Glasgow Events from 26/03/2015

Hi all,

Another jam-packed update! Of particular note is the change in advertised venue for the Glasgow Social Centre double-bill film screening and free meal taking place this Saturday. It is a doozy as they will be showing the documentary Concerning Violence (by the same people who put together the Black Power Mixtape) in one room, and the family film Spirited Away in a supervised room (allowing adults to move between rooms freely). The venue is physically accessible and close to lots of transport links. Besides that there is loads to check out so without futher ado…

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GLITCH – A QUEER/ TRANS/ INTERSEX/ PEOPLE OF COLOUR FILM FESTIVAL
Running until Saturday, March 28
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

We are a glitch in the system
Our lives deny the lies
Our complexity is dissent
We fight for love

We have a stunning selection of films, video art, spoken word, filmmaker Q & A’s, panel discussions, live music, and free haircuts. Entry to all events is FREE/ All films are subtitled/ All live events are BSL interpreted. To see the full programme then please visit:

http://www.digitaldesperados.org/glitch/glitchprogramme-2015/

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Polyester Launch Party
Friday, 27 March at 9:00pm – 3:00am
The Flying Duck, 142 Renfired Street, G2 3AU

Life can be hard sometimes but don’t cry those tears, queers. At Polyester no one will feel like a Chaka Khan’t, don’t go for second best, just express/explore yourself in whatever form fits(but please, no capes)
Expect a polysexual, polyrhythmic blend of music. performance and whatever else we can throw together.

100% queer, 100% inclusive, everyone welcome

The club will be preceded by the Glasgow premier of Lock Up Your Daughters Filmmaking’s High Heels Aren’t Compulsory,filmed with support from LGBT History Month & a showcase of short stories from ‘My Genderation’, directed, filmed & edited by Fox & Lewis (My Transsexual Summer, Ch4)

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A VER LIMITED CAPACOTY FOR THE SCREENING SO GET DOWN EARLY!

The club night will be hosted by the beautiful Crystal Queer with a performance by Second Act and more TBA

Music will be provided by DJ Kaiserin and Polly Ester in the main room while the Spitehouse DJs will be dipping the cookie jar in the kitchen

Classic House & Disco/80s/HipHop & RnB/Punk/Party/watever

£3 all night

This night has a Safe Space Policy so plz be cool to ur fellow party people

If you have any accessibility issues please get in touch and we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs

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Glasgow Social Centre presents… Double film screening + meal
Saturday, 28 March at 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The newly reformed Glasgow Social Centre collective invite you to our first fundraising event: come along and eat, watch a film, find out what we’re organising in the city and how you can get involved.

We will be screening 2 films simultaneously, one family friendly film in a supervised creche space, and a documentary in the second room. Parents should feel free to move between both rooms as they feel comfortable.

After the film there will be food and space to chat about the social centre and ways to get involved. Food will be vegan, and there will be healthy snacks for the kids.

We are trying to raise money for the new social centre, but we understand that a lot of folks are skint, so whilst we would love a suggested donation of £3, the most important thing is that people come along, and those without papers or on low/no incomes are welcome to attend for free. If you’ve got lots of money feel free to give us most of it!

FAMILY FILM: Spirited Away
https://youtu.be/ByXuk9QqQkk

DOCUMENTARY: Concerning Violence
"This film narrates the events of African liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s from colonial rule." – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concerning_Violence
TRAILER CONTAINS VIOLENCE TO ANIMALS & GUNSHOTS https://youtu.be/dIQwKP3j1zc

Please note the change of time/venue:

3:30pm-6:30pm Sat 28th March
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The venue is physically accessible to power/wheelchairs and buggies.

For transport links it is within short walking distance of St. Georges Cross for the Underground, or the bottom of Maryhill Road, the bottom of Great Western Road, or Woodlands Road for busses.

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Anti-fracking direct action training
Saturday, 28 March at 10:00am – 5:00pm
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

This will be a introductory workshop for those interested in direct action on the issue of fracking. spaces will be limited so to book email frackfreeglasgow

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The Concrete Garden – Bothy Project
Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 March
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

The weather is changing, time to get out and about. Come and help build a bothy in the Concrete Community Garden, Possil. We want to finish it for our busy summer activities. If you have some time pop in. No experience necessary – but if you have all the better. Banter is passable, good crack, and the food is good. We will even pay your bus fare and you will learn something. Check out this video for the project:

https://youtu.be/VgWTMYlKlkg

Hod me back!

