Reel News events, including screenings, benefits, talks…

Reel News Night: Countdown to Paris, Bike Couriers, Veterans for Peace

Thursday November 12th, 7:30pm
Ryan’s Bar
181 Stoke Newington Church St., London N16 0UI
Our regular monthly night in Stoke Newington, every second Thursday of the month with films, discussion, drinks, and music from our resident DJ TATTOO JOHN

THIS MONTH:

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1) COUNTDOWN TO PARIS
The COP21 climate talks in Paris have given up all pretence of staying in with 2 degrees of global warming, and are about to agree a new limit on global warming of 3 degrees – which will mean the end of the planet. The Paris Red Lines initiative is promising the biggest show of civil disobedience ever over the climate, with two weeks of mobilisations during the summit culminating in mass direct action on the weekend of December 11-13th as soon as the summit ends – when there will also be an enormous unified march. Activists from NO DASH FOR GAS will be showing films giving more details about the mobilisations, and taking bookings for cheap travel and accommodation.
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2) BIKE COURIERS: PRESSSURE GROWS ON CITYSPRINT TO PAY A LIVING WAGE
The premiere of a new Reel News film about the latest London Living Wage campaign in one of the most difficult industries to organise. Bike Couriers from the IWGB union will be present to explain more about their successes so far, how other bike couriers can get involved, and what the rest of you can do in solidarity with their struggle.

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3) VETERANS FOR PEACE
A few days after Remembrance Day, we’ll be showing how Veterans for Peace marked the occasion, plus two more shorts: “War Veterans Discard Medals in Rejection of Militarism and War”, and Darren Cullen’s brilliant “Action Man: Battlefield Casualties”. BEN GRIFFIN from VfP will be present to explain more, including the truth about the red poppy.

Reel News Night: The Refugee Crisis – Plus: Blacklisting

Refugees and migrants from the jungle camp in Calais stage a march ending in a protest at the town hall demanding freedom of movement and human rights. 5-9-15
Refugees and migrants from the jungle camp in Calais stage a march ending in a protest at the town hall demanding freedom of movement and human rights. 5-9-15

THURSDAY OCTOBER 8, 7:30PM

RYANS BAR,

181 STOKE NEWINGTON CHURCH ST. N16 0UI

 

 

 

 

Our regular North London night on the second Thursday of every month – join us for films, drinks, chats and discussion – FREE!

THIS MONTH: THE REFUGEE CRISIS

On a recent trip to Hamburg in northern Germany, REEL NEWS witnessed first hand the brilliant response from ordinary German people and activists to the unfolding European refugee crisis. GUY SMALLMAN will be doing a talk and showing photographs of events in Hamburg, and also about the recent solidarity trips to Calais.

BLACKLISTING
On the day that Blacklisting construction firms again find themselves in court for illegal conspiracy, we’ll be showing films of two major disputes involving blacklisting – in TEESSIDE, where trade unions are denied access to the site of a huge construction project and workers on the blacklist are denied jobs, and in LIVERPOOL, where notorious blacklisters Carillion have been granted the £4.7 billion Royal Liverpool Hospital project – despite still refusing to employ blacklisted workers.

Reel News Night: Iceland and Spain – The Untold Stories of Resistance to Austerity

Thursday September 10, 7pm

Ryans Bar, 181 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UI

The politics of austerity, and the established parties who have implemented it, are being increasingly rejected by ordinary people across Europe – but the exhilerating mass movements that are appearing as a result are largely ignored by the mainstream media. Tonight, we’ll be showibng two of the most significant ones, in Iceland and Spain. N.B. We’re expecting a lot of discussion this month, so FILMS WILL START AT 7:30 PM SHARP.

ICELAND: REYKJAVIK RISING (Conscious Collective, 55min)
In response to widespread media silence, this documentary explores how the people of Iceland resisted the measures imposed on them following the crisis of 2008, eventually overthrowing their government. It explores how the writing of the new Icelandic constitution was a truly inclusive and democratic process and how grassroots movements can change the course of history.

DANNY MITCHELL from Conscious Collective will be present to answer questions on the “pots and pans revolution”.

SPAIN – THE END OF AUSTERITY? (Reel News, 34min)
Amazing scenes as citizens platforms representing the mass social movements take over the councils of the biggest cities in Spain, with radical anti-austerity programmes – and no, we’re not talking about Podemos here (although they are involved)!

A number of Spanish activists will be coming to join in the discussion afterwards…

Join us for a night of film, discussion, drinks and music to see what we can learn from these incredible movements…as always, FREE!

Reel News Film Night: Reclaim Brixton, Community Organising and Building Mass Movements

reel news brixton night may 15 for webThe defeat of the Labour Party in the election seems to follow the pattern of social democratic parties across Europe being in crisis through implementing the politics of austerity.
In places like Greece and Spain, people who don’t feel represented by any political party have built huge mass movements and formed their own parties – with housing activism being a major driving force.
Are we sseeing the start of our own mass movement in Britain with the growing housing movement and events like Reclaim Brixton?

