Glasgow Events from 21/07/2015

Hi all,

A few interesting events this week coming, with planning for the social centre on Tuesday, an anti-raids planning meeting for those facing dawn raids from the racists in the UKBA and those wanting to support them taking place this Thursday, and the general secretary of the IWW speaking this Saturday coming.

Also, our good friends at WestGAP are looking for more people to head along and get involved. This can be through doing some admin around the office or by helping folks with claimants advice and enquiries. You can contact them through http://westgap.co.uk/contact-us/

As ever, if you know of any events coming up then drop us a line.

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Glasgow Social Centre: Funday Planning Meeting

Tuesday, July 21st at 6:45pm – 8:15pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Our next summer event is going to be a funday suitable for people of all ages that hopes to highlight some of the ways in which a social centre could be used in Glasgow. We would like your help in putting it together. So if you are interested in helping plan out this event, or just want to get involved in setting up a social centre, then head along and meet the rest of the collective!

Please note the change in previously advertised date.

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Glasgow Anti-Raids Meeting

Thursday, July 23 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm

African Arts Centre, 286 Broomloan Road, G51 2JQ

Worried about dawn raids? Interested in joining together to resist them? Come along to this public meeting. Refreshments and childcare provided.

If you have information to share or want to talk then contact:

glasgowantiraids

07448586481 (on Lyca Mobile)

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‘YOUR CLASS NEEDS YOU’ – the Industrial Workers of the World 2015 national speaking tour

Saturday, July 25 at 7:15pm – 9:15pm

CCA Clubroom, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The National Secretary of the IWW, Dave Pike, introduces the fighting union, what it stands for and how it is winning victories for the working class – like higher wages for cleaners, permanency for temps and safety at work for fast food workers. The IWW sees the world as divided by the boss class and the working class, and no-one will fight for our class other than us.

We organise so that workers can win for themselves and are not reliant on Union full timers or politicians to fight for them. Come along to this event and find out what the IWW is doing in Europe and around the world, and how you can get involved. Fight for your class.

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FREE Dance Event

Saturday, July 25, time to be confirmed

Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

There will be a free family jam (dance, music, art) lead by a local talented dancer, Lizzie and Rebecca Moore from @TheGlasgowJam.

The session will be for two hours and is suitable for any ages, for all the family to participate (there will be opportunities for rest breaks for tired parents/adults)! If your family and friends enjoy physical play, dance, creating sound and art together then this is for you! The higher the attendance the more likely this will be offered again in the future so please tell your friends and spread the word.

Did I mention it is FREE!!!

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The Festival of Code 2015

Monday July 27 to Sunday August 2

Tay House, 300 Bath St, G2 4LH

Young Rewired State <http://yrs.io> is a connected community of coders and digital makers aged 18 and under. We introduce them to like-minded peers, and expert mentors, at free events around the world, where they focus on collaboration, skill development and using their digital skills for social good.

Every summer, we run the world’s largest annual hackathon for young people! The ‘Festival of Code <http://festival.yrs.io/>’ is a week-long celebration of young technology talent, bringing together coders from all across the UK – and the world – to build projects together to solve real world problems. Over the past six years, we’ve worked with over 2,000 young people in the UK and abroad, with lots of our alumni now returning to mentor the next generation of young coders.

At the Festival our community gather from Monday to Thursday at volunteer-led local centres <http://festival.yrs.io/centres> to make new friends and prototype projects using their coding skills and open data. They then come together for the Festival weekend where they showcase what they have built to parents, mentors, press, industry and expert judges, while having lots of fun experimenting with new technology and eating much pizza!

The Festival of Code 2015 is taking place from *July 27th to August 2nd, *with the Glasgow centre being run at Tay House by Waqas Arshid. Full information about the Festival can be found at festival.yrs.io

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World Premiere of the first Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance

Thursday, July 30 at 20:00

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

This international production is the result of Polina Zioga’s doctoral research on brain-computer interfaces that provide the brain with a non-muscular channel for communicating with the external world. The real-time brain-activity of a performer and the audience controls the live audio-visual projections and the atmosphere of the theatrical stage, which functions as an allegory of the social stage.

