In the week that government minister Steven Byers referred to himself as ‘a cab for hire’ which presumably means that he’s expensive, elusive and always going the wrong way, we’ve been busy reverse engineering the cloaking device recently revealed (or not) by Drs Tolga Ergin and Nicolas Stenger at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology which they suggest could be used ‘to hide unsightly buildings or high-security facilities’. As soon as we’ve occupied a new building, we’ll begin a series of Tactical Invisibility workshops. To find us, type the postcode into Google Street View and look for the empty space. Meanwhile, back at Hogwarts…
Following the eviction of 3Colts, we’re on the move again but Monday meetings will continue (at 195 Mare Street unless announced otherwise). Come down and get involved. London needs social centres!
<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>
~~ 56a InfoShop ~~
56a Infoshop, 56 Crampton Street, London, SE17 3AE
*Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 3-7pm (Saturdays, 2-6pm)*
Food Coop and Bike Workshop
** Kew Bridge Eco Village **
24 Kew Bridge Rd, Brentford. Nearest train: Kew Bridge, nearest tube: Gunnersbury.
Spring is coming and at Kew Bridge Eco Village, we are busy planting the seeds for more villages to grow and flourish in London.
We would love you to come and help us create a vision for another low impact, perma culture community to spring up in the urban jungle.
If you are interested in living within a sustainable urban eco-village, come to Kew Bridge on Tuesdays at 7PM to eat some food and share some ideas.
Peace and love,
All at Kew Bridge
///////////////////////////////////////// ++ 195 Mare Street ++ 195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE firstname.lastname@example.org
The back bit of the building contains an amazing stage. 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... ++ TUESDAY, 23rd MARCH, 6pm ++ Info Cafe :: Squat Story from Milada and Rozbrat
PHOTO EXHIBITION :: CAFE :: DOCUMENTARIES
The story of villa Milada, one of the best known and long lasting squat in czech republic, began 1st May 1998.
The photo exhibition is about the brutal eviction happened in September 2009.
more info :: http://milada.org/zpravodajstvi/category/english
Rozbrat is a social centre in Poznan, poland. The local anarchist occupied 16 years ago the buildings which were abandoned by a company, which took a lot of loans and ran off abroad. Currently, around 20 people live at Rozbrat, concert and rehearsal rooms, a library, a gallery, screen print and bike workshops, places for meetings and debates are also there. The city is trying to sell the land in an auction and they are planning to build villas for the rich there. The auction takes place on the 26th of March. The squatters and their supporters protested against the plans several times, at the last demo on the 8th of March many of them got arrested and some of them still have to face court proceedings.
for more info see: http://rozbrat.org/news-in-english/
:: cAfe’ starts at 6pm (benefit for Rozbrat courtcase) ::
8pm documentAries about Milada and Rozbrat squat life and evictions and protests
^^^ Pogo Cafe ^^^
76 Clarence Rd E5 8HB – 020 8533 1214, pogocafe.co.uk
Cafe open Thursday – Sunday, 12.30 – 9pm. Plus…
^^^ Tuesdays ^^^
Sewing Workshop, 4-7pm
Practical Squatting Night, 7-8pm
^^^ Saturday ^^^
Yoga Class. 9-11 am
Bring mats if possible
||| 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
||| Tuesday & Thursday, 7-11pm |||
Cinema / food night
< * EVENTS ELSEWHERE * >
/// RECLAIMING THE MARKET PLACE AS A SOCIAL FORUM ///
The George Pub, Homerton
(We’ve been unable to discover the date for this event. Info from email address below)
Inviting people to actively play with the idea of exchange. It is free to have a stall and you can sell, exchange, barter or give your goods away…what you may have is physical or more conceptual. poetry, second hand goods,records,pancakes, info about a project or action. its up to you. starts at 6pm finishes at 12am contact us at email@example.com for more info or to tell us about your stall. oh and the theme is Spring! Bring your seeds to swap!
/// UNPOLICING THE BORDERS ///
Tuesday, 23rd March, 2.30pm
Outside Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, W1G 9DT
Demo outside the featuring speakers from Frontex, the Identity and Passport Service and various UK police forces. Called by London NoBorders.
This Tuesday representatives of the European Border Agency FRONTEX, various UK police forces and the Identity and Passport Service are gathering in central London for a conference under the title “Policing the Borders”
The conference, which claims to secure the border against “illegal immigration” and terrorism, will also be attended by representatives of many security companies and feature an exhibition about border security and surveillance.
