Glasgow Events workers theatre weekender and lots more

Whilst the pantomime of representative democracy proceeds, don’t let that distract you from real politics, and the only ways we can truly effect meaningful change – by organising with the wider class, direct action, solidarity and mutual aid. Vote how you like on Thursday if that’s your thing, but get yourselves along afterwards to A-Chat in the evening at Glasgow Autonomous Space for informal chat and no-pressure discussion with anarchists about what we believe and how we see society could be organised for the benefit of all and the planet, rather than the profits of the few, authoritarian Maybot’s control freakery and destruction of our planet.

Workers Theatre is a new project to “liberate art” and is having a weekend of events 9-11th June. Read more about it at
https://workerstheatre.wordpress.com/manifesto-for-a-workers-theatre/ and see below for full listings of the weekender.

And we at AFed are super happy to be once again collaborating with one of the many other great projects in Glasgow. WestGap and AFed are co-hosting a presentation and discussion on benefits, disability, and the capitalist state on 22nd June, as part of week of action around austerity and assaults on the benefits system and those unable to work.

Plus plenty more coming up over the next month. As always, email any events you want us to promote to
glasgowautonomyupdates@lists.riseup.net for inclusion in future mailings.

Take care of yourselves and those around you.

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David Rovics // MacSorleys // June 6th

9pm. Free admission

David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90’s he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90’s he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable who’s who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch and elsewhere, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he’s really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.

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Anarchist Social – A-Chat

June 8th. 6-9pm

Many of you who’ve previously attended A-Fed public discussions will agree the best bit is the opportunity to have a chat, whether it’s about the discussion topic, some current affairs or your dreams of an anarchist future. This is why we’re presenting A-Chat: an open, unstructured evening full of the finest anarchist chit-chat Glasgow has to offer!

Glasgow Autonomous Space. Tradeston.
http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/find-us.html

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Workers Theatre Weekender

9th -11th of June – Glad Café – Tickets from £3!

http://www.workerstheatre.co.uk/

This is the first ever weekend festival from the Workers Theatre, Scotland’s new arts co-operative, featuring the most exciting new theatre, spoken word, music and strangeness from Scotland and further afield. With children’s events and evening entertainment, social breakfasts and community workshops, games and plays, the weekender has something for everyone and welcomes all.

BUY DAY AND WEEKEND PASSES NOW

– Day passes: £10/12 (unwaged / waged)

– Weekend passes: £18/22/30 (unwaged / waged / solidarity price)

BUY TICKETS TO INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

– £3 / £5 / £7 per event (unwaged / waged / solidarity price)

All events at the Glad Cafe, Glasgow, unless otherwise stated.

All venues have step-free access and wheelchair-accessible toilets.

As this event is unfunded, we have not been able to arrange BSL interpretation or captioning for events, but are committed to doing so whenever we receive public funds.

FRIDAY

5pm: Fat Kid Running by Katherine McMahon, spoken word theatre about radical body love. Buy tickets!

7pm: Workers Theatre Cabaret, featuring Jenny Lindsay, Juana Adcock, Lewis Sherlock, Declan Welsh and more. Buy tickets!

SATURDAY

11am: Eaten by Mamoru Iriguchi. A family show about talking to our food. (Venue TBC) Buy tickets!

1-4pm: Forum Theatre Workshop, Active Enquiry. A participatory session looking at transformative political theatre. (Venue: Govanhill Baths.)

5pm: The Fair-Ground, Forum Theatre Performance, Active Enquiry

7pm: MEGAPHONE: Two works in progress from our Kickstarter-funded artists-in-residence

9pm: Workers Theatre Cabaret, featuring Beth Frieden, Calum Rodger, Chrissy Barnacle and more. Buy tickets!

SUNDAY

11am: Brunch Social in a secret location near the Glad Café, all weekender ticket-holders, artists and Megaphone supporters welcome.

3pm: Panel discussion on the politics of Scottish theatre, details TBC.

5pm: Bambiland, directed by Peter Lorenz.

7pm: MEGAPHONE: Two works in progress from our Kickstarter-funded artists-in-residence

9pm: Farewell toast from the Workers Theatre team

http://www.workerstheatre.co.uk/

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Girls Rock Glasgow Fundraiser 10th June / 2pm-11pm

Kinning Park Complex. 43 Cornwall Street, G41 1BA

Join GRG for our summer school FUNDRAISER PARTY! All dayer for all ages with bis, Marble Gods and Breakfast MUFF!

Bored out of your kaftan at the summer pool party? Escape Stepford.

Join us for feminist fun in 3: all ages afternoon of music, make your own lapdog & most disgusting buffet food competition (meal for 2 prize at The Hug and Pint for that), baked goods/clothes sale, a licensed early eve karaoke/cocktail hour and a night of noise.

We need funds to make our July Rock School for Girls go fantastically. Proceeds go towards volunteer’s expenses, equipment and venue hire.

