Glasgow Events Autonomy Update Jan 8 2018

Happy/solidarity-filled 2018 folks!

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1. Arabic-English Language Exchange
2. Food Not Bombs Organising Meeting
3. Fuck Off Tory Cunts Court Case
4. Anarchist Federation Film showing: The Anti-Fascists
5. Red and Black Song Club
6. Celtic Connections Free concerts heads up

1. Arabic-English Language Exchange
Every Tuesday
Glasgow Autonomous Space, 53 Kilbirnie Street

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: 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

2. Food Not Bombs Organising Meeting
Wednesday, 10/1/18
Mono Cafe Bar, King Street, G1

Planning our next moves, and deciding the date of our first stall. Come along, bring your ideas with you!

3. Fuck Off Tory Cunts Court Case
Thursday, 11/1/18
Glasgow Sheriff Court

David McHarg is on trial for displaying a ‘Fuck off you Tory cunts’ poster on his window. Class War Scotland has called for a solidarity demonstration outside Glasgow Sheriff Court.

4. Anarchist Federation Film Showing: The Anti-Fascists
Thursday, 11/1/18
Glasgow Autonomous Space, 53 Kilbirnie Street
In 2014, left-wing activists and a group of neo-nazis clashed in the immigrant quarter of the Swedish town of Malmö, leaving several wounded and one anti-fascist – Showan Shattack – nearly dead. That same year, a violent gang of Fascists attacked an anti-Racist demonstration in Stockholm. A fight broke out between them and the few members of Anti-Fascist Action, which left one Fascist wounded, and one anti-fascist in jail. In this context, a documentary crew set out examining the history and activities of the Swedish anti-fascist movement, and its connections to the same one in Greece. Its successes and failures have lessons for all of us.

Join us for tea and biscuits at GAS (we’ll heat the upstairs room up ahead of time :-)) and we’ll watch the film and chat about it informally afterwards. Free, all welcome, donations accepted.

5. Red and Black Song Club
Wednesday, 17/1/18
Glasgow Autonomous Space, 53 Kilbirnie Street

Glasgow libertarian left choir celebrating songs of working class struggle, anti-fascism and resistance. Keeping the tradition of radical song alive.

6. Celtic Connections free concerts heads up

Daily, 19/1/18-4/2/18
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, top of Buchanan Street

Loads of Celtic Connections events are super expensive, but did you know that there is a free concert every day, Danny Kyle’s Open Stage, at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 5pm?

The Danny Kyle Open Stage is a series of concerts held over the course of the festival that allows emerging musical talent to take part in Celtic Connections. From all the performers on the Open Stage, six will be chosen to display their talents in a showcase concert on the final night, and receive the opportunity to perform in support slots at next year’s festival.

Danny Kyle was a passionate supporter of Scottish traditional music, and campaigned tirelessly for its revival in Scotland. His close friend Liz Clark comperes the concerts in his memory, and the concerts have a reputation for drawing attention to acts that are now household names, including Karine Polwart and Rura.

The final showcase will be held on Sunday 4 February. Check for more information and details.


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Glasgow Events Autonomy Update 2/11/17

1. Scotland and the Russian Revolution
Scotland and the Russian Revolution: Impact and Legacy (Scottish Labour History Society Conference) UNITE offices, 145 West Regent Street

2. Kick the Nazis out of George Square!
George Square

Kick the Nazis out of George Square!

So called “Last Line Resistence” & “Scotland First”, white supremacist keyboard warriors and the remaining dregs of Scottish Dawn (or was it National Action?), have decided it’s a good idea to take on Glasgow on fireworks night.

This time the target of their crap graphics and hashtags is the anti-fascist movement and the left generally. They’ve even followed other far right groups’ attempts to try copying the images and style of anti-fascists and anarchists whilst trying to build a movement for a whites only Scotland. 

Their homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, racism and anti-Working Class hatred has to be forced from the streets. We will not concede an inch to these scum, and we are not the least bit concerned to be targeted by the fash. Keeping them coming after us instead of picking on other communities is exactly what we want . We will join antifacsists from across Scotland and beyond to confront them on the 5th on November.

Join us and local antifascist groups to kick them off our streets!

