RIC presents: A New Party of the Left Bingo!

It’s a classic lefty game for all the family, updated for the current political climate! Our self-styled would-be-leaders are all planning to surprise us (yet again) with a new political party, but what will it be called?

TATTIE SCONES!!!

Click here for a full sized bingo card

If you are planning on going to Radical Independence Conference this weekend then feel free to click-through and print off this bingo card to play. As you walk about the event cross off each suggested phrase as you hear it.

SIDEGAME: If you are a wannabe national leader, politician, trade union bureaucrat, or even just aspire to being a high ranking member of the civil service or paid party member then why not help players out by picking upto three of the boxes at random and making it your pet name to suggest this weekend? (that is if the party haven’t told you what it will be already)

The first person to get five-in-a-row and shout out ‘TATTIE SCONES!’ at the top of their lungs wins!!! The prize is the experience of having relived the failed political ideas of the late 19th century. Enjoy.

Events from the 19th November onwards

Hi all,

This week has a few cracking events to llo at. Wednesday some of us in Glasgow AFed will be giving an informal report back over tea and biccies on the first International Anarcha-Feminist conference that took place in London last month (along with opportunity to discuss some of the outcomes and conclusions further). Thursday daytime has a clean-out of the Unity Blue Shop in the morning and a meeting of the Glasgow Social Centre Collective in the evening. Then on Friday is the Glasgow United fundraiser – totally amazing line-up for cheap, so get in there!

Anyway, on with the update…
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Anarcha-Feminism Today! A report back from the AFem2014 conference
Wednesday, November 19 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Anarchism and feminism have been intertwined for over a century, however mainstream feminism often fails as a movement for liberation for the working classes, while anarchist organising often reproduces the same patterns of sexism and misogyny we see through the world. To address these and many other points, this year seen the first in what hopes to be a series of international anarchist feminist conferences.

Several Glaswegians were able to head down and attend and will report back on the conference set-up, the main points of discussion, the thoughts towards current activities, and their thoughts on the direction of anarcha-feminist organising both here and globally in light of the conference.

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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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Unity – The Blue Charity Shop clean up!
Thursday, November 20 at 10:00am
70 Shaw Street Govan, Glasgow G51 3BL

Hello all you lovely, lovely people.

Now I know how kind hearted and generous you are, and you’re all dying to help out with a local cause? Well here’s one close to heart, in govan. There is a small charity shop being run by volunteers forUnityintheCommunity Glasgow, located on 70 Shaw Street Govan, Glasgow G51 3BL.

As it is, the shop is pretty disorganised: in dire need of new volunteers and a big clean up! If we can get a good group of people who are willing to take just one full day out of their busy schedules to come and help clean up the shop, it can make way for a new, organised running system for the shop. There is so much potential here, and it would be very sad to see it disappear.

UNITY in the community, a small Glasgow based charity which provides food for 200 people a week, clothing and bedding for anyone who needs them, pots and pans, and english classes (all for free). Unity helps destitute families and individuals – primarily asylum seekers and immigrants. In a time of darkness for those escaping persecution and maltreatment, UNITY can be a light, to help those poor people find a safe and nourishing path to freedom. Unity has been self funded since it was founded, and has always took pride in the fact that it was in complete control of its destiny. Here is the website for the Charity: http://unityinthecommunityglasgow.wordpress.com/

The shop is vital to the running of UNITY, the profits from the shop pay for the running of the van which is used primarily for UNITY’s food project, but also to help people move, distribute free clothing and transport resources for pop up shops etc. The profits also pay for the rent of the ‘Unity World Cafe’. The shop is not making as much money as it once was or should be, and that’s why we’re doing this big clean up and looking for more volunteers!

We are meeting next thursday at 10am, at The Blue Charity Shop, and we’ll be there all day cleaning the place. Come along, bring some friends, have some fun helping out the community. Following the clean up, there will be about 5 weekly training sessions in the shop, to show potential volunteers what it’s all about, how to run a charity shop and how to work together.

If enough people come along and help share the job, then the task is simple, but if it is left for few shoulders to carry the load, then they can brake. Lets come together, fix this shop, and allow UNITY to be the charity it can be.

Power to the people, peace and love.
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Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Thursday, November 20 at 6:00pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, Garnethill, G3 6RE

The next in our meetings to forming a Glasgow Social Centre will see the different working groups coming together to report their findings and the collective at large to discuss the results and make any changes.

