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Unity Book-Sale (rescheduled) & Events for the Coming Week

Hi All,

As promised a few weeks back, please see below for details for the rescheduled
Unity in the Community Book-Sale, happening tomorrow @ Hillhead Bookclub (and
on the second Saturday of the month ’til the end of the year).

The weekly update is a few days earlier this week (mainly to get the above
event into it without hassling you all with multiple emails), and so there’s
an inevitable cross-post with the events over the weekend, so apologise for
that.

Meanwhile, it’s another massive list – in particular folks who were at last
week’s Anarchist Federation talk on the Radical Wing of the Black Power
Movement (welcome to the list!) might be interested to note that the ‘Black
Power Mixtape’ film alluded to by the speakers is being shown this week.

As always, if you know of anything happening that you think we should be
putting out on this, email us at the list, and we’ll do our best to oblige if
possible.

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Saturday 12th October
– Unity in the Community: Book-Sale @Hillhead Bookclub (Unity in the
Community)

Saturday 12th October
– March Against Monsanto (Scotland Against Monsanto)

Saturday 12th October
– Camcorder Guerrillas: 10th Birthday Party (Camcorder Guerrillas)

Saturday 12th October
– Family Bicycle Day (Woodlands Community Garden / Glasgow Bike Station)

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th October
– Free Self-Defense Workshops for Women of Colour (Trans-Welcome) (Digital
Desperados)

Monday 14th October
– Cash for Antifash Benefit (Edinburgh)

Monday 14th October
– ‘Are Antidepressants Over-Prescribed?’ (Glasgow Skeptics)

Tuesday 15th October
– Film Screening: Le Havre (GRAMNet Film Series)

Tuesday 15th October
– Film Screening: ‘Synechdoche, New York’ (Mental Health Arts & Film Festival)

Tuesday 15th October
– ‘The Frankfurt School on Israel’ (Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory &
Movements)

Tuesday 15th October
– ‘Fix Your Bike: Get Ready for Winter’ (Urban Roots)

Wednesday 16th October
– Film Screening: ‘Difficult Love’ (Digital Desperados)

Wednesday 16th October
– The Syrian Crisis & International Law (GRAMNet Seminar)

Wednesday 16th October
– Film Screening: ‘Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975’ (Plus intro) (Black
History Month)

Thursday 17th October
– Film Screening: Moudjahidate (& Discussion) (Digital Desperados)

Thursday 17th October
– Including Intersectional Identities (Film & Discussion Event)

Thursday 17th October
– Vagabond Voices Book Launch: Human Rights in a Big Yellow Taxi (Vagabond
Voices)

Thursday 17th October
– ‘Glasgow2Detroit’ Screening (Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Fest)

Thursday 17th October
– ‘Nature in the City’ – Film & Discussion Event (Woodlands Community Gardens)

Friday 18th October – Sunday 20th October
– Document 11: International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Friday 18th October – Sunday 20th October
– Glasgow’s Radical Independent Bookfair @Document 11 Festival

Friday 18th October – Sunday 20th October
– Migrant Voice: Engaging Pictures Exhibition

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Saturday 12th October
– Unity in the Community: Book-Sale @Hillhead Bookclub
Hillhead Bookclub, 17 Vinicombe Street, Glasgow, G12 8BE
10am – 3pm

We’re back! The Hillhead Bookclub have invited us back to run our book sales
on the 2nd Saturday of the month for the remainder of the year. So, that’s the
– 12th October, 9th November and 14th December….

For those who haven’t been before, we have a great variety of books (most £1),
vinyl, CDs and collectors sets of books – all donations from our permanent
bookshop in Govan (https://www.facebook.com/NaeBordersBookshop/info)

Plus – ALL KIDS BOOKS ARE FREE! So if you’ve any young people in your life,
bring them along and grab some freebies!

If you have a carrier bag or two of unwanted books you’d like to donate, bring
‘em along! Or if you’ve anything more substantial, ask us when you can donate
to the shop in Govan. Much appreciated!

Sorry again folks for having to cancel our last event at short notice, due to
unforeseen circumstances. The sales have been a fantastic success, we’ve had a
great time running them and we hope you can come along this Saturday!!! All
money raised goes to the charity Unity in the Community (SCO40466) who provide
life saving welfare services to those who cannot access the state-funded
services. Currently Unity in the Community runs a nightshelter, soup kitchen,
day centre, solidarity centre, bike project, free clothing service and
english-language classes.

For Further Info – https://www.facebook.com/NaeBordersBookshop

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Saturday 12th October
– March Against Monsanto (Scotland Against Monsanto)
Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY
2pm

Organised by Scotland Against Monsanto.

In just under a week’s time Scotland will be Marching Against Monsanto once
again. We hope to make this even more of a success than the marches we held
back in May, but we need your help in order to achieve this. You can play your
part (even if you can’t make it to the actual march itself) by helping us to
promote it and spread the word far and wide.

You can either click on any of the event pages (links below) and share it on
your wall or invite friends personally – or both, preferably – and ask your
friends to share on their walls and invite their friends too. You can also
print off some flyers (attached) and distribute them among people you know,
stick them in your local shop window or community/universitycollege/school
notice board.

