A few years ago, dawn raids on asylum seekers were stopped in Glasgow due to widespread opposition from communities. However, recently they have been used again. Earlier this week, a single mother called Funke and her 5 year old son, Joseph, were woken at 7am by six or seven UKBA officials crashing through their door. Funke was handcuffed, while the UKBA men got Joseph out of bed, dressed him and took them both into detention. This is not uncommon but it is completely unnecessary. Funke had been to report at the Home Office the day before her arrest- there is no reason they could not have detained her and Joseph then but instead they chose to break into her house at 7am.
Please see the listing for Monday 21st for an important demo called by Unity – we must show that we will not stand for the terrorisation of anyone in our city.
Also in next few days John Holloway (“Crack Capitalism”) and Guy Standing (“The Precariat”) will be speaking in Glasgow.
Also upcoming are some annual demonstrations St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism march and Reclaim the Night.
Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
On Finding Hope on a Dark Night: the Latin American Contribution
John Holloway is Professor of Sociology, Autonomous University of
Puebla; Leverhulme Visiting Professor, School of Geography, University
of Leeds and author of the influential books Crack Capitalism and
Change the World Without Taking Power.
The public lecture will be held on Friday 18 November at 6pm in BOYD
ORR 507 (Lecture Theatre C), University of Glasgow. It will be
followed by a reception.
Support the striking electricians
Glasgow Demo /March /Rally meet at John Smith House 10 am and march to City Chambers in George Square via 1 possibly 2 Balfour jobs to let public know whats happening / stop sat traffic (media attention) all welcome all needed.
Glasgow Feminist Network Social
Nothing formal, just some drinks and a bit of chat, and a chance for
everyone to get to know each other. There have been a lot of new
people joining the mailing list and Facebook group recently, so it’d
be great if you – new and old members! – could come along.
We’ll be in the Dargle room at Waxy O’Conners from 7pm. Feel free to
bring any friends who are interested in feminism and/or GFN, and
hopefully there will be a few UK Feminista representatives there too,
as some of them are due to be in Glasgow that weekend anyway.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Save Yer Energy! Come along to pick up a-zillion great ideas for how to save money, stay warmer and save the planet! A snazzy poster is attached – please feel free to print, circulate, share with friends etc…
Taking place next Saturday 19th November at the Geoff Shaw Centre, Old Toryglen between 12pm and 4pm.
The event will feature DIY draught busting demonstrations, workshops in draught excluder making and knitting, pedal powered carbon footprinting, games and quizzes (with prizes!) and loads more.
The Geoff Shaw Centre can be found here:http://g.co/maps/8gdnf. It’s accessible on public transport by the number 12 and number 7 bus, and is a short walk from Kings Park, Mount Florida and Croftfoot railway stations. Offroad parking also available.
Facebook event page can be found herehttp://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=201517489921871.
7:30pm on Sun 20 Nov
Transgender Day of Remembrance Event at GFT
Screening of the film ‘Boys Don’t Cry’
Lock Up Your Daughters & Scottish Transgender Alliance
Screening will be introduced by a representative from the Scottish Transgender Alliance and preceded by a short film.
The International Transgender Day of Remembrance memorialises all those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. It helps raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people. It gives our allies a chance to step forward with us to denounce hate crime and to show their support of transgender equality, human rights and inclusion.
The film Boys Don’t Cry is based on the life of a young trans man, Brandon Teena, who was the target of anti-transgender hatred in a tiny Nebraska town.
10am Protest against dawn raids and the ongoing detention of asylum seekers, including children. Outside UK Border Agency offices, Brand St, near Cessnock subway.
Help beforehand with banner making etc on Sunday from 1pm. 70 Shaw St, Govan.
At the end of last year, the government pledged to end child detention by May 2011. It was a LibDem manifesto committment, and the coalition agreed to implement it as part of their post election coalition agreement. David Cameron described the process as a “scandal” and Nick Clegg released a statement describing it as a “shameful” process which “no innocent child should ever have to endure.
However, a year on this is still happening. According to the Guardian between May and August 2011 over 700 children were detained at south east ports, a third of whom were unaccompanied. Furthermore, they have opened a new centre for detaining children; Cedars. According to the UKBA, Cedars is not a detention centre, it is a “pre-departure accomodation centre.” It has lots of bright colours, a play area and a pool table. It also has two boundary fences and is staffed by UKBA officials and the security force, G4S. (Yes, they are the same people who were responsible for the asphyxiation of Jimmy Mubenga on his deportation flight.) Instead of getting rid of child detention, the UKBA have rebranded it, added a play park and employed Barnardos to work with the children. They are still detaining children.