Join us for a FREE informal night of films, discussion, music and drinks as we show:

RECLAIM BRIXTON (Reel News 2015) 15:29
Thousands take part in the Reclaim Brixton to send a powerful message to Lambeth Council: Stop selling Brixton off to property developers and start putting people before profit.

THE LEGACY OF THE BLACK PANTHERS (Reel News 2008) 20:49
Spawned by the US civil rights movement of the 60s, the Panthers were masters of community organisation in a country with very little political representation.

GREECE: COMMUNITY ORGANISING (Reel News,2012) 22:14
How a mass movement based on solidarity grew to combat savage austerity measures.

SPAIN: INDIGNADOS – 25-S (Reel News, 2012) 15:41
“They don’t represent us!” Spain’s mass movement surround Parliament in 2012, just before the formation of Podemos.

Last ever film night at The Grosvenor: Fighting Gentrification, plus Disabled People Against Cuts

gentrification1 forwebThe Grosvenor as we know and love it will finally close its doors on Aug 2, ruined by property developers – so this is the last ever Reel News film night here….
 

 

FIGHTING GENTRIFICATION
We’re coming across a lot of people locally who feel that there’s nothing that you can do about gentrification, so we thought the best thing we could do would be to show campaigns from around the world where people are doing something about it – and winning.

Come to the screening and see what they’ve been doing in the USA (including the defeat of property developers in East Harlem), Vancouver in Canada, how they’ve fought evictions in Madrid and Barcelona – and what happened in the astonishing uprising in Burgos in Spain this year, where the building of a new luxury shopping mall was stopped completely.

We will also have activists talking about how they are organising locally, including BILL PERRY from Lambeth Housing Activists.

DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST CUTS

We’re very pleased to have PAULA PETERS from DPAC speaking, as we show films of recent actions they’ve been involved in – the occupation of Westminster Abbey, and the vigil over the work capability assessment judicial review.

And then we’ll have music and drinks until very late…as always, FREE!

The next South London film night will be October while we spend the next couple of months trying to find another venue with the same sort of ambience…not easy. Any ideas, let us know…

Reel News Post-strike social and Fighting Gentrification Special

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THURSDAY JULY 10 , 7:30pm onwards, RYANS BAR, 181 STOKE NEWINGTON CHUCH STREET, LONDON N16 0UL

 

This month: not just a chance to hear reportbacks from the huge coordinated strike action on the day (as well as trade unionists being present from the various disputes, Reel News will be filming in London and Birmingham), but a chance to have a practical discussion about what we do in North London about the growing threat of gentrification.

In Hackney, the latest gentrification attack is the buying up of a council estate by a multi-millionaire, where huge rent rises will mean mass evictions. (Read more here: http://hackneyrenters.org/2014/07/03/a-new-era-for-social-cleansing-richard-benyon-must-be-stopped/)

We’re coming across a lot of people locally who feel that there’s nothing that you can do about gentrification, so we thought the best thing we could do would be to show campaigns from around the world where people are doing something about it – and winning.

Come to the screening and see what they’ve been doing in the USA (including the defeat of property developers in East Harlem), Vancouver in Canada, how they’ve fought evictions in Madrid and Barcelona – and what happened in the astonishing uprising in Burgos in Spain this year, where the building of a new luxury shopping mall was stopped completely.

We will also have activists from Hackney and Haringey talking about how they are organising – including the launching of the campaign against Benyon Estates’ rent rises.

Speakers confirmed so far: DAVE MORRIS from Our Tottenham and activists from DIGS private renter information, support and campaign group.

And then we’ll have music and drinks until midnight…as always, FREE!

 

 

Saturday May 24: R.D.K. Hi-Fi Sound System and Reel News guerilla film screening

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Back at The Grosvenor this Saturday for a proper old Brixton night out: Reel News will be projecting anti-gentrification films onto the luxury flats opposite (which very conveniently have a huge white covering over them at the moment) from 9pm – 10pm, featuring successful anti-gentrification protests from around the world. Then original rockers from Brixton, R.D.K. will be shaking the foundations inside the pub until the early hours…

And yes, it’s another benefit – all profits will be split between Active Zone and Reel News.

Reel News regular North London night starts April 10

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We’ve finally found a venue to host a regular film night in North London – and hopefully reclaim a bit of Stoke Newington from the horrendous gentrification that’s happened in Church Street over the past twenty years. Come and join us every second Thursday of the month for films, discussion, music and drinks – FREE!

THIS MONTH: 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR, PLUS TEACHERS STRIKE

2014 sees the 75th anniversary of the end of the Spanish civil war, when a fragile democracy was allowed to be overturned by the combined forces of European Fascist regimes. Much has been written about the atoricities committed as General Franco took power, but very little about the social movements that rose up in the 60s and 70s that brought an end to the fascist state.