Together these companies and agencies create a Fortress Europe where every year thousands of people in the desert, in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Atlantic Ocean die try to enter. Furthermore their policies and actions deny basic rights to millions of “undocumented migrants” within Europe, and help to create
an atmosphere of suspicion where everyone is under surveillance for unnamed “crimes”.
London No Borders is fundamentally opposed to a world in which people are denied their freedom of movement because of the colour of their skin, their bank balance, or their nationality.
Un-police the border! Freedom of movement for all!
/// NO BORDER FOLK – YARL’S WOOD FUNDRAISER ///
Tuesday, 23rd March, 7.30pm
The Windmill, Blenheim Gardens, Brixton SW2 5BZ
Fundraiser for the campaign to support women on hunger strike at Yarl’s Wood detention prison since 5th Febraury. Featuring:
* THE INSOLE BAND – country/folk
* CURLY HAIR – folk/lo-fi
* LITTLE B – folk/country
* LORA LINHARES-MARX – acoustic/folk
/// WOMEN AND ACTIVISM ///
Wednesday, 24th March, 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX, Tel: 020 7837 4473
Activists Maya Evans and Tamsin Omond will be discussing womens’ roles in contemporary peace and environmental movements.
Maya Evans was the first person to be convicted under the 2005 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act; her offence was to stand in front of the Houses of Parliament, reading out the names of British soldiers killed in Iraq. Since her conviction, she has campaigned against Islamophobia and the Afghan war, and for civil liberties.
Tamsin Omond is a high-profile environmental activist and founder of Climate Rush, an all-female climate change awareness movement inspired by the struggles of the Suffragettes, who advocate peaceful civil disobedience to inspire change.
Maya and Tamsin will be discussing the roles played by women in contemporary peace and green movements, and examining questions of gender and class identity in activism.
/// ANARCHISM v MARXISM ///
Wednesday, 24th March, 7.30pm
Room G52, Main Building, School of African and Oriental Studies, Russell Square
MASS MEETING. East End anarchist Martin Wright will be arguing with a member of Communist Students, different visions of how we can abolish capitalism.
/// COLLAPSE DOCUMENTARY EVENT AT GOLDSMITHS ///
Friday, 26th March, 6pm
Small Hall Cinema, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, Lewisham Way, SE14 6NW
Put questions live to Michael Ruppert: the man who broke the story of the CIA dealing cocaine, predicted the ‘credit crunch’ of 2008 and connected the dots between ‘The War on Terror” and Peak Oil … just some of his many achievements in 30 years of political activism
Facebook event http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=343274831055&ref=mf
More details http://www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=3564
/// STOP THE CHARGE OF THE NUCLEAR WHITE ELEPHANTS! ///
Saturday, 27th March, 10.30am
London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
National Grassroots Anti-Nuclear Power Network Meeting
The nuclear industry and British government are steaming ahead with their plans for a fleet of dangerous, expensive and unnecessary new nuclear reactors. The first application, for Hinkley Point in Somerset, is due to be submitted as early as August of this year. But only this week, the French Nuclear Phase Out Network exposed secret documents showing that defects in the design of Areva’s EPR, the reactor chosen by EDF for Hinkley, Sizewell in Suffolk and elsewhere, could lead to a Chernobyl-style nuclear catastrophe. Scores of academics, politicians and campaigners are now calling for a public inquiry on the justification process for new reactors.
Come and join us on 27th March as we work to build a powerful movement to resist nuclear expansion.
Please get in touch ASAP if you need a bed or crash space for one or more nights, or have specific access requirements. Lunch: Bring vegetarian / vegan finger food to share. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
If you want to be involved but can’t make the meeting, please ask to be added to our e-mail list. For more info and updates and suggestions for additional agenda items, contact Dan:
vd2012-npp [at] yahoo.co.uk
Mobile: +44 (0)7506 234 091
/// NO MORE WH DEPORTATION TOURS ///
Saturday, 27th March, 11am
Demo outside WH Tours, The Kelvin Centre, Kelvin Way, Crawley RH10 9SF.
Meet 11am outside Crawley train station (There are regular trains from London Victoria and Brighton).