A few years ago, dawn raids on asylum seekers were stopped in Glasgow due to widespread opposition from communities. However, recently they have been used again. Many families with children are being dawn raided. Earlier this week, a single mother called Funke and her 5 year old son, Joseph, were woken at 7am by six or seven UKBA officials crashing through their door. Funke was handcuffed, while the UKBA men got Joseph out of bed, dressed him and took them both into detention. This is not uncommon but it is completely unnecessary. Funke had been to report at the Home Office the day before her arrest- there is no reason they could not have detained her and Joseph then but instead they chose to break into her house at 7am. They have been in detention since the raid, and are due to be forcibly deported at 10pm tonight (Saturday 12th.)
A variety of organisations and groups are protesting against these things outside the UKBA office on Monday the 21st November, the day after Universal Childrens Day, at 10am. The UKBA office is on Brand Street, in Cessnock. It is very important that this protest is publicised as widely as possible, so please spread the word to everyone you know.
Guy Standing, author of The Precariat, speaking Monday 21st at 5pm. See next event in listing for more info about him. Adam Smith Building room 916, University of Glasgow. All welcome (not just students!).
4.30pm – 6pm ‘The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class’
Glasgow Centre for Population Health Seminar Series 8 starts with Guy
Standing, Professor of Economic Security at the University of Bath and
author of the book The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class.
A growing number of people, including millions in Britain, have been
entering a global precariat, part of an emerging class structure
shaped by globalisation. Drawing on his new book entitled The
Precariat: The New Dangerous Class, Professor Standing will examine
the labour market dynamics that underpin the growth of the precariat
and set out the nucleus of a new ‘politics of paradise’ that is
beginning to take shape outside the political mainstream.
Professor Standing is currently Professor of Economic Security at the
University of Bath. He was previously Director of the Socio-Economic
Security Programme of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). He
has written and edited books on labour economics, labour market
policy, unemployment, labour market flexibility, structural adjustment
policies and social protection policy.
Other recent books include Social Income and Security: A Study in
Gurjarat with Jeemol Unni, Renana Jhabvala and Uma Rani (New Dehli,
Routledge, 2010), Work after Globalisation: Building Occupational
Citizenship (Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2009) and Promoting Income
Security as a Right: Europe and North America (London, Anthem Press,
2005). He was also coordinating editor and main author of the ILO’s
Economic Security for a Better World, global report (2004).
Professor Standing is a founder member and co-president of the Basic
Income Earth Network (BIEN), an international non-governmental
organisation that promotes citizenship income for all.
As with all GCPH seminars this event is open to all and free to attend
although registration is essential as places are limited. Please use
the online form to complete your registration.
Can Prison Work?
(Skeptics in the pub event)
22nd November 7:30pm The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo St
Way back in 1993, Michael Howard asserted that ‘Prison works’. Although we still live with the consequences of this claim, the evidence for it has become ever more disputed and, in Scotland at least, it no longer represents an orthodox position.
So can we now ask some better questions? For whom might prisons work, and to what ends? How different would they need to be from the prisons we have now in order to ‘work’ as we might want?
Richard Sparks is Professor of Criminology at the University of Edinburgh and a Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.
His published works include “Prisons and the Problem of Order” (with W, Hay and A. E. Bottoms, 1996) and “Public Criminology?” (with I. Loader, 2010). In 2010, he was involved in a research team evaluating the role of the arts in Scottish prisons.
Thursday 24th November
Glasgow Anarchists meeting – organising the Anarchist Fair
The next organising meeting for the fair will be next Thursday, 24th,
7:30pm. To save money to pay for the fair itself we’re having it in
someone’s flat (Beth and Tom). If you don’t know where that is, please
meet at the bus stop outside The Dram, 232-246 Woodlands Rd G3 6ND
at 7:30 as its just around the corner. If you arrive late please phone
We also need help with publicity – distributing fliers, putting up
posters and networking in general. Also help on the day, with the kids
space, chairing, setting up beforehand and tidying afterwards and
general organising. Please let us know if you can help with anything.
Up to date confirmed info is at https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/fair/
Saturday 26th November
STUC St Andrew’s Day Anti Racism March and Rally
March Assembles 10.30 am St Andrew’s in the Square (off Saltmarket), Glasgow March off 11.00
Rally 12 noon Glasgow Film Theatre, Rose Street, Glasgow
Saturday 26th November
7-11pm Palestine evening – Into the Valley (fundraiser)
Garnethill Multicultural Centre
28 Rose Street
An evening to celebrate Palestinian culture and to fund-raise for
Jordan Valley Solidarity!
