An Apology to Free Pride (and some hopefully constructive notes)

So, I wrote this piece yesterday and comments on the fb page said it was inaccurate. I did some digging and I have to agree that I owe an apology to the Free Pride group; they do appear to be aiming for an anti-capitalist event, while my criticisms did not go into any explanation and so lacked any historical perspective or constructive edge. Worse than that I dived into attacking their group on the basis of the actions of other groups past, something they did not need at a time where they are hoping to build something better. So, first a sincere apology to the folks involved with Free Pride. I really do hope you fulfil your manifesto.

Along with this apology I’m going to take the time to expand on the reasoning behind some of my some cynicism in the hope it can become something more constructive…

The past week has seen a whole host of horrors for anyone who considered themselves queer. There has been the news of Jennicet Gutiérrez being dragged off amid people jeering at the issues she raised by a room full of well-to-do members of rights organisations who then went on to cheer a Nobel Peace Prize winning Butcher. UKIP were allowed to march on the sly by the organisers of London Pride, but I suppose given the involvement of police, armed forces the crown prosecutors and the prisons in Glasgow’s events is adding a band of fascists really that much different? Added to that were the pictures of London Pride stewards helping the police hold down anti-capitalist protesters. Of course there has been all the icing smothered over these events to turn them into a wedding cake to contend with too. Having mass celebrations over state sanctioning encroach further into our lives would have been bad enough, but already the queer groups dealing with homelessness and poverty in the US are reporting the beginnings funding flight, exactly as predicted would happen.

The history of how mainstream Pride events and the gay rights movement (and yes, in this instance I’m purposefully saying it is a gay right movement) came to be this way started with radical manifestos. They read much like the Free Pride manifesto. However the structures to back them up were not there. Those involved had an open door to folks to approach them. Even today the door to Glasgow Pride is theoretically open to anyone. The problem is that not everyone starts with the equal ability to take up that offer, and even if they could there may be things a the other side of the door that are driving people away.

In most Pride events this would be a combination of the ability to get involved been kept within certain circles, the organisations that they have historically and currently invited to participate being the same organisations involved in oppressing large segments of the queer community, and the way in which they fund events through sponsorship and buy-in controlling the outcomes. The balance of power and control would grow to mirror those in wider society because the structures were never in place to prevent that happening. An open door let a radical protest to be co-opted towards addressing middle class concerns such as inclusion in civil society, rather than the demand to replace it with something that is fundamentally better.

Free Pride having a manifesto is a good start, however every indication so far is that (like the pride events past) it hasn’t been backed it up with the structures required to hard-code these values. Meetings are taking place in university campuses and follow the trends in campus organising. Due to this I’d be very surprised if there is anyone is involved in the panning has not attended a university at some point. While I’m sure the right groups will be invited to have a space, I worry that they won’t be the ones creating the event.

The only way I’ve seen to go any distance towards countering these problems is through giving up organisational power and ceding it to those to whom it is usually denied access to it along with a commitment to long-term support for whatever is growing out if it. Actively reach out to those who are homeless or live in poverty, who have migrated and seek asylum, and to people actively maligned and ignored within the wider queer community. And don’t just invite them to have a stall or a space or a workshop at the event, but give them controlling power in it. The event may go in a different direction entirely, but if it is being led by those who your manifesto says it wants to give a voice to then you will be succeeding in a far more profound manor. Examples in recent history include Gay Shame events, Ladyfest groups that have had active criteria and quotas on who runs them, Queer Mutiny in Edinburgh being self-organised by folks who were effected by homelessness and poverty, Afem2014 in London giving organisational power and physical space to marginalised groups, and in Glasgow the collective self-organisation by most of the cities Unity projects (and their spin-offs).

I also don’t know where Free Pride is taking place yet – it doesn’t seem to have been announced – but given the methods or organisation being followed I have grave concerns that it will be in a building either on a uni campus or in arts space. That said, I understand the conundrum. Glasgow has a distinct lack of social spaces to call upon, accelerated by the plans of Glasgow City Council to gentrify the few areas where these developments could take root, so in retrospect some of what is happening is the best that can be done given current conditions. I apologise for blaming the symptoms of this on the Free Pride group themselves; the real culprit is destruction of anywhere that isn’t arts or uni space to hold events, and the solution is to work towards establishing long-term non-commercial spaces here in Glasgow.

So, despite my over-arching cynicism and concerns of history repeating itself, and with the fog of disappointment that now seems to go along with June 28th having passed by, I do hope that Free Pride fulfils the points of their manifesto because we could all do with it.

