LONDON NEEDS SOCIAL CENTRES

Approximately three weeks ago, a group of people connected with the rampART collective opened a space in East London with the intention of providing living space for five people and using the remainder of the building as a social centre. Last Friday, during the opening night cafe, the owner attempted an illegal eviction which was successfully resisted. So far, so business-as-usual. The events the following day, however, while being boringly familiar to some who have been involved in squatting and managing social centres for some time, raise some serious questions about the meaning of squatting as a political activity.

A call was put out for people to turn up at 2pm on the Saturday when the owner had promised/threatened to return and we were well prepared to defend the building. However, one of the residents took it upon himself to contact the owner beforehand and negotiate for the five residents to stay with the provision that he would get rid of the ‘troublemakers’. Not all the other residents were complicit and, in fact, were not consulted.

This was almost a carbon copy of the events that led to the collective voluntarily leaving the Lift ‘n’ Hoist building in Elephant and Castle. In that case, we were invited by two of the people already occupying the building (with the agreement, we thought, of the other residents) to set up a social centre in the basement and first floor but someone who moved in a few weeks later, again, contacted the owner and negotiated terms that precluded the operation of a social centre in the space. They were evicted four weeks later.

We know that our recent experiences are not unique to us or to our particular project. They are, perhaps, symptomatic of the culture of competitive individualism which we are committed to fighting. But having to deal with people’s personal agendas is tiring and depressing and deflects energy from the urgent project of establishing viable movements for change. This is an edited version of a longer article that we’ve published on Indymedia (http://london.indymedia.org/articles/4682). Please leave a comment or contact us via email (rampart@mutualaid.org). We need to know what you think.

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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…

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++ 195 Mare Street ++

195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE

boardsofhackney@safe-mail.net

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…

//DO IT BECAUSE THEY DESTROY IT//

a weekend celebrating autonomy and diy culture contra the suits and their

election. (And celebrating the part of the building that is getting

demolished next week… but half of it will still be there up and

running!)

In terms of accessibility, have a look at the Access Codes for the building:

http://londonfreeschool.wordpress.com/access-codes-building-accessibility-for-people-of-various-abilities/

There is a ramp at the front for the steps but there is no wheelchair

accessible toilets.

++ FRIDAY 30th APRIL ++

6pm puppet show

8pm bombs, blood and capital

nightime subversion…

++ SATURDAY 1st MAY ++

afternoon out in the street reclaiming mayday

8pm HURRIYA benefit party

https://london.indymedia.org.uk/events/4486

++ SUNDAY 2nd MAY ++

from 2pm bbq and freeshop on mare st

capture the ballot (meeting point in 195 mare st or find us in hackney area)

workshop in welding, theatre of the oppress (3-6pm), ceramic kilns and

pingpong tournament

cafe with open mic

from 9pm clowing performance

non slient silent movie, a movie from the past with electronic sounds from

the future

And to conclude our favourite band 52 commercial road

come along during the tree days of the festival to celebrate, perform and

create art, controculture, free music piroting and make the space the most

beautiful bEfOrE ThEy DeStRoY iT

sponsored by the pirate pond

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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 ON MAY 1st *>

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/// 1pm: MAY DAY CARNIVAL AND PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY ///

On International Worker’s Day, Saturday 1st May 2010, the Four Horsefolk of the Post-Capitalist Apocalypse will take to the streets again at the head of four May Day Carnival Parades.

All four Parades will converge on Parliament Square at 2:30pm, and the carcasses of the four party leaders will be hung, drawn and quartered, or guillotined in accordance with the wishes of the assembled multitudes in a May Day Carnival. A People’s Assembly will convene on the green, where people can meet as equals to decide what we really want. Election Meltdown has been invited by the Peace Camp at Parliament Square to set up a Direct Democracy Camp from May Day, Sat May 1st, till the so-called election on Thursday May 6th. Bring tents and sleeping bags, besiege Parliament and join the People’s Assembly!

May Day Carnival & People’s Assembly

• Saturday 01 – Thursday 06 May 2010

• ‘The Plan Mayday’

» webpage – http://meltdown.uk.net/election/The_Plan_Mayday.html

• Facebook Events:

» May Day Carnival & People’s Assembly – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=335415173924 – click on ‘Attending’, then ‘Invite people to come’ and invite your friends to join us, and finally choose a Horsefolk-of-the-Apocalypse-led Carnival Parade, and do the same:

• The Red Horse, dragging Gordon Brown, will meet 2pm at Labour HQ, 39 Victoria Street, SW1H 0HA

» Red Horse Carnival Parade – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=338167061775

• The Silver Horse, dragging “Dave” Cameron, will meet 2pm at Conservative HQ, Millbank Tower, SW1P 4DP

» Silver Horse Carnival Parade – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=315494162167

• The Green Horse, dragging Nick Clegg, will meet 2pm at Lib Dem HQ, 4 Cowley Street, SW1P 3NB

» Green Horse Carnival Parade – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=363481372782