So the agenda so far is to look over the aims and principles of the group and our safer spaces principles and iron out any problems with them. Once that is done we will have a way of determining who is part of the collective. We can also get any update on searching for a site, and perhaps start looking at setting up an account and starting fundraising!

It’ll be at the Garnethill Multicultural Centre at 21 Rose Street aiming to start at 6.30pm, but meeting from 6pm.
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United Glasgow Fundraiser
Thursday, November 21 at 7:00pm
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

United Glasgow Football Club are having a fundraising gig on November 21st and we’d love you to come along!

We have three great bands playing for us:

Glasgow’s own folk’n’roll band The Wakes

Anarcho-punk legends Oi Polloi (Official)

Celtic / Iranian, Turbo Folk from AlbaRoma

Its set to be a top night, for an amazing cause and it’s only £5!

Tickets available from the Art School, McChuills Glasgow and United Glasgow FC in advance. Also available on the door on the night.

Who are United Glasgow Football Club?
United Glasgow F.C was formed in 2011 to provide a point of access to regular, structured football for those who might find themselves excluded from the game.

Our two guiding principles when we started our project were anti-discrimination and financial inclusion. By removing the prohibitive costs of football from the players we managed to bring together individuals from communities who would otherwise may never have met through a shared love of football

Where is the money going?
The success of United Glasgow FC has seen more and more people wanting to get involved in our exciting project. Therefore we have started 2 new teams. Firstly, there will be an 11 a-side women’s team joining the SWFL set-up in March. As well as this, a 2nd men’s 11-a-side team has started to allow more players than ever to access football.

As football becomes more expensive, United Glasgow works tirelessly to make football accessible to all but we need your help!

http://www.unitedglasgowfc.eu
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Introduction to Green Woodworking
Sunday Nov 23 at 10:00am to Nov 24 at 4:00pm
Green Aspirations Scotland, G63 0NF

On this one day course you will learn about the relaxing craft of green woodworking.
Working with sustainable timber you will produce everyday items to take home and cherish.
During the day we will transform logs into useful wooden items. Starting by selecting timber, sawing and cleaving logs we will see how to make the most of the trees we use. You will then be shown a range of hand tools and how to use them to make a mallet or spatula.
You will also be shown how to use the basic equipment for green woodwork, the pole lathe and shave horse.

Reviews:
‘An inspirational course from Green Aspirations. I’ve totally caught the green woodworking bug after just a few hours in the woods with Paul and Louise. Paul gives excellent clear instruction from an obviously huge depth of knowledge, with emphasis on safety, practical experience and having fun. Really opened my eyes to possibilities of ‘green wood’ and left me hungry for more…’

‘I’m totally sold on your ethos and what you are doing here and I love the way you present it, in such an open and approachable way with no judgement.’
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Blood in the Mobile – Free Film Screening, Discussion & Live Music
Tuesday, November 25 at 6.30pm
Stereo Cafe Bar, 22-28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

It’s hard to imagine a life without mobile phones anymore. But what is behind these devices we so much depend on? The main part of minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in Congo. The Western World is buying these so-called conflict minerals and thereby finances a civil war that has cost the lives of more than 5 million people, a sheer unbelieveable number.

The Film & Event

Film director Frank Poulsen travels to Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. Despite the danger, the film crew gets access to the largest tin-mine where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones. But still the biggest challenge is to convince the mobile industry to face up to their dirty secret in the supply chain.

After the film there will be discussion with Dr. Kurt Mills from Glasgow University and a speaker from Amnesty International. Finally there will be some fine musical entertainment by Tom Spirals, performing a reggae based solo-mix.

FREE ENTRY
Donations are very welcome!
http://www.earthmovies.org
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Night Shelter Open Evening
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Please contact Glasgow Unity for details of the location

Glasgow Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help cover gaps in our rota over the winter holiday period.

We also need volunteers to help at a drop-in we’re going to run on Christmas and Boxing Days and on Hogmanay when people staying at the night shelter have nowhere to go because most other charities and community centres are shut.

If you are interested in volunteering at the night shelter or at the holiday drop-in then you should come along to the Open Evening to meet other volunteers, talk to some of the men staying at the shelter and to find out more about what volunteering involves.
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Scotland Against Fracking Enviromental March
Sunday, December 7 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
From The Helix Falkirk to Zetland Park Grangemouth

Come out and show your opposition to fracking!