MASSACRE IN VITORIA (36:00)
Tonight, we’ll be showing a new Reel News film telling the story of one of the greatest rank and file movements ever seen – an all out indefinite strike in 1976 of factory workers in Vitoria in the Basque Country, which culminated in a general strike of the entire city. The Spanish state, petrified by what seemed to be a soviet developing, ordered the police to open fire on a peaceful strikers’ assembly, murdering 5 workers and wounding over 100.

No-one has ever been brought to justice for this atrocity, as with many other atrocities from the late Franco era and the period of transition to “democracy”. Watch the full incredible story and then join in the discussion on how we can mark the 75th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War by providing some international solidarity with the people of Vitoria’s struggle for justice.

PLUS: TEACHERS STRIKE (10:28)

As the campaign against Gove’s attempt to destroy education as we know it gets serious, we’ll be showing a video of the recent NUT strike and having a discussion with local teachers and parents about how to escalate the action and what form that should take.

Reel News film night in London: “Successes of 2013”

Blacklisted workers blockade outside ParliamentTHURSDAY JANUARY 16, 7:30PM

THE GROSVENOR, STOCKWELL

SIDNEY ROAD SW9 0TP

Taking our cue from Red Pepper’s article on the three most successful campaigns of 2013, the first Reel News film night of 2014 will have films and speakers from those campaigns – namely:

1) BLACKLISTING
An astonishing year for the campaign against blacklisting has seen impressive action on Crossrail, the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, the High Court, Local Authorities banning firms from public contracts, Shrewsbury Pickets, Fiddlers Ferry hardship fund, press exposure of police collusion, environmental activists, union conferences, Carillion banned from Labour Party conference, BBC Panorama documentary, construction safety, Employment Tribunals and Leverage.

We’ll be showing the TUC BLACKLISTING DAY OF ACTION featuring blacklisted workers marching on Parliament – and DAVE SMITH (Blacklist Support Group) and (probably!) FRANK MORRIS (sacked and reinstated Crossrail steward) will be speaking.

2) 3 COSAS
Over the past year the outsourced workers (cleaners, porters,security,catering etc) at the University of London have established themselves as one of the most militant groups of workers around, and one of the few who have gone beyond holding on to what they’ve got and actually made gains in their terms and conditions – particularly impressive for people who are mainly immigrant workers, many of whom have had no time to learn English due to the precarious nature of their work.

We’ll be showing a BRAND NEW film of their successful strike in November, and two of the workers (names TBC) will be speaking on the campaign and their three day strike coming up in a few weeks. We’ll also be taking a collection for their strike fund.

3) SAVE LEWISHAM HOSPITAL CAMPAIGN
Huge local demonstrations, constant campaigning, an inspired visit to Jeremy Hunt’s constituency and a refusal to give in by an entire community stopped the closure of the A&E department at Lewisham Hospital. Will be showing films of how it happened, what’s happening now and hopefully have some speakers from the campaign there to explain why they’re still fighting.

PLUS: POLITICAL RANTS from local Brixton legend BEADYMAN!

Our usual laidback environment for discussion, drink and relaxation with a bar and music until as late as you want to stay there – and all FREE!

REEL NEWS PARTY NIGHT!

Reel News Party FlyerFEATURING MORTON VALENCE, JOLI BLON, BRIXTON 49ers AND JACK BLACKBURN & THE CONFORMISTS

All proceeds from the night go to Reel News – come and have a fucking good night out and help us raise money at the same time!

JACK BLACKBURN & THE CONFORMISTS
Featuring Jack Blackburn, Sir Eddie Real, The General & King Slug. The Conformists combine spoken word, rapping & ranting with percussion and instrumental backing, taking poetry and performance to a whole new level.
https://soundcloud.com/featherbelly/jack-blackburn-the-conformists
https://www.facebook.com/conformpoetry

THE BRIXTON 49ers
The 49ers use strumming mandolin, banjo, fiddle and steel guitar to blend an eclectic range of covers that stretches from Kylie to The Only Ones, from Billy Bragg to Dawn Penn and from Mississippi John Hurt to Leadbelly… you know, it all just seems to make sense on the night!
http://www.reverbnation.com/thebrixton49ers/song/17265639-jungle-lullaby
https://www.facebook.com/TheBrixton49ers

JOLI BLON
Reel News are delighted to be hosting the return of UK Cajun favourites Joli Blon, featuring accordion player Lucy Vines + fiddler Fliss Premru. Put on your dancing shoes for classic Lousiana two-steps and waltzes!

MORTON VALENCE
Q magazine describe Morton Valence’s sound as ‘luscious pop music that combines the guitars of Darklands-era Jesus and Mary Chain with the strange sweetness of Nancy Sinatra. There are also ballads, odd funk grooves, lo-fi electro-pop anymore, resulting in a rich treasure trove of songs.’
Or as MV say ‘We make Urban Country music for the culturally disenfranchised.’
A Morton Valence gig is a uniquely sublime experience!
http://mortonvalence.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mortonvalence

8PM – LATE
ADMISSION £6 WAGED £4 UNWAGED