Inspired by the Board of Education in Texas which has been busy re-writing school history textbooks to insert the words ‘free enterprise system’ in place of ‘capitalism’ which has become ‘a dirty word’, we’re starting a campaign to replace the word ‘government’ with ‘corrupt bunch of bastards’. Meanwhile, back at the School Book Depository…
<* 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
== 195 Mare Street ==
195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE. firstname.lastname@example.org
Always better to contact us to check if regular activities are still happening (Everything’s voluntarily run and the space is undergoing changes). You’re also welcome to organise events or workshops yourself!
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/ In short, there is a ramp at the front for the steps but there is no
wheelchair accessible toilets.
== MONDAYS ==
# Welding workshop, 3-6pm #
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. Best is to come with a project to work on and create together.
# Dark Room, 4-8pm #
This has just started, come and help setting things up!
# Clown workshop, 8.30-10.30pm #
Come, play, explore, have fun. No experience needed.
== TUESDAYS ==
# Bike kitchen, 2-8pm #
Do It Yourself Bike Workshop.
# FreeShop, 3-7pm #
Take what you need, Bring what you dont need anymore!
== WEDNESDAYS ==
# Hacklab, 3–7pm #
a space for learning about Linux.
# French lessons, 7-9pm #
all levels welcome.
# Writer’s circle, 7pm (only first Wednesday of the month! next is 2nd
We are a group of people who meet regularly to share our creative writing – all forms, all flavours, all levels – for comment, critique, motivation and inspiration. The group is open to anyone who wants to write, from beginners to advanced writers. We want it to be a place for everyone to share and learn.
# Forum theatre, 8-10pm #
Theatre of the oppressed. Join the group quickly (before end of May) because they will close it soon to start working on a performance
== SATURDAYS ==
# Gardening, 2pm til dark #
Come and help us make our garden grow with all sorts of yummy things.
== SUNDAYS ==
# Bastard theatre, 3-5pm #
Few weeks of rehearsal to collectively create a play from scratch.
== Saturday 22nd May – 6-11pm ==
ArtEvict – Performance art
The spring edition of ArtEvict will play host to a new set of artist collaborations and cross- fertilizations specifically for the event. Vago Tedosio and Vanessa Abreu are working on a new score to collaborate through music and manipulation. Live art collective “YOUR CURRENT BALANCE IS” present a cocoon of delusion and repression. Richard Taylor and Kimbal Bumstead will present a performance based on a 4 day drawing residency exploring intimacy and documentation. Other artists include: Kiki Taira, Heather Jones and Matthew Kay, Benjamin
Sebasian, Begoña Fernandez ‘Shirak’, Nathalie Bikoro, Wiracha Daochai, Duncan Ward and Hayley Webb. To keep up to date with information, visit our website: http://www.artevict.com
== Sunday 23rd May – 5-11pm ==
Full Unemployment Cinema + Fuse Press Benefit party
it’s time for the spring Full Unemployment Cinema benefit extravaganza (….well…) – In fact it’s an early Sunday thing, this coming week-end (23rd), 5 to 11ish, – with a film screening from 6 to 8 and music afterwards, and it can’t be missed! The fim is a new documentary film on workers struggles in Faridabad, Gurgaon and other areas of Delhi’s industrial belt, titled DEVELOPING UNREST: WORKERS’ STRUGGLE IN GURGAON – One of India’s Miserable Boom Cities We will also have a guest speaker from Gurgaon Workers News to talk about the film and his experiences with involvement in the movement. Later we’ll have music from Full Unemployment Cinema DJs (Bashment, dubstep, mbalax, dancehall and more) and we want to dance . All this will happen in 195 MARE ST – and it is a benefit for the Cinema and for Short Fuse Press. There is more info about the film on our blog, check it out: http://unemployedcinema.blogspot.com/2010/03/special-screening-developing-unrest.htm
== 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.
** Kew Bridge Eco Village **
Kew Bridge Eco Village faces an eviction threat, starting from this Friday, 21st of May, 2010. It is likely that they will evict on the friday, or the monday after or at some other date that suits their purposes. If you want to help protect the eco village, then come down and lend a hand.