Read more about Girls Rock Glasgow here:
https://www.facebook.com/girlsrockglasgow/

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PeaceCore – 12 hour rave – raising money for Faslane Peace Camp

Biscuit Factory – Edinburgh

June 10th 3pm – 3am

12 hours of rave 3pm-3am!! MASSIVE HARDCORE PARTY IN CELEBRATION OF 35 YEARS OF RESISTANCE AT FASLANE PEACE CAMP raising money and awarness for the Faslane Peace Camp and calling for the demilitarisation of the earth, featuring an incredible international line-up! Pretty version > http://terrorstate.co.uk/peacecore1.html

PeaceCore ; to struggle for peace, directly and militantly.

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Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation

June 18th 7-9pm

Glasgow Autonomous Space.

http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/find-us.html

Peter Gelderloos discusses his new book, Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation.

According to Worshiping Power, we need to stop thinking of the State as a potential vehicle for emancipation. From its origins, the State has never been anything other than a tool to accumulate power. This inno­vative and partisan study of human social complexity cuts through in­adequate theories of early state formation to uncover social practices and institutions that have stifled egalitarian forms of self-organization throughout history. Just as importantly, it shows that the difficulties and consequences of state formation are not relegated to prehistory. Despite a ubiquity that renders them almost invisible today, states are constantly trying to augment their power, and all are closer to the brink of collapse than they would like to let on.

Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist writer originally from Virginia. He is the author of How Nonviolence Protects the State, Consensus, and Anarchy Works.

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“An insightful, sweeping analysis of how and why states have arisen (or haven’t), delivered in sparklingly clear prose. It is everything that an anarchist history should be: heretical, tentative, and provocative, as well as deeply researched, persuasive, and above all, relevant.” —Kenyon Zimmer, author of Immigrants Against the State

“A work of ethnographic theory that suggests stimulating new avenues of empirical research and theoretical inquiry. The book is also an excellent read!” —Andrej Grubačić, author of Living at the Edges of Capitalism

“Gelderloos dares to do what most contemporary thinkers blindly refuse. For far too long we’ve been gripped by an unshakable faith in statist politics.… Worshiping Power is not just a reclamation of our history, it offers a glimpse into the reconvening of our humanity.” —Simon Springer, author of The Anarchist Roots of Geography

“Contemporary radical state theory owes much to an anarchistic ethos. Gelderloos’s important little book surveys and reinterprets this literature, and then gives it a coherent anarchist politics.” —Alex Prichard, University of Exeter

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Benefits, Disability, and the Capitalist State.

WestGAP and Glasgow Anarchist Federation.

Talk and discussion.

Kinning Park Complex 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow, G41 1BA Glasgow.

Thursday 22nd June, 7-9pm (after the community meal)

As part of the Week of Action organised by Action Against Austerity which this year looks at the impact of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independent Payment (PIP), WestGAP and the Anarchist Federation will hold a joint event exploring DLA and PIP and the problems with the changes to these benefits: we will describe what these changes are and why the government says its implementing them. We will also present our own analysis of why a capitalist state governing over a capitalist economy would implement these changes, looking at the logic of austerity and at the way the state defines and redefines disability for its own, and capitalism’s, purposes.

*Please note * This is Not a benefits advice session, for more info on WestGAP and the support they offer please go to: http://westgap.co.uk/

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No to militarism stall on Armed Forces Day

June 24th 11-1pm

George Square

https://www.facebook.com/events/620742864791795/

Armed Forces day is seen as fantastic time to promote militarism, this can clearly be seen with the army organising festivals on the day all around the country. Scotland Against Militarism seeks to oppose this – join us on the day for a stall showing an alternative message.

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Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle + Q&A

24th June. 6-8pm GFT

http://glasgowfilm.org/shows/dispossession-the-great-social-housing-swindle-qanda-nc-12

✮ SCOTLAND PREMIERE ✮

DISPOSSESSION: THE GREAT SOCIAL HOUSING SWINDLE

**PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL START PROMPTLY AT THE ADVERTISED TIME**

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain.

The film focuses on the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates across the UK and investigates how the state works with the private sector to demolish council estates to build on the land they stand on, making properties that are unaffordable to the majority of people.

Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Paul Sng (Director), Dr Lisa McKenzie (author of Getting By), Chris Leslie (Disappearing Glasgow), Jade Murphy (Govanhill Community Campaign), Rab Harling (artist and filmmaker, Balfron Social Club) and host Dr Kirsteen Paton (author of Gentrification: A Working-Class Perspective).

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“The housing crisis is one of our nation’s biggest scandals and this film shows us it’s deliberate. A must see independent film.”

– Michael Sheen

“Perhaps the most important British film since I, Daniel Blake.”

– Adrian Lobb, The Big Issue

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Glasgow Events ~~Glasgow Autonomy Update~~ 29.4.2017

Hi All,

Mayday is nearly upon us! Special attention to May Day Picnic at Glasgow Green. We’ll be there with a Mayday Special A-Chat (it’s just like regular A-Chat but on Mayday).

Also, we have Anarchist Federation and Unity Centre: The Asylum System in the UK: Basic Info Session on the 17th.

Hope to see you there!

A-Fed

Glasgow Events Red and Black singing group and women/nb/gq carpentry starting in Glasgow

Trying out a new format. Recurring events and announcements about new projects and initiatives are now at the end of the chronological section. So scroll down for those including details of new
women/non-binary carpentry collective.

