MORE GOOD IDEAS FROM JAPAN….

This week, we’re congratulating the Japanese whalers who ‘shot themselves in the face with pepper spray’, by aiming into the wind while trying to disable a boat load of activists protesting against illegal whaling. We’re advising activists on dry land in danger of being pepper sprayed by police to arm themselves with battery operated hairdryers. Meanwhile, back at the salon…

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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

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

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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 4-5pm = Freeshop!

=WEDNESDAY 8pm= Summer Cinema snacks and videos

=Varied time, check website= English-Spanish Language Exchange

All free or on donation of course

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++ 195 Mare Street ++

195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE

boardsofhackney@safe-mail.net

The back bit of the building contains an amazing stage, where we already had the famous pantomime of “the three little squatter pigs” last month :)

We thought this part of the building would get demolished soon but its still there.

So we’re calling out artists to come and use the space, be it for theatre, cabaret, music, rehearsals, gigs… anything that would benefit from being on a stage is welcome!!

Other regular events happening in the building include:

– Bike kitchen (tuesdays 2-8pm)

– Gardening (saturdays 1pm)

– Food not bombs (twice a month on 2nd and 4th week end)

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

Plus…

++ FRIDAY, 26th FEBRUARY, 6pm ++

*No Borders/Calais Migrant Solidarity Benefit*

6pm onwards: Food / Film / Info

8pm – 2am: Music

Performers;

Captain of the Rant (A’capella / Punk / Lyrical)

52 Commercial Road (experimental / post-rock)

Rabies Babies (punk / rock / thrash)

Jakal (punk / reggae / ska)

Deferred Sucess (acoustic / folk / punk)

Plus more to be confirmed!

For more information on No Borders / Calais Migrant Solidarity check out;

http://london.noborders.org.uk/

http://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/

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^^^ Pogo Cafe ^^^

76 Clarence Rd E5 8HB – 020 8533 1214, pogocafe.co.uk

Cafe open Thursday – Sunday, 12.30 – 9pm. Plus…

^^^ Tuesday, February ^^^

Sewing Workshop, 4-7pm

Practical Squatting Night, 7-8pm

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||| 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

Phone: 07776356252

Email: systemxchange@gmail.com

Web: http://systemxchange.webs.com

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<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

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/// SOLIDARITY DEMO FOR YARL’S WOOD HUNGER STRIKERS ///

Wednesday, 17th February, 6.30pm

Outside Holloway Prison, Parkhurst Road, London N7 0NU

On Friday 5th February 84 women started a hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Detention Centre near Bedford, demanding their release.

On Monday 8th February the hunger strikers were locked up by the centre’s guards for 8 hours, without access to water or toilet facilities. Four women were picked out as “ringleaders” and were taken to various prisons. All are now incarcerated in HMP Holloway.

We are calling for the immediate release of the “Yarls Wood 4” and all the other women still on hunger strike in the centre.

Please come and demonstrate outside HMP Holloway this Wednesday between 6.30-7.30pm. Bring banners and instruments.

CLOSE ALL DETENTION CENTRES! STOP DEPORTATION!

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/// RUPERT SMITH READS FROM MAN’S WORLD ///

Thursday, 18th Feburary, 7pm

Gay’s the Word, 66 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB

We are 2 minutes walk from Russell Square Tube Station and 10 minutes from either Euston or King’s Cross.

Join the wonderful Rupert Smith for a trip down memory lane…

London today: a world of sex and drugs and designer clothes, where Robert searches for fulfilment in gay clubs.

London 50 years ago: Michael enters a secret queer underworld, negotiating the dangers of the law and the closet.

Past and present collide when Robert moves into a new block of flats, and discovers that history is alive and kicking in his doorstep. Robert keeps a blog – a chronicle of the contemporary gay experience that would have been unthinkable 50 years ago. Michael kept a diary – a secret record of his experiences that could have landed him and his friends and lovers in prison. Two parallel narratives – two generations – two worlds that barely recognise each other. But do Robert and Michael have more in common than they think?

‘Funny, dirty, deeply romantic, Man’s World is a wonderfully evocative novel that hurtles between now and our recent history in a wild and emotional waltzer ride.’ – Jake Arnott

No need to RSVP. This is a free event…with refreshment provided and all are welcome

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/// BENT BARS LETTER WRITING NIGHT ///

Thursday, 18th February, 7pm

LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES

Letter writing night to support LGBT prisoners.

These regular gatherings happen on the third thursday of each month (next ones are March 18 and April 15 if you want to mark your diary now). We aim to provide a supportive space — with tea and cookies! — for folks to write to their penpals, find a new penpal or talk about any questions or issues that come up through the project.

For more info (including a map to get there) see the link below:

http://www.co-re.org/joomla/index.php/component/content/article/34-newswire/54-letter-writing

We are hoping to get some regular letter writing nights going in Bristol and Leeds, so stay tuned for more details. And if you are are based elsewhere and want help organizing a letter-writing night where you are, get in touch.

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/// DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO ///

Friday, 19th February, 9pm

LARC – whitechapel, and pumpin’ out of your stereo!