I’ve been thinking about Christopher Street Liberation Day

[This piece was followed up with ‘An Apology to Free Pride (and some hopefully constructive notes)’ by the same author, who suggests reading both together.]

The first pride event was Christopher Street Liberation Day. It was held one year after the Stonewall Riots and aimed to bring together an oppressed community to rally against the forces of the state and capitalism that were keeping them down. Fast forward to Glasgow in 2015 and our pride event (in August, whatever), has stalls confirmed from such members of “the community” as:

  • The Army, Navy and Air Force; you know, the same army, navy and air force who are being deployed to stop people fleeing persecution for being queer.
  • Police Scotland who, when 1 in 4 homeless youth are queer; help keep homeless people out of safe places to kip, protect shopfulls of food from being passed to those who are hungry, that are making sex work unsafe for those who rely on it to get by, and who attack migrants and refugees.
  • The British Transport Police (these are traditionally the ones they draft in to beat you if you are protesting too loud).
  • The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service – yeah.
  • The Scottish Prison Service – …
  • A host of corporations that help maintain the systems of oppression and exploration that helps keep the untidy working class queers in their place.
  • A bunch of organisations claiming to look out for queer issues but who spend a majority their time clucking about council forms having the right options rather than helping give any sort of power back to queers who are worst off in society. Organisations – if you aren’t actively supporting and empowering queer youth, looking to end poverty, active in promoting sex workers rights, and/or working towards the ideals of prison abolition then I’ve got some bad news: your organisation is just tinkering around the edges and is likely part of the problem.

Pride went so far astray due to the idea that everyone should be included on the basis of their identity alone. Lesbian bosses who exploit others? They can march. Gay politicians? Let them speak. Gay Police Association and corporate sponsors? We couldn’t do anything without you. Oh, and don’t forget the allies. This gets stretched to the point where in London the pseudo-fascist UKIP were allowed to sulk back onto the march by organisers after being given a cursory ban (in what looks to have been a lie told to  defuse any attempts to eject them from the march).

The biggest problems we face are realised in crippling poverty and the prison system. These will never be addressed (let alone solved) pink-washing the division between the exploited classes and the ruling classes that benefit from our oppression. As the methods we use now will be a reflection of the end point we reach, methods that gaining privileges for a few will always be based on deepening the exploration of others.

So what was it about the Glasgow event’s betrayal of the ideals of Pride is the Glasgow queer scene most offended by? What has driven a group to action? Was it violence, poverty, imprisonment, exploitation, torture…?

No.

It was the fact that you have to pay to go to the event.

They call their alternative Free Pride. More like Cheap Pride.

A place where they will likely show films about Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera (and perhaps, just maybe, someone will mention Brenda Howard, though I doubt it), but nobody will think that they need to take the same path as these pieces of “our” history. They won “their” fight, surely, because today’s fight is just to have a free event…

Some folks will go along with it thinking that at least some of the radical history will take root where it is needed, but in all likelihood Free Pride will take place on a university campus or art crowd space that is so alien to the queer struggles of today that it might as well be taking place on the fucking moon.

Another Pride: Where friendly faced (and well paid) politicians and union bureaucrats will be welcomed.

Another Pride: This time only inviting the ‘nice’ capitalists.

Another Pride: The same as the first Pride, just that ‘they’ cost money and ‘we’ are free.

And I know a lot of the folks involved have their hearts in the right place. I just think there is a collective denial in some as to how bad things are and a near purposeful avoidance in others; because to tackle the real problems would mean confronting their own assimilationist positions. The lessons that have led to the failure of current Pride events are being ignored and the same paths followed; some under the impression that it will lead to different results, others quite happy that liberation will never be given anything more than lip service.

That said we can work out the ways oppression and exploitation attack us. We can act in solidarity with those who find themselves sidelined most in these struggles. And we can build the tools to liberate ourselves together.

From here on in that’s the way I’m going to remember Christopher Street Liberation Day.

Glasgow Events from 23/06/2015

Hi folks,

A couple of events of note this week, including the Glasgow Social Center having another open planning meet and ourselves putting on members of the Anarchist Black Cross of Belarus, who will talk on the repression faced in the region (full tour info here: https://afed.org.uk/repression-in-belarus-the-czech-republic/ ).

Also we highly recommend taking a special note in your diary for the End Detention WeekEND – a whole weekend of workshops and events to build towards effective direct action. You can donate to help make the event happen: http://www.gofundme.com/x4w7ffw

Finally, if you know anyone who would benefit from being on this list then feel free to pass them this link to subscribe: https://tinyurl.com/AutonomyUpdate

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Glasgow Social Centre – summer events planning meeting
Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

Come along and get involved with the Glasgow Social Centre by helping us plan out two summertime events.

