Glasgow Events TONIGHT Asylum seeker solidarity and glasgow mutual aid

First off, apologies for the lack of updates in the past couple of years. Your humble list compiler had some burnout, and the others who had been involved took a step back as well. However when I found out about the horrific ways covid has been twisted to attack asylum seekers in our city, I got the list reinstated and will endeavour to publicise events (particularly Black Lives Matter protests) again on a (semi) regular basis. In addition I know there are many of us frustrated that facebook is becoming the sole way that protests are being publicised, when for many reasons (including political, self care, real name/dead name issues) lots of folks aren’t on facebook, and we have many reasons to not trust that mega corporation. Therefore it seemed important to restart an easy way folks can keep aware of protests, actions, support, etc happening.

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Tonight there is a demo to show solidarity with asylum seekers who are organising against the disgraceful, inhumane, opportunistic treatment they have suffered from Mears, an asylum accommodation contractor working on behalf of the Home Office. They have been forced out of their flats into crowded conditions, had money taken off them, denied medical care, and given substandard food, including mouldy and undercooked. More details

End Hotel Detention
Wednesday 17th June (TONIGHT!), 6pm George Square

Join us for a peaceful demonstration at George Square on Wednesday 17th June. This demonstration is organised by people who have been refusing food in hotels they have been forced into by Mears.

The No Evictions Network fully supports their three key demands:


People seeking asylum have been forcefully removed from their homes into cramped, degrading and unsafe hotels. They have had their financial support withdrawn. The food provided is substandard in quality, low in nutritional value and culturally inappropriate.

There are now over 20 people refusing food in the Ibis Hotel, McLays Guest House and Park Inn.

Adnan Olbeh, a young man seeking refuge from Syria died in one of the hotels in May 2020.

Despite this, pleas for change made by both individuals and
organisations have been ignored. Mears have continually tried to deny, silence and cover up the situation in the hotels.


*If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or are more at risk to the virus please do not attend. If you do plan on attending, please wear a mask. Masks will be handed out to those who do not have one already. Social distancing rules will apply and there will be markings on the ground to adhere to the 2 metre apart guideline*


Glasgow Mutual Aid has been organising since the beginning of lockdown to help coordinate requests and offers of support for those

To get involved and to request and/or offer support, go to



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Glasgow Events Autonomy Update 6th July 2018

Hi everyone,

Here’s what’s coming up in Glasgow over the next couple of weeks, as well as a couple of things a bit further afield. As always, let us know about any events or actions coming up by emailing us at glasgowaf

1. Sma Shot Day: IWW stall & parade – Saturday 7th July

2. LGBT Unity Fundraiser – Saturday 7th July

3. Protest Trump’s Visit (Glasgow) – Friday 13th July

4. Scotland United Against Trump: National Demonstration – Saturday 14th July

5. Nelson Mandela International Day – Wednesday 18th July

6. Critical Pedagogy: An Evening with Antonia Darder – Thursday 19th July

7. Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair – Saturday 21st July

8. Roast the Fash – counter-protest to Scottish Defence League "Free Speech Rally" – Saturday 21st July

Glasgow Events Autonomy Update 12th June 2018

Hi comrades!

Here’s your latest Autonomy Update. If you have any events coming up let us know, and we’ll include it in the next update.

1. Are Workers Being Exploited? – Wednesday 13th June

2. Banner-making: Justice for Grenfell – Thursday 14th June

3. Grenfell Solidarity Vigil – Saturday 16th June

4. Ubuntu Women’s Shelter fundraiser – Saturday 16th June

5. Red and Black Song Club: German Songs – Wednesday 20th June

6. Living Rent: tenants’ action & organising meeting – Thursday 21st June

7. Where are you really from? Refugee Festival Scotland – Friday 22nd June

8. Scotland, Surveillance and Spycops – Saturday 23rd June

9. Glasgow Against the Arms Fair – Tuesday 26th June

Glasgow Events Autonomy Update 29 April 2018

Hello friends and fellow workers. May Day is this week and there’s no shortage of events in Glasgow celebrating International Workers Day – on the day itself and later on. We hope it stays sunny and people are reinvigorated to fight for a better world for all!

Many thanks to the folk behind May Day Week 2018 for the information they sent us and all the hard work they’ve put in organising events.

As always, please send us your events so that we can publicise them for you!

1. MAY DAY Parade & Rally – Tuesday 1st May

2. Radical Film Network (RFN) Scotland 6818 Launch – Tuesday 1st May

3. Radical History Walk – Wednesday 2nd May

4. Radical Imagination Presentation – Thursday 3rd May

5. Memories of Underdevelopment (Radical Film Network) – Friday 4th May

6. Songs for Revolution – Saturday 5th May

7. Trades Council MAY DAY March – Sunday 6th May

8. MAY DAY Picnic – Sunday 6th May

9. Spirit of Revolt Show & Tell Event (The Free Hetherington) – Monday 14th May

Glasgow Events Mini-update 23rd March

Hello all!