This is a family-friendly and peaceful demonstration so we encourage you to
invite everyone from pensioners to grandchildren and all inbetween. Please
help us to make this a success and raise awareness. We need to have a big show
to wake the general public up to this very important cause.

Why do we march?

- Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can
lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors,
infertility and birth defects.

- In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety
for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a
questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-led
research on the long-term effects of GM products.

- Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed
“Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting
the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.

- For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and
political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto
continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including
exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic make-up.

- Monsanto’s GM seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists
have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the
world’s bee population.

What are solutions we advocate?

- Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned
companies that use GMOs in their products.

- Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.

- Repealing relevant provisions of the US’s “Monsanto Protection Act.”

- Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.

- Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable
through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.

- Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets.

- Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won’t take
these injustices quietly.

We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we
March Against Monsanto.

For Further Info – http://scotlandagainstmonsanto.co.uk/

Event Details – http://www.facebook.com/events/384702324969021

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Saturday 12th October
– Camcorder Guerrillas: 10th Birthday Party
99 Calder Street, Govanhill, Glasgow, G42 7RA
7pm ‘til Late

Camcorder Guerrillas is Ten! And to celebrate, e are having a party in
Govanhill Baths on 12th October. There will be films, food, and our version of
an awards ceremony plus DJs, dancing and a pay-bar (or you can BYOB). All
Welcome.

For For Info – http://camcorderguerillas.wordpress.com/

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Saturday 12th October
– Family Bicycle Day (Woodlands Community Garden / Glasgow Bike Station)
Woodlands Community Garden, 91-111 West Princes Street, Glasgow, G4 9BY
10.30am (Start/Finish @Woodlands Community Garden)

Glasgow Bike Station will be back and guiding us around Glasgow’s beautiful
green spaces including other community gardens – check our Facebook page for
updates. The route takes into account children coming along, however adults
accompanying children are reminded to pay close attention to them at all
times.

Held as part of Woodlands Community Garden’s Bio-diverse Project. To book
places email Sarah at woodlandscommunitynature@gmail.com or call us on 0141
332 9311.

For Further Info – http://www.woodlandscommunitygarden.org.uk

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/woodlands.garden?fref=ts

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Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th October
– Free Self-Defense Workshops for Women of Colour (Trans-Welcome)
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1BA
10am – 4pm (Sat); 11am – 4pm (Sun)

Free Self-Defence Workshops for Women of Colour* (Trans Welcome)

The workshops run over the weekend of 12th and 13th October and are totally
free. They are run by an experienced self-defence tutor.

Saturday 10am -4pm & Sunday 11-4pm

Wear clothing and footwear that is comfortable for you. There will be frequent
breaks and time for lunch.

Lunch will hopefully be Free/Donation or if we can’t then bring a packed lunch
– we’ll let you know before.

The sessions are at the Kinning Park Complex which is next to the Kinning Park
Underground. Directions can be found here on their website.

Places are limited so please book on – email digitaldesperados@yahoo.co.uk or
phone/text 07400 610 319.

*By women of colour we mean Black and minority ethnic women, for example south
& east asian, mixed, romany, indigenous peoples of australasia, the americas,
the islands of the atlantic & the indian pacific, black, middle eastern, etc.
etc. – all of the many different peoples who are the majority of the world.

For Further Info: http://www.kinningparkcomplex.org/

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Monday 14th October
– Cash for Antifash Benefit (Edinburgh)
The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JX
£5 (£3 Before Midnight)

A stellar lineup of Scottish DJs and Live Acts unite to oppose the SDL, EDL
and fascists everywhere! All proceeds going to legal funds and assistance for
recently arrested anti-fascist demonstrators.

Line-Up:

- JD Twitch – Expert DJ, sought after producer, prolifically ace remixer,
taste-making Label Owner and clubnight promoter- it’s difficult to talk about
JD Twitch and the Optimo clubnight he co-founded without lapsing into
superlatives. The Quietus described Optimo (Espacio) as ‘Scotland’s most
(rightfully) celebrated club night’ and, 3 years after the duo stopped doing
regular weekly nights, they seem as busy and vital as ever.

http://www.optimo.co.uk/

http://rinse.fm/artists/optimo/

- Young Fathers DJs – Let’s not mince our words; Young Fathers’ ‘Tape Two’ is
one of the best records of 2013. The band’s second release on American alt-
hip-hop bastion Anticon, it’s explosion of the pop / experimental hip-hop
binary is peerless in the UK scene. For this gig we’ll get a chance to see
Edinburgh trio play some of their favourite records, dance about and perhaps
even take the mic a bit too – all fresh from a new Friday night slot on BBC
Radio 1 Extra.

http://www.young-fathers.com/

- LAW (Live) – Currently seemingly happy to bask in the allure generated by
her astonishing ‘Hustle’ video, LAW, one of the Young Father’s ‘Family’ but
clearly a singular talent in her own right, gives us a live demonstration of
why she’s pretty much the most exciting new musical prospect in the city right
now.

http://lawholt.com/

- Support comes from: MOTO/Dickie ZZZAP and No Globe DJs

Two arts and music promotion collectives who between them have put on some of
best parties in Edinburgh over the last few years – including guests like
Romare, Auntie Flo, Pariah, A Tribe Called Red, Lapalux, LV, Bondax, Spoek
Mathambo, Éclair Fifi, Frikstailers, Sega Bodega & Spoek Mathambo.

