HISTORY REVISION MADE EASY!

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…

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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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== 195 Mare Street ==

195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE. boardsofhackney@safe-mail.net

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

June) #

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.

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== 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.

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** Kew Bridge Eco Village **

!EVICTION THREAT!

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.

Also…

Every Sunday at 12 noon

GROW YOUR OWN VILLAGE

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

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

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^^^ Pogo Cafe ^^^

76 Clarence Rd E5 8HB – 020 8533 1214,

http://pogocafe.wordpress.com/

Cafe open Weds – Sunday, 12.30 – 9pm.

Plus…

^^^ Every second Tuesday ^^^

Practical Squatting Night, 7-8pm

Plus…

^^^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.

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/// 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?

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/// 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!

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/// 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.

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/// 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.

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/// 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).

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/// 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.

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/// 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)

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/// 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

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/// 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.

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/// 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 band line-up from 8pm:

* Headjam

* Anarchistwood

* Beast of No Nation

* Kalakuta

* Radio Revolucion

* Bear

* 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)

* megabitch

* 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

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/// 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’.

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/// 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).

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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

SQUATTERS FOR HIRE – NO CHARGE!

In the week that the press decided Gordon Brown was effectively squatting in Number 10 Downing Street because no-one could decide who was the legal tenant, residents of Mayall Road, Brixton have voted overwhelmingly against the local council and in favour of their friendly neighbourhood squatters. Full story here http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23831441-meet-the-squatters-who-are-popular-with-the-neighbours.do. We have teams of experienced squatters ready to occupy a building in your area. Make your neighbourhood a better place. Email details of empty houses and flats to rampart@mutualaid.org. Meanwhile, back at the planning department…

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~~ 56a InfoShop ~~

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

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

Food Coop and Bike Workshop

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** Kew Bridge Eco Village **

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

Spring is coming and at Kew Bridge Eco Village, we are busy planting the seeds for more villages to grow and flourish in London.

We would love you to come and help us create a vision for another low impact, perma culture community to spring up in the urban jungle.

If you are interested in living within a sustainable urban eco-village, come to Kew Bridge on Tuesdays at 7PM to eat some food and share some ideas.

Also…

Every Sunday at 12 noon

GROW YOUR OWN VILLAGE

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

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

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++ 195 Mare Street ++

195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE

boardsofhackney@safe-mail.net

MONDAYS, 3pm

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.

Plus…

++ 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.

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^^^ Pogo Cafe ^^^

76 Clarence Rd E5 8HB – 020 8533 1214,

http://pogocafe.wordpress.com/

Cafe open Weds – Sunday, 12.30 – 9pm.

Plus…

^^^ Every second Tuesday ^^^

Practical Squatting Night, 7-8pm

Plus…

^^^Monday, 17th May, 7pm^^^

Stop Deportation Night

Films, food and discussion.

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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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/// BILLY BRAGG AND MICK GORDON ///

Wednesday, 12th May, 1pm

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

Billy Bragg reflects on English identity, a subject explored in Mick Gordon’s new play ‘Pressure Drop’, in which Billy stars. Followed by questions book signing. Limited seating.

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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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/// IS THE INTERNET SAFE FOR FREE SPEECH? ///

Wednesday, 12th May, 6.30pm

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

Please join Index on Censorship, Google, Facebook and Privacy International for a debate on the internet and free speech at the Free Word Centre on 12 May at 6:30pm. With …

Richard Allan, Director of Policy EU, Facebook

Anthony House, European Policy and Communications Manager, Google

Gus Hosein, Policy Director, Privacy International

Chaired by Jo Glanville, Editor, Index on Censorship

New technology has revolutionised freedom of expression, but it’s also transformed the business of censorship. Governments can monitor and control information as never before, while filtering and punitive action is becoming the norm – whether in the name of child protection or intellectual property. So what will it take to make the internet safe for free speech?

