I’ll not add a big intro, but do want to draw attention to the Unity Birthday Party, the callout against the SDL, the Glasgow Games Monitor holding an open discussion on the housing crisis caused in the name of the Commonwealth Games, and the Glasgow leg of a tour promoting ideas surrounding prison abolition hosted by ourselves in the Anarchist Federation.
Clydeside IWW GMB Branch Meeting
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Tuesday, 11th March
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 email@example.com
LOCAL FOOD SOCIAL SUPPORT HUB
The Albany Centre, 44 Ashley Street, G3 6DS
Wednesday, 12th March
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. firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 332 9311
Sites of Love & Cannibalism: Excess and Dependencies in City Music Spaces
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ
Wed 13th March
1800 – 2300
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?
The Fail Better March
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL
Thursday, 13th March
Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. Here’s some poetry! Bloody great poetry actually, from Ms Broad hersel, RACHEL MCCRUM
And then some songs from t-shirt drawer and david bowie impersonator SHAMBLES MILLER
words silly & wise from the estimable KATY HASTIE, published in the new print of From Saturn to Glasgow
And then music contemporary, historic, and hypothetical from legends of the art-in-the-back-room-of-Glasgow-pubs scene, MCATEER & MCATEER
strolling in fae The Royal Oak BOBBY NICHOLSON will be strumming tunes aplenty
And more to be announced.
As ever, it’s 8 O’clock in McChuills, free but, if you have it, we do appreciate £3 or so chucked in the hat to prevent the artists from being overtaken by consumption in their various garrets. #
SEE YOU THURSDAY!
Bring & Buy Sale / Coffee Morning
Croftfoot Parish Church, Croftpark Ave, Glasgow, G44 5NR
Sat 15th March
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.
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! email@example.com
ANTIFASCIST CALLOUT – SDL/REGIMENTAL BLUES NOT WELCOME IN GLASGOW
Celtic Supporters Club 1524 London Road, G31 4QA
Saturday, March 15
The Crystal Bell, Glasgow Cross
Sunday 16th 2014
The SFL and their supporters are planning to exploit the memory of Kriss Donald on Saturday and then the Regimentaal Blues and other neo-nazi groups plan to threaten St Rochs primary school. Assemble to help oppose the fascists.
Housing is in Crisis: What Can We Do About It? Public Meeting
Bridgeton Community Learning Campus, 68 Dale Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow, G40 4TL
Tuesday 18th March
Speakers and Discussion:
The Commonwealth Games 2104 and the Clyde Gateway regeneration project promise a supply of new housing in the East End, but do their figures stack up? Initially 1,400 homes were promised on the Games village site, but this figure has now been reduced to 700 homes. Only 300 of these homes have been allocated for ‘social rent’ yet we estimate around 3,000 people have been removed from the Dalmarnock area in the recent past through disinvestment and demolition. The ‘new community’ on the Clyde is obviously displacing the old one rather than adding to it. The Clyde Gateway regeneration project initially promised 10,000 homes. But when we pressed them they admitted that the figure had been ‘made up’ to obtain government grant funding, and that they had no idea whether they would be private or social tenure. Now, there is no mention of the 10,000 figure on their publicity materials at all, suggesting the old truth that the promises attached to large-scale regeneration projects tend to be ‘codswallop’. None of this should come as a surprise. UK and Scottish policy on housing has been dominated by the eradication of social housing. The stock transfer of all Glasgow’s council housing to Glasgow Housing Association in 2003 was probably the largest public privatisation project in Europe. Since then, massive budget cuts for Housing Associations and the drive towards the private market have drastically reduced the amount of social housing. Between 1991 and 2008, private sector housing in the city grew by around 60,000 homes, while social housing was reduced by roughly the same amount. The trend towards housing privatisation is only accelerating.
What does all this mean?
Gentrification. Rent is killing us. Half of people’s disposable income is taken up by rent in the UK. Welfare cuts mean that rent can no longer be covered by the unemployed. Not only poor people, but almost everyone struggles to pay the rent and pay off mortgages. The tyranny of debt reigns everywhere. We have no control over the way we house ourselves while property speculators and landlords turn huge profits.
What can we do about it?
(1) We can start discussing the housing crisis so that we have a clear understanding of the problem. The invited speakers will describe in detail the housing situation in the East End, and more generally in Glasgow, Scotland and the UK. They will discuss some of the problems that face the housing movement and potential ways to overcome these problems drawing on successful examples.
