Good morning folks!
Highlights for myself this week include the visit to Glasgow by Manny Ness (co-sponsored by ourselves, the Spirit of Revolt, the Radical Independent Bookfair Project, and the Clydeside branch of the IWW), who will be talking on the subject of the book he has just edited about the re-emergence of syndaclysm as a force within the labour movement. Also worth a shout out is the free personal safety workshop for women on Thursday.
So, without further ado…
GLASGOW DEMO: Syrian Refugees Welcome Here!
Monday June 16 at 1:00pm
Home Office, 200 Brand Street, Ibrox (nr Cessnock Underground)
SYRIAN REFUGEES WELCOME HERE!
National day of protest in support of Syrian Refugees. The Glasgow protest will take place outside the Home Office Reporting Centre on Brand Street at 1:00pm on Monday 16th June to mark the beginning of Refugee Week. Please invite/bring your friends and families down too!
*** Movement Against Xenophobia ***
– A recently formed broad based campaign against racism and xenophobia in the immigration debate in the UK.
*** Syria Solidarity Movement ***
– A campaign that forms part of global efforts to build an international solidarity movement with democratic and progressive activists continuing their fight against the Assad regime in the face of mounting violence.
*** No One Is Illegal ***
– A long-standing refugee rights organisation that campaigns for a world without borders.
***The Unity Centre Glasgow***
– A grassroots organisation providing practical support and solidarity to asylum-seekers, migrants and refugees in Glasgow.
***Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees ***
– A group of people from all walks of life who have come together with the aim of campaigning to improve the quality of life of asylum seekers and refugees
arriving and settling in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.
***Student Action for Refugees Glasgow***
– A group of students working to raise awareness and funds for asylum seekers and refugees. Also involved in volunteering with organisations that work with asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow.
***Glasgow Free Syrians***
– A group of activists providing News and organising events in support of the Syrian Revolution and Syrians in Glasgow.
WHY YOU SHOULD COME
Under mounting pressure the government has reluctantly agreed to take “several hundred” of the “most destitute” Syrian refugees. But this is nothing when compared to either the scale of the refugee crisis or the commitments made by other nations.
SERIOUS HUMANITARIAN CRISIS
There are already 2.5 million refugees that have fled Syria, including nearly a million in neighbouring Lebanon, and 6.5 million people internally displaced. This is clearly one of the most serious humanitarian crisis of our time.
Our government has not joined the United Nations High Commission for Refugees re-settlement programme but has instead set up its own programme providing minimal assistance. Compare its commitment to Germany who has pledged to take 11,000 Syrian refugees as part of the UN effort. Even much smaller countries, like Sweden and Norway, have agreed to take 1,300 and 1,000 refugees respectively, and the United States has placed no limit on the number it is willing to take.
We also recognise that despite international efforts the burden of dealing with the refugee crisis has overwhelmingly been borne by the much poorer countries bordering Syria. We call on the government to dramatically increase its commitment to take Syrian refugees who are fleeing war and persecution.
We recognise that their reluctance to countenance this step reflects a wider climate of persecution of migrants and refugees, who have been scapegoated for the affects of the capitalist crisis. This has fuelled the rise of the racist UKIP part. We are determined to stand together against racism and for international solidarity with migrants and refugees the world over.
Same Event also in Liverpool, Leeds and London.
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)
Wednesday 18 June at 18:45 – 21:00
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
Book Launch and Talk, co-hosted by Clydeside IWW, Spirit of Revolt, Glasgow Anarchist Federation, and the RIB Project.
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.
FREE Personal Safety Workshop
Thursday 19 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Albany Centre, 44 Ashley Street, G3 6DS
Wise Women in partnership with GCVS are providing a series of Free Personal Safety Workshops for women in Glasgow.
Any woman can feel at risk of or experience abuse and crime in her home, on the street, on public transport or at work.
This 2 hr workshop will teach simple but effective techniques and shock tactics that will help you identify, avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations and is open to women of all ages, fitness levels and abilities.
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 totally FREE upto £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 email@example.com to get involved.
