Glasgow Solnet Actions, Community Appeals, and Some Other Stuff….

Hey All,

So there’s not much to add to this week, since the last update had most this
week covered n’all (please see last week’s listing for the rest of the stuff).
However, this is just a short update to that listing, with some stuff we
didn’t get in on time, including solidarity network actions and important
appeals from the Unity Centre and Dennistoun Diggers… please see below…


Monday 13th – Sunday 19th January
– Glasgow Solidarity Network: 1-2 Let, Bad News Gets Bad Reviews (Online

Thursday 16th January
– ‘The Sky is Pink?’: Climate Justice Discussion & Film Event

Thursday 16th January
– ‘Poetry is not a Luxury’


– Unity Appeal: ‘Stephen Must Stay!’

– Dennistoun Diggers Need Help


Monday 13th – Sunday 19th January
Glasgow Solidarity Network: 1-2-Let, Bad News Gets Bad Review (Online Action)
Online, Everywhere!

For background info about GSN’s current case, please check out the info here
and here. The Facebook event can also be found here.

January has rolled around and V and H still haven’t had the illegal agency
“administration fees” returned to them from 1-2-Let, despite the ample time
given since the last action, so in response Glasgow Solnet are kicking off the
new year with a small action remind the agency that we’re on the case.

Every day this week we are going to post the details of a review site where we
would like you to leave a review about 1-2-Let that includes the following
info –

1. That you heard that 1-2-Let illegally take fees from their tenants, and
2. That you found out about this illegal practice through 1-2-Let’s refusal to
pay back these fees to their former tenants, Vivien and Hartwig.

If you spot this action later in the week, please by all means post the review
up on any of the sites we’ve posted about, and check back at to see updates to the list. First of these

Agent Right: The address of 1-2 Let
is 104 Bellgrove Street, G31 1AA. Their email is: You
can give 1-2 Let between 1 and 5 stars (aim low). You need to validate any
review by clicking on a link they email to you (you can create a desposable
email here: 1-2 Let will be notified of
reviews before they are published so this is a good one to use to help Vivien
and Hartwig!

Example message: “I found out that 1-2 Let charge illegal “administration
fees” from tenants. This came to my attention as two former tenants, Vivien
and Hartwig, have demanded the money back and 1-2 Let simply refuses to return
the illegally obtained money. Avoid them doing the same to you.”

We will keep escalating the scale of our activities until the £187.50 is
returned. Once Vivien and Hartwig have their money back the case will be over.

For Background to the Case (& Further Info) –

Thursday 16th January
– ‘The Sky is Pink?’: Climate Justice Discussion & Film Event
Seminar Room 1, Wolfson Medical Building, University Avenue, G12 8QQ

Event will feature the screening two short films, “The Sky is Pink” a ilm from
Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of Gasland addressing the urgent crisis
of fracking including the fracking industry’s PR manipulation of the science
behind its real dangers; plus” La Via Campesina in Movement… Food
Sovereignty now'” about the peasant/ small farmers network La Via Campesina
and their struggles for more just and sustainable modes of agriculture. The
films will be followed by short talk and discussion facilitated by Dr David
Featherstone, from Glasgow University’s school of Geographical and Earth

For Further Info –

Thursday 16th January
– Poetry is not a Luxury
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

*POETRY IS NOT A LUXURY Thursday 16th January 7pm – *an evening of
readings and performances in Intermedia Gallery with contributions from
Phoebe Amis, Howard Slater, Nicholas James, Karen Barad, Sam Bellacosa,
Anna Schneider and Greg Philo.

*Poetry Is Not a Luxury* takes its name from an essay by Audre Lorde: “…
poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms
the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams
toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then
into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the
nameless so it can be thought.”

For Further Info –


Unity Centre: Stephen Must Stay!

Stephen Apau (Home Office Ref: A1491801) is currently being held in
Harmondsworth IRC detention and is due to be forcibly removed from the UK to
Ghana on Monday 13 December 2014 on flight ET701 at 20:15.

Stephen has been in Glasgow since May 2012. Since then Stephen has become a
valued member of Glasgow society and is a constant presence at Glasgow
Pentacostal Church. Stephen has been given three removal dates, the last being
on the Charter flight Unity sent out another urgent action appeal about. This
time, however, the Home Office are trying to remove Stephen via Ethiopian

Forcibly removing Stephen to Ghana would be a devastating violation of his
human rights as he faces almost certain persecution as a result of his
sexuality. Stephen is homosexual and has been attacked in Ghana due to this
being found out in his village. A pastor from his local area writes that for
Stephen to return to Ghana without having repented would result in him being
lynched not only in the village but even if he moved to the city as his
connections would mean he would be found and identified.

Stephen had legal representation up until the end of November. His lawyers say
there is nothing they can do, however, independent but costly legal
representatives have stated Stephen’s case is worthy of a Judicial Review. Due
to legal aid cuts and because Stephen is currently being detained in England
it is difficult to find a lawyer ready to apply for funding for a Judicial
Review. Presently the law firm Fadiga & Co are looking into whether they can
take his case but this will only be possible if he is not put on the flight on

We are calling for urgent action to stop Stephen being forcibly removed on
Ethiopian Airways flight ET701/ET921on Monday 13th January 2013 at 20:15.
Every voice counts and we CAN prevent Stephen’s removal with help. We also
believe that given this chance Stephen will be able to obtain adequate legal
representation following difficulties and limitations over the Christmas

Please urgently contact Ethiopian Airlines and the Home Secretary, Theresa
May, to ask them to halt the forced removal of Stephen Apau, and allow him to
remain in Glasgow, where he belongs. (Template letters available at


Heathrow Airport Office:
Room 238, East Wing, Terminal 3
Middlesex TW6 1JT

Phone: 020 8745 4235 or 4234

Fax: 020 8745 7936 and 020 8747 9339

Administration/Management: 020 8987 9086

Sales: 0800 635 0644


Twitter: @flyethiopian


Contact the Home Secretary:

Theresa May, MP
Secretary of State for the Home Office
2 Marsham Street



Dennistoun Diggers Need Help –

Via the Glasgow Local Food Network mailing list:

Hi all,

Some of you will know who we are, others maybe not. For those of you who
don’t, we are a small group of volunteers based in Dennistoun who have been
running a community garden for the past 3 years.

Milnbank Housing Association were kindly hosting us and out of the blue
yesterday we received an email saying that they wanted us out by the end of
January with no particular reason given. We are completely baffled and
surprised (and hurt) by this.

Therefore we are looking for a space to relocate but in the meantime we need
space to:
a) Store some of our equipment until we find an alternative space
b) Foster some of our perennials (artichokes, asparagus, herb barrels, fruit
trees and bushes)
c) relocate some of our beds temporarily, ideally in the Dennistoun area –
Does anyone know of anywhere we might be able to temporarily set up on? (Am
also planning to contact councillors to ask if there are any stalled spaces
available – we have a few in mind to enquire about). We would also need A LOT
of help to do this – does anyone have any suggestions or advice???

Any advice/help/ support would be warmly welcomed. We are a bit at a loss as
we have been given such a short time period to move on. As there are no paid
staff for this wee project we are very limited on resources and time to meet
the deadline.

Thanks in advance!

Dennistoun Diggers

If anyone can help them they can be contacted through their blog or facebook;



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