For all activities at GAS/Glasgow Autonomous Space please see http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/find-us.html for location details

Also see http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/events.html for a complete listing of all the events happening in GAS 🙂

Have a rebellious week!

Red and Black radical choir- 1st session
Thursday 6th April
7-9pm
GAS

Our first ever radical choir session is this Thursday!

Come along, get involved and celebrate past and present songs of working class struggle, anti-fascism and resistance in our choir.

You don’t need any musical experience (or ability) to take part! Just enthusiasm and a love of seditious songs.

If you play any other instruments, feel free to bring them along too.

The session starts at 7pm at G.A.S (Glasgow Autonomous Space). We’ll be meeting at 6:45 at West Street Subway station before we go to the G.A.S.

Volunteer Gardening Weekend and Hazel Coppicing
April 7th – 9th 2017
Talamh Life Centre
ML11 0NJ Coalburn, Lanarkshire

Come and join us in our extensive gardens and polytunnel for some Spring gardening action. We’ve got loads to do to do the final prep for the growing season and we need your help. You’ll get some hands on experience of practical organic gardening, so long as you’re prepared to get your hands and clothes dirty!

Running along side the gardening event, there will be a chance to help & learn about coppicing Hazel. So come along & enjoy some time with us.

We can repay you in lovely food. Accommodation is camping only due to the house fire last year. Please get in touch if you want to come so we have an idea of numbers etc…
talamhvolunteering@gmail.com or call 07340 531506

http://www.talamhlifecentre.org.uk/wp/volunteer-gardening-weekend-april-7th-9th-2017/

International Roma Day

Please come along and join the 4th annual Scottish rally and procession to celebrate International Roma Day. It is also a day to bring together all the wonderful international strands of our multicultural community of Govanhill.

International Roma Day 2017 will include following:

International Roma Day Parade
with speakers, live music and a celebration parade through Govanhill Saturday, 8th April 1pm
starting at Govanhill Park, Govanhill St. G42 7HU

International Roma Day Food & Social Event
a chance to meet your neighbours and continue the day of celebration Saturday, 8th April after the parade
Daisy Street Church, Govanhill
Free tea, coffee, soft drinks, and traditional Roma food

Smut Slam Glasgow: “The Great Outdoors” (April 17)
7:30-10:30pm
The Rum Shack
Pollockshaws Rd
It’s spring, and everything’s coming up SMUT SLAM!

This fast-paced storytelling open mic based on real life, real lust, real sex is back for another blast of smut on Monday, April 17, at 7:30pm at the Rum Shack (657-659 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2AB). The theme this time around is “The Great Outdoors.” Bring your tales of smut in the wild, sex au naturel… it’ll give us something nice to think about for as long as the grey skies linger!

Created and hosted by professional touring perv Cameryn Moore, the Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also THE FUCKBUCKET, a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!

CELEBRITY JUDGE PANEL TBA!

****SEXY PRIZES, including storytelling prizes from Luke & Jack and an Njoy stainless-steel toy for the Fuckbucket draw!

SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.

RULES: – no notes (this is storytelling) – no costumes or props (this is not theatre) – only five minutes (with a one-minute grace period) AND – the story must be real and have happened to you. Stories often are funny and/or epic win, but we want to encourage people to consider sharing their sad, disturbing, poignant, serious, simple and/or “fail” experiences, too.

IMPORTANT: Smut Slam is queer-friendly, kink- and vanilla-friendly, fat-friendly, sex worker-friendly, virgin-friendly, poly-friendly, … we’re really, really friendly. We welcome people with all types and amounts of sexual experiences. We DO NOT welcome stories involving racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other kind of discrimination, objectification, or fetishization. All stories must be CONSENSUAL!

NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the smut starts slamming at 8. Admission is £8/general, £5/concession **, 18 and over please!

** Concession: unemployed and students with respective ID/paperwork.

SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning
playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and former phone sex operator. When not performing or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art. Find Cameryn being NSFW on Facebook, or at http://www.camerynmoore.com

Edge Fund

The Edge Fund has recently opened new funding round, and we are looking to fund grass-roots groups taking action for a just and equal world.

Groups can apply for grants of up to £3000 to support their work, and we wondered if you could help us get the word out about our fund? The deadline for applications is 17th of April.

Edge Fund supports those taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world. We fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice. This could be our economic system, our political system, or any system that discriminates against people based on their identity or background (eg class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, age or other factors).

Here is a bit more information about the funding round,
https://edgefund.org.uk/2017/03/07/we-are-open-for-applications-2/

Govanhill Theatre Presents – My Name is Rachel Corrie
18th – 22nd April

The moving account of the life and early death of a young female activist, adapted from her own writings.

‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’ is a play based on Rachel’s diaries and emails, edited by Alan Rickman and journalist Katharine Viner.

Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 to March 16, 2003) was an American Evergreen State College student and member of the
International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. She was killed by a Caterpillar D9R armoured bulldozer operated by the Israel Defense Forces during a protest against the destruction of Palestinian homes by the IDF in the Gaza Strip.

http://www.govanhillbaths.com/event/govanhill-theatre-presents-my-name-is-rachel-corrie-directed-by-bruce-downie/all/

Sex Worker Festival of Resistance
20th – 22nd April
http://arika.org.uk/events/sex-workers-festival-resistance/programme

Sex Worker Open University, in partnership with SCOT PEP, Umbrella Lane and ARIKA are inviting sex workers and allies to come together, share knowledge, discuss, debate, dance and strategise on how to protect and support sex workers’ rights!

