Glasgow Events from 21/04/2015

Hi all,

Another week and another update. I also wanted to mention that the Spirit of Revolt history and archival collective have currently got a window display on the side of the 13th Note Cafe on Kings Street, with information all about the Glasgow Rent Strikes of 1915. They also have a great article about the anti-war movements of the time on their website: http://spiritofrevolt.info/anti-war-movements-and-the-media-1914-1918/

Interestingly we also see a couple of anti-militarist events coming up shortly, on the 25th and 28th, so worth check them out too as the drive for militarism always goes hand in hand with attacks on well being. International Workers Day – aka Mayday – seems to have picked up quite a few events as well so worth checking for clashes.

Anyway, enough with the chat, here is the update:

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Allotments and Green Glasgow 2015: ‘Using water wisely’
Tuesday, April 21st from 7pm to 9pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE
and
Saturday, April 25th from 2pm to 4pm
Springburn allotments, Springburn Rd, G21 1LZ

Glasgow’s Green 2015 theme for April is The allotment strand of Green Glasgow 2015 will be about ‘ water and plots’ – Water capture, mulching, terracing, small scale ponds, drainage.

We will be having a CONVERSATION on the Tuesday, then a VISIT and DISCUSSION on the Saturday to look into these topics. All welcome at either or both.

www. glasgowallotmentsforum.org.uk
Twitter is @AllotmentsForum

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Anarchist Black Cross: Letter Writing
Wednesday, 22 April at 6:00pm – 7:30pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

One of our group will be sat at the tables beside the Sauchiehall St the entrance to the CCA (as you don’t have to buy anything to sit there), and will have paper, pens, and a list of prisoners you can start sending letters to. You can stay to write your letter and have it posted by the group, or get some of the details/supplies and head home to write in peace. Donations of stationary, envelopes, and especially stamps are always welcomed though not expected.

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Radicalized Care and De-professionalized Community
Wednesday, 22 April at 6:00pm
Saramango Cafe/Bar (upstairs), CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

For a transatlantic perspective on care work then head along to this event to swap stories with Jeanette Eby and Matt Thompson, radical urban community workers from Canada with a wealth of experiences under their collective belts.

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Film Screening of Gallipoli by Scottish Peace Network and the Industrial Workers of the World
Saturday, April 25 at 1pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

This day marks the centenary of the World War I battle of Gallipoli, a disaster that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands. We will be showing part of a movie made by Peter Weir, and featuring a young Mel Gibson. The movie will be introduced by three short talks, one setting the context of the battle and the connection to Scotland, another on the enormous impact Gallipoli had on New Zealand and Australia and finally a talk putting this centenary event in the context of the counter program to the government’s glorification of the war and of militarism. The movie will be followed by a discussion. FREE. All welcome.

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International Workers Memorial Day
Tuesday 28th April at 12:00pm
People’s Palace/Winter Gardens, G40 1AT. (on Glasgow Green)

Event info TBC.

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Challenging the Militarisation of Youth in Scotland
Tuesday 28th April at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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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Working Illegally – Documentary screening and discussion
Wednesday, 29th April at 7:00pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Glasgow Launch Event for the documentary working illegally. Followed by discussion with filmakers, researcher from Corporate Watch and ex-detainees.

This documentary looks at the hypocrisy of immigration detainees being paid 1 POUND AN HOUR to essentially help run detention centres while not being given to opportunity to work when outside detention. Essentially this is a form of modern slavery that serves to profit massive private security companies such as the GEO Group, MITTIE and many more.

This documentary looks in depth at one of the serious issues within detention centres. Come along for discussion and also to contribute to ideas about how to address this issue!

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Mayday Stalls
Friday, 1st May at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Junction of Buchanan Street and Gordon Street

International Workers Day – aka Mayday – is a global event that began in order to commemorate the events of that led to the execution of four, suicide by one, and imprisonment of three anarchists after the Haymarket Affair. To mark the day there will be a host of stalls from local anarchist, libertarian, grassroots, community, workplace and DIY groups to meet up, share info on what they are up to, and keep the spirit of the Haymarket Martyrs alive.