ZZZAP’s explicitly forward-thinking dance vibes and No Globe’s ‘Party Music
Beyond Borders’ will kick off what is sure to be an incredible night.

We’re super happy to have all these brilliant performers and thank them
profusely for giving up their time to helping the antifascist cause at this
pressing time.

The Politics:

As the crises continues to devastate the lives of the most vulnerable in
society, those ‘lucky’ enough to be in work are told to work harder, longer,
and for less. It is little surprise that our politicians and other scumbags
attempt to distract us from these sad truths through the endless production of
racist spectacles; from the ‘Go Home’ vans, UK border agency raids or the
media witch-hunts, 2013 has a backstory of prejudice. We will not let fascists
use the crises as leverage to push their agenda.

Yet increasingly, any protest or opposition to the re-emergence of fascist
organisation or state and media racism is met with strict repression from the
police. In London September 7th, 286 anti-fascists activists, local community
members, passers-by and journalists were arrested as around 700 English
Defence League supporters were allowed to march over Tower Bridge and rally at
Aldgate without encountering any mass opposition. In June 58 protesters were
arrested trying to prevent the BNP from marching through central London and in
August 3 people were arrested here in Edinburgh attempting to block the
Scottish Defence League from marching on parliament.

As one member of the antifascist network remarked – “These mass arrests show
how the state is using political policing to criminalise protest and
intimidate people out of taking political action. Only the tamest, most
moderate forms of protest are sanctioned; anything else is met with police
violence, kettling, and mass arrests.”

Those arrested for taking a stand against racism and fascism deserve and
require out support and solidarity. Dozens of people waited outside police
stations after the arrest in Tower Hamlets the other week, sitting on the
ground, in the middle of the night, waiting to give strangers hot soup and
home-prepared dishes. Those arrestees are now on bail, banned form attending
further demonstrations where the EDL, BNP or English Volunteer Force may be
present. We must be prepared to stand in their place next time and support
them with their ongoing legal costs.

For Further Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/1406937919534709/

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Monday 14th October
– ‘Are Anti-Depressants Overprescribed?’ (Glasgow Skeptics)
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7DA
7.30pm

Talk hosted by Glasgow Skeptics

Antidepressant prescribing has more than quadrupled over the last decade. What
does this mean? Will everyone be addicted to them soon? Are we medicalising
everyday distress? Why don’t we get to the root of the problem with talking
treatments anyway? Do antidepressant drugs work? How do they work?

Prof. Ian Reid, Division of Applied Medicine, will debate these questions and
more. Bring your preconceptions, but be prepared to lose them…

For Further Info – http://glasgow.skepticsinthepub.org

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Tuesday 15th October
– Film Screening: Le Havre (GRAMNet Film Series)
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
6pm

In this warm-hearted portrait of the French harbor city that gives the film
its name, fate throws young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the
path of Marcel Marx (André Wilms), a well-spoken bohemian who works as a shoe-
shiner. With innate optimism and the unwavering support of his community,
Marcel stands up to officials doggedly pursuing the boy for deportation.

A political fairy tale that exists somewhere between the reality of
contemporary France and the classic cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville and Marcel
Carné, Le Havre is a charming, deadpan delight.

This screening is in French with English subtitles; the screening is free,
with no booking required.

For Further Info: http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/gramnet/events/

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Tuesday 15th October
– Film Screening: ‘Synechdoche, New York’ (Mental Health Arts & Film Festival)
Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1AQ
7pm – 10pm

Hosted by Plantation Productions, as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts &
Film Festival.

Unhappy with the complications in his own family and professional life,
playwright Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) ambitiously sets out to
create the ultimate theatrical autobiography. Striving for truth, honesty and
above all, reality, Caden gathers a large ensemble cast into a New York
warehouse where rehearsals last several decades and the cast and sets get
bigger and bigger.

The textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line
between the world of the play and that of Caden’s own deteriorating reality.
Relentlessly poignant and extremely funny, Charlie Kaufman excites and
infuriates in this post-modern exploration into the workings of the individual
mind.

Presented in partnership with Plantation Productions and the Glasgow Film
Theatre “Pop-Up Cinema” project.

Screening is free, with no booking required.

For Further Info (and Contact Details) -

http://www.mhfestival.com/what-s-on/398-synecdoche-new-york

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Tuesday 15th October
– ‘The Frankfurt School on Israel’ (Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory &
Movements)
Rm. 916, Adam Smith Building, Bute Gardens, Glasgow University, G12 8RT
5.15pm – 7pm

Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory & Movements.

This talk will explore the range of views which existed within the founding
generation of the Frankfurt School on matters pertaining to Israel and
Zionism, with particular attention to the ideas of Marcuse, Fromm, Horkheimer,
and Lowenthal, and will attempt to explain the subtle differences which
existed among these thinkers on this issue by examining the differences in
their family backgrounds and their knowledge of Judaism.  The speaker will
argue that there is an inverse relation among members of the School between
knowledge of Jewish religious ideas and criticism of the State of Israel.  The
deeper the thinker’s familiarity with Judaism, the stronger the thinker’s
critique of Israel.

