POLICE TEST NEW VIBRATOR

In the run up to Mayday, we’re assessing the dangers of the new police issue ‘e-Glove’ which ‘vibrates silently’ when it comes within an inch of anything metal. Activists with genital piercings subjected to stop and search are warned to beware of the sudden onset of desire for officers in uniform. Meanwhile, back at the adult pleasure emporium…

We apologise to readers with sat nav for getting the postcode wrong in last week’s newsletter. 105 Globe Road is in E1 4LB, not E2. Anyone still lost in East London should head down to our opening night cafe this Friday, April 23rd at 8pm for tea, sympathy and convivial company. And while you’re out and about we still need lamps, cooker, sink, cleaning equipment (anyone got a hoover?), clothes rail, chairs, toaster, books to start a new library, tea urn, shovel, dustpan, 4 way extensions, old sheets to black out the projection room, mattresses for crash space.

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<* EVENTS AT GLOBE ROAD SOCIAL CENTRE *>

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Globe Road Social Centre is at 105 Globe Road, E1 4LB. Nearest tube: Stepney Green or Bethnal Green or bus numbers 205, 55, 309, 8, 25, D6, D3.

/// FRIDAY, APRIL 23rd, 8 – 11pm ///

*Animation Cafe / Opening Night*

Selection of the best animated shorts, tea, coffee and food on donation

/// MONDAY, APRIL 26th, 7pm AND EVERY MONDAY ///

*rampART Meeting*

Come down and get involved. Globe Road is an old community centre/pub complete with 1970s fixtures and fittings (including a bar), working toilets, two large event rooms (one kitted out for film screenings) and a basement. Kitchen is currently shared with residents but we’re working on getting one sorted for the downstairs area, hence the need for a sink and cooker. Proposals for meetings, workshops, cafes and performances always welcome.

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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.

Plus…

Saturday, 24th April, 2pm

If you are sick of war,

come and “SAY YOUR PEACE”

Open-Mic session, plus guest speakers, free food, arts and crafts and music!

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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 and WEDNESDAYS 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)

Plus…

++ FRIDAY, 23rd APRIL, 8 – 11pm ++

B IG TAKEOVER FIVE

After the great success of the last gig at 195 mare street, Big

Takeover returns once more, to say farewell to one of the finest UK

DIY hardcore bands of recent years, Nowhere Fast. An all ages byob

benefit gig for Asylum Aid Women’s Network, there will be four other

new bands to take up the baton – Clean Slate, Deal with It, Ark. And

ping pong! £5 suggested donation.

++ SATURDAY, 24th APRIL, 2-6pm ++

UN/COMMON PLACES MAPPING PROJECT

Come and draw YOUR map of Hackney – and share your personal view and your stories about it with us and other citizens of the borough! Any styles, any materials, any techniques, any words, any stories are very welcome!

No Cost, It’s All FREE! But you can bring things you might want to use!

++ 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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/// EAST END FILM FESTIVAL ///

Thursday 22nd – Friday, 30th April

Various cinemas and venues across the East End of London

The East End Film Festival has a particular commitment to films that tackle the issue of human rights, politics and the conditions that people live under both at home and abroad. Every year we watch scores of impassioned, angry, moving and at times distressing films that tackle human rights issues, and we are delighted to be partnering with the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre to present a series of films, Q&As, discussion and short films at the Hoxton Action Centre and other venues that highlight issues from across the globe. Highlights include:

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CENTRE, Thursday 29 April, 7pm

Introduced by Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty International UK, PRESUMED GUILTY is a documentary that attempts to exonerate a wrongly convicted man: a young breakdancer and rapper, sentenced to 20 years in prison for a murder he clearly could not have committed. Shot with a handheld camera by American-based attorney Roberto Hernandez and developed by British filmmaker Geoffrey Smith, the film exposes Mexico’s unsound legal system.

