Events from now until mid-February

Hi folks,

Things are busy once more for the AFed crew so this update has all the events we have been told about into mid-February. We still hope to get regular updates out over the next few weeks, but if we don’t at least we have got this out.

So without further ado:

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IN BRIEF
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Tue 28th January
Perfect Girlfriends Pt2
Art Exhibition

Thursday 30th January
MOUNTAINTOP ADMINISTRATION
Film Screening

Fri 31st January
Glasgow Against Atos Monthly Picket
Protest

Sat 1st February
Bio-Diverse Birthday Celebration
Community Project

Wed 5th February
Scottish Education Workers Network
Meeting

Thu 6th February
Scottish Secular Society Pub Night
Social

Thu 6th February
Fundraiser for Yarmouk Refugee Camp
Music, spoken word, and film

Mon 10th February
Glasgow Solidarity Network Big Meet-up
Meeting

Tue 11th February
Clydeside IWW General Members Branch Meeting
Meeting

Tue 18th February
Does austerity harm health?
Lecture

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FULL DESCRIPTION
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Tue 28th January
Perfect Girlfriends Pt2
Barnes Building West Graham Street, G4
1800

Exhibition by the other half of the very highly regarded SEA4.

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Thursday 30th January
MOUNTAINTOP ADMINISTRATION
CCA Cinema, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
1900

A collaboratively produced project filmed in locations that are entangled in processes of privatisation. Trying to speak to the space of psychic foreclosure within and around us. Reading letters; throwing bureaucratic papers in the canal; finding moments of resistance within the newspaper; talking in the kitchen; dream interrogations; flying f16 drones; the city at work; buying a stamp; selling our gold; self portraits made by fighter jet pilots…the urge to escape to the mountain from the office is not a clichéd emotion. We have to perform these situations as WORK to continue living (sometimes). The carpet on the floor and the tiled ceiling should be enough of a symbol.

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Fri 31st January
Glasgow Against Atos Monthly Picket
Cadogan Street, Glasgow
1230 – 1430

National demo’s come and go but we picket every month. Atos have missed us over the festive break, so let’s make this first of the year picket a good one! Please join us on our first picket of 2014. All welcome.

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Sat 1st February
Bio-Diverse Birthday Celebration
Woodlands Community Gardens 91–111 West Princes Street, Glasgow
1100 – 1400

Its 12 months since we launched our Bio-diverse project – and to celebrate our birthday we invite you to join us on Saturday 1st February from 11am – 2pm. Lots of family friendly nature based activities, including making a special bird seed birthday cake. Some tasty outdoor food and the chance for you to be a nature detective. Bring some home baking to share, wrap up warm and reconnect yourself to nature.

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Wed 5th February
Scottish Education Workers Network
Room CCA5, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
18:30

All education workers, students, and supporters interested in organising across the sector – in conjunction with radical campaigning and solidarity actions with workers in other sectors – are welcome to attend. The SEWN is an initiative of the Clydeside General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World. Its purpose is to unite workers and students across the barriers of job category and student age; to defeat austerity; and to help build a better world.

For our programme document see our IWWScotland blog or write to us at contact.sewn@gmail.com

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Thu 6th February
Scottish Secular Society Pub Night
The Edward Wylie (Wetherspoons), 107-109 Bothwell Street, G2 7J
1930

Our petition to Opt-in to RO, backing Ross Finnie’s Consultation to remove unelected religious on Education Committees, the demo outside Parliament and Free Muhammad Asghar. So much to talk about and a chance to make new, interesting friends with opinions on a wide-range of subjects both religious and not. Move around from table to table and enjoy the maelstrom of debates.

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Thu 6th February
Fundraiser for Yarmouk Refugee Camp
McChuills, High Street, Glasgow
1900

Join us for a night of music, spoken word, and film to raise money for Yarmouk.