Jack Jacobs is Professor of Political Science at John Jay College and the
Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of ‘On
Socialists and “the Jewish Question” after Marx’, (1992) and of ‘Bundist
Counterculture in Interwar Poland’ (2009) and is the editor of ‘Jewish
Politics in Eastern Europe: The Bund at 100’ (2001). He has served as a
Fulbright Scholar at the Institute for German History at Tel Aviv University
(1996-1997), and at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute (2009), and has also been a
Visiting Scholar at the Simon-Dubnow-Institut für jüdische Geschichte und
Kultur (Universität Leipzig).   He recently completed a book, under contract
with Cambridge University Press, on Jewish life paths, antisemitism, and the
development of the Frankfurt School, and is currently editing a volume on Jews
and the Left which will also be published by Cambridge.

For Further Info: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/research/sociology/
socialisttheoryandmovement/seminarsandevents/

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Tuesday 15th October
– ‘Fix Your Bike: Get Ready for Winter’ (Urban Roots)
Toryglen Community Base, 179 Prospecthill Circus, Glasgow, G42 0LA
6pm – 9pm

Come along and get your bike ready for winter. Our trained bike mechanic will
be available to assist and provide you with advice on any repairs you need to
make. You will need to bring any parts that your require though we will have
brake & gear cables,cable outers and brake blocks, grease & oil available to
buy at low cost – we will provide all tools.

This session is free but booking is required so we can determine numbers in
order to accommodate for tools and stands.

For more information or to reserve a place please contact
projects@urbanroots.org.uk or telephone 0141 613 2766

For Further Info – http://www.urbanroots.org.uk/workshops/

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Wednesday 16th October
– Film Screening: ‘Difficult Love’ (Digital Desperados)
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
7pm

Hosted by Digital Desperados and the CCA.

Difficult Love presents a lively personal take on the challenges facing Black
lesbians in South Africa today. This moving film features the life,
photographs, work, friends and associates of “visual activist” and renowned
photographer, Zanele Muholi.  She often steps in front of the camera herself
to present, reflect and interview other South African lesbians. She says “ If
you google black lesbians in South Africa ..mostly it’s hate crimes against
lesbians and curative rapes..brutal killings become the common thing. You
hardly find books that talk about black lesbians and their families, their
children, about black lesbians and education, about black lesbians taking over
the movement in a way they fully understand; using art as means, about loves
and lives and the living…so what makes this documentary different is that I
have tried to tap into some of those elements.”

For Further Info: http://www.digitaldesperados.org/screening-events/2013-2/

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Wednesday 16th October
– The Syrian Crisis & International Law (GRAMNet Seminar)
Fore Hall, Main Building, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, G12 8QQ
5pm – 6.30pm

Prof. Christian Tams, School of Law, University of Glasgow; Part of the
GRAMNet 2013/14 Seminar Series. Much of the current debate about the crisis in
Syria is framed in legal terms, and many of the questions raised implicate
real or perceived rules of international law: Is there a right under
international law to use force to protect human lives? Can force be employed
to “punish” the use of chemical weapons? Why is Syria not a party to the
Convention against Chemical Weapons – and does the fact that it is not mean
that it can legally use those weapons? Will Assad (or whoever is responsible
for the use of chemical weapons) have to stand trial before the International
Criminal Court? How does that Court get involved in international disputes?
What is the role of the UN Security Council, and why has it not so far acted
more robustly? Does Security Council inaction mean that other actors have to
step in? What are the powers of regional organisations such as the Arab
League? etc.

The seminar intends to survey some of these questions, as well as others that
might have arisen by mid-October. It seeks to evaluate the impact of the
Syrian crisis on international law, and the relevance and limits of
international law as applied in the Syrian crisis.

For Further Info: http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/gramnet/events/

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Wednesday 16th October
– Film Screening: ‘Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975’ (Plus intro) (Black
History Month)
Glad Cafe, 1006 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2HG
7.30pm

Bringing the history of the Black Power Movement to a new generation, through
the eyes of Swedish filmmakers at the time, filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson crafts
a stunning cinematic/musical exploration of America and the Black Power
Movement, from the period 1967-1975.

Combining significant 16mm footage (that was lying undiscovered in the cellar
at Swedish Television for 30 years) with contemporary audio interviews from
leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, and
shaped by an award-winning soundtrack including artists Ahmir “Questlove”
Thompson, Om’Mas Keith, and The Roots, this documentary encompasses so much
more than a political history. And yet, organically it succeeds in asking its
audience to consider deep questions about America today.

The film will be introduced by the poet and novelist Dr Kei Miller.

Screening as part of Black History Month. Tickets are £6; over 18’s only.

For Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/thegladcafe/app_477662122297015

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Thursday 17th October
– Film Screening: Moudjahidate (& Discussion) (Digital Desperados)
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
7pm

Hosted by Digital Desperados, and show as part of Black History Month.

This documentary interweaves original photos, film clips and interviews with
women involved in the FLN-ALN (National Liberation Front) during the struggle
for national independence in Algeria.

