On the eve a of a conference to explore the potential of life on other planets, professor of evolutionary paleobiology Simon Conway Morris has confirmed what we always suspected. Aliens have been living amongst us for some time and are distinguished by ‘greed, violence and a tendency to exploit others’ resources’. Our own research has revealed that they also choose careers in banking and politics. Meanwhile, back on the third rock from the sun…
The rampART collective is currently homeless. We will be moving to a new space very soon. The lovely folks at 195 Mare Street (Hackney, E8) are lending us a room for our regular Monday meeting on 1st February. 7Pm as usual.
Everyone is a photographer, which means we’re all under suspicion and liable to be stopped and searched under laws designed to prevent supposed ‘hostile reconnaissance’. We’re meeting on Saturday 29th January at 12 noon underneath the London Eye where we’ll kick off a demo to protest the use of Section 44 and photograph some ‘iconic’ buildings. Bring cameras, mobile phones etc. Check out the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nweh-K-LZZQ Hey, Big Brother. Say Cheese!
<* 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
* WEDNESDAY, 27th JANUARY *
Red Psalm (Még kér a nép) is centred on a specific period in Hungarian history: the turn-of-the-century uprising of landless agricultural workers.
++ 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, 28th JANUARY ++
London Freeschool Meeting
Meeting to organise the next freeschool to take place 5th -7th March. Come to get involved or to
propose a workshop
++ MONDAY, 1st FEBRUARY, 7pm ++
rampART collective meeting.
The Non Commercial House was a squatted autonomous space on 165 Commercial Street, London, E1. The project consisted of a giant Free Shop for people to share, recycle what they don’t need and take what they do. After several attempts that were resisted, the space was finally evicted on the 30th
November 2009 by high court bailiffs, on behalf of the owner The City of London.
But the place has been taken back!! and on Saturday 16th of January there was the Grand Re-Opening. Apart from the FreeShop itself and some free food and loads of cuppas, there was also a reverse strip poker (dress an item when you lose!) and some music in the evening to enjoy the space at its best.
So, head down most days of the week to 165 Commercial Street for some freeshop fun! The space is also open to groups to use for meetings, film screenings, skill-sharing sessions, etc. If you would like to organise something or volunteer in the shop one day then join them for their weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 7pm or email email@example.com. It’s back but who knows for how long, so let’s make the most of it whilst we still can
||| System Xchange Social Centre |||
An old courthouse on Sheen Lane in Richmond has been squatted for use as a Social Centre! The centre is there to promote support in the community. They will be running workshops and
food etc. All they need is your input to create this wonderful space… so come down and give a hand and a boost to this much needed project space.
Address: The Old Court House, 27 Sheen Lane, Mortlake, SW14 8HY
Nearest Public Transport: Mortlake (overground), Richmond (underground)
Postcode: SW14 8HY
Time: All Day Every Day
Price: Donations always Welcome
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
/// INDIA: STATE AND CORPORATES HAND IN GLOVE ///
Tuesday, 26th January, 6.30pm
Room G2, SOAS, University of London
Join us for the Republic Day of India for an evening of presentations and discussions on some of the prominent struggles against the State-Corporate nexus in India
• Opening Remarks
• POSCO Not Welcome: South Korean President, chief guest of this year’s Republic Day, inaugurates the Posco project in Orissa even as strong local opposition continues
• Dantewada Despatch: Readings from Javed Iqbal’s reports on site from Dantewada that highlight the violence of Operation Green Hunt, Indian Government’s battle against its own people
• Vedanta Onsalught: Film clippings from Samarendra Das’s film Wira Pdika (Earthworm and Company Man) which brings to light the human and environmental disaster of Vedanta mining in the Niyamgiri region
• Bhopal 1984-?: Updates from the continuing struggle in Bhopal by the victims of DOW-Carbide’s many poisons
• DFID and India: A discussion on the contemporary role of the British state and NGOs in the implementation of neoliberal policies in India.
• Closing Remarks
/// REVOLUTION FROM BELOW ///
Tuesday, 26th January, 7.30pm
SPGB Head Office, 52 Clapham High St.
A public meeting organised by the Socialist Party with speaker Gwynn Thomas.
/// ADVOCACY FOR CARIBBEAN ELDERS ///
Wednesday, 27th January, 12 noon – 3pm
@ Stoke Newington Town Hall, Church St. Free admission, and refreshments available.
/// NEVER AGAIN – FOR ANYONE ///
Wednesday, 27th January, 6.30-9.30pm
Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster.
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network for a UK
tour with Dr. Hajo Meyer and Dr. Haidar Eid.
/// CLASS WAR GAMES ///
Wednesday, 27th January, 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX, Tel: 020 7837 4473
Free entry. Nearest tube: King’s Cross
Class War Games will show a short film introducing the Marxist theorist Guy Debord’s political board game ‘Game of War‘. Audience members will then be able to play the game for themselves.