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Repression in Belarus & the Czech Republic – ABC Infotour 2015
Wednesday, June 24 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

We are lucky to provide a rare chance to talk with comrades from the Anarchist Black Cross in Belarus and learn about the repression they face from those fighting against it.

Despite the welcome release of Pavel Syramolatau in September 2012, comrades supported by the Anarchist Black Cross are still in Belarusian jails facing years of incarceration. These convictions form part of an ideologically driven repression of anarchists in Belarus. They follow the revitalisation of Belarusian anarchism in the past few years. Unlike in some other ex-Soviet Union countries and other modern dictatorships, anarchists do not form a minor part of a dissident prison population. Instead anarchists make up just under half of the ‘political’ prisoners in Belarus.

The Belarusian ABC has campaigned consistently for them to be released and, in the immediate term, for them to be allowed visits, medication, letters and literature, and raises money for solicitors’ fees and to buy the comrades’ food. They have also recently been supporting comrades in the Czech Republic who have been under sustained attack by the state. Supported by the International of Anarchist Federations (IAF-IFA) they are undertaking a tour of to raise awareness of the situation in the region and spark further solidarity.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Migrant Voice Premiere of Short Films
Thursday, June 25 at 6:00pm
GMAC Film, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

Migrant Voice is delighted to invite you to the premiere of the short films of our Many Voices, One Community Project on June 25th from 6pm.

We hope you are able to join us at this exciting event to explore community and diversity in Scotland. Get a unique insight into the lives of members of diverse communities in Glasgow as shown by their cameras.

As places are limited, please rsvp no later than June 15th to Marjorie

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United Glasgow Football Club 4th Birthday Discussion Event
Friday, June 26 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG

To kick off the United Glasgow Football Club 4th anniversary weekend we’ll host a discussion event about football’s role in tackling discrimination (and the successes and failures that the various groups have found) on Friday 26th June.

In addition to speakers from United Glasgow FC, we’ll have:

Football Beyond Borders
FC Lampedusa Hamburg
RFC Lions (Ska Football Club – Caserta)

More speakers to be announced closer to the time.

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Dead Air Party
Friday, June 26 at 8:00pm
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

A unique live experience at the crossroads of an underground gig, participative performance and silent disco.

Musicians Andy Abbott and James Islip (of That Fucking Tank) perform a set of high-octane instrumental noise-rock that can only be heard via special headphones supplied at the start of the event. The duo play in the middle of the room with the audience around them. Some of the audience have taken part in movement and dance workshops with artists Yvonne Carmichael and Bryony Pritchard prior to the event. You can join in, spectate and tune in and out as you feel.

Limited to 50 people, with dance workshop preceding the performance / party.
Workshop at 6pm, DAP from 7pm.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf2ZmjgYU-w
Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/320786

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Open Rights Group Scotland Glasgow launch with Wendy Grossman
Sunday, June 28 at 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Renfield Lane, G2 6PH, Old Hairdressers (opposite Stereo)

What should ORG be campaigning for or against in Scotland?

Tell us at our launch on Sunday 28th June. We are holding a series of events in Scotland to launch ORG’s new Scotland Officer, Pol Clementsmith, who will be heading up our campaigning in Scotland. Come for a combined talk and meet and greet with Pol, who is ready to hear your ideas for the future of Open Rights Group’s campaigns in Glasgow as well of in the rest of Scotland.

There will be a talk from Wendy Grossman on surveillance and the Snowden revelations. Wendy is a journalist, blogger and member of ORG’s Advisory Council.

For more information and to keep up-to-date with our events join the MeetUp event:
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Glasgow/events/222987857/

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The Govan Project
Tuesday, June 30 at 5:30pm – 6:30pm and 7:00pm-9:00
Plantation Productions 978 Govan Road

We seem to have a strong consensus that much is wrong in our communities and many default models that repeatedly fail to deal with putting anything right. The real experts on issues that affect ordinary people are to be found nearest the problem. Participatory Action Research, is about listening to these experts at source and attempting to. First. Find ways of working with each other Second. Find our own solutions to problems. Third. How do we put our plans into action.

Join us at these events to find out more:

The Govan Project (volunteer information session) 5:30-6:30

Want to make community resources more responsive to community needs? Want to learn new skills? Want to be more involved in decision making in your community? A community led research project exploring how we make community resources work for the people of Govan.

History of our streets. Film/Discussion 7-9:00

It was the early 1980s Dennistoun Glasgow. The people of Reidvale, hadn’t a clue what they were doing when they set up a community housing association. A model that is now used all over the UK. What drove them is, they knew what they wanted, as well as what they didn’t want.

