As mentioned on the last update, this one is coming out a little early. This may mean we will miss out on some events due to not seeing the notices, but we may not have got to them anyway. Hopefully we’ll be back to the regular weekend update next week. Thinking of next week, we’d like to wish everyone a happy International Workers Day next Thursday. If you are not off on work and you can’t afford to skive away, we wish you every luck in eeking the most out of the bosses, then and every day. “8 hours work, 8 hours rest, 8 hours play” was always a decent victory, and we’ll hopefully see many more like it in the future.
So without further ado…
FREE PUBLIC WALK IN THE EAST END
Saturday, April 26 at 12:45pm – 05:00pm
Meet at Bridgeton Cross Umbrella, Bridgeton
Organised by Glasgow Games Monitor 2014: http://gamesmonitor2014.org/
Regeneration is always imposed from above by local councils, government, land developers and property agents. The organisers of the Commonwealth Games 2014 and Clyde Gateway regeneration projects tell us that everyone will gain a social and economic legacy from the Games and redevelopment in the East End. But is that true?
We say that ‘regeneration’ is just a sugar-coated name for gentrification: the working of land and property markets and the displacement of poor people for ‘higher end’ values. Large mega-events and regeneration projects like the Commonwealth Games and Clyde Gateway are prime examples of that process.
Find out for yourselves! Join Glasgow Games Monitor 2014 and local residents on a public walk – we call it ‘territorial inquiry’ – to investigate these claims.
In a collective investigation from below, we will examine the power relations and money behind planning and policy documents, regeneration agencies, land ownership, housing privatisation, welfare ‘austerity’, and the organisations that claim to represent community members.
We will emphasise first of all the experiences of those most directly affected by urban development (compulsory purchase, displacement, closure of vital services, environmental disruption, road-building, etc). Rather than looking above for solutions to these problems, we aim to discuss and organise collectively with all those who struggle against urban injustice. The lesson from similar regeneration projects is that local people get the best outcome from these processes when they understand the reality of ‘regeneration’ and organise effectively.
ALL WELCOME. ESPECIALLY LOCAL RESIDENTS
Glasgow Games Monitor 2014: http://gamesmonitor2014.org/
Doctor Who Day
26 April at 12:00–15:00
The Imaginarium, 257a Saracen Street, G22 5JX
We are hosting a community event to celebrate the fact that the new Dr Who (Peter Capaldi) went to school in Possilpark.
The people of Possilpark are going to transform two BT Telephone boxes into Tardis.
Several local schools and community groups will be designing the inner functions of the tardis and using their imaginations to illustrate what Possil might be like 100 years from now.
The event will encourage people to have conversations with ‘people in the future’, as well as celebrate Possil’s past by time travelling in conversations.
Depot Arts will provide free live break dance performances from Cyber Men, beatbox workshops in radiophonic sounds and galafrayan grafitti writing workshops.
We will have exhibitions from Glasgow Science Centre looking at the human body and Glasgow Open Museum’s Enigma Handling Kit.
Bring your friends and family to have a cuppa tea in the future? You may even be able to eat some alien food.
Glasgow Food Swap
26 April at 14:00–16:00
Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, Glasgow, G42 7RA
For those of you who have never been to a food swap, a food swap works on the same basis as speed dating..except with food: you spend some time seeing what food is available, then you fill in a sheet saying what food you would like to swap with….and the exciting thing is you get to take your new food home.
Don’t worry if you aren’t the best cook, the whole point is to encourage each other to cook and to improve your cooking skills in a fun way.
Try and bring a few things that you can swap, but you don’t need to bring masses of food. Don’t worry if you think your food isn’t ‘exciting’, someone else may think otherwise. For example you could bring:
cooked food – eg bread, curries, cakes;
preserves eg jam and chutney;
Plants you have grown eg baby tomato plants, herbs etc etc
….But please bring home-made, home-grown or foraged food, not food bought from the shops.
Everyone is welcome, so long as you bring something with you to exchange.
The event is FREE, but we would welcome a small donation to cover the cost of hiring the venue.
We will also be accepting a donation of vegetarian food for the Kagyu Samye Dzong Homeless Soup Kitchen. Unfortunately they are unable to accept home-cooked food due to health and safety. Any other donation would be gratefully appreciated.