This is what we have lined up for the 53rd edition of Dissident Island Radio, which will broadcast live on Friday 19 February at 9pm:

Captain of the Rant will be in the studio live with his latest political raves and rants…

We’ve got a bunch of other tricks up our sleeves and will keep you in suspense a bit longer…so check back here at IMC London or go to http://www.dissidentisland.org to find out what we’re planning for the show…

Or you can forget all that jazz and just tune in at 9pm, every first and third Friday of the month, by clicking the player on the front page of IMC London (top right corner) or the player on the dissident island homepage…

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/// CLIMATE EMERGENCY: WHERE NEXT AFTER COPENHAGEN? ///

Saturday, 20th February, 12noon

Room G2, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG

Pubilc meeting. All welcome to come and discuss:

Where next after Copenhagen?

Building a campaign for emergency climate action in the UK

Post-election action/demonstration to challenge the new government to take emergency action on climate

How can we best use the Climate Emergency EDM ? (Early Day Motion 189 – previously 2057 signed by 45 MPs – which calls for 10% cuts by end 2010, a million green jobs by end 2010, banning domestic flights, 55 mph speed limit, 2hrs climate info TV per week etc……see more at http://www.campaigncc.org/climateemergencycopenhagen )

Plus Campaign against Climate Change AGM

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/// LONDON PROFEMINIST MENS’ GROUP MEETING ///

Saturday, 20th February, 2pm

Contact us for location details londonprofeministmensgroup at gmail.com. Probably somewhere around stamford hill.

We’re a group of men meeting in London every 2 weeks. The aims of our meetings are:

* – to support each other in our personal struggles as men, including our efforts to rid ourselves of sexist behaviour

* – to discuss issues around gender politics generally

* – to plan what kind of action we can take as pro-feminists

If you have any comments or questions or if you are interested in attending one of our fortnightly meetings, please send us an email: londonprofeministmensgroup at gmail dot com.

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/// DIRECT ENERGY AND OTHER “NON LETHAL” WEAPONS ///

Saturday, 20th February, 3pm

The Boardroom, Central YMCA, 112 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NQ

This London Meeting will be a opportunity for people to meet others. Please do pass this invitation to other people who are not on this email list as well as family and friends.

The meeting will be a chance to discuss matters of urgency such as activism strategies, human rights programmes and others topics.

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// HEROES AND EXILES: GAY ICONS THROUGH THE AGES ///

Thursday, 25th February, 7pm

Gay’s the Word, 66 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB

We are 2 minutes walk from Russell Square Tube Station and 10 minutes from either Euston or King’s Cross.

Demonised by the Church throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, homosexuals became the scapegoats of society, constantly facing exile or a brutal death. In “Heroes to Exiles”, the human cost of this long exile is told through the lives of the most eminent homosexual men and women in history.

Some were artists like the wild living Benvenuto Cellini or the repressed Edward Lear. Others were poets such as Thomas Gray, W. H. Auden or novelists such as Henry James and A. J. Symonds. Their places of refuge changed through the centuries from Italy in the 18th, to Paris in the 19th and Berlin, California and Tangier in the 20th. Some experiences were tragic, like those of William Beckford, Lord Byron or Oscar Wilde, and some were triumphant, like the remarkable story of the Ladies of Llangollen who became the most famous lesbians in Europe. Often treated with outright suspicion, homosexuals were targets for the totalitarian dictatorships of the 20th century. As such they were consigned in their tens of thousands to exile in Siberia or to the Nazi death camps. Even when peace returned after World War II most democracies still proscribed homosexual behaviour, forcing the Americans Paul Bowles and James Baldwin to seek exile in Europe and North Africa. Today the tolerance of Ancient Greece has returned to most Western societies although homosexuals are still persecuted in some Islamic countries such as Iran.

No need to RSVP. This is a free event…with refreshment provided and all are welcome

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/// NATIVE SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING ///

Friday, 26th February, 6pm

SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H

Screening of three films in the Native Spirit festival of Indigenous Films.

One from New Zealand, One from Mexico, one from US, Alcatraz Island occupation.

18.00 Meet The Prick 26mins Tuhoe-Maori People, New Zealand, Dir. Ilya Ruppeldt

Certainly a unique documentary about a unique man, this film offers a look at the clash of cultures, where one man, very openly outspoken, who would prefer to remain one of the ‘children of the mist’, forces the question to be asked, what is wrong with not wanting to be part of today’s modern societies?

13 Pueblos, Defending Water, Air and Land. 62mins, Mexico, Dir. Francesco Yaboada Yabone

This beautiful documentary explores the actions that 13 indigenous communities in Mexico are collectively taking to defend their environments from destruction and contamination by industrial and commercial projects that are threatening the water, air and land where they live.

19.45 Alcatraz Is Not An Island. 56mins, USA, dir. James Fortier

In November 1969 a small group of native american students and activists took te stand to occupy Alcatraz Island in San Fransisco bay. They were soon joined by thousands, reclaiming ‘Indian Land’. This remarkable film documents the ideals, intentions and struggles faced by these pioneers and the effects they had on the way Native Americans viewed themselves and their cultures from then on.

Entry 6 pounds, 3 pounds students/unemployed. All funds raised go to indigenous educational projects in South America.

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

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

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

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