Army veterans, nurses, logistical organisers, bomb deployers, spies,
fundraisers and more recount and reflect on their experiences in cities,
villages and the bush.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on contemporary colonialism led
by Digital Desperados course participants.

For Further Info: http://www.digitaldesperados.org/screening-events/2013-2/

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Thursday 17th October
– Including Intersectional Identities (Film & Discussion Event)
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG
2pm – 3.30pm

The Equality Network’s Glasgow Action Group and the Scottish Transgender
Alliance present extracts from short films that explore Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender (LGBT) identities in Scotland.

The films focus on Minority Ethnic LGBT and Disabled LGBT intersectional
people and include their ideas on how services can better include them. A
discussion about including intersectional identities in services will follow
the screening.

Entry is free but places are limited so please book early to avoid
disappointment.

This event is part of VoX’s Moving Minds V programme at the Scottish Mental
Health Arts and Film Festival. To find more click here:

http://www.mhfestival.com/what-s-on?pid=75&sid=393:moving-minds-v-presented-by-vox-voices-of-experience-and-kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum

Event Booking: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8145380051/mcivte

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Thursday 17th October
– Vagabond Voices Book Launch: Human Rights in a Big Yellow Taxi (Vagabond
Voices)
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
7pm

Join Glasgow publisher Vagabond Voices for the launch of the latest book in
their ‘Rants’ series, in which writer Peter Kerr takes on the absurdities and
dangers of anti-terrorist legislation and other threats to our human rights,
and examines the philosophies that underlie them.

A twelve-year-old schoolchild was arrested at his school and questioned by an
anti-terrorist police squad, because he was organising a picket of the offices
of his member of parliament, who happened to be the current prime minister of
Great Britain. He was protesting against the closure of a youth club. Starting
with this absurd example of over-zealous anti-terrorist legislation, Kerr, who
has a nose for both the absurd and the shocking, develops his concerning
arguments about the gradual erosion of our human rights, particularly in Great
Britain and the United States. He backs up his arguments with plenty of
examples, including legislation introduced under the American presidents since
Reagan, including Barack Obama. He also examines the various philosophical
movements that have either enhanced or undermined human rights, and he never
loses sight of the social and political forces in play.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in these disturbing
developments in the fundamental law of our countries.

Born in 1942 Peter Kerr has lived and worked all his life in Kilmarnock. He
left school at fifteen and worked as a shop assistant, labourer, and engineer
mechanic. At the aged of 31, he started night school classes in Kilmarnock
College. In 1978 graduated with a BA (hons) in Politics and Sociology and
started MSc course in Industrial Relations at Strathclyde University, in 1979
gained a MSc degree in Industrial Relations.

The launch event is free; no booking is required.

Publisher Info: http://www.vagabondvoices.co.uk/

Event Info: http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/521cdb5347d2edc014000145

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Thursday 17th October
– ‘Glasgow2Detroit’ Screening (Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Fest)
Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1AQ
7 – 9pm, £2

Shown as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

Glasgow, once the 2nd city of empire. Detroit, formerly the Motor City.
Glasgow had at it’s peak over 1 million citizens and was one of the most
densely populated cities in the world. Today the population hovers around
600,000. Detroit was a city designed for 2 million residents. Now under
900,000 reside there. It suffers 70 fires a night and is littered with empty
lots.

Glasgow was a city that made its living ship-building. Now that industry is
gone. Detroit manufactured America’s automobiles. And now that industry is
gone. Both cities had motorways rammed through them. Both have seen decay
through planning and lack of planning. Both have high levels of deprivation.

But now the residents of Detroit have created an urban farming network that is
creating an opportunity from decay. Is there a lesson in there for Glasgow and
all those other cities that have seen a decline since the rise of
neoliberalism in the 1970s?

Looking at Detroit , comparing and contrasting its experience with Glasgow ,
we will look at what has happened to a once prosperous city and see first hand
how ordinary people have overcome official antagonism to their needs and
created a vibrant system of farming. As the supermarkets deserted Detroit ,
the residents filled the gap. Does this point to a future that goes beyond
corporate control?

For Further Info (and Trailer) -

http://www.mhfestival.com/what-s-on/399-glasgow2detroit

Booking Info – http://www.glasgow2detroit.eventbrite.co.uk/

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Thursday 17th October
– ‘Nature in the City’ – Film & Discussion Event (Woodlands Community Gardens)
The Albany Centre, 44 Ashley Street, Glasgow, G3 6DS
7pm – 9pm

As part of our Bio-diverse and Talking Science Programme, we invite you to the
first of our monthly film screenings. This month our theme is “Nature in the
City”. How can Glasgow learn from what’s happening in other cities? What
counts as an invasive species? Just some of the topics up for discussion at
this free event.

Films shown will include

- The Commoners (12 mins)
A moving image essay about starlings, poetry, and the purist rhetoric used to
describe “invasive species.” It is also about the paths peo…ple forge
through history, intentionally or not, as they attempt to change the natural
world.

- Nature in our Cites (40 mins)
Looking at the living possibilities of how we can be in an urban environment
integrated with the nature around us.

