Coming up in March!

Hi folks,

Another week and more events added for the upcoming month. We’ll keep adding events as we become aware of them!

As ever if you hear of anything then drop us a line here or through any Glasgow AF channels.

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The Exploited as a reference in a Mohawk rez called Kahnawake
People’s Palace Museum at Glasgow Green, Glasgow G40 1AT
Everyday until 14 April (closed Mondays)
10:00am until 5:00pm

Photography Exhibition

Award winning photographer Jannica Honey is pleased to announce her latest exhibition, which takes place at Glasgow’s People’s Palace from the 1st of March to the 14th of April. Shot in Kahnawake, a Mohawk reservation outside Montreal, it captures the diverse range of residents who the photographer met last winter, when she spent two days walking around the 9000-strong community. The series of images includes peacemakers, chiefs, staff on the local newspaper, the customers of a coffee shop and a young punk rocker. All the subjects shared their stories of life on the reservation, which despite its close proximity to Montreal, exists as a separate entity with its own system of government.

At People’s Palace the emphasis will be on the meaning of identity and the significant value of community, Blood quantum laws and heritage takes a central place in this series of photographs.

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G.U.PalSoc Film Screening: Leila Khaled – Hijacker
Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, G12 8NN
Tuesday, March 4
18:05 until 19:55

“A story about an extraordinary woman and her journey, the jury decided to award Lina Makboul´s film, Leila Khaled Hijacker the award for Best Film because of its nuanced politics of nationhood and gender. This film about a Palestinian woman hijacker challenges our assumptions about those who resort to violent means in response to oppression and gives us access to the politics of one of the most troubled regions of the twentieth century. It also complicates the current discourse on Islam and terrorism by its deliberation on the meanings of terms such as “terrorist”, interrogating and asking if one person’s terrorist could be another’s freedom fighter. Especially relevant in the context of today’s highly polarized conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and closer home in Kashmir, this self-reflexive film echoes in its treatment, the complexity of its arguments, using evocative imagery both verité as well as reconstructed as well as archival footage in an extremely creative manner.”

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Beyond Post-Politics and ‘Soft’ Urban Fixes: Developing A Politics of Space- with Neil Gray
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU (near Govan underground station)
Wednesday 5th March
18:30

Join us for our latest ‘library chat’, an informal roundtable conversation in the convivial surroundings of our library in the Pearce Institute. There will be space and time for general discussion and input from all participants. Light refreshments provided.Please email info@che.ac.uk to confirm attendance. RSVP essential. Neil Gray is a writer, researcher and filmmaker based in Govan, Glasgow. His work critically analyses the mobilisation of creativity and sustainability ‘fixes’ in development strategies via a focus on the urbanization of capital and the politics of space. He is currently developing the idea of ‘territorial inquiry’ as a means of militant co-research adapted for urban life. He is contributing editor for Variant, has written regularly for Mute, and is part of The Strickland Distribution, ‘an artist-run group supporting the development of independent research in art-related and non-institutional practices’. He is currently completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow.

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Winter Warmers Film #5: ELEMENTAL – THE FILM
Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA
Friday, March 7
19:30 until 22:00

Our final screening in the Winter Warmers – 5 Elements series. Note the change of venue / starting time! ELEMENTAL – THE FILM 2012, 93mins. Director: Gayatri Roshan

Summary: Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India’s once pristine Ganges river, now polluted and dying. Facing community opposition and personal doubts, Singh works to shut down factories, halt construction of dams, and rouse the Indian public to treat their sacred “Mother Ganga” with respect. Across the globe in northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her own “David and Goliath” struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, the Tar Sands, an oil deposit larger than the state of Florida. A young mother and native Denè, Deranger struggles with family challenges while campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying Indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent. And in Australia, inventor and entrepreneur Jay Harman searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems. Harman finds his inspiration in the natural world’s profound architecture and creates a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming, but will it work? Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.

Watch the trailer here: http://elementalthefilm.com/trailer/

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Grow Your Own Course
Battlefield Community Garden, Ledard Road
Saturday, March 8
13:30

This course is spread across two, four hour sessions.

The course is FREE but places must be booked in advance.

Please contact projects@urbanroots.org.uk or tel:0141 613 2766 to reserve a place

Saturday March 8th at Battlefield Community Garden, Ledard Road, 1:30pm –5:30pm Saturday March 15th at Langside Parish Church, 167 Ledard Rd, 1:30pm –5:30pm

Whether you have a spare window ledge for a window box, or an allotment plot, this course will help you to get started growing your own food. The course will cover the basics of seed sowing, planting, composting, and harvesting, and there will also be help to design your own space for growing fruit and veg.

There will be lots of practical activities, help and advice, and visits to gardens in the area.

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LOCAL FOOD SOCIAL SUPPORT HUB
Battlefield Community Garden, Ledard Road
The Albany Centre, 44 Ashley Street, G3 6DS
12:00 until 15:00

Feeling Isolated? Worried about Bills? Affected by Welfare Cuts? Want tips on how to cook on a budget?

