Events from the 17th May onwards

Hi folks,

Just wanted to remind everyone that tonight is the WestGAP Fundraiser at Stereo (details below). Also we at Glasgow AF will be holding a discussion/workshop this week all about anarchist methods of organising this Wednesday so hope to see peeps there. Now without further ado…
WestGAP Fundraiser
Saturday, May 17 at 8:00pm
Stereo Cafe Bar, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

STEREO and WestGAP present: a West Glasgow Against Poverty Fundraiser, featuring:

DISCO SHARK (Stevie Jackson, Belle and Sebastian)
PAUL THOMSON (Franz Ferdinand) DJ Set til late
plus more!

Throw yourself around to all those hits you feared you might never hear live again, as performed by pop legend Stevie Jackson (Belle and Sebastian) and his super troupe, DISCO SHARK. Hot damn! Courtesy of Franz Ferdinand’s PAUL THOMSON, you’ll get down to records that you can’t believe you never heard the first time round. And you’ll enjoy the brand new opportunity to see brand newly re-branded outfit NO MORE TIGER (previously Easy, Tiger), featuring Nudes on Mars DJ Flore De Hoog and Jim McAteer, esteemed co-host of the Rio Cafe’s splendid monthly open mic night.

All this, and you’ll be doing a good thing, too.

WestGAP is an anti-poverty community group run by and for people in Glasgow who have first hand experience of living in poverty. Since 1997 we’ve been providing a free, independent and confidential advice service focusing on welfare rights, as well as providing support with housing problems, fuel poverty, homelessness and a broad range of other issues. We are totally independent, are not funded by government, and are not part of any political party or organisation. Our service is open to all and completely free.

WestGAP is run entirely by volunteers, and we depend on donations to keep our doors open. At a time when the rights of the most vulnerable residents of our city are being eroded, it’s essential that community advice services continue to exist, to support claimants in defending themselves against screwed up policies and unfair decisions. All proceeds from this show will go directly to WestGAP, and will support the organisation’s basic running costs: rent, phone bill, photocopying, stamps.
Fundraising Picnic
Sunday, May 18 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Woodlands Community Gardens, 91–111 West Princes Street, G4 9BY

Join us for a special fundraising picnic, organised by our friends at West End ACTS. Enjoy tasty and seasonal food, pick up some tips on planting, tuck into a freshly made cake and buy yourself a garden T shirt. All proceeds go to support our local food social support hub project and help us to support more people affected by food poverty.

Frack Watch
Sunday, 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.
Until there is an HIV cure for all! Free Screening of United In Anger – A history of ACT UP
Tuesdy, 20 May at 18:30–20:30
The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL
Community Discussion on the Past, Present and Future of Scotland’s HIV Activism against the Epidemic.

Featuring a panel discussion and Q + A with guest speakers who are pioneering new strategies in the fight for an HIV cure for all.

A free screening of the feature-length award-winning documentary –

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is an inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.

“United in Anger is clearly a labour of love and does a fantastic job of reminding this generation of how hard not only the gay community, but also people of all races and genders, fought for basic human rights. There is a focus on clarifying that members of ACT UP were aware of their privileges and attempts to include members of all groups that the AIDS crisis affected. Despite initially being a group of mainly white gay males, they worked closely with separate activist groups that included women, the poor and ethnic groups. All of these groups were united together fighting the same cause, and United in Anger does a fantastic job capturing the spirit and electricity in their protests.” Toronto Film Review


As there are limited spaces – we would like committed people, HIV positive people or affected by HIV at large, activists and artists to come. There is a serious need to build a strong militant HIV movement in the UK to build
alliances with all those challenging austerity in the UK and all those fighting the HIV epidemic across the world. You don’t have to be deeply involved in HIV activism but committed to build power and alliances with it. Please email couple of lines about why you want to come and your place will be confirmed
via email by Tilly or dan from Shafted?!.

Hosted by – ACT UP SCOTLAND and SHAFTED?! the show performers

Shafted?! is coming to Edinburgh (June 18th, 19th) as a show sharing the realities of HIV in Scotland and we are looking for people to participate! SHAFTED?! is an unashamedly deviant HIV cabaret and activism movement to stop the HIV ‘Second Silence’. The show combines dance, performance, live music, stunts and spoken word to tell true life stories of people living with and affected by the virus. It is part of a wider body of activism combining workshops, mentoring schemes and direct actions UK-wide, in response to austerity cuts and the silence around the epidemic. The current HIV epidemic and the growing cuts to HIV education and prevention services right across the UK are a big concern so Shafted Goes on Tour 2014 – A Celebration of ACT UP’s Anniversary are looking for more people to speak out and share their story to inspire others to get involved in HIV activism.This can be completely confidential.

