Contrary to popular belief,the Ramparts Social centre is still open though as people are also working on the Ramparts II building.They tell us
“The legal process is still ticking along with a decision expected
soon on whether we can have an appeal hearing. In the meantime it is
not possible for the ‘owner’ to get a warrant of possesion so there is
no immediate threat of eviction.
We’d like to remind people
that the space is still available for events etc and that we have a
backup space should eviction interfere with peoples plans. However,
keeping two spaces open has been a major drain on everyone involved and
the rampART itself is not getting the attention it deserves for the
last few weeks.”
Ramparts news Letter January 2008
Latest news, as of writing, we have lodged an appeal to the court
decision back in December and are now waiting back for a hearing date..
to decide whether there can be an appeal or not and whether or not we
have a ‘stay of execution’ (the Rampart building DOESN’T have a planning
application on it yet). Oh well. At least the possession order from the
last court case is delayed until this hearing.
In all this uncertainty we’re not rolling over and playing dead. We’re
still very much open and operating at (nearly) normal levels.. whatever
that means! We’re taking on new event proposals and invite you to send
further requests so contact us at the usual address
For events, in the case of eviction, we have the new building to fall
back on, which has taken shape nicely and now has the capacity to host
meetings and workshops, with the music space not far off being ready.
More helping hands please, if you have any spare send them our way!
We always need people to help with the occupation rota, 3 in the
building at all times, so email us if you have a spare day or evening
free. We are also looking at, and I stress only looking at, the benefits
and implications of becoming a legal entity in order to negotiate with
landlords for use of buildings. How this affects our ability to operate
as a space for radical politics is under scrutiny. Anyone with knowledge
or experience of forming a legal entity for such a purpose please get in
contact, we’d really like to hear what you have to say.
So happenings at the Rampart the coming week looks like this:
++ FRIDAY 25TH ++
== Reclaim Your Health ==
An Alternative Homeopathic Clinic focussed on empowering & enabling
you to health.
One-to-one consultations on a monthly basis. Remedies, Essences, Herbs &
advice to take during the month.
Rampart Social Centre, 15-17 Rampart Street, Whitechapel, E1 2LA
Every Friday: 2pm ? 6pm
£0. It?s an exchange or barter clinic. Bring whatever you want. Eg.
Skipped food, poetry, art, socks, a good book or an IOU!
== Radical Theory Reading Group ==
We’re reading Gilles Deleuze’s ‘Postscript on the Societies of Control’
and, if you have time ‘Intellectuals & Power: A Conversation between
Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze’: here
6pm in the Library
== Dissident Island Disks ==
They’re going to do some feat to get the radio show out this Friday
since there’s now no internet connection at the Rampart but the
Dissidents are very determined to make it happen, so tune in for
interviews, radio play and some amazing tunes, starting sometime after 9pm
++ WEDNESDAY 30TH ++
== Popular Uprising in Oaxaca ==
When Mexican paramilitary forces shot Brad Will in the chest, killing
him, his camera fell from his hands. But it didn’t stop recording. It
continued moving from hand to hand, telling Brad’s story, as well as the
story of the movement of movements that he was a part of. From the
squats of New York to the forests of Oregon, from the anti-globalization
protests in Seattle, Prague, Quebec to the popular uprising in Oaxaca,
Brad’s camera paints us a picture of what his life was about, and what
so many of his friends continue to struggle for.
Film screening and debate. Starting 8PM
++ Call for participation ++
Radical Theory Reading group are organising a symposium entitled
‘Radical Theory & Everyday Life Symposium’, for February 2nd or a date
Anyone interested contact
, call out is below
Call for volunteers to help organize the Radical Theory and Everyday
Life Symposium on the 2nd of February.
It is a symposium designed to address the relationship between radical
ideas and strategies for collective action and social change. The aim is
to offer opportunities for discussion, bring together people committed
to fighting injustice and oppression, explore radical ideas in an
informal setting and get convivial over drinks, music etc.
How can you help us? Come along to the next meeting of Radical Theory
Reading Group on the 25th of January (see below the details of our next
meeting) and tell us about your idea of a presentation or workshop which
you want to do. Or you can get in touch on this email address
Your help in organizing practical and
technical things around the Symposium is also very welcomed.
++ Vigil and Fast for Lovinsky continues ++
The international Vigil and Fast for Lovinsky continues at the usual
time of 5-6pm every Wednesday from 23 January ? the same day as the
weekly human rights demonstration at the Martyrs Monument in
Port-au-Prince, which Lovinsky?s organization has been holding for
years, and which has now also become a vigil for his return.
Outside the Brazilian Embassy
32 Green Street
London W1K 7AT
Call 020 74822496 to confirm!
Rampart meetings every Monday at 7pm, come along to get involved, was
nice to see so many people at the meeting just gone.
Thanks for reading and for all your support.