Events from the 31st August onwards

Hi folks,

Another interesting week ahead. My highlights would be the second meeting seeking to form a new social centre collective, and the Faslane double-whammy of a protest against NATO membership and the closing event for Lavinia Raccanello’s work on the peace camp.

Also, at the end of this week’s update I’ve copied a rather large though warmly received email from the politically-engaged arts group Arika. It has info about their upcoming 3-days of events that include discussions about Mass Incarceration and the Prison-Industrial Complex in the USA, a discussion about embodied politics and dance communities, a film screening featuring feminist queer and of color shorts, and a discussion about Realness and the intersections of race, gender, sex and sexuality. There will also be screenings, performances and a club night throughout the weekend.

Anyway, without further ado…

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NOT PROTEST, BUT ACTIVE RESISTANCE // LAVINIA RACCANELLO
Friday, August 22 – Sunday, September 7
Nie Glasgow Society, 1307 Argyle Street, G3 8TL.

“People have as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” – Emma Goldman

Lavinia Raccanello (1985) is an italian artist and activist, now based in Glasgow, where she was selected to be part of the Many Graduate programme 2013 – 2014. Her work always focusses on the relationship between human beings and society, with a particular emphasis on the power of dialectic and participatory practice. At the beginning of March, she moved to Faslane Peace Camp, the longest-running permanent peace camp in the world, and for her first solo exhibition at New Glasgow Society she stands up with Faslane Peace Campers for a nuclear-free Scotland.

On the closing day of the exhibition, September 7th, an open talk will be hosted in the gallery space, inviting artists, politicians, activists, and concerned citizens to come together to share their views on nuclear weapons along with their hopes for the future.

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Glasgow Parkour Coaching FREE TASTER WEEK
Monday, September 1 – Wednesday, September 3 at 6:45pm
Kelvinbridge Underground

To celebrate the launch of our new website and GPC ACADEMY we will be offering our usual adult classes for FREE the first week in September.

IF IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME, we’ll be super happy to see you!!! You don’t need anything special, just remember to dress in loose, comfortable clothes and to bring plenty of water. If it’s cold, wear layers you can take off easily, because we’ll warm up quickly; but you don’t want to cool down too fast when you stop moving!! As for shoes, your fav running trainers is all you need. If you have several pairs, choose the lightest ones with the most flexible soles: they’ll be the best for touch and sensitivity.

Classes will meet 645pm at Kelvinbridge – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mon/Wed are outdoor adult classes and Tuesday is Women’s Only Class.

Every wondered what our Parkour classes are like, or just wanted to see if it’s a good workout? This is your opportunity to try out a class for free.

You can find out more here – http://www.glasgowparkourcoaching.com/tasterweek.html

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Reforming the GSC Collective, Second Meeting
Tuesday, September 2 at 7pm – 9pm
The Electron Club room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The first meeting to set up a new social centre collective was so successful we agreed right away to keep the momentum going and set a time and date for a second meeting.

We will have minutes from the last meeting and a provisional agenda for this meeting available. Feel free to contact us with add any ideas/changes in advance!

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LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: ELECTROSCOPE
Thursday, September 4 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, G1 5HD

Exploding Asteroids: September’s First Thursday event in the Gallery sees the duo Electroscope arrive from their usual environs, somewhere in the orbit of outer dementia! Gayle Brogan and John Cavanagh prepare to unleash a wind bubble vocal vortex amidst a time cloud of undulating oscillations. In a (vaguely) Russian themed programme (well, about as Russian as Boney M’s Rasputin…). the duo will perform amidst the marvellous mechanical sculptures of Eduard Bersudsky. Once your soul has been psychedelicized, you’ll be invited to make a donation as you leave, post-performance.

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Protest NATO! Protest Trident!
Friday, September 5 at 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Faslane Naval Base

The NATO summit will be held in Wales during the first weekend of September. Thousands of protesters will be going there. For those who can not get to Wales, the Scottish Pace Network is calling a demonstration at Faslane Naval Base for Friday, September 5 from 4-5 pm. We will have placards, but more signs and banners are welcome.

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Dance For Gaza
Friday, September 5 at 9:00pm – 3:00am
Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street, Merchant City, G1 1LG

I can no longer sit and watch the annihilation of the Palestinian people, by the Israeli government. It’s not enough to like and share information,

DO YOU FEEL THE SAME …………..?
LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHERE AND HOW WE CAN!

Put your money where your mouth is, come and DANCE FOR GAZA to show your support, raise funds, and awareness of the facts of the innocent people in the middle of this war and the atrocities happening right now !

Donation of £10 at the Door. includes (Automatic Entry To Raffle with FANTASTIC prizes!).

Line – Up: These amazing people giving up their free time for a cause they believe in:

Jailhousejock: Elvis Tribute Band

https://www.facebook.com/JailhouseJock?fref=ts

Jackal Trades aka Mark McG
Giving you Hip Hop, Electronica and acapella, all with interpretive dance and Scottish subtitles.

Ctrl+Alt+Del
DJ Kerin: Kerin McEwing
DJ TPR William McDonald
A boy-girl DJ team from Glasgow. We bring you quality dance music for shaking your booty on the dance floor. Any genre goes, as long as it’s good music!

Richard Perrie
Groove City Radio Fundamentally House

David McGrath aka DMG (St Judes/Velvet Rooms/Blanket/Cube)

James Goodhope

All proceeds will be sent to:
DEC Gaza Appeal

http://www.dec.org.uk/?gclid=CM2Qs6urosACFYJ92wodg1AAdg

“The DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.”

****Solidarity For Humanity*****

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YES or NO, Scotland needs a movement for people’s democracy
Thursday, 11 September at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Online chat using Webinar – url posted on http://www.aworldtowin.net/ nearer the time

10-minute presentations by:
Gordon Asher & Leigh French, Authors, Crises Capitalism and Independence Doctrines
Steve Freeman, Republican Socialist Alliance
Penny Cole, A World to Win.

followed by an open discussion.

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Glasgow Skeptics: The Next Five Years
Monday, September 15 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Glasgow Skeptics has been going for five years now (and if you’ve not already RSVPed to our very special anniversary event, please do!https://www.facebook.com/events/1495028154042640/). Looking ahead to the future, we’d like to talk about the next five years.

What should skeptics care about? What should Glasgow Skeptics be doing, and what could we be doing better? Should there be more of a focus on raising public awareness? Should we focus on the evidence base for specific legislation being discussed? Are there areas that are crying out for a skeptical eye, that have so far been missed?

