SQUAT THE SKY!

Following the helpful announcement that the administrators of the bankrupt US bank Lehman Brothers are in dispute with the owners of their former premises and that the rest of the building will be vacated in March 2011, we’re reviving our plan to squat Canary Wharf. Come down to No. 25 Bank Street and help us open the biggest autonomous social centre on the planet. Wish list: residents with a head for heights, climbing equipment (essential), helicopter (desirable). Meanwhile, back on the 33rd floor…

Down at ground level, plans for a new home for rampART are progressing. Meanwhile, our Monday meetings continue at 195 Mare Street (7pm). Come down and get involved. People with skills needed (plumbing, wiring etc.).

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<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>

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~~ 56a InfoShop ~~

56a Infoshop, 56 Crampton Street, London, SE17 3AE

*Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 3-7pm (Saturdays, 2-6pm)*

Food Coop and Bike Workshop

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** Kew Bridge Eco Village **

24 Kew Bridge Rd, Brentford.  Nearest train: Kew Bridge, nearest tube: Gunnersbury. Tel: 07967864370

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.

Also…

Every Sunday at 12 noon

GROW YOUR OWN VILLAGE

Learn the necessary skills to set up an eco village, eg how to spot good sites using the internet and going out walking in groups to find them, building compost toilets, rocket stoves etc. We’ll be posting the info about whats happening each week with updates on each site we find at http://www.growyourownvillage.blogspot.com

The meetings on tuesday are there to follow up these practical workshops.

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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. 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!!

TUESDAYS, 2 – 8pm

Do It Yourself Bike Workshop, Bike Repair, Meeting and Cooking Session

WEDNESDAYS, 2 – 8pm

Hacklab – a space for learning about Linux

SATURDAYS at 1pm. Gardening. Come and help us make our garden grow with all sorts of yummy things.

Other regular events happening in the building include:

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

And…

Until further notice, rampART meeting every MONDAY at 7pm.

Plus…

++ SATURDAY, 7th APRIL, 8 – 11.30pm ++

BIG TAKEOVER 4 – All ages DIY Punk night

BTO is an ongoing project attempting to link the spirit of the ‘temporary autonomous zone’ with DIY punk, aka a mass exodus from the back room of the pub to somewhere more exciting and less exclusionary than most of the ‘music venues’ in London. All the gigs are all ages, no bar (bring yer own) with lineups of at least four bands from across the world that don’t all sound / look / think the same, and benefit a carousel of good causes that have links to some of the subject matter sung about. So far we’ve set up everywhere from railway arches and disused offices and supported Croydon rape crisis and calais migrant solidarity. This BTO is happening at 195 mare street, and is a benefit for the U-turn project. (http://uturnproject.co.uk)

The line up is:  Facel Vega / The Sceptres / Battle of Wolf 359 / Bird

Calls/ Love Triangle / Flats

more info: http://bigtakeover.co.uk

++ SATURDAY, 1st MAY, 8pm ++

HURIYA

Fundraiser for London Detainee Solidarity network, supporting detainees who are protesting in immigration detention.

Featuring:

* CLAY PIGEON – Reggae/punk/ska

* APOLOGIES I HAVE NONE – Punk/rock

* GRAINS

* THE MACHINE – Electro/tropical

* XTRATS – Drum’n’bass

* DJ JUVENILE DELINQUENT – doo wop/garage rock

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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…

^^^ Tuesdays ^^^

Sewing Workshop, 4-7pm

Practical Squatting Night, 7-8pm

^^^ Saturday ^^^

Yoga Class. 9-11 am

Bring mats if possible

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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

||| Tuesday & Thursday, 7-11pm |||

Cinema / food night

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<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

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/// 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!

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/// 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.

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/// IN THE LAND OF THE FREE ///

Tuesday, 30th March, 6.30pm

Human Rights Action, Centre, 17-25 New Yard Inn.

documentary about the Angola 3

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/// DOES EDUCATION NEED THEORIES? ///

Tuesday, 30th March, 8pm

The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, Westminster.

Pub argument about the usefulness of education theories

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/// VISTEON PENSION ACTION GROUP DEMONSTRATION ///

Wednesday, 31st March, 12noon

Unite HQ, Theobald’s Road.

Support Swansea & Belfast Visteon workers on a march to Parliament Square

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/// RIOTERS REUNITED ///

Wednesday, 31st March, 3pm

Trafalgar Square

to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Poll Tax Riot.

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/// 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.

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/// FOSSIL FOOLS DAY ///

Thursday, 1st April

Join Rising Tide in some creative direct action. Subvertise and disrupt climate criminals by organising office occupations, banner drops, blockades, etc.

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/// 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

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/// DIRTY BUSINESS FILM SERIES ///

Thursday, 1st April, 6.30pm

Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Yard Inn.

Screening IronEaters about Bangladeshi shipyards.

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/// 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

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/// 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 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.

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/// ANTI-FUR DEMONSTRATION ///

Sunday, 4th April, 12-3pm

Moda Show (furshop), 220 Brick Lane, London E1..

For more information call 0777 374 5427.

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// WESTMINSTER PEACE PROCESSION ///

Sunday, 4th April, 1.30pm

Westminster Cathedral.

Peaceful campaigners from all or no faiths call for an end to the illegal war in Iraq and Afghanistan

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/// FILM 17:00 ///

Sunday, 4th April, 5pm

The Castle, 65 Camberwell Church St, SE5.

A different lesbian/gay film will be screening every Sunday at 5pm in the upstairs room at The Castle (free entry). Make it a regular Sunday tradition!

29th March – 4th April 2010 info_usurpa@riseup.net

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/// RESIST NUCLEAR POWER: FILM AND DISCUSSION NIGHT ///

Wednesday, 7th April, 7pm

London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES

Join us for an evening of short films and presentations about nuclear power followed by a discussion on how we can build strong resistance to nuclear new build in the UK.

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/// THE LAST DAYS OF GORDON BROWN ///

Wednesday, 7th April, 7pm

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX. Tel: 020 7837 4473

SNP MP Christopher Harvie discusses ‘Broonland’, his scathing and witty indictment of the architect of New Labour, Gordon Brown.

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/// EXPOSE THE EXPO! ///

Wednesday, 14th April, 12noon

Olympia, Olympia Way, W14

Protest outside the Counter Terror Expo. Please bring banners and instruments.

More info: http://www.dsei.org/counterterror

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/// A RISING TIDE OF DISINFORMATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE ///

Wednesday, 14th April, 6.30pm

Room G2, SOAS, off Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

PUBLIC MEETING

Speakers including…

David Adam, Environmental Correspondent from the Guardian

Ben Stewart, Greenpeace

George Marshall, COIN – Climate Outreach and Information Network (founder)

Who are the “sceptics” or “deniers” , how are they organised, who is paying them? Is it true that theirs is the message that people most want to hear and why? What can we do to fight back? These questions and more… hear some answers and bring your own…

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/// SURVEILLANCE AND THE CITY ///

Film screenings and roundtable discussion.

May/June 2010

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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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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