In the run up to the general election, we nearly found ourselves voting for Labour candidate for north-west Norfolk, Manish Sood, who publicly declared that ‘we are moving towards not a government system but more towards anarchy’. Unfortunately, he also suggests re-instating the death penalty and forcing people to respect the Queen. Meanwhile, back at the hustings…
<* 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. 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.
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.
++ 195 Mare Street ++
195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE
DIY welding workshop.
The idea of this workshop will be to give everyone who comes the skills and knowledge necessary to use a spot welder and angle grinder safely. after a few introductory sessions we thought it would be good to start a couple of projects that we can all work on together, and don’t worry if you come after the first few intro sessions; there’ll be time to introduce people to the basics of welding whilst the projects are under way and you can still get in on the fun! Some ideas so far have been to make furniture, bike trailers and a bike tuning stand. As well as this there is already a wood burning stove under construction. So, if any body has any other ideas, any extra skills or tools that could help out in these projects, or just wants to come to learn and get involved.
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.
++ THURSDAY, 27th MAY, 7pm ++
Call Out for a Queer Invisible Academy
We invite the queers of all genders and beyond, the dissidents of all sexualities and beyond to start a new project. Our goal is to understand and share our experiences, to think about and change our everyday relationships and social dynamics, to discuss
and learn about queer theory, and past and present forms of queer activism.
Are you tired of the roles which are imposed on you in a heterosexual matrix? Are you sick of the ongoing production of docile bodies by countless institutions? Then get involved in a series of meetings, film screenings, discussions and workshops on varied topics such as
male and female homosociality, cross-dressing, and heteronormativity. Let’s meet to organise this, to challenge hierarchy and normativity in a non-commercial empowering and safe space.
^^^ Pogo Cafe ^^^
76 Clarence Rd E5 8HB – 020 8533 1214,
Cafe open Weds – Sunday, 12.30 – 9pm.
^^^ Every second Tuesday ^^^
Practical Squatting Night, 7-8pm
||| 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 *>
/// 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit
/// LONDON ZINE SYMPOSIUM ///
Wednesday, 5th May, 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX,
Tel: 020 7837 4473
The London Zine Symposium is an annual event bringing together zine makers from across the country to share in one another’s work. In celebration of the Symposium’s fifth anniversary an anthology of work has been put together, capturing the depth and breath of the British zine scene.
In celebration of the launch of this new title, Housmans will be hosting an evening of entertainment and information with zinesters, such as Rumlad, Last Hours, Hey Monkey Riot and Morgenmuffel. They shall be recounting tales of punk rock, vegan mass catering, UK social centres, revolution, anarchy and of course, zine-making.
The evening promises to be a wonderful chance to check out the great work being done in bedrooms and kitchen tables all over Britain. Please visit http://www.londonzinesymposium.org.uk for more information.
/// 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.
/// DEMOCRACY VILLAGE PEACE FESTIVAL ///
Thursday, 6th May, 12noon
Parliament Square, Westminster
You may be aware of the recent formation of a Democracy Village on Parliament Square, Westminster which was setup on Saturday 1st May by a group of concerned citizens. The primary aim of the Democracy Village is to represent the views of the people by demanding an end to the war in Afghanistan and the immediate withdrawal of UK armed forces from the country.
This Thursday (6th May), we will be having a celebratory festival of peace at the Democracy Village and calling on the relevant adminstrative bodies to assist us with our peaceful demands. There will be live music, hot food, guerilla gardening, an open mic and much more (all ages are welcome). If you share the view that the time for peace is now, then vote with your feet and come to Parliament Square this Thursday(activities start at 12 Noon and will go on till late). The Democracy Village is intended to continue until the demands of the concerned citizens are met. Everyone is welcome to join the Democracy
Village at any time. Please bring a sleeping bag or a blanket and some warm clothing if you would like to stay. Please pass this message on to anyone who might be interested and spread the word. Peace and love Concerned citizens @ Democracy
Village For more info phone or text:-
Camilla 07962 889459
Maria 07886 662091
/// 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
/// 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).
/// ‘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).
/// EPIC SHORT FILMS: GEORGIAN FILM NIGHT ///
Friday, 14th May, 6.30pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA
Five short films, made by professional and citizen journalists, tell intimate and personal stories about daily life, dreams and conflict in Georgia. The films are produced by Eyewitness Studios, part of a new media initiative Go Group Media, set up by Margharita Akhvlediani who aims to get real life stories into Georgian TV programming that is
otherwise unrepresentative, swamped by propaganda and imported viewing.
Margharita Akhvlediani will lead a Q & A session after the films. For the second part of the evening Tabuni, a London based ensemble singing Georgian folk songs and chants, lead by Tamta Turmanidze, will perform a short programme of songs, accompanied by wine and kachapuri (traditional Georgian cheese bread). Entrance is FREE though there will be a charge for wine and kachapuri. Please visit http://epicshortfilms.wordpress.com/ for more informationand bookings!
/// PARTY AT THE PUMPS 2 … THIS TIME IT’S SHELL! ///
Saturday, 15th May, 1pm
Meet at Oxford Circus
Bring: a zone 1-2 tube pass, noisemakers, your friends & family and
your dancing shoes
» Oxford Circus meeting point map – http://tinyurl.com/OCnw-SVmap
» Facebook event – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112331352138187
Shutting down a petrol station for 5 hours on a sunny Saturday afternoon was so much fun we’re going to do it again. Shell’s Hell – in the tar sands and beyond – is next in the firing line.
Party 1 had Samba, twin sound systems, a live Ceilidh band, face-painting, free cakes and 200 people. Party 2 will be bigger and better, with activists joining us from Brighton, Oxford and beyond.