The performance explores the life and work of Enheduanna (ca. 2285-2250 B.C.E.), an Akkadian Princess, the first documented High Priestess of the deity of the Moon Nanna in the city of Ur (present-day Iraq), who is regarded as possibly the first known author and poet in the history of human civilisation, regardless of gender.

In her most known work, ‘The Exaltation of Inanna’, Enheduanna describes the political conditions under which she was removed from high office and sent into exile. She speaks about the ‘city’, power, crisis, falling, and the need for rehabilitation. Her poetry is used as a starting point for a conversation with the work of contemporary writers that investigate the notions of citizenry, personal and social illness, within the present-day international, social and political context of democracy.

Performed in English, Greek, and French with English supertitles.

Please be aware of that the event will be filmed.

Tickets and more event information can be found here

http://cca-glasgow.com/programme/555c6ab685085d7e38000026

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Glasgow Social Centre: Summer Funday!

Saturday, August 8 at 11:00am until 4:00pm

Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Come one, come all, to our fantastic Summer Funday. This event is perfect for people of all ages! We hope this event will play host to a whole heap of activities, from stalls showing the kind of things people and activities you would likely find in a social centre through to to crafts and games for the young at heart.

A full programme of events and activities will be available shortly. If you are interested in having a stall or putting on an activity then get in touch!

The event is free, but we will be hoping to collect donations that can go towards our fund to setting up a social centre so a few quid per person could go a long way.

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RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION

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Critical Mass : July Jolly

Friday, July 31 at 6:30pm

George Square

Meet at the column for a gentle paced cycle around town.

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FREE ADULT PARKOUR TASTER – JULY

Thursday, July 30 at 6:45pm

Hillhead Underground Station, 248 Byres Road, G12 8SH

Ever wanted to try parkour? Come along to Glasgow Parkour Coaching’s monthly Parkour taster last Thursday of the month!

This session is for beginners only and is a chance to get a taste of what goes on at our weekly adult classes. This monthly training session is a perfect opportunity for having a go at parkour.

The class is lead by an experienced parkour coach, and follows the format of all GPC classes. There will be a warm-up together, an introduction to some of the fundamentals of training, maybe some games, and a wee conditioning session too!

The training is free and open to people of all ages, abilities and levels of fitness. The training is specially tailored to beginners’ needs, and includes the fundamentals of parkour training. So come along and have a jump!!

This session is for beginners and new practitioners. So, if it’s your first time training, we’ll be super happy to see you!You don’t need anything special, just remember to dress in loose, comfortable clothes and to bring plenty of water. If it’s cold, wear layers you can take off easily, because we’ll warm up quickly but you don’t want to cool down to fast when you stop moving!!

As for shoes, your fav running trainers is all you need. If you have several pairs, choose the lightest ones with the most flexible soles: they’ll be the best for touch and sensitivity.

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Glasgow Events from 13/07/2015

Hi all,

Back into the swing of a regular update now, and just in time for tomorrow’s solidarity demo outside the Home Office building… Hope to see folks there!

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Solidarity with Amir Parsa!

Monday, July 13 at 11:00am

UKBA offices, Festival Court 200 Brand Street, G51 1DH (near Cessnock Underground)

Last week Amir Parsa collapsed outside of the Home office in pain while protesting the racist policies of the Home Office. He attempted to continue to stand with his banner but the pain was too great and he fell. Members of staff at the Home Office saw this incident and were asked to call an ambulance but they refused, saying that he was not their responsibility as he was on the other side of the fence, and saying "you’re his friends you call him an ambulance". An ambulance was called and Amir was taken to the Southern General hospital where he is now.

SOLIDARITY NOW! A demonstration will take place at 11am on Monday the 13th of July to continue Amir’s protest- spread the word!

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Out of the Ordinary – A Short History of the Universe from the Big Bang to the Planet Earth by the Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, July 13 at 7:00pm

The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Nearly 14 billion years ago the universe began with the Big Bang. Since then, a lot has been going on, from the development of stars and galaxies, to the eventual creation of the Earth. So where do scientists think all of this came from? And where do we, as humans, fit in?

Becky Douglas is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, researching gravitational waves and co-lead of the Glasgow Chapter of ScienceGRRL, an organisation that promotes and supports women in science. She is a keen science communicator and has been known to share science in exchange for beer, cake and occasionally coffee.