RICH MIX, Saturday 24 April, 8pm

Taking place on Election Night in 1979, as Thatcher comes into power. SUS is set in a police interview room, where Delroy is being questioned about his recently murdered wife. He suffers a night of callous humiliation at the hands of two racist coppers, both high on the impending Conservative landslide victory, and more concerned with the outcome of the election than establishing the truth. Written in 1979 by Barrie Keefe (The Long Good Friday) and based on a true story, SUS (Suspect Under Suspicion) is a powerful cry against institutional racism, and has clear parallels with Stop and Search powers today. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion, in association with Liberty, with cast, crew and guests including Doreen Lawrence, Stephen Kamlish QC, David Akinsanya, Pennie Quinton and Shami Chakrabarti.

RIOT, RACE AND ROCK’N’ROLL is a whole section of the East End Film Festival programme devoted to protest, politics, subculture and cultural resistance and music as grassroots action. This includes A RIOT OF OUR OWN, an exhibition of photographs  and artwork documenting the Rock Against Racism movement, which was originally conceived as a one-off concert but went on to lead the fight against racism in the UK. Jerry Dammers (The Specials) will DJ at the exhibition opening. Also features is a screening of a brand new re-edit of WHO SHOT THE SHERIFF, a classic documentary about the famous RAR concert in Victoria Park and the fight against the National Front, which is followed by an after party with live music from Sam Duckworth and celebrity guests. There will also be a panel discussion about the movement’s legacy, chaired by journalist Mark Steel and featuring Jerry Dammers, Gurinda Chadha (Director, Bend It Like Beckham) and Tom Robinson (musician, radio presenter and activist).

RICH MIX, Thursday 29 April, 6.15pm

TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM, which tells the story of a slew of Islamic punk outfits touring North America and Pakistan in what is becoming a huge grassroots movement, taking punk to the streets of Lahore. This is followed by DON’T PANIC, WE’RE ISLAMIC, a discussion of music as a response to race, religion and identity in a post 9/11 world with filmmakers and journalists.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CENTRE, Sunday 25 April, 5pm

A former Amnesty Prisoner of Conscience, Ngawang Choephel was arrested on charges of espionage by Chinese authorities in 1995. Sentenced to 18 years in prison, he was released in 2002. For his Sundance Jury Award-winning documentary TIBET IN SONG, he returned to the land he left at the age of two to capture the music of his people before it’s lost in a void of cultural repression.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CENTRE, Sunday 25 April, 2.30pm

LONELY PACK, documents the everyday life of street children in Kathmandu, Nepal, as they look for food, drugs, and rich tourists. Shot without any narration, music or staging, this is a harrowing document of young lives ruled by poverty and violence that nonetheless manage to experience moments of childlike freedom. This film is also screening alongside short documentaries portraying a farming community in Peru threatened by a large mining corporation, and short fiction films highlighting the issues of sex trafficking in the UK and the conditions imposed by Israel on Palestinians in the West Bank.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CENTRE, Monday 26 April, 8.30pm

THE BORDER, Jaroslav Vojtek’s documentary, reveals the plight of a village arbitrarily divided between Czechoslovakia and the Ukraine under Soviet border policy in 1946. Finding themselves having to call to each other over a fence in order to maintain social and familial relationships, and having to travel 150 miles in order to obtain visas to cross to the other side, this reveals the absurd effects that Soviet policy had on the people it claimed to protect. Also screening with The Border will be EXIT, a short film documenting the efforts of ordinary Polish people to flee to the West shortly before the Soviet Union’s collapse.

GENESIS, Wednesday 28 April, 8pm

LAND GOLD WOMEN, shot on location in Birmingham, is a drama portraying the struggle of Indian emigrants caught between Eastern and Western cultures. When an Indian university lecturer discovers that his daughter is in an illicit relationship, he has a difficult decision to make. This Anglo-Indian collaboration bravely tackles the spectre of forced marriage and honour crime. Followed by a discussion with the cast and crew

STRATFORD PICTUREHOUSE, Thursday 29 April, 8.30pm

ERASING DAVID We live in one of the most intrusive surveillance states in the world. Filmmaker David Bond decides to find out how much private companies and the government know about him by putting himself under surveillance and attempting to disappear, which is a decision that changes his life forever. Leaving his pregnant wife and young child behind, he is tracked across the database state on a chilling journey that forces him to contemplate the meaning of privacy and the loss of it. Director David Bond will introduce the film screening in person, which will be followed by a live link-up Q&A.

