Make Rojava green again

Infonight – May 9th, 6.30pm.

A speaker from the Internationalist Commune of the Autonomous
Administration of North and East Syria, also known as Rojava, will be joining us in the UK to present the campaign “Make Rojava Green Again”. We will learn about the ecological situation in the region, what we can do in practical solidarity, and the ecological pillar of the revolution. We will also have a video link with one of the Kurdish comrades in London, who will be on day 55 of their hunger strike to protest prison torture and the isolation of Ocalan.

3 years of city Plaza – fundraiser and meal: FRIDAY 26TH aPRIL

6.30-9.30pm, Friday 26th April at BASE.

Monday 22nd April marks the third anniversary of the occupation of City Plaza, a formerly abandoned hotel in central Athens. This seven-storey building has since served as home to over 2,500 refugees from all over the Middle East and Africa, joined by countless activist volunteers that “live together and struggle together”, as Plaza’s motto proudly declares.

In 2016, Greece experienced an staggering influx of people fleeing conflict and persecution in their home countries, after the EU’s authoritarian border regime left them stranded in transit, often in horrific coastline camps or on the streets of the capital city. What began as an emergency housing solution has evolved into something so much more – a safe alternative to corrupt state provision; a testament to the possibilities of grassroots self-organisation; an international symbol of hope and solidarity.
See more at https://en-gb.facebook.com/sol2refugeesen/

Like any squat, City Plaza’s are numbered, and it’s now entering a new era of uncertainty as the national elections draw closer and the owner intensifies her hateful campaign. Donations have dwindled and financially, Plaza may not be able to sustain itself much longer. So please join us at BASE (formerly Kebele Social Centre) on Friday 26th to celebrate Plaza’s birthday and raise some much-needed funds.

What to expect…

– FOOD a vegan Persian-Greek mashup
– Films, photographs, art and music from 3 years of the project
– Open Q&A/knowledge sharing about Plaza, similar spaces and the current situation of refugees in Greece

Suggested donation just £5, enough to feed a resident for one week!

FILM NIGHTS

Every 2 weeks, starting this week (Thu 11th) with The Big Flame by KenLoach.. see below.

Also, we bring you a one-off *Sunday* screening, with a re-run of ‘United In Anger’ On Sunday 21st April. If you missed this emotionally intense documentary last time,we strongly recommend checking it out.

Here’s the full listing:
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Thu 11th April – The Big Flame

The story of a wildcat strike which becomes an occupation of Liverpool docks by 10’000 workers. Shot in documentary style and set in a fictional ‘near future’, the film’s 1969 broadcast provoked outrage from Mary Whitehouse and the Daily Mail.
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Sun 21st April – United In Anger

An inspiring and powerful film following AIDS campaign group ACT UP as it battles corporate greed and government indifference, making links with other struggles.

One-off Sunday screening; includes meal (suggested donation £3) at 6:30pm.
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Thu 25th April – Queen of the Desert

A trans youth worker works with a group of curious and cheeky young indigenous people in a community in Central Australia, training them in the art of hairdressing.
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Thu 9th May – Mayhem

A virus spreads through an skyscraper complex, causing office workers to act out their worst impulses.
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BASE for Anarchy and Solidarity in Easton, 14 Robertson Rd, BS5 6JY

Doors 7:15pm, films start 7:30pm
Donations welcome to help fix our roof, but no-one turned away for lack of funds.

BASE Sunday Vegan Dinner and Talk on Capitalism & Environment

24th February from 6.30pm .

BASE’s regular Sunday vegan anarchist cafe is open again this Sunday with a delicious meal!

Menu this week: Armenian soup, veg lasagna, Chocolate ginger cake cake. Also selling Ginger beer to raise money for IAF (international of anarchist federations)

After the main course, our cooks from the Anarchist Federation will be giving a talk based on their pamphlet Capitalism is Killing the Earth.

We are entering uncharted territory as capitalism exerts ever-increasing pressure on the earth’s ecosystems. Left unchecked, the current fossil fuel economy will continue to wreck the climate and the burden of the resulting problems will fall disproportionately on the working class and those living in less economically developed countries.

Can capitalism reform its way into environmental sustainability? Can aware consumers buy their way out of global warming? Will the governments of the world save us from Climate Change? Learn our surprising answers (spoiler warning: no) and discuss the reasons why, and what we can do instead!

Also, on the same evening there will be a chance as usual to
browse the anarchist info shop and radical library.

Film night 31.01: “Born in Flames”

In New York City, in this future time, a group of women decide to organize and mobilize, to take the revolution farther than any man – and many women – ever imagined in their lifetimes.

The time is the near future. The place in New York City, a decade after a peaceful revolution has ensured that all men are equal. That’s all MEN, leaving the women to voice their discontent and forge their own liberation. When Adelaide Norris (Jean Satterfield), the black radical founder of the Woman’s Army, is mysteriously killed, a diverse coalition of women – across all lines of race, class, and sexual preference – emerges to blow the System apart.

Film starts at 7.30pm.

Film night 17.01: “Blindspotting”

Set in Oakland, California, a story of two friends who work as movers and are forced to watch their old neighborhood become a trendy spot in the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area. Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities.

A “timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word.”

Film starts at 7.30pm. Bring popcorn and friends!

This is the first in a new fortnightly film night at BASE.

Base for Anarchy & Solidarity in Easton