Events & Happenings (6th – 12th August)

This Week — Hiroshima Commemoration Day, Community Empowerment, Harvesting & Sowing, Workplace Organising, & Class Struggle…

If you know of any community based, radical and alternative goings-on, please let us know and we’ll try and include where possible.

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Monday 6th August
– Hiroshima Commemoration in Glasgow

Tuesday 7th August
– Austerity Anonymous Reading Group (First Meeting)

Tuesday 7th August
– Woodlands Community Gardens: Tuesday Tutorials

Saturday 11th August
– This Land is Your Land: Empowerment to the People

Saturday 11th/Sunday 12th August
– IWW Workplace Organising Training (w/ Erik Foreman)

Saturday 11th August
– ‘Fighting Capitalism in the Belly of the Beast’ (IWW Public Meeting/Talk)

Sunday 12th August
– Dennistoun Community Gardens Summer Harvest

Monday 6th August
– Hiroshima Commemoration in Glasgow
George Square, Glasgow
12noon onwards

Helensburgh CND and Faslane Peace camp have taken the initiative to organise the 2012 commemoration on the river Clyde in Glasgow.

The programme envisaged for the day will be:
– 12noon onwards: Making Lanterns in George Square, Glasgow
– 8pm: Procession with lanterns to launching site on the river.
– 9pm: (dusk) Launching of lanterns.

We appeal to those who believe that 5,000 deployed nuclear warheads pose an
intolerable threat to human survival, to promote this initiative in any way
they can.

For Further Info – (Faslane Peace Camp), (Helensburgh CND)

Tuesday 7th August
– Austerity Anonymous Reading Group (1st Meeting)
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1BA

Austerity Anonymous is a new regular discussion group, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, which sometimes takes a written text as its starting
point, sometimes another kind of text (a film, a tv show), and sometimes a more
general theme for discussion.

People take turns to propose material for the group to examine. The intention
being to bring about a situation where we might begin to analyse and discuss
current events collaboratively, while relating to theory.

Sometimes we will meet in the pub, sometimes in a community centre, sometimes the library. There are plans for field-trips, going for walks and exploring local histories.

Generally, the group tries to introduce contemporary texts and situations to
our discussions, aiming towards informed analysis & critique of current events.

The first meeting will be on 7th August, at Kinning Park, to discuss
by Research/Destroy, which can be found online, here:

The second meeting will be on 21st August, also at Kinning Park (7pm) to
discuss Selma James’ ‘Sex, Race & Class’, which can be found online here:

For Further Info –

Tuesday 7th August
– Woodlands Community Gardens: Tuesday Tutorials
Woodlands Gardens, 91-111 West Princes Street, Glasgow, G4 9BY
6.30 – 7.30pm

Every Tuesday evening from 6.30 – 7.30pm from 31st July – 28th August. Content includes seed collecting, what to plant now, leaf mould and herbal brews and much more…

Tuesday 7th August – SOWING tips on what can still be planted now & how best to water and look after your seedlings

For Further Info –

Saturday 11th August
– This Land is Your Land: Empowerment to the People
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St., Glasgow, G2 3JD
10am – 3.30pm

How can the community best make use of underused public assets?

All round Scotland there are great examples of people taking advantage of
opportunities and we want to bring together people together to celebrate what
people are achieving already, and how to do more of it.

The Scottish Government is consulting until 29 August on Community Empowerment, and part of the day is to get people together to talk about what community empowerment means to them, and how best to achieve it. Andy Warhol said, ‘They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.’

We believe the times are changing, people want room to grow, and to make the
best use of our land, buildings and other assets, to help their community
prosper. Empowerment is good for you, (doctors say so!) and good for the wider
community and we should encourage Scottish Parliament and local authorities to encourage more of it.

We believe that there should be a presumption in favour of people being able to
grow things on underused land and to make use of other underused assets unless
there are strong reasons why not.

The structure of the event is inclusive and people coming along will be
encouraged to talk about practical projects – and celebrate what’s already
happening and what they are doing, and to contribute their ideas of how to make
Community Empowerment relevant to people.

For Further Info, Booking, and Program –

Email –

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August
– IWW Workplace Organising Training
STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG
10am – 5pm (both days)

The Clydeside IWW is hosting a Workplace Organiser Training event on
Saturday/Sunday 11th and 12th August.

This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone interested in workplace organising
using Solidarity Unionist strategies and tactics to get trained by the lead
organiser for the Jimmy Johns Workers Union, Erik Foreman. The IWW is famous for its 101 Organiser training and at this event we will have the designer of this training and one of the founding members of the famous Starbucks and Jimmy Johns Workers Union.

Erik has been on a Tour which has taken in Egypt, Germany, Poland and elsewhere in Europe, where he has been delivering training at three different levels. He is now undertaking training in London, Bristol, Sheffield and Clydeside before returning to the States.

The training will be an intense 14 hour first level organiser training covering
all areas of workplace organisation, mobilisation and direct action and aims to
give participants the tools to start organising initiatives where they work.

The event is open to everyone interested in workplace organising from a
Solidarity Unionist perspective and is particularly useful for those organising
in non-unionised and precarious workplaces. We still have spaces left, open to
all radicals who have to sell their labour power.

Contact via email (as below) to book a place for free. For anyone unable to
make the training, there is alo a public meeting/talk later in the evening (see

Clydeside IWW Facebook –

Contact Email –

For Further Info –

Saturday 11th August
– Fighting Capitalism in the Belly of the Beast: Class Struggle & IWW in the USA
STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG

Public Meeting/Talk held by Clydeside IWW. The global economic crisis is
reshaping the social, cultural, and political landscape of the entire world,
including the United States. In this talk, American labour organiser Erik
Forman will discuss the theory and practice behind the rise of a new workers’
movement in the US; from the Wisconsin Uprising and Occupy Wall Street, to
recent campaigns to build unions in the fast food industry.

Forman has spent the last 5 years as a worker in the fight to unionise
Starbucks, Jimmy John’s, and other corporate chains with the Industrial
Workers of the World (IWW).

For Further Info –

Sunday 12th August
– Dennistoun Community Gardens Summer Harvest
Dennistoun Community Gardens, 42-44 Circus Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow, G31
1pm – 4pm

Hidden away on Circus Drive is a lovely sun trap enveloping an inspiring food
growing space created by local residents in Dennistoun; Dennistoun Community
will be holding a Summer Harvest on Sunday 12th August, including a Pot Luck
Picnic and BBQ.

For Further Info –



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