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Sarah Cassidy: Sarahdactyl
Saturday, 28th March, at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Yesbar, 14 Drury Street, Glasgow, G2 5AA

Feminist comedian Sarah Cassidy presents her third full-length stand-up show to a room full of friends and strangers. The show is about love primarily, but also it’s about dinosaurs. This is a challenge; Sarah will be the first person ever to combine gender politics and paleontology in a comedy format. Expect ill-placed jokes about ancient reptiles intentionally crowbarred into an otherwise touching and honest show about relationships.

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GLASGOW ZINE FEST 2K15
Saturday, April 4 at 12:00pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Underground for the underdog. Zines, books, food, tunes, art, DIY DIY DIY. Spread across Old Hairdressers AND Stereo this year, we’re looking at double the fun.

Zine fair from 12:00-6:30pm
Bands in Stereo & exhibition in Old Hairdressers to follow
Friendship served all day

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The Concrete Garden – Bothy Project
Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 April
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

The weather is changing, time to get out and about. Come and help build a bothy in the Concrete Community Garden, Possil. We want to finish it for our busy summer activities. If you have some time pop in. No experience necessary – but if you have all the better. Banter is passable, good crack, and the food is good. We will even pay your bus fare and you will learn something. Check out this video for the project:

https://youtu.be/VgWTMYlKlkg

Hod me back!

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Arika presents – Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives
Wednesday, 15 April until Sunday, 19 April
Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives is a 5-day exploration of care as a form of struggle and resistance, with communities who embody it, through theatre, film, experimental readings, discussion, workshops, collective investigations and being together.

How is it that contemporary life leaves us feeling ill and exhausted, uncared for – as if living by a thread? How might we care for each other differently? Can we think of care as a form of survival and resistance? And does thinking about such a socialised form of care require us to expand, challenge or refute the policed norms of ability and sanity, personhood and the body so violently imposed on us all?

Could the ways we attend to each other’s joys and pains help us to generate different futures together? Could we give humanness a different future by re-imagining what bodies and minds can be?

Thur £4 / Fri £4 / Sat £4 / Sun £6

Some events Free – Some events with BSL and/or live subtitling provided by Stagetext

For bookings:

Online: here or via www.tramway.org
Phone: 0845 330 3501

Full programme and schedule information is available at http://arika.org.uk/events or as a PDF on http://issuu.com/arika

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Angry Not Apathetic: Direct action gets the goods!
Wednesday, April 15 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With a general election less than a month away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the second of a pair of talks on issues surrounding them. The evening will open with a short presentation on what anarchists advocate in favour of instead of electoral politics before opening up for wider discussion.

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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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The Concrete Garden Spring Open Day!
Saturday, 18 April at 12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

Spring open day with Grow Your Own Food demonstrations, meet the chickens, seed swaps, eco-crafts, local foods, an outdoor pizza oven, and live music.

We are also calling out to all musicians! We’re looking for bands/ musicians to come and play. If you’d like to join us, drop us a line (paula) and please spread the word to all your musical friends. We’ll make sure you’re well fed (we’ll have our outdoor pizza oven fired up for the day) and you’ll be paid for your set.

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Challenging the Militarisation of Youth in Scotland
Tuesday 28th April at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Mary Barbour Suite in the Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3UU

The Ministry of Defence have ramped up their recruitment efforts. The military are visiting more and more schools nationwide, especially in lower income areas. There has been a surge in the number of Cadet Forces and Troops to Teacher programmes. The Government and MOD have together created The British Armed Forces: Learning Resource 2014, targeting 5-16 year olds, emailing it to every school in the country.

We are reaching new levels of militarisation of youth in the UK and Scotland.

This is an invitation to an event exploring the military’s engagement with young people in Scotland. It will feature:

Owen Everett, Education Campaign worker at ForcesWatch* giving a report on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland;

Ben Griffin, ex-SAS soldier from Veterans for Peace UK** speaking on Recruitment and the Militarisation of Youth;

There will also be a screening of the short film ‘Engage: the military and young people’, which was made by teenagers.