Woodlands Community Garden’s local food social support hub provides a friendly welcome and access to a hot and healthy meal for people experiencing hardship as well as access to training/volunteering opportunities. People are free to attend without the need for a referral or voucher.

We have limited creche spaces available, please contact us in advance to reserve your creche space. woodlandscommunityinfo@gmail.com or 0141 332 9311

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Sites of Love & Cannibalism: Excess and Dependencies in City Music Spaces
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ
Wed 13th March
1800 – 2300

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Stereo Cafe, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
Thu 14th March
1800 – 2300

The Art School and Stereo present a free two-day investigation into music, economy and space, involving performances, presentations and panel discussions with musicians, industry workers and DIY crews.

Q: What is excess? Can there be too much music? Too many people with nothing to do apart from sound out what could’ve of been?

Q: What’s the difference between art and music, commercial and not commercial, DIY and entrepreneurialism? What’s new music? Why are you not getting paid enough? What kinds of spaces do we want to gather in? What musics do we make, how and why do we make them?

FREE ENTRY

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Bring & Buy Sale / Coffee Morning
Croftfoot Parish Church, Croftpark Ave, Glasgow, G44 5NR
Sat 15th March
1000

WestGAP is an anti-poverty community group run by and for people who have first – hand experience of living in poverty. We are holding a fundraising event at Croftfoot Parish Church. If you’ve done your spring clean early, we would love donations of clothes you no longer wear, books you’ve finish with etc.

The Church is reached by taking the nos. 34 or 75 First buses from town to Castlemilk Drive at Croftpark Ave. The no. 5 First bus from opposite the St Enoch Centre goes to Carmunnock Rd at Croftpark Ave (the other end). If you get off at the Co-op supermarket just before a roundabout you just only need to walk a tiny bit back down the hill to Croftpark Ave.

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Challenging the arms trade in Scotland
Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HZ
Sat 15th March
10:30 – 17:00

What’s the link between Edinburgh and drones, or Ayrshire and the teargas turned on democracy protesters in the Middle East? What does Dundee have to do with the repression in Bahrain? Find out at an info and skills-sharing day in Glasgow on 15 March.

Bringing together campaigners from across Scotland and Northern England, CAAT’s Campaign Day is a great opportunity to pick up information and campaign skills. We’ve got an exciting agenda lined up – get in touch if you’d like to offer a talk or workshop too!

Hear from Edinburgh CAAT about their inspiring campaign to end arms company sponsorship of the Edinburgh Science Festival.
Discuss how we can use the referendum debate to rethink the arms trade, whether in an independent Scotland or as part of the UK.
Learn about CAAT’s research into shifting resources away from the arms trade and creating green jobs.
Explore useful skills for running campaigns and having an impact. S
hare news and information from the campaigns you care about.

With top-level arms dealers due to meet in Scotland a few weeks later and the opportunity to challenge Edinburgh Science Festival’s support for a drones company in April, it’s an important time to get involved! Please let us know you plan to come! events@caat.org.uk

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Tear Down the Walls: Prison Abolition Tour
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carringdon Street, Glasgow, G4 9AJ
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
18:45 until 21:00

“Tear Down The Walls” is the rallying cry of abolitionists around the world. For those people who understand the harm caused by prisons, the concept of dismantling the prison-industrial-complex seems like the most logical conclusion. But there are still those who cannot imagine a world without prisons. That is why, this March, members of the Empty Cages Collective will be travelling the country to host workshops on the prison-industrial-complex and prison abolition.

There are currently 85,690 people held in prison, not including people detained under the Mental Health Act, in Secure Children’s homes or in Immigration detention. The prison population of Britain has doubled over the last twenty years.

Not only do we have the highest prison population per capita in Europe, but we also have the most privatised prison system with 11.6% (over 10,000) of prisoners held in private prisons. Plans are already under way to build the country’s first “super prison” in Wrexham that would hold 2,000 people alone.

It is clear that we are seeing a growing trend towards an ever expanding prison-industrial-complex similar to the one we see today in the United States. The United States has 25% of the global prison population despite only being home to 4% of the world’s population.

Now is the perfect time to strike and stem the growth of the prison-industrial-complex in our country. Though the drive towards privatisation and increased incarceration has already begun it is not too late to organise to stop it.

The aim of the Tear Down The Walls Tour is to highlight the importance of prison abolition as part of the wider struggle against oppression and spread literacy around the prison society. We will also be promoting our project, Prison Abolition 2014, which is a year of action & organising against the prison-industrial-complex.

Join us this March and help us organise to Tear Down The Walls and create healthy alternatives to incarceration!

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs are appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We ask that all those attending this event read the first page of our safer spaces policy here: http://tinyurl.com/GlasgowAF

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Cute animal for making it this far:

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