Sunday, March 15, 2009

Anarchist Movement Conference 2009 (London, UK) // 6-7 June

Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 01:11:53 -0700 (PDT)
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Anarchist Movement Conference 2009
June 6th/7th 2009, Queen Mary & Westfield College , Mile End, London

As the world economy heads deeper into an unprecedented recession,
the spectre
of social unrest is again spreading across Europe and the World. In
the UK we
have experienced an extended holiday from wide-spread class struggle
as social
democracy and capitalism worked hand in hand to maintain social
peace. But as
the guarantees of the banks have gone, so too have the guarantees
that the
state can manage the emerging social conflict, which could
potentially turn
into social rebellion unseen in the UK for decades.

So, where does that leave the Anarchist Movement? Are we relevant? Do
we exist
in a form coherent enough to actually be called a movement? Are we
progressing?
The Anarchist Movement Conference is a chance to put our ideas on the
table and
rebuild ourselves. The barriers that exist need to be broken down, the
experiences and ideas of those involved in anarchist politics need to be
shared, discussed, critiqued and debated. The task is urgent,
practical and
necessary - are we as a movement mature enough to face the challenge?

How and where should we organise? Who are we are speaking to? How do
we relate
to the wider world as anarchists? These are some of the discussions
that might
happen during the course of the weekend. We want this conference to be a
historical turning point, a point where we manage collectively to
come together
to look at the problems and work towards the solutions. Anarchists
from every
federation, network and local group, those involved in diverse
struggles from
environmental direct-action to community work, trade unionism to DIY
projects -
we invite you and encourage you: Claim your place at the table and
help make a
movement!

If we truly aim to be part of making history we need to remake
ourselves as an
organised, pragmatic movement to become an effective part of
revolutionary
change. If we do not learn from the mistakes of the past we are
doomed to
repeat them. The anarchist ideals of mutual aid, solidarity and the
desire to
live as equals have been echoed throughout our history, in every
country, by
women and men, regardless of race or ethnicity. We have a proud
history, this
conference is both about recognizing where we have come from and
organizing
where we want to go. Be a part of it!

Anarchist Movement Conference 2009 will happen at Queen Mary & Westfield
College on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th, 2009. The space
will include
20 rooms and a large hall as well as a creche for both days. People
will need
to register before hand to ensure that the conference runs as
smoothly as
possible. More information will be made public every month as the
conference
takes shape.

To be involved: conference@haringey.org.uk // more updates soon at:
http://www.conference09.org.uk

Thursday, March 12, 2009

CARBON TRADING AND ACTION PLANNING WEEKEND, LONDON, 21/22 MARCH

CLIMATE CAMP 2009:
CARBON TRADING AND ACTION PLANNING WEEKEND
LONDON,  21/22 MARCH

Everything you were gagging to know about carbon trading, and how we can put this new-found knowledge into practice at the G20 and beyond!

Day 1
Workshops and discussions on the problems with carbon trading, with speakers from the Cornerhouse, FERN, Carbon Trade Watch and the World Development Movement. Subjects will include the basics of carbon trading, similarities with the financial crisis, carbon markets and forestry and how emissions trading in the EU paves the way for Kingsnorth and the 3rd Runway.


Day 2
Action planning and trainings. A big chunk of this will be devoted to the Climate Camp in the City on the 1st of April, but it will also deal with our plans for the Summer and Copenhagen, and will include options like speaker training, media training and action planning.


Both days will take place at the new Synergy Centre:  Carlisle Lane SE1 7LG.
A light lunch will be provided on both days and both days will run from 10am to 5pm.


* We'd like to keep an eye on numbers, so please email london@climatecamp.org.uk.
* Let us know if you need a place to stay in London. We are also looking to support people who need help paying their travel. Please give us an idea of how much you would need to be reimbursed, but please book cheaper train and bus tickets in advance.
* Call 07534 598 733 for more information and to book your place.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Protest Groups Disrupt Miss University London

Protest Groups Disrupt Miss University London
 

11.03.09    4:30 AM
 
Protest groups disrupt Miss University London beauty pageant.
 
"Now I know why my mother's generation did what they did in the 60s.  I feel amazing.  Tonight we did what we said we would – we smashed Miss University London!"

-       Martina Pasonaria, 30, Musician

 
At 1.30am this morning a group calling themselves SMASH MISS CONTEST[1] infiltrated Miss University London and caused disruption throughout the event with stink bombs and personal alarms, culminating with a stage invasion bringing the show to a halt during the announcement of the winner.  A questionnaire and open letter to participants were scattered to the audience, contestants and compere.
 