The 3 days of events will include workshops for sex workers only to develop skills to advocate more powerfully for our rights as well as public events open to all such as the seminar day, film festival and party. All bringing awareness to the issues faced by sex workers and building alliances with other progressive movements.

All events will be free or by ‘Pay What You Can’ donation. Some events ask you to register with Eventbrite – see individual events for details.

There are some Sex Workers Only events that are part of the festival, please contact contact@swou.org for further info and how to register.

If you’d like to come but something makes that difficult for you, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Arika and we will try to help – info@arika.org.uk or 0131 556 0878.

Glasgow pro-science groups join ‘March for Science’ in Edinburgh April 22nd

March for Science is taking place on the 22nd April (Earth Day)

There will be marches taking place in many major cities all over the world. A number of pro-science organisations from Glasgow are going to head over and join the march in Edinburgh.

Members of the public are also welcome to join us … come and show your support! We’ll meet in George Square first … and then head through to Edinburgh by train.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1680646155565422/

May Day on the Green
1st May
2pm onwards.

A group of us are trying to bring May Day back to the Green and make it what it was meant to be, a family day, a fun day, a day to celebrate the solidarity of the working class.

May Day event at Free Wheel North. Monday May 1st. Bringing May Day back to the green. The workers day and celebration of spring, out in the open where it belongs.

It will be a day to meet up with friends and comrades and have a friendly afternoon. May Day belongs to the people, and belongs on the Green, let’s bring it back.

https://maydayglasgow2017.wordpress.com/flier/

Introduction to the Asylum System in the UK.
Wednesday 17th May
GAS

AFed monthly talk. Co-hosted by the Unity Centre. Come learn about how the system really works.
More details next update – this is just a teaser trailer 😉
(aka the blurb hasn’t been fully written yet but we wanted to let all you folks know it was happening)

RECURRING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Splinter Collective

We are a group of women, non-binary and gender-queer people who are interesting in woodworking and DIY. We aim to learn non-hierarchically and collectively develop an anti-patriarchal building practice. We will do this by valuing everyone’s experience and contributions and by challenging cultures and practices that are only accessible to able-bodied men. We are also committed to anti-capitalist principals. We will hold a weekly drop-in and a programme of workshops, shaped by those who use the space, in a fully equipped woodwork shop at Glasgow Autonomous Space.

We want to make this space safe and accessible for anyone who wants to come, this will obviously be a working progress but we want to hear from people if there are things they feel we should address. We also want this space to be inclusive of a wide range of people so we are currently reaching out to folks interested in joining the collective at this stage of planning and organising. No prior knowledge of carpentry or DIY is required to be a part of our collective!

We totally appreciate that many folks won’t have time or energy for organising, which is totally understandable. When our weekly sessions are up and running there will hopefully be an evening meal and an opportunity to share ideas and make decisions together. However if you would like to get involved we are currently meeting every 2 weeks on a Thursday evening in different peoples houses. We always cook a tasty vegan meal and bus fares can be provided if people need them. If there are other accessibility issues such as stairs, location or childcare needs please let us know so we can accommodate them.

We will also soon be running training in things like first aid, gender awareness, facilitation and safer spaces for people interested in being a facilitator (responsible for safety & well being not technical knowledge of carpentry or DIY).

If you are interested in either of these things or would just like more info, please email us at splintercollective@protonmail.com

Unity World Cafe/Food bank
Tuesdays, 1200–1400
GAS

The Unity World Café is a friendly, safe place, welcoming destitute asylum seekers and anyone else in need of some lunch and a chat. Run by volunteers on a shoestring budget, it offers tea and cake and free food to take home; every Tuesday at GAS.

For all activities at GAS please see
http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/find-us.html for location details

Arabic/English exchange
Tuesdays, 1800-2000
GAS

Come and join us for the Unity* Arabic/English language exchange!

It is a conversation class where people can learn Arabic and Arabic speakers can learn/improve their English and get to know each other in a supportive environment – an environment where English is not put on a pedestal and everyone is learning.

The class started as a response to the limited spaces for people to study ESOL at college. Many are on waiting lists for many many months, so we wanted to act together so people could practice their English in the mean time.

Anyone of any level can attend.

Come on down! 🙂

*The Unity Centre has been open almost 10 years and offers
unconditional support and solidarity to asylum seekers and all other migrants http://unitycentreglasgow.org/

Critical Mass
Last Friday of every month

Critical Mass is a celebration of cycling that takes place on the last Friday of every month all across the World. It takes the form of a bike ride – very unspectacular, but a lot of fun.
We meet at around 5pm for a 6pm start in George Square (Winter). Bring your bike, pals, appropriate clothing and join us!

Do you sometimes feel lost in, or intimidated by traffic? find yourself looking for bike paths without finding them? have drivers comment on you(r) cycling unconstructively? Or if you are a driver, are unsure how to behave around cyclists?