The UK military spends millions of pounds each year on its ‘youth engagement’ programme, including around 11,000 armed forces visits to state secondary schools and colleges, and huge Cadet Forces. These initiatives concern many people, particularly given that the two main aims of them are recruitment into the armed forces – which carries much higher risks for the youngest, most disadvantaged recruits (the UK is the only country in the EU that recruits 16 year-olds into the armed forces) – and to give children a positive view towards the armed forces that they will carry into adulthood.

On April 29th we will host a workshop ‘What is militarism? And how to counter it?’ 6pm. Destination TBC.

*ForcesWatch is a small not-for-profit organisation based in London that critically scrutinises the ethical basis of the recruitment of young people into the UK armed forces, and the growing presence and influence of the military and military approaches in different areas of UK society (especially the education system), raising concerns as to whose best interests these are really in.

**Veterans For Peace UK is an anti-war ex-services organisation that;
1. Educates on the true nature of military service and war.
2. Resists war and militarism through nonviolent action.
3. Stands in solidarity with people affected by militarism and war.
Their ultimate aim is the abolition of war as an instrument of foreign policy.

The event is FREE, but please book a place online

These workshops are organised by Resist Militarism Network, with the support of the Centre for Human Ecology, Forces Watch and Veterans For Peace.

28th April 2015 marks 100 years exactly since the International Congress of Women at The Haig to call for the end of WW1. Chrystal McMillan was an audacious anti-war activist from Scotland who attended the Congress. This event is also a celebration of resistance against war and militarism 100 years ago, as well today. You can find a report on the historic event here: https://archive.org/details/internatcongrewom00interich

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This is what democracy looks like?

What follows is the very rough notes that where used for the introduction to the the first of our Angry Not Apathetic discussion groups. This evening we looked at what elections are, and the role of parliamentary/representative  democracy. It would be great to carry on what was a really engaged discussion, so if you were at the talk (or even if not) it would be awesome if you could put a summation of any points you either raised or took away in the comments bellow.

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This is what democracy looks like?

The general election is a contest to see who will win the job of running the state, so to understand elections, you need to understand the role of the state:

  • An organisation of all the lawmaking and law enforcing institutions within a specific territory.
  • Controlled and run by a small minority of people.
  • Claims that only violence that takes place with it’s sanction is legitimate.
  • Acts to protect the capitalist interests of a specific segment of the ruling class, while also keeping capitalism in check so it doesn’t all fall apart, as the success or failure of a state rests on the success or failure of capitalism within it.
  • To maintain social order and class society.

There are a whole lot of reasons thrown up for why elections make sense, none of which stand up to even a light level of scrutiny. Here are some of the most common:

Standing in elections gives a platform to talk politics
This was the reasoning behind the German socialist parties in the early 20th century, it has been the call of many small minority parties since, and today it is used by the anarchist group Class War. The thing is it wasn’t taking part in electoral politics that contributed any success these groups had, it was direct action at the points where we had struggles in our lives. If anything for CW formal involvement in elections has weakened their argument and made their position seem contradictory and muddled, while socialist parties just get trapped in a mire of elections and don’t go beyond that. Politics and power isn’t external in the state, it is everywhere and available to us, and pretending that elections are special hides that power from us.

Voting for the lesser of two evils
No matter who you vote for, the government that forms is going to undertake the same tasks. It may present them differently; in fact New Labour were able to be far harsher than he Tories due to the lack of criticism and scrutiny given to them by the unions. Parties outside of power will always be able to look better than those in. When we look at the policies and actions of government they have never been taken in direct reply to an election so much as the militancy and power of working class movements at any given time. Rather than pretend that elections have any real meaning we should look at ways or organising ourselves so that no mater who is in power, they will need to provide concessions to us as a working class.

A radical minority can pull the state leftwards
Nah, the ruling party will spin things to justify the plans it was going to undertake whatever. A radical minority will be ignored as it can’t be used to further the agenda of those in power (unless painted as a scapegoat and villain – red scare). On the other hand a minor far-right party (such as Golden Dawn or UKIP) can be used as the excuse to drive through harsh laws and reactionary positions because that is what the government wanted to do all along. BNP got used this way without even having an MP.