How people fight to keep their communities alive. What lessons can we learn today from those who set the examples? We will be recording conversations as part of Govan Participatory Action Research Project. Come along and tell us what you are thinking, or just enjoy the film.

Further Info: commgood.wordpress.com

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LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: JAZZHANDSTEMAZEPAMMAN
Thursday, July 2 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

Jazzhandstemazepamman brings his subversive drones and noise to Sharmanka to play amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures, presenting a piece entitled GRIEF PORN, which looks at ‘fake grieving’ and mass hysteria in the wake of celebrity deaths.

“… mourning sickness is a religion for the lonely crowd that no longer subscribe to orthodox churches. It’s flowers and teddies are it’s rites, it’s collective minutes silences it’s liturgy and mass.” Patrick West (Conspicuous Compassion)

The performance will begin shortly after Sharmanka’s 7pm show has concluded, therefore a little after 8. Donations will be collected from audience members as they leave.

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End Detention WeekEND
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 at 10:00am to 8:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

A group of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and their allies are organising a capacity building weekend at Kinning Park Complex. Over two days, we aim to build the community’s capacity to organise together and take direct action against oppressive institutions, corporations and systems. The weekend will involve training, workshops, films, music, stories, food, childcare – to inform, enrage, collectivise, and act. Specifically it aims to empower those most affected by migration barriers – to lead a movement for change, and for allies to work effectively with them. We also want to build connections and share experiences with our allies in England, Europe and beyond. This weekend will be a platform for increased activity and direct action.

PROGRAMME OF WORKSHOPS
(info tbc)
* Linking prison abolition movement to border struggles
* How does detention work and how does it work to disempowered?
* Movement building- session for people in struggle for papers only-
* The Ally Industrial Complex- session for people with papers with anti-oppression games-
* Corporate Involvement in Detention: Who’s profiting?
* No Borders
* Facilitation & Consensus
* Direct Action Tactics & Legal
* Media

*DONATE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN* http://www.gofundme.com/x4w7ffw

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RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION

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June Critical Mass: June-Jont
Friday, June 26 at 6:30pm
George Square

6.30pm, for 7pm start, from George Square.

The start point will be the column in George Square, open to suggestions for the route! Either on the day when we congregate, or in advance on this page!

The ride will be a gentle one, which will go at a pace that suits everyone: all are welcome! :)

General Critical Mass Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_(cycling)

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United Glasgow FC
Womans 5 and 11-a-side

Fixtures can be found here:

http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/unitedglasgowfc/294566/Fixtures

While the men’s team has finished up for the summer, the women’s team is still going strong through June:

Day Home time Away
Sun 28 Women’s Team 14:00 Kilwinning

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REPOST: Repression in Belarus & the Czech Republic [speaking tour]

We are lucky to be able to work along side local Anarchist Black Cross groups to present a speaking tour by comrades from the ABC in Belarus and learn about the repression faced in their region. The following dates have been confirmed:

  • 22/06 – Bristol – Kebele, 14 Robertson Road, BS5 6JZ – 7:25pm
  • 23/06 – Manchester – Ducie Bridge, 152 Corporation Street, M4 4DU – 8:00pm
  • 24/06 – Glasgow – Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ – 6:45pm
  • 25/06 – Edinburgh – Forest Centre Plus, 38 Castle Terrace, EH3 9JD – 7:15pm
  • 26/06 – London – Freedom Bookshop, 84b Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX – 7:00pm
  • 01/07 – Brighton – The Cowley Club, 12 London Road, BN1 4JA – 8:00pm

Read the full post on the Anarchist Federation website here.

Glasgow Events from 17/06/2015

Hey folks, couple of events to highlight this week. Tomorrow, Thursday the 18th, there’s a rally which we encourage people to attend in support of the homeless service caseworkers strike and on Saturday there’s an anti-austerity demo in which there will be a Sex Workers and allies bloc, potentially a radical queer and feminist one as well, and an IWW contingent. We want to support these radical alternative blocs in an otherwise reformist, nationalist, not to mention boring, rally so please come along!

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Night shelter open evening and volunteer recruitment evening
Wednesday, June 17 at 20:00 and Thursday June 18th 22:30
Email glasgownightshelter for location

Come along to see the night shelter and find out what volunteering there is like. A great opportunity to see for yourself what the shelter is like and to find out what volunteering there entails. Invite your friends!

Visit our website at glasgownightshelter.org to find out more about the night shelter

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Glasgow Homeless Service strikers rally
Thursday, June 18 at 17:45
Glasgow City Chambers, George Square

Homelessness Case workers have been on strike since March this year in pursuit of a deserved regrade claim that will bring them into line with other Social Work Caseworkers. Come and show your support for their struggle!