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/// TATTOO CIRCUS – DIY PRISONER BENEFIT ///

Friday, 14th May – Sunday 16th May. 12noon – 9pm: performances, 9-12pm

Venue TBA. Phone 07404-981-936 from 13th May

Tattoo Circus is a creative DIY prisoner support benefit, where ALL proceeds go to people incarcerated in the prison industry and/or in need of financial support with legal cases. The first Tattoo Circus manifested in Rome in 2007 and since then has rocked Barcelona, Torino, CadizZurich and Thessalonica. With more to come this spring/summer. A fun safe/clean body modification event where NOBODY makes money and there is no competitive, commercial elitism. Plus amazing, dark, dazzling cabaret and suspension piercing performances, art gallery, mini cinema, vegan cafe and more! FULL LINE UP CAN BE FOUND AT http://www.tattoocircuslondon.com.

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/// 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 information and bookings!

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/// PARLIAMENT SQUARE GUERILLA GARDENING ///

Saturday, 15th May, 12 noon

Democracy Village, Parliament Square, Westminster

If you were not already aware, the Democracy Village was established on May 1st demanding on behalf of the majority of people that the war in Afghanistan is ended and the troops are brought home with immediate effect. The Democracy Village calls all like-minded concerned citizens to come and join us. (see http://democracyvillage.blogspot.com for more details)

This coming saturday we are very happy to invite you to a Guerilla Gardening event to brighten up Parliament Square – which is in desperate need of colourful flora.

Starting at 12pm try and make sure you bring plants, flowers and picnic food. From 4pm there will be live music, an open mic, and a discussion forum.

We welcome you to join us at the village and campaign on any issue you care about.

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/// 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!

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/// 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 info@campaigncc.org

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 appropriate?

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

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/// 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!

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/// 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.

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/// 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.

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/// 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).

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/// 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.

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/// 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:

Headjam

Anarchistwood

Beast of No Nation

Radio Revolucion

and more…

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!

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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.

DESPERATE POLITICIAN IN BID FOR ANARCHIST VOTE

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…

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<* EVENTS IN OTHER SOCIAL CENTRES *>

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~~ 56a InfoShop ~~

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

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

Food Coop and Bike Workshop

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** Kew Bridge Eco Village **

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

Gunnersbury. Tel: 07967864370

Spring is coming and at Kew Bridge Eco Village, we are busy planting the seeds for more villages to grow and flourish in London. We would love you to come and help us create a vision for another low impact, perma culture community to spring up in the urban jungle.

If you are interested in living within a sustainable urban eco-village, come to Kew Bridge on Tuesdays at 7PM to eat some food and share some ideas.

Also…

Every Sunday at 12 noon

GROW YOUR OWN VILLAGE

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

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++ 195 Mare Street ++

195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE

boardsofhackney@safe-mail.net

MONDAYS, 3pm

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.

Plus…

++ 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.

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^^^ Pogo Cafe ^^^

76 Clarence Rd E5 8HB – 020 8533 1214,

http://pogocafe.wordpress.com/

Cafe open Weds – Sunday, 12.30 – 9pm.

Plus…

^^^ Every second Tuesday ^^^

Practical Squatting Night, 7-8pm

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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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/// 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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/// 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.

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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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/// 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

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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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/// 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!

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/// 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!

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/// 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 info@campaigncc.org

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

appropriate?

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

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/// 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.

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/// 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.

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/// 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:

Headjam

Anarchistwood

Beast of No Nation

Radio Revolucion

and more…

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!

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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 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.

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

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

NO LAUGHING MATTER

This week, sobered by the report from researchers at the University of Edinburgh which concludes that ‘middle class people use humour to attempt to demonstrate their superiority’, we would like to assure our readers that we’re definitely not laughing at the fact that not one single person turned up for Foreign Secretary David Milliband’s ‘mobile surgery’ at a branch of Asda in South Shields, and we don’t find the news that a 64 year old man has been given an asbo for swearing at politicians on TV funny at all. Meanwhile, back in the thick of it….

The rampART revolutionary roadshow rolls on – coming to rest at 105 Globe Road, E2 4LB, a building with so many toilets we’re thinking of ripping some out and using them as planters. So… the only porcelain request on our wish list is a washbasin for the downstairs powder room. We also need… kitchen sink, lamps, cooker, cleaning equipment (mop bucket, floor cleaning stuff), clothes rail and shelving for free shop, chairs or other stuff to sit on, kettle, toaster and books to start a new library.