We need to change the way we vote!
The voting system being the used isn’t the barrier or the key to change. No matter how they are chosen, elected officials are largely unaccountable except to their own party and the tasks of government. Regardless of how they are selected, the main way to see real changes is through organising with those around us, while the electoral process itself is still a massive distraction from building this kind of working class power.

We need to counter voter apathy
This one is half-right. Apathy is a problem, but voting or not voting is beside the point. Apathy comes from a feeling that change is not possible, a feeling that the focus on voting creates. We need to work to build a culture where people feel they can resist the state and capitalism, but that won’t happen by posing a new candidate to vote for; that will only breed more apathy.

We can change the system from the inside
The closer a group gets to executive decision making the more it’s interests start to side with the status quo. We can see this recently with the SNP, where they dropped their pledge to leave NATO, thus indicating to others in power that their commitment to scrap trident is nothing more than hollow rhetoric and that once in power they would (with a regretful face on) keep things as they are.

In Conclusion: I’d argue that anarchism should be a tool for understanding how power and hierarchy works, and as such we should use it to be truthful about elections and work to demystify them. Pretending they are somehow important just holds us back.


 

Next month (on the 15th of April) we will be looking at the question of what anarchists actively put their time into, so keep your eyes peeled on this blog  for details of our second talk in this short series: Direct action gets the goods!

Glasgow Events from 18/03/2015

Hi all,

Back again with the regular round-up of upcoming events in Glasgow. This week we have a court solidarity action with the bods involved with Glasgow Palestine Action who closes down Thales, drone component makers, in Govan; us lot in Glasgow Anarchist Federation will be putting on a discussion evening this Wednesday giving an anarchist view of elections; and the Glitch film festival starts this Thursday, showcasing work by queer/trans/intersex/artists of colour.

As ever, if you know of anything you would like added to the update then drop us a line. Now on with the update…

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Glasgow Palestine Action in Court – Thales Action Solidarity

Wednesday, March 18 & Thursday March 19 – times TBA though 1pm on Wed start likely

Glasgow Sheriff Court, 1 Carlton Place, G5 9TW

Glasgow Palestine Action (https://twitter.com/glasgowbds) are in court on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th for taking action against Thales weapons systems manufacturer in Govan in September, 2014.

The trial start on WEDNESDAY 18th and will run to THURSDAY 19th. Bring banners, tea/coffee/food to share, take photos / video, musical instruments, your voices.

Join us in solidarity with all those facing injustice at the hands of a defunct criminal justice system. A system which defends the rights of corporations and weapons manufacturers ahead of people. Join us to raise awareness of how the arms trade in the UK is complicit in occupation, apartheid and colonialism in Palestine.

Ten activists were arrested after shutting down a Thales UK factory in Glasgow to protest the company’s relationship with the Israeli military. Staged in response to Israel’s military onslaught that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, including more than 500 children, the action sought to protest “the UK economy’s ever growing military industrial cooperation with governments that flout international law”.

Thales signed a $1.6 billion contract with Israel’s largest military technology firm Elbit Systems in 2011 to develop a new drone fleet for the UK military called Watchkeeper. Watchkeeper is based on Elbit’s Hermes 450 model, one of Israel’s most widely deployed attack drones. Like most weapons developed in Israel, the Hermes 450 has been tested and perfected on the people of Gaza.

This action is part of a worldwide effort to target arms alliances with Israel. It forms part of a wider struggle, for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. See http://www.bdsmovement.net/.

Glasgow Palestine Action are a network of people – women, queer and trans led – organizing and taking action against Israeli apartheid through BDS and other solidarity work.

For more info, see:

Glasgow action:

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/glasgow-activists-arrested-shutting-down-drone-maker-tied-gaza-slaughter

Birmingham action:

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/activists-israeli-factory

Kent action:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/activist-group-london-palestine-action-shuts-down-israeli-arms-factory-kent-1488322

Melbourne action:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/gaza-strip-crisis-melbourne-palestine-action-group-shuts-down-israeli-arms-factory-1461259

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Angry Not Apathetic: This is what democracy looks like?

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With a general election less than a couple of months away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the first of a pair of talks on issues surrounding them. The evening will open with a short presentation on how anarchists view the electoral process before opening up for wider discussion.