Read more on the history here: http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday

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Miners Shot Down – Mayday screening
Friday, 1 May at 6.30pm
Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ

Document Film Festival in association with Screen Seminars at Glasgow and the Glasgow Human Rights Network present a special May Day screening of Miners Shot Down, the award-winning documentary film about the killing off 34 striking miners in Marikana, South Africa, in 2012.

Free entry. First come first served.

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkK_T_vz7cY

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Seminar on elections: The state is like “hi” and the people are like “hey”
Friday, 1 May at 6.00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Elections are central pillars of democracy. Every 3-5 years democratic states ask their subjects to cast votes on who should run the government. The parties who wish to fulfil this role agitate for a recognition of what they consider the nation’s problems, for their solutions and for their visions for the nation, and ultimately for them being the best to run the country. If successful, they take over power which is accepted by those who they defeated.

People on the left typically engage with this feast of nationalism and rule in one of two ways. A small minority dismisses elections as inconsequential and fails to see that successful elections accomplish a lot and exactly what they promise: the formation of a government which rules in the name of those it rules over. Others see a great opportunity to make critical voices heard about what “we” really need and ask which left-wing party has the best chance of being the British SYRIZA.

In contrast, we want to take a step back from these discussions and simply ask what an election is and what it ought to accomplish for the democratic state. Our main claim here is that elections are means to affirm the unity between rule and those ruled over. On the one hand, elections affirm this unity formally: the outcome of a successful election is a legitimate government which is accepted by society. On the other hand, elections affirm this unity in content: the winning party agitated many it rules over for the necessities of its policies for the betterment of the nation.

In this workshop, we will not try to get you to vote, get you to abstain from voting, get you to vote without illusions or get you to vote the Green party or the SNP as the most radical “realistic” choice. Nor do we want to have a debate about “reform or revolution”, where “radical purity” is posited against “realistic goals”. Instead, we want to establish what an election actually is so that debates like these can be more than poking around in a fog.

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Animal Experiments – Prof. Rodger Downie, Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, May 4th at 19:00
72A Waterloo Street, G27DA

Professor Roger Downie of the University of Glasgow takes a look at the practical, legal, and ethical issues surrounding animal experimentation, and goes on to consider the related issue of experimentation on people.

This is interactive, with the audience invited to contribute their views on sometimes controversial issues. For example, if you were keen to phase out animal experiments aimed at improving medical treatments on people, would you approve of human experiments becoming a ‘duty’, like jury service?

Roger Downie is Professor of Zoological Education at the University of Glasgow. His research is mainly on the reproductive ecology of amphibians and marine turtles, but he also has a special interest in the ethical issues facing biological scientists, including animal experimentation.

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.

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Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel
Saturday, May 9th 09:00
The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

International conference in Glasgow.
Early registration required.

Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel on May 9th brings together a range of speakers to make the case that ending this commerce in death is both necessary and possible. It will be an opportunity for participants to build a broad, dynamic campaign to end the sale of weapons to Israel that are used in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Condemning the ‘deep inhumanity’ of Israel’s devastation of Gaza last summer, the Scottish Government added its voice to that of Amnesty International in calling for a suspension of arms deliveries to the State of Israel. It will take a determined civil society effort, however, to bring about such an embargo that can help to end the periodic massacres that have been the lot of the Palestinian people.

Humanitarian support for the Palestinians under occupation, or symbolic gestures such as flying a Palestinian flag, can never be enough when Scotland supplies Israel with guidance systems for 500lb bombs that Israel drops on the most crowded place on earth, Gaza, killing thousands of people in that open air prison.

The talks in the Renfield Centre’s main auditorium and workshops in adjoining rooms will be an opportunity for participants to develop a campaign to end Scottish factories providing Israel with the means to carry out crimes against the Palestinian people.