If you’ve never been along before, this might be the perfect time to say hello. Part open-mic night, part group discussion: come along and let us know what you want from the next five years of Glasgow Skeptics.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance.” Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.

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Education as the Practice of Freedom
Wednesday, September 17 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

“There is no such thing as a neutral educational process. Education either functions as an instrument that is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes “the practice of freedom,” the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” – Paulo Freire

Anarchists have a long and illustrious history of involvement within education, with interventions in libertarian education as notable as Ferrer’s Escuela Moderna, and the Free Skools, right through into the contemporary spaces of Social Centres. As a movement, Anarchism has historically emphasised the importance of the role of education – whether as a domesticating tool of oppression or as a prefiguring and liberating force – with a concern rarely echoed in other political perspectives.

While naturally touching on some of that history, this talk will mainly be concerned with the understanding that radicalism presents us with a fundamentally educational space, and will consider this in light of the work of Paulo Freire, among others. Though identifying outside of the specific Anarchist tradition, Freire’s work within Popular Education can be easily understood as broadly libertarian, and with implications and prospects for Anarchism.

Though the talk will highlight the role of informal education, contributions and reflections on all modes are welcome and expected in the discussion following.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: http://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Smashing Physics – Prof. Jon Butterworth | Glasgow Skeptics Special
Friday, September 26 at 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, G51 1EA

The discovery of the Higgs boson was the culmination of the largest scientific experiment ever performed, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

But what really is a Higgs boson and what does it do? How was it found? And how has its discovery changed our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature?

Jon Butterworth is a professor of physics at University College London. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group on the Atlas experiment at Cern’s Large Hadron Collider and also manages to write regularly in The Guardian, as well as taking part in other science communication.

His book, Smashing Physics: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs,was published in May 2014.

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A NIGHT IN THE WILD!
Friday, September 26 – Monday, September 29
Sallochy Woodlands

Do you have what it takes to spend a night or two sleeping rough in the wild? Take part in our sponsored camping weekend. Participants will be provided with a tent and pitch in Sallochy Woodlands. Minimum sponsorship of £50 to be raised by each participant. Maximum of 4 people to each tent. All money raised will go to charities supporting homeless people in Glasgow.

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Beat the frack out of Scotland
Saturday, 27 September at 6:00pm – 3:00am
River, 260 Clyde Street, G1 4JH
Top Glasgow musicians turn out to support communities fighting back against fracking. Appearing so far: George Tucker, The Lonesome Hearts, Willie and the Poorboys, the Carlton Jugband with special guest Carola Cosimini, Nicky Murray & Chloe Rodgers, Anti-fracking busker Alexander Mccallum. Compere: the incomparable Gary Little. Entry £10 on the door or buy in advance from http://www.brownpapertickets.com

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The Dark Side of the Universe – Dr Catherine Heymans | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, September 29 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Just over 95% of our universe comes in the shrouded form of dark energy and matter that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Together, these two dark entities play out a cosmic battle of epic proportions. While the gravity of dark matter slowly pulls structures in the universe together, dark energy fuels the universes accelerated expansion, making it ever harder for those structures to grow. Catherine Heymans has used the world’s best telescopes to map out the invisible dark matter in our Universe and confront different theories on the dark universe. She will explore this dark enigma and describe where we will look next in our search for darkness. It is widely believed that in order to truely understand the dark universe we will need to invoke some new physics that will forever change our cosmic view.

Catherine Heymans is a Reader in Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh, a European Research Council Fellow and a member of the Young Academy of Scotland. She specialises in observing the dark side of our Universe and co-leads the European Southern Observatory KiDS analysis team, using deep sky observations to test whether we need to go beyond Einstein with our current theory of gravity. Since completing her PhD at Oxford University in 2003, Catherine has held fellowships from the Max-Planck Institute and the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. When she is not busy unveiling the mysteries of the Universe or enthusiastically lecturing undergraduates, she can usually be found building sandcastles and paddling in the sea with her three small children.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance.” Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair uses.

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ARIKA
EPISODE 6: MAKE A WAY OUT OF NO WAY

A 3-day exploration, through performance, screenings and discussion, of the art and politics of wayward communities who refuse to be bound by the fictions of race and sex.

Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way is about working class American dance (Krumping,Voguing), black poetry, queer counter-publics, cultural history and theology, ballroom & house music. It is in conversation with communities who challenge the prison industrial complex and who organise in the face of multiple oppressions. It features a queer operatic requiem, the greatest film in the African-American canon, and counter canonical impulses at the dawn of a singular black cinema. It is about the noise of black and/or queer sociality. And it asks whether it is possible for communities, even while so constrained, to practice being somewhere else – practically, socially and aesthetically making a way out of what is at hand and rehearsing in anticipation of what is to come.

“Waywardness is the refusal to be governed. It is the next phase of the general strike, the flight from the plantation and refusal of slavery and the demeaning conditions of work, this time it happens in the slum. It is a social experiment and an effort to elaborate new forms of existence.” Saidiya Hartman

Friday 26 Sept

Waywardness – Saidiya Hartman
The wayward create upheavals and incite tumult. They come and go as they please; they are riotous; they are itinerant and never settle; they are fugitive; they are excessive rather than efficient, they are in open rebellion against society. Saidiya’s keenly affecting and poetic writing is some of the most influential cultural criticism in America today, deeply concerned with the mental and physical traces bodies accumulate as they manoeuvre between terror and pleasure, power and flight.

Killer of Sheep – Dir: Charles Burnett, USA, 1977, 87 mins
Killer of Sheep is an undisputed masterpiece of African-American filmmaking. Filmed in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Watts Riots, with the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, it is one of the major films of the L.A. Rebellion. The film makes visible the struggle undertaken by black communities as they improvise themselves in relation to social conditions that seek to habituate depression and desensitization. It explores a space of numbing labour and insidiously enforced brutality – but also one of play, humour and love.

Make a Way Out of No Way: Club – MikeQ, Miss Prissy, Kia Labeija and the Legendary Pony Zion Garçon – Stereo
In which the crown prince of modern ballroom music, a master and rising star or Vogue, the Queen of Krump and hopefully you explore whether the club a world within a world? Can it be a space in which we can organise our bodies, our selves differently? Is it a space in which we might still be able to dance our way out of the time-traps and identity prisons we are locked in? What happens if we think of house music or social dance forms as ways to organize our bodies in relation to this quote from the Krumper Dragon – “most people think: they’re just a bunch of rowdy, ghetto, heathen thugs. No, what we are is oppressed”?