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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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GLITCH – A QUEER/ TRANS/ INTERSEX/ PEOPLE OF COLOUR FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday, March 19 until Saturday, March 28

CCA, 350 Sauciehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

We are a glitch in the system

Our lives deny the lies

Our complexity is dissent

We fight for love

We have a stunning selection of films, video art, spoken word, filmmaker Q & A’s, panel discussions, live music, and free haircuts. Entry to all events is FREE/ All films are subtitled/ All live events are BSL interpreted. To see the full programme then please visit:

http://www.digitaldesperados.org/glitch/glitchprogramme-2015/

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Robust Hummingbird – Travels by Telephone // Jenn Hart // Henry Raby // Failbetter Firesingers // Dangle Manatee

Saturday, 21 March at 2:00pm

Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, G12 8PB

An afternoon of riotous words and mutinous music to kickstart Glasgow’s newest DIY performance rabble: Robust Hummingbird. Come and watch the wings unfurl and shiver into movement.

Zipping your way this time:

TRAVELS BY TELEPHONE: A softer plum isn’t in the basket. Dreamy, bespectacled indie folk from York twisting tales of natural wonders and gentle epiphanies.

http://travelsbytelephone.bandcamp.com/

JENN HART: Bristolian bee buzzing in a painted jar. Jenn sews radical rhymes to tie nasties up in knots.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMVqKe8G_jE

HENRY RABY: Boots crunching on pebbles. Punk poetry from York to get greased up and wriggle through tubes to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEce07ORBD4

FAILBETTER FIRESINGERS: Buds blooming beneath swirling skies. Sincere and affecting voices fae Glasgow making you sway, sigh, and feel warm inside.

DANGLE MANATEE: The beast that birthed the hummingbird giving themselves a cheeky slice of the action. Dada punk folk gurgling against the grain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK6OgVBOU34

All absolutely and joyously free, but if you can afford to then please support the artists by dropping some pennies, pounds, and trinkets into the smelly cap that will be passed around x

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Glasgow Social Centre presents… Double film screening + meal

Saturday, 28 March at 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Location to be confirmed

The newly reformed Glasgow Social Centre collective invite you to our first fundraising event: come along and eat, watch a film, find out what we’re organising in the city and how you can get involved.

We will be screening 2 films simultaneously, one family friendly film in a supervised crèche space, and a documentary in the second room. Parents should feel free to move between both rooms as they feel comfortable.

After the film there will be food and space to chat about the social centre and ways to get involved. Food will be vegan, and there will be healthy snacks for the kids.

We are trying to raise money for the new social centre, but we understand that a lot of folks are skint, so whilst we would love a suggested donation of £3, the most important thing is that people come along, and those without papers or on low/no incomes are welcome to attend for free. If you’ve got lots of money feel free to give us most of it!

FAMILY FILM: Spirited Away

https://youtu.be/ByXuk9QqQkk

DOCUMENTARY: Concerning Violence

TRAILER CONTAINS VIOLENCE TO ANIMALS & GUNSHOTS https://youtu.be/dIQwKP3j1zc

4-7PM

GARNETHILL MULTICULTURAL CENTRE

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Anti-fracking direct action training

Saturday, 28 March at 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

This will be a introductory workshop for those interested in direct action on the issue of fracking. spaces will be limited so to book email frackfreeglasgow

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Sarah Cassidy: Sarahdactyl

Saturday, 28th March, at 6:00pm-7:00pm

Yesbar,14 Drury Street, Glasgow, G2 5AA

Feminist comedian Sarah Cassidy presents her third full-length stand-up show to a room full of friends and strangers. The show is about love primarily, but also it’s about dinosaurs. This is a challenge; Sarah will be the first person ever to combine gender politics and paleontology in a comedy format. Expect ill-placed jokes about ancient reptiles intentionally crowbarred into an otherwise touching and honest show about relationships.

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GLASGOW ZINE FEST 2K15

Saturday, April 4at 12:00pm

The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Underground for the underdog. Zines, books, food, tunes, art, DIY DIY DIY. Spread across Old Hairdressers AND Stereo this year, we’re looking at double the fun.