Yarmouk is a Palestinian refugee camp just south of Damascus in Syria. The camp is currently under siege with limited humanitarian supplies getting in. Many folk have already died of starvation and there has been an emergency call for support and solidarity. The money raised at this benefit will go directly to grassroots activists (PASMA), who are well respected locally. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/bassmeh

On the door: £3-5 (or as much as you can / no one turned away due to lack of funds)

And bring money for the raffle, prizes include: a ticket to Doune the Rabbit Hole; a swedish massage; framed prints of Palestinian resistance art; a ‘waste’ coat and matching hat with skipped wool and fabric; a free van job and much more!

If you can’t make the night but want to donate, email: louisedear@gmail.com

Please spread the word! Invite your pals!

ACTS (more to be confirmed)

IYAD HAYATLEH

A Palestinian refugee poet was born and grew up in Yarmouk refugee camp in 1960. He started writing poetry early and published his work in Arabic magazines, giving many readings in Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. He has lived in Glasgow since 2000, and he is now an active member of Scottish Pen and Artists in Exile Glasgow.

http://iyadhayatleh.blogspot.co.uk/

LIZ LOCHHEAD

Appointed Scots Makar – the National Poet for Scotland – in 2011, Liz Lochhead is both transgressive and popular; as Anne Varty wrote, “her work is that of one woman speaking to many, and one person speaking for many”.

http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poets/liz-lochhead

LOKI

Loki is a Glasgow-based writer, performer, community activist and journalist. He’s been described as Scotland’s most high profile rap artist. Loki is going to play us some songs from his new album GIMP.

http://www.mrloki.co.uk/

THE WAKES

The Wakes are a Glaswegian folk rock band. Their sound is a mixture of Celtic traditional music fused with punk rock & funk. They tackle subjects from anti-fascist politics, immigration and unemployment to uprising and rebellion in Scotland, Ireland and beyond.

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Mon 10th February
Glasgow Solidarity Network Big Meet-up
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
1900 – 2100

This is an open meeting to introduce people to GSN and what we do, and to discuss how we can make our network open to people getting involved.

We warmly invite everybody with an interest in cooperating with the Network or simply with an interest in what we do to come along and get involved in the conversation. We are even keen to hear about down-sides to how we are going about things so we can improve in the future.

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Tue 11th February
Clydeside IWW Branch Meeting
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
1900 – 2100

The IWW is a union for all! So whether you are looking for a union to join or are just sick of your current reformist union lacking the backbone to take on a fight, we can help in the fight to win.

Our Clydeside branch meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month. If you would like to attend then please contact us in advance via clydeside@iww.org.uk

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Tue 18th February
Does austerity harm health?
The Teacher Building, St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB
1630 – 1800

More than 6 years after the beginning of the Great Recession, constraints on financial resources continue to affect European health systems. As new data steadily becomes available, there has been growing debate on the consequences of the crisis and how best to respond. Some countries are implementing substantial reductions to health and social welfare spending, while others have made additional efforts to protect the most vulnerable. The debate extends to whether these policies are impacting health. Some governments deny any serious problems, indeed pointing to research suggesting recessions may be good for individual’s health. Others point to emerging problems, such as increases in consultations for mental illness, suicides, outbreaks of infectious diseases, and shortages of essential medication. Policy-makers debate whether austerity is the right approach to the crisis and whether the human cost of austerity is an unfortunate but necessary consequence of the financial crisis.

The session will: 1) Review what has happened to public spending, particularly on health and social welfare, in the EU since the start of the financial crisis. 2) Summarise the impact of the economic crisis on population health and access to health services in Europe. 3) Draw lessons from the recession on mitigating the effect of economic downturns for people’s health and health systems.

Aaron Reeves works in the Department of Sociology and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford, where he is working an EU-funded project (DEMETRIQ) with Dr. David Stuckler examining natural experiments in relation to poverty-reduction and health as well as exploring the impact of the recession and austerity on health outcomes. Prior to his time at Oxford he worked briefly at the University of Cambridge and completed his PhD in Applied Social & Economic Research with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex.

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