Saturday 27 Sept

Fugitivity and Waywardness – Saidiya Hartman and Fred Moten
What are the politics of the wayward or fugitive, of self-defence, self-organisation and flight? What can we learn from runaway slaves, maroon societies and the underground railway, from queer counter-publics and from waywardness in Glasgow today? Fred is one of the great poets, educators and theorists of blackness and fugitivity. Saidiya’s book Scenes of Subjection is one of the most telling contributions to current black thought.

Touching the Imperceptible – Kara Keeling and Arthur Jafa
A performed constellation of voices and filmic fragments that might variously be about slipping into darkness or the (im)possibilities of being black…about cinematic, queer and black world-making and the similarities and differences therein…about Instagram and the acinematic… Kara Keeling is a leading thinker on what queer and/or black film might be, or become. Arthur Jafa is the most inventive, talkative improviser of the cinematic we’ve ever met.

Speculum Orum: Shackled to the Dead – M Lamar
Drawing on negro spirituals, Marion Williams, opera and Leontyne Price, M Lamar’s performances slide between noise and music, pain and truth. A 75-minute requiem that asks us to stay in the hold of the slave ship and that tries to understand the connection from the slave ship to the prison. Including movements from M Lamar’s “Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche” – an imprisoned black man’s reflections on his life sentenced to death for killing his male overseer and lover.

You’ve Never Seen Pain Expressed Like This – Miss Prissy, the Legendary Pony Zion Garçon, Kia Labeija and Danielle Goldman
A freestyle performed conversation for bodies and voices – on how Black, working class and queer dance is a way of moving in tight spaces and giving shape to oneself, of practicing and being ready for freedom. What’s political about American black, working class dance styles like Krump and Vogue? Do they practice moving in two worlds at the same time? With the Queen of Krump, the master of Vogue Femme Dramatics, the rising star of Vogue Women’s Performance and Danielle Goldman, writer on dance as politics.

Sunday 28 Sept

Workshop with Miss Prissy and Glasgow Open Dance School
A movement-based workshop on Krump and the politics of how we teach, learn and listen with our bodies.

From Subjection to Subjection – Reina Gossett, Saidiya Hartman and Charlene Sinclair
How are categories of race, sex, sexuality, gender and class mobilised to criminalise communities and create and maintain such carceral spaces? And how are people organising in realisation that it is not enough to work to reform the system, but that the system itself is the problem? Reina Gossett is Activist-In-Residence at Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women. Saidiya Hartman is a leading cultural critic. Charlene Sinclair is the Director of Centre for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy.

Dreams Are Colder Than Death – Dir: Arthur Jafa, USA, 2014, 52 mins
Using a range of tactics that resist the white cinematic gaze, Arthur Jafa’s most recent film asks what it means to be black in America in the 21st century. Grounded not in sequence but in the interrelation of a constellation of voices, bodies and images, the film maps out black relationships with early and frequent death, with violence, with fantasy, with love and with memory, assembled from interviews with Charles Burnett, Hortense Spillers, Saidiya Hartman, Portia Jordan and Storyboard P.

Realness – Icon Ayana Christian, Legendary Co-Founder Michael Roberson Garçon, Reina Gossett, Fred Moten and Charlene Sinclair
What is at stake in the performance of realness and the practice of passing, and how are they both acts of survival and resistance? Black, queer and trans bodies tell stories. Often they are multilingual – talking to numerous cultures, telling many stories simultaneously. Portraying a sense of ‘realness’, conforming to a set of socially prescribed norms so that you can walk streets safely, is self-defence. Ayana Christian and Michael Garçon are both leaders in the Ballroom community.

Mutual Instruments – Fred Moten and Miss Prissy
What might be the capacity to feel through others, for others to feel through you – what is the feel for feeling others feeling you? How might you un-sensationalize yourself? How does the voice or the body remember having been moved by others, with others? How might it feel at ease with the fugitive, at peace with the pursued, at rest with the ones who consent not to be one? Can our favourite Vegas-born poet of prophetic blackness and a South Central transmuter of social rage into beauty feel through each other?

Ticket Info – £4 Friday Evening Pass, £4 Friday Club Ticket, £6 Saturday or Sunday Day Pass, £14 Festival Pass

Hope to see you in September!

Events from the 26th August onwards

Hi folks,

Another week and another update. As well as the events below, I’d like to draw folks attention to the website for United Glasgow FC:

http://www.unitedglasgowfc.eu/

United Glasgow is a football team run by ordinary Glasgow people for everyone in Glasgow, regardless of your background. It is run 100% by volunteers. They have open training sessions for just £1, as well as playing regular league matches.

Also of note is that next Tuesday (02/09) there will be a second meeting to continue the project of setting up a social centre in Glasgow. If you are interested in this project then do get in touch. All the details below.

Now, without further ado…

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NOT PROTEST, BUT ACTIVE RESISTANCE // LAVINIA RACCANELLO
Friday, August 22 – Sunday, September 7
Nie Glasgow Society, 1307 Argyle Street, G3 8TL.

“People have as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” – Emma Goldman

Lavinia Raccanello (1985) is an italian artist and activist, now based in Glasgow, where she was selected to be part of the Many Graduate programme 2013 – 2014. Her work always focusses on the relationship between human beings and society, with a particular emphasis on the power of dialectic and participatory practice. At the beginning of March, she moved to Faslane Peace Camp, the longest-running permanent peace camp in the world, and for her first solo exhibition at New Glasgow Society she stands up with Faslane Peace Campers for a nuclear-free Scotland.

On the closing day of the exhibition, September 7th, an open talk will be hosted in the gallery space, inviting artists, politicians, activists, and concerned citizens to come together to share their views on nuclear weapons along with their hopes for the future.

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Great Grub: Healthy Curries
Saturday, Aigust 30 at at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Langside Parish Church, Ledard Road, G42 9QU

A series of four workshops covering a different topic each session. These can either be booked individually or all together.

Cost: Up to £20 a session on a sliding scale dependent on income.

At Langside Parish Church, 167 Ledard Rd, Glasgow G42 9QU

For more information or to book a place please contact emma@urbanroots.org.uk or tel: 0141 613 2763

Session 1: HEALTHY CURRIES

Saturday 30th August, 1-5pm

Most take away curries are really high in saturated fat and salt, not ideal if you value your health! This workshop introduces the healthiest options using lentils, beans, nuts, seasonal veg, coconut, ginger, garlic and turmeric, nature’s superfoods with numerous benefits for health.

