UK Free Spaces Newswire Archive
19-01-2005 15:02Call out for involvement in squatted infospace
19-01-2005 12:35The Silver Squat, near the train station, will be evicted next Monday after a court hearing this morning.
19-01-2005 01:13A group of activist from the Cambridge Action Network alarmed by the overt racism of some local newspaper articles and websites, decided to visit the traveler community outside Cottenham, Cambridgeshire. Eleven settlements there are under the direct threat of eviction: people are going to be kicked off their land by bailiffs, driven to the county borders, and their homes will be trashed. Unless we do something to prevent it...
16-01-2005 13:04police raid of maelstrom social centre
15-01-2005 19:18The second meeting of the LSF will take place on Tuesday 18th Jan
14-01-2005 02:02Preceeding the indian activist film festival at the rampART this week, an unrelated yet related incident ...
14-01-2005 01:40Mark Thomas writes a column offensive to Christians
Why are evangelical Christians so upset at a musical that shows Jesus calling himself "a bit gay"? According to the Bible, he was arrested for kissing a man in a public park. By Mark Thomas
Before starting this column, readers should be warned that it contains explicit language throughout. In fact, this 820-word column features the word "fuck" 46,000 times - according to calculations done by evangelical Christians.
The editor would like to issue a second warning to really stupid Christians. Evangelical Christians especially, please be aware that the following column features the word "God" a mere seven words away from the word "evolution".
11-01-2005 03:26The first night of the indian activist film festival at the rampART went ahead without hitch and no show from the rightwing Hindu groups that have been trying to get the festival canceled. Over one hundred people turned up but there was no indication that any dissenting Hindus were present. The was a great deal of media attention during the day from Channel 4, BBC Asian Network and many papers, all seemingly finding a story in comparing the resent attacks on the theatre in Birmingham. Many people have been offering to be on call to come down if there is any trouble during the rest of the week and yet another alterative venue offered. Aditionally it looks like quite a few further screenings elsewhere in the country will be spawned from this one.
Despite the no show, it appears the UK VHP have been busy during the day making statements to the press...
10-01-2005 01:16Source: The Hindu ( http://www.hinduonnet.com/2005/01/10/stories/2005011000991200.htm)
Threat to disrupt Asian film festival
JAN. 9. - By Hasan Suroor
07-01-2005 22:44MOVEMENTS IN MOTION: 10th – 16th January 2005
A FESTIVAL OF INDIAN ACTIVIST FILMS
15-17 Rampart Street, London E1 2LA
The rampART Creative Centre in East London is hosting a week long festival of contemporary documentary films from India. Grouped around themes of social and political issues, made by accomplished and dedicated filmmakers, this festival brings to London audiences documentaries that are rarely seen, inside or outside India, with the intention of creating spaces for debate. Disturbing, impassioned, humorous, inspiring and controversial, these films provide a glimpse into some of the most difficult challenges facing Indian society.
The festival runs over 6 days, from Monday 10th January to Saturday 16th January.
07-01-2005 17:31A weekly gathering to make banners, costumes, props etc for the G8 and any other actions will start this Sunday.
07-01-2005 15:19The Basement, Manchesters underground bookshop, vegan cafe and computer hub has reopened.
06-01-2005 20:18A meeting about ID Cards was held in Liverpool on 6th January and a group loosely calling itself Liverpool Defy-ID Group was formed. Its going to be convening an organising and planning meeting in a week or so and will be trying to organise direct action on the 28th and longer-term action thereafter. Anyone in Liverpool interested in getting involved can contact me via this discussion group or my email.
05-01-2005 20:21After the assult last before new years eve which result in one person being taken to hospital with a head injury, more trouble appears to be brewing at the rampART...
02-01-2005 14:07Events in the New Year at Maelstrom squatted infospace, The Old Post Office, Hyde Park Corner in Leeds, West yorkshire
30-12-2004 04:58Sadly, the rampart NYE fundraising party has been cancelled due to a violent conflict and our wish to ensure that it doesn't spill over into the event. We are very sorry to have to do this, not least because it means missing out on a good opportunity to raise some more money towards bill, however we feel we have no choice.
29-12-2004 21:14The Circle Community Centre at the old St.Georges Theatre 49 Tufnell Park Rd, London was occupied 3 months ago, as part of an ongoing campaign for urgent action on our critical environmental situation, which has been carried out in numerous squats for the last 12+years (ref. Agenda 21 from the Rio Earth Summit 1992).
Initially taken as an Earth Circus rehearsal space, it has now evolved into a Circle Community Centre. This old church has been a theatre for the last 32 years. However it has been left empty for the last four years and so over the last 3 months untold hard work from many volunteers has re-activated this theatre as a community space.
We were very happy to host the Indymedia benefit party, which was rammed with large queues, however with a bit of patience pretty much everyone got in.
This was an amazing event with top quality performers, especially The Rub Revolutionation, Fundamental, Unpeople, Planetman and the Internationalz , Angel and of course our street action favorites the Rhythms of Resistance who raised the roof with samba vibrations in the stunning acoustics of the hall. Big shout to all the Indymedia crews, Rampart possee, Mudge Peace Not War, the door crew/ stewards, caretakers of the centre, cleaners, recyclers, cafe crew, and you know who, all those volunteers to numerous to mention who keep these places running day in day out, big shout, big up yourselves.
We have video footage that will soon go up on the web , we need some more tech support with this. Especially a more powerful computer that can store more video. Also help to set up live streaming of some of our events.
Keeping the centre going is a constant mission, it is run voluntary on donations by an intrepid band of caretakers.
We need your help, come in and visit , there are many tings to do and many tings a go on.
Everyday caretaking, letting people in an showing them round on open hours, repairs and maintenance, cooking ,cleaning, office work, tech support, research, creativity, kids activities, running workshops and meetings, gardening and campaigning to save this community resource.
We especially need help opposing the change of use plans from theatre back into single denominational church.
The building is owned by the House on the Rock a Nigerian pentecostal church who have said they will allow it to be used for about 10 hours per week of community and theatre activities.
The planning committee is on Jan 18th any resident of Islington, Camden, Hackney or Haringay can send in their views online at islington.gov.uk. or write a letter to Islington planning or lobby the Islington councilors.(details on our website)
We have an appeal court hearing which has already been adjourned till some point in the new year, at which we have a strong case for a license granted at an early meeting with house on the rocks.
However, this appeal case will probably be heard after Jan 18 and if the planning is not granted for change of use, then the building could be passed back to a community consortium who could compensate House on the Rock.
Meaning this historic theatre could be used by many wide and varied environmental and community groups for many years to come. There is already a St. Georges Development Trust who are a not for profit company who are campaigning to keep the building in the public domain.
This campaign is winnable if enough support is received over the next 2 months.
It's up to all of us! Take action for a brighter sustainable future.
Check out our cabarets every friday 8p.m-12 and our website www.circlecommunity.org.uk
for more details
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