This is just a small selection of the human rights and politically orientated films and events being shown at this year’s East London Film Festival. We also have a whole variety of free events taking place in Spitalfields market, including an outdoor screening of Alfred Hitchcock classic THE LODGER, with a live rescore by Minima. There will also be a GIVE & TAKE event, with film screenings and art installations, where anybody can bring and swap their unwanted items for free, whether it be their own work, memorabilia, DVDs, books, soundtracks or posters.

Visit http://www.eastendfilmfestival.com for more information

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/// HOW HONDURAN WORKERS BEAT SWEATSHOP BOSSES ///

Thursday, 22nd April, 7pm

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

In 2009, Honduran workers who had been fired from their jobs making garments for US apparel giants like Russell Athletic won reinstatement and union recognition after a massive international solidarity campaign.

In many ways, their case was typical; low-paid workers in a developing country working for employers operating on subcontracts from big apparel companies. The clothes they stitched would be sold on college campuses and high-streets across America and, when their bosses fired them for attempting to organise a union, their experience was one shared by thousands of other workers in the garment industry across the world. What makes this group of workers different is that, unlike so many others, they won.

The combined pressure of domestic protest and massive international solidarity campaign – in which UK organisations like People & Planet, Labour Behind the Label and No Sweat were central – forced their employers to reopen a closed workplace and rehire all 1,200 workers on union contracts. How did they do it, and what does it teach us about how we can support frontline workers’ struggles against sweatshop exploitation?

No Sweat is a UK campaign for workers’ solidarity against sweatshop labour and hyper-exploitation; since 2001, it has build active links between workers and activists in the UK and workers in struggle against exploitation from Argentina to New Zealand, from Haiti to Indonesia. Our monthly central London discussion forums help us raise awareness of a variety of workers’ struggles and discuss how we can support them.

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/// DEMO AGAINST UBS / FOR MIGRANT CLEANERS ///

Friday, 23rd April, 5pm

100 Liverpool Street

The demo will take place from 5pm on the 23rd at 100 Liverpool Street, London: go to the McDonalds above the Tube entrance in the station for 4.30pm. It follows the 19th March international day of action which saw lively protests outside UBS sites around the world. Migrant cleaners are refusing to accept attacks on their conditions from this massively wealthy bank, and need the solidarity of the whole movement.

Full background http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/ubs-the-fight-for-justice-for-cleaners-continues/

This concerns:

Syndicalists, being a campaign initiated then carried forward by the workers themselves long after the mainstream TU movement had turned it’s back.

Migration and antiracist activists, being the start of a fight against the superexploitation of workers screwed over on the basis of their nationality and status.

Feminists, being a fight against the belittling of ‘women’s work’ and an industry made up mainly of women workers.

East London activists and residents, being the biggest grass roots industrial struggle about to kick off on our doorstep.

Anticapitalists, being the most direct threat to the city’s banks this side of legality.

Trade Unionists, being the forefront of low-paid workers’ struggle.

Anyone.

Everyone.

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/// NATIVE SPIRIT FILM SCREENING ///

Wednesday, 28th April, 7pm

Room KLT, SOAS School of Oriental and Asian Studies, Thornhaugh St., Russell Square, London WC1H

Two films in the ongoing 13 Moons screenings, each full moon.

7pm. WHY SAVE A LANGUAGE 27mins USA Dir. Sally Thompson

Tribe members explain why native languages are important, and discuss historic and contemporary issues and their efforts to revitalise their language.

7.30pm. THE GIFT OF PACHAMAMA 104 mins Uyuni-Quechua People, 2008, Bolivia/Japan/USA Dir. Toshifumi Matsushita

Near the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, families still earn their living by harvesting salt and using it to barter for staples on the ‘Ruta de la Sal’.