The ‘Game of War’ is a Napoleonic-era military strategy game where armies must maintain their communications structure to survive – and where victory is achieved by smashing your opponent’s supply network rather than by taking their pieces. It was devised by the Marxist theorist Guy Debord and his partner, the poet and novelist Alice Becker-Ho, in 1987, as a guide to how people should live their lives in a consumer capitalist society. By playing, revolutionary activists could learn how to fight and win against their oppressors.
Class Wargames in London and the Radical Software Group in New York have launched a project to promote the game, are playing matches in public and developing their own versions of the game. The accompanying book has been translated into English for the first time.
Class Wargames say:
‘In our film of Debord’s game, we have divided these teachings from the battlefield into five sections: terrain, combat, cavalry, arsenals and lines of communication. Analyse their insights with great care, fellow workers. As the crisis of neo-liberalism intensifies, you will need this military knowledge to thwart the wicked schemes of bankers and bureaucrats. Remember well the lessons of socialist history: clever tactics and smart strategy are our most powerful weapons…’
Join Richard Barbrook and Fabian Tompsett for an introduction to the ‘Game of War’, film-screening and game-playing session.
/// RUDOLF ROCKER: ANARCHISM & ANARCHO-SYNDICALISM ///
Wednesday, 27th January, 19:30 – 21:30
The Lucas Arms 245, Grays Inn Road.
Speakers: Alan Woodward (Radical History Network of North East London) & Martin H (Solidarity Federation)
/// ACTION FILM KOLEKTIV ///
Wednesday, 27th January, 8.30pm
The British Prince, 49 Bromley Street, E1 0EB
Short Documentary about a Graphic Novel Writer // by Barnie a local London filmaker
Look at the Sun // Short Astronomic Film including amazing real footage of the big star
La Saluda // Feature Length Argentinian B/W silent movie effects and haunting atmospherics
+ Surprise films
Expect popcorn, moody lights and raised sofas, we look forward to seeing you. Bring your own films too on the night… http://actionfilmkolektiv.blogspot.com/
/// BLOCKADE GORDON BROWN’S WAR CONFERENCE ///
Thursday, 28th January, 08:30am
Lancaster House, Stable Yard, St. James’.
Blockade conference to discuss Afghanistan War.
/// INVASION DAY 2010 ///
Thursday, 28th January, 7pm
The Morgue, 122 Dalston Lane, Dalston, London
On January 26th 1788 (now known as ‘Australia Day’), the First Fleet arrived on the shores of Botany Bay. For Australia’a indigenous peoples, far from being an occasion for celebration, this represented the start of the destruction of indigenous life and cultures at the hands of British imperialism, and a long-term battle for indigenous people for justice, equality and self-determination, which continues today in the face of ongoing racism within Australian society and government policy, including the hated Northern Territory Intervention legislation.
A discussion with: – Lauren Mellor, Intervention Rollback Action Group, – Sarah Keenan, Free Lex Wotton Campaign
Short Film Screening:
“This Is Our Country Too” : a brave new documentary that delves beyond Australia’s reputation for sun, surf and sand to reveal a nation ruptured by a deep racial divide and contested history.
/// UK TAR SANDS CAMPAIGN MEETING ///
Thursday, 28th January, 7.30pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES
Film night and action planning meeting organised by London Rising Tide
/// THE RETURN OF SIREN CINEMA!! ///
Thursday, 28th January, 8pm
Lift’n’Hoist, 1 Queen’s Row, Walworth, SE17
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 http://www.siren-net.co.uk
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!!
/// PROTEST ON TONY BLAIR’S JUDGEMENT DAY ///
Friday, 29th January, 08:00am onwards
Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster.
A day of protest outside the Iraq Inquiry organised by Stop the War.
/// PICKET GERMAN EMBASSY ///
Friday, 29th January, 12:30pm
23 Belgrave Square.
Protest against ban on Germany’s Free Workers’ Union FAU
/// FLASHPOINT 2010 – MASS PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT-OUT ///
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’.
Photoshop your masterpieces for ‘Domestic Extremism’ an exhibition/cafe evening in a London location in February. Full details tba. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nweh-K-LZZQ
/// ANARCHIST ELECTION MOBILISING MEETING ///
Saturday, 30th January, 3 – 7pm and Sunday, 31st January, 3-7pm
The Foundry, 84-86 Great Eastern Street.
An open-ended meeting, arranged so people can consider how a coalition of groups and tendencies
might mobilise together in 2010, for a new society. It’s suggested this should be in the context of the general election, and on the strategy for an effective, decentralised movement in response, but the agenda is not fixed. All groups and individuals committed to a world free of oppression, very welcome.