Please contact (or on 07717887221)

“It was great to see HIV positive people taking centre stage in a positive (no pun intended), laughter inducing, yet thought provoking format. Usually HIV is shrouded in mystery, myth and misconception which only serves to fuel the persevering social stigma attached to it – so hurrah for Shafted and it’s fresh approach to challenging this.” JohnBarber, Brownlee Centre, Gartnaval Hospital
Organised Anarchists?
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:
Climate Shock: Activism, State Repression and Trauma- a roundtable discussion
Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30pm
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

Police raided and detained climate activists at the COP15 climate negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009. In the UK, climate activism has been infiltrated and disrupted by police as ‘domestic extremism’.

How do we find our own way to deal with state violence and the state of the world? This session is a personal contribution and opening for this discussion.

The session is hosted by Michael Dunn, who was one of those in the cages in Copenhagen. Govan resident Michael is an environmentalist, founding member of Plane Stupid: Scotland & part of People & Planet and Climate Camp networks. In 2009, he attended the Climate Summit in Copenhagen. After that, he worked with Unity and refugee activism for two years. He gained a degree in Economics at Stirling, and now works as a builder and finds it a better way of connecting to people about our issues.
Welcome Zine Workshop
Thursday, May 22
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

As part of Refugee Week, and with our friends at Feast of Stories: Tales of migration and welcome and No Globe we will be running afternoon drop-in workshop for people to come along and contribute to our ‘Welcome’ Zine.

We will be working on pages for a zine that explore the themes of migration, welcome, exploration and transition.

We will be writing, drawing, monoprinting, playing with carbon paper, getting messy, taking pictures annnddd…PHOTOCOPYING!

We will provide some fun materials, a long armed stapler and (somehow yet to be confirmed) a photocopier.

You could provide: ideas, work you have already done you would like to include, new work that you do with us in the bar over beer, or just come chat to us about the project!

The zine will be compiled and ready to go at the next Feast of Stories event, which is being held at Kinning Park during Refugee week.


P.S We will be having lunch together at 1.30!
Ms B Presents… TWIN PEAKS
Sunday, May 25 at 7:00pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Grab your logs, slice yourself some cherry pie and pour yourself a damn good cup of coffee – it’s Ms B Presents… TWIN PEAKS!


Ms B Presents… is a performance and lecture night at The Old Hairdressers, where a variety of interested/interesting people gather to explore a chosen subject. This year’s run is concerned with cult television with an influence that can be felt all over pop culture.

I’m looking for writers, performers, lecturers, historians, musicians, fans and other interested individuals to contribute talks, lectures, presentations and/or performances of all kinds, responding to Twin Peaks and satellite cultural happenings. Ideas to be explored could include..
– TV tropes used in Twin Peaks
– The role of music in the show
– The show in the context of David Lynch’s other works
– The legacy of the show in pop culture over 20 years after it was aired
– Performances/music inspired by any aspect of Twin Peaks
– A discussion of a particular episode or character
…but any ideas are welcome. All contributions to be up to 30 minutes long.

Ideas, proposals and questions to by Sunday 11 May.
Radical film archive
Thursday, May 29 at 6:00pm to Friday, May 30 at 5:30pm
The Electron Club room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Is a collection of radical films on a hard drive.

-Come and collect films with a hard drive or USB.

-Discuss how we can develop the archive. What films should go in and which should come out?

– Where can the archive go be shared?

– Meeting a also a chance to discuss the films that you have seen from the collection.
Glasgow Against Atos – Final Picket (End of campaign)
Friday, May 30at 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Atos Assessment Centre: Corunna House, Cadogan Street, G2 7RD

Join Glasgow Against Atos (GAA) and friends for an afternoon of salutation, contemplation, recognition, and celebration – in bringing to an end GAA, a campaign we at GAA are proud to have participated in. Our grassroots campaign against Atos reached far and wide, we were involved regionally, nationally – our banners and logo’s even featuring in European activist campaigns. It was a dynamic and passionately fought campaign; GAA more than played its part in forcing this insidious company Atos out of the political shadows – and into the full glare of society.