Samosas
Carrot and cashew nut biryiani
Coconut and tomato daal with flaked almonds
Potato and spinach curry
Coconut, aubergine and lentil curry
Cauliflower masala
Assorted raita, chutneys and chapatis

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Glasgow Parkour Coaching FREE TASTER WEEK
Monday, September 1 – Wednesday, September 3 at 6:45pm
Kelvinbridge Underground

To celebrate the launch of our new website and GPC ACADEMY we will be offering our usual adult classes for FREE the first week in September.

IF IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME, we’ll be super happy to see you!!! You don’t need anything special, just remember to dress in loose, comfortable clothes and to bring plenty of water. If it’s cold, wear layers you can take off easily, because we’ll warm up quickly; but you don’t want to cool down too fast when you stop moving!! As for shoes, your fav running trainers is all you need. If you have several pairs, choose the lightest ones with the most flexible soles: they’ll be the best for touch and sensitivity.

Classes will meet 645pm at Kelvinbridge – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mon/Wed are outdoor adult classes and Tuesday is Women’s Only Class.

Every wondered what our Parkour classes are like, or just wanted to see if it’s a good workout? This is your opportunity to try out a class for free.

You can find out more here – http://www.glasgowparkourcoaching.com/tasterweek.html

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Protest NATO! Protest Trident!
Friday, September 5 at 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Faslane Naval Base

The NATO summit will be held in Wales during the first weekend of September. Thousands of protesters will be going there. For those who can not get to Wales, the Scottish Pace Network is calling a demonstration at Faslane Naval Base for Friday, September 5 from 4-5 pm. We will have placards, but more signs and banners are welcome.

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LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: ELECTROSCOPE
Thursday, September 4 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, G1 5HD

Exploding Asteroids: September’s First Thursday event in the Gallery sees the duo Electroscope arrive from their usual environs, somewhere in the orbit of outer dementia! Gayle Brogan and John Cavanagh prepare to unleash a wind bubble vocal vortex amidst a time cloud of undulating oscillations. In a (vaguely) Russian themed programme (well, about as Russian as Boney M’s Rasputin…). the duo will perform amidst the marvellous mechanical sculptures of Eduard Bersudsky. Once your soul has been psychedelicized, you’ll be invited to make a donation as you leave, post-performance.

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Dance For Gaza
Friday, September 5 at 9:00pm – 3:00am
Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street, Merchant City, G1 1LG

I can no longer sit and watch the annihilation of the Palestinian people, by the Israeli government. It’s not enough to like and share information,

DO YOU FEEL THE SAME …………..?
LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHERE AND HOW WE CAN!

Put your money where your mouth is, come and DANCE FOR GAZA to show your support, raise funds, and awareness of the facts of the innocent people in the middle of this war and the atrocities happening right now !

Donation of £10 at the Door. includes (Automatic Entry To Raffle with FANTASTIC prizes!).

Line – Up: These amazing people giving up their free time for a cause they believe in:

Jailhousejock: Elvis Tribute Band
https://www.facebook.com/JailhouseJock?fref=ts

Jackal Trades aka Mark McG
Giving you Hip Hop, Electronica and acapella, all with interpretive dance and Scottish subtitles.
https://soundcloud.com/jackaltrades

Ctrl+Alt+Del
DJ Kerin: Kerin McEwing
DJ TPR William McDonald
A boy-girl DJ team from Glasgow. We bring you quality dance music for shaking your booty on the dance floor. Any genre goes, as long as it’s good music!
https://soundcloud.com/ctrl-alt-del_glasgow

Richard Perrie
Groove City Radio Fundamentally House
https://soundcloud.com/fundamentallyhouse

David McGrath aka DMG (St Judes/Velvet Rooms/Blanket/Cube)

James Goodhope

All proceeds will be sent to:
DEC Gaza Appeal
http://www.dec.org.uk/?gclid=CM2Qs6urosACFYJ92wodg1AAdg

“The DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.”

****Solidarity For Humanity*****

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YES or NO, Scotland needs a movement for people’s democracy
Thursday, 11 September at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Online chat using Webinar – url posted on http://www.aworldtowin.net/ nearer the time

10-minute presentations by:
Gordon Asher & Leigh French, Authors, Crises Capitalism and Independence Doctrines
Steve Freeman, Republican Socialist Alliance
Penny Cole, A World to Win.

followed by an open discussion.

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Glasgow Skeptics: The Next Five Years
Monday, September 15 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Glasgow Skeptics has been going for five years now (and if you’ve not already RSVPed to our very special anniversary event, please do!https://www.facebook.com/events/1495028154042640/). Looking ahead to the future, we’d like to talk about the next five years.

What should skeptics care about? What should Glasgow Skeptics be doing, and what could we be doing better? Should there be more of a focus on raising public awareness? Should we focus on the evidence base for specific legislation being discussed? Are there areas that are crying out for a skeptical eye, that have so far been missed?

If you’ve never been along before, this might be the perfect time to say hello. Part open-mic night, part group discussion: come along and let us know what you want from the next five years of Glasgow Skeptics.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance.” Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.

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Education as the Practice of Freedom
Wednesday, September 17 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

“There is no such thing as a neutral educational process. Education either functions as an instrument that is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes “the practice of freedom,” the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” – Paulo Freire

Anarchists have a long and illustrious history of involvement within education, with interventions in libertarian education as notable as Ferrer’s Escuela Moderna, and the Free Skools, right through into the contemporary spaces of Social Centres. As a movement, Anarchism has historically emphasised the importance of the role of education – whether as a domesticating tool of oppression or as a prefiguring and liberating force – with a concern rarely echoed in other political perspectives.

While naturally touching on some of that history, this talk will mainly be concerned with the understanding that radicalism presents us with a fundamentally educational space, and will consider this in light of the work of Paulo Freire, among others. Though identifying outside of the specific Anarchist tradition, Freire’s work within Popular Education can be easily understood as broadly libertarian, and with implications and prospects for Anarchism.

Though the talk will highlight the role of informal education, contributions and reflections on all modes are welcome and expected in the discussion following.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: http://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Smashing Physics – Prof. Jon Butterworth | Glasgow Skeptics Special
Friday, September 26 at 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, G51 1EA

The discovery of the Higgs boson was the culmination of the largest scientific experiment ever performed, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

But what really is a Higgs boson and what does it do? How was it found? And how has its discovery changed our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature?