/// LONDON SOCIAL CENTRE NETWORK MEETING ///
Sunday, 31st January, 1pm onwards
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES
Bring food to share from 1pm, discussions on social centres from 2pm and workshop on Safer Spaces Policy from 4pm
/// ACOUSTIC INSURGENCY BENEFIT GIG ///
Sunday Jan 31st, 7.30pm-10.30pm (entry £5/4)
The Grosvenor, 17 Sidney road, Stockwell, London, SW9 0TP
Attila the Stockbroker
Steve White and the Protest Family
There are more acts to be announced and there will be a raffle and free veggie meals for the first 50 people through the door. Alabama 3 and Bamboo Clothing have donated prizes to the draw. This months benefit is for a 7 year old Afghan girl who was badly injured in a bombing incident last year. More details about her here:
/// FIGHT BRITAIN’S RACIST IMMIGRATION LAWS ///
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:
NO DETENTION! NO DEPORTATIONS!
SUPPORT ASYLUM SEEKERS AND MIGRANT WORKERS!
NO TO STATE RACISM!
For more information tel: 0207 837 1688
/// ANTIMILITARISM IN LATIN AMERICA ///
Tuesday, 2nd February, 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX, Tel: 020 7837 4473
Free entry. Nearest tube: King’s Cross
Activists Pelao Carvallo and Rafael Uzcategui will discussing the growing antimilitarism movements in Latin American countries. The event will be in both Spanish and English.
In recent years, there have been efforts to create a Latin America-wide antimilitarist network, which has produced statements on, amongst other issues, the threat of war between Colombia and Venezuela, and the military coup in Honduras. One of their most significant challenges is the new populist face of militarism in the region, with leaders such as Hugo Chavez garnering widespread support from civilians for potential conflicts.
Organised by War Resisters International, who monitor, report on and promote pacifist causes across the world, this event will feature activists Pelao Carvallo, a Chilean living in Paraguay, and Rafael Uzcategui from Venezuela, discussing their
experiences within the burgeoning Latino antimilitarist movement.
/// RADICAL EDUCATION READING GROUP ///
Thursday, 4th February, 7pm
1 Kite Place, Bethnal Green, E2
A small group of us have been meeting once a month to make some time to think about the links between education and social change. Last year we had some really interesting discussions on adult literacy, privatisation, Marxism and education, Freirian pedagogy, and deschooling, but we want to get bigger. If you are someone interested or involved in education and like the sound of manageable amounts of reading, informal conversation, and hopefully some stimulating ideas, come and join us. We meet on the first Thursday of the month between 7-9pm in Bethnal Green.
The next meeting is on Thursday 4th February at 1 Kite Place, Bethnal Green, (ring for directions), and will be a discussion on the ideas of A.S. Neill as embodied in his Free-School, Summerhill. Email email@example.com for readings or call for more information. Hope to see you there.
Laura – 07971 842027
Alice – 07976 274516
/// RADICAL THEORY READING GROUP ///
Friday, 5th February, 6pm
LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES
Our discussion of Kropotkin in January led us to question the ethical principles of mutual aid so we’ve chosen Emmanuel Levinas’ ‘Humanism and An-archy’ for our next reading. It’s included in the collection Humanism of the Other, or you can download it here http://www.box.net/shared/lxjqrrqzxl.
If you’re hungry for more, link here to Levinas’ Anarchism of the Other Person http://www.waste.org/~roadrunner/writing/Levinas/AnarchismOtherPerson_WEB.htm
/// DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO ///
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 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… Keep it cool.
/// ALDERMASTON BLOCKADE LONDON NVDA TRAINING ///
Saturday, 6th February, 10am
Friends House, 175 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ 10am – 12.45pm.
A number of nonviolent direct action training workshops tailored for individuals and groups wanting to take part in the Aldermaston Blockade on 15th February are coming up in London, Gloucester, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Book your place today! For more details, along with details of regional transport being organised across the country for the blockade, see: http://blockawe.blogspot.com/2010/01/training-and-transport-for-blockade.html
/// *THE ELEVENTH OF THE MONTH* CHALK THE BBC ///
Thursday, 11th February, 11am
BBC Centre, Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ – nearest Tube White City or Wood Lane
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 http://meetup.com/londontruthaction are part of http://truthaction.org an international autotomous grassroots organisation committed to raising awareness of the true nature of the events of September 11th 2001. Join our Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=201828813818
“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: http://www.meetup.com/londontruthaction/calendar/12335682/
/// ALTERNATIVE PRESS FAIR 2010 ///
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. http://www.alternativepress.org.uk
/// SEEDY SUNDAY ///
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: http://www.seedysunday.org/page_id__97_path__0p2p9p.aspx
See http://rampart.co.nr for more info about rampART.
See http://bowlcourt.co.nr for more info about Ex-Bowl Court.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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