Miss University London re-emerged two years ago amongst widespread controversy.  Set up by 121entertainment, led by Christian Emile, the event drew in three different protest groups.  Miss-Ogyny[2], a group specifically set up to resist the pageant's presence on campus, rallied opposite the entrance.  They were joined by The Space Hijackers[3] who handed out tissues to men queuing for the pageant.
 
"They couldn't hide what the event was – a crass judgement of women based on their looks, all so that they could make money."

-       Helen Bradshaw, 21, Student

 
Notes to Editor:
  1. www.smashmisscontest.wordpress.com"
  2. www.miss-ogyny.org
  3. www.spacehijackers.org
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, March 9, 2009

April 1st is Fossil Fools Day!

FOSSIL FOOLS DAY is less than a month away!

The international Rising Tide network and its allies are calling for
a day
of action against the fossil fuel industry on April 1st 2009. We would
like to invite you to get involved in this day of action.

Fossil Fools Day is about taking action in the name of carbon common
sense:
– leaving fossil fuels in the ground
- abandoning false solutions
- building real and just alternatives

On April 1st last year, people around the world celebrated Fossil Fools
Day. Over 150 actions took place across four continents. Oil, gas, coal
and aviation were all targeted. Fossil fuel extraction, production,
financing, PR and greenwash all felt the jester's wrath. Actions spanned
the full spectrum from the simply subversive to the downright
disruptive:
office occupations, banner drops, street theatre, Big Carbon blockades,
city centre parades, spoof product launches, subvertising, leaflets,
lock-ons and even a laugh-in. The tentacles of the carbon web were
exposed
for all to see, more people saw the empire for what it truly is – a
sinking ship awaiting abandonment – and here and there, the carbon
machine
even ground to a halt.

Check out some of what happened and who was involved here:
www.fossilfoolsdayofaction.org/2008

With your help, this year Fossil Fools Day will be bigger, better and
bolder.

Here's how you can get involved:

1. Plan an action where you live ... from a bit of street theatre and a
stall to an citizen's occupation of a newly nationalised bank; a little
local subvertising to a Big Carbon blockade. Read on for loads of
resources and support to help you pull your prank.

2. Come along to Climate Camp in the City of London on April 1st –
targeting carbon markets on the eve of the G20 leaders' summit in
London –
because nature doesn't do bailouts. More info: www.climatecamp.org.uk/
g20.
Later you can head off to spoil BP's Centenary party at the British
Museum. Join Rising Tide and Art Not Oil, between 6-7pm, to say 'Your
Party's Over!' Bring banners, musical instruments, a sense of climate
justice and a nonsense of foolery. Meet at 6pm at the British
Museum's Gt.
Russell St. gate.

3. Help spread the word – email friends or group members, add a link to
Fossil Fools Day to your website or blog (you can grab a graphic for the
event here: www.risingtide.org.uk/fossilfoolsday2009), join the Facebook
group (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=76383323792)
include the call-out (at the end of this email) in your
newsletters/e-bulletins, put posters up where lots of people will see
them, hand out leaflets, etc.

Our actions are amplified when we act in unison. This year, in the
build-up to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen in November, let's
see if we can reach over 1000 actions worldwide! On Fossil Fools Day,
bring the spirit of carnival and mischief to the fight for climate
justice.

It would be great to hear of your support and plans! Get in touch if
you're planning a public action, so we can list it on our website and
help
spread the word. And whatever you do, make sure to let us know about
your
Fossil Fools Day action so we can add it to our end-of-day round up and
show the world what grassroots action against the fossil fuel
industry can
achieve.

See you on the streets on April 1st.

CONTACTS
Rising Tide UK
Email: info@risingtide.org.uk
Tel: 07708 794665

www.risingtide.org.uk
www.fossilfoolsday.org

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RESOURCES AND SUPPORT

All available at: www.risingtide.org.uk/fossilfoolsday2009
(get in touch if you'd like anything mailed to you in hard copy):

-actions booklet with 15 ideas for action against the fossil
fuel industry, including planning tips, target locations, examples of
successful actions and more
-leaflets and graphics to make your own materials
-a generic leaflet you can adapt to hand out on the day, and a sample
press release to help you write your own
-a Q&A sheet for answering media questions.