For Further Info – http://www.woodlandscommunitygarden.org.uk/

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Friday 18th October – Sunday 20th October
– Document 11: International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Document is the only dedicated international human rights documentary film
festival in Scotland. Held annually in October, we’re a grassroots initiative
that aims to use film as an advocacy tool to raise the profile and promote
debate of human rights & social issues across the globe.

This year Document will be running from October 18-20. Our full screening
schedule is accessible on our homepage or here. Our festival headquarters is
Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Art  where most of our events will be taking
place.

Film Schedule (and Details) – http://documentfilmfestival.org/11/?page_id=2161

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Friday 18th October – Sunday 20th October
– Glasgow’s Radical Independent Bookfair @Document 11 Festival
First Floor Gallery, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
(See Below for Times)

The Radical Independent Bookfair is back for a stall at this year’s Document
film festival, with a range of new titles and another new set-up. Hope to see
ya there – this year we are on the first floor gallery corridor (above the
bar), not out of sight or mind! Times for each day, as below:

Friday 18th – 16.00 – 22.00
Saturday19th – 10.00 – 22.00
Sunday 20th – 12.00 – 22.00

For Further Info – http://www.ribproject.org/

RiB Facebook -

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glasgows-Radical-Independent-Bookfair-Project/250139438423326

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Friday 18th October – Sunday 20th October
– Migrant Voice: Engaging Pictures Exhibition
Intermedia Gallery @CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
11am – 6pm, Free

As part of the Migrant Voice Engaging Pictures project, this exhibition of
photographs by Portrait Photographer Karen Gordon represents ten migrants’
lives and their contributions to Scotland’s culture and economy.

The ‘Engaging Pictures’ project aims to improve participants’ skills and
confidence in promoting a better dialogue around migration through developing
their strategic messaging around migration and producing images and words
which communicate positive messages to create better understanding amongst
communities.

For Further Info -

http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/522710e8cbb29dc933000011

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STATEMENT FROM THE OCCUPIED COUNCIL CHAMBER #1

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Solidarity with the Warwick University occupiers opposing neoliberalism in their university.

Originally posted on PROTECT THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY - WARWICK:

In the academic year of 2011/12 the Vice-Chancellor of Warwick University, Nigel Thrift, was awarded a pay increase of £42,000. He now receives a pay packet of £316,000 – earning over twenty-two times more than the lowest paid worker at this university (£14,202).

This is not unusual. Vice-Chancellors of the country’s most selective universities have received similar pay increases. These come at a time of continuing economic crisis, rising youth unemployment and falling intake of students from less-privileged backgrounds. This is symptomatic of widening social inequality and a mass transfer of wealth from poor to rich, public to private.

Widening inequality within higher education is driven by the marketization and privatization of universities. Institutions that were once for the public good are now being turned over to private, profit-driven interests. This is deliberately advanced by government policy on higher education. Our university system was once acknowledged as one of the…

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Stitched up: The Scottish Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation

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This is even more vital an issue for us here in Glasgow where we don’t have another independent grouping. The anti bedroom tax campaign is too important to be fucked up by sectarians out for their own political gains rather than wins for the wider class.

Originally posted on AFed Scotland:

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Déjà vu: the poll tax campaign which the Trotskyist Militant tendency also tried to lead.

The first Scottish Anti-Bedroom Tax conference took place on 27th April in Glasgow, its aim to unite local groups across the country into one campaign with greater strength and resources.  I’m surprised it hasn’t received more coverage and criticism.  I suspect that’s because people are holding their tongues and focusing on organising locally and in other campaigns.  However, I would argue that we need to discuss what’s happening nationally so that we can be more effective in challenging the Bedroom Tax, and any government cuts, but also to ensure that a campaign like this is controlled by working class people themselves.

Here’s what I’ve written previously:

The old authoritarian Left, after having lost much of its credibility, recognises the importance of the anti-Bedroom Tax campaign and has been trying as usual to put itself in a position…

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Shutting down Athens Indymedia: state repression of the Greek anarchist movement

Originally posted on AFed Scotland:

Guest post by a Greek anarchist living in Scotland.

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Τhe last few years have been a time of global capitalist crisis, where the financial system has, after two decades of frantic over-accumulation and fake development, collapsed yet again. The neoliberal promises of continuous development reached an end and we are all facing the results of this collapse, depending on the country in which we are living. The purpose of this article is to make a brief report of the latest repressive practices of the Greek state against the anarchist movement and Greek society in general as a result of this systemic crisis of capitalism.

Crisis and state repression

One of the so-called first world countries, Greece experienced in the last 30 years, between 1974 after the fall of the junta until the Olympic games of 2004, frantic capitalist development camouflaged by the social democratic façade of its centralized state. Without wanting to…

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Ben Franks talk – Between Anarchism and Marxism: the beginnings and ends of the schism

Ben Franks, Anarchist academic and author of “Rebel Alliances” about anarchism in UK is leading a discussion tomorrow evening about Anarchism and Marxism. Details below. We (Glasgow AFed) are very happy to be co sponsoring this talk with Strickland distribution, Clydeside IWW and the radical independent book fair. We’ll all be hanging around after the discussion ends for an informal BYOB social which you are welcome to join us for. Yayy radicals in Glasgow organising an event and then socialising together :)

Fri 10/05
1830 sharp
Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall St, G41 1AQ.