Other counter demo groups:

3. Glasgow Skeptics Visit Cafe Scientifique
Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street

The Sleeping Giant: The Current State of Solar Activity
Free entry

4. We Will Rise – Dungavel Demo Info + Dinner
Kinning Park Complex

Ahead of the demo at Dungavel on Saturday 18th November, come down to KPC to ask questions, get information and have dinner!

We will hold workshops on:
+ What to expect on the day
+ Legal questions about protesting and the police
+ why we are going to Dungavel

Followed by a tasty meal and maybe even some dancing!

5. People & Planet Scotland Gathering
People & Planet Scotland Gathering
Meet up with student activists from across Scotland for a *free* weekend of training and campaign planning. Save the date, and keep an eye on this page for updates and bookings. 


More information available here:

The weekend sessions start at 10am on Saturday 11th November and will end by 5pm on Sunday 12th November. 
If you need accommodation on Friday 10th November, let us know when you register and we will sort you out.

6. Glasgow Skeptics. Cancer Cures: Are We Nearly There Yet?
Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street

Dr Alice Howarth.
Free entry

7. Surround Dungavel – End Detention
Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre, ML10 6 Strathaven

Surround Dungavel – End Detention

Brick by brick, wall by wall, detention centres have to fall 

In September, an unnamed Chinese National was found dead in Dungavel. Yet we have been given no reason, no information. We need a full invesitgation. WE NEED ANSWERS!

Locking people up due to their immigration status is racist, there is no way to operate a humane or safe detention system. 

Lets protest to shut down detention centres and end the inherently abusive and violent system of immigration detention that criminalises, detains, and imprisons people simply because they have chosen or been forced to migrate. 

The demonstration will take place outside Dungavel detention centre, in direct solidarity with the people who are currently detained. In solidarity with their protests against imprisonment and deportation, such as hunger strikes and resistance to forced removals. To make it clear that people on the outside want to come together in fighting against detention and deportation.

This year has seen four deaths in immigration.This is a crucial time to send a message that Scotland does not want detention in any form, that no person is illegal. 

Surround Dungavel will be happening at the same time as Surround Yarl’s Wood, to show the Home Office that from Scotland to Bedford, Portsmouth to Gatwick. Their walls will fall.

We are arranging coaches and we will release tickets closer to the date, but spaces are limited, so please if you can make your own way there do! Spaces for people who have experience of the immigration system will be FREE, to enable this to happen please support here

We hold in our hearts those who are now or have been detained.



We aren’t calling for a limit, we are saying “SHUT THEM DOWN”


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Glasgow Events Autonomy update 20.10.17

1. Glasgow University Anarchist Student Group First meeting of the year 2. Panel discussion – Gender Equality in Kurdish Society
3. David Rovics at McSorley’s
4. Red and Black Song Club relaunch
5. WestGAP is looking for volunteers!
6. Edge Fund Deadline
7. Save the date: Demonstration Against Detention at Dungavel 8. Warning: Fascist rally in Glasgow, 5 November

1. Glasgow University Anarchist Student Group First meeting of the year 20/10
Jim’s Bar QMU

Anarchist meeting. Wanna know what anarchism is? wanna live some anarchism? Or do you just want some support for your current action? No matter what, come along!
If anyone for whatever reason wants to attend the meeting, but not in a bar or similar, tell us and the location will be moved to a dry space without further question. Agenda:
Introduction of new members
Plans for this year.
“Propaganda” distribution (including stickers!)

2. Panel discussion: Gender Equality in Kurdish Society
CCA, Sauchiehall Street

Panel Discussion: Jin, Jiyan, Azadi – Gender Equality in Kurdish Society
Women, Life, Freedom. The YPJ, the women’s protection units of the Kurdish militia, have come increasing to the attention of the world’s media to the obvious shock of the west. How, they seem to ask, can a non western society embody a progressive model without our intervention? Does the obvious gender equality within the military extend to Kurdish civil society? And can this homegrown feminism be seen as an alternative model for the broader east? Free/unticketed
Films in this strand: Jin, Jiyan, Azadi: Freedom of the Body and Mind | Document 2017.