Zine fair from 12:00-6:30pm

Bands in Stereo & exhibition in Old Hairdressers to follow

Friendship served all day

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Angry Not Apathetic: Direct action gets the goods!

Wednesday, April 15 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With a general election less than a couple of months away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the second of a pair of talks on issues surrounding them. The evening will open with a short presentation on what anarchists advocate in favour of instead of electoral politics before opening up for wider discussion.

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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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Glasgow Events Dungavel Hunger Strike – Demonstrate in support Tomorrow Sunday 15 March

We don’t like to put out more than one email a week, but we always will if urgent things come in:
* Dungavel Hunger Strike – Demonstrate in support Tomorrow Sunday 15 March * Memorial for Rachel Corrie, killed by Israeli soldiers whilst defending a Palestinian home 16th March 2003

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Dungavel Hunger Strike – Demonstrate in support Tomorrow Sunday 15 March

60 Dungavel detainees on hunger strike.

They need our support.

Demonstration at Dungavel Detention Centre

Tomorrow Sunday 15 March, 3.00pm

Meet in George Sq, Glasgow at 1.30pm

Bring your car if you have one to provide lifts.

Bring banners and placards and noise.

End Detention Now

Close Dungavel

and all Detention Centres

We have just received news of this hunger strike and will disseminate information as we get it.

Jock Morris

Chair

GCtWR

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Memorial for Rachel Corrie, killed by Israeli soldiers whilst defending a Palestinian home 16th March 2003

Monday 16th March. 5:30pm
Outside Thales Weapons factory, Govan – 1 Linthouse Road, Glasgow, G51 4BZ

More details :
https://fleabite.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/glasgow-memorial-for-12th-anniversary-of-rachel-corries-death-mon-16th-530pm-thales-govan/

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Go Beyond the Law

Today we went out to a rally to remember Leelah Alcorn, the young trans woman who recently took her life after her parents attempted to put her through conversion therapy. In her suicide note Leelah had called for laws to be introduced to end this torture of trans youth, and that was the initial focus for the day.

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The event  had been called by the city’s queer students, acting autonomously to hold an event for their community. It was widely reported that both the council and the police had done everything they could to try hinder the event, from lying about legal requirements to demonstrate, making up the need for insurance and a list of named wardens, right through to forcing changes in the date and location. Despite this the folks organising the day powered through and the attendance was strong. The newly formed Glasgow Food Not Bombs came down with scran and donations were taken for local LGBT Youth projects.

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We were also involved in chasing off some SWP scumbags who claimed they were attending in solidarity. They did this in front of one trans women they had attacked on George Square and one of our members who they had attempted to drag off while threatening to knock their teeth out, both times for calling out their members involvement covering up rape by Martin Smith (the specifics of the case are linked from here, here, and here). They bold-face denied their part in rape apologism, and at the same time were trying to say they were there as individuals while handing out fliers for an SWP front group! They really are a shameless cult that have no concept of solidarity except as a word employed to further their party.

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Our group was offered a spot to give a short talk and while it went off script a couple of times (due to nerves, emotions, and the freezing cold weather), here is what was being read from at the time:

“My name is Tanya and I am part of the Anarchist Federation of Britain.

Many of the signs brought here today call for human rights and legal protections to be put in place by the institutions that target us with their violence today. Leelah Alcorn’s own final message asks specifically for laws to prevent the torture that is conversion therapy. These calls are understandable and I am glad when things are made easier for us.

However I want put forward a warning: that setting our sights on changes in the law will only benefit a privileged few. We already have laws against murder and yet trans women are killed at an alarming rate. We have laws against child abuse, but our young siblings are still driven to suicide due to neglect.

Laws should not, and can not, be our goal. Anything that can be granted – rights, laws, or charity – can be eroded or turned against us. We can see this with marriage equality, and again with the push for acceptance in the military. Laws are compromises made by a government trying to break up a strong movement.

We need to go beyond the law.

Our goal has to be for liberation from gendered oppression, and nothing less.

This is a struggle that can only be won by finding others who we share an interest with, and organising collectively, first to understand the causes of our oppression, and then in taking action directly at their roots, to remove them for ourselves.

However, at the same time we must recognise that this is a fight that will involve many different groups facing different problems, and it is vital to our struggle to build solidarity across the working class as a whole.