Critical Mass is for cyclists to come together on a monthly basis, enjoy the community of other cyclists (and hopefully the weather) and show: We Are Traffic.
CM is to make cyclists on roads more common-place – we want to make bicycle traffic seen. CM is also about generating dialogue: Side walks can be busy or too narrow for bikes, and traffic can be too
intimidating, fast-moving or dense to feel comfortable using the main road. Often, we don’t have our own space to travel safely and are ‘in the way’ of others.

Our informal ride is one way we can contribute to making improvements to the cycle network, maintenance of cycle paths, signage and parking real in Glasgow.

CM Glasgow is a colourful and diverse group. Everyone has different reasons to join and Everyone and All Types of bicycles are welcome! We want CM to send a positive message about bikes and cyclists in this wee green place.

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Red and Black choir 1st session on Thurs. New Radical Singing Group in Glasgow!

Red and Black radical choir- 1st session

Thursday 6th April
7-9pm
GAS

Our first ever radical choir session is this Thursday!

Come along, get involved and celebrate past and present songs of
working class struggle, anti-fascism and resistance in our choir.

You don’t need any musical experience (or ability) to take part! Just
enthusiasm and a love of seditious songs.

If you play any other instruments, feel free to bring them along too.

The session starts at 7pm at G.A.S (Glasgow Autonomous Space). We’ll
be meeting at 6:45 at West Street Subway station before we go to the
G.A.S.

Spread the word! Solidarity!

A-Chat – Wed 29th March. 6-9pm. GAS. Anarchist Social and Tea drinking

*** Migrants welcome poster designing ***
This month we’ll have a corner where we’ll be brainstorming and sharing ideas for a series of pro migrant/refugees welcome posters that are about to be designed and stuck up around the city. Please bring slogans, pictures, wording and thinking caps.
 
MC_Terrorist-Tea-CozyA-chat continues after a very successful first event. We had a great evening and brilliant turnout. Thanks to all who came along.
Many of you who’ve attended A-fed public discussions will agree the best bit is the opportunity to have a chat, whether its about the discussion topic, some current affairs or your dreams of an Anarchist future.
 
This is why we are presenting A-Chat: an open unstructured evening full of the finest anarchist chit-chat chat Glasgow has to offer!
 
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Glasgow Events ~~Glasgow Autonomy Update~~ 22.3.2017 –A-Chat New Date Announcement–

Hi everybody!!

Brief update for the end of March.

Please note The Workers Theatre Launch Party has moved venue to Kinning Park Complex.

Also, we finally have a date for A-Chat (28th at 1800, GAS), hope to see lots of you down there!

Love,

Federation of Autonomy Update Writers

Glasgow Events Rachel Corrie open-mic and singalong. Volunteering at WestGAP and much more.

On Thursday one of our members (actually this week’s autonomy update compiler, hi!) is holding an event to celebrate the life and dreams of Rachel Corrie, a peace activist killed in Gaza in 2003 whilst defending a Palestinian home from the Israeli army. We’ll be building community, singing, eating, laughing and crying together. We have performances of celebration and resistance from around the world, including Scottish, Jewish and Palestinian songs. And we’ll
collectively sing progressive songs including some antifascist favourites.

The Glasgow-University-Anarchist-Student-Group have organised a protest on Thursday (before the singalong, so come to both!) about Milo’s candidature for the rectorship election. Far from being a “free speech” defender, he has already promised to close down the Uni Islamic Society if elected, and previously used a public talk to target a trans student – outing and mocking her from the stage
https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/12/15/university-ignored-warnings-about-far-right-speaker-leaving-him-free-to-bully-trans-student-on-stage/

Have a good week y’all.

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WestGAP looking for volunteers

Volunteer at WestGAP!

We are a collectively run welfare rights anti-poverty organisation in Cessnock. Many of us have experienced the brutality of the benefits system ourselves.
We’re looking for people to help us to fight benefits sanctions and the horrendous disability and health assessments. We need help with a variety of activities, from giving advice and support to welfare claimants, making links with other groups, public events and generating and distributing information. We organise training and skills-sharing and prioritise collective working, well-being and fun! If you can spare half a day a week get in touch: info@westgap.co.uk

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Unity World Cafe/Food bank

Tuesdays, (21st, 28th March etc) – 1200–1400

GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8

The Unity World Café is a friendly, safe place, welcoming destitute asylum seekers and anyone else in need of some lunch and a chat. Run by volunteers on a shoestring budget, it offers tea and cake and free food to take home; every Tuesday at GAS.

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Arabic/English exchange

Tuesdays, (21st, 28th March etc) – 1800-2000

GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8

Come and join us for the Unity* Arabic/English language exchange!

It is a conversation class where people can learn Arabic and Arabic speakers can learn/improve their English and get to know each other in a supportive environment – an environment where English is not put on a pedestal and everyone is learning.

The class started as a response to the limited spaces for people to study ESOL at college. Many are on waiting lists for many many months, so we wanted to act together so people could practice their English in the mean time.

Anyone of any level can attend. We also urgently need more English speakers!