See here for a movie of Party at the Pumps Part 1:
» video, 5:14 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An6-tdxd12M
And for all you cyclists out there, there will be a special Critical
Mass ride making its way to the party.
• What: Party at the Pumps Critical Mass
• When: Saturday, 15th May
• Meet: 1PM at Marble Arch (under the arch)
» Marble Arch meeting point map – http://tinyurl.com/MA-SVmap
Get ready for sunshine, music, and dancing on the forecourt!
/// CLIMATE EMERGENCY OVERNIGHT VIGIL ///
Saturday, 15th May, 11pm
Old Palace Yard, Westminster, London
Candlelit Procession down Whitehall – assemble 11.00 pm outside St
Martin’s in the Fields, Trafalgar Square.
Post election event to remind the new government that dealing with the climate crisis needs to be their top priority. Light a candle for scientific realism and rationality against the
dark, populist, tide of sceptic lies and ignorance. Join others in a visible demonstration of conviction that we face a climate emergency, and determination to challenge the government in the future if it does not respond appropriately.
11.00 pm Assemble outside St Martin’s in the Fields, Trafalgar Square.
Service inside the church from 11.00 pm organised by Christian Ecology
Link. Contact ruthj[at]phonecoop.coop, 07970 907784,
12.00 midnight Candlelit Procession for the Climate down Whitehall.
12.30 – 5.00 am Overnight Vigil at Old Palace Yard, outside
Parliament. ‘Art and Empowerment’ events through the night – bring lanterns, your music, your art. Artists, workshop leaders and others wishing to contribute to this event contact hoggett1[at]hotmail.com.
5.00 am ‘Zero Carbon’ Dawn
6.00 am Climate ‘Vigil-istas’ communal Breakfast.
Events through the night every hour on the hour.
Bring candles, lanterns, artistic creations, music, peformances etc…
To book a space in the schedule contact email@example.com
Join us right outside the home of government if you can… if not, can you organise an overnight vigil in your locality, say outside the surgery of the newly elected MP, or wherever you feel most
Put this date in your diary – updates and more details to come – check back here or at http://www.campaigncc.org/overnightvigil for more information
/// SHUT DOWN THE G4S CHAMBERS ///
Friday, 21st May, midnight
Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London
The integrated spectacle which incorporates the concentrated spectacle of fascism and the diffuse spectacle of liberalism is well exemplified by Group 4 Securicor. G4S, one of the biggest multinationals play a major part in the integrated spectacle – securing focal points of the Capitalist machine across the planet – from diamond mines in Africa to
airports in Iraq and Afghanistan and Detention Centres (Concentration Camps) in England. The death of Eliud Nguli Nyenze on 15th April 2010 at G4SA run Oakington Concentration Camp shows that the genocide that the British government presides over does not guarantee that the gas chambers of liberal capitalism are permanently off-shore – we already live in a state without borders because as human beings we are all and
already capital. And so we must manifest our humanity in opposition to capital as
labour in opposition to reactionary forms of organisation such as nation and ethnicity (from so-called Communists taking part in national and regional bourgeois elections in England and across Britain to those Communists who advocate Pakhtunva in the NWFP of
Pakistan or those that posit Huzarava in response to the ethnic cleansing of the Taliban of Hazara people in Afghanistan) which slip back to bygone ages of the Prophets or of Divinity. The Age of the Proletariat is ushered in by those Workers on hunger strike over the world who are not calling on any other power but that of their own humanity – from Maryam Mehdi in Algeria on hunger strike against dismissal from Britsh Gas, Tekel workers in Turkey, Jim Wyse against Green Isle in Ireland – whose co-worker John Retco also on hunger strike threatened with deportation to Phillipines – refugees at Yarls
Wood and Heathrow concentration camps – and now refugees at Oakington. Politics is a part of psychic war as it manifests in the dimensions of thought, sight and sound – as opposed to taste, smell and touch of physical war. G4S straddle this divide and show us that it is not nation states but Capitalist multinational corporations that run the
spectacle. G4S have recently won a “British Safety Council International Award” in relation to Oakington Immigration centre. The company will be presented with the award on Friday 21 May during a black tie banquet at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
We urge workers to disrupt this spectacle. We will be there to help destroy it.
/// LONDON PROFEMINIST MENS’ GROUP MEETING ///
Friday, 21st May, 2pm
Contact us for location details londonprofeministmensgroup at gmail.com
We’re a group of men meeting in London every 2 weeks. The aims of our meetings are:
* – to support each other in our personal struggles as men, including
our efforts to rid ourselves of sexist behaviour
* – to discuss issues around gender politics generally
* – to plan what kind of action we can take as pro-feminists
If you have any comments or questions or if you are interested in
attending one of our fortnightly meetings, please send us an email:
londonprofeministmensgroup at gmail dot com.
/// D*I :: HAPPY B-DAY IMC :: INDYMEDIA TURNS 10! ///
Saturday, 22nd May, 4pm
call 07929 469 640 or 07771 895 427 on the day
Much has happened since the gas clouds in Seattle cleared, but we’re still up and running. Our mission brief is clear as ever, and it includes having a grand party to celebrate 10 years of reporting resistance!
Workshops, films and other social pleasantries will be starting at 4pm. There may be food, but we count on you to bring lots of birthday cakes for us!
Celebrating with us we have an amazing line-up from 8pm:
Beast of No Nation
From 11pm assorted DJ’s will keep the party going until you get tired
and limp home on aching feet.
You better have a good excuse if you don’t show up!
/// 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 t his 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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