Glasgow events from 06/04/2015

Hey all,

A new update to start off the week. Apologies to anyone who send in info for weekend events since the last update (esp the Unity Night Shelter Party), but we couldn’t get this update together until today. That said, the first event in this listing as it is something you can do right now from your computer! Also if you fancy a night oot on Thursday you can’t go far wrong with the Fail Better crew putting on another of their regular nights of poetry and music. As ever, if you are planning an event and would like us to let folks know then forward us details asap, and we can always update/amend details later if required.


Keep LEE in Glasgow!
From your computer

STOP Lee from getting forcibly removed and help return him to his home in Glasgow. This is TIME SENSITIVE as Lee may be issued with travel documents to prepare for removal this week. ANY AMOUNT HELPS – if every signatory on the petition donated a couple of quid we’d raise enough for bail!

sign & share the online petition:
join & share the facebook group:
donate to Lee’s bail fund (any amount would be amazing!): (put Lee in the description or email saying how much you’ve donated)

”Lee was detained unexpectedly a few weeks ago when reporting at the Glasgow Home Office Reporting Centre on Brand Street. Without warning, all of the sudden, Lee was ripped from the life he has been building in Glasgow. He was not permitted to get any belongings and was taken directly to Dungavel Detention Centre where he remains locked up today. Lee was detained shortly after being informed that he was not given appeal rights to continue with his case to the next judicial level. We want Lee to be returned to the Glasgow community where he belongs.”

Thank you for your support & solidarity!


Positive Psychology: Just for Rich People? – Prof. James Coyne | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, 6 April at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Positive psychology suggests the problems of the poor lie in their attitude or – in more recent versions – in their brains. It provides an unscientific and ideological basis for blaming the poor for their poverty. Moreover, positive psychology is carefully marketed to earn its proponents corporate speaking engagements. Its workshops aim at making workplace stress an individual attitudinal problem and improving worker efficiency, while avoiding confronting the real sources of workplace stress.

In this talk, Jim will provide a thorough update of his well-received blog posts at PLOS Mind the Brain and Science-Based Medicine:

Jim expects to be able to announce at his talk the retraction of a major positive psychology article, based on a critique he co-authored.

Jim Coyne is, along with fellow “Negateer” Barbara Ehrenreich, one of the most prominent and persistent critics of positive psychology. He was a participant in the historic 2006 Positive Psychology Great Debate at the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is the 2015 Carnegie Centenary Visiting Professor at the University of Stirling and Professor of Health Psychology, University of Groningen, as well as Professor Emeritus Of Psychology In Psychiatry, University Of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.


Glasgow Social Centre Collective: Events Working Group
Tuesday, 7 April at 6:00pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

To get involved with the Glasgow Social Centre project you can come along to one of our working group meetings. Working groups are made up of members of the collective who have agreed to undertake certain tasks. The working groups are also open to non-members so that they can meet the collective and work towards a practical goal with no long-term commitment required. The events working group is the driving force behind planning and putting on events as a demonstration of the kind of thing a social centre could be used for.

We will be meeting in the reception area of the CCA (opposite the shop) and the meeting will likely last no more than an hour.


Fail Better: Prrrrrrrrotest!
Thursday, 9 April at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

WHAT THE FUCK IS PROTEST? I dinna have a clue, but these folks might:

LOKI storms back to the stage

punk folk gurgling against the grain DANGLE MANATEE

MAKI YAMAZAKI takes to stage with uke and wit in tow

the one and only ROSIE KANE returns

two short pieces from UMA DRRAGON

TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE… ahem, aye so TICKLE of the late Black Lantern Music and such like is doing a set too.

aaaaaand the whole night will be hosted by none other than the marvellous marvels CREATIVE MARTYRS

As always, its FREE ENTRY. If you have it, chuck some quids in the bucket to pay our fine acts some of that wage stuff.


The Concrete Garden – Bothy Project
Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 April
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

The weather is changing, time to get out and about. Come and help build a bothy in the Concrete Community Garden, Possil. We want to finish it for our busy summer activities. If you have some time pop in. No experience necessary – but if you have all the better. Banter is passable, good crack, and the food is good. We will even pay your bus fare and you will learn something. Check out this video for the project:

Hod me back!


Bairns Not Bombs Blockade
Monday, 13th April at 7:00am

On Monday, 13th April the Scrap Trident Bairns Not Bombs Blockade will stop work at Faslane where Trident nuclear weapons are based just 30 miles from Glasgow. We want to send a strong reminder that the people of Scotland fundamentally oppose the UK’s possession of nuclear weapons. Please consider either taking part directly or in a support role. For more details check out the Blockade Briefing at

Nonviolent Direct Action training will take place on Sunday 12th April in Glasgow. Everyone considering taking part in or supporting the blockade is asked to take part in training. Contact us for more info to set up a training for a local affinity group. Please Register at:

Book a place on a Bus from Glasgow, Edinburgh and other places. Details at:


Clydeside IWW Branch Meet
Tuesday, 14 April at 7:00pm
The Electron Club room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Open to members and would-be members.


March for the homeless
Wednesday, 15 April at 2:00pm
Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, G2 1DU

Originally starting in Dublin, this event is now worldwide, several countries and citys around the world are standing together for the homeless.