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Lectures by my friends in the cupboard under the stairs
Wednesday, 10 June – Saturday, 20 June
Glue Factory, 15 Burns Street, G4 9SE

A series of short lectures to take place over ten days, in a purpose-built lecture space under the stairs at the Glue Factory. The space seats three people only. Each lecture is given only once, and not recorded. The lectures are not grouped around a theme or selected for congruence; instead, the lecturers were asked as friends, to lecture on what they care about. See the full programme here: www.lecturesbymyfriends.wordpress.com

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Sex Workers and Allies against Austerity
Saturday, June 20
Check Sex workers and allies against Austerity facebook page

Sex workers, our partners, families, friends and all those who support sex workers’ riights will be joining the STUC demonstration against austerity this Saturday 20th of June 2015.

We will be marching sidde by side with other workers including informal and precarious workers, unemployed, community members and demand an end to austerity.

We will also speak out about the dangerous positions of the Scottish Trade Union Council which is supporting the criminalisation of our clients, a law that would only make us more vulnerable. We, sex workers, demand respect as workers and community workers and support of the trade union movement against all forms of exploitation!

STOP SILENCING SEX WORKERS! ABOLISH POVERTY NOT PROSTITUTES!

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IWW contingent at anti-austerity demonstration leaving George Sq at 12 noon.
Saturday, June 20 at 11:40
Corner of George Square opposite Greggs

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Tam’s sponsored 10k run for the night shelter
Sunday, June 21 at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Meeting at Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church, 759 Argyle Street, G3 8DS

Night shelter volunteer Tam Brady is planning to take part in the Men’s 10km run to raise money for the Glasgow Night Shelter on Father’s Day – Sunday 21st June. The run will start at Riverside Transport Museum at 10am and will end an hour or two later at Glasgow Green.

Part of the route along the side of the Clyde will take Tam close to the church where the night shelter is located and up and over the Kingston Bridge. Tam has been in training for several months for the run and is hoping to set a personal best.

Do you fancy sponsoring Tam to raise money for the night shelter? Perhaps you’d also like to join some of the night shelter guests and volunteers to cheer Tam on his way?
We’ll be meeting outside the night shelter at 10am to walk to the route of the run to cheer Tam on.

Donations can be made by donating money to the Glasgow Destitute Asylum Seeker Night Drop-In account at any TSB branch, account number: 75140563 and sort code: 87-37-51 or by sending a cheque made out to “Glasgow Destitute Asylum Seeker Night Drop-In” to: Glasgow Night Shelter c/o Brett Nicholls Associates Ruthven Mews, 57 Ruthven Lane Glasgow G12 9BG

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Glasgow Social Centre – summer events planning meeting
Tuesday, June 23 at 19:30
Garnethill Multicultural Centre

Come along and get involved with the Glasgow Social Centre by helping us plan out two summertime events.

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Repression in Belarus & the Czech Republic – ABC Infotour 2015
Wednesday, June 24 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

We are lucky to provide a rare chance to talk with comrades from the Anarchist Black Cross in Belarus and learn about the repression they face from those fighting against it.

Despite the welcome release of Pavel Syramolatau in September 2012, comrades supported by the Anarchist Black Cross are still in Belarusian jails facing years of incarceration. These convictions form part of an ideologically driven repression of anarchists in Belarus. They follow the revitalisation of Belarusian anarchism in the past few years. Unlike in some other ex-Soviet Union countries and other modern dictatorships, anarchists do not form a minor part of a dissident prison population. Instead anarchists make up just under half of the ‘political’ prisoners in Belarus.

The Belarusian ABC has campaigned consistently for them to be released and, in the immediate term, for them to be allowed visits, medication, letters and literature, and raises money for solicitors’ fees and to buy the comrades’ food. They have also recently been supporting comrades in the Czech Republic who have been under sustained attack by the state. Supported by the International of Anarchist Federations (IAF-IFA) they are undertaking a tour of to raise awareness of the situation in the region and spark further solidarity.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Migrant Voice Premiere of Short Films
Thursday, June 25 at 6:00pm
GMAC Film, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

Migrant Voice is delighted to invite you to the premiere of the short films of our Many Voices, One Community Project on June 25th from 6pm.

The screening and reception will take place at
the GMAC, 103 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HD.

We hope you are able to join us at this exciting event to explore community and diversity in Scotland. Get a unique insight into the lives of members of diverse communities in Glasgow as shown by their cameras.