Jon Butterworth is a professor of physics at University College London. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group on the Atlas experiment at Cern’s Large Hadron Collider and also manages to write regularly in The Guardian, as well as taking part in other science communication.

His book, Smashing Physics: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs,was published in May 2014.

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Beat the frack out of Scotland
Saturday, 27 September at 6:00pm – 3:00am
River, 260 Clyde Street, G1 4JH
Top Glasgow musicians turn out to support communities fighting back against fracking. Appearing so far: George Tucker, The Lonesome Hearts, Willie and the Poorboys, the Carlton Jugband with special guest Carola Cosimini, Nicky Murray & Chloe Rodgers, Anti-fracking busker Alexander Mccallum. Compere: the incomparable Gary Little. Entry £10 on the door or buy in advance from http://www.brownpapertickets.com

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The Dark Side of the Universe – Dr Catherine Heymans | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, September 29 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Just over 95% of our universe comes in the shrouded form of dark energy and matter that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Together, these two dark entities play out a cosmic battle of epic proportions. While the gravity of dark matter slowly pulls structures in the universe together, dark energy fuels the universes accelerated expansion, making it ever harder for those structures to grow. Catherine Heymans has used the world’s best telescopes to map out the invisible dark matter in our Universe and confront different theories on the dark universe. She will explore this dark enigma and describe where we will look next in our search for darkness. It is widely believed that in order to truely understand the dark universe we will need to invoke some new physics that will forever change our cosmic view.

Catherine Heymans is a Reader in Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh, a European Research Council Fellow and a member of the Young Academy of Scotland. She specialises in observing the dark side of our Universe and co-leads the European Southern Observatory KiDS analysis team, using deep sky observations to test whether we need to go beyond Einstein with our current theory of gravity. Since completing her PhD at Oxford University in 2003, Catherine has held fellowships from the Max-Planck Institute and the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. When she is not busy unveiling the mysteries of the Universe or enthusiastically lecturing undergraduates, she can usually be found building sandcastles and paddling in the sea with her three small children.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance.” Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair uses.

Events from the 18th August onwards

Hiya folks,

Highlights for me this week include: the meeting on Tuesday evening to see if there are people interested in forming a new social centre here in Glasgow; then on Wednesday the talk/discussion event in the Glasgow AF we are hosting about the very real ways capitalism effects our health for the worse and looking at ways to transform the world to be better suited for our well-being; and Fail Better raising funds for refugee Palestinians.

Anyway, without further ado…

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Create Your Own Cult, The Scientology Way – Dr Martin Poulter | Best of Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 18 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Scientology has been described in the States as “ruthless, litigious and lucrative” and in this country as “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”, yet it boasts global success and has made hundreds of millions of dollars. Thanks to the Internet, it now faces an unprecedented global opposition. The scary secrets of Scientology and its recruitment methods will be exposed in this talk. It will be useful for anyone wanting to set up their own lucrative cult

Dr Martin Poulter first encountered skepticism while a teenager. He has a Philosophy and Psychology degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Bristol. He has been a Scientology-watcher since 1995, when he was threatened with legal action over material he posted online. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the SubGenius, which offers eternal spiritual salvation or triple your money back.

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Martin spoke at one of Glasgow Skeptics’ first events, back in January 2010. As we approach our fifth birthday in November, we hope to bring back some of the best speakers we’ve heard from in that time.

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Reforming the Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Tuesday, August 19 at 7:00pm
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Glasgow Social Centre collective was a group that aimed to create a safe and healthy space, open to all members of the community, that was to operate as a hub for a variety of community and social groups in Glasgow. They worked on principles of mutual aid, solidarity and co-operation, and aimed to provide a space which promoted education and involvement in issues of environmental and social justice.

Due to changes in life circumstances the original collective had disbanded over a year ago, however some of it’s members are still at hand and the idea of opening a sustainable social centre lives on. Individuals and groups are invited to this open meeting to discuss the formation of a new GSC collective.

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A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: PALESTINIAN POETRY LIVE IN GLASGOW
Wednesday, August 20 at 8.00pm
Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, G1 5HB

Admission £5/£3

All Welcome!

Please join us for this rare opportunity to hear Palestinian poets reading their work in arabic with new versions performed by leading Scottish Poets.

Palestinian poets MAYA ABU AL-HAYYAT and ZUHEIR ABU SHAYEB will be joined by Liz Lochhead, Liz Niven, Christine De Luca, Abla Oudeh and Sarah Irving.

‘The tragic story of Palestine continues to stain this new century with its tales of apartheid and injustice. It is no surprise that great art is born out of its suffering and also no surprise that most people in the outer world do not get to hear of it. Therefore this exquisite book of poems must be all the more welcomed – by all those who love art, who would denounce oppression, and who want to read the songs of those living behind the wall.’ Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actor

‘A Bird is Not a Stone is a fabulous, landmark collection, an example of poetry’s ability to transcend borders, cultures and languages in order to celebrate our shared humanity. These poems resound with both the ephemera of the everyday, and also the tragedies lived beneath an ever-present threat of violence. Not just beautiful, they are important for the voices they give sound to, and their translations by some of these Islands’ best poets are vital reminders of what we know, what we forget, and what we have to learn from Palestine.’ Carol Ann Duffy, British Poet Laureate

‘Angry, celebratory, bawdy and moving, these are poems by fine poets, translated by fine poets. They feel like the first offerings of the Cafavys, Nerudas and Lorcas of today, brought fresh to the modern reader.’ Andrew Marr, journalist and political commentator

‘This is a beautiful and timely expression of cultural solidarity and internationalism.’ Bella Caledonia

A rare opportunity to discover the range and variety of extraordinary voices in contemporary Palestinian poetry translated by Scotland’s most acclaimed poets.

A major collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry translated by 25 of Scotland’s very best writers including Alasdair Gray, Liz Lochhead, James Robertson, Jackie Kay, William Letford, Aonghas MacNeacail, DM Black, Tom Pow, Ron Butlin, Christine De Luca and John Glenday.

A Bird is Not a Stone is a unique cultural exchange, giving both English and Arabic readers a unique insight into the political, social and emotional landscape of today’s Palestine. Includes both established and emerging Palestinian poets.