Kunturi is thirteen years old and growing up near the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Following a familial loss, Kunturi is deemed mature enough to join his father Sauci for the annual three-month journey along the salt route.

Entry £ 6/£3 students/dole.

All funds raised go to indigenous educational projects in south america.

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/// THE FIGHT AGAINST RACISM – MIGRANT WORKERS DAY ///

Saturday, 1st May, 4pm

SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG

Public meeting: Against racism – Day of the migrant worker

– Migrant rights

– Latinoamerican identity, the campaign for recognition as an ethnic minority

– Against racism – No-one is illegal!

– Linking with other communities

Before the meeting we will be joining the Trade Union march from Clerkenwell Green (gather 12pm) to Trafalger Square.

More info to come

Contra Racismo – El Día del Trabajador Inmigrante

– Derechos de los Migrantes

–  Identidad Latinoamericana, Campaña por el reconocimiento

– Contra racismo – Nadie es illegal!

– Intercambios con otras comunidades y la juventud

Sábado 1 de mayo, 4pm

(después de la marcha desde Clerkenwell Green 12 horas, hasta Trafalgar Square)

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/// ROBIN HOOD TAX TREASURE HUNT ///

Sunday, 2nd May, 1pm

Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

oin in the treasure hunt with a difference! Come along to Rich Mix Cultural Foundation in Bethnal Green on Sunday 2nd May and test your wit, imagination and general jolly banter to gain points to win tickets to top summer festivals Latitude and Winterwell.

Clues will lead you all round the streets of East London and prompt you to take photos, make videos and perhaps even pick up new merry men on the way! Enter as a team of 6, or as smaller groups and we’ll match you up with team mates.

Organised by Oxfam, the event is part of the Robin Hood Tax campaign which aims to put a tiny tax on banks to raise billions for poverty in the UK and abroad. Tickets are £2.00 donations to Oxfam. Places can be booked at robinhoodgame.wordpress.com.The event runs from 13:00 – 18:00.

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/// THE PEOPLE’S JURY AT BAE / AGM ///

Wednesday, 5th May, 10am

The QEII Exhibition Centre, Broad Sactuary, Westminster, SW1P 3EE. Meet at Kingsgate House (home to the UKTI), 66-74 Victoria Street, SW1E 6SW at 10am.

BAE has once again escaped justice, but we’re not letting them off the hook: We’re organising a People’s Jury in which we will hold our 9ft tall Dick Olver (the BAE Chairman) to account.

And just as the BAE shareholders will be shmoozing on the inside, we’ll finish the demo off with music and free food on the outside.

Here’s the plan:

10am: Meet at Kingsgate House (66-74 Victoria Street, SW1E 6SW), home to the government’s arms sales department (the UKTI).

At 10.15 we’ll chase a giant Dick Olver away from the office that gives him so much support to the BAE AGM where we will pursue justice inside and outside of the building.

10.30am-12 noon: Outside QEII Conference centre, Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3EE (Westminster)

Here we’ll hold our own ‘People’s Jury’ and we’ll expose BAE’s dirty dealings with testimonies from people directly affected by their actions.

If you can’t make it add your judgement or question for BAE to our People’s Jury site (http://baepeoplesjury.wordpress.com/) and we’ll bring it along!

Contact universities@caat.org.uk for more information or visit  http://www.caat.org.uk/campaigns/universities/

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/// LARC MEETING – IT’S A LAUGH ….///

Wednesday, 5th May, 7.30pm

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

At the last meeting, we sorted out such things as the broken toilet, the broken window, key access, as well as discussing how to get space users more involved in the upkeep of the building. We decided on opening the space on a regular Friday night for socialising purposes and will work on getting that disco ball up and running.

Then we f*cked off to the pub for some subversive chat over pints of ale and crisps. All in all, a right laugh!

So come get involved and help inject your enthusiasm and ideas into London’s permanent, autonomously organised resource space.

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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

Globe Road Social Centre, 105 Globe Road, Stepney, E1 4LB

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