Another week and another update. Lots of cool events coming up, with our own talk on what anarchists do rather than campaign or put faith in electoral politics this Wednesday, and an ongoing event to help Alam, an asylum seeker taken into custody by the Home Office after talking about his situation in the Evening Times.
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.
Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 April
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ
3 day event celebrating and providing a platform for LGBTQIA artists
Keep Alam in Scotland!
Wednesday 15th April
Our friend Alam who is currently detained in Dungavel is due to be forcibly removed out of the UK on Wednesday 15th April. Please take action to help him!
Now he needs our help again to stop him getting forcibly removed from the UK. Please contact Qatar Airways to stop them removing him.
His flight details are:
Flight QR006 at 08.00hrs Wednesday 15th April from Heathrow to Doha in Qatar and then Flight QR634 from Doha to Dhaka.
Qatar Airways contact details:
Room 6204, Departures Mezzanine Terminal 4 Heathrow Airport, TW6 3FB, United Kingdom
Traffic Office: +44 208 797 5001
Trade Support 0844 880 7333
Privilege Club Support 0844 880 7334
Other Telephone: 0844 846 8380
Fax: 0208 797 5003
Scottish Independence Referendum, 2014 – Problematisations and Provocations
Wednesday, 15th April at 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 311, Main Building, East Quadrangle, University of Glasgow
Gordon Asher and Leigh French explore some select themes of pre- and post-referendum politics: issues they see as largely absent, under- or mis-represented across much of what passes for political debate and public involvement.
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 cities 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
Online: here or via www.tramway.org
Phone: 0845 330 3501
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: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/
Keep LEE in Glasgow!
Friday 17th April
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!
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
sign & share the online petition: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-uk-home-secretary-release-lee-from-dungavel-detention-back-into-the-glasgow-community-where-he-belongs?recruiter=255239491&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-no_msg&fb_ref=Default
join & share the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeeBelongsToGlasgow/
donate to Lee’s bail fund (any amount would be amazing!): donate via The Unity Centre link: unitycentremedia 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!
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 (paula) 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.
April Woman*’s Parkour Jam
Saturday, 18 April at 14:30
Rottenrow Gardens, G1 1RG
This monthly training session is a perfect opportunity for having a go at parkour, or developing your training, in a supportive environment. All welcome at our jams! But remember, our priority is making our training and jams safer space, so, you know, always be cool. (GpkG has a safer spaces policy, just gies a shout if you wanna see, or chat about what you think makes training environments more inclusive.)
It’s not a class, so the structure is flexible. There will be experienced women there to show you to the basics, and give some structure to the sessions. There will be a warm-up together, an introduction to some of the fundamentals of training, maybe some games, and a wee conditioning session too!
The training is free and open to women* and girls* of all ages, abilities fitness and experience. Especially if it’s your first time!! Come along and have a jump!!
Meet at Rottenrow on Saturday, 1400. If you don’t know where that is, meet at Buchanan St Station at 1345
IF IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME, we’ll be super happy to see you!!!
You don’t need anything special, just remember to dress in loose, comfortable clothes and to bring plenty of water. If it’s cold, wear layers you can take off easily, because we’ll warm up quickly; but you don’t want to cool down to fast when you stop moving!! As for shoes, your fav running trainers is all you need. If you have several pairs, choose the lightest ones with the most flexible soles: they’ll be the best for touch and sensitivity.
Send a message to the Glasgow Parkour Girls page if you have any questions about the training or the jams. And check out Glasgow Parkour Coaching for weekly classes.
IWW Scottish Assembly
Saturday, 18 April at 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
Meeting of the Scottish members of the IWW. Open to prospective members.
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
Film Screening of Gallipoli by Scottish Peace Network and the Industrial Workers of the World
Saturday, April 25 at 1pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
This day marks the centenary of the World War I battle of Gallipoli, a disaster that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands. We will be showing part of a movie made by Peter Weir, and featuring a young Mel Gibson. The movie will be introduced by three short talks, one setting the context of the battle and the connection to Scotland, another on the enormous impact Gallipoli had on New Zealand and Australia and finally a talk putting this centenary event in the context of the counter program to the government’s glorification of the war and of militarism. The movie will be followed by a discussion. FREE. All welcome.
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: https://archive.org/details/internatcongrewom00interich
Friday, 1st May at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Junction of Buchanan Street and Gordon Street
International Workers Day – aka Mayday – is a global event that began in order to commemorate the events of that led to the execution of four, suicide by one, and imprisonment of three anarchists after the Haymarket Affair. To mark the day there will be a host of stalls from local anarchist, libertarian, grassroots, community, workplace and DIY groups to meet up, share info on what they are up to, and keep the spirit of the Haymarket Martyrs alive.
Read more on the history here: http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday
Animal Experiments – Prof. Rodger Downie, Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, May 4th at 19:00
72A Waterloo Street, G27DA
Professor Roger Downie of the University of Glasgow takes a look at the practical, legal, and ethical issues surrounding animal experimentation, and goes on to consider the related issue of experimentation on people.
This is interactive, with the audience invited to contribute their views on sometimes controversial issues. For example, if you were keen to phase out animal experiments aimed at improving medical treatments on people, would you approve of human experiments becoming a ‘duty’, like jury service?
Roger Downie is Professor of Zoological Education at the University of Glasgow. His research is mainly on the reproductive ecology of amphibians and marine turtles, but he also has a special interest in the ethical issues facing biological scientists, including animal experimentation.
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.
Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel
Saturday, May 9th 09:00
The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP
International conference in Glasgow.
Early registration required.
Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel on May 9th brings together a range of speakers to make the case that ending this commerce in death is both necessary and possible. It will be an opportunity for participants to build a broad, dynamic campaign to end the sale of weapons to Israel that are used in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Condemning the ‘deep inhumanity’ of Israel’s devastation of Gaza last summer, the Scottish Government added its voice to that of Amnesty International in calling for a suspension of arms deliveries to the State of Israel. It will take a determined civil society effort, however, to bring about such an embargo that can help to end the periodic massacres that have been the lot of the Palestinian people.
Humanitarian support for the Palestinians under occupation, or symbolic gestures such as flying a Palestinian flag, can never be enough when Scotland supplies Israel with guidance systems for 500lb bombs that Israel drops on the most crowded place on earth, Gaza, killing thousands of people in that open air prison.
The talks in the Renfield Centre’s main auditorium and workshops in adjoining rooms will be an opportunity for participants to develop a campaign to end Scottish factories providing Israel with the means to carry out crimes against the Palestinian people.
This will be a brilliant day to learn about the arms trade and Israel and more importantly what we can do about it. A chance to meet people you have a lot in common with
Rowan Refuge Spring Open Days
Saturday, May 16th & Sunday, May 17th at 12:00pm – 6:00pm each day
34 Ravenshall Road, Shawlands, G413SP
– free entry –
Are you interested in…
– organic gardening ?
– growing food, herbs and flowers ?
– birds, bugs and other wildlife ?
– composting, recycling and upcycling ?
– small space DIY structures ?
…then this wee southside of Glasgow residential garden may interest you! Also available:
– micro RiB bookstall –
– gardening books reference shelf –
– plant sale & seed swap –
– refreshments –
More info and directions: https://rowanrefuge.wordpress.com/
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