Some of our activists have constantly campaigned with GAA from its inception, a few have been actively on the picket since the end of 2012. GAA feel we have met most of our campaign demands and objectives – and the time has come to end the campaign and Glasgow Against Atos.

We thank everyone who has supported GAA, and this event on May 30th is our chance to unite for one last time.
Is Britain a Christian Country? Is Scotland? – Prof. Callum Brown | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, June 2 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

David Cameron has raised interesting issues regarding both his personal form of Christian faith (like Magic FM’s poor reception in the Chilterns) and the nature of Britain as ‘a Christian country’. Callum Brown will reflect on this with some reference to hard and soft evidence.

Callum Brown is Professor of Late Modern European History at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of 10 books, mostly on secularisation, religion and society, including The Death of Christian Britain (2001). He maintains the Humanist history blog at
Permaculture Gathering 2014
Saturday 7 June – Sunday 8 June, Starts at 10:00
Urban Roots Glasgow, Toryglen Community Base, 179 Prospecthill Circus, G42 0LA

This year’s Permaculture Scotland gathering is a one day event at Urban Roots in Glasgow, on Saturday 7th June 2014 – to include:

– Inspirational workshops (contact us if you want to run one!)
– Practical permaculture demonstrations
– Fun kids space
– Networking and info opportunities
– Ceilidh, bar and super-amazing prizes raffle
– Scottish General Meeting

To Book:
Please follow this link:
where you’ll find loads more info and a link to the booking form.

See you there!

Vile Maxim – Jim Dick exhibition
Saturday, June 7, 8:00pm onwards
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

“All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.” – Adam Smith

An exhibition of new work by Glasgow artist Jim Dick.

The Opening night will have stalls from the Radical Independent Bookfair and the Glasgow Anarchist Federation.

DJ Set From Afrodeesia

The exhibition will be open daily 12pm – 10pm,
Sunday 8th – Thurs 12th June
Great Grub
Starts Tuesday June 10 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
The Hall, 160 Peat Road, G53 6DE

This is a free course but booking is necessary.

Come along to our weekly cookery workshops and make delicious food to share with your family

Learn new cookery skills through practical cookery workshops
Learn about healthy and nutritious food
Share and exchange recipes
Learn about how food can be healthy for you and the environment
Eat delicious food together!
This course is Free, though places are limited

To book a place contact Lucy at Urban Roots

Tel:07974523925 or Email:
Clydeside IWW Branch Meeting
Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Electron Clubroom, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Branch meeting of the Clydeside IWW, a grassroots union for all workers.


After Antibiotics? – Laura McCaughey | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, June 16 at 7:00pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

The UK government recently announced that antibiotic resistance was as big a threat as terrorism, predicting that in the next 20 years the world could revert back to a pre-antibiotic era, in which routine operations, cancer treatments and childbirth could become life threatening. The problem of antibiotic resistance is fuelled by the over-prescription of antibiotics, their use in animal feed, and a lack of development of new antibiotics. In this talk, Laura will review how these practices have contributed to this crisis and the changes needed to prevent further damage., and will also discuss how realistic the idea of “a world without antibiotics” is, and the consequences of such an occurrence.

To combat antibiotic resistance, new ways of killing bacteria are required. During her PhD, Laura has developed protein antibiotics that are produced by bacteria to kill bacteria and, she will close the talk by discussing how these could be used to tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance.
Laura McCaughey is a final year PhD student at the University of Glasgow, specialising in the development of new antibiotics to treat Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections, notorious for their antibiotic resistance. Laura has also worked in the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, testing the safety of antibiotics for human trials, giving her a unique insight into the pharmaceutical industries perspective of antibiotic resistance.

Laura was the overall winner in Glasgow Skeptics’ recent SpeedScience event, hosted in collaboration with the University of Glasgow.

Health & Hierarchy
18 June at 18:45 – 21:00
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

This month’s talk looks at the negative impact capitalist society has upon our health and wellbeing.


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:
Faslane 32- annual music and cultural celebration of peace
Friday, 27 June at 03:30 – 08:30
Faslane Peace Camp

Acting Strange Theatre Company and Campsie Socialists invite you to come sing, act, laugh, eat and celebrate 32 years of principled peace campaigning at Faslane Peace Camp.


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