The eco village is primarily a place for beings of different perspectives, experiences, ideals and aims to come together to create sustainable communities, wherever they might exist. The site is set to be turned into a monstrous development of expensive flats and more pubs and shops, in an area with two nearby shopping centers, and with 3 pubs in the immediate area, and copious amounts of disused properties standing empty as the numbers of homeless continue to rise. Kew Bridge Eco Village stands in the way of this rediculous development and against all unsustainable practices everywhere.
So if you want to protect the eco village, whether you consider yourself to be classwar, eco, feminist, hippy, hardcore, non-violent, survivalist, whatever: come on down and support the village! There are plenty of sleeping spaces, and you even have the option of setting up a tent.
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.
^^^ 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
^^^Monday, 24th May, 7.30pm^^^
SCREENING: MARIA’S STORY
A Documentary Portrait of Love and Survival in El Salvador’s Civil War.
It is El Salvador, 1989, three years before the end of a brutal civil war that took 75,000 lives. Maria Serrano, wife, mother, and guerrilla leader is on the frontlines of the battle for her people and her country. With unprecedented access to FMLN guerrilla camps, the filmmakers dramatically chronicle Maria’s daily life in the war as she travels from village to village organizing the peasant population, and helps plan a major nationwide offensive that led the FMLN into the historic peace pact of 1992. Skirting bullets and mortar attacks, recounting a childhood of poverty and abuse by government troops, suffering the tragic loss of her daughter to enemy fire, and spending precious moments with her husband and surviving daughters, Maria brings viewers to the heart of the fight for a more just society.
This critically acclaimed and award-winning film first aired on the PBS Documentary Series, P.O.V. in 1991. Revolutionary in its making, Maria’s Story broke ground as one of the first documentaries to use small format video. Traveling with only backpacks and solar powered batteries and living on the run with the guerrillas for two months, the filmmakers were able to capture otherwise unattainable footage. The resulting intimate portrait of Maria and her compatriots reveals a universal tale of love and survival in times of war.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the film is available for the first time on DVD. Included is an update of Maria Serrano and her family twenty years after the end of the civil war.
Produced by Pamela Cohen and Catherine M. Ryan, Directed by Monona Wali and Pamela Cohen, Camera John Knoop, Featuring English Voiceovers by Alma Martinez and Edward James Olmos.
^^^Monday, 31st May, 7.30pm^^^
SCREENING: MAGGOTS AND MEN
n the style of a Soviet Propaganda film Maggots and Men recounts the tragic events of the Kronstadt Uprising (Russia, 1921). This history is combined with fictionalized inter-personal relationships between the sailors. There is a strong emphasis on the filmmaking process to be a positive, affirming experience and an opportunity for people in the trans community to meet each other and work together. For the group scenes we will be recruiting large numbers of people, documenting as many trans folks on film as possible. Maggots and Men is set in all male environment of a Russian Naval Base then cast with actors from a range of masculine gender expressions, thus redefining male, challenging the binary gender construct,and intentionally creating confusion. This film comes out of an ongoing dialogue surrounding the hierarchy of “maleness” that exists and the longing for our genders to be inconsequential to our acceptance. We will bring these dialogues into the filmmaking process and together produce a film that makes a strong anti-war statement with the actors representing themselves as sexy, politicized, and beautiful heroes defending themselves against a corrupt government.
<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>
/// A GREEK TRAGEDY? BAILOUTS, UNREST AND THE EUROZONE ///
Tuesday, 18th May, 7pm
Perseverance (Upstairs room), 63 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NB
Speakers: Geoff Kidder, membership and events director, Institute of Ideas and Rob Lyons, deputy editor, Spiked.
Chair: Patrick Hayes, IoI Current Affairs Forum
Dave loves Nick and Nick loves Dave. But while attention has focused on which form of government will manage the deficit, developments abroad will arguably do more to shape the UK’s fortunes in the short term than who sits where in the ‘historic’ coalition. Whilst the recent agreement to reluctantly put together a 750bn-euro package of funds by European governments and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has calmed fears of imminent financial collapse in the eurozone, many believe that this bailout had simply off-set the problem. Greece – often dubbed the ‘weakest link in the eurozone’ – is facing violent civil unrest, a public deficit of 13.6% and debts of €300bn, all predicted to increase significantly. And a collapse in Greece could potentially be the ‘first domino’ that will bring the other PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Spain), and potentially the whole of the EU, crashing down.