As places are limited, please rsvp no later than June 15th to Marjorie

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Dead Air Party
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ
Friday 26th June

A unique live experience at the crossroads of an underground gig, participative performance and silent disco.

Musicians Andy Abbott and James Islip (of That Fucking Tank) perform a set of high-octane instrumental noise-rock that can only be heard via special headphones supplied at the start of the event. The duo play in the middle of the room with the audience around them. Some of the audience have taken part in movement and dance workshops with artists Yvonne Carmichael and Bryony Pritchard prior to the event. You can join in, spectate and tune in and out as you feel.

Limited to 50 people, with dance workshop preceding the performance / party.
Workshop at 6pm, DAP from 7pm.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf2ZmjgYU-w
Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/320786

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United Glasgow Football Club 4th Birthday Discussion Event
Friday, June 26 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG

To kick off the United Glasgow Football Club 4th anniversary weekend we’ll host a discussion event about football’s role in tackling discrimination (and the successes and failures that the various groups have found) on Friday 26th June.

In addition to speakers from United Glasgow FC, we’ll have:

Football Beyond Borders
FC Lampedusa Hamburg
RFC Lions (Ska Football Club – Caserta)

More speakers to be announced closer to the time.

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The Old Hairdressers
Friday, June 26
Glasgow

Super excited to host the young gun of Lisbon’s Príncipe Discos, Dj Firmeza. He headlines this party at The Old Hairdressers, with a late license in place and a special heavy Soundsystem, supported by a raft of local legends:

Yong Yong
Dick 50
Dam Mantle
Cleoslaptra

£5/6 on the door

8-late (and plenty of time to go to the Dead Air Party, above, too!)

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Anti Militarist Action by Scottish Peace Network
Saturday, June 27 at 11:00
National Library of Scotland

Demonstration to take place under the auspices of the Scottish Peace Network on June 27 in Edinburgh to protest armed forces day. Will meet at the National Library of Scotland, just off of the royal mile, building at 11am.

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Open Rights Group Scotland Glasgow launch with Wendy Grossman
Renfield Lane, G2 6PH, Old Hairdressers (opposite Stereo)
Sunday, June 28 at 14:30 – 17:00

What should ORG be campaigning for or against in Scotland?

Tell us at our launch on Sunday 28th June. We are holding a series of
events in Scotland to launch ORG’s new Scotland Officer, Pol
Clementsmith, who will be heading up our campaigning in Scotland. Come
for a combined talk and meet and greet with Pol, who is ready to hear
your ideas for the future of Open Rights Group’s campaigns in Glasgow
as well of in the rest of Scotland.

There will be a talk from Wendy Grossman on surveillance and the
Snowden revelations. Wendy is a journalist, blogger and member of
ORG’s Advisory Council.

For more information and to keep up-to-date with our events join the
MeetUp event:
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Glasgow/events/222987857/

Check out the other events in Dundee, Edinburgh and Aberdeen:
https://www.openrightsgroup.org/events/

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Kelburn Garden Party
Kelburn Estate, Fairlie, Largs
4th – 6th of July

The lovely folks at Kelburn Garden Party asked us to currate a stage on the Sunday of this year’s festival. We asked a bunch of favourite loval-ish bands to come along, along with all kinds of performers and extra excitements. Less than 300 tickets left for the festival, get on it soon if you want to come along!

Sunday 5th, Pyramid Stage, curated by Ideal Mexico:

Rozi Plain
The Family Elan
Whilst
Jemima Thewes
hausfrau
CARBS
Elara Caluna
Chrissy Barnacle
“Situationist Workers’ Tapes” label showcase
Froth
Good Punch Theatre
Jahrobics

Tickets: http://www.kelburngardenparty.com/tickets/

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RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION

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June Critical Mass
Friday, June 26 at 6:30pm
George Square

6.30pm, for 7pm start, from George Square.

General Critical Mass Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_(cycling)

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Roller Derby

GRD are hosting their first Sur5al event featuring male v male and female v female teams. The event will take place at the Arc at Caledonian University on the 20th June 2015 and run from 10-6. As usual a whole lot of fun to be had and kids under 14 get in free.
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Tickets available: http://glasgowrollerderby.com/content/sur5al

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United Glasgow FC
Womans 5 and 11-a-side

Fixtures can be found here:

http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/unitedglasgowfc/294566/Fixtures

While the men’s team has finished up for the summer, the women’s team is still going strong through June:

Day Home Time Away
Sun 28 Women’s Team 14:00 Kilwinning

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Glasgow Events from 11/06/2015

Hi all,

A little later than planned this week due to the busy nature of life (and unfortunately not as much to do with the sun as I would like), but till some cracking events to check out.

