Monday, March 23, 2015

A couple more things before the end of March

A. exhibition of feminist silk screen posters at Chats Palace

Mainly 70s/80s material produced by feminist print collectives like See Red and Lenthall Road Workshop.

Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, London E9 6DF

<< Enlarged Lives – an exhibition of feminist related original silk screen posters is now on the walls of Chats Palace bar. Fragile Archivists invited Jess Baines, a researcher and member of See Red Women’s Workshop, to reflect on the experience of the women's movement during the 1980’s. Here is her response.

Collectively and individually these few posters provide wonderfully suggestive clues to some of the feminist and lesbian cultural activity of 1980’s London, as well as to the context in which it took place. Most of this activity had been set in motion a decade earlier as part of the women’s movement desire to come together and unravel the limitations of our own lives, not just through talking and protest, but creatively through writing, image making and performance. >>

B. Two meetings on politics of technology coming out of the Luddites 200/Breaking the Frame discussions.

/*1. 28th/29th March. ***Women’'s Gathering* on gender and the politics of
technology, focusing on reproductive technologies*

*2. Radical Science and Alternative Technology*: /From the 70s to the

*1. Women'’s Gathering* on gender and the politics of technology,
focusing on reproductive technologies,

6pm March 28th – 4pm March 29th 2015,

The Feminist Library
meeting room, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7XW.

At the first Breaking the Frame gathering in 2014, women started developing a feminist analysis of the intersection between gender and the politics of technology and how it impacts on all aspects of our lives,
e.g. in food production, work, surveillance, digital technology, and health.

At this event we will continue that process, focusing on reproductive technologies. Public debate in this area has mainly been framed as science versus religious reaction, which tends to ignore any feminist analysis. We shall be asking: are these technologies of benefit to women, and if so, which women, or do they risk our health and integrate our bodies further into the patriarchal capitalist system?

Join us to explore the issues with an outstanding set of speakers:

Jalna Hanmer and Stevienna de Saille on a radical feminist analysis of reproductive technologies
Rahila Gupta on sex selection and abortion
Donna Dickenson and Carolin Shurr on international and commercial
Miriam Zoll on the impact of IVF on women
Outline programme

Venue is disabled accessible, recommended minimum donation £5

All self-defining women welcome. Cheap vegan food.

For more information or to book, contact or

*2. Radical Science and Alternative Technology*: /From the 70s to the Present./

April 11th , 1pm to 5.30pm,

Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge
Road, London SE1 7XW. Free.

In our highly technological industrial society, key issues hinge on the politics of science and technology. In the 1970s and 80s the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science and the alternative technology movement campaigned against harmful corporate and military uses of technology, for 'appropriate technology' and for 'science for the people.' These perspectives are critically needed in the current environmental crisis, whilst surveillance, automation and workplace hazards continue to be major issues.


  * *Introductions*: Hilary and Steven Rose (BSSRS), Peter Harper
    (Centre for Alternative Technology), David King (Breaking the Frame)
  * *Energy/food politics*: Les Levidow (BSSRS), Helena Paul (Econexus),
    speaker from Anti-Fracking Movement
  * *Social control/surveillance*: Jonathan Rosenhead (BSSRS), Jim
    Killock (Open Rights Group)
  * *Work hazards*: Sue Barlow (BSSRS, women and work hazards group),
    Eve Barker (Hazards Magazine), tbc

For more information contact or visit

and Reminder: Picket London Metropolitan University - Sack Bob Lambert
(see previous posts on undercover policing) 
Next picket: March 27th
... Another former officer involved in the undercover policing scandal has just been sacked by a university. Anglia Ruskin University, has confirmed it will no longer employ former DCI Gordon Mills after he was exposed as one of the senior police officers who colluded with the illegal Consulting Association, responsible for the blacklisting of trade unionists in the construction industry.
Blacklisted workers and campaigners hailed the ARU decision as a massive victory.
Anglia Ruskin have taken a clear decision, whether from ethical motives, or from fear of protest and bad publicity - employing someone with Mills' record could no longer be an option. (n the light of this - how long can London Met stand by their increasingly dubious position that Bob Lambert is an appropriate person to be teaching in their institution?
PROTEST to the people who run London Met, and demand that they sack Bob Lambert.

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