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Invisible Lines at Unfix festival

Sunday, July 12 at 7:30pm

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Two people journey through time, space and site, connected mouth to mouth by an almost invisible thread. A visually arresting, intimate and playful performance exploring human connectedness through notions of listening, trust and risk. An unusual, engaging, subtle dance which speaks of how we might co-exist in the world.

Devised and performed by Luke Birch and Saffy Setohy Dance Artist, conceived by Saffy Setohy.

Part of the wonderful new event Unfix Festival of Performance and Ecology- 4 days packed full of performances, workshops and other events by artists from Scotland and beyond.

Tickets to be found here http://www.unfixfestival.com/

Unfix Festival is entirely artist led and run. We have a crowdfunder campaign here if you would like to support this vibrant and eclectic event…….

http://www.gofundme.com/unfixfestival15

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Third People’s Vegan Kitchen

Friday, July 17 at 7:00pm

The Project Cafe, 34 Renfrew Street, G3 6ST

Aloha, fellow sun depleted Glaswegians!

We, the Glasgow People’s Vegan Kitchen, invite you once more to a taste bud-exhilarating vegan feast. This time we will bring the tropics to Glasgow with some funky Caribbean music and a delicious menu consisting of sizzling Pulled Jackfruit Burgers with various crunchy salads & magnificent Silken Tofu cheesecake.

All for just £3 (we accept pirate booty, too).

Clean those gills, put on the hula skirts and join us!

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Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me – The Missing Pieces Edit

Saturday, July 18 at 1:00pm – 5:00pm

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

It is happening again.

Due to force majeure the last time I screened this work and due to public request I am going to screen it again.

This is a personal project. I have reinserted 77 minutes of footage cut from the theatrical release of Fire Walk With Me. This personal vision of the film runs to an epic 201 minutes.

New musical cues have been added to two scenes. The narrative has been slightly restructured to accommodate changes and countless characters and sub plots are once again made present. In lieu of a director’s cut this is as close to the original vision of Fire Walk With Me as we are likely to see.

It has carefully and professionally been assembled with a lot of care and passion.

The film will be presented in 1280 x 720 resolution with a stereo audio mix.

The event is free and tickets will not be issued (it is too simple for free tickets not to be used). This is old school cinema – first come first served. The Old Hairdresser’s will seat around 70 people.

Please arrive early. Doors will open 12:30. The film will begin promptly at 13:00. I hope you will join me.

Thank you.

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Glasgow Social Centre: Funday Planning Meeting

Thursday, July 23rd at 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Venue TBC (see next update)

Our next summer event is going to be a funday suitable for people of all ages that hopes to highlight some of the ways in which a social centre could be used in Glasgow. We would like your help in putting it together. If you are interested in helping plan out this event, or just want to get involved in setting up a social centre, then head along and meet the rest of the collective!

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‘YOUR CLASS NEEDS YOU’ – the Industrial Workers of the World 2015 national speaking tour

Saturday, July 25 at 7:15pm – 9:15pm

CCA Clubroom, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The National Secretary of the IWW, Dave Pike, introduces the fighting union, what it stands for and how it is winning victories for the working class – like higher wages for cleaners, permanency for temps and safety at work for fast food workers. The IWW sees the world as divided by the boss class and the working class, and no-one will fight for our class other than us.

We organise so that workers can win for themselves and are not reliant on Union full timers or politicians to fight for them. Come along to this event and find out what the IWW is doing in Europe and around the world, and how you can get involved. Fight for your class.

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FREE Dance Event

Saturday, July 25, time to be confirmed

Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

There will be a free family jam (dance, music, art) lead by a local talented dancer, Lizzie and Rebecca Moore from @TheGlasgowJam.

The session will be for two hours and is suitable for any ages, for all the family to participate (there will be opportunities for rest breaks for tired parents/adults)! If your family and friends enjoy physical play, dance, creating sound and art together then this is for you! The higher the attendance the more likely this will be offered again in the future so please tell your friends and spread the word.

Did I mention it is FREE!!!

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World Premiere of the first Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance

Thursday, July 30 at 20:00

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

This international production is the result of Polina Zioga’s doctoral research on brain-computer interfaces that provide the brain with a non-muscular channel for communicating with the external world. The real-time brain-activity of a performer and the audience controls the live audio-visual projections and the atmosphere of the theatrical stage, which functions as an allegory of the social stage.