EMERGENCY DEMO: 5:30pm today (and other upcoming events)

Hi folks,

Just revived info on a demo this afternoon at 5:30 to stop the Israeli Ambassador to London speaking here in Glasgow. As well as that we have the usual selection of events coming up, so check them out!
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Emergency Demo – Stop Israeli Ambassador Speaking Tonight at Glasgow University
Wednesday, November 12 at 5.30pm
Queen Margaret Union, 22 University Gardens, G12 8QN

EMERGENCY DEMO: TONIGHT (12/11/2014) 5.30pm, Glasgow University, outside Queen Margaret Union.

Yiftah Curiel is the Head Spokesman and Press Officer for the Israeli Embassy in London. He is giving talks tonight to the Glasgow University European Society and the Dialectic Society about international relations and Israel policy.

In solidarity with Palestinian civil society’s call for an economic, cultural and academic boycott of the State of Israel, we call this demonstration to say loudly and clearly to Israeli State Representatives, you are not welcome at Glasgow University.

Recalling the memory of the thousands killed in Gaza and the West Bank this summer, and the escalation of the violence in Jerusalem in recent weeks. We assert the freedom of speech for the thousands of Palestinians who have died and who are suppressed by Israeli policies of genocide, apartheid and colonialism. Our message to the State of Israel and all its benefactors and representatives: you will have no platform here.

Join us with banners, placards and your voices.
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Jim Dick: Life is Dutiful!
Thursday, November 13 at 7.00pm
The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL

The Arches presents an exhibition of new works by Jim Dick. Join us for the launch event on Thursday 13th November, 7-9pm, for drinks and a DJ set from Afrodeesia.

“Every time people perform an activity they have not themselves defined and do not themselves control, every time they pay for goods they produce with money they received in exchange for their alienated activity, every time they passively admire the products of their own activity as alien objects procured by money, they give new life to Capital and annihilate their own lives…”
Fredy Perlman, The Reproduction of Daily Life

This exhibition presents a series of drawings prompted by the pantomime characters we often find ourselves forced to adopt in the reproduction of the social and economic relations of Capitalism.

In July 2008, The Arches hosted The Glasgow School of Art graduate’s ‘Fornixxation’ exhibition; a series of compelling paintings on the theme of subconscious memories, desires and symbolic associations.

See the work here: http://www.swg3.tv/?p=546

Follow Jim on Instagram: http://instagram.com/jimmdick/
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Fail Better: Gunpowder Plot
Thursday, November 13 at 7.00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

Fuck democracy, it’s back to Plan A.

This week there’s nae messin:

Glasgow poet DONNA CAMPBELL is gonna rip up the stage

EMPRESS MUSIC is slamming the beats right back at us

MAGGIE and LUCY LYRICAL have popped up fae Londontown to give us some anit-capitalist bashings

TICKLE (of Il Papa Giraffe, Chemikal Poets, Blacklanternmusic) is back. I shit you not.

MICHAEL BOYLE cracks out his tunes on a new stage

headlining, we have BECCI WALLACE with tunes fae her new release FRAGMENTALITY

and if that doesn’t kill you, our November host BRAM E GIEBEN will.

As usual, free entry. Chuckin £3 in for the artists would be grand tho. Wages n shit, innit
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Anarcha-Feminism Today! A report back from the AFem2014 conference
Wednesday, November 19 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Anarchism and feminism have been intertwined for over a century, however mainstream feminism often fails as a movement for liberation for the working classes, while anarchist organising often reproduces the same patterns of sexism and misogyny we see through the world. To address these and many other points, this year seen the first in what hopes to be a series of international anarchist feminist conferences.

Several Glaswegians were able to head down and attend and will report back on the conference set-up, the main points of discussion, the thoughts towards current activities, and their thoughts on the direction of anarcha-feminist organising both here and globally in light of the conference.

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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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Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Thursday, November 20 at 6:00pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, Garnethill, G3 6RE

The Glasgow Social Centre collective is working towards opening a space for grassroots and community-based projects and groups to meet and work from. If you are interested in getting involved in this project then come along!
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Introduction to Green Woodworking
Sunday Nov 23 at 10:00am to Nov 24 at 4:00pm
Green Aspirations Scotland, G63 0NF

On this one day course you will learn about the relaxing craft of green woodworking.
Working with sustainable timber you will produce everyday items to take home and cherish.
During the day we will transform logs into useful wooden items. Starting by selecting timber, sawing and cleaving logs we will see how to make the most of the trees we use. You will then be shown a range of hand tools and how to use them to make a mallet or spatula.
You will also be shown how to use the basic equipment for green woodwork, the pole lathe and shave horse.