WH Tours is a coach company based in Crawley, near Gatwick airport. Part of the company’s business is leisure: coach excursions, sightseeing tours and so on. Another part, however, is much more sinister: the company provides coaches for transporting detained migrants facing deportation from immigration prisons to airports to be deported on commercial or specially charted flights.
Forcible deportations tear apart people’s lives as they are split from
their families and communities and their right to freedom of movement is denied. On top of this, the vast majority of deportations have been tocountries devastated by wars and armed conflicts (often caused by western colonial interests) such as Afghanistan, Iraq, DR Congo, Nigeria, Jamaica, Sri Lanka and so on. After being forcibly deported, many have been kidnapped, imprisoned, tortured and killed. Others have had to change their identities or move again to avoid persecution.
By providing coaches to transport deportees to the airport, WH Tours is complicit in the human tragedies that forcible deportations cause.
Deportees, including families and children, are also treated as criminals. They are typically handcuffed and accompanied by two private security guards each. There have been many reports of racial and violent abuse suffered by deportees at the hands of private ‘escorts’. WH Tours is complicit in these illegal acts too.
We are calling for WH Tours to immediately end its contracts with G4S, the UKBA and any other other private or government body involved in the deportation machine.
We are calling for all individuals, schools and companies that use WH Tours to boycott them until the company ends its involvement in deportation. See model letter to send to WH Tours here.
We are also calling for a public demo ouside WH Tours office on Saturday 27th March, to express our disgust at its shameful involvement in this inhumane industry. Please bring banners and instruments.
/// THIS IS WHAT IT IS … ARTEVICT, A LIVE ART EVENT ///
Saturday, 27th March, 7pm
1-15 Meesons Wharf, High Street Bow, E15 2QA. Free Entry
ArtEvict is a monthly live art night hosted in derelict buildings and squats around London. With the ever-present threat of eviction orders, the project shares the fate of the tenants, growing as a nomadic troupe as we move from place to place. Since its conception in November last year, ArtEvict has established itself as an open platform for emerging artists to show new work in live art, bringing ideas to a forum for discussion and re-evaluation.
This month’s ArtEvict will take place in the former industrial heartland of East London at a disused asphalt factory. The night will play host to a plethora of performances, taking us all on a ride through live art to contemporary dance via an encounter with ourselves and each other. Together, twelve individual performances become part of a continuous installation experience, in which viewers shift between active and passive roles. Join Vago Tedosio and Nat Gillespie a live drawing experiment, talk to Kate Harding about her psychiatrist’s couch or simply engage in a shared experience, watching the personal made public.
This is what it is, a mélange of gawking self-awareness and spectacle.
Contributing Artists: Nathalie Bikoro, Htein Lin, Caoimhe McGuinness, VCDC, Leo Durand, Laura and Lauren, Agnes Yit, Melanie Uhlman, Joana Cifre-Cerda, Kate Harding, Chloe Bezer, Vago Tedosio and Nat Gillespie. Curated by Heather Jones and Kimbal Bumstead
To keep up to date with information, visit our website: http://www.artevict.com or join our facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=365859891042
/// ACOUSTIC INSURGENCY ///
Sunday, 28th March, 7.30pm
The Grosvenor, Sidney Road, Stockwell, London, SW9 0TP
The March ACOUSTIC INSURGENCY benefit gig could not be more timely as the situation in HAITI remains critical and the hurricane is season expected within a month.
FULL LINE UP DETAILS FOR THE GIG:
(the living radical folk legend)
(award winning feminist comic)
The Balsall Heathens
(acoustic folk punk from brum)
(dub poetry mayhem)
(acoustic set from the singer song writer from The Kut)
/// PEOPLE’S COURT AT SOUTHWARK CROWN COURT ///
Tuesday, 30th March, 10am
Southwark Crown Court, 1 English Grounds, London, SE1 2HU
On the 30th March at Southwark Crown Court, 3 Labour MPs and 1 Tory Lord will be put on trail for Theft and Embezzlement. Eliot Morley MP, David Chaytor MP, Jim Devine MP and Baron Hanningfield are being used as scapegoats to vent public outrage at the corrupt politicians without the real criminals having to change their ways. The courts cannot provide the justice we need. The system must be put on trial, not just these four corrupt scapegoats.
Election Meltdown therefore calls for a PEOPLE’S COURT to put the whole system on trial. People from all over the country will come to Southwark to add their voices to the clamour for REAL CHANGE, not just false reforms!