This will be a brilliant day to learn about the arms trade and Israel and more importantly what we can do about it. A chance to meet people you have a lot in common with

register now

http://www.esati.org/conference/register/

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Rowan Refuge Spring Open Days
Saturday, May 16th & Sunday, May 17th at 12:00pm – 6:00pm each day
34 Ravenshall Road, Shawlands, G413SP

– free entry –

Are you interested in…

– organic gardening ?
– growing food, herbs and flowers ?
– birds, bugs and other wildlife ?
– composting, recycling and upcycling ?
– small space DIY structures ?

…then this wee southside of Glasgow residential garden may interest you! Also available:

– micro RiB bookstall –
– gardening books reference shelf –
– plant sale & seed swap –
– refreshments –

More info and directions: https://rowanrefuge.wordpress.com/

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Glasgow Events from 14/04/2015

Hi all,

Another week and another update. Lots of cool events coming up, with our own talk on what anarchists do rather than campaign or put faith in electoral politics this Wednesday, and an ongoing event to help Alam, an asylum seeker taken into custody by the Home Office after talking about his situation in the Evening Times.

Enjoy…

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Clydeside IWW Branch Meet
Tuesday, 14 April at 7:00pm
The Electron Club room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Open to members and would-be members.

https://iwwscotland.wordpress.com/

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BIG PACKAGE
Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 April
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

3 day event celebrating and providing a platform for LGBTQIA artists

http://www.theartschool.co.uk/events/events/16-apr-15-big-package-the-art-school/

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Keep Alam in Scotland!
Wednesday 15th April

Our friend Alam who is currently detained in Dungavel is due to be forcibly removed out of the UK on Wednesday 15th April. Please take action to help him!

Now he needs our help again to stop him getting forcibly removed from the UK. Please contact Qatar Airways to stop them removing him.
His flight details are:
Flight QR006 at 08.00hrs Wednesday 15th April from Heathrow to Doha in Qatar and then Flight QR634 from Doha to Dhaka.
Qatar Airways contact details:
Room 6204, Departures Mezzanine Terminal 4 Heathrow Airport, TW6 3FB, United Kingdom
Traffic Office: +44 208 797 5001
Trade Support 0844 880 7333
Privilege Club Support 0844 880 7334
Other Telephone: 0844 846 8380
Fax: 0208 797 5003
Twitter https://twitter.com/qatarairways

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Scottish Independence Referendum, 2014 – Problematisations and Provocations
Wednesday, 15th April at 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 311, Main Building, East Quadrangle, University of Glasgow

Gordon Asher and Leigh French explore some select themes of pre- and post-referendum politics: issues they see as largely absent, under- or mis-represented across much of what passes for political debate and public involvement.

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March for the homeless
Wednesday, 15 April at 2:00pm
Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, G2 1DU

Originally starting in Dublin, this event is now worldwide, several countries and cities around the world are standing together for the homeless.

We will no longer let these people be ignored, go hungry or be able to sleep safe at night. A static protest outside Glasgow city Chambers. Bring your voices and banners.

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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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Keep LEE in Glasgow!
Friday 17th April

STOP Lee from getting forcibly removed and help return him to his home in Glasgow. This is TIME SENSITIVE as Lee may be issued with travel documents to prepare for removal this week. ANY AMOUNT HELPS – if every signatory on the petition donated a couple of quid we’d raise enough for bail!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
sign & share the online petition: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-uk-home-secretary-release-lee-from-dungavel-detention-back-into-the-glasgow-community-where-he-belongs?recruiter=255239491&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-no_msg&fb_ref=Default

join & share the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeeBelongsToGlasgow/
donate to Lee’s bail fund (any amount would be amazing!): donate via The Unity Centre link: unitycentremedia saying how much you’ve donated)

”Lee was detained unexpectedly a few weeks ago when reporting at the Glasgow Home Office Reporting Centre on Brand Street. Without warning, all of the sudden, Lee was ripped from the life he has been building in Glasgow. He was not permitted to get any belongings and was taken directly to Dungavel Detention Centre where he remains locked up today. Lee was detained shortly after being informed that he was not given appeal rights to continue with his case to the next judicial level. We want Lee to be returned to the Glasgow community where he belongs….”

thank you for your support & solidarity!