Reviews:
‘An inspirational course from Green Aspirations. I’ve totally caught the green woodworking bug after just a few hours in the woods with Paul and Louise. Paul gives excellent clear instruction from an obviously huge depth of knowledge, with emphasis on safety, practical experience and having fun. Really opened my eyes to possibilities of ‘green wood’ and left me hungry for more…’

‘I’m totally sold on your ethos and what you are doing here and I love the way you present it, in such an open and approachable way with no judgement.’
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Night Shelter Open Evening
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Please contact Glasgow Unity for details of the location

Glasgow Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help cover gaps in our rota over the winter holiday period.

We also need volunteers to help at a drop-in we’re going to run on Christmas and Boxing Days and on Hogmanay when people staying at the night shelter have nowhere to go because most other charities and community centres are shut.

If you are interested in volunteering at the night shelter or at the holiday drop-in then you should come along to the Open Evening to meet other volunteers, talk to some of the men staying at the shelter and to find out more about what volunteering involves.
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Scotland Against Fracking Enviromental March
Sunday, December 7 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
From The Helix Falkirk to Zetland Park Grangemouth

Come out and show your opposition to fracking!

I Want To Get Better – An insight into accountability and restorative justice.

floaker:

A valuable personal insight into accountability processes and the concept of restorative justice.

Originally posted on The Peripheries of Anarchy:

I wrote this at the start of this year for inclusion into a zine on accountability. I’m still waiting for it to be published, so I got bored and I’m putting it on here. I hope people find it helpful:

TW: Accountability and Consent breaches.

This one is for the “Perps” engaging in restorative justice. The people who want to get better.

I’m not writing this from a holier than thou angle, I’m writing this because I have hurt people, I have put my desires before other people’s feelings and safety. I manipulated people, I broke their trust and breached their boundaries. I took advantage of them because I could only think about my dick, even when I knew it was wrong. I didn’t care. When I got called out it didn’t really sink in. They were wrong! It was their fault! If they had said or done…

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Events from the 29th October onwards

Hi Everybody!

We are back after a wee holiday with some amazing events for the coming month. Be sure to email us if you have any events you think fit the bill for the update, and feel free to link people to the subscription page (all in the events tab here).

Now, without further ado…
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Gender Based Violence Research Network Seminar: Sexual Abuse as a Moral Panic?
Wednesday, October 29 at 1:00pm – 4:30pm
57-61 Oakfield Ave, Nursing & Health Care, University of Glasgow

Recent media coverage of high profile sexual abuse cases prompted some commentators to question if we are witnessing a ‘moral panic’ in relation to sexual abuse. Join us for presentations and debate about the implications of framing sexual abuse in these terms for survivors, practitioners and researchers.

This half day seminar organised by the Gender Based Violence Research Network is free to attend, but places are limited.

To book, please contact Lisa Campbell, SCCJR Knowledge Exchange Assistant, University of Glasgow, Lisa.Campbell@glasgow.ac.uk t: 0141 330 1834.
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New Spaces: Music, film, and discussion towards new DIY venues in Glasgow
Thursday, October 30 at 7:00pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

On Thursday 30th October the Old Hairdressers will be hosting a meeting for punks and other musical miscreants interested in discussing ideas for the creation of new DIY spaces for practice, performance and connected activities in Glasgow. Inspired by recent developments in England such as JT Soar and DIY Space For London, as well as the long-standing European autonomous centre model(s), the evening will be an opportunity to put forward proposals, consider practicalities, make connections with like-minded people, and most importantly to form plans of action to live up to those three letters we hold so dear.

Prior to the discussion, we’re hoping to be able to screen NO FUN CITY (2010, 84 mins). The film documents the Vancouver punk scene’s fight to sustain itself in the context of and in opposition to local bureaucracy and creeping gentrification, themes particularly pertinent to our own fair city.

Closing off the night will be DJs and a performance from BLACK COP on the first date of their European ‘fact-finding mission’. Afficianados of all things angry will be as equally enthused as doyens of daft dancing by this tour-de-force of whirlwind hardcore punk.