Just sending out a quick update today.

1. Anarchists and Friends social
2. Now and After

Glasgow Events Autonomy Update 4 March 2018

Hello everyone! Hope you’ve all survived the snowpocalypse and are desperate to get out of the house and do some stuff. International Women’s Day on Thursday is also International Women’s Strike, and there are events happening throughout the day.

Please send us your events so that we can publicise them for you!Here’s what we’ve found for you this coming week and one save-the-date for later this month:

1. ‘Against the National Project’ film screenings – Tuesday 6th March

2. Red and Black Song Club: International Women’s Day songs – Wednesday 7th March

3. Solidarity with IWW member standing trial- Free the Pride 5 – Thursday 8th March

4. Singing at International Women’s Day – Thursday 8th March

5. #Solidarity4Repeal – International Women’s Day 2018 (Glasgow) – Thursday 8th March

6. Universities on strike – Monday 5th March to Thursday 8th March AND Monday 12th March to Friday 16th March

7. Book Launch: No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland – Saturday 31 March

Glasgow Events Autonomy Update 30/1/18

Hello again everyone! Here is your Autonomy Update for the next two weeks. As always, email us your radical and autonomous events so that we can publicise them for you.

1. Fair Food – Dignified Distribution


2. Strathclyde University UCU Strike Support and Planning Meeting


3. Banner making for No More Trans Deaths Noise Demo


4. NEON Movement Building Application due


5. WestGAP Stall


6. Red and Black Song Club


7. Lessons from the Russian Revolution: Anarchist Federation Talk and Discussion


8. ACQuee Planning Meeting



1. Fair Food – Dignified Distribution

Wed 31 January 2018

12:00 – 15:30

Kinning Park Complex

43 Cornwall Street


G41 1BA

Glasgow Community Food Network’s Seasonal Networking Event for January.

For this event we are focussing in on food sharing projects and organisations. If you’re involved in sourcing surplus produce, community meals, feeding people, food distribution or any other kind of food sharing activity – this one is for you.

We’ll have speakers from different aspects of community food sharing and surplus food work, discussing their learning and experiences. We’ll have opportunites to discuss successes and challenges, talk through key issues and network collective action.

Coordinators, project workers, volunteers and participants all welcome.

Lunch will be provided by the Real Junk Food Project from midday.

Register for free online at:


2. Strathclyde University UCU Strike Committee Meeting



UCU Office, Livingstone Tower

The UCU (lecturer and support workers union) is going out on strike on February 22nd/23rd/26th/27th February over the attack on their pensions. There is a Strike Committee meeting which students wanting to build the struggle are welcome to attend. It is at the UCU Office, Ground Floor of the Livingstone Tower at 12.00-13.00 on Thursday 1st February.


3. Banner making for No More Trans Deaths Noise Demo



Glasgow Autonomous Space

We’re having a banner session for the No More Trans Deaths: Noise Demo down south! Come hang out with us and get crafty :~)

We’ll be joining various Action for Trans Health chapters, Manchester No Prisons at HMP Doncaster on the 11th Feb to protest the state-sanctioned murder of trans people.


Glasgow Events Autonomy Update Jan 8 2018

Happy/solidarity-filled 2018 folks!

Just a reminder to send any events you would like listed here to There are over 800 subscribers to this list, so if you’re producing radical events in Glasgow, use this resource! This week’s update follows.

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

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

Come and join us for the Unity* Arabic/English language exchange! It is a conversation class where people can learn Arabic and Arabic speakers can learn/improve their English and get to know each other in a supportive environment – an environment where English is not put on a pedestal and everyone is learning.

The class started as a response to the limited spaces for people to study ESOL at college. Many are on waiting lists for many many months, so we wanted to act together so people could practice their English in the mean time. Anyone of any level can attend. We also urgently need more English speakers!

An organisation called Arika has given us some money to provide travel expenses for those that could not attend the class otherwise, but this money is running out. Please help if you can: Come on down! 🙂

*The Unity Centre has been open almost 10 years and offers unconditional support and solidarity to asylum seekers and all other migrants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. Celtic Connections free concerts heads up

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

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

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

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

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


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Glasgow Events Autonomy Update 2/11/17

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

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

Kick the Nazis out of George Square!

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

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

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

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

Other counter demo groups:

3. Glasgow Skeptics Visit Cafe Scientifique
Waterstones, Sauchiehall Street

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

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

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

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

Followed by a tasty meal and maybe even some dancing!

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


More information available here:

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

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

Dr Alice Howarth.
Free entry

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

Surround Dungavel – End Detention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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Glasgow Events Autonomy update 20.10.17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All our volunteers get travel expenses and lunch expenses recompensed.

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

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

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

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