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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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April Woman*’s Parkour Jam
Saturday, 18 April at 14:30
Rottenrow Gardens, G1 1RG

This monthly training session is a perfect opportunity for having a go at parkour, or developing your training, in a supportive environment. All welcome at our jams! But remember, our priority is making our training and jams safer space, so, you know, always be cool. (GpkG has a safer spaces policy, just gies a shout if you wanna see, or chat about what you think makes training environments more inclusive.)

It’s not a class, so the structure is flexible. There will be experienced women there to show you to the basics, and give some structure to the sessions. 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 women* and girls* of all ages, abilities fitness and experience. Especially if it’s your first time!! Come along and have a jump!!

Meet at Rottenrow on Saturday, 1400. If you don’t know where that is, meet at Buchanan St Station at 1345

IF IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME, 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.

Send a message to the Glasgow Parkour Girls page if you have any questions about the training or the jams. And check out Glasgow Parkour Coaching for weekly classes.

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IWW Scottish Assembly
Saturday, 18 April at 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Meeting of the Scottish members of the IWW. Open to prospective members.

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Allotments and Green Glasgow 2015: ‘Using water wisely’
Tuesday, April 21st from 7pm to 9pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE
and
Saturday, April 25th from 2pm to 4pm
Springburn allotments, Springburn Rd, G21 1LZ

Glasgow’s Green 2015 theme for April is The allotment strand of Green Glasgow 2015 will be about ‘ water and plots’ – Water capture, mulching, terracing, small scale ponds, drainage.

We will be having a CONVERSATION on the Tuesday, then a VISIT and DISCUSSION on the Saturday to look into these topics. All welcome at either or both.

www. glasgowallotmentsforum.org.uk
Twitter is @AllotmentsForum

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Film Screening of Gallipoli by Scottish Peace Network and the Industrial Workers of the World
Saturday, April 25 at 1pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

This day marks the centenary of the World War I battle of Gallipoli, a disaster that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands. We will be showing part of a movie made by Peter Weir, and featuring a young Mel Gibson. The movie will be introduced by three short talks, one setting the context of the battle and the connection to Scotland, another on the enormous impact Gallipoli had on New Zealand and Australia and finally a talk putting this centenary event in the context of the counter program to the government’s glorification of the war and of militarism. The movie will be followed by a discussion. FREE. All welcome.

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International Workers Memorial Day
Tuesday 28th April at 12:00pm
People’s Palace/Winter Gardens, G40 1AT. (on Glasgow Green)

Event info TBC.

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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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Mayday Stalls
Friday, 1st May at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Junction of Buchanan Street and Gordon Street

International Workers Day – aka Mayday – is a global event that began in order to commemorate the events of that led to the execution of four, suicide by one, and imprisonment of three anarchists after the Haymarket Affair. To mark the day there will be a host of stalls from local anarchist, libertarian, grassroots, community, workplace and DIY groups to meet up, share info on what they are up to, and keep the spirit of the Haymarket Martyrs alive.

Read more on the history here: http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday

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Animal Experiments – Prof. Rodger Downie, Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, May 4th at 19:00
72A Waterloo Street, G27DA

Professor Roger Downie of the University of Glasgow takes a look at the practical, legal, and ethical issues surrounding animal experimentation, and goes on to consider the related issue of experimentation on people.

This is interactive, with the audience invited to contribute their views on sometimes controversial issues. For example, if you were keen to phase out animal experiments aimed at improving medical treatments on people, would you approve of human experiments becoming a ‘duty’, like jury service?

Roger Downie is Professor of Zoological Education at the University of Glasgow. His research is mainly on the reproductive ecology of amphibians and marine turtles, but he also has a special interest in the ethical issues facing biological scientists, including animal experimentation.

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.

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Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel
Saturday, May 9th 09:00
The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

International conference in Glasgow.
Early registration required.

Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel on May 9th brings together a range of speakers to make the case that ending this commerce in death is both necessary and possible. It will be an opportunity for participants to build a broad, dynamic campaign to end the sale of weapons to Israel that are used in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Condemning the ‘deep inhumanity’ of Israel’s devastation of Gaza last summer, the Scottish Government added its voice to that of Amnesty International in calling for a suspension of arms deliveries to the State of Israel. It will take a determined civil society effort, however, to bring about such an embargo that can help to end the periodic massacres that have been the lot of the Palestinian people.

Humanitarian support for the Palestinians under occupation, or symbolic gestures such as flying a Palestinian flag, can never be enough when Scotland supplies Israel with guidance systems for 500lb bombs that Israel drops on the most crowded place on earth, Gaza, killing thousands of people in that open air prison.

The talks in the Renfield Centre’s main auditorium and workshops in adjoining rooms will be an opportunity for participants to develop a campaign to end Scottish factories providing Israel with the means to carry out crimes against the Palestinian people.

This will be a brilliant day to learn about the arms trade and Israel and more importantly what we can do about it. A chance to meet people you have a lot in common with

register now

http://www.esati.org/conference/register/

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Rowan Refuge Spring Open Days
Saturday, May 16th & Sunday, May 17th at 12:00pm – 6:00pm each day
34 Ravenshall Road, Shawlands, G413SP

– free entry –

Are you interested in…

– organic gardening ?
– growing food, herbs and flowers ?
– birds, bugs and other wildlife ?
– composting, recycling and upcycling ?
– small space DIY structures ?

…then this wee southside of Glasgow residential garden may interest you! Also available:

– micro RiB bookstall –
– gardening books reference shelf –
– plant sale & seed swap –
– refreshments –

More info and directions: https://rowanrefuge.wordpress.com/

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Glasgow events from 06/04/2015

Hey all,

A new update to start off the week. Apologies to anyone who send in info for weekend events since the last update (esp the Unity Night Shelter Party), but we couldn’t get this update together until today. That said, the first event in this listing as it is something you can do right now from your computer! Also if you fancy a night oot on Thursday you can’t go far wrong with the Fail Better crew putting on another of their regular nights of poetry and music. As ever, if you are planning an event and would like us to let folks know then forward us details asap, and we can always update/amend details later if required.

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Keep LEE in Glasgow!
Now
From your computer

STOP Lee from getting forcibly removed and help return him to his home in Glasgow. This is TIME SENSITIVE as Lee may be issued with travel documents to prepare for removal this week. ANY AMOUNT HELPS – if every signatory on the petition donated a couple of quid we’d raise enough for bail!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
sign & share the online petition: https://tinyurl.com/l5679o6
join & share the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeeBelongsToGlasgow/
donate to Lee’s bail fund (any amount would be amazing!): http://unitycentreglasgow.org/donate-to-the-unity-centre/ (put Lee in the description or email unitycentremedia@gmail.com saying how much you’ve donated)

”Lee was detained unexpectedly a few weeks ago when reporting at the Glasgow Home Office Reporting Centre on Brand Street. Without warning, all of the sudden, Lee was ripped from the life he has been building in Glasgow. He was not permitted to get any belongings and was taken directly to Dungavel Detention Centre where he remains locked up today. Lee was detained shortly after being informed that he was not given appeal rights to continue with his case to the next judicial level. We want Lee to be returned to the Glasgow community where he belongs.”

Thank you for your support & solidarity!

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Positive Psychology: Just for Rich People? – Prof. James Coyne | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, 6 April at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Positive psychology suggests the problems of the poor lie in their attitude or – in more recent versions – in their brains. It provides an unscientific and ideological basis for blaming the poor for their poverty. Moreover, positive psychology is carefully marketed to earn its proponents corporate speaking engagements. Its workshops aim at making workplace stress an individual attitudinal problem and improving worker efficiency, while avoiding confronting the real sources of workplace stress.

In this talk, Jim will provide a thorough update of his well-received blog posts at PLOS Mind the Brain and Science-Based Medicine:

Jim expects to be able to announce at his talk the retraction of a major positive psychology article, based on a critique he co-authored.