Doors 7pm, film screening begins 7.30pm
Suggested donation £3

All money received after costs will be donated to the Unity Centre, which provides practical solidarity and support for asylum seekers in Glasgow (for more information see http://unitycentreglasgow.org/)

**NB previously advertised Gas Rag/Komplott gig is no longer happening**

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The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
Friday, October 31 at 7:00pm
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate, G1 5HD

Two men on a park bench discuss the story of Cesare, a sleep-walking circus performer under the control of the murderous Dr. Caligari. But all, of course, is not quite as it seems…

A free (donations welcome) halloween screening of the 1920 German silent horror film “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari” at the Panopticon, the world’s oldest surviving musichall.
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Fighting The Housing Monster: Film and Discussion Event
Saturday, November 1 at 10:45am – 4.00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

The housing monster’s voracious appetite for land and rent has pushed the cost of living to breaking point. In Glasgow, public housing has been eradicated since stock transfer in 2003. Rents in the ‘social housing’ sector inexorably move closer to private-market levels. Mortgage rates continue to rise disproportionately to people’s income, and housing is the staple ingredient of the debt-based economy. Yet ‘the housing question’ seems strangely absent from current debates. This event places housing at the front of the agenda, creating a forum for debate, discussion, and resistance.

The day will comprise three films on housing which will be used to prompt discussion about the current state of housing in the UK, and Scotland more specifically. In the morning we will discuss the current (miserable) state of housing across tenures and in the afternoon we will discuss the forms of organisation around housing that might be possible or desirable in the current era.

We want to engage with a range of different groups. Not with the intention of generating a false unity, but with the hope that we can learn from each others’ struggles through discussion and find ways to challenge the housing monster in the present and future. It is our contention that these struggles will have to be undertaken at a range of different levels and that a plurality of struggles, both defensive and offensive, is welcome and necessary. All those with similar interests are warmly invited.

Schedule info: http://gamesmonitor2014.org/fighting-the-housing-monster-film-and-discussion-event-sat-nov-1st-kpc-11am-4pm/

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ROTTEN ROTTENROW
Sunday, November 2 at 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Rottenrow Gardens, Off Rottenrow, G2

“Myths and fiction have finally spilled over into reality and now… it’s time for survival. You’ve seen the reports and how it’s escalating. It’s only a matter of time till it’s at your doorstep so it’s time to stock up on supplies and anything you can use to defend yourself.

If you’re reading this and wondering what it all means then you obviously haven’t noticed the strange behaviour from few people lately. Well… I’d say, even at this point, they’re far too gone to be people.

As I said, we’re all going to need supplies to last us as long as possible. There’s plenty of them in the City Centre of Glasgow. Let’s meet at Rottenrow Gardens and make the effort together, using power in numbers, to collect them. Don’t forget you weapon of choice.”

Many Movements is proud to present it’s first interactive experience in the form of a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ on Sunday the 2nd of November. This is a free event that we hope to make an annual event if successful.

Location: Rottenrow Gardens.

Player content:

There are safe areas at the top and bottom of Rottenrow Gardens. Also, an established perimeter before hand which players can not go beyond. Players must go from one safe area to another in a specific area in set rounds over 1 hour. Dependant on numbers we may create teams on the day.

Rounds – Time is of the essence! A whistle will signal the start of a 2 minute time limit to arrive at said ‘safe area’. A horn will signal the last 30 seconds in order to prompt players of time left. Finally 3 whistles will signal the end of each 2 minute round. If you fail to arrive at the appropriate safe area on time you will be eliminated.

Weapons – Arm yourself! There will be a limited number of weapons at the start of the game. Over the hour these weapons will continue to be limited. How you ask? The rules of the game dictate that you can only use your weapon once. After that you must drop it to the ground, prey and continue running.

Zombies:

Pay attention! Zombies tend to hunt better later into the night. You may not be scared of the Zombies at the start but as the game progresses your skills will be tested. If a Zombie touches you then you will be eliminated.

Referees:

It’s important that we have someone to help ensure the game runs smoothly. If you feel that you would like to be a referee yourself instead of taking part then please message Many Movements directly.

Disclaimer:

Players must be 16+. This is a free event and all participants who decide to play the game enter at their own risk. Many Movements, it’s organisers and Zombies taking part shall not be held liable during your participation in the event.
Concept by Scott Houston
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Lies, Cover-Ups, Theft, and Death: The Psychology of Corporate Corruption – Dr Adam Moore | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, November 3 at 7.00pm – 9.30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Why does it seem like every other day we hear news about another scandal: banks fixing interest rate; mortgage companies giving loans to those who can’t afford them; investment firms scamming their investors; and corporations covering up evidence of profiting from crime. The above are just some of the more recent stories we’ve all heard.