Date for your diaries: Friday, April 23rd – low key opening cafe / film night. No big events until we’ve got the place sorted but we would very much welcome folks who want to use the space for meetings, rehearsals, workshops and training. Come down to our regular collective meetings every Monday at 7pm or email rampart@mutualaid.org. Entrance is round the back of the building. We’re getting a doorbell sorted – meanwhile knock loudly!

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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, 17th April, 12 noon

PERMACULTURE SESSION

Planting vegetables, designing growing areas & more

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, 16th APRIL, 7pm – midnight ++

Benefit Gig for 52 Commercial Road (band who recently had a load of equipment stolen) and 56a (anarchist infoshop).

Lineup;

– Magpie (acoustic)

– 52 Commercial Rd

– Bird Calls

– Me and Goliath

++ 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

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////

||| 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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/// LETTER WRITING ///

Tuesday, 13th April, 6.30-9pm

Dogstar pub, Brixton

Amnesty International letter writing evening with a focus on Burma.

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/// HOSTILE RECONNAISSANCE RALLY ///

Tuesday, 13th April, 7pm

Friends Meeting House, Euston

Meeting about civil liberties, Police surveillance and Press Freedom. More information here:

http://londonphotographers.org/2010/04/hostile-reconnaissance/

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/// RADICAL COMMUNITY ORGANISING ///

Tuesday, 13th April, 7.30pm

Phoenix Millennium Centre, West Green Rd, N15. HSG

discussion evening

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/// EXPOSE THE EXPO! ///

Wednesday, 14th April, 12noon

Olympia, Olympia Way, W14

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

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

======================================================

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

Wednesday, 14th April, 6.30pm

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

PUBLIC MEETING

Speakers including…

David Adam, Environmental Correspondent from the Guardian

Ben Stewart, Greenpeace

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

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

==================

/// PICKET BP AGM ///

Thursday, 15th April, 10.30am

Excel Conference Centre, royal victoria dock E16

=============================

/// DIRTY BUSINESS FILM SERIES ///

Thursday, 15th April, 6.30pm

Human RightsAction Centre, 17-25 New Yard Inn.

“Iraq for Sale – the war profiteers”

=============================

/// BENT BARS LETTER WRITING ///

Thursday, 15th April, 7pm

LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, E1 1ES

Letter-writing project aims to develop stronger connections and build solidarity between LGBTQ

communities outside and inside prison walls

=================================================

/// ERASING DAVID – FREE SCREENING AND DISCUSSION ///

Friday, 16th April, 6.30pm

Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3GA

ERASING DAVID (80min) documentary screening

David Bond lives in the UK, one of the most intrusive surveillance states in the world.  He decides to find out how much private companies and the government know about him by attempting to disappear – a decision that changes his life forever. Leaving his pregnant wife and young child behind he tries to vanish and finds himself tracked across the database state by two ruthless private investigators.  This is a chilling journey that forces him to contemplate the meaning of privacy – and its loss.

This is one of a few exclusive preview screenings before a nationwide cinema release on the 29th April.

Jo Glanville, the editor of Index on Censorship, will introduce the film and will lead a Q&A afterwards with the Director and the private investigators who hunted him. The panel discussion afterwards will focus on topics such as privacy, surveillance and civil liberties in the 21st century.

Please email: bookings@freewordonline.com or call 020 7324 2570 to book your FREE place.

For more information about the nationwide cinema release, please visit: http://erasingdavid.com/

==========================

/// DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO ///

Friday, 16th April, 9pm

whitechapel, and pumpin’ out of your stereo!

Let’s be honest here. We islanders rarely know what the heck is gonna be on the show until it actually airs.

This is because we are committed to getting the absolute latest word on the street. (That and because we are a little bit disorganised sometimes.) But we can guarantee the show is gonna kick ass. Cos it always does. So check 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).

==============================================

/// WORLD WEEKEND FOR THE ABOLITION OF MEAT ///

Saturday, 17th April, 6am

Please join activists worldwide for the World Weekend for the Abolition of Meat on April 17 & 18, 2010!