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Penington Cohousing Public Meetings
Wednesday, August 20 at 05.15pm Cafe & 17.45 Blytheswood Room (Mitchell Library)
Sat 23 Aug 14.30 Cafe & 15.00 Blytheswood Room (Mitchell Library)

Seeking new members!

Cohousing is a way of living in community. Starting with an interested group of 20 to 25 households, we will design our homes for our site, including a common house where we will have regular shared meals and space for community activities, and visitor accommodation. The landscaping will enable more day to day interactions to develop the sense of belonging. Sharing the design process will be part of community formation. Once built we will each buy our homes, and pay a regular charge for the shared facilities, and do a few hours of work to maintain the facilities each week.

We plan to use high building standards, reducing the need for energy input, and generating electricity eg from solar cells. Design will take into account the anticipated needs of an ageing community, like step free access. Plans are to have a cross age community that is mutually supportive, with opportunities to engage in activities, and reducing the isolation currently prevalent among older people. We are looking for a site with good access to public transport as the Cohousing Community will be part of the wider community that it is located in, not a gated estate.

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Capitalism is a Health Hazard!
Wednesday, August 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Hierarchy harms our health. Inequality in income and lack of control over living and working conditions leads to deadly chronic stress. Climate and environmental destruction is a major threat to public health. And that’s before we get to consumerism and the isolation of the individual; the emptiness of modern existence.

While heathcare and modern sanitation are vital to achieve a base level of health, it will require a fundamental transformation of our society to tackle the big killers today and bring about well-being for all.

What would this healthy society look like?

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: http://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Fail Better: BOYCOTT ISRAEL
Thursday, August 21 at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

This Fail Better is dedicated to the martyrs of Palestine (Gaza, West Bank & Historic Palestine). By answering the call from the Palestinian civillian population for the total Boycott Divestment and Sanction of Israel, we can work to dismantle the Apartheid State.

There will be poetry, music & film including:

Short films made by the LAJEE youth centre in Aida Camp, Betlehem

If anyone has words or music to share, please get in touch.

This Fail Better is a social space for discussing where we are. There will be no formal discussion, but treat the night as place to meet up with friends and folk to discuss what’s going on – whatever your knowledge/involvement with the Palestinian struggle.

There will be as much information on BDS as we can get our hands on.

All pennies spent will go directly to help the refugees of Palestine

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NOT PROTEST, BUT ACTIVE RESISTANCE // LAVINIA RACCANELLO
Friday, August 22 – Sunday, September 7
New Glasgow Society, 1307 Argyle Street, G3 8TL.

“People have as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” – Emma Goldman

Lavinia Raccanello (1985) is an italian artist and activist, now based in Glasgow, where she was selected to be part of the Many Graduate programme 2013 – 2014. Her work always focusses on the relationship between human beings and society, with a particular emphasis on the power of dialectic and participatory practice. At the beginning of March, she moved to Faslane Peace Camp, the longest-running permanent peace camp in the world, and for her first solo exhibition at New Glasgow Society she stands up with Faslane Peace Campers for a nuclear-free Scotland.

On the closing day of the exhibition, September 7th, an open talk will be hosted in the gallery space, inviting artists, politicians, activists, and concerned citizens to come together to share their views on nuclear weapons along with their hopes for the future.

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The Decline of Violence – Helen Dale | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 25 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, criminologists warned a despairing and frightened public throughout the developed world that already terrifying rates of violent crime would continue to rise. They described, among other things, the emergence of the ‘Superpredator’, an adolescent male who knew neither conscience nor remorse.

However, their predictions were wrong.

Crime rates began to drop like a stone. In the US, the drop had already commenced when criminologists were sounding their direst warnings. Other developed countries – including both England and Scotland – followed the US lead, and crime is now at historic lows.

Those who have read Steven Pinker’s ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’ would be aware that Western societies have become less violent over the long term – as in, since the Middle Ages. The period from 1965 to 1990 – when crime rose – represented a short-lived and partial reversal of this trend. Because criminologists got it so wrong, many have reoriented their scholarship in an attempt to work out just what it was that made crime escalate in the 1960s, and then, as though by magic, drop away in the 1990s.
Helen will discuss the various theories put forward in an attempt to explain the latest decline of violence, and offer suggestions as to which have the greatest explanatory power.

Helen Dale studied her English law at Oxford (where she was at Brasenose) and her Scots law at Edinburgh, and although she now works in corporate law, she started out – for the most part – practising criminal law. One of her advanced papers at Oxford was in criminology, and she (like lots of other lawyers) wanted to work out how an entire discipline could get it so wrong, and what may explain the (recent) decline of violence.

Helen blogs at: http://skepticlawyer.com.au/

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Education as the Practice of Freedom
Wednesday, September 17 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

“There is no such thing as a neutral educational process. Education either functions as an instrument that is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes “the practice of freedom,” the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” – Paulo Freire

Anarchists have a long and illustrious history of involvement within education, with interventions in libertarian education as notable as Ferrer’s Escuela Moderna, and the Free Skools, right through into the contemporary spaces of Social Centres. As a movement, Anarchism has historically emphasised the importance of the role of education – whether as a domesticating tool of oppression or as a prefiguring and liberating force – with a concern rarely echoed in other political perspectives.

While naturally touching on some of that history, this talk will mainly be concerned with the understanding that radicalism presents us with a fundamentally educational space, and will consider this in light of the work of Paulo Freire, among others. Though identifying outside of the specific Anarchist tradition, Freire’s work within Popular Education can be easily understood as broadly libertarian, and with implications and prospects for Anarchism.

Though the talk will highlight the role of informal education, contributions and reflections on all modes are welcome and expected in the discussion following.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: http://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

Liberal feminism is also the enemy

The Guardian today published a piece entitled “If we get bogged down in the TERF war we’ll never achieve anything“. This piece of writing is cissexist in its own right, so keep that in mind before clicking through. Also if you are unsure on what a TERF is then I highly recommend reading this.

Anyway, taking the main thrust of the piece at face value it seems that it would be very easy for mainstream feminism to end the TERF war within its ranks. Kick the TERFs out. Refuse to share platforms with them. Strongly assert support for trans women as women and welcome them into their organisations. That’s what anarcha-feminists have largely been doing all along.

The only reason for keeping the TERF’s about is to keep them at war with trans women. This protects the relatively rich, usually white, feminist’s aspirations of becoming an accepted part of the ruling class while keeping working class women down. Never be fooled: Liberal feminism is just as much the enemy as the TERF.

