Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th December - Songlines -multi-media installation created from interviews and conversations with women from minority communities living in the North East. Through discussions on the sea and other places, they shared stories of their childhood and home, leaving people and places behind and of their new lives in the North East of England. The piece was developed in collaboration with 26 women from minority communities from Byker Sands Centre - Sure Start East, Open Door North East and West End Women & Girls Centre, working alongside photographer Phyllis Christopher, visual artist Taryn Edmonds and filmmaker Kate Sweeney.
Friday 6 December, 11am - 1pm. CPS London office - Demonstrate outside the CPS!The Crown Prosecution Service is charged with inaction. This year there have been two damning unlawful killing verdicts into deaths in custody and still the CPS is procrastinating about whether to charge those involved. A number of other families, whose loved ones died in custody, are also still waiting for the CPS to make decisions on whether to prosecute those involved. The standard response in recent years has been ‘not enough evidence to prosecute’, this is not good enough. Organised by United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC), Stop G4S, Azelle Rodney Campaign for Justice, Justice4Paps, Sean Rigg Justice and Change Campaign, the Christopher Alder Justice Campaign and Justice4Grainger. https://www.facebook.com/events/664540640233026/
Friday 6 December, 7.30pm. A Bit Crack: Tales of the Forgotten North Part Two. The Star & Shadow Cinema. Malcolm Green and Chris Bostock tell stories inspired by the rock art of Lordenshaws near Rothbury and Thirwall Castle on Hadrians Wall, with accompanying narratives by archaeologist Paul Frodsham. https://www.facebook.com/events/630403823684135/
Saturday 7 December, 10am - 2pm. Main lecture theatre, ground floor, The Design School Building, Northumbria University Greenham Women: Actions and Impacts, Then and Now. In the summer of 1983, thousands of women from across the country participated in the Star Marches, a simultaneous protest action which saw them mass at Greenham, forming human chains of dissent, their arrests making headline news. On 11th December 1983, 50,000 women met at Greenham to continue the protest and at least one coach-load of women went from Newcastle. Throughout the 19-year history of the camp (1981-2000), tens of thousands of other women provided support, took part in related campaigns and were involved in local WONT (Women Opposed to the Nuclear Threat) groups. Thirty years on from these mass demonstrations, what is the legacy of the Women’s peace camp? How did women experience living and being at Greenham? What was the importance of this women-only space, both then and now? How can we connect the peace camp at Greenham with women’s contemporary activism such as Women Against the Cuts and Slutwalk? Speakers including Mary Mellor and Monica Shaw, both Greenham veterans and women involved in contemporary activism including from the North East Feminist Gathering. CRÈCHE PROVIDED To book your place, please register at the Eventbrite page. Loads more info here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/greenham-women-actions-and-impacts-then-and-now-tickets-9128773407?utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventurl_text
Sunday 8 December - Canny Little Library fiction reading group, 5-7pm at the Canny Little Library. All welcome. Reading Sarah Waters, ‘The night watch’. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 8 December – Solidarity letter writing for prisoners in solitary confinement – 3-7pm at the Canny Little Library.
Wednesday 11 December, 6.30pm. Star and Shadow Cinema- Estamira - film screening. In the periphery of Rio de Janeiro, the 63 yr old Estamira is a happy and charismatic woman that has been working for more than twenty years in the city dump. Schizophrenic, and very charismatic, she’s the leader of a small community of old people with a very lyrical and philosophical attitude towards life. http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/film/1296
Thursday 12 December, 7pm - 12am. Christmas Dance for Peace& Solidarity! Black Swan Bar, 69 Westgate Rd, Newcastle - It is that time of year again, the annual Christmas Dance for Peace and Solidarity is back. This year we are excited to introduce: Soznak - Sparkling high-life African guitar and banjo, smoky honey vocals and booting brass. Carnival of Crows - play a set of tunes with its feet firmly planted in the jazz world but with a contemporary feel. Georgia Porja - Acoustic soulful singer/songwriter from Newcastle. £7 Waged/£5 Unwaged. All proceeds go to charity
Sunday 22 December, 3-7pm. Star & Shadow Cinema - Canny Little Library Winter tea party - Books to take away for free, games, food, family friendly fun!,
Tuesday 31 December, 8pm - 4am. Star & Shadow’s New Year’s Eve Bash - We bring you a New Year’s Eve event to remember, the theme ‘Dirty Berlin’ and Ultra Violet New Year’s Celebration, the folks from the Candy Vortex will be transforming the Star and Shadow into a glowing Den of Iniquity, graffitti art on any available white space. Accompanied with visual treats in the cinema. Plus plenty more random treats to feast your eyes on. https://www.facebook.com/events/174953869369570/
Saturday 11 January - “What can we do from the North East for the Action AWE campaign?” Action AWE (Atomic Weapons Eradication) is a grassroots campaign of nonviolent actions dedicated to halting nuclear weapons production at the Atomic Weapons Establishment factories at Aldermaston and Burghfield. The purpose is for groups and individuals to undertake autonomous actions and events from February 2013 onwards to raise awareness of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons… Time and venue tbc, for more info contact email@example.com>
Thursday 16 January - More Than Honey - film screening. An extraordinary journey into the depths of the bee hive, across different cultures, to understand something of the nature of bees and their importance. Followed by the chance to talk about and discuss Bees and Honey with local Bee Keepers. 7.30pm, Star and Shadow Cinema. http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/film/1205
Sunday 19 January - Distant Thunder - film screening - Ray’s film about the 1943 famine, caused by the British exporting grain from Bengal. Ray’s approach to famine is not to exploit images, but rather to engage the audience in an intensive series of indicators of despair: the slow ratcheting up of the price of staple foods. Followed by discussion on The Right to Food. 7.30pm, Star& Shadow Cinema. http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/film/1206
Sunday 2nd February - Hunt Sabs film/discussion - 4pm, Star and Shadow Cinema more info to follow.