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Lectures by my friends in the cupboard under the stairs

Wednesday, 10 June – Saturday, 20 June

Glue Factory, 15 Burns Street, G4 9SE

A series of short lectures to take place over ten days, in a purpose-built lecture space under the stairs at the Glue Factory. The space seats three people only. Each lecture is given only once, and not recorded. The lectures are not grouped around a theme or selected for congruence; instead, the lecturers were asked as friends, to lecture on what they care about. See the full programme here:

www.lecturesbymyfriends.wordpress.com

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Glasgow Social Centre: Events Planning Meeting

Thursday, June 11 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

Come meet the Glasgow Social Centre Collective and find out about the project and help us plan out our upcoming events.

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Fail Better: The Workers Have No Country

Thursday, June 11 at 8:00pm

McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

Your man BRAM E GIEBENS will be howling at the moon.

A sunburnt LORNA MACBEAN will be singing songs.

ROSANNA HALL will take to the stage in fine splendour

Glasgow’s own Shakespearean superstar, KEITH WARWICK. He’ll be reading a passage from his book, strumming a few tunes and sharing some anecdotal debauchery.

She’s broad, she’s broad, she’s broader than broadway. Actually she’s not, she’s Rally. That’s right JENNY LINDSAY is going to be sharing some poems with us.

From the busking streets of glasgow comes poetry, beats and strums fae THE MACHINE ELVES OF HYPERSPACE.

Free entry. All welcome. Chuck £3 in the bucket if you can and it will go directly to artists and visionaries looking to come up with a better idea of the world.

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Robust Hummingbird presents: Logan + Lucille // Gabriel Featherstone // Mayor Stubbs // Dangle Manatee // Alice Seville // Suzanna Derewicz

Friday, June 12 at 7:00pm

Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, G12 8PB

Robust Hummingbird presents another night of twirly-whirly, topsy-turvy, brain-curling insight into the core of life itself, featuring music, poems, stories, plays, and comedy from:

LOGAN AND LUCILLE: All the way from cactus littered Tucson, Arizona to Irn-Bru littered Glasgow, this pair weave their voices together into a yarn more attractive than your favourite scarf. This is their only show in Scotland of a two-month tour of Europe and North America – COME AND MOVE YOUR FEET!

http://loganandlucille.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/LoganAndLucille

GABRIEL ISCARIOT FEATHERSTONE: Gabriel asks to be described as follows – ‘An ancient and competent Glasweigan comedian, poet and master kazooist, often referred to as "The Supreme Beauty of the Universe"’

MAYOR STUBBS: Glasgow alt-folk guitar-melter bathing your sore feet in his oozing sincerity.

https://mayorstubbs.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/Mayorstubbsband

DANGLE MANATEE will be hanging out and most likely cracking out a short, participatory play (as will everyone you ever meet).

http://danglemanatee.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dangle-Manatee/284999318561

If you’d like to throw your own spanner in the works, then hoy us a message, we can most likely squeeze up and fit you on the bus.

Tchai Ovna // 7pm // Friday 12th June // Donate what you can to the touring acts // Tea on tap //

Be kind always.

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Close All Slaughterhouses

Sunday, June 13 at 12:00pm

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3NY

The Philosophy behind the March: Demanding the abolition of animal exploitation, torture and killing

The number of people who refuse to participate in the mass exploitation, torture and killing of nonhumans is growing. While it is important to ask people to boycott the consumption of animal products (i.e. to be vegan) we must denounce the very existence of animal-use industries. Animal exploitation, just like any other form of exploitation, implies a system that makes oppression morally acceptable and justified, and discourages challenges to its fundamental ideology. This discrimination against nonhuman animals, called "speciesism", is at the root of all animal slavery. It concerns the whole of our society and must be addressed at a collective level. As such, animal exploitation is a political and social issue. In this context, we use the term "political" because we are engaging citizens in order to change social organizations, laws, institutions, ideologies and culture. The prohibition of animal slavery and consumption should never be compromised and presented as an option, nor as a matter of personal choice. It is a matter of justice for the exploited and murdered victims. If we do not boldly and directly demand this social change now, the status of animals as commodities will remain the default option, and abolition of nonhuman animal slavery will always remain a dream, never a reality.

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Selvhenter

Sunday, June 14 at 7:30pm

The Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2HG

Feminist free jazz, punk, noise and metal, infused with passion and humour; Copenhagen’s Selvhenter play their first gig in Scotland.