In order to meet debt repayments, Greek leaders are forcing citizens to swallow the ‘bitter pill’ of extreme austerity measures – including major cuts in public sector welfare and services and sharp cuts to wages and pensions – alongside implementing reforms to modernise the economy and improve productivity. The Greek people, it seems, don’t want to take the cuts in living standards lying down and the announcement of a general strike next Wednesday is the latest in the series of protests that are hitting the economy hard and making investors nervous.
Who is to blame for the crisis? What needs to be done to deal with the root causes of the financial crisis in Europe? Should the Greek people recognise that they are ‘all in it together’, accept austerity measures in the name of the National Interest and long-term stability of their economy? Have they been enjoying the EU ‘gravy train’ for too long and now need to stop smashing their plates in protest, instead facing up to some harsh realities? Or, indeed, would it be better if Greece defaulted on loan repayments, declared bankruptcy and withdrew from the eurozone completely? Are these problems peculiar to Greece and the ‘Club Med’ or could the UK catch the ‘Greek disease’? If so, what would need to be done to prevent it? Is another global economic crisis on the cards?
/// MUMIA ABU-JAMAL DEMONSTRATION ///
Wednesday, 18th May, 3-7pm
American Embassy, Grosvenor Square
Mumia Abu-Jamal is still on Death Row (after nearly 30 years)and is in danger of execution. His death sentence was reinstated on January 18th 2010 and he is in imminent danger of execution.
There is a demonstration outside the American Embassy, Grosvenor Square on Wednesday 18th May from 3-7pm calling for the immediate release of this innocent, courageous African- American journalist and activist. Please forward to others and let’s make this campaign big and important enough so that it can’t be ignored. Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent! Free him now!
/// 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.
/// 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.
/// DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO ///
Friday, 21st May, 9pm
Whitechapel & 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).
/// THE RED AND BLACK CLUB ///
Friday, 21st May, 9pm
London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES
Every third Friday of the month Dissident Island Radio will be broadcasting live as the Whitechapel Anarchist Group host a traditional east end knees up in the London Action Resource Centre (formerly an anarchist school) to bring together the many strands of our hydra headed movement in the spirit of the old Jubilee Club.
THIS IS NOT A MEETING! This is a social event, once a month, for anarchists, libertarians and radicals to socialise, meet, drink, plot and conspire in a relaxed atmosphere and good humour. All money raised will go into the upkeep of Larc – a permanent resource for our movement.
Although this event is called by two groups we do so in the manner that this monthly event becomes a platform for us all, leaving all the sectarian bullshit at the door and coming together from across the big smoke on a regular basis in a social environment. We encourage you to spread these details around all your networks, make a special space in your diary and hopefully this can become “our” night.
/// HANDS OFF VENEZUALA CONFERENCE ///
Saturday, 22nd May, 10am – 6pm
University of London UnionMalet StreetWC1E 7HY
Come and hear speakers from Venezuela and discuss the latest events surrounding the Venezuelan Revolution, including the PSUV congress, Chavez’s appeal for a V International, the setting up of a Bolivarian militia, factory occupations, the forthcoming national assembly elections and the situation in Latin America in general.
The speakers from Venezuela are Katy Jaimes, delegate to the PSUV Extraordinary Congress and a revolutionary socialist from Caracas who has been involved in the occupied factories movement, and Elias Chacón from the Miranda PSUV youth, also involved in the occupied factories movement.
There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.
Saturday May 22University of London UnionMalet StreetWC1E 7HY
Free to HOV members. Join on the day for £7.50 (£5 unwaged, no one turned away for lack of funds)
/// FREETHINKERS BOOK FAIR AND POETRY LAUNCH ///
Saturday 22nd May 2010, 10am-5pm
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, see www.conwayhall.org.uk for location
The Book Fair will feature 9 Stalls plus the Launch of our Anthology CA IRA ! POEMS TO SHAKE THE WALLS OF CHURCH AND STATE with readings from 11am
Full detail including a list of Stall holders at www.fhrg.bravehost.com
/// THE FLYING BIKE PICKET ///
Saturday, 22nd May, 1pm
Meet 1pm at Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, UB7 0JG (banner making from 11am).
We helped beat the third runway and we can help beat Willie Walsh.
Willie wanted to shaft us with the third runway and now he wants to shaft his workers.
Willie wants weak workers for his profit margins but we want strong workers fighting for a just, green future.