The performance explores the life and work of Enheduanna (ca. 2285-2250 B.C.E.), an Akkadian Princess, the first documented High Priestess of the deity of the Moon Nanna in the city of Ur (present-day Iraq), who is regarded as possibly the first known author and poet in the history of human civilisation, regardless of gender.

In her most known work, ‘The Exaltation of Inanna’, Enheduanna describes the political conditions under which she was removed from high office and sent into exile. She speaks about the ‘city’, power, crisis, falling, and the need for rehabilitation. Her poetry is used as a starting point for a conversation with the work of contemporary writers that investigate the notions of citizenry, personal and social illness, within the present-day international, social and political context of democracy.

Performed in English, Greek, and French with English supertitles.

Please be aware of that the event will be filmed.

Tickets and more event information can be found here

http://cca-glasgow.com/programme/555c6ab685085d7e38000026

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Glasgow Social Centre: Summer Funday!

Saturday, August 8 at 11:00am until 4:00pm

Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Come one, come all, to our fantastic Summer Funday. This event is perfect for people of all ages! We hope this event will play host to a whole heap of activities, from stalls showing the kind of things people and activities you would likely find in a social centre through to to crafts and games for the young at heart.

A full programme of events and activities will be available shortly.

The event is free, but we will be hoping to collect donations that can go towards our fund to setting up a social centre so a few quid per person could go a long way.

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RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION

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Glasgow Parkour Girls – Women*’s Class Returns!

Tuesday, July 14 at 06:45pm

Our weekly class for women is back!

Open to women aged 16 to 100, of all levels of experience and ability.

This class is a friendly and supportive environment, where you can learn the fundamentals of parkour, find some new physical challenges, and train hard, whatever your level

Even if you’ve never tried parkour before, come along and learn the basics in a supportive group (we all know what it’s like to not be able to do a push up!!)

All you need is a pair of trainers and some clothes that you can move around in. Glaswegian weather is unpredictable so we’d usually recommend bringing some layers and a waterproof. And a big bottle of water too.

Our ADAPT qualified and experience coach will run the class, taking you through joint preparation, a sweaty warm up, some tricky technical drills or learning a new skill, some intense conditioning to build up your strength, and a stretch at the end of the class.

It costs 10 quid for a two hour session, and send an email to classbooking to book your place.

(p.s. The gender binary is rubbish. Queer and trans identities welcome.)

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Glasgow Parkour Girls – Conditioning Jam

Thursday, July 16 at 06:45pm

Kelvinbridge Subway Station (beside the carpark)

Come along and get strong! As of this Thursday we’re beginning conditioning jams – a coach led, informal meet up to condition for parkour. Sessions will be free and last 60-90mins. They’ll be a mix of conditioning through movement and technique, as well as some classic, exhausting conditioning exercises.

Women practitioners of all levels welcome as everything can be scaled to ability. Novice jumpers are also welcome.

If you have any suggestions for anything you would like to focus on, please let us know. As ever, these are outdoor sessions, so dress appropriately and bring plenty of water.

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Glasgow Events 08/08/2015

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Glasgow Social Centre – summer events planning meeting
Thursday, July 9 at 20:00-21:00
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

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

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Fail Better: FRACK OFF
Thursday, July 9 at 20:00
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

Scotland is telling frackers to frack the frack off. This is a rallying cry to get behind the FRACK OFF movement. We’ll have info & a quick Q&A alongside….

poyems fae TRISH BUCHAN

we’ll have rallying songs aplenty RHONA MACLEOD

punk poet DANNI GLOVER brings new things

jam slam HIGGY onto the stage

a new song for the frack free movement fae DOUGIE SMITH

DOMINIC O’HARA returns with more songs of resistance

short film THE SKY IS PINK
An emergency short film from Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of Gasland addressing the urgent crisis of drilling and fracking in New York state.

Induced hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking, commonly known as fracking, is a technique used to release petroleum, natural gas (including shale gas, tight gas and coal seam gas), or other substances for extraction.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is weighing a proposal to allow fracking in several communities in New York State.