An organisation called Arika has given us some money to provide travel expenses for those that could not attend the class otherwise, but this money is running out. Please help if you can:
https://www.youcaring.com/people-who-couldn-t-attend-otherwise-601139

Come on down! 🙂

*The Unity Centre has been open almost 10 years and offers
unconditional support and solidarity to asylum seekers and all other migrants http://unitycentreglasgow.org/

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Protest Against alt-right candidates at Glasgow Uni Rector elections

16th March. 5pm. Assemble at the main gates.

We are organising a demonstration on the 16th March to coincide with the hustings taking place at the University of Glasgow for the position of rector. We have called for this action to protest the nominations of Milo Yiannopoulos and Professor Jordan Peterson for rector of the university.

The University of Glasgow is one of five Scottish universities that elect a rector to represent students as chairman of the university court, which administers university resources. The rector is also expected to bring student concerns to the university management. So far, the position of rector has been largely ceremonial, it has important powers should they be utilized and is very prestigious. Given that both these men’s views are in direct conflict with University’s Equality and Diversity policy
(http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/humanresources/equalitydiversity/policy/equalitypolicy/#d.en.308442 ), they would not make suitable rectors.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a Trump-supporting alt-right troll who recently became infamous for his comments supporting paedophilia. He has written numerous articles for Breitbart and made comments attacking foreign students, women in science, the LGBTQI+ community (transgender students in particular), and anyone who disagrees with him. His views put him in direct opposition with many parts of the Equality and Diversity police, including, for example, the commitment to increase the number of women in senior academic roles. He has repeatedly used speeches on University campuses to target students, and encouraged his followers to harass them.

Professor Jordan Peterson has angered many students at the University of Toronto for his refusal to use gender-neutral pro-nouns and his attacks on members of the campus community who use them. Addressing people by their chosen pronoun is clearly stated in University policy
(http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/humanresources/equalitydiversity/policy/equalitypolicy/app-e/), and thus Peterson’s position directly breaches it.

We will be protesting not only to show that these views are not welcome on our campus, but also that we will stand in solidarity with and support those members of our community that these views target. To be clear, we do not equate Jordan Peterson with the fascist troll Yiannopoulos; however, both represent to varying degrees the intolerant trope, currently on the rise in the West, of privileged voices that seek to silence and oppress others. In addition, both have expressed views that are diametrically opposed to the University’s Equality Policy.

This is not a limitation on free speech, as both nominees have ample opportunity to spread their bigotry elsewhere. As they are ‘free’ to spout their venomous views from positions of privilege and power, we are also ‘free’ to protest them.

The University has refused to remove Milo Yiannopoulos and Jordan Peterson from the nomination despite their standing in stark opposition to their own Equality and Diversity policy. By claiming ‘neutrality’ over this issue, the University refuses to guarantee the safety of its own students and ridicules its proclaimed ‘inclusive’ credentials. We will be demonstrating to show our discontent and that there are some who will not tolerate the continuing spread of hatred towards vulnerable groups.

We call on students and the wider Glasgow community to join us at 17:00 on March 16th, at the University main gate and help us to show the university that we will not tolerate fascism and hatred to be spread on our campus.

For more information please contact:
https://www.facebook.com/Glasgow-University-Anarchist-Student-Group-706433722825155/

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/401288756892280/

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Celebrate Rachel Corrie’s life with Open Mic & Communal Singing

Thursday 16th March – 1800-2200

Glasgow Autonomous Space.

Address details : http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/find-us.html

Rachel Corrie was an American peace activist killed in Gaza in 2003 by Israeli forces whilst she was defending a Palestinian home from demolition. She has become a symbol of hope and solidarity for many, but to me she was a friend and awesome human being taken from us too early because of the ravages of war, borders and racism that kill millions worldwide.
https://fleabite.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/fight-war-not-wars-rachel-corrie-the-american-girl-killed-defending-a-palestinian-home/

I want to celebrate her life with something she would have loved – building community and celebrating the diversity and richness of Glasgow with songs and performances and sharings from all over the world. In direct opposition to racism and divisions, let us enjoy and celebrate each other’s roots and be an active part of creating a culture that supports and nurtures us all and our dreams and works for a decent world.

Songs from Palestine! Jewish songs of resistance to Nazism and anti zionism! Egyptian compere! Scottish folk! Bring songs, poems, jokes and food to share. Readings from Rachel’s own words. Everyone gently encouraged to participate in a supportive environment. Doesn’t have to be your own composition – sing/read/perform/or even just tell a joke that tickles you. The important thing is that we come together to relish our diversity and connections.

Feel free to invite anyone who will appreciate and participate.

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Unity Herbal Clinic

Saturday, 18th March – 0800-1700

Glasgow Autonomous Space

Address details : http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/find-us.html

The Unity Herbal Collective was set up in response to restricted access to healthcare for people without papers. We run a free clinic for people in the aslyum process and their allies. Our collective is made up of qualified & lay herbalists, grass roots campaigners and people in the asylum process.

Our politics are aligned with the Unity Centre, and No Borders.

Contact: unityherbalclinic@gmail.com, phone – 07821202134

No website or facebook.

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Smut Slam

Monday, March 20

7:30pm

The Rum Shack (657-659 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2AB)

So good, it’s coming back for Round 2: SMUT SLAM.