Come along and experience traditional Palestinian food, music, poetry and dance.
This event is a fundraiser for Jordan Valley Solidarity, a grassroots
organisation working in an area of the West Bank which has been
particularly affected by the occupation.
Jordan Valley Solidarity do fantastic work, building homes and
securing access to water in communities which have been isolated from
one another and annexed from the rest of the West Bank by the Israeli
army as a means of forcing the native Bedouin population to leave the
The Israeli Occupation Forces refuse to allow Palestinians to build
schools in their communities, violating Article 23 of the UN
Declaration of Human Rights: the Right to Education. Any educational
facilities which do exist face the threat of demolition at any time,
with little or no notice from the army. Jordan Valley Solidarity have
built schools and nurseries in several villages, creating access to
education for hundreds of children who would otherwise have been
There will be food served from 7pm, cultural events until 9.30pm, and
later on a DJ set from Argonaut Sounds
(http://www.myspace.com/argonautsounds). Somewhere in amongst all that
fun, there will a raffle with awesome prizes!
Tickets £8/£5 students and low waged. BYOB
Reclaim the Night Glasgow
March starting at 6:30pm from the botanic gardens.
This years Reclaim the Night march on Monday the 28th has been organised by Rape Crisis Glasgow as part of the 16 days for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The march will end with a rally at the Scottish Trades Union Congress, 333 Woodlands Road where there will be speaches, music, food and drink.
The 16 Days Campaign is an international campaign that runs from November 25- International Day Against Violence Against Women- to December 10- International Human Rights Day- to highlight violence against women as a violation of human rights and calls for the elimination of violence against women.
– Nearly one in four women worldwide experiencing sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
– In 2008/9, 963 rapes and attempted rapes were reported to the police in Scotland.
– It’s estimated that only between one in five and one in eight women report these crimes to the police.
-The conviction rate for rape in Soctland in 2007/8 being as low as 3.7%.
With these facts (http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/facts/#def1) it is clear this is still a massive issue worldwide and in Scotland, and why we are marching.
For more info about the 16 days for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, please see the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership –http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/
This event is open to all, hope to see lots of you there!!
Public sector strike – there will be picket lines throughout Glasgow,
outside schools, hospitals, offices – this is the big public sector
strike in defence of pensions.
Glasgow Trades Councill will be having a March & Rally on the
Day of Action, REMEMBER Wednesday 30th November.
The March will start in Shuttle Street (near High St Station) Gathering at 12noon and moving off at 12.30pm
The route will then be George Street, Cochrane Street, George Square (South), Hanover Street,
Ingram Street, Glassford Street, Trongate and then finishing at Glasgow Barrowland.
Speakers will start at 1.15
Thursday 1st December
Gender and Feminism discussion
Electron Club, Upstairs in the CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
* A brief history and description of different schools of feminism (e.g. liberal, radical, marxist, anarchist, the different ‘waves’ and so on)
* Gender : gender, sexed bodies and sexuality. Challenging innate gender identity and the gender binary. Third gender or innumerable?
* The perceived tension between feminisms and ‘class struggle politics’
* Sexism/misogyny in radical circles and how to combat it
This is part of a series of monthly discussions run by Glasgow Anarchists, but open to everyone.
Abusive or rude behaviour, including interrupting others, will not be tolerated.
Saturday 10th December
Glasgow Anarchist Fair
11am – 11pm
Kinning Park Complex
43 Cornwall Street
Next to Kinning Park Underground Station
With workshops and stalls to browse during the day, and a social with films in the evening this will be a stimulating day for everyone interested in what Anarchism means in 21st Century Glasgow.
Introduction to Anarchism, Anarchist Strategy in the Community and Workplace, Ben Franks (author of “Rebel Alliances: The Means and Ends of Contemporary British Anarchisms”) Direct Action: Going Beyond the Question of Violence , Libertarian Education, Racism.
Scottish author D.D. Johnston will be reading from his new book Peace, Love and Petrol Bombs, where he contrasts organising with McDonalds Workers Resistance with the anti-Summit movement.
Anarchist Federation, Glasgow Social Centre project, the Radical Independent Bookfair, the Solidarity Federation, Unity and a Vegan stall. If your group/campaign wants to have a stall please let us know.
Please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to use the kids space.