We will no longer let these people be ignored, go hungry or be able to sleep safe at night. A static protest outside Glasgow city Chambers. Bring your voices and banners.


Arika presents – Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives
Wednesday, 15 April until Sunday, 19 April
Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives is a 5-day exploration of care as a form of struggle and resistance, with communities who embody it, through theatre, film, experimental readings, discussion, workshops, collective investigations and being together.

How is it that contemporary life leaves us feeling ill and exhausted, uncared for – as if living by a thread? How might we care for each other differently? Can we think of care as a form of survival and resistance? And does thinking about such a socialised form of care require us to expand, challenge or refute the policed norms of ability and sanity, personhood and the body so violently imposed on us all?

Could the ways we attend to each other’s joys and pains help us to generate different futures together? Could we give humanness a different future by re-imagining what bodies and minds can be?

Thur £4 / Fri £4 / Sat £4 / Sun £6

Some events Free – Some events with BSL and/or live subtitling provided by Stagetext

For bookings:

Online: here or via
Phone: 0845 330 3501

Full programme and schedule information is available at or as a PDF on


Angry Not Apathetic: Direct action gets the goods!
Wednesday, April 15 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With a general election less than a month away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the second of a pair of talks on issues surrounding them. The evening will open with a short presentation on what anarchists advocate in favour of instead of electoral politics before opening up for wider 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 will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here:


The Concrete Garden Spring Open Day!
Saturday, 18 April at 12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

Spring open day with Grow Your Own Food demonstrations, meet the chickens, seed swaps, eco-crafts, local foods, an outdoor pizza oven, and live music.

We are also calling out to all musicians! We’re looking for bands/ musicians to come and play. If you’d like to join us, drop us a line ( and please spread the word to all your musical friends. We’ll make sure you’re well fed (we’ll have our outdoor pizza oven fired up for the day) and you’ll be paid for your set.


Allotments and Green Glasgow 2015: ‘Using water wisely’
Tuesday, April 21st from 7pm to 9pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE
Saturday, April 25th from 2pm to 4pm
Springburn allotments, Springburn Rd, G21 1LZ

Glasgow’s Green 2015 theme for April is The allotment strand of Green Glasgow 2015 will be about ‘ water and plots’ – Water capture, mulching, terracing, small scale ponds, drainage.

We will be having a CONVERSATION on the Tuesday, then a VISIT and DISCUSSION on the Saturday to look into these topics. All welcome at either or both.

Twitter is @AllotmentsForum


International Workers Memorial Day
Tuesday 28th April at 12:00pm
People’s Palace/Winter Gardens, G40 1AT. (on Glasgow Green)

Event info TBC.


Challenging the Militarisation of Youth in Scotland
Tuesday 28th April at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Mary Barbour Suite in the Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3UU

The Ministry of Defence have ramped up their recruitment efforts. The military are visiting more and more schools nationwide, especially in lower income areas. There has been a surge in the number of Cadet Forces and Troops to Teacher programmes. The Government and MOD have together created The British Armed Forces: Learning Resource 2014, targeting 5-16 year olds, emailing it to every school in the country.

We are reaching new levels of militarisation of youth in the UK and Scotland.

This is an invitation to an event exploring the military’s engagement with young people in Scotland. It will feature:

Owen Everett, Education Campaign worker at ForcesWatch* giving a report on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland;

Ben Griffin, ex-SAS soldier from Veterans for Peace UK** speaking on Recruitment and the Militarisation of Youth;

There will also be a screening of the short film ‘Engage: the military and young people’, which was made by teenagers.

The UK military spends millions of pounds each year on its ‘youth engagement’ programme, including around 11,000 armed forces visits to state secondary schools and colleges, and huge Cadet Forces. These initiatives concern many people, particularly given that the two main aims of them are recruitment into the armed forces – which carries much higher risks for the youngest, most disadvantaged recruits (the UK is the only country in the EU that recruits 16 year-olds into the armed forces) – and to give children a positive view towards the armed forces that they will carry into adulthood.

On April 29th we will host a workshop ‘What is militarism? And how to counter it?’ 6pm. Destination TBC.

*ForcesWatch is a small not-for-profit organisation based in London that critically scrutinises the ethical basis of the recruitment of young people into the UK armed forces, and the growing presence and influence of the military and military approaches in different areas of UK society (especially the education system), raising concerns as to whose best interests these are really in.

**Veterans For Peace UK is an anti-war ex-services organisation that;
1. Educates on the true nature of military service and war.
2. Resists war and militarism through nonviolent action.
3. Stands in solidarity with people affected by militarism and war.
Their ultimate aim is the abolition of war as an instrument of foreign policy.

The event is FREE, but please book a place online

These workshops are organised by Resist Militarism Network, with the support of the Centre for Human Ecology, Forces Watch and Veterans For Peace.

28th April 2015 marks 100 years exactly since the International Congress of Women at The Haig to call for the end of WW1. Chrystal McMillan was an audacious anti-war activist from Scotland who attended the Congress. This event is also a celebration of resistance against war and militarism 100 years ago, as well today. You can find a report on the historic event here:


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