3. David Rovics at MacSorleys
David Rovics // MacSorleys // October 22nd

“Absolutely brilliant. David Rovics says exactly what needs to be said.” Ian McMillan, BBC
“David Rovics is a freaking genius.”
Eric Spitznagel, MTV
“David Rovics is the musical version of Democracy Now!”
Amy Goodman, Pacifica
“If the great Phil Ochs were to rise from the dead today, he would probably be hailed as the new David Rovics.” Andy Kershaw, BBC
“I’m a big fan.”
Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine
“David Rovics says the things about America that everyone else is thinking.” Attila the Stockbroker

4. Red and Black Song Club relaunch
GAS (Glasgow Autonomous Space, 53 Kilbirnie Street, G5 8JD

Red and Black Song Club is relaunching!
After a short break, we’re back with a vengeance! Come along to share learn some radical left songs from past and present to use in your own struggles. Chat with like minded people over a cup of tea during the break.
No musical experience or knowledge necessary just enthusiasm! Players of any instrument are more than welcome to bring them along. Have a favourite radical song to share? Bring some copies along too. No fixed charge. Donation for room and expenses according to your means. Please share the event and invite your friends.

5. WestGAP is looking for volunteers!
We are a collectively-run, volunteer welfare rights and anti-poverty group, based in Cessnock, Glasgow. Everyone at WestGAP is a volunteer. We provide practical support and solidarity to people in the welfare system.

We are in urgent need of new volunteers, ideally people who can commit a half-day or day a week, and who are interested in taking our free training route to becoming a volunteer welfare rights advisor.

We currently only have two welfare rights advisors; we urgently need to double this to make WestGAP more sustainable.

Volunteer advisors are supported by our in-house and external training and support programme; we organise 6-weekly peer-support sessions for practical and emotional reflection, feedback, and guidance. We also organise regular in-house training on the benefits system, as well as free access to Glasgow Social Work Department’s comprehensive Welfare Rights training. All new volunteers shadow our existing advisors till they feel ready to move to advising themselves.

While we want our volunteers to be committed to WestGAP’s aims and values, we also recognise that training as a volunteer advisor with WestGAP can be a supportive route into paid work in welfare rights.

All our volunteers get travel expenses and lunch expenses recompensed.

If you think you could help then PLEASE get in touch:

Email us at:
Facebook message us: Call us: 0141 328 5133

N.B. We are also looking for volunteer receptionists, social media people, outreach, and fundraising people. So get in touch with us if you can help with any of these things too.

6. Edge Fund application deadline
We are now open for our second funding round of the year! We will be giving around £40,000 to about 30 grass-roots groups, campaigning for effective social change. We will be accepting applications from the 2nd of October until Sunday 12th of November. More info here:


Glasgow Events Autonomy update

Glasgow Events September 2017

Networking & Culture


On Thursday 14th September, an anti-fascist Ukrainian queer duo Tangerinecat who use electronics and hurdy-gurdy are playing at Old Hairdressers, 27 Renfield Lane. I enclose a few of their songs. Apologies in advance that the venue is not all-accessible as it is up some flights of stairs.


Schitalochka, by TANGERINECAT
from the album H.R V.I.P

I Don’t Want to be a White Master: I Don’t Want to Be a White Master | TANGERINECAT
I Don’t Want to Be a White Master by TANGERINECAT, released 15 November 2015 Yes, I’m white but I don’t want to be a white master. I was born on the outskirts of …

BLURB: Fierce yet tender vocals, provocatively honest lyrics, the huge many faceted sound of the hurdy-gurdy, bass lines, electronic dance beats, mesmerizing whistles, field recordings, loops and lush synth voices all come together in a live setting to create an image evoking, emotionally intense, utterly captivating and unforgettable audience experience that is tAngerinecAt.
Drawing from a vast range of influences, this hard to define duo have been labelled with various genres from electronic rock to psychedelic drone punk and post industrial. Formed by London based
multi-instrumentalists Eugene and Paul in 2008 in Ukraine they have released four albums to date and have performed hundreds of shows.

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 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 for inclusion in future mailings.

Take care of yourselves and those around you.



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.


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.


Workers Theatre Weekender

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

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.


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

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


– £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.


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!


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!


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


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:


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 >

PeaceCore ; to struggle for peace, directly and militantly.


Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation

June 18th 7-9pm

Glasgow Autonomous Space.

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.


“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


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:


No to militarism stall on Armed Forces Day

June 24th 11-1pm

George Square

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.


Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle + Q&A

24th June. 6-8pm GFT




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).

* * *

“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!