Residents are deeply divided over the controversial drilling method. Supporters of fracking say it would give a much-needed financial boost to the affected communities. Those against it argue that the health and environmental risks far outweigh the rewards.

As always it’s free entry! Chuck a few quid in if u can to keep the talent in travel.

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End Detention WeekEND
Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 at 10:00 to 20:00
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 a social centre (Kinning Park Complex) in Glasgow. 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

Make sure you know about the related event which is next on the list!

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Van for donations down to Calais Migrant Solidarity
Up until the weekend starting July 11
Contact for location details to give items

Hopefully at end of the End Detention WeekEND a van will be going down with everything we have collected to support those trying to survive and make the crossing from Calais, France over to the UK!

We are looking for donations of:

* Tents, tarps and sleeping bags PLEASE make sure that tents are complete and unbroken;
* Bikes, bike trailers and bike repair stuff – are always needed and really useful for people to stay mobile and get around;
* Pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, cutlery – for people in the squats and jungles;
* Books, dictionaries, texts, zines etc – in any and all languages. Especially, English, French, Italian, Arabic, Pashto, Farsi, Tigrinya, Amharic and Greek;
* Games & music making – card games, board games, footballs, basketballs, and any instruments etc;
* Tools – for fixing stuff;
* Phones, phone chargers and sim cards;
* Cameras – we are always in need of good cameras as they are often damaged / destroyed by the police;

If anyone has anything to give, please contact claphamjunction88 and work out getting the stuff to the gang around the weekend of the 11th.

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PUSH IT: SUMMER JAMZ
Saturday, July 11 at 23:00 until July 12 at 03:00
Stereo Cafe Bar, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

If it’s lovin’ that you want, we got what you need so get down to PUSH IT where we’ll be playing your favourite summer jamz all night long! We’ll be ridin on our surfboards, sweatin til our clothes come off and celebrating a long hot summer, bring your sun cream and your best shades cos it’s gonna be HOT!!!

£3 entry for all night

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Co-devising with Plants: Exploring Gardening as Performance (UNFIX)
Saturday, July 11 at 17:30-19:00
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Green Stage and The Living Stage in association with Eco Drama present this workshop as part of the UNFIX festival of performance and ecology, July 10-12 in Glasgow.

This workshop explores how experiences of gardening and food growing can shape performance and spatial design.

Working with improvisation in response to plants, seeds, soil and tools, we will create a multi-sensory shared space for listening and story-sharing over a cup of herbal tea.

We’ll explore the concept of story-compost, listening to a fragments from interviews with Cardiff gardeners and recording any insights and stories they bring to mind.

Please bring an object which signifies a personal connection to ecology and/or gardening.

This is part of the UNFIX festival of performance and ecology, a new festival with a fantastic programme. http://unfixfestival.com/

Workshop hosted by:
Green Stage (Lisa Woynarski & Rosie Leach): Green Stage (UK) explores and embodies ecological ideas and practice. We devise and produce theatre and performance that is alive to the ecological conundrums we find ourselves in. www.greenstagetheatre.co.uk

The Living Stage (Tanja Beer): The Living Stage is a global ecoscenography project which combines stage design, permaculture & community engagement to create a recyclable, biodegradable & edible performance space. http://ecoscenography.com/the-living-stage

Eco Drama (Emily Reid): Eco Drama (Glasgow) creates inventive theatre and creative learning projects that strive to embed sustainability and ecology at the heart of the experience. www.ecodrama.co.uk

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Out of the Ordinary – A Short History of the Universe from the Big Bang to the Planet Earth by the Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, July 13 at 19:00
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Nearly 14 billion years ago the universe began with the Big Bang. Since then, a lot has been going on, from the development of stars and galaxies, to the eventual creation of the Earth. So where do scientists think all of this came from? And where do we, as humans, fit in?

Becky Douglas is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow, researching gravitational waves and co-lead of the Glasgow Chapter of ScienceGRRL, an organisation that promotes and supports women in science. She is a keen science communicator and has been known to share science in exchange for beer, cake and occasionally coffee.

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Invisible Lines at Unfix festival
Sunday, July 12 at 19:30
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Two people journey through time, space and site, connected mouth to mouth by an almost invisible thread. A visually arresting, intimate and playful performance exploring human connectedness through notions of listening, trust and risk. An unusual, engaging, subtle dance which speaks of how we might co-exist in the world.

