[Glasgow Events] solidarity with asylum seekers + events listing

Starting this week with an important message from our friend’s at unity. Scroll down for the rest of the listing.

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Night Shelter for destitute asylum seekers to stay open!

Since December 12th 2011, a number of groups and individuals involved in the Glasgow Destiution Network have been running a night shelter for asylum seekers who have been made homeless.

The night shelter, originally intended to be only emergency accommmodation over the winter, was due to end on Saturday 31st March. However because it has been so succesful and played such a positive part in the lives of the men and women staying there that we’ve decided to try to continue the shelter for the rest of the year in a new location.

Volunteers needed

We are looking for more volunteers to help manage the night shelter which looks set to be located close to Kelvinbridge underground station. The shelter runs from 8pm to 8am and you’ll be expected to help prepare food as well as stay overnight in the space. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Brian Cottrell the co-ordinator of the Night Shelter project on 07411766540 or e-mail brian.cottrell@iteams.org

Donations of food are also needed. We’re looking for donations such as tinned fish, pasta rice, tins of tomatoes, halal meat, fruit juices, biscuits, bread and rolls. Food can be left at the Unity Centre or at the Lansdowne Church on Tuesdays.

Financial donations can be made by donating money to the “Glasgow Destitute Asylum Seeker Night Drop In” account at any Lloyds TSB branch, account No: 75140563 and sort Code: 87-37-51.
A very postive experience

The night shelter has provided a safe, warm and welcoming space for men and women who face complete destitution to stay overnight every night apart from December 25th and December 31st. (We managed to find alternative accommodation for those two nights.)

The security provided by the shelter has enabled several of the people staying there the space to re-start their cases or to sort out alternative accommodation. People staying there are can relax and warm up while they wait for a hot meal is prepared for them. Everyone, volunteers and guests eat together, sharing news and talking about the day’s events. In the morning we serve breakfast and provide a packed lunch for poeple to take away.

As well providing people who would otherwise be sleeping on the streets, somewhere safe to stay, a positive community spirit has developed, and we’ve seen very isolated individuals come out of themselves, making friends with other guests and supporting one another.

Please support this project.

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Tuesday 27th March
- Self organisation and civil engagement: co-operation, culture and politics for a more sustainable society – learning from Vorarlberg, Austria

Thursday 29th March
- Imminent evictions of vulnerable asylum seekers – Emergency Meeting
- Journalism is a Human Right – The Gambia

Friday 30th March
- Critical Mass

Sunday 1st April
- Skillshare Day (EDINBURGH)

Monday 2nd April
- Glasgow Social Centre meeting

Friday 6th April
- Mayday Planning meeting

Thursday 19th April
- St Imier talk

Tuesday 1st May
- Mayday Forum

Sunday 6th May
- STUC Mayday march
- Argyle St Mayday Festival

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Tuesday 27th March
- Self organisation and civil engagement: co-operation, culture and politics for a more sustainable society – learning from Vorarlberg, Austria

http://www.gcph.co.uk/events/121

Vorarlberg in Austria has 20 years of experience in experimenting with different ways and methods of promoting a more sustainable society. Out of this experience has emerged the idea of a ‘learning institution’ embedded in a tight-knit network of co-operating institutions.

This lecture will outline a ‘philosophy of self-organization’ and illustrate its impact through practical examples. The lecture will suggest that we need to rethink familiar leadership-strategies and revitalize democracy, because the existing system is not capable of handling wicked problems. The lecture will also outline how they are approaching this challenge in Vorarlberg, what a new culture of co-operation could look like and its implications for society, government and administration at local and regional level.

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Thursday 29th March
- Imminent evictions of vulnerable asylum seekers – Emergency Meeting

3-5pm 29th March, Garnethill Multicultural Association, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

It’s come to our attention that a number of asylum seekers currently in Y-people housing who have been refused status (who as you may know due to Y-People’s “no-eviction policy”, have been allowed to stay in accommodation at the end of their asylum claim) are now being issued with letters telling them to leave their accommodation within the next two weeks.

Given the number of people potentially facing eviction (which we estimate to be over 100 at least) and in addition, the number of people staying with friends/family in this situation, we are deeply concerned. Whilst exact information on the status of this has not yet been provided we are certain that those affected will have few – or no – options available to them and are likely to be left completely homeless.

We’d like to call an emergency meeting next week to discuss how we can support each other as there are likely to be massive implications for current providers of support – particularly the Glasgow Destitution Network- i.e. the night shelter, food distribution – and we urgently need to explore how we can mobilize greater support from other avenues.