• The Black Horse, dragging Nick Griffin, will leave 1pm from Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU

» Black Horse Carnival Parade – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=340247816939

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/// 2pm: DO IT BECAUSE THEY DESTROY IT ///

195 mare street E8 3QE

This is a 3 days event : friday 30th April from 6pm, saturday 1st may from 5pm and sunday 2nd May from 2pm

=SATURDAY 1st MAY=

afternoon out in the street reclaiming mayday

5pm Workshop of nothing

8pm HURRIYA benefit party

come along during the three days of the festival to celebrate, perform and create art, controculture, free music pirating and make the space the most beautiful bEfOrE ThEy DeStRoY iT

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/// 4pm: THE FIGHT AGAINST RACISM: MIGRANT WORKERS’ DAY ///

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 – watch this space!

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)

Lugar: SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG

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/// 4pm: MAYDAY SOCIAL ///

Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, Whitechapel High St.

After the Mayday march there is the option of retreating back to East London to drown our sorrows, sharing our thoughts from the year and making a conspiracy of hope for the future with others in the safety of Angel Alley.

There will be food, drink and music aplenty.

At 1PM there is the Mayday March in Clerkenwell Green (nr Farringdon). We will kick off at 4PM and go on until the early hours of the morning, so please join us.

Put together in conjunction with London Anarchist Federation and North and South London Solidarity Federation.

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/// 5pm: ITALIAN WORKERS’ STRUGGLES IN THE 1970s ///

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX

Guests from French group ‘Mouvement Communiste’ discuss the lessons from Italian workers’ struggles of the 1970s

The last great global proletarian political movement began in 1968 and reached its highest expression in Italy, in a movement lasting more than 12 years. Although it was centred on the struggles of workers in big workplaces, its influence spread well beyond the factory walls. Very quickly it took on questions of housing, transport, energy and means of subsistence by organising the self-reduction of prices and the seizure of housing, as well as having to directly confront the reactionary manoeuvres of the Communist Party and the trade unions.

The centre of gravity of the workers’ committee movement was the Milan area, and it was the workers’ committee of Magneti Marelli in the Crescenzago factory which was the most advanced expression of the committees in this region and thus in the whole country.

‘The Red Guard Tells its Story’ is a recently published book about these struggles. As of yet, it is only available in French and Italian. However, a member of the ‘Mouvement Communiste’ who worked on the French translation of the book is travelling to London to bring the message of this book to a British audience. The event will involve a discussion of what is important about the struggles of that time and what we can learn from them in relation to workers’ struggles today.

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/// 7pm: HURRIYA ///

195 Mare Street, E8 3QE

Fundraiser for London Detainee Solidarity network, supporting detainees who are protesting in immigration detention, and the Stop Deportation Network.

Vegan food and films from 7pm, then music from 8pm:

* CLAY PIGEON – Reggae/punk/ska

* APOLOGIES I HAVE NONE – Punk/rock

* BEAR – Urban folk

* GRAINS -Bastard pop

* THE MACHINE – Electro/tropical

* XTRATS – Drum’n’bass

* DJ JUVENILE DELINQUENT – doo wop/garage rock

Donations on door

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<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE / ELSEWHEN*>

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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.

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.

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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/// 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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/// WHY SOCIAL INEQUALITY PERSISTS ///

Wednesday, 28th April, 7pm

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX

Professor Daniel Dorling discusses his new book on the persistence of injustice. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in its call to action, this is essential reading for everyone concerned with social justice.

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/// ERASING DAVID PLUS PRIVACY DEBATE ///

Thursday, 29th April, 8.30pm

Various cinemas across London (Brixton / Straford / Notting Hill / Greenwich / Islington ), full details available here.. http://erasingdavid.com/categories/watch-the-film/cinema-release

ERASING DAVID is a feature documentary about privacy and surveillance in the UK. Director David Bond went on the run for a month and hired the best two private investigators in the UK to track him down using his personal data. The film is a riveting exposé of our digital age that plays like a Hitchcockian thriller – both chilling and very funny. Michael Nyman provided the music.

We are launching in cinemas on Thursday 29th April at 25 cinemas across the country. The screening will be followed by a live debate between David Bond (Director), Michael Nyman (Composer), David Davis MP, Phil Booth (NO2ID) and Shami Chakrabarti (Liberty).

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/// MOVIE: BLOOD, BOMBS AND CAPITAL ///

Friday, 30th April, 8pm

195 Mare Street, E8 3QE

An overview and critical analysis of the worker’s movement in Italy, which erupted after the piazza Fontana bombings and the police murder of comrade Pinelli, in Milan December 1969. The state’s repression in the following years is known as of the strategy of tension, aimed to slow down and tear apart the momentum of the worker’s movement. This was because the resistance was expressed with a wave of wild strikes (not supported by the unions), which often turned into uncontrollable and unpredictable street riots. The worker’s wrath, although at times dormant, was not completely repressed ’til the end of the 70’s. Within a general overview, the opposition parties of the left, including all unions and parts of the extra-parliamentary fractions (Lotta continua, Potere Operaio, etc.) chose the direction of democratic platforms and political participation. Other groups, however, with complete refusal of the state and democracy, chose more radical forms of struggle, which included critiques on daily life and practice in armed struggle (the famous years of lead). In its core, this film explores an analysis of those years, from radical critique to armed struggle, the emergence of which was a significant and highly contentious debate at the time that is still a very relevant and important topic in today’s struggles.