Benjamin Franks will introduce his recent work, ‘Between Anarchism and Marxism: The beginnings and ends of the schism? (2012), which will be followed
by group discussion of the questions posed.

“The standard approach, endorsed by orthodox Marxists and many anarchists, is
to see an irreconcilable difference between anarchism and Marxism. However,
the historical record shows that whilst Marx opposed – and was opposed by -
leading anarchists prior to 1917 there was considerable positive interaction
between diverse Marxist and anarchist groups. The division between the two,
viewed as fundamental, I argue, is in fact the product of a particular form of
political structure that dominated the revolutionary-left in the last century.
Now that these hierarchical forms of organisation have been discredited,
rediscovered and revised forms of Marxism have arisen that, once again,
actively engage with anarchism.”

Hosted by The Strickland Distribution, with the support of Glasgow Anarchist
Federation, Radical Independent Bookfair, Clydeside IWW. All welcome!
(Refreshments available. BYOB.)

May Day Social Relocated

The Scotia has flooded so we’ve had to relocate tonight’s May Day social. Other nearby pubs had gigs on and were full so we’re in the crystal palace which is on Jamaica St. We’re in the back corner on the ground floor and have a red and black flag on the table.

A feminist guide to celebrating Thatcher’s demise

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spot on analysis from a fellow AFed member and feminist in Liverpool.

Originally posted on AWOL:

I’ll start from the premise that anybody who’s got as far as reading this had no particular love for Margaret Thatcher. If this doesn’t apply to you, this article will not help. You’re on the wrong blog. Go away now. Bye bye.

Yesterday, today and probably for the next week or so, people are sharing the glad tidings around TwitFace in succinct missives ranging from jubilant celebration to wary reminders that this doesn’t change the way things are and we must keep up the fight against Thatcher’s legacy. There’s nothing wrong with either of these sentiments. While we must not forget that the wheels she put in motion are still driving the cogs that grind us into submission on a daily basis, we’re also entitled to blow off a little steam, and even to celebrate the presence of one less architect of our oppression wasting our oxygen with their vile…

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Bedroom tax and Council Tax campaigning takes shape in Nottingham – an anarchist viewpoint

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Interesting to hear what’s going on in another part of the country.

Originally posted on Notts Black Arrow:

A meeting in the Meadows last night has hopefully sown the seeds of a local fightback against benefits cuts with the beginnings of a new neighbourhood group : ‘Meadows Against the Bedroom Tax’.

Now the new parts of the Welfare Reform Act are being implemented, households are already getting demands from the City Council for the Spare Room Subsidy which is better known as the ‘Bedroom Tax’, using what the Council thinks they know about occupancy from Housing Benefit data. At the same time a Council Tax benefit cut has been put in place which means people of ‘working age’ who had 100% rebate are being told to pay 8.5% this year, increasing to 20% next year, although some people are exempt, like pensioners. Many people of working age (who are unemployed or on low pay) are being hit with both at the same time, taking benefits down to…

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Herding unicorns : “West of Scotland Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation”

Yesterday there was a march in Glasgow about one of the most rousing, galvanising issues for years; a few thousand people quick stepped from Glasgow Green to George Square along back streets to oppose the bedroom tax. It was called by the “West of Scotland Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation” which seeks to “unite community and other anti-Bedroom Tax campaigns into a West of Scotland federation of opposition leading eventually to an all Scotland campaign of opposition” (http://socialistunity.com/bin-the-bedroom-tax-campaign-launched-in-glasgow/)

Given the widespread anger that the bedroom tax has evoked, why were there relatively few on the march? Where were the hundreds of thousands in the West of Scotland who are passionately opposed to the bedroom tax? Well not under the empty umbrella of the “West of Scotland Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation” which called yesterday’s demo, that’s for sure!

For years now we’ve had a familiar pattern of lefties deciding that what is needed is to “Unite the Resistance” in order to coordinate the wider working class as we fight these latest attacks on us. Worthy figures like Tony Benn head up a “Coalition of Resistance” as an “umbrella organisation to bring together the local and national campaigns to defend the education, NHS, pensions, housing and the Welfare State” (http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/2012/03/appeal-from-tony-benn-president-of-the-coalition-of-resistance/). Surely what we need to be doing in these days of austerity and assaults on our living conditions is to network groups together, to make the connections and work with “trade union, student, pensioner and community opposition to austerity measures” (http://www.coalitionofresistance.org.uk/2011/05/what-is-the-coalition-of-resistance-and-what-does-it-do/)?

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The trouble is that … well these local campaigning groups that the lefties have rather self-importantly decided that they will coordinate … well they barely exist. At least in Glasgow they are scarce, meagre, barely existing on the ground especially compared to the size and scope of the attacks. These semi-mythical creatures that the lefties seek to unite from the top down, are actually rare pearls in an ocean of passive despondency. This “trade union, student, pensioner and community opposition to austerity measures” that the legends speak of is so pitifully rare that it is the same campaigns that get drawn on over and over again.