The 2nd edition of the World Day for the Abolition of Meat that took place on January 31, 2010 was a huge success!

Various events (including awareness actions, street performances, speeches and protests) were held in over 50 cities in the following countries: Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.

Many thanks to all the animal rights groups and individuals that raised their voices for the cause of the oppressed animals and expressed the idea that our societies have to ban the killing of animals for food! It was really important for us to know that on the same day people in various places throughout the world were making the same political demand: we have to stop the mass murder of animals.

Following this huge success, we are now promoting another weekend of actions on behalf of the animals exploited and murdered for human consumption.

We believe it is high time to make a public demand for the abolition of meat by increasing the number of happenings both locally and internationally.

We are hoping for a larger number of activist events in more and more places as well as ever-growing determination, imagination and visibility.

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/// OLYMPICS AND NUCLEAR TRAINS DEMO ///

Saturday, 17th April, 11am – 1pm

Green Lanes station, Haringey.

Leafletting,petitioning, banners, etc

==============

/// ICC FORUM ///

Saturday, 17th April, 2pm

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1.

Why revolutionaries are against bourgeois elections

====================================

/// RELEASE SYRIAN PRISONERS DEMO! ///

Saturday, 17th April, 3pm

The Syrian Embassy, 8 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PH.

Mark 64th anniversary of Syrian independence & call to release prisoners of conscience.

====================================

/// ANIMALS COUNT CAMPAIGN LAUNCH ///

Saturday, 17th April, 5pm

Housemans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road N1 9DX

Political party outline their manifesto.

==========================================

/// SAVING THE WORLD THE NEW LABOUR WAY ///

Saturday, 17th April, 6 – 9pm

West London Trade Union Club, 33-35 High Street, Acton.

Film Showing and Public Discussion on DfID

=================

/// BOOK LAUNCH ///

Saturday, 17th April, 6pm

Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley, off Whitechapel High Street

Ghost Dancers by David Douglass. Published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the

end of the miners’ strike.

====================================

/// CAN POLITICIANS SAVE THE PLANET? ///

Saturday, 17th April, 6pm

The Socialist Party of Great Britain, 52 Clapham High Street.

Election Forum.

=======================================================

/// POLICE MONITORING AND LEGAL OBSERVATION TRAINING ///

Sunday, 18th April, 10.30am

Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ

Know Your Rights!

Are you worried about abuse of police powers at protests and in your community?

Ever moaned about an ever increasing police state but haven’t known what to do?

Come to the Network for Police Monitoring training and start holding them to account for their actions.

Everyone welcome, whether you have experience to share, want to brush up on skills or have no experience whatsoever.

Many abuses of police powers occur because we let them. Legal observation and police monitoring are effective tools in tackling such abuses and can make a real difference from collating the data necessary for effective legal challenges to providing and collecting witness statements for those arrested. These actions have both challenged the way protest and the streets are policed and kept innocent people out of prison.

Sessions will include police powers, stop and search and surveillance, as well as workshops on legal observation and police monitoring.

Network for Police Monitoring is a new organisation made up of individuals involved in Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, Climate Camp Legal Team, Fitwatch, Legal Defence and Monitoring Group and Newham Monitoring Project. This is the first time such a range of people have come together to offer training and it should be an interesting day. However, it also the first time we have offered this training, and feedback will be very welcome.

Although participants do not have to commit to doing legal observation/monitoring, it is hoped you will want to use your skills and we will be inviting people to join us for the next major protest on May 1st in Central London.

Whilst there is no registration, please email info@networkforpolicemonitoring.org.uk to let us know if your planning to come so we have an idea of numbers.

==============

/// FILM 17:00 ///

Sunday, 18th April, 5pm

The Castle, 65 Camberwell Church St, SE5.