Bring: bikes, sound systems, banners, picnic, MP3 playlists, fancy dress, imagination, indignation and a sense of humour.
/// 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
Celebrating with us we have an amazing band line-up from 8pm:
* Beast of No Nation
* Radio Revolucion
* 52 Commercial Rd
From 11pm assorted DJ’s will keep the party going until you get tired and
limp home on aching feet, including:
* Freddy Frog (frog records)
* BPM (nakedbeatz.com)
* delsa (total niceness)
* serifrat (siren)
* dj steene
* the mighty dissident island djs
£5 suggested donation. Free entry before 7pm (for workshops and films).
All proceeds to go towards IMC London and Dissident Island Radio.
call 07929 469 640 or 07771 895 427 on the day for venue information
/// THE MEANING OF DAVID CAMERON ///
Wednesday, 26th May, 7pm
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX, Tel: 020 7837 4473
The Tories are posing as a ‘progressive’ and ‘radical’ alternative to New Labour. Drawing from George W Bush’s ‘compassionate conservatism’, they maintain that the ‘Big Society’ can do what ‘Big Government’ cannot – produce a cohesive, mutually supportive, happy society. Cameron’s court intellectual, Philip Blond, maintains that this is a viable alternative to the failures of the egalitarian left and the excessively pro-market right.
But is this more than campaign mood music? And are the conservative traditions that they draw on – from the bucolic, pseudo-medievalism of G K Chesterton to the anti-statism of Friedrich Hayek – really a bulwark of progress and radicalism?
Richard Seymour argues that such ideas can only seem ‘progressive’ in light of New Labour’s acquiescence to Thatcherism. To understand the Cameronites, it is necessary to understand how the social landscape and corresponding political language was transformed by the collapse of post-war social democracy and its more radical competitors. To resist the Cameronites, he argues, it is necessary to attack the neoliberal consensus on which all major parties found their programme.
Join Richard Seymour, blogger of ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ fame, and author of ‘The Liberal Defence of Murder’ to discuss ‘The Meaning of David Cameron’.
/// OUTSIDE THE LAW: STORIES FROM GUANTANAMO ///
Thursday, 27th May, 7pm
The Broca, 4 Coulgate Street, Brockley, London, SE4 2RW.
A new documentary telling the story of Guantánamo: torture, extraordinary rendition and secret prisons. Examining how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international law, rounding up prisoners in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening and often for large bounty payments. Focusing on the stories of three prisoners, Shaker Aamer, Binyam Mohamed and Omar Deghayes, ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo’ is powerful rebuke to the myth that Guantánamo holds “the worst of the worst”.
(Spectacle Productions, 2009; 75 mins., directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington)
This screening is organized by The Broca as a prelude to the annual Brockley Max arts festival. On Tuesday June 1, at 7 pm, Andy will also present a screening of “Operation Solstice,” a documentary about The Battle of the Beanfield ( http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/battle-of-the-beanfield/), on the 25th anniversary of this often-overlooked confrontation between travellers/political activists and the State (under Margaret Thatcher).
/// SURVEILLANCE AND THE CITY ///
Film screenings and roundtable discussion.
Presented by: The Raphael Samuel History Centre Urban Studies group
Venue for the film screenings: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1H 0PD
Venue for the roundtable discussion on 7th June: Room B03, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London, London WC1H 0PD
Since Foucault’s notion of the panopticon as a machine of power there has been a metastasising of the technologies of surveillance throughout the fabric of post-industrial urban society. Cinema is the ideal art form through which to explore the ideas of surveillance and the city. The three films in this season, The Conversation (Coppola 1974), Red Road (Arnold 2006) and Cache (Hidden) (Haneke 2005) develop complex visual and narrative engagements with the interactions between the city and surveillance and cinemas implicit and explicit collusion with the machinery of power.
All welcome to join us for screenings and discussions chaired by Dr Amber Jacobs (Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London)
Monday 10th May: Screening 1: The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola 1974)
Monday 17th May: Screening 2: Red Road (Andrea Arnold 2006)
Monday 24th May: Screening 3: Hidden (Cache) (Michael Haneke 2005)
Monday 7th June: Roundtable discussion on the 3 screenings.
The screenings and the discussion will begin at 6.00pm. The events are free – all welcome. First come, first admitted.
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