Anarchist Fair tmr! Plus tons of exciting radical Christmas events

Tomorrow is the Glasgow Anarchist Fair! 🙂 Come learn, discuss and socialise with radicals from throughout Glasgow. Find out what Anarchists want and why, how we organise and what methods and strategy we believe in.

Workshops during the day, hot food available 12.30 – 13.30 and 18.00 – 19.00, stalls from a variety of groups and films, book readings and informal socialising in the evening… See full listing at


There are also two deadlines listed in this email. Today is your final chance to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on equal marriage for same sex couples. And Monday 12th is the council’s deadline for opposing planning permission on north kelvinside greenspace. Full details under each days listing below.


Contents :
Anti capitalist Carol Singing
Radical pressie ideas.
Friday 9th December
– Deadline for responding to Scottish Government consultation on same sex marriage
Saturday 10th December
– Glasgow Anarchist Fair
Tuesday 29th November 2011 to Saturday 10th December 2011
– Scottish Women’s Aid 35th Anniversary Exhibition
Monday 12th December
– A Revolution of Values: Materialism and its alternatives with Tim Kasser
Wednesday 14th December
– Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament meeting
– An evening to mark International Migrants’ Day and Human Rights Day through films, discussions and more…
Monday 14th – Thursday 15th
– Pop-Up Charity Shop (Mon – Thurs)
Friday 16th December
Saturday 17th December
– Govan Together presents: Reclaiming Christmas
– Glasgow Uncut: Xmas Special!


Anti capitalist Carol Singing

A few of us have started practising anti-capitalist carols and will be performing on a high st near you in the midst of the Christmas shoppers. 🙂 We’re going to have our first public performance / recruitment exercise at tomorrow’s Anarchist fair. Matinee will be towards the end of the lunch break and the evening performance is scheduled to begin at 7pm.

To get involved find us tomorrow or email


Looking for some pressie ideas? Two groups are currently selling 2012 calendars.

* Jordan Valley

YouthSchool has teamed up with the Palestine Solidarity societies at Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Glasgow and the Art School to raise money for the Jordan Valley project through sales of the YouthSchool 2012 calendar, Palestine – Culture of Resistance.

Featuring colourful and imaginative paintings by Gaza school children, combined with traditional Palestinian recipes and quotes from some of the most famous Palestinian poems, the 2012 calendar is beautifully designed by Maha Abualkass, a young student living in the Gaza Strip.

Noor Harazeen, YouthSchool Project Manager in Gaza, said “The Gaza 2011 Calendar ‘All I want is Peace’ was a great hit selling in 12 countries despite the huge difficulties we face through the siege. We would love to repeat that success again this year! Hopefully we can get students in each country to help us sell as many calendars as possible.”

The calendar is on sale through the university Palestine societies, priced ÂŁ10.

YouthSchool will donate ÂŁ4.00 to the Jordan Valley project for every calendar sold with ÂŁ4.00 going toward YouthSchool’s new Orphan Development programme in the Gaza Strip (ÂŁ2.00 covers production costs).

* Please consider buying a Feminist Calendar in aid of the Women’s Support Project in Glasgow!

Rape Crisis Scotland has produced this to raise funds for a vital service in Glasgow. The calendar features vibrant feminist graffiti art and inspiring quotes for every month of 2012. Every calendar purchased will help to safeguard the future of the Women’s Support Project, to whom all proceeds from sales will be donated.

You can either order this directly online from Wordpower via this link: or from Rape Crisis Scotland (please email us at for an order form).

Please help us safeguard this this vital project by circulating this flyer as widely as possible!

The Women’s Support Project was established in 1983 and has provided crucial support to vulnerable women, as well as providing resources, information, training and public education on a broad range of violence against women issues. The Women’s Support Project’s core funding has been seriously affected by local authority budget cuts, with Glasgow City Council cutting its contribution by 100%.


Friday 9th December 2011

Deadline for responding to Scottish Government consultation on same sex marriage

You have until 9th December to respond to the Scottish Government’s same-sex marriage consultation, and we’re facing heavy opposition…

Scotland has taken leaps and bounds in the last few years for equal rights, we’re so close to getting true equality! If, like me, you think that I have the right to marry who I want, then please, PLEASE, take two minutes to fill out the response form on the link below. Then click attending and invite as many people as possible! Spread the word that Scotland believes in equality, and that marriage is above all about love, not plumbing.


Saturday 10th December

Glasgow Anarchist Fair

Workshops and stalls 10:30-7pm (with breaks for lunch and tea!) Social and films 7pm onwards.

Kinning Park Complex

43 Cornwall Street

G41 1BA

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.


Radical Independent Bookfair, Anarchist Federation, Coal Action Scotland, Glasgow Social Centre, Solidarity Federation, Unity, Vegan Soc

Kids Space

Please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to use the kids space.