We can see this in our shared history:

The huge waves of self-organisation and militant direct action used to face down the AIDS epidemic and Section 28. The solidarity between inner city queers and the miners that had a real chance of victory against all the state’s institutions. And going all the way back to when black and latina trans women fought back during police instigated riots (most famously at the Stonewall Inn). Remember that these same women would go on to form organisations like STAR – the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries – organisations that would lay the groundwork for the gains that trans and queer people have made today.

My final thought then is to take a look into my own experience and those of my friends, and look at the physical manifestations of gendered oppression. Our problems come from social isolation, medical gate-keeping, and crippling poverty. We’re estranged from family, constantly forced into dangerous situations, and denied well-being in our lives that leaves us in a precarious position both physically and mentally.

We need to make the space for one another to breath. We need to make the space to understand the causes of our problems. And we need to make the space to find freedom in our lives.

Thank you.”

Why I shot a Royalist, Germaine Berton

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Anarchist women: shooting fascists before it was fashionable.

Originally posted on Forgotten Anarchism:

Why I shot a Royalist
Germaine Berton
1923
Le Flambeau, Algiers

Amongst the enemies of the proletariat, I have always had a particular hatred for the Royalists and their agents provocateurs; I could hardly contain my anger when I recalled the abject attitude of MM. Maurras and Daudet towards workers’ organisations. The articles and the media campaign by the Action Française in 1920 through which the King’s Camelots became strike breakers; the incessant call to violence; the shameful slander of some Anarchists and Communists; the threats of repression and fascism. Towards the end of 1922 I was pushed to the limit, I would have been a coward if I hadn’t had the courage to express, in my own way, my rancour and my disgust.

At that time, while Poincaré was busy with the invasion of the Ruhr, the Royalists were actively preparing their social war, hiding their resentment and their…

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Glasgow Events from 12/03/2015

Hi all,

With winter leaving us behind I’m glad to see that the reformed Glasgow Social Centre collective are holding their first public event on the 28th of this month! It is a double-bill film screening, with one room screening the documentary Concerning Violence and a crèche/family friendly room showing Spirited Away. At the same time food will be provided and there will be info on hand about the Glasgow Social Centre project and how to get involved. See more in the listing below.

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Fail Better: Smash Yer Cage

Thursday, March 12 at 8:00pm

McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

Smash yer cages and burst yer bubbles. This month we bring you a kick up the arse in music and poetry. The sun is coming back: it’s time to shake yer chains off and get down. Every dawn has it’s date with a rebel.

***MOG*** releases his new album: NOMAD’S LAND. Straight into your brain holes.

HEATHER MCLEAN will be depositing fine words on stage.

the inimitable KATY HASTIE poets and proses before our very eyes.

there will be folk fighting songs aplenty fae DOMINIC O’HARA

DECLAN WELSH returns to the stage wi his BAND

and if that’s not enough, the night is gonna be hosted by REBECCA WALLACE (who is releasing her debut album: FRAGMENTATLITY at the glad cafe on the 29th of March. Get yersel to hear some fucking amazing new magic being released into the atmosphere… get tickets here: http://t-s.co/becci )

As always, it’s FREE ENTRY and a bucket to chuck your quids of support for the artists.

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Q&A with Denise Mina

Friday, March 13 at 10:30am

Ibrox Library, Midlock St (west of Cessnock U)

Denise Mina, Glasgow based crime novelist & comic book script-writer, speaks about her work, perspective on Glasgow and does a Q&A. Organised by Ibrox Writers Group at Ibrox Library.

Free entry, coffee, tea & nibbles.

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LEELAH’S LAW SOLIDARITY DEMO | GLASGOW

Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am

Meeting opposite Merchant Square

This is in memory of Leelah Alcorn herself, with the intent of making sure her final words and wishes are heard. This is a call to enact "Leelah’s Law", which would ban the practice of so-called "transgender conversion therapy" in the United States. This is also in support of transgender individuals of all ages and is a call for information on transgender and gender non-conforming identities to be taught compassionately and appropriately in schools from an early age.

This event is being organized by members of the transgender community and allies working together, and in conjunction with the LGBTQI+ societies of the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University.

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Angry Not Apathetic: This is what democracy looks like?