This presents a challenge to psychologists – how can we understand and explain how so many people commit obviously immoral acts?

Adam will dissect a number of famous cases of corporate violence and corruption, focusing on the elements they share in common, and argue that otherwise normal people can easily become co-conspirators in horrifyingly immoral actions.

Dr Adam Moore received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2011, where his work focused on developing a computational model of the cognitive processes underlying moral judgement. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging, at the Georgia Institute for Technology, where he conducted neuroimaging investigations into self-control, working memory, and attentional focus. He accepted a faculty position at the University of Edinburgh in 2012, where he continues to research judgement and decision making, moral psychology, and human cognition. Adam spoke to Glasgow Skeptics in December 2013, in a talk titled, “Moral Judgment and Moral Emotion: What Have We Learned About Mass Atrocity?”
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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‘War: Women, Work, Resistance’, SLHS Annual Conference
Sunday, November 8
STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War, the theme of this year’s SLHS annual conference is the role of women during the conflict. Speakers include Professor Sheila Rowbotham (The University of Manchester), Dr Billy Kenefick (The University of Dundee), Dr Annmarie Hughes and Dr Rose Elliot (The University of Glasgow). This one-day event will include a sandwich lunch and the society’s AGM, and is kindly supported by the Glasgow General APEX branch of the GMB.

Registration is availaible here: http://www.scottishlabourhistory.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/eslh-28-08-1.jpg
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Leaving Hate Behind – Nate Phelps | Glasgow Skeptics 5th Birthday
Monday, November 10 at 7.00pm – 9.30pm
John Anderson Building, 107 Rottenrow East, G4 0NG

Nate Phelps is son of the late Fred Phelps, founder and patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church – “the most hated family in America”. Nate is Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Calgary. A vocal LGBT advocate, he speaks out against the dangers of religion and child abuse, and serves on the board of directors for Recovering from Religion.

Join us for a very special evening – on Glasgow Skeptics’ fifth birthday – in which we hear from Nate Phelps, in an incredibly moving talk on the Westboro Baptist Church, the childhood he spent growing up in it, and how he came to leave his family behind at the stroke of midnight on his 18th birthday.

K325, John Anderson Building
University of Strathclyde
107 Rottenrow East,
Glasgow
G4 0NG

Accessibility: The John Anderson Building features a lift that provides access to K325.
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Jim Dick: Life is Dutiful!
Thursday, November 13 at 7.00pm
The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL

The Arches presents an exhibition of new works by Jim Dick. Join us for the launch event on Thursday 13th November, 7-9pm, for drinks and a DJ set from Afrodeesia.

“Every time people perform an activity they have not themselves defined and do not themselves control, every time they pay for goods they produce with money they received in exchange for their alienated activity, every time they passively admire the products of their own activity as alien objects procured by money, they give new life to Capital and annihilate their own lives…”
Fredy Perlman, The Reproduction of Daily Life

This exhibition presents a series of drawings prompted by the pantomime characters we often find ourselves forced to adopt in the reproduction of the social and economic relations of Capitalism.

In July 2008, The Arches hosted The Glasgow School of Art graduate’s ‘Fornixxation’ exhibition; a series of compelling paintings on the theme of subconscious memories, desires and symbolic associations.

See the work here: http://www.swg3.tv/?p=546

Follow Jim on Instagram: http://instagram.com/jimmdick/
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Anarcha-Feminism Today! A report back from the AFem2014 conference
Wednesday, November 19 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Anarchism and feminism have been intertwined for over a century, however mainstream feminism often fails as a movement for liberation for the working classes, while anarchist organising often reproduces the same patterns of sexism and misogyny we see through the world. To address these and many other points, this year seen the first in what hopes to be a series of international anarchist feminist conferences.

Several Glaswegians were able to head down and attend and will report back on the conference set-up, the main points of discussion, the thoughts towards current activities, and their thoughts on the direction of anarcha-feminist organising both here and globally in light of the conference.

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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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Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Thursday, November 20 at 6:00pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, Garnethill, G3 6RE

The Glasgow Social Centre collective is working towards opening a space for grassroots and community-based projects and groups to meet and work from. If you are interested in getting involved in this project then get in touch!
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Angry Women Win!