Tuesday 29th November 2011 to Saturday 10th December 2011

Scottish Women’s Aid 35th Anniversary Exhibition

Glasgow Women’s Library

15 Berkeley Street, Glasgow, G3 7BW

Open Monday to Friday, 9:30-4:30

This exhibition, organised to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Scottish Women’s Aid, uses photographs, film and memorabilia to highlight the work undertaken to address the issue of domestic abuse in Scotland. The exhibition will encompass the campaigns, legislative and policy breakthroughs and developing understanding of the issue over the lifetime of the organisation.

The exhibition will run throughout the 16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women.

The launch event is on Monday 28th at 5pm; booking is required. Please call 0131 226 6606.


Monday 12th December

A Revolution of Values: Materialism and its alternatives with Tim Kasser

7-9pm. The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU

Centre for Human Ecology and Govan Together present:
A Revolution of Values: Materialism and its alternatives

Join us for another stimulating evening in our winter learning series. In the runup to Christmas, we’re exposed to more and more advertising, encouraging us to… spend our way to happiness. Our guest speaker, Tim Kasser, will present evidence for the high price of materialism and explore alternatives of what really makes a merry Christmas.

Tim Kasser, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters on materialism, values, ecological sustainability, and quality of life, among other topics, and is also the author of three books, including The High Price of Materialism (MIT Press, 2002). Tim works extensively with a variety of activist and civil society organisations that protect children from commercialisation, that promote ecological sustainability, and that encourage a more “inwardly rich” lifestyle than what is offered by consumerism.

Light refreshments provided. Entry by donation.


12th Dec


Dear North Kelvin Meadow Supporter,

We are entering perhaps a crucial stage of the campaign. At the moment the situation is stalled as New City Vision Ltd dithers with its possible Planning Application to build 90 flats on the land. Fortunately for us there may be an opportunity to permanently foreclose the possibility of there being any building on the land and go forward in having the area officially recognised as a Community Green Space.

*How you can help*

We now have the opportunity to ask Glasgow City Council to formally

change the status of North Kelvin Meadow and we would like you to write

to the Council directly to lend your support to this.

Glasgow City Council is currently seeking feedback (by 12th Dec 2011) on

the new Glasgow Local Development Plan (LDP).

The main volume in the LDP is called the Main Issues Report (MIR) and

its purpose, as the title suggests, is to table the main issues and ask

for feedback on them. You’re obviously welcome to put what you see as

the main issues but to help you out in relation to the North Kelvin

Meadow (NKM) we have attached some documents that references the

Council’s desired main themes and hopefully make the points to secure

this land’s future.

*Suggested replies*

(pick one or a few and send to the Council above)

1. Sample Letter – see attachment “My Feedback on the Local Development

Plan” Be sure to add your name and address.

2. Bullet Points to help compose your own letter.

3. The Council has a form which we’ve attached and you could just send

this off to their email address above. “Feedback North Kelvin Meadow

Points” Again you can edit them as you wish. Be sure to input your name

at the top of each point. So you’ll need to download, save , edit i.e.

insert your name against each point and then attach to your new email.

4. Lastly we’ve attached the North Kelvin Meadow Campaign’s own detailed

(War and Peace!) submission. “North Kelvin Meadow LDP and MIR feedback”

Feel free to send this with your letter / forms saying you agree with

its view.

Replies should be sent by 12th Dec 2011 to:


Or by post to:

The Development Plan Team

Development & Regeneration services

Glasgow City Council

229 George Street Glasgow G1 1QU


*Further Information*

Further information on the Local Development Plan Main Issue Report and

Glasgow Open Space Strategy, which we are also feeding back on by the 12th

Dec are in the links below.

Council’s Local Development Plan Main Issues Report (MIR),

Glasgow Open Space Strategy: (more

a high level strategy consultation but we do believe, if you have the

time, it be great to fill out their questionnaire too:

Under question number 6 we would recommend something like:

“Figure 5.2 identifies the North Kelvin Meadow as Vacant Land. This is

considered to be incorrect as it functions as a valuable community green

space with the characteristics of a community garden and a semi-natural

green space. The Strategy appears to suggest that “vacant land” can be

reinvigorated temporarily and used as green space until economic

conditions improve enough to enable its redevelopment. I object to the

implication that the North Kelvin Meadow should be redeveloped in future

and that the current use of the site as community green space site is

intended to be temporary. I would request that the North Kelvin Meadow

is deleted from figure 5.2 as an area of vacant land.”

*Help with writing your submission*

We realise this isn’t the easiest task to do! So if you’d like to talk

it through please phone Phil Nicholson on 0141 946 8786 who is more than

happy to help.

Thanks for all your support so far.

*N**orth Kelvin Meadow Campaign



Keep in touch with the latest on the North Kelvin Meadow campaign



Twitter: kelvinmeadow <;



Wednesday 14th December

1-4pm SCND office, 77 Southpark Avenue, Hillhead

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament meeting

Discuss plans and activities to campaign against nuclear weapons in 2012.

The SCND office is opposite the Southpark Avenue entrance to the Fraser building.