/// DISSENTING WOMEN OF THE 18th CENTURY ///
Wednesday, 31st March, 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX, Tel: 020 7837 4473
Throughout the eighteenth century, from childhood to old age, women from all strata of British society faced the same prejudice because of their sex. Not all women, however, were prepared to accept their lot; some openly objected to a double standard which placed them under far more restrictions – physical, intellectual, financial and social – than men and boys.
Even for those who did accept the status quo, there were ways to make use of, or even exploit, the situations in which they found themselves in order to better their positions and claim some autonomy. Kelsey’s new publication is a study of women’s resistance both explicit and subtle.
Join the author for a discussion of ‘A Voice of Discontent’ as well as an opportunity for questions and answers and book signing.
/// NATIVE SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING ///
Tuesday, 30th March, 6pm
SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies, Room G2, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H
3 films in the screenings once every full moon at SOAS, 13 Moons
6pm Finding Our Talk: Australia 24mins. dir. Paul Richard
In the last 200 years, Australia has suffered the largest and most rapid loss of languages known to history. In Nambucca Heads, the Guymbaynggirr people work to revive a near-extinct language, while in Alice Springs vibrant languages learned at home are struggling to survive.
7pm Blossoms of Fire 57mins. Zapoteco people, Mexico/US, dir. Maureen Gosling
This film celebrates the extraordinary lives of the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico, whose culture is rooted in a strong work ethic and fierce independent streak, powerful women, and an unusual tolerance of alternative gender roles.
8.15pm The Whispering of the Trees. 55mins. Mapuche, Chile/Germany, dir. Tom Lemke
A People’s livelihood balances on the branches of the Monkey Puzzle Tree, the Mapuche Pehuenche – People of the Araucaria as it is known to the Native Mapuche of the Southern Chilean Andes.
Entry £6, students/unemployed £3. All proceeds go to indigenous education projects in South America.
/// ONE YEAR AND STILL NO JUSTICE ///
Thursday, 1st April, 10.45am
Cornhill by Threadneedle Street, EC3V
Remember Ian Tomlinson! Please join the Tomlinsons in laying flowers at the spot where Ian died
Ian died in tragic circumstances an innocent passer by, trying to get home, who died after a police assault at the g20 protests on April 1st 2009.
Nearest tube: Bank. Please arrive at 10:45 so that we can observe a minute’s silence at 11:00
/// RADICAL THEORY READING GROUP ///
Friday, 2nd April, 6pm
London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Our discussion of D&G’s ‘Postulates of Linguistics’ during FreeSchool raised questions about the relationship between speech acts and subjectivity, particularly in relation to the theme of FreeSchool which was gender and power relations. To pursue the subject further we chose to read Judith Butler’s chapter ‘Sovereign Performatives’ from Excitable Speech. Download the whole book here http://www.box.net/shared/a3h9oqz0yi and print out from page 42 – 58
/// DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO ///
Friday 2nd April, 9pm
Whitechapel, and pumpin’ out of your stereo!
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 IMC London for more on what will feature, or go to 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.
/// SURVEILLANCE AND THE CITY ///
Film screenings and roundtable discussion.
Presented by: The Raphael Samuel History Centre Urban Studies group
Venue for the film screenings: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1H 0PD
Venue for the roundtable discussion on 7th June: Room B03, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1H 0PD
Since Foucault’s notion of the panopticon as a machine of power there has been a metastasising of the technologies of surveillance throughout the fabric of post-industrial urban society. Cinema is the ideal art form through which to explore the ideas of surveillance and the city. The three films in this season, The Conversation (Coppola 1974), Red Road (Arnold 2006) and Cache (Hidden) (Haneke 2005) develop complex visual and narrative engagements with the interactions between the city and surveillance and cinemas implicit and explicit collusion with the machinery of power.
All welcome to join us for screenings and discussions chaired by Dr Amber Jacobs (Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London)
Monday 10th May: Screening 1: The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola 1974)
Monday 17th May: Screening 2: Red Road (Andrea Arnold 2006)
Monday 24th May: Screening 3: Hidden (Cache) (Michael Haneke 2005)
Monday 7th June: Roundtable discussion on the 3 screenings.
The screenings and the discussion will begin at 6.00pm. The events are free – all welcome. First come, first admitted.
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