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

==============================

/// 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

IMMIGRATION HITS NEW HEIGHTS

In the week that the BNP’s publicity chief, Mark Collett, made a desperate plea for the hearts and minds of the electorate by threatening to kill Nick Griffin, we’re asking the 10ft aliens who landed in the desert town of Jafr in Eastern Jordan on April 1st and successfully eluded the security authorities who ‘combed the area looking for the aliens but didn’t find any’ to contact us for debriefing and skill sharing. Meanwhile, back at No Borders Planet Earth…

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<* 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

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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, 10th April, 12 noon PERMACULTURE SESSION Planting vegetables, designing growing areas and much more!

/////////////////////////////////////////

++ 195 Mare Street ++

195 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3QE boardsofhackney@safe-mail.net

The back bit of the building contains an amazing stage. We thought this part of the building would get demolished soon but its still there. So we’re calling out artists to come and use the space, be it for theatre, cabaret, music, rehearsals, gigs… anything that would benefit from being on a stage is welcome!! TUESDAYS, 2 – 8pm Do It Yourself Bike Workshop, Bike Repair, Meeting and Cooking Session WEDNESDAYS, 2 – 8pm Hacklab – a space for learning about Linux SATURDAYS at 1pm. Gardening. Come and help us make our garden grow with all sorts of yummy things. Other regular events happening in the building include: – Food not bombs (twice a month on 2nd and 4th week end) And…

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

Plus…

++ SATURDAY, 7th APRIL, 8 – 11.30pm ++ BIG TAKEOVER 4 – All ages DIY Punk night BTO is an ongoing project attempting to link the spirit of the ‘temporary autonomous zone’ with DIY punk, aka a mass exodus from the back room of the pub to somewhere more exciting and less exclusionary than most of the ‘music venues’ in London. All the gigs are all ages, no bar (bring yer own) with lineups of at least four bands from across the world that don’t all sound / look / think the same, and benefit a carousel of good causes that have links to some of the subject matter sung about. So far we’ve set up everywhere from railway arches and disused offices and supported Croydon rape crisis and calais migrant solidarity. This BTO is happening at 195 mare street, and is a benefit for the U-turn project. (http://uturnproject.co.uk)

The line up is: Facel Vega / The Sceptres / Battle of Wolf 359 / Bird Calls/ Love Triangle / Flats more info: http://bigtakeover.co.uk

++ SATURDAY, 1st MAY, 8pm ++ HURIYA Fundraiser for London Detainee Solidarity network, supporting detainees who are protesting in immigration detention. Featuring: * CLAY PIGEON – Reggae/punk/ska * APOLOGIES I HAVE NONE – Punk/rock * GRAINS * THE MACHINE – Electro/tropical * XTRATS – Drum’n’bass * DJ JUVENILE DELINQUENT – doo wop/garage rock

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^^^ Pogo Cafe ^^^

76 Clarence Rd E5 8HB – 020 8533 1214, pogocafe.co.uk

Cafe open Thursday – Sunday, 12.30 – 9pm. Plus…

^^^ Tuesdays ^^^ Sewing Workshop, 4-7pm Practical Squatting Night, 7-8pm

^^^ Saturday ^^^ Yoga Class. 9-11 am Bring mats if possible

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||| System Xchange Social Centre |||

An old courthouse on Sheen Lane in Richmond has been squatted for use as a Social Centre! The centre is there to promote support in the community. They will be running workshops and food etc. All they need is your input to create this wonderful space… so come down and give a hand and a boost to this much needed project space. Address: The Old Court House, 27 Sheen Lane, Mortlake, SW14 8HY Nearest Public Transport: Mortlake (overground), Richmond (underground) Postcode: SW14 8HY Time: All Day Every Day Price: Donations always Welcome Phone: 07776356252 Email: systemxchange@gmail.com Web: http://systemxchange.webs.com

||| Tuesday & Thursday, 7-11pm ||| Cinema / food night

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<* EVENTS ELSEWHERE *>

=====================

/// LONDON RISING TIDE/LONDON TAR SANDS ACTION MEETING /// Tuesday, 6th April, 7.30pm London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, E1 1ES Meet to plan for Party at the Pumps on Saturday.

================================================= /// RESIST NUCLEAR POWER: FILM AND DISCUSSION NIGHT /// Wednesday, 7th April, 7pm London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES Join us for an evening of short films and presentations about nuclear power followed by a discussion on how we can build strong resistance to nuclear new build in the UK.