This fast-paced storytelling open mic based on real life, real lust, real sex is back for another blast of Smut. The theme for this SMUT SLAM is “EPIC FAIL”. Tell us the times when things really,
spectacularly didn’t work. We’ve all been there, and we’ll be there again.

Created and hosted by professional touring perv Cameryn Moore, the Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also THE FUCKBUCKET, a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!

CELEBRITY JUDGE PANEL TBA!

****SEXY PRIZES, including prizes from Luke & Jack and an NJOY stainless-steel toy!

SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.

RULES: – no notes (this is storytelling) – no costumes or props (this is not theatre) – only five minutes (with a one-minute grace period) AND – the story must be real and have happened to you. Stories often are funny and/or epic win, but we want to encourage people to consider sharing their sad, disturbing, poignant, serious, simple and/or “fail” experiences, too.

IMPORTANT: Smut Slam is queer-friendly, kink- and vanilla-friendly, fat-friendly, sex worker-friendly, virgin-friendly, poly-friendly, … we’re really, really friendly. We welcome people with all types and amounts of sexual experiences. We DO NOT welcome stories involving racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other kind of discrimination, objectification, or fetishization. All stories must be CONSENSUAL!

NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the smut starts slamming at 8. Admission is £8/door, 18 and over please!

SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning
playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and former phone sex operator. When not performing or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art. Find Cameryn being NSFW on Facebook, or at http://www.camerynmoore.com

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The Workers Theatre Launch Party

Thursday, 23rd March – 1900-2300

Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA

We are launching The Workers Theatre, a co-operative venue for liberating art!

Join us for our launch party extravaganza – starting as we mean to go on with the very best of Scottish theatre, performance, spoken word and music.

Hot on the heels of Megaphone, our massively successful Kickstarter campaign to fund three residencies for artists of colour —
https://bit.ly/megaphonescotland — this mega party will be the beginning of something exciting: entertaining, radical, and accessible art committed to the liberation of all people!

THE DETAILS

PERFORMANCE from MAMORU IRIGUCHI and REBECCA GREEN

THEATRE from GOVANHILL THEATRE

POETRY from TAWONA SITHOLE

MUSIC from BLACK DOVES

and FOOD froM TWO RIVERS KITCHEN

7pm: Doors open

8-9.30: Performances

10-11pm: Music

Entry by donation, sliding scale, suggested £4 on an average wage

First chance to buy sparkling Workers Theatre merch, badges and tees!

THE ARTISTS

Govanhill Theatre is the company based at the beautiful Govanhill Baths, and has staged over 40 plays and performances there since moving there in 2012. They are currently producing a new production of “My Name is Rachel Corrie”. http://www.govanhillbaths.co.uk

Black Doves are a cabaret pop band taking inspiration from new wave, synthpop, 60s pop music and glam rock. ‘Downward Spiral’ from our forthcoming album ‘An Introduction To Queer Theory’ is out now! Watch the music video here: http://tinyurl.com/gs8xksf

Mamoru Iriguchi is a multimedia performance maker who originally trained as a zoologist! He’s interested in 2D and 3D, liveness and pre-recorded-ness, gender and sexuality, fairytales and evolution theories. http://www.iriguchi.co.uk/

Rebecca Green is an artist working in spoken word, live art, painting, writing, craft and participation. She uses humour and surreality to play with love, instinct and sentiment, always with a wicked and sincere wink. http://schedulingspontaneity.tumblr.com/

Tawona Seeds OfThought grew up with the oral tradition of spoken word and music from Zimbabwe, now living in Glasgow and sharing his heritage. Using these influences, he has developed a contemporary style, through mbira, spoken word, creative writing and drama.Trying to link cultures together, he sees creative expression as a
celebration, and building of positive self-esteem.
http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/profile-author/16846

The Workers Theatre is a new project to create a co-operatively owned and managed theatre in Scotland. We’re launching with residencies, collaborations and pop-up events, working towards opening a new venue. Our work will be guided by our Manifesto for a Workers Theatre, and will always be run on democratic co-operative principles.

http://www.workerstheatre.co.uk/

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GLITCH Film Festival 2017

Welcome to GLITCH 2017!

We are a glitch in the system

Our lives deny the lies

Our complexity is dissent

We fight for love

GLITCH Film Festival will run 24 March – 1st April 2017 @ the CCA.

We provide an international platform for film and art created by queer/LGBTIQA+ people of colour.

GLITCH is back with Black queer vampires, taboo sex, carnival, radical gangs, fevered dreams, trans activism, cruising, pregnant drag queens, butches, Queering Bollywood, violence and self-defence, gay hanky codes, gay chorus groups, femmes, ovas, Inuit lives and taking the world by storm!

We’re bringing a visual feast of UK and Scottish premieres from around the world spanning features, documentaries, short film, artists moving image, directors Q&As, panel discussions, performance art and an exhibition.

See our programme 24 March – 1 April 2017

http://www.digitaldesperados.org/glitch/programme-2017/

Access: We’re passionate that the arts be accessible to all so entry to GLITCH is free! All events are wheelchair accessible. Most – if not all – of the films will be subtitled & all live events [apart from M.Lamar] will have BSL. Induction loops also available throughout.