£8 Adv

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/318011

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Celebrate & Share with Maryhill Integration Network

Tuesday, June 16 at 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Many Hands Communisy Garden, 35 Avenuepark Street, G20 8TS

MIN welcomes you to join us for Celebrate & Share, an afternoon of food, music and art from across the world in our ‘Many Hands’ Community Garden.

Part of Refugee Festival Scotland 2015

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Tam’s sponsored 10k run for the night shelter

Sunday, June 21 at 10:00am – 12:00pm

Meeting at Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church, 759 Argyle Street, G3 8DS

Night shelter volunteer Tam Brady is planning to take part in the Men’s 10km run to raise money for the Glasgow Night Shelter on Father’s Day – Sunday 21st June. The run will start at Riverside Transport Museum at 10am and will end an hour or two later at Glasgow Green.

Part of the route along the side of the Clyde will take Tam close to the church where the night shelter is located and up and over the Kingston Bridge. Tam has been in training for several months for the run and is hoping to set a personal best.

Do you fancy sponsoring Tam to raise money for the night shelter? Perhaps you’d also like to join some of the night shelter guests and volunteers to cheer Tam on his way?

We’ll be meeting outside the night shelter at 10am to walk to the route of the run to cheer Tam on.

Donations can be made by donating money to the Glasgow Destitute Asylum Seeker Night Drop-In account at any TSB branch, account number: 75140563 and sort code: 87-37-51 or by sending a cheque made out to “Glasgow Destitute Asylum Seeker Night Drop-In” to: Glasgow Night Shelter c/o Brett Nicholls Associates Ruthven Mews, 57 Ruthven Lane Glasgow G12 9BG

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Repression in Belarus & the Czech Republic – ABC Infotour 2015

Wednesday, June 24 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

We are lucky to provide a rare chance to talk with comrades from the Anarchist Black Cross in Belarus and learn about the repression they face from those fighting against it.

Despite the welcome release of Pavel Syramolatau in September 2012, comrades supported by the Anarchist Black Cross are still in Belarusian jails facing years of incarceration. These convictions form part of an ideologically driven repression of anarchists in Belarus. They follow the revitalisation of Belarusian anarchism in the past few years. Unlike in some other ex-Soviet Union countries and other modern dictatorships, anarchists do not form a minor part of a dissident prison population. Instead anarchists make up just under half of the ‘political’ prisoners in Belarus.

The Belarusian ABC has campaigned consistently for them to be released and, in the immediate term, for them to be allowed visits, medication, letters and literature, and raises money for solicitors’ fees and to buy the comrades’ food. They have also recently been supporting comrades in the Czech Republic who have been under sustained attack by the state. Supported by the International of Anarchist Federations (IAF-IFA) they are undertaking a tour of to raise awareness of the situation in the region and spark further solidarity.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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United Glasgow Football Club 4th Birthday Discussion Event

Friday, June 26 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm

STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Road, G3 6NG

To kick off the United Glasgow Football Club 4th anniversary weekend we’ll host a discussion event about football’s role in tackling discrimination (and the successes and failures that the various groups have found) on Friday 26th June.

In addition to speakers from United Glasgow FC, we’ll have:

Football Beyond Borders

FC Lampedusa Hamburg

RFC Lions (Ska Football Club – Caserta)

More speakers to be announced closer to the time.

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RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION

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June Critical Mass

Friday, June 26 at 6:30pm

George Square

6.30pm, for 7pm start, from George Square.

General Critical Mass Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_(cycling)

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Roller Derby

GRD are hosting their first Sur5al event featuring male v male and female v female teams. The event will take place at the Arc at Caledonian University on the 20th June 2015 and run from 10-6. As usual a whole lot of fun to be had and kids under 14 get in free.

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Tickets available:http://glasgowrollerderby.com/content/sur5al

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United Glasgow FC

Womans 5 and 11-a-side

Fixtures can be found here:

http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/unitedglasgowfc/294566/Fixtures

While the men’s team has finished up for the summer, the women’s team is still going strong through June:

Day Home time Away

Sun 14 Rangers Reserves VS Women’s Team

Sun 28 Women’s Team 14:00 Kilwinning

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Glasgow Parkour Girls 5km or 10km run!

Sat June 13th from 11am

We’re running 5km or 10km together, so pick your distance and start training!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1615027508712252/

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Glasgow Events from 04/06/2015

Hi all,

This week has some amazing film events coming up this Thursday, looking back on the rent strikes of 1915. Also this weekend is the LGBT Unity Gayleigh – head along to have a good dance and there will also be the chance to buy one of a very limited run of LGBT Unity t-shirts that look super swish. Finally, the IWW will be hosting a recruitment and induction meeting in town this Sunday, so if you want to be part of a union that will fight to win then give them a look.

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