=================================== /// THE LAST DAYS OF GORDON BROWN /// Wednesday, 7th April, 7pm Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9DX. Tel: 020 7837 4473 SNP MP Christopher Harvie discusses ‘Broonland’, his scathing and witty indictment of the architect of New Labour, Gordon Brown.

======================== // ACTION FILM KOLEKTIV /// Wednesday, 7th April, 8.30pm The British Prince, 49 Bromley Street, E1 0NB. Free filmnight screening ‘La estrategia del caracol’ (the snails strategy). More short films & animations to be confirmed.

======================================== /// NEWHAM & DISTRICTS CLAIMANTS UNION /// Thursday, 8th April, 7.30pm 8 Neville Road, London E7 9PX. We work together to help each other sort out benefits, pension credits etc and problems.

=========================== /// VIEWS FROM THE BORDER /// Thursday, 8th April, 8.30 – 10pm Brondesbury Park Road, Willesdon Green. A film shot around the south of Israel during the Last Gaza War that reflects the reality on the ground as it happened but also the views of Israelis on the Peace process, dealing with Hamas and the morality and outcome of the War

======================== /// HUNGRY FOR HOUSING /// Friday, 9th April, 11am Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, E8. The Hackney housing group, who are homeless people and people in bad housing, are fasting for one day outside Hackney Town Hall. Come and give us support! There will be free children’s activities all day in the town hall square (art, face painting, balloons) Come at 6 pm to help break our fast with a free meal and demonstration outside Hackney Town Hall in support of our demands.

======================= /// FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE /// Friday, 9th April, 8pm Duke of Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner. The whole skate lasts for 10 to 12 miles, about two hours, returning back to the Arch at 10pm.

======================== /// THE FEMINIST LIBRARY /// Saturday, 10th April, 11am – 6pm 5 Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7XW. A large archive collection of the Women’s Liberation Movement.

======================= /// PARTY AT THE PUMPS /// Saturday, 10th April, 1pm Meet at Oxford Circus BP want to start extracting oil from the tar sands, the single mostdestructive project on earth – fuelling climate chaos and trampling therights of indigenous communities. We want to stop them. On Saturday, 10th April, hundreds of people from London and beyond willgather at the pumps to send a message to BP: “you’re not going into thetar sands without a fight!” Come to a mass action! Bring yourselves, your friends, whistles and drumsif you have them, and a Zone 1-2 travel card. Meet at Oxford Circus and beready to make a move to our final destination. Expect dancing and drums, sunshine and soundsystems, party and protest. This action is part of the BP Fortnight of Shame.Organised by London Rising Tide/London Tar Sands Network, in solidaritywith the Indigenous Environmental Network.http://www.no-tar-sands.org The BP Fortnight of Shame (April 1 – 15 2010) is a call to action from theUK Tar Sands Network, Rising Tide, the Camp for Climate Action and theIndigenous Environmental Network to force BP to reverse their crazy plansto move into Canada’s tar sands. It runs between the annual Fossil Foolsday on April 1st, which in recent years has seen a flurry of actionagainst the fossil fuels industry, and BP’s Annual General Meeting onApril 15th. Grassroots groups across the UK and around the world, will betaking action in solidarity with First Nations communities in Canada tostop BP’s deadly plans in their tracks.

====================================== /// GENDER MATTERS IN GLOBAL POLITICS /// Saturday, 10th April, 5pm Housmans, 5 Caledonian Road N1 9DX Cynthia Cockburn and Dibyesh Anand will introduce the book.