ASIDE: There is still time to donate to AFEM2014, an upcoming anarcha-feminist conference taking place this October, full details here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/2mmvd/sh/23Rrn4

Reforming the Glasgow Social Centre Collective

Tuesday 19th August
19:00 – 21:00
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD.

Facebook | Map

Glasgow Social Centre collective was a group that aimed to create a safe and healthy space, open to all members of the community, that was to operate as a hub for a variety of community and social groups in Glasgow. They worked on principles of mutual aid, solidarity and co-operation, and aimed to provide a space which promoted education and involvement in issues of environmental and social justice.

Due to changes in life circumstances the original collective had disbanded over a year ago, however some of it’s members are still at hand and the idea of opening a sustainable social centre lives on. Individuals and groups are invited to this open meeting to discuss the formation of a new GSC collective.

A provisional agenda has been posted on their facebook page.

Events from the 12th August onwards

Hiya all,

Apologies for the late update. Riseup, who host our lists, had some downtime over the weekend and so we couldn’t get the post out as planned. Of particular note is on Tue the 19th there is a meeting planned to find people with common interest in forming a new collective who will work towards the set-up of a new social centre in Glasgow. If you are not sure what a social centre is check out this article from wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_center

Anyway, with us all back up and running now, and without further ado…

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Clydeside IWW Branch Meeting
Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Electron Club, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The IWW is a grassroots union open to anyone who does not have the power to hire or fire. If you are interested in the IWW then check out https://iwwscotland.wordpress.com/ or email westscotland@iww.org.uk

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Glasgow Anarchist Collective Anti-Sanction Protest
Tuesday, August 12 at 11:00am – 2:00pm
Laurieston Job Centre Plus, Pollockshaw Road, Glasgow, G41 1PW

Join Glasgow Anarchist Collective, and let job centre plus staff know that we won’t be sanctioned, bullied or intimidated by the DWP. 980,000 sanctions given out in Scotland – enough is enough!

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Fundraiser for Hope and Play in GAZA
Friday, August 15 at 9:30am – 4:00pm
All that is Solid, 60 osborne street, G1 5QH

A Bring and Buy sale at Southblock in Glasgow to raise funds for the Hope and Play charity which creates playgrounds and creative resources for traumatised children in GAZA. Please join event and let us know if you have stuff to donate or you can help on the day. Items can be brought directly to the sale or donated in the days running up to the event, just let us know here if you can donate or participate or simply turn up on the day and see whats for sale! Dig Deep

email us: info@ham-and-enos.org.uk to arrange donation or get involved. Further info on the work of Hope and Play for Children of Gaza

http://www.hopeandplay.org/

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Summer Music Party
August 15 – August 17
Various (see below)

Friday 15th August 6-11PM (location TBA)
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The Cosmic Dead
FEM BITCH NATION
FROTH
Golden Teacher
Thoth & Imperium collaboration


Saturday 16th August 6-11PM – at Pollok Cricket Club w/ Transmission
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Joe Howe
Seconds
Katie Schwab (DJ)
Peas n Carrots (DJ duo) (https://www.facebook.com/events/274241216112740/)


Sunday 17th August 12-5PM (location TBA)
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Apostille
Conquering Animal Sound
Sarah Kenchington
Smack Wizards
WHILST
The Yawns

Live local music festival using offgrid power in spaces across Glasgow you’ve never been to before. Free entry, thought and political expression for everyone. Please donate money to sustain the work of the artists:

More details on times, running order and locations to be announced shortly.

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TYCI
Saturday, August 16 at 11:00pm – 3:00am
Stereo Cafe Bar, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

TYCI’s August event sees Glasgow’s finest performance pop band Swim Team playing live, with All The Rage DJs on the decks.

This month TYCI is excited to be hosted by the lovely Stereo Cafe Barwhile Bloc undergoes some renovations. As usual, doors at 11pm, free before midnight, £2 after. Anyone who arrives after midnight but writes ‘TYCI’ on their knuckles still gets in free.

Every month, TYCI supports a different charity, with the funds raised at this event going to Prostate Cancer UK (http://prostatecanceruk.org/).

This month’s poster is by Pip Barrett.

ELA ORLEANS: http://elaorleans.com/
SWIM TEAM: https://www.facebook.com/Swimteamgo
ALL THE RAGE: https://www.facebook.com/alltherageclub
BLOC: http://www.bloc.ru
STEREO: http://www.stereocafebar.com

And for more on the TYCI collective, visit http://www.tyci.org.uk.

Time to let your hair down and TYCI.

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Create Your Own Cult, The Scientology Way – Dr Martin Poulter | Best of Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 18 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Scientology has been described in the States as “ruthless, litigious and lucrative” and in this country as “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”, yet it boasts global success and has made hundreds of millions of dollars. Thanks to the Internet, it now faces an unprecedented global opposition. The scary secrets of Scientology and its recruitment methods will be exposed in this talk. It will be useful for anyone wanting to set up their own lucrative cult

Dr Martin Poulter first encountered skepticism while a teenager. He has a Philosophy and Psychology degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Bristol. He has been a Scientology-watcher since 1995, when he was threatened with legal action over material he posted online. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the SubGenius, which offers eternal spiritual salvation or triple your money back.

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Martin spoke at one of Glasgow Skeptics’ first events, back in January 2010. As we approach our fifth birthday in November, we hope to bring back some of the best speakers we’ve heard from in that time.

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Reforming the Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Tuesday, August 19 at 7:00pm
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Glasgow Social Centre collective was a group that aimed to create a safe and healthy space, open to all members of the community, that was to operate as a hub for a variety of community and social groups in Glasgow. They worked on principles of mutual aid, solidarity and co-operation, and aimed to provide a space which promoted education and involvement in issues of environmental and social justice.

Due to changes in life circumstances the original collective had disbanded over a year ago, however some of it’s members are still at hand and the idea of opening a sustainable social centre lives on. Individuals and groups are invited to this open meeting to discuss the formation of a new GSC collective.

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A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: PALESTINIAN POETRY LIVE IN GLASGOW
Wednesday, August 20 at 8.00pm
Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, G1 5HB

Admission £5/£3

All Welcome!

Please join us for this rare opportunity to hear Palestinian poets reading their work in arabic with new versions performed by leading Scottish Poets.

Palestinian poets MAYA ABU AL-HAYYAT and ZUHEIR ABU SHAYEB will be joined by Liz Lochhead, Liz Niven, Christine De Luca, Abla Oudeh and Sarah Irving.