Jim Coyne is, along with fellow “Negateer” Barbara Ehrenreich, one of the most prominent and persistent critics of positive psychology. He was a participant in the historic 2006 Positive Psychology Great Debate at the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is the 2015 Carnegie Centenary Visiting Professor at the University of Stirling and Professor of Health Psychology, University of Groningen, as well as Professor Emeritus Of Psychology In Psychiatry, University Of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.

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Glasgow Social Centre Collective: Events Working Group
Tuesday, 7 April at 6:00pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

To get involved with the Glasgow Social Centre project you can come along to one of our working group meetings. Working groups are made up of members of the collective who have agreed to undertake certain tasks. The working groups are also open to non-members so that they can meet the collective and work towards a practical goal with no long-term commitment required. The events working group is the driving force behind planning and putting on events as a demonstration of the kind of thing a social centre could be used for.

We will be meeting in the reception area of the CCA (opposite the shop) and the meeting will likely last no more than an hour.

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Fail Better: Prrrrrrrrotest!
Thursday, 9 April at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

WHAT THE FUCK IS PROTEST? I dinna have a clue, but these folks might:

LOKI storms back to the stage

punk folk gurgling against the grain DANGLE MANATEE

MAKI YAMAZAKI takes to stage with uke and wit in tow

the one and only ROSIE KANE returns

two short pieces from UMA DRRAGON

TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE… ahem, aye so TICKLE of the late Black Lantern Music and such like is doing a set too.

aaaaaand the whole night will be hosted by none other than the marvellous marvels CREATIVE MARTYRS

As always, its FREE ENTRY. If you have it, chuck some quids in the bucket to pay our fine acts some of that wage stuff.

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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:

Hod me back!

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Bairns Not Bombs Blockade
Monday, 13th April at 7:00am
Faslane

On Monday, 13th April the Scrap Trident Bairns Not Bombs Blockade will stop work at Faslane where Trident nuclear weapons are based just 30 miles from Glasgow. We want to send a strong reminder that the people of Scotland fundamentally oppose the UK’s possession of nuclear weapons. Please consider either taking part directly or in a support role. For more details check out the Blockade Briefing at http://scraptrident.org/

Nonviolent Direct Action training will take place on Sunday 12th April in Glasgow. Everyone considering taking part in or supporting the blockade is asked to take part in training. Contact us for more info to set up a training for a local affinity group. Please Register at:http://scraptrident.org/faslane-blockade-2015/accomodation-and-training-registration/

Book a place on a Bus from Glasgow, Edinburgh and other places. Details at: http://scraptrident.org/faslane-blockade-2015/book-bus-to-blockade/

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Clydeside IWW Branch Meet
Tuesday, 14 April at 7:00pm
The Electron Club room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Open to members and would-be members.

https://iwwscotland.wordpress.com/

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March for the homeless
Wednesday, 15 April at 2:00pm
Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, G2 1DU

Originally starting in Dublin, this event is now worldwide, several countries and citys around the world are standing together for the homeless.

We will no longer let these people be ignored, go hungry or be able to sleep safe at night. A static protest outside Glasgow city Chambers. Bring your voices and banners.

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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 http://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@concretegarden.org.uk) 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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Allotments and Green Glasgow 2015: ‘Using water wisely’
Tuesday, April 21st from 7pm to 9pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE
and
Saturday, April 25th from 2pm to 4pm
Springburn allotments, Springburn Rd, G21 1LZ

Glasgow’s Green 2015 theme for April is The allotment strand of Green Glasgow 2015 will be about ‘ water and plots’ – Water capture, mulching, terracing, small scale ponds, drainage.

We will be having a CONVERSATION on the Tuesday, then a VISIT and DISCUSSION on the Saturday to look into these topics. All welcome at either or both.

www. glasgowallotmentsforum.org.uk
Twitter is @AllotmentsForum

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International Workers Memorial Day
Tuesday 28th April at 12:00pm
People’s Palace/Winter Gardens, G40 1AT. (on Glasgow Green)

Event info TBC.

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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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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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Email future events including name/time/date/location/description to:
glasgowautonomyupdates@lists.riseup.net

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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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