Handful of events, this mailout was prompted by someone emailing the list about Red and Black bookfair, and i had a couple of other things i wanted to message out about.
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Friday 29th April.
RMT organised P&O demo. More details :
Saturday 7th May.
Red and Black Clydeside Bookfair and gathering
Coming out of the lockdowns and in the shadow of the cost-of-living crisis, it is more important than ever that we begin to rebuild networks of community resistance. That’s why a group of organisations on the libertarian left in Glasgow have got together to organise the first Red and Black Clydeside bookfair and gathering.
Looking around us after two years of lockdowns, we saw a society more fractured and atomised even than it was before the pandemic, exactly the way the ruling class wants us. We decided that the best response to this was to find a way of celebrating and bringing together examples of community self-activity.
The healthiest community activity is that which is not mediated or directed by “official channels”, which communities build themselves in response to needs that they identify themselves. Not only will this kind of community engagement boost individual mental health, but it will also rebuild the solidarity which human beings thrive on, and it will start to repair the health of communities, which is vital for fighting back against the wealthy elites who profit from our misery. We knew these organisations were out there, but we also knew that after this difficult time we’ve all been through, everything could do with a kick start.
A bookfair might seem an unusual place to start that process, but we decided we needed a chance for people to meet physically, in a real-life setting, to see what others are doing, to exchange ideas, to learn from the experience of others what works and what doesn’t, even just to have fun together. It’s not just about books, it’s about ideas, and it’s about mingling with like minded people. The organisations behind the idea – the Glasgow Keelie Group, Glasgow Anarchist Communist Group, and the Spirit of Revolt – have worked together often, but we wanted to broaden out the connections beyond our own memberships.
It’s through that simple human connection that people will begin to reclaim agency. We can never do that by petitioning others to act on our behalf. We need self-managed community organisations; we need to build co-operative networks for mutual struggle; and if we want real horizontal cooperation, we need to meet face-to-face. And in doing so, hopefully inspire others to start their own initiatives, no matter how small.
So that’s what we wanted to provide: just a forum for people to meet and to begin that process of revitalising autonomous activity in our communities and workplaces. And there’s been a stream of organisations interested in taking part: people as diverse as the Clydeside IWW, the Autonomous Design Group, or Friends of the Peoples Palace. All with their own interests, but with a desire to reach out, to exchange ideas. So, if you want to reinvigorate your inner rebel, get yourself to the CCA on 7th May. We’ll be there from 3pm – 9pm, with a range of meetings, talks, and chances for informal interaction. Keep an eye on the website for updates, and please download and share our poster. https://redandblackclydeside.wordpress.com
Red and Black Clydeside
Sar 7th May 3pm – 9pm
350 Sauchiehall Street
Celebrating Kenmure Street- A Festival of Resistance
Saturday 21st May
Trans Pride Scotland. This year in Paisley
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