‘The tragic story of Palestine continues to stain this new century with its tales of apartheid and injustice. It is no surprise that great art is born out of its suffering and also no surprise that most people in the outer world do not get to hear of it. Therefore this exquisite book of poems must be all the more welcomed – by all those who love art, who would denounce oppression, and who want to read the songs of those living behind the wall.’ Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actor

‘A Bird is Not a Stone is a fabulous, landmark collection, an example of poetry’s ability to transcend borders, cultures and languages in order to celebrate our shared humanity. These poems resound with both the ephemera of the everyday, and also the tragedies lived beneath an ever-present threat of violence. Not just beautiful, they are important for the voices they give sound to, and their translations by some of these Islands’ best poets are vital reminders of what we know, what we forget, and what we have to learn from Palestine.’ Carol Ann Duffy, British Poet Laureate

‘Angry, celebratory, bawdy and moving, these are poems by fine poets, translated by fine poets. They feel like the first offerings of the Cafavys, Nerudas and Lorcas of today, brought fresh to the modern reader.’ Andrew Marr, journalist and political commentator

‘This is a beautiful and timely expression of cultural solidarity and internationalism.’ Bella Caledonia

A rare opportunity to discover the range and variety of extraordinary voices in contemporary Palestinian poetry translated by Scotland’s most acclaimed poets.

A major collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry translated by 25 of Scotland’s very best writers including Alasdair Gray, Liz Lochhead, James Robertson, Jackie Kay, William Letford, Aonghas MacNeacail, DM Black, Tom Pow, Ron Butlin, Christine De Luca and John Glenday.

A Bird is Not a Stone is a unique cultural exchange, giving both English and Arabic readers a unique insight into the political, social and emotional landscape of today’s Palestine. Includes both established and emerging Palestinian poets.

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Penington Cohousing Public Meetings
Wednesday, August 20 at 05.15pm Cafe & 17.45 Blytheswood Room (Mitchell Library)
Sat 23 Aug 14.30 Cafe & 15.00 Blytheswood Room (Mitchell Library)

Seeking new members!

Cohousing is a way of living in community. Starting with an interested group of 20 to 25 households, we will design our homes for our site, including a common house where we will have regular shared meals and space for community activities, and visitor accommodation. The landscaping will enable more day to day interactions to develop the sense of belonging. Sharing the design process will be part of community formation. Once built we will each buy our homes, and pay a regular charge for the shared facilities, and do a few hours of work to maintain the facilities each week.

We plan to use high building standards, reducing the need for energy input, and generating electricity eg from solar cells. Design will take into account the anticipated needs of an ageing community, like step free access. Plans are to have a cross age community that is mutually supportive, with opportunities to engage in activities, and reducing the isolation currently prevalent among older people. We are looking for a site with good access to public transport as the Cohousing Community will be part of the wider community that it is located in, not a gated estate.

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Capitalism is a Health Hazard!
Wednesday, August 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Hierarchy harms our health. Inequality in income and lack of control over living and working conditions leads to deadly chronic stress. Climate and environmental destruction is a major threat to public health. And that’s before we get to consumerism and the isolation of the individual; the emptiness of modern existence.

While heathcare and modern sanitation are vital to achieve a base level of health, it will require a fundamental transformation of our society to tackle the big killers today and bring about well-being for all.

What would this healthy society look like?

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: http://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Fail Better: BOYCOTT ISRAEL
Thursday, August 21 at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

This Fail Better is dedicated to the martyrs of Palestine (Gaza, West Bank & Historic Palestine). By answering the call from the Palestinian civillian population for the total Boycott Divestment and Sanction of Israel, we can work to dismantle the Apartheid State.

There will be poetry, music & film including:

Short films made by the LAJEE youth centre in Aida Camp, Betlehem

If anyone has words or music to share, please get in touch.

This Fail Better is a social space for discussing where we are. There will be no formal discussion, but treat the night as place to meet up with friends and folk to discuss what’s going on – whatever your knowledge/involvement with the Palestinian struggle.

There will be as much information on BDS as we can get our hands on.

All pennies spent will go directly to help the refugees of Palestine

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The Decline of Violence – Helen Dale | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 25 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, criminologists warned a despairing and frightened public throughout the developed world that already terrifying rates of violent crime would continue to rise. They described, among other things, the emergence of the ‘Superpredator’, an adolescent male who knew neither conscience nor remorse.

However, their predictions were wrong.

Crime rates began to drop like a stone. In the US, the drop had already commenced when criminologists were sounding their direst warnings. Other developed countries – including both England and Scotland – followed the US lead, and crime is now at historic lows.

Those who have read Steven Pinker’s ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’ would be aware that Western societies have become less violent over the long term – as in, since the Middle Ages. The period from 1965 to 1990 – when crime rose – represented a short-lived and partial reversal of this trend. Because criminologists got it so wrong, many have reoriented their scholarship in an attempt to work out just what it was that made crime escalate in the 1960s, and then, as though by magic, drop away in the 1990s.
Helen will discuss the various theories put forward in an attempt to explain the latest decline of violence, and offer suggestions as to which have the greatest explanatory power.

Helen Dale studied her English law at Oxford (where she was at Brasenose) and her Scots law at Edinburgh, and although she now works in corporate law, she started out – for the most part – practising criminal law. One of her advanced papers at Oxford was in criminology, and she (like lots of other lawyers) wanted to work out how an entire discipline could get it so wrong, and what may explain the (recent) decline of violence.

Helen blogs at: http://skepticlawyer.com.au/

Annette Francis Overdosed In ‘Cry For Help’ Because Of PIP Backlog

floaker:

Institutionalised murder.

Originally posted on Same Difference:

Is Annette Francis the first known person to die as a result of the PIP backlog?

Readers, we must share her story as widely as we can. No one else can die for this reason.

A woman overdosed in a ‘cry for help’ after a Government backlog saw her deprived of benefits for six months, an inquest heard.

Annette Francis, 30, struggled to survive on the bread line and was potentially owed hundreds of pounds in welfare payments when she died.

She filed for disability living allowance (DLA) last September only to be told by the Department for Work and Pensions that benefit had been overhauled and was now called PIP – Personal Independence Payment.

Promises were made to pay Annette, but the money never arrived.

Eleanor, who suffered from depression and had a personality disorder, took the overdose while publishing on Facebook about how miserable she was, in a…

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