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With a general election less than a couple of months away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the first of a pair of talks on issues surrounding them. The evening will open with a short presentation on how anarchists view the electoral process before opening up for wider discussion.

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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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GLITCH – A QUEER/ TRANS/ INTERSEX/ PEOPLE OF COLOUR FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday, March 19 until Saturday, March 28

CCA, 350 Sauciehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

We are a glitch in the system

Our lives deny the lies

Our complexity is dissent

We fight for love

We have a stunning selection of films, video art, spoken word, filmmaker Q & A’s, panel discussions, live music, and free haircuts. Entry to all events is FREE/ All films are subtitled/ All live events are BSL interpreted. To see the full programme then please visit:

http://www.digitaldesperados.org/glitch/glitchprogramme-2015/

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Robust Hummingbird – Travels by Telephone // Jenn Hart // Henry Raby // Failbetter Firesingers // Dangle Manatee

Saturday, 21 March at 2:00pm

Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, G12 8PB

An afternoon of riotous words and mutinous music to kickstart Glasgow’s newest DIY performance rabble: Robust Hummingbird. Come and watch the wings unfurl and shiver into movement.

Zipping your way this time:

TRAVELS BY TELEPHONE: A softer plum isn’t in the basket. Dreamy, bespectacled indie folk from York twisting tales of natural wonders and gentle epiphanies.

http://travelsbytelephone.bandcamp.com/

JENN HART: Bristolian bee buzzing in a painted jar. Jenn sews radical rhymes to tie nasties up in knots.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMVqKe8G_jE

HENRY RABY: Boots crunching on pebbles. Punk poetry from York to get greased up and wriggle through tubes to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEce07ORBD4

FAILBETTER FIRESINGERS: Buds blooming beneath swirling skies. Sincere and affecting voices fae Glasgow making you sway, sigh, and feel warm inside.

DANGLE MANATEE: The beast that birthed the hummingbird giving themselves a cheeky slice of the action. Dada punk folk gurgling against the grain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK6OgVBOU34

All absolutely and joyously free, but if you can afford to then please support the artists by dropping some pennies, pounds, and trinkets into the smelly cap that will be passed around x

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Glasgow Social Centre presents… Double film screening + meal

Saturday, 28 March at 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

The newly reformed Glasgow Social Centre collective invite you to our first fundraising event: come along and eat, watch a film, find out what we’re organising in the city and how you can get involved.

We will be screening 2 films simultaneously, one family friendly film in a supervised creche space, and a documentary in the second room. Parents should feel free to move between both rooms as they feel comfortable.

After the film there will be food and space to chat about the social centre and ways to get involved. Food will be vegan, and there will be healthy snacks for the kids.

We are trying to raise money for the new social centre, but we understand that a lot of folks are skint, so whilst we would love a suggested donation of £3, the most important thing is that people come along, and those without papers or on low/no incomes are welcome to attend for free. If you’ve got lots of money feel free to give us most of it!

FAMILY FILM: Spirited Away

https://youtu.be/ByXuk9QqQkk

DOCUMENTARY: Concerning Violence

TRAILER CONTAINS VIOLENCE TO ANIMALS & GUNSHOTS https://youtu.be/dIQwKP3j1zc

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Anti fracking Direct action training

Saturday, 28 March at 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

This will be a introductory workshop for those interested in direct action on the issue of fracking. spaces will be limited so to book email frackfreeglasgow

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Sarah Cassidy: Sarahdactyl

Saturday, 28th March, at 6:00pm-7:00pm

Yesbar,14 Drury Street, Glasgow, G2 5AA

Feminist comedian Sarah Cassidy presents her third full-length stand-up show to a room full of friends and strangers. The show is about love primarily, but also it’s about dinosaurs. This is a challenge; Sarah will be the first person ever to combine gender politics and paleontology in a comedy format. Expect ill-placed jokes about ancient reptiles intentionally crowbarred into an otherwise touching and honest show about relationships.

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Angry Not Apathetic: Direct action gets the goods!

Wednesday, April 15 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With a general election less than a couple of months away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the second of a pair of talks on issues surrounding them. The evening will open with a short presentation on what anarchists advocate in favour of instead of electoral politics before opening up for wider discussion.

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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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