The latest issue of our Resistance free sheet is on the streets! This special issue looks at the struggles of women, both historically and today. Articles include a look at:

  • Abortion struggles in Ireland and Spain
  • Legal battles for women in the UK
  • Gender and Factory Resistance in China
  • Women & LGBTQIA in Ukraine today
  • Free Women of Spain in the 1930s
  • Dealing with sexual harassment at work
  • Transgender struggles being side-tracked by mainstream acceptance
  • The Angry Women of Liverpool
  • Single mothers fighting social cleansing in East London

You can download the issue here!

A look back at AFem2014

Sunday the 19th of October seen the first International Anarcha-Feminist Conference, aka AFem2014. The seed from which it would eventually grow fell from the tree back in August of 2012. That tree was the St Imier International Congress anarcha-feminist round table. This was series of meetings that took  place on each of the five days of that event. In the closing session it’s participants announced their plans to host an anarcha-feminist congress of their own within several years. This was met by thunderous applause from the congress floor. Busily contacts were exchanged, interested parties came forward, and a group agreed to take lead on the project.

Then nothing.

Months passed.

The Anarchist Federation started to get occasional contacts asking if we knew of any organising on the Anarcha-Feminist Congress. Our international secretaries put out inquiries thought our sibling federations in IFA as well as any other contacts in the global anarchist movement. After some investigation it appeared that no planning had happened, and those who had stepped forward at St. Imier were out of contact. Sometimes things just can’t get done, such is the nature of being in a struggle, and definitely not something to be ashamed of.

That may have been the end of it if it wasn’t for one federation member deciding that this idea was necessary to both counter the failings of feminism outside the anarchist movement, with all other branches of thought happy to throw more and more people under the bus in the name of capitalism; and also within, as we see elements of the anarchist movement where misogyny and sexism are rife and where little more than lip service is given to overcoming the power structures surrounding gender, especially in regard to groups marginalized even by other feminists.

Discussions were had and soon proposals drafted for the fed to kickstart the previously proposed international event. The discussions were thorough and some of the goals laid out at this early stage. This wasn’t to be a project hosted only by the AF (as had previous anarcha-feminist events we had been involved in organising), or just undertaken by our international the IFA, but was to be born from the AF and gain its own autonomy. It had to provide a strong class-struggle perspective to provide a counter to the dominant feminist movement’s lack of liberatory potential. It also had to not only be inclusive to groups normally marginalized within the anarcha-feminist movement but also counter the prejudices they face. After some debate the federation reached a consensus of agreement to go forward and feelers were put out to other organisations.

Early on sibling federations throughout the IFA were keen to help, while here in Britain the SolFed joined and they made contact with their international federation the IWA. A meeting at 2013 London Anarchist Bookfair gathered support from independent anarcha-feminists, as did the creation of a web presence. After several months a consensus emerged on the criteria for organisation where those involved had to:

As planning went on things looked touch-and-go at times whether an event would be possible at all. New people got involved and others took breaks. Fundraising took place but money was short. Speakers and workshops started to came forward but then the programme had to be made to work. The inclusion policy was agreed along the lines of the form of oppression suffered which caused ripples in a field normally only looking purely to identity to give an indication of attendance. The safer spaces agreement was put in place and people needed to help on the day. Eventually everything started to come together.

Key to the whole event was the way in which different strands of the conference timetable would be given to groups usually marginalized within feminism (such as the disabled, sex workers, trans women, etc). This gave longer discussions over the course of the day about certain subjects, and it was hoped that this would highlight struggles from those who found their voices normally sidelined, vilified or lost entirely in feminist organising.

The day came and everything went past in a blur. Personally I spent the day either volunteering, supporting others, or helping to present the community accountability strand so I’m going to leave the nitty gritty of reviewing the strands to those who were there purely as attendees  This was the first time something like this had been attempted and it was all a bit experimental – but if we are ever to succeed in our goal of social revolution we have to be brave and try stuff. I think AFem did that and made a success of it all, though not everything was perfect.

