Events from the 23rd April onwards

Hi folks,

Just a couple of new events been added to the list this week. We were also shocked to hear that the meeting organised for Bridgeton Community Learning Campus for last Tuesday had been blocked by the board of directors. This was clearly a politically motivated decision and Glasgow Games Monitor have made a public statement on the blog:

http://gamesmonitor2014.org/2014/03/17/housing-meeting-blocked-in-bridgeton/

They are trying to re-organise the meeting in an alternate venue very soon and we will try to update you when we have more info here.

Now, on with this weeks event listing…

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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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Glasgow Against Atos Monthly Picket
Friday, March 28th at at 12:30pm
Atos Assessment Centre: Corunna House, 29 Cadogan Street, Glasgow G2 7RD

We are Glasgow Against Atos, a dynamic campaign group, defending the sick and disabled. We have been picketing the Atos, Glasgow assessment centre since early 2012.

Please come and join us in fighting Atos, the DWP and the government cuts against disabled people, their families and carers.

All welcome.

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Glasgow Zine Fest
Saturday, March 29 at 12:00pm – 5:00pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Glasgow Zine Fest is a celebration of DIY! Makers of all sorts will have tables to buy/sell/trade their wares. There will be zines, artist books, postcards, fine art, plush toys, delicious vegan food, comics, crafts, and friendship. Come one come all and support each other!

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Stand-up Comedy — Sarah Cassidy: An Introduction to Twerking (Twerk in Progress)
Sat 29 March 2014
Vespar, 14 Drury St, Glasgow G2 5AA
6pm

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

£6/£4

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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.

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Dave Rovics
The Griffin Glasgow Scotland
Friday, April 18th, 7 pm

Riot folk singer Dave Rovics returns to Glasgow.

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