Pop down to pick up 2014 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar http://www.certaindays.org/, (£7), Bottled Wasp 2014 diaries, (£4), http://www.brightonabc.org.uk/bottledwasp.html, screen printed greetings cards (5 for £2),screen printed fair trade organic t shirts (£8), and copies of the new Wor Diary 2014, (£5), http://newcastlenerdpunx.com/wor-diary/! All benefits for good causes.
Also, pick up the latest edition of Catalyst, the quarterly free-sheet of the Solidarity Federation.
New stock just in -
On the Out - A new publication produced by Bristol ABC. On the Out is a collection of writings by ex-prisoners and their supporters on life after prison. Also available to download at http://bristolabc.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/on-the-out-zine.pdf
The Worst Issue 3 - A compilation zine with pieces from 22 contributors exploring radical, DIY, activist and community responses to grief and loss. Also includes an interview with a social centre about their memorial altar, tips for how to write about the tuff stuff, and a resource list. http://theworst.bigcartel.com/
In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, Machines & the Crisis of Capitalism by George Caffentzis. PM Press ISBN: 9781604862973
Although information technology, immaterial production, financialisation, and globalisation have been heralded as inaugurating a new phase of capitalism that transcends its exploitative origins, this collection of essays by Autonomist, George Caffentzis argues that instead of being in a period of major social and economic novelty, the course of the last decades has been a continuation of the vehement conflicts present at the advent and beyond, of capitalism. Emphasizing class struggles that have proliferated across global capitalism, Caffentzis shows how these struggles are central to capitalist dynamics, that even the most sophisticated machines cannot remove the need for labour and the resulting class struggle. The writings draw upon a reading of Marx that ‘stretches’ his analysis to document the way in which capital perpetuates violence and proliferates misery on a world scale. An interesting read which shows avenues for analysis of modern capital.
New stock at the Canny Little Library includes:
'Black Star: Britain's Asian Youth Movement' by Anandi Ramamurthy
'Towards Collective Liberation' by Criss Crass
'Revolution at Point Zero' by Silvia Federici
'In Letters of Blood and Fire' by George Caffentzis
Sundays - Canny Little Library is open, 3-7pm.
Tuesdays - North East Refugee Justice meetings, 6.30pm http://nerefugeejustice.wordpress.com/
Last Sunday of the month – Canny Little Café, with tasty vegan snacks at the Canny Little Library.
Canny Little Library fiction reading group – date tbc – get in touch if you’d like to come along. Reading Sarah Waters, ‘The night watch’. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 7 November, 6.30pm, Cinema Politica - Edible City: Grow the Revolution (2012) Edible City is a feature-length documentary film that tells the stories of people who are digging their hands into the dirt, working to transform their communities. Plus stalls and discussion https://www.facebook.com/events/255573361257578/ Culture Lab, King’s Walk, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
Saturday 9th November from 3pm – Summerhill Bowling Club, Newcastle
All-dayer with some great bands including: Shopping, ILL, Beauty Pageant, Witch Hands, Elopes, Power Vag and No Ditching (facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/414011035375661). CLL stall too!
Saturday 9th November - Shotton, Durham - Anti EDL event. Meet at Shotton Colliery memorial on Front Street, 1pm
Sunday 10 November - Frack Free Tyne and Wear meeting, 4pm, Star and Shadow Cinema.