Booking is essential.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Thursday, May 1 at 12:30pm
Junction of Buchanan Street and Gordon Street
Clydeside IWW, Glasgow Anarchist Federation, Glasgow Solidarity Network, and a host of other groups and campaigns will be out with their stalls and information to mark International Workers Day and highlight working class struggles past and present.
Information on the origins of Mayday: http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday
SHARMANKA’S MULTILINGUAL POETRY INCARNATION
Thursday, May 1 at 2:00pm – 8:15pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, Glasgow G1 5HD
Our May First Thursday event sees a return of the Multilingual Poetry Incarnation, an evening of rhymes and rhythms from around the world. We’ll hear poetry in lots of different languages – and music too – amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures. Donations will be collected to cover the cost of tea & biscuits and we’ll attempt to keep our performers refreshed throughout the show!
Please note: in the best interests of giving our many voices the best chance to shine on the night, this event isn’t really suitable for very young or potentially noisy children.
Radical Workers Bloc of Mayday March
Sunday, May 4 at 11:30am
South West corner of George Square (opposite Greggs)
Clydeside IWW will be assembling to take part in the STUC post-mayday march, and welcome any radical workers to join them on the march itself, and then for an informal social after the march in Mono (10-12 King’s Court, King Street, G1 5RB).
Information on the origins of Mayday: http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday
A Crash Course in Particle Physics – Dr Chris White | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, May 5 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA
Particle physics continues to excite public interest, due to various high profile discoveries in recent years. It also generates controversy, as ever larger experiments are needed to test present day theories. Nevertheless, particle physics (together with cosmology) aims to answer the most profound questions faced by humankind: what is the universe, where did it come from, and how will it end? In this talk, I will review our current best fundamental theory – the Standard Model of physics. This itself distils over a hundred years of research, culminating in the 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. Then, I will describe how we know that the Standard Model must actually be wrong, and how some of these issues may or may not be resolved.
Dr Chris White works in the Particle Physics Theory group at the University of Glasgow, specialising in the theory of quarks and gluons, which underpins physics at the Large Hadron Collider. He has recently also worked on quantum gravity, and at how to apply mathematics from particle physics to other research areas, such as optics and computer science.
BENEFIT SANCTIONS & FOOD POVERTY
Wednesday, May 7 at 2:00pm – 8:00pm
GCVS Albany Centre, 44 Ashley Street, G3 6DS
FOOD HUB SPECIAL EVENT
2pm Wednesday 7th May at the Albany Centre
Limited spaces so please book in advance via http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/woodlands-community-garden-5239172271
One of the largest causes of the recent increase in food poverty has been has been the ever harshening system of sanctions imposed on benefit claimants. This free event will bring together individuals, community groups and advice organisations to discuss what can be done to both support individuals who have been sanctioned and to challenge the unfairness of the sanctions system.
2-5pm Speakers, stalls, workshops and discussion
Workshop topics confirmed as:
A) Food Aid and Resilient Communities
B) Effective Campaigning
C) Sanctions and the Scottish Welfare Fund
5-6pm Carry on the conversation over a cuppa
6-8 pm Free Food Hub Dinner for people experiencing hardship
(Full programme to follow shortly.)
18 May at 14:00–16:00
GMAC Glasgow,103 Trongate, G1 5HD
Meeting for people in Glasgow who want to oppose unconventional gas. Discussion includes idea to launch campaign to get local councils on board to refuse permission to the dirty gas companies. Updates from Falkirk, Canonbie, North Lanarkshire. Update from FoE. More fundraising ideas.
Wednesday, May 21 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
‘Anarchism is not a beautiful utopia, nor an abstract philosophical idea, it is a social movement of the labouring masses.’ – The Organisational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists (draft)
‘Anarchism is organisation, organisation and more organisation.’ – Errico Malatesta
A common question raised at our monthly discussions is to ask what we need to do to win victories in the struggles we face. This short talk aims to present a view of what we in the Anarchist Federation mean when we talk about revolutionary organisations and what role they play as part of the working class. We will then open the discussion to look at the practical methods of organisation that we could all take into our lives, whether we are anarchists or not.
Come along and be part of the discussion.
Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be 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 brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/