Want to find an action to get involved in?
If you are looking to get involved where you live, get in touch
(info@risingtide.org.uk) and we may be able to link you up with
something
in your local area... or give you advice on getting your own action off
the ground ... or put you in touch with another local group for future
actions!

Media
We'll be sending out a national press release and may be able to direct
journalists to you on the day if you wish, so any info you can let us
know
in advance will be really helpful – and/or a phone number to contact you
on the day if that's possible. And call or email us as soon as your
action's happened so we can include it in the end-of-day actions
round-up,
which we'll be press releasing as well. Get in touch if you'd like help
writing and/or sending your own press release - there's a great guide
here:
http://www.networkforclimateaction.org.uk/toolkit/press_and_media/
guides_for_using_the_mainstream_media/short_guide_to_the_media.pdf

CALL TO ACTION

On April 1st, take aim at your local Fossil Fool!

We are living through both alarming and amazing times: financial systems
are creaking, climate change is being felt around the world, and the
peak
in fossil fuels fast approaches. Cracks are widening daily throughout
the
fossil fuel empire, and change is coming whether we like it or not.

Q: What's Fossil Fools Day going to do?
A: Speed up the end of the fossil fuel empire, and the beginnings of a
more just and sustainable world.

On April 1st last year, people around the world celebrated Fossil Fools
Day. Over 150 actions took place across four continents. Oil, gas, coal
and aviation were all targeted. Fossil fuel extraction, production,
financing, PR and greenwash all felt the jester's wrath. Actions spanned
the full spectrum from the simply subversive to the downright
disruptive:
office occupations, banner drops, street theatre, Big Carbon blockades,
city centre parades, spoof product launches, subvertising, leaflets,
lock-ons and even a laugh-in. The tentacles of the carbon web were
exposed
for all to see, more people saw the empire for what it truly is – a
sinking ship awaiting abandonment – and here and there, the carbon
machine
even ground to a halt. This year Fossil Fools Day will be bigger, better
and bolder.

Our actions are amplified when we act in unison, so this year, in the
build-up to the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen in November, let's
see if we can reach 100 UK actions and over 1000 worldwide! Fossil Fools
Day is about taking action in the name of carbon common sense – leave
fossil fuels in the ground, abandon false solutions, and build real and
just alternatives. Dismantling the fossil fuel empire is a massive task,
but every action we take takes its toll, and there is no doubt that our
resistance is growing and our struggles are uniting year by year.

So whether you've been looking for a chance to dip a toe into the
growing
climate action movement, or have had your kick-ass action planned since
last year, now is the time to do it – whatever it is. On April 1st, join
the global day of resistance and pull a prank that packs a punch.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

C.R.A.S.H: A postcapitalist A to Z

C.R.A.S.H: A postcapitalist A to Z 

 
Take part in a free course combining art, activism and permaculture or get paid to actively imagine a postcapitalist world !
 
 
We are looking into an unprecedented abyss of economic and social turmoil that confounds our previous perceptions of historical risk. Our vertigo is intensified by our ignorance of the depth of the crisis or any sense of how far we might ultimately fall.

 

Mike Davis, Historian and social commentator.

 
The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination is a network of socially engaged artists and activists whose work falls in between resistance and creativity, culture and politics, art and life. We are inviting creative resisters, unemployed workers and art activists to take part in our latest project - C.R.A.S.H: A post capitalist A to Z  - in London's financial district in June 2009.

 

As we accelerate towards the collapse of our ecological life support systems and suffer the consequences of reckless economic fantasies, the question of what our future could look like has never been more vital. This June the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination will be experimenting with radical sustainable alternatives to the ecological and economic crisis in the symbolic heart of the capitalist system. We are inviting you to either participate in the course and/or apply for one of the £500 intervention commissions.

 

C.R.A.S.H contains two parts: 1)  C.R.A.S.H Course  is free two week long (1-14 June) intensive training combining permaculture design, art activist tactics and skills for building radically ecological and deeply democratic communities. 2) C.R.A.S.H Culture is a week (17-21st June) of commissioned actions, street art, skill-share performance lectures and interventions across the City and a nightly promenade performance in an abandoned office block. 

 

C.R.A.S.H is part of  "2 degrees" Artadmin's festival of art and climate change.

 


To Download more information and an application go to http://labofii.net/experiments/crash/

You can apply for both the course and the commissions Deadline for applications is Friday April 3rd