Devised and performed by Luke Birch and Saffy Setohy Dance Artist, conceived by Saffy Setohy.

Part of the wonderful new event Unfix Festival of Performance and Ecology- 4 days packed full of performances, workshops and other events by artists from Scotland and beyond.

Tickets to be found here http://www.unfixfestival.com/

Unfix Festival is entirely artist led and run. We have a crowdfunder campaign here if you would like to support this vibrant and eclectic event…….

http://www.gofundme.com/unfixfestival15

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Third Vegan People’s Kitchen
Friday, July 17 at 19;00
The Project Cafe, 34 Renfrew Street, G3 6ST

Aloha, fellow sun depleted Glaswegians!
We, the Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen, invite you once more to a taste bud-exhilarating vegan feast. This time we will bring the tropics to Glasgow with some funky Caribbean music and a delicious menu consisting of sizzling Pulled Jackfruit Burgers with various crunchy salads & magnificent Silken Tofu cheesecake.

All for just £3 (we accept pirate booty, too).
Clean those gills, put on the hula skirts and join us!

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Repression of anarchist movement in Czech Republic info tour
Wednesday, July 22 at 18:45-20:00
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

This event is still to be confirmed.

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‘YOUR CLASS NEEDS YOU’ – the Industrial Workers of the World 2015 national speaking tour
Saturday, July 25 at 19:15 – 21:15
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The National Secretary of the IWW, Dave Pike, introduces the fighting union, what it stands for and how it is winning victories for the working class – like higher wages for cleaners, permanency for temps and safety at work for fast food workers. The IWW sees the world as divided by the boss class and the working class, and no-one will fight for our class other than us. We organise so that workers can win for themselves and are not reliant on Union full timers or politicians to fight for them. Come along to this event and find out what the IWW is doing in Europe and around the world, and how you can get involved. Fight for your class.

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FREE Dance Event
Saturday, July 25, time to be confirmed
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

There will be a free family jam (dance, music, art) lead by a local talented dancer, Lizzie and Rebecca Moore from @TheGlasgowJam.

The session will be for two hours and is suitable for any ages, for all the family to participate (there will be opportunities for rest breaks for tired parents/adults)! If your family and friends enjoy physical play, dance, creating sound and art together then this is for you! The higher the attendance the more likely this will be offered again in the future so please tell your friends and spread the word.

Did I mention it is FREE!!!

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World Premiere of the first Live Brain-Computer Cinema Performance
Thursday, July 30 at 20:00
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

This international production is the result of Polina Zioga’s doctoral research on brain-computer interfaces that provide the brain with a non-muscular channel for communicating with the external world. The real-time brain-activity of a performer and the audience controls the live audio-visual projections and the atmosphere of the theatrical stage, which functions as an allegory of the social stage.

The performance explores the life and work of Enheduanna (ca. 2285-2250 B.C.E.), an Akkadian Princess, the first documented High Priestess of the deity of the Moon Nanna in the city of Ur (present-day Iraq), who is regarded as possibly the first known author and poet in the history of human civilisation, regardless of gender.

In her most known work, ‘The Exaltation of Inanna’, Enheduanna describes the political conditions under which she was removed from high office and sent into exile. She speaks about the ‘city’, power, crisis, falling, and the need for rehabilitation. Her poetry is used as a starting point for a conversation with the work of contemporary writers that investigate the notions of citizenry, personal and social illness, within the present-day international, social and political context of democracy.

Performed in English, Greek, and French with English supertitles.
Please be aware of that the event will be filmed.

Tickets and more event information can be found here
http://cca-glasgow.com/programme/555c6ab685085d7e38000026

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The Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair
Saturday, August 8 at 10:00-17:00
Trades Hall Of Glasgow 84 Glassford Street, G1 1UH

The Big Glasgow Comic Page Presents The Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair August 8th

We bring to you a whole fantastic day of assorted geekery complete with of 40 vendors selling back issues, graphic novels, original art, fan art, toys, t-shirts, jewellery, crafts, cupcakes and loads more.

The Comic Mart runs from 10am – 5pm

Cosplay/Fancy Dress encouraged as we’ll be having a competition for under and over 16’s.

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.