(2) We can begin to organise together. The lesson from other large-scale regeneration events is that benefits will only come to local populations when they are organised. They will not drop from the sky – despite the usual promises. We want to get involved with other people fighting housing campaigns and those who want to start that fight.
Confirmed Speakers: Sarah Glynn: housing activist and author of ‘Where the Other Half Lives: Lower Income Housing in a Neoliberal World’/ Susan Fitzpatrick and Neil Gray: Glasgow Games Monitor 2014/More to be confirmed…
PubhD II: Brewing, Rotary Aerodynamics, and Scottish Colonialism | Glasgow Skeptics
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7:00pm until 9:30pm
After the excellent success of the inaugural PubhD, we’re back for seconds!
Lorna MacBean (Literature) is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. She’s writing about William Lithgow, a traveller from the 17th century, and what his writing shows about other cultures and Scottish colonialism.
Harry Smith (Aerospace Engineering) is a final year PhD student researching Rotary Aerodynamics, which is a fancy term for “helicopters”, “propellers” and “wind turbines”. He’s passionate about what he does and spends his time explaining how aircraft work to people in bars. Tonight he’s doing it by invite rather than unsolicited, and he’ll tell you why the future of aviation might need propellers, which I bet you thought were a thing of the past.
Stephanie Baker (History) is a PhD student whose research is on baking and brewing in Scotland (c1250-1550), but will talk about the brewing as it’s more interesting. Find how how much what you currently drink has in common with historical ale.
Unity’s 8th Birthday Party
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA
Friday, March 21, 2014
Come and celebrate 8 years of the Unity Centre providing practical support and solidarity with Glasgow’s asylum seekers and undocumented migrants less than 100 metres from the main gates of the Home Office reporting centre.
Music * food * dancing BYOB With music from the Olifant Collective, Genesee and the Woven Tents
£3 donation – free for asylum seekers
Spring into Life – family arts seasonal celebration
Woodlands Community Gardens 91–111 West Princes Street, Woodlands
Saturday, March 22, 2014
1:00pm until 4:00pm
Join us on Saturday 22nd March from 1-4pm for our celebration of the arrival of spring. With spiders, samba and sensational cakes there will be plenty of fun for all the family. Also featuring Discover me, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland natural play programme where families can learn, play, explore and discover. Watch out for nature games and trails; arts and crafts using recycled objects, mini-laboratory area with the chance to make a spider to take home as well as seasonal storytelling for all ages. This joint event with TCV Scotland is supported by Glasgow Connected Arts Network. Please bring a cake or home baking to share if you can.
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Open Jar and KPC present: A Bollywood and Bhangra EXTRAVAGANZA! Join us for an evening of Asian delights.
*Delicious Asian foods served
*Bhangra dancing with Asap Bhangra
*Dhol drumming from DruMania Entertainments
*Cheap bar from 8PM
*and some special guest DJs for late into the night shimmying and shaking.
Be there with bells on. This event is a KPC Fundraiser party and all proceeds will go towards Broth Mix, a community cafe project curated by Open Jar Collective that will temporarily transform the Kinning Park Complex into a space for conversations and action as part of Glasgow International Festival of Art.
More information can be found here – http://glasgowinternational.org/events/broth-mix-open-jar-collective/
5-8pm: £5 per adult, 5-15 year olds £2.50, kids under 5 FREE! Families welcome, Asian food served. Family tickets are available online and will also be available on the night.
8pm – Late: £7 Asian music, entertainment and snacks.
Tickets are available online here – http://buytickets.at/kinningparkcomplex/13567
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!
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
Stand-up Comedy — Sarah Cassidy: An Introduction to Twerking (Twerk in Progress)
Sat 29 March 2014
Vespar, 14 Drury St, Glasgow G2 5AA
Sarah Cassidy takes an hour to solve all sexism forever. Sarah explains to misogynists (both male and female) how to do sexism properly, .e.g. how to take draw cock and balls on everything, and a how-to guide on taking flattering cock selfies. This show contains graphic images (cocks, so many cocks) and strong feminist perspectives
National Day of Action Against ATOS and National Protest Against Workfare
Partick Job Centre, 20 benalder street
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
12:00pm until 2:00pm
National Day of Action Against ATOS (and the whole system of Work Capability Assessments) and National Protest Against Workfare This is the day that the new Community Work Placements are being launched.
These will force JSA claimants to work for six months without pay. Six months – 780 hours – is more than twice the maximum community service sentence. Workfare does not help people find jobs and being unemployed is not a crime.
The protest against ATOS is a follow-up to the widely supported day of protest at the end of February.