Apologies for the lateness of this week’s update. Some interesting things coming up, including a change to the previously advertised Glasgow AF talk for June as we have Manny Ness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immanuel_Ness) coming to town to give a talk on the new book he has edited for PM Press (details below).
So, without further ado…
Bike Maintenance Level 1
Tuesday, May 27 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Toryglen Community Base, 179 Prospecthill Circus, G42 0LA
Come along and have your bike checked and learn how to maintain it yourself. Our trained bike mechanic will teach the basics of maintaining your bike.
This is a free course but booking is required.
For more information or to reserve a place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel:0141 613 2766
Scottish Labour History Seminar ‘Factory Occupations, Deindustrialisation and Mulitnational Enterprises: Lee Jeans and Caterpillar’
Thursday, May 29 at 5:15pm
Lilybank House Bute Gardens, G12 8RT
This is the first in the new SLH seminar series and it will take place in the seminar room in Lilybank House at the University of Glasgow. The theme will be factory occupations, deindustrialisation and multinational enterprise. Professor John Foster, co-author of The Politics of UCS Work-In and Track Record: The Story of The Caterpillar Occupation will speak on the occupation of Caterpillar’s factory in Uddingston in 1987. He will be joined by Andy Clark, Ph.D candidate at the University of Strathclyde who was published in the latest SLH journal and will deliver a paper on the occupation of Lee Jeans in Greenock during 1981.
Papers will be followed by a drinks reception.
Open to all.
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 http://humanisthistory.academicblogs.co.uk/
REMEMBER CLEMENT MÉRIC – INTERNATIONAL ANTIFASCIST DAY OF ACTION
Thursday, June 5 at 7:00pm
This day marks the first anniversary of the assassination of antifascist Clement Méric in Paris. Come out and show your solidarity with antifascist groups across Europe.
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
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, as well as a DJ Set From Afrodeesia.
The exhibition will be open daily 12pm – 10pm, Sunday 8th – Thurs 12th June
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: email@example.com
Clydeside IWW Branch Meeting
Tuesday, June 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.
Freedom Theatre comes to Glasgow! – CREATION UNDER OCCUPATION
Friday, June 13 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue TBC (see next update for more)
An evening of documentary and discussion about the work of The Freedom Theatre Palestine.
The Freedom Theatre was built in the heart of the Palestinian resistance in Jenin Refugee Camp in 2006. The aim was to create a political and artistic movement of theatre and filmmakers who could fight the Israeli Occupation through art and use cultural resistance as a tool to fight oppression. Due to the provocative nature of the work the theatre has had its building attacked, received numerous death threats, had its members interrogated and imprisoned and in 2011 the theatre’s Artistic Director Juliano Mer Khamis was murdered. Despite this the theatre has managed to tour their work internationally as well as open many productions in Jenin Refugee Camp where it is based.
The discussion will be led by Nabil Al-Raee. Nabil was born in Alrob refugee Camp in Palestine and is an actor, director and teacher. He has worked at The Freedom Theatre since 2006 and took over as artistic director when Juliano Mer Khmais was murdered.
The evening will also include the documentary Arna’s Children which was directed by Juliano Mer Khamis telling the story of a Palestinian theatre group that was established by his mother Arna in Jenin. Juliano went on to found The Freedom Theatre, leading the artistic vision for six years until he was murdered in 2011.
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.
Book Launch & Talk: New Forms of Worker Organisation (w. Immanuel Ness)
18 June at 18:45 – 21:00
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
Bureaucratic labour unions are under assault throughout the world. The decline of labour unions has exposed workers throughout the world to capitalist absolutism, where trade unions are unable to defend workers’ interests under capitalism. As financial capital controls investment decisions on a global scale over the past 30 years, most unions have surrendered the achievements of the mid-20th century, when the working class was a militant force for change throughout the world. As unions implode and weaken, workers are independently forming their own unions, rooted in the tradition of syndicalism and autonomism—and unions rooted in the tradition of self-directed action are auguring a new period of class struggle throughout the world. In Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, workers are rejecting leaders and forming authentic class-struggle unions rooted in sabotage, direct action, and striking to achieve concrete gains.
Immanuel Ness, editor of ‘New Forms of Worker Organisation’, will present a compelling case that labour unions are at a turning point that will change the character of worker representation that was crafted in the U.S. and imperialist states in the mid-20th century.
For more on the book see: http://www.workerorganization.org/
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 on glasgow.afed.org.uk. This month’s meeting is co-hosted with the Spirit of Revolt, the Radical Independent Bookfair Project, and the Clydeside branch of the IWW.
Refugee Week – Feast of Stories: Tales of migration and welcome
Saturday 21st June, 7pm-11pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street Glasgow, G41 1BA
Payment on a sliding scale from £5 – £15.
Celebrate the rituals of sharing food and storytelling with people and organisations in Glasgow who welcome refugees and asylum seekers. There will be tales about migration, welcome and home from seasoned storytellers, alongside a delicious, local and organic meal cooked by volunteers on the day. There will be space to share your own story, as well as music, poetry and maybe even dancing. Proceeds will go to a local charity.
Feast of Stories needs volunteers to help cook on the day, decorate and participate- email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
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.