An evening to mark International Migrants’ Day and Human Rights Day through films, discussions and more…

–> brought to you by GRAMNet and Migrants’ Rights Scotland, in partnership with BEMIS, Migrant Voice and Glasgow Human Rights Network.

Wed 14th Dec 2011

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G23 3JD

Come and join in to promote migrants’ voices and migrants’ rights and to share your visions and hopes for a world in which ALL human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights!

*** Evening programme ****

– 5.30pm – 5.50pm –> Intro & talk

– 5.50pm – 6.45pm –> screening of two documentaries: “The Deported” / “The Returnee” | Bangladesh 2007 / South Korea 2009

1.’The Deported’ deals with the struggle of undocumented migrant workers from Bangladesh and Nepal in South Korea and the effects of the governments’ crackdown on them. The documentary follows “the deported” to their home countries where they continue to fight for social justice and human rights in various ways.

2. ‘The Returnee’ focuses on Masum, one of three leaders of the Migrants’ Trade Union who was arrested and deported from South Korea after working and living there for more than a decade. The film shows Masum’s journey as he is reunited with his estranged family and his travels to meet old friends and new allies who continue to struggle for the plight of migrants seeking the dream of a better life.

– 6.45pm – 8.30pm –> celebrate and socialise, with FREE drinks and snacks….


Pop-Up Charity Shop

Queen Margaret Union, University Gardens. Hillhead

‘Twas nearing the end of exams and all through Byres Road cash registers were ringing unseasonable amounts. But in the QMU they were shaking with laughter, because they’d picked up a gift for their great aunt for less than a fiver!

This year at the Queen Margaret Union you can bring tidings of great comfort and joy to Asylum Seekers in Glasgow by visiting our Pop-Up Charity Shop in Qudos. Open 10am-5pm Monday the 12th – Wednesday the 14th and 10am-4pm on Thurday the 15th of December. We’ll be selling cherry picked clothing and books from the Unity charity shops.

The Unity Centre is a Glasgow based charity providing support for Asylum Seekers. From handing out free clothing for those in need to providing advice about the complex asylum system in the UK and launching campaigns about the inhumane treatment of Asylum Seekers within the UK, we are sure you will agree that this is a very worthy cause.

For more information on the Unity Centre please visit:

This event is organised by STAR (Student Action for Refugees.) For more information on our campaigns and fundraising please visit our website, or our facebook page,


Saturday 17th December

Govan Together presents: Reclaiming Christmas

(Cafe Pearce is in the Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Govan, G51 3UU)

Day: 10.00 – 18.00
* Make your own Christmas decorations, cards and lanterns in the Cafe Pearce. The lanterns will be used for the Procession of Light in the evening.
* The Wishing Tree – add your Christmas wishes to the tree… and let the magic of Christmas make them come true in the back Cafe.
* Share your Christmas memories in the back Cafe.
* Govan Together film showing in the Mary Barbour Suite
* Tea and Coffee available in Cafe Pearce

10.00 – 16.00
*Craft Fair in the MacLeod Hall with various vendors for some ideal Christmas shopping.

Lunch available from 12.00 – 14.00 @ Govan New Cross Church
(Meal tickets available from The Pearce Institute between 12noon – 1.30pm)

12.00 – 17.00
* Santa’s Grotto – come and visit Santa in the MacLeod Hall
* Secret Santa – place a used toy under the Christmas tree on stage which will be sent on to the children of various local Govan charities.

* A warming cup in Cafe Pearce with mulled wine and mince pies

Evening: 18.00 – 20.00
* Procession of Light – A lantern lit procession to Govan Cross to greet a special guest and onwards to the grounds of Govan Old Parish Church to be met by some strange goings on.
* Music with Mairi Campbell, Christmas Carols and Puppet Show in Govan Old Parish Church
* Back to The Pearce Institute for Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows


Friday 16th December



Anti-Atos leafleting

Friday 16th December


Atos Medical Assessment Centre

Corunna House

29 Cadogan Street


G2 7AB

Are you being harassed off sickness benefit? Are you being forced on to Workfare?

Join the Crutch Collective, Claimants Resisting Unfair Treatment Cuts and Harassment. Also on Facebook


Saturday 17th December

Glasgow Uncut: Xmas Special!

Details still being finalised – check next week’s announcement email for full public info.

It’s been a while since Glasgow Uncut took to the high streets and shop floors of our city for some direct action against corporate tax dodgers and the cuts. With millions unemployed, vital public services being cut across the board and pensions being slashed – the government still shows no signs of going after the corporate tax dodgers and banks who’re getting away with billions in dodgy deals and tax avoidance. Just this October, the government allowed Goldman Sachs to get off without paying ÂŁ10 million they owed to the public from an unpaid tax bill.

So join us as we return for a Glasgow Uncut seasonal special, as part of a national day of action called by UK Uncut.

More details of the action, including the meet-up location and time plus any required props, to come!

All welcome (except the police, thanks). INVITE YER PALS.

Shut down the tax dodgers!

Facebook event :


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