreditch freeshop has been reclaimed and is once again open for non-business. Get down to 165 Commercial Street, E1 to relieve yourself of excess consumer baggage. Bring stuff you don’t need, take away stuff other people didn’t need, enjoy the comfy sofas and strike a blow for radical anti-consumerism. Open from Wednesday to Saturday, 12noon – 8pm.




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

Road). Nearest tube Elephant and Castle.

/// 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:

/// THURSDAY, 28th JANUARY, 8pm ///

The Return of Siren Cinema!!

Sick of seeing movies at over priced plastic covered muitinationals!!!? Sick of having popcorn thrown at you by the local yokels!!? then we have the answer!!!!!

YES THATS RIGHT. SIREN CINEMA is BACK! Come eat CAKE drink TEA sit in COMFY CHAIRS or on the FLOOR if you wish, get popcorn thrown at you by fellow Sirenites

Opening night will be thursday the 28th of January. We will be having short animations from 8pm and the main feature at 9pm this week it will be the critically aclaimed cult documentry DARK DAYS about life for the homeless living in the New York subway tunnels. As always Siren Cinema is FREE but donations are always welcome!! There will also be a tea coffee and cake bar. THE VENUE!!!! is the Lift and Hoist on the corner of Queens row and Merrow Street Wolworth SE17 for more info please go to our website at

and remember dont think orenge wednesdays think SIREN THURSDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cake making volenteers are NEEDED thats right Siren wants YOU to put ya pinnie on and make CAKE so we can EAT CAKE if ya intrested in helping out please contact us through the website!!

WE WILL BE RUNNING AT THIS VENUE EVRY OTHER THURSDAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE but please check the website for info and updates!!



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

= WEDNESDAY, 20th JANUARY, 7pm =

Life’s Too Short … public meeting

Public meeting to discuss “Life is too short to be controlled”, two demos taking place in London on Saturday 23rd January.


++ 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

+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!!





Tuesday, 19th January, 6.30pm

St Martin’s Community Centre, 43 Carol St, London NW1

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. See Chris Knight’s article  summarizing  this approach.

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 today?

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?

To read more, see:



Tuesday, 19th January, 6-8pm

Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross.

Anarchist Seminar on the Anarchist Geography of Elisee Reclus



Wednesday, 20th January, 7-9pm

System Xchange Social Centre, 27 Sheen Lane, Mortlake, SW14.

Workshop on setting up a social centre / eco project in your area.



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.



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!



Saturday, 23rd, January, 12noon – 1pm

Trafalgar Square

Mass Photo Gathering organised by I’m a Photographer not a Terrorist.



Sunday, 24th January, 9.30am – 7pm

Meretz UK. 37A Broadhurst Gardens, London, NW6 3BN

Price: Advance: £15 conc. / £25 and £20/£30 on door or donation ticket £60

Addressing past and current issues in Britain , Europe, Middle East and Africa Talks, Films, Live music. Advanced Ticket recommended as places limited. for Any profit will support four refugee charities! Featuring: * David Rosenberg: The 1905 Aliens Act then and Today * Leslie Baruch Brent: Sunday’s Child? My life story and how it shaped me. * Out of Sight, Out of Mind: 25min. FILM documentary, (Harris / Ben Tovim) Narrated by Juliet Stevenson * Edwin Shuker: Jewish Refugee from 1970s Iraq. How being a refugee has shaped me. * Jayyab Abusafia: Refugee Existence in Gaza. A young Palestinian journalism student recounts his years growing up as a Palestinian refugee in Gaza under Israeli occupation.* Nitzan Horowitz: Current Meretz Israel Member of Knesset (MK), Israeli House of Parliament. * The Forgotten Refugees (2005): Award winning Documentary about Jewish refugees from the Middle East and the Maghreb produced by the David Project (Boston). * Ben Du Preez: Refugees cared for by African Refugee Development Centre (ARDC), Tel Aviv. * Maurice Wren: Director, Asylum Aid. London: Asylum Aid 2010. Contemporary challenges and successes * Pauline Levis: One person can make a difference. How and why I got involved in running a campaign to safe Behnam * Mimitah Abofando: Live Concert: Best UK New comer Awarded professional singer (African Music Award)



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 screenings.

Events and film screenings

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


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



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



Tuesday 26 January, 2010, 8.30am – 10.30am, Guoman Charing Cross Hotel, The Strand, London WC2N 5HX (next to Charing Cross railway station)

Dress code (optional): White overalls and gas mask / paper mask

Multinational nuclear corporations – among them France’s EDF and Areva, and Germany’s E.ON and RWE npower – in collaboration with their Westminster cronies, are seeking to capitalise on increasing public concern about climate change with attempts to rebrand nuclear power as a “green” source of electricity. They know that the general public will not accept new nuclear reactors if they learn the truth about this secretive and dirty industry.