Gender neutral toilets present for duration of the festival.

Thank you to our amazing funders, partners and volunteers for making this possible.

With our trailblazing programme focus on films by or about LGBTIQA+ people of colour we continue to empower our participation in film & amplify our voices and visions.

Watch, share, experiment, talk & party!!

#GLITCH2017

Tweet us @GlitchFilmFest + Facebook us

digitaldesperados@gmail.com

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March for Gaza

25th March. 2pm. George Square

Glasgow Anti-Fascist Action (GAFA) will be doing a march in solidarity with the Palestinian people highlighting the occupation on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli government highlighting the thousands of deaths caused by the Israeli government.

The March will start from George square then down Buchanan street then along to the BBC then back to George square

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Protest the ‘White Pride March’ in Edinburgh

Shamefully, on 25th of March a ‘White Pride March’ has been called in Edinburgh.

There is no pride in racism. There is no pride in fascism. There is no pride in white nationalism.

We must stand up to fascism whenever and wherever it occurs.

The racists plan to meet at 1pm Market Street entrance of Waverley Station and then go to the Covenanters memorial grassmarket for 1:30pm.

So, we shall meet them at Waverley and stop them even getting to the memorial.

Join us in standing up to these abhorrent views and making it clear that we welcome people of all races and from different backgrounds here in Scotland.

[NB THIS IS SO YOU ARE AWARE OF THE PROTEST. WE HOPE TO HAVE MORE DETAILS OF ANTIFASCIST MOBILISING FOR NEXT WEEK’S UPDATE. SO FAR EVENTS ARE UP FROM UAF BUT AS WE DON’T WANT TO PUT PEOPLE IN HANDS OF RAPEY SWP* WE DON’T WANT TO DIRECT PEOPLE TO THAT. Cheers. the autonomyupdate compiler 🙂

* eg http://swpoffcampus.tumblr.com/post/91184286604/to-everyone-going-to-marxism-2014

involvement of the SWP in UAF and in general UAF’s despicable behaviour at antifascist mobilisations towards autonomous antifascists is beyond the scope of this update as I want to get it out at some point! But google should help you.]

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GAS Open Day

Sunday, 26th March 1200-2000

Glasgow Autonomous Space

http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/find-us.html

On the last Sunday of every month, GAS will be open to relax, enjoy

music, food and a film together !

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Our Voices Unified // Sisters Uncut Glasgow

Thursday, 30th March – 1800-2000

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Govan G51 3UU

SISTERS UNCUT GLASGOW ANNOUNCE:

“OUR VOICES UNIFIED: SISTERS HOLDING GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL TO ACCOUNT”

Women’s services and rights are too frequently used as a political

pawn, Sisters Uncut Glasgow exists to stop politicians & bureaucrats

from treating women’s rights as a bargaining chip and aims to protect,

maintain and increase women’s rights and services in Glasgow, holding

council and government to account.

Ahead of the Glasgow City Council local elections on 4 May 2017, and

against a global backdrop of austerity politics and rising

government-sanctioned fascism, Sisters Uncut Glasgow invite our

communities to come together to create a list of demands and pledges

that insist upon the preservation and centring of women’s services in

Glasgow. We will then lobby prospective candidates to sign up to these

pledges in advance of elections to ensure these demands are met as

councillors.

We therefore invite sister organisations, communities and individuals

to shape this pledges with us, through a creative manifesto-writing

workshop. We will formulate a set of achievable but ambitious items

and priorities that pertain to women’s rights and specific areas of

council responsibility in Glasgow. Following this event, Sisters Uncut

Glasgow will launch a rigorous campaign, targeting all candidates to

sign their name to these collective demands.

With this event we hope to bring together our community, build

relationships and support for service providers, and to build and

present a united and strong collectivised front to those in power in

our city.

While this event is to create a city-wide coalition between Sisters

Uncut Glasgow and sister organisations, individuals who wish to attend

are more than welcome to feed into our demands for the upcoming 2017

councillor elections.

“We are deliberate and afraid of nothing” – Audre Lorde

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Mayday Picnic

The May Day on the Green Committee is organising a May Day picnic for May 1 at 2 pm on the Glasgow Green near the bicycle area (Free Wheel North). Our purpose is to revive a long-standing radical tradition in Glasgow; an event on the Green to celebrate May Day, the day to demonstrate our solidarity with the struggles of working people around the world and to reaffirm our commitment to a new and better world.

Our picnic on the Green will include poetry, songs and fun for children. Everyone brings food to share with others in a communal meal.

We want this to be an inclusive event with everyone who shares our perspective welcome to join us.

We need your support to make the picnic a success:

–The Spirit of Revolt and the Clydeside branch of the Industrial Workers of the World have endorsed the May Day picnic. Help us to get out the word and get more organisations endorsing the event and publicising it. Contact Susan at doraziosusan92@gmail.com

–We want to have bicycles carrying signs that can go around the city on the morning of May 1 to tell everyone to come to the Green. Contact Bob at bob@citystrolls.com

–We are looking for poets and musicians who would be interested in performing at the picnic. Contact John at john.c.at95@btinternet.com

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