We’ve booked the Garnethill Multicultural Centre for 3pm on Thursday the 29th. Anyone with concern over this issue is urged to attend where possible. Please let us know if you’re able to attend and please pass on to anyone you feel should be involved.

If you have any questions or ideas on particular issues/actions that need to be raised please let us know! (nicky@unfinishedpictureproject.org) https://www.facebook.com/events/271431776270000/

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Journalism is a Human Right – The Gambia

The Scottish campaign for Human Rights in the Gambia would like to invite you to an evening of African and Scottish traditional music Noteand peotry to highlight human rights issues.

Following on from their successful evening last year at the CCA you are now encouraged to attend this year’s event at the Afro-Caribbean Centre 66/68 Osborne Street, Glasgow, On Thursday 29th, March

7.30-10pm. There may be some food too.

Entry is by paper donation or whatever you can afford at the door.

Arthur West, Chair of the Scottish campaign for Human Rights in the Gambia said, “As well as a diversity of music; also on the bill will be a few speakers sharing their concerns and wisdom on the present day situation . They will include the Ex Vice President of Gambia Mr Bakary Babo and a J. Mathews, Glasgow Chair of the National Union of Journalists.”

And of course our Campaign Chairperson Arthur West will also address the audience.

Importantly we will also hear from Elena Soper from Glasgow Uni, Amnesty International.

The evening will be an opportunity to celebrate life but also also to listen and take action on the plight of others. This event once again shows that Scotland continues to be in the frontline of opposing the suppression of questioning journalism and the right to question the behaviour of one’s own government.

Alieu Cesssay, exiled Gambian journalist says, “It promises to be a really good night in support of the Scottish Campaign for Human Rights in the Gambia.

So, please pass the word round and do try to come yourself. . . with a friend.”

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Scottish campaign for Human Rights in the Gambia

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Friday 30th March
- Critical Mass
5:30pm. George Square. Celebrate human powered wheel based transport on a mass bike ride through our city’s fair streets. Fun, safe, empowering.

(Last Friday of every month)

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Sunday 1st April
- Skillshare Day (EDINBURGH)

The Marchmont Skills Share Collective warmly invites you to join us at the upcoming skills share :April Skills Day on the 1st April 2012.Come and learn new skills, meet new people and share with others.

Where? This skills share wil be hosted in two venues: 62 Marchmont road, Edinburgh EH9 1HS, & (1f1) 67 Warrender Park road, Edinburgh.

What is it? This skills share was conceived to be a creative, safe and inclusive day to everyone with all abilities and experiences to learn new interesting transferable skills and empower ourselves and our community.

This fun day will be a one day event from 11am- 7pm of DIY grassroot workshops including:

¤ Bike maintenance
¤ Introduction to Persian and arabic language
¤ Fool’s Academy Theater
¤ Vegan cooking
¤ Tree identification
¤ How to build and look after a wormery
¤ Anarcha-feminist discussion
… and more!

This event is inclusive to all backgrounds,genders and sexualities. A safer space policy will be put up on our website. If you have any specific need regarding accessibility please get in touch with us beforehand so we can make arrangements.You are wlecome to bring any children but we cannot provide an official kids space.

Please bring food for bring ‘n’ share lunch
Bring zines for zine swap + unwanted clothes for the free shop!

Disclaimer
-Non alcohol policy with smoking allowed outside both venues.
-Some of those giving workshops do not have qualifications

For more info please email skillshare22@gmail.com
and visit our webite for updates: http://skillshare22.blogspot.com/

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Monday 2nd April
- Glasgow Social Centre meeting
7pm. Electron Club. Upstairs in the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St.

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Friday 6th April
- Mayday Planning meeting
6pm. Electron Club.
Come along to shape this year’s Mayday celebration. Or don’t moan on the day! ;p

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Thursday 19th April
- St Imier talk
6:30-9pm
Room 407, Boyd Orr Building. Glasgow University.

Presentation and discussion about the St Imier Anarchist International Congress of 1972, and what lessons and inspirations we can learn for the present day.

This might sound dull and academic, but its exciting because, hot on the heels of the Paris Commune and Anarchist expulsions from Marx’s First International, this was the first time Anarchists organised themselves as such.

More details and a better blurb closer to the time! ;)

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Tuesday 1st May
- Mayday Forum

So far the plans for Mayday in Glasgow are at an early stage. Please come to the planning meetings to determine how we will celebrate international worker’s day in Glasgow this year. :)

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Sunday 6th May
- STUC Mayday march
- Argyle St Mayday Festival

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