MAKE NOISE for asylum seekers
Wednesday 25st June, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Home Office, 200 Brand Street, Ibrox (nr Cessnock Underground)
As a response to the current rise in xenophobia across Scotland and the United Kingdom, we feel it is time to make a stand in solidarity with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees who are in our communities today, we want to spread the WELCOME message
On WEDNESDAY 25TH JUNE, come MAKE NOISE to show your support and solidarity, bring instruments, pots and pans or just your voice! from 11am – 1pm outside the HOME OFFICE at 200 BRAND STREET, IBROX
We support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants – they should not be made to feel like criminals or subject to discrimination by police in our streets, their homes or at their workplaces
We will NOT stand for racist raids taking place in our communities – we are GLOBAL CITIZENS
If you have no musical instruments, or pots and pans, take a look round your house and bring anything you can find that’ll make a loud noise!
Team Girl Comic Live! – (Issue 10 Launch Party)
Thursday, June 26 at 7:30pm
Andrew Bridge Club, 2 Woodside Crescent (Charing Cross), G3 7UL
TGC has reached issue 10! To celebrate the launch of our bumper tenth edition, TGC and friends will be performing their comics – LIVE! Expect a night of performance art, as well as music, drink’n’draw (BYOB!) and comics chat.
Inspired by Deecap, for more information see http://comicsforum.org/2013/08/21/comics-and-performance-from-chalk-talks-to-carousel-by-damon-herd. If anyone is interested in performing a comic, drop us a message, the more the merrier!
Friday, 27 June at 7:30pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)
Due to popular demand the LGBT Unity Gaylidh is back!
This special night brings an eclectic mix of live music, wild dancing, lovely people and delicious free food, from Scotland and all over the world, to celebrate the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland!
It’s on a Friday, so you better write in your diary now!
Free food from a variety of cuisines
Dancing until your feet hurt!
Entry is 3 pounds (Free for asylum seekers)
We are gonna have a cracking night so get your kilts on and come along!
Faslane 32- annual music and cultural celebration of peace
Friday, 27 June
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.
NO MORE WARS.
Saturday, 28 June at 11:00am
Meeting on the lawn of the Stirling Smith Museum on Dumbarton Street, Stirling.
Come with placards and banners to protest Armed Forces Day and the glorification of war, militarism and imperialism. The Stirling Armed Forces Day is the focal point for the UK and there will be a march with many military bands. We will have a visible presence along the march route to protest and present an alternative. NO MORE WARS. Sponsored by the Scottish Peace Network, a coalition of groups including the IWW, CND, and others.
Oppose the Racist SDL in Berwick
July 5 at 1:00pm
The Racist Scottish Defence League Are Coming Back to Berwick!!
After a dismal turnout last time, and after Berwick showed their true anti racist colours, the SDL have decided to come back! Not able to have a decent sized demo by themselves, they are having a ‘unity’ march with their equally, if not more, racist friends the North East Infidels.
Berwick needs to come together once again to show these bigoted idiots that they are not welcome in this town and neither is their hate filled message!
No Pasaran – They Shall Not Pass
Party on the Plots!
July 12 at 2:00pm to July 13 at 12:00am
Polmadie Plots, behind high flats, Prospecthill Circus, Toryglen
Summer garden party at Polmadie Plots!
Join us for an afternoon of hands on activities from bushcraft to archery, great grub on the open fire and strawberries and cream.
Then from 5pm we’ll have some awesome and eclectic bands to entertain you, followed by a smorgasbord of DJs late into the night. We’ll keep the fire going and stay for a campout if you’re up for it!
More details to follow 🙂
The Revolution must be Localised: The bicycle as a tool for liberation in the struggle for radical neighbourhoods
July 16 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
The city excites & enthuses us, but it troubles us in equal measure. There are fewer and fewer free spaces in the city, every square foot of this place where we live has been divided up walled in and fenced off a dozen times before we were even born. The only thing that we have left that belongs to all of us is the streets
This months presentation looks at the bicycle as a tool for liberation in the struggle for radical neighbourhoods, followed by a discussion upon the issues raised.
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 will also have a book stall from the RiB project. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
GMAC, 103 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD
IT’S HAPPENING UNLESS WE PREVENT IT.
The Scottish Government is going to give the go-ahead for fracking in the central belt of Scotland, the gas to be used as a feedstock for the INEOS plant at Grangemouth. How can we prevent this reckless plan?
Come along to Frack Watch and say what you think could be done.
The date has been chosen because by then the “expert panel” will have reported to Scottish government and the new licences handed out – so we will be clearer exactly what we’re up against.