I’ve also not kept up with the internet feedback but I know there has been moaning online. I find forums are a draining, negative space, and hearing that folks were griping (often folks who were not even in attendance), I haven’t gone to look for it yet – that can wait until I’m more rested. On the other hand I spent the days following AFem hopping between different people who had been in attendance. The feedback I’ve been getting in person has been overwhelmingly positive. One person said it was best anarcha feminist event they had attended (and they were not green in this kind of thing). All of them gave feedback of negative points, but it was fell into fairly similar areas, constructively phrased, and the positives were overwhelming to them. A quick rundown these:

+ Big open/close
Folks loved the opening and closing sessions which gathered everybody in attendance together and were kept on track by the organisers. The way people set goals for the day meant there was a collective feeling of active participation expected from folks attending.
+ Developing ideas
Everyone I talked to had learned new ideas and methods to take back home, and many otherwise liberal feminists were not only exposed to anarcha-feminism for the first time, but engaged and took away lessons from an anarchist perspective.
+ Strands
The way in which strands were organised was loved by all. It led for more discussion and time to work on things. People said this was SO MUCH BETTER than how bookfairs and other conferences run their meetings and it rarely felt like you were just being talked to but were part of a discussion.
+ Atmosphere
On the whole people found the atmosphere at the event to be positive and liberating, with people able to build solidarity against shared opression. ot only that but international links were forged and space for meeting other anarcha-feminists took place. They also commented on how easy it was to find organisers and volounteers, and upon how friendly and approachable they all were.
+ Safer Spaces Policy
Every person commented that it was refreshing to see is attempting a safer space policy that goes far beyond what most conferences would do, and think we have struck some new ground in how this could be put in place at similar events, though some areas do need development.
+ Self Care
Food Not Bombs provided lunch for anyone who was skint and was loved by all. At the same time a decent quiet space and the readily available interpretation and safer space volunteers made everything a lot more manageable.
+ Internationalism
The international aspect was seen as being vital to the experience, with at least 19 different countries represented in attendance, and something others would hope to see us expand.
+ Enthusiasm to continue
Overwhelmingly people wanted to see this happen again, if not next year then in 2016.

The constructive criticisms raised to me were:

- Time table clashes
These can almost never be avoided, and people acknowledged this, but at the same time everyone said there was some clash at some time for them. We tried the best we could but always worth keeping this in mind.
- TERF infestation
A group of trans exclusionary radical feminists (known as TERFs for short) tried to undermine the event. Someone who had been on the organiser list from the start lied about their willingness to uphold the inclusion policy to other organisers. They then positioned themselves to help present the Introduction to Anarcha-Feminism where they went off the presentation planned with the co-facilitator in order to spout some transphobic bile. At the same time they were seen conferring with other terfs before they dispersed into each session and parrot the same transphobic talking points, and appeared to be using the quiet space to regroup and plan. Attempts were made to remove the TERFs by some of the organisers but this unity was undermined and they used the confusion caused by sabotage of the consensus we had otherwise forged for the event to hang about. Despite this betrayal and sabotage, everyone I talked with found that any move towards transphobic discussion was quickly shut down and made unwelcome, and that the issue was handled better than most events. However, there was still a lack of consistency on how those breaking with the safer spaces agreement were dealt with.
- Cultural appropriation/racism
Lots of white people turned up using fashion displays from cultures that had been othered by white imperialism with no respect for the cultures they were came from and then got defensive when this was fed back in a negative light by the POC strand. Again, while the safer space policy had words on this subject we didn’t have a consistent process on what we were actually doing about it.
- Lack of resources
We didn’t have enough full programmes  for the attendees (though everyone did get a timetable), and while we had people on hand to read out the timetable we did not have large print versions. This was a major slip up and something that I will not be repeated.

On the TERF gang, it is unfortunate that but not surprising that they would go to such lengths to try and ruin the event. However if after a year of planning the best they could manage was to get one person to lie about their intentions and then protect the five or six die-hards that came along in the center of London then they have played what may be their hardest hitting attempt to disrupt at a time where the conference was vulnerable and gone home with plumbs. The problems that have been highlighted have came with constructive suggestions for improvement and the organising group are already moving forward with these, thought we are going to need to take a wee break before launching into any serious planning.

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AFem has now been fully realized as its own organisational entity,  separate to the groups that nurtured it early on. As a member of the AF this is a key example of the worth of the federation, and illustrates the way in which anarchist organisations differ from their authoritarian counterparts. Where others would use this as a front group and co-opt the struggles of others for self gain, anarchists work to create mutual aid and forge solidarity between truly autonomous groups, with struggles directed by those who are oppressed.  I have every confidence that this has been the start of an ongoing series of truly international events to build a modern anarcha-feminist practice and will start to ensure that anarcha-feminism is central to anything that could be regarded today as anarchist practice. As such, the last thing to say is a big thanks to everyone who contributed to making AFem 2014 a resounding success. Thank you all!