In Glasgow we have the Save the Accord campaign which was actually just a handful of carers and service users of a day centre for adults with learning disabilities that Glasgow City Council (GCC) decided was less important than a coach park for the Commonwealth Games. The campaign itself is incredibly important and inspiring as the Accord Centre was a vital service for a very vulnerable group with a high level of need. Many of the carers are elderly (their children with learning disabilities grew up but have never stopped needing their parents) and just being a service user or full-time carer precludes much time, energy and other capacity for campaigning. However similar assaults by GCC on services for vulnerable people throughout Glasgow have passed without a flicker of a fightback and it is to the credit to the Save the Accord campaign (https://twitter.com/savetheaccord) that this attack was forced into wider awareness. However this does not excuse the almost parasitic relationship that lefty umbrella groups have had with it.

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Instead of pompously deciding that we will sit on some Glasgow/West of Scotland organising committee from which lofty heights we will steer the local platoons around the battlefield like players in a giant game of Risk, what is actually needed is the basic work of building from scratch local groups and campaigns that can be the genuine grass-roots buds of a better world. This is not glamorous. It does not give us grand titles such as “interim secretary of the West of Scotland organising committee” (http://socialistunity.com/bin-the-bedroom-tax-campaign-launched-in-glasgow/) but rather involves spending hours knocking on thousands of doors, talking to – shock horror – people who aren’t already politicised and don’t know the rules of the game of revolution (for Marx’s sake don’t ever mention the emperor’s nekkid!) It means listening more than talking. It requires transcending the existing, fruitless habits of lefties with their A-B marches, meetings organised online and predictable speaker lists with choreographed applause and cheers. It means not just trying to educate our wider class about how you cannae trust politicians and bosses with patronising, dishonest and disingenuous mock-surprise when politicians are shown to be the lying self-serving bastards that actually everyone in the working class already knows them to be. But working to build up the empowerment, hope and solidarity in ourselves, our communities and our wider class. After all this is probably the reason why people decide to not bother wasting their energy in the assumed to be vain hope that we can make a difference.

Rather than using the few and far between local campaign groups to attempt to legitimise an empty umbrella, organise in your own community, workplace or around the issue that gets you truly going. If you feel this is beyond you, give genuine support and get involved with something already existing. Please get in touch with us glasgow@afed.org.uk if you are in this position but don’t know of any suitable local groups and we’ll try and help you. Because in our experience of local organising there is never a shortage of practical tasks that need done.

Liverpool is leading the way in genuinely combating the bedroom tax with ‘tenant-led community groups organising for themselves’. “It is up to us, our friends, our neighbours, our communities to stand together in working class unity, without politicians or councillors, and combat this attack on working class people, on what it means to have a home and to be a human being. Tenants have reached the point now were they are swerving the disempowering and ‘traditional’ methods of protest –And we don’t need parliament stooges calling us to action. We’ll do that ourselves.” (http://combatbedroomtax.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/combat-bedroom-tax-in-liverpool.html)

Then, once we have actual, real local and campaign groups, then is the time that these groups can make contact with each other and organise themselves into a genuine federation that can support each other’s struggles with the practical solidarity that is really needed. And we can really start to not just fight back against the bedroom tax and other austerity measures, but blossom communities of strength, resilience and hope for a better world.

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Also exemplifying how out of touch the West Scotland “Federation” are, one of the speakers at yesterday’s rally was rape apologist Dave Sherry. When some women in the crowd heckled him they were leapt on by the official stewards. http://athousandflowers.net/2013/03/31/this-is-a-tax-demo-why-dont-you-go-back-to-your-rape-demo/

South African shack dwellers movement speaker in Glasgow

Friday 2nd November. 7-9pm
Glasgow Social Centre, Basement, Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose St, Glasgow. G3 6RE

The Glasgow date of Lindela Figlan’s UK tour – he was brought over for the London Anarchist Bookfair as a member of Abahlali baseMjondolo – the Shack Dwellers’ Movement.

Abahlali baseMjondolo only formed in 2005, but by using popular democracy, direct action tactics and fighting on issues directly relevant to themselves as shackdwellers this genuinely grassroots organisation has grown to be a strong and successful movement.

Event is free, however we will have a voluntary and anonymous collection towards travel costs for Lindela, with anything leftover donated to Abahlali baseMjondolo.

All welcome. Abusive and oppressive behaviour will not be tolerated.

This inspiring and extremely democratic and grass-roots controlled movement is at the forefront of resistance to the pro-capitalist policies of the ANC government.  This is a rare chance to hear Lindela Figlan, vice president of Abahlali Basemjondolo, the shack dwellers movement.

Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) began in Durban in 2005. Lindela will speak about his experiences, ways of organising and other community based issues. In terms of people mobilised, it’s the largest militant poor organisation in post-apartheid South Africa. Social movements like AbM, the Landless People’s Movement in Johannesburg and the Anti-eviction Campaign in Cape Town pose serious challenges to the ruling party because of their refusal to vote.

AbM’s key demand is ‘Land & Housing in the City’ and has successfully politicised and fought to end forced removals and for access to education and the provision of water, electricity, sanitation, health care and refuse removal as well as bottom up popular democracy.

Lindela Figlan will join us as part of a speaking tour around the UK – details other meetings here http://www.anarchistbookfair.org.uk/