Sunday 10 November - 5.30pm - Borders, nationalism and anarchism discussion, Canny Little Library, Star and Shadow Cinema
Sunday 10 November, 7pm – Cultures of Resistance - short films highlighting the struggles of indigenous peoples as part of the Cultures of Resistance mini-season. http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/film/1264 Star and Shadow Cinema.
Thursday 14 November, 7pm - Teeside Solidarity Movement, General Assembly http://teessidesolidarity.tumblr.com/calendar
Thursday, 14 November - Newcastle Law Centre 35 Year Celebration Event. 5:30pm (doors open 5:15pm) Close & Refreshments 6:45pm. Exploring what Social Justice For All really means & Annual Report launch. Key note speakers: James Welch, Legal Director of Liberty. Julie Bishop, Director, Law Centres Network. Please contact Julie Maxwell on 0191 230 4777 / email@example.com for a place. Harvard Lecture Theatre Room 401, 4th Floor, Newcastle Business School & School of Law, Northumbria University.
Friday 15 November, 2pm - Grand Opening, Durham Community Support Centre, Miners Hall, Redhills, Durham
Friday 15 November - Fundraiser - 6.30pm - 9.30pm - ‘A musical evening to support George, Elizabeth & Ann’. Heaton Baptist Church, Heaton Road, Newcastle NE6 5HN http://www.heatonbaptist.org/about-us/contact-us/ A varied evening of music, food, games & crafts to benefit our friends.
Friday 15 November (10am-5pm) ‘Seminar: Exhibiting and Celebrating Enrichment’. At the Baltic, Newcastle
Saturday 16 November, 10:00am to 4:30pm - Workshop: Campaigning For the Right To Remain - Understanding the asylum and immigration system, and campaigning for justice. You are invited to a free workshop, run by the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (NCADC), to learn about campaigning for the right to remain in the UK. Through interactive exercises, discussion, knowledge-sharing and case-studies we hope that participants will come away knowing more about: the asylum and immigration system, the problems individuals face going through the system, what can be done to support individuals applying for asylum or immigration status, what ‘campaigning’ means, how activists and local groups can work together to support individuals in their communities. The training is based on the NCADC Campaigning Toolkit (www.ncadc.org.uk/toolkit), a comprehensive printed and online resource for people fighting for justice in their asylum or immigration case, and the groups working to support them. http://www.starandshadow.org.uk/on/event/1243
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November - North East Vegan Festival - with Canny Little Library stall, plus loads more. Gig is 16th, Festival day is 17th - http://www.northeastveganfestival.co.uk/. Stadium of Light, Sunderland.
Tuesday 19 November 2013, 6pm, Great minds don’t think alike - Mary Midgley & Thom Brooks. Where are the great minds of today? Are we witnessing the end of ‘grand theory’ in the human sciences? Join acclaimed philosopher Mary Midgley, author of Beast and Man, and The Myths We Live By, and Thom Brooks, author of Hegel’s Political Philosophy and the founder of the new Unified Theory of Punishment, for a discussion about what, if anything, great thinkers such as Bertrand Russell, Claude Levi-Strauss, Sigmund Freud, Iris Murdoch and Simone Weil have in common. This event celebrates Routledge’s new GreatMinds series. Free. Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University
Wednesday 20 November, All Day - National Day of Action on Blacklisting: Own Up! Clean Up! Pay Up! https://www.facebook.com/events/593377707395453/
Wednesday 20 November - 6pm, Israeli Military Refuser Noam Gur Speaks in Newcastle (organised by Workers’ Liberty). The History Room, Newcastle University Students’ Union. https://www.facebook.com/events/194867560699595
Saturday 23rd November Manchester and Salford Anarchist Bookfair, UK. http://bookfair.org.uk/
Saturday 23rd November - Reclaim the Night. 6pm, Gather at Old Eldon Square. 6.30pm walk up Northumberland Street to Haymarket, and across to Civic Centre. All welcome.
Sunday 24 November - Wor Diary Launch! With live music, short films, and punk rock bingo! 3-7pm. Newcastle’s lovely little collectively made, radical diary is back for another year and we’d love for you to come along to the launch of it! Wor Diary is a DIY self published diary which is created by all sorts of different people. It looks at and celebrates the forgotten, the radical and the underground history and culture of the North East region, and is also packed full of how-to-guides, recipes and other fun stuff. It’s a not-for-profit project, and so all money raised from it goes to right-on causes. Canny Little Library, Star & Shadow Cinema https://www.facebook.com/events/678893392129648