The long history of cover-ups, deceit and shoddy and dangerous practices stretches back over fifty years, when nuclear power was first developed as a means of producing plutonium for the atomic bomb. The industry wants us to believe that a leopard can change its spots, but the only thing that really seems to change is the PR tactics.

Nuclear power is a dirty, dangerous and expensive distraction from the major investment needed for a radical transition to a safe and sustainable low-carbon future and green industry, based on more modest consumption, energy efficiency and conservation, and renewable and decentralised energy; a future in which we no longer have to rely on non-renewable and unsustainable uranium, plutonium and fossil fuels, and which will not lead to global nuclear weapons proliferation, more and deadlier radioactive emissions, a legacy of even more deadly radioactive waste that we can’t safely deal with and the ever-present risk of a Chernobyl-style nuclear catastrophe or terrorist attack

Join us as we demonstrate outside the Nuclear New Build Conference in central London to send a clear message to the industry and the Government that we don’t buy the greenwash and we reject false solutions like nuclear power.

Initiated by Nuclear People Power / No New Nuclear – a non-hierarchical loose network of individuals and groups fighting for a nuclear-free, sustainable energy future for the UK and the world.

Please let us know if you are coming, so we can update you of any changes. E-mail: vd2012-npp [at] or mellcndeast [at]



Tuesday, 2nd February, 1pm

outside Communications House, Old Street, London EC1

(nearest tube Old Street – exit on Clerkenwell Road side)

Close Communications House!

Solidarity with asylum seekers and migrants – Fight Britain’s racist laws!

Called by Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! – all welcome

Start your opposition to Britain’s racist immigration laws! In the run-up to the next election as all parties compete for the crown of most ‘tough’ (ie racist) party, show the current Labour government and all contenders to succeed it that there is support for migrant workers and asylum seekers!

Stand in solidarity with migrants to Britain. Britain is a rich country and got that way by plundering half the world. People who come here from oppressed nations to live or work are only exercising their rights to what is theirs.

Communications House is one of a chain of ‘reporting centres’ for immigrants to Britain. Immigration reporting centres are places of fear for asylum seekers who have to report to them monthly, weekly or even several times a week.

Communications House is also a prison – the gateway to detention and deportation. From reporting centres asylum seekers are often detained without warning and sent to removal centres to await deportation. And migrant workers targeted in early morning workplace immigration raids are taken away to detention – via Communications House, or Beckett House, its south London equivalent.

Communications House is not just a reporting centre, or even just a prison – caseworkers based inside are issuing the directions to deport people. It is an integral part of the immigration system.

The 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

So just as the government’s message is clear, ours must be too:




For more information tel: 0207 837 1688




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.



Friday, 5th February, 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… Keep it cool.



Thursday, 11th February, 11am

BBC Centre, Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ – nearest Tube White City or Wood Lane

Investigate 9/11

The Time is Now – On the Eleventh Day of Every Month – We Unite in Action for Truth until Justice

Join us this coming 11th outside BBC Television Centre. Please bring chalk as we intend to cover the entire pavement outside the BBC with ‘Investigate 9/11’ messages

This action starts at 11am and finishes around 7pm. We’ll head off for refreshments and food afterwards.

London Truth Action are part of an international autotomous grassroots organisation committed to raising awareness of the true nature of the events of September 11th 2001. Join our Facebook group:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” Margaret Mead

Learn more about this action here:



Saturday, 13th February, 12noon – midnight

St Aloysius Social Club, London

A FREE event celebrating all things self-published and DIY.  Comics and Zines, Radical Literature, Poetry, Printmaking, Book Arts and even a bit of DIY Fashion come together in this carnival of modern cottage industry!  There will be a huge variety of things to see and do, including collaborative drawing and live screen printing where you can make your own poster of the day.  In the evening there will be a party to celebrate the first birthday of the Alternative Press Fair with an open mic night for all comers to try, also featuring poetry, spoken word and music.  So come along and help us blow out the candles!

But don’t take our word for it, heres just some of the great artists that will be there on the day:

Please get in touch if you’re interested to know more, or you have any small-press related news for the blogs.

ontact us:






Kew Bridge Eco Village, 24 Kew Bridge Rd, Brentford Middlesex, London

Sunday 14th February (Valentines Day!) 2010, 11am-3pm

Brentford’s first annual seed swap event. Come along and support local biodiversity. Bring your seeds to swap. There will be a wide range of vegetable and flower seeds available as well as ‘seedball’ workshops, storytelling for children, gardening related stalls and refreshments.

Seedy Sunday is also a campaign to protect biodiversity and protest against the increasing control of the seed supply by a handful of large companies.

DIRECTIONS: The Eco-Village is situated next to Kew Bridge on Kew Bridge road in Brentford. The entrance is next to the Wagon and Horses pub.

For more info on the Eco Village Seedy Sunday, please visit this link:


See for more info about rampART.

See for more info about Ex-Bowl Court.

Email or

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


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