============================= /// ACTIVIST REALISM /// Saturday, 10th April, 6pm London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London, E1 1ES An opportunity to forge new links between critical theory and contemporary activism. Activist realism is an event which brings together a working group of activists and theorists in order to address the following questions: How can an anti-capitalist critique premised on ecological concern be rescued from an all-pervasive greenwash ideology? What kinds of political actions can succeed against the increasingly repressive policing actions of a weakened government? What new means can be found to communicate the political rationale behind actions before the old media can neutralise its message? For both critical theorists and political activists, opposing capitalism is no longer business as usual. Confirmed participants: Mark Fisher (k-punk), Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London), Sarah-Jayne Clifton (Friends of the Earth), Simon Lewis (Turbulence), Debra Shaw (University of East London), Dimitris Papadopoulos (Cardiff University), Martin McIvor (Unison), Alex Williams (Splintering Bone Ashes), Dan Leighton (Demos), Amadeo Policante (Goldsmiths), Mark Barrett (Campaign for Real Democracy), Angus McKenzie, Andres Rogarth, Matt Travers. Come down for an evening of music and heated debate. Event will be streamed live on Dissident Island Radio http://www.dissidentisland.org/. Music by DJ Steene.

================================= /// THE 11TH OF THE MONTH /// Sunday, 11th April, 1pm Parliament Square, Westminster This 11th come and stand with others who want to take REAL action for 9/11 Truth and Peace – Outreach (dvd’s + leaflets) – Guerrilla Film Screening – Non-violent Direct Action (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolence)

================================ /// RADICAL READING COLLECTIVE /// Sunday, 11th April, 2pm LARC, 62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, E1 1ES Discussing “Organisational Platform of the Libertarian Communists” published by a group of exiled Russian anarchists in France in 1926

============= /// FILM 17:00 /// Sunday, 11th April, 5pm The Castle, 65 Camberwell Church St, SE5. A different lesbian/gay film will be screening every Sunday at 5pm in the upstairs room at The Castle (free entry). Make it a regular Sunday tradition!

===================== /// EXPOSE THE EXPO! /// Wednesday, 14th April, 12noon Olympia, Olympia Way, W14 Protest outside the Counter Terror Expo. Please bring banners and instruments. More info: http://www.dsei.org/counterterror

====================================================== /// A RISING TIDE OF DISINFORMATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE /// Wednesday, 14th April, 6.30pm Room G2, SOAS, off Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG PUBLIC MEETING Speakers including… David Adam, Environmental Correspondent from the Guardian Ben Stewart, Greenpeace George Marshall, COIN – Climate Outreach and Information Network (founder) Who are the “sceptics” or “deniers” , how are they organised, who is paying them? Is it true that theirs is the message that people most want to hear and why? What can we do to fight back? These questions and more… hear some answers and bring your own…

========================== /// DISSIDENT ISLAND RADIO /// Friday, 16th April, 9pm whitechapel, and pumpin’ out of your stereo! Let’s be honest here. We islanders rarely know what the heck is gonna be on the show until it actually airs. This is because we are committed to getting the absolute latest word on the street. (That and because we are a little bit disorganised sometimes.) But we can guarantee the show is gonna kick ass. Cos it always does. So check 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).

======================================================= /// POLICE MONITORING AND LEGAL OBSERVATION TRAINING /// Sunday, 18th April, 10.30am Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ Know Your Rights! Are you worried about abuse of police powers at protests and in your community? Ever moaned about an ever increasing police state but haven’t known what to do? Come to the Network for Police Monitoring training and start holding them to account for their actions. Everyone welcome, whether you have experience to share, want to brush up on skills or have no experience whatsoever. Many abuses of police powers occur because we let them. Legal observation and police monitoring are effective tools in tackling such abuses and can make a real difference from collating the data necessary for effective legal challenges to providing and collecting witness statements for those arrested. These actions have both challenged the way protest and the streets are policed and kept innocent people out of prison. Sessions will include police powers, stop and search and surveillance, as well as workshops on legal observation and police monitoring. Network for Police Monitoring is a new organisation made up of individuals involved in Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, Climate Camp Legal Team, Fitwatch, Legal Defence and Monitoring Group and Newham Monitoring Project. This is the first time such a range of people have come together to offer training and it should be an interesting day. However, it also the first time we have offered this training, and feedback will be very welcome. Although participants do not have to commit to doing legal observation/monitoring, it is hoped you will want to use your skills and we will be inviting people to join us for the next major protest on May 1st in Central London. Whilst there is no registration, please email info@networkforpolicemonitoring.org.uk to let us know if your planning to come so we have an idea of numbers.

============================== /// 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.