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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 STRUGGLE CONTINUES: WOMEN’S LIBERATION 40 YEARS ON ///

Sunday, 2nd May, 4pm

Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB (Tubes: Russell Square, Kings Cross, Euston, Euston Square.  Rail: Kings Cross, St Pancras, Euston).

Then on to Freedom Books, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX (Tubes: Aldgate East, Whitechapel)

In 1970 hundreds of women gathered for a free conference at Ruskin College that would launch the Second Wave of feminism. As men provided the childcare, women discussed and debated ideas and experiences, and identified what the aims of the Women’s Liberation Movement as they saw it, should be.   Feminist Fightback invite you to an afternoon of film showings and discussions as we think about how far we have come, what feminism looks like today, how the struggle continues, and put the battles women fight today in the context of the history of the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Films will include: Journeyman Picture’s A Woman’s Place (1970) plus excerpts from the BBC’s Women series (2010)

This venue is accessible. Creche provided, please contact us in advance if you will be bringing your child(ren).

All genders very welcome. £3 suggested donation waged/ £1 low/unwaged.

And then….Let’s Dance!

join us for an evening of music, drinks and BBQing  7 – 11pm @ Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, 84b Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX small entrance fee will go towards struggle of the cleaners at UBS in the City who are organising against their exploitation at the hands of union-busting bosses.

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/// FILM NIGHT AND DISCUSSION ///

Sunday, 2nd May, 4pm

London Action Resource, 62 Fieldgate, Whitechapel, London

Were going to be watching,

Vivir La Utopia – is a sympathetic documentary to accompany the events of the Spanish Revolution, when masses of working people lived and organised on anarchist principles. Consisting of 30 interviews with survivors of the 1936-1939 Spanish Revolution, intertwined with original footage of that time, the documentary Living Utopia – Vivir La Utopia tells the story of the Spanish Revolution of 1936 from the anarchist point of view.

Following that we are going to be discussing the short text,

Libertarian Communism by Isaac Puentes (here)

One of the main pamphlets put out by the CNT and was adopted in part as part of the CNT’s platform in 1936. It goes through responses to various prejudices against anarchism and then outlines how an anarchist society might function.

Other short suggested reading (if you have the time to spare)

The Maydays in Barcelona 193

A Day Mournful and Overcast: The Uncontrollables:

Selfed Unit 18: Spain , the collectives:

The Radical Reading Collective is a group set up to discuss texts and the relevance of their ideas to history and to struggles today. All are welcome. IT IS NOT ESSENTAIL TO HAVE READ THE TEXT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSION. Come and discuss relevant books, films and ideas in a friendly open environment.

For more info: radicalreadingcollective@googlegroups.com. See Indymedia for access to readings.

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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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/// RADICAL THEORY READING GROUP ///

Friday, 7th May, 6pm

LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1ES

Our encounter with Judith Butler’s excitable speech last meeting led to a discussion about the law, gender, sexuality and race and the role of scientific discourse in establishing legally recognised subjectivities and it was suggested that, with this in mind, our next reading should be something by Anne Fausto-Sterling as follows: ‘Frameworks of Desire’

(download http://www.box.net/shared/zr4t12cs53) and ‘Refashioning Race: DNA

and the Politics of Healthcare’ (download

http://www.box.net/shared/bf9a2jqd63).

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/// DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO ///

Friday, 7th May, 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 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…or just click here for a direct link to the stream (remember it starts after 9).

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/// ‘OFFSIDE’, WITH COMEDY FROM SHAPPI KHORSANDI ///

Wednesday, 12th May, 6pm

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE

Jafar Panahi – the well known Iranian film maker – was arrested on March 1 and is still being held without any charges. He has twice been offered bail, but has refused in solidarity with all those incarcerated for their participation in the mass demonstrations against the regime that have shaken Iran since June 2009.

The Hands off the People of Iran showing of the director’s most popular film in the West – ‘Offside’ – is an important opportunity to raise the profile of Panahi and step up the pressure on the regime in Tehran. We believe that international solidarity of this sort – not the threat of military strikes or sanctions – is the way to deliver effective aid to the struggle of ordinary people in Iran for freedom and social change.

This event is co-sponsored by the Labour Representation Committee.

Click here http://hopoi.org/?p=1195 for more information on the campaign and to buy your tickets.

All profits will be donated to the charity Workers Fund Iran, which works to “reduce and relieve poverty amongst Iranian workers (both employed and unemployed) who are victims both of the economic policies of the Iranian regime and sanctions” (www.workersfund.org).

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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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