While we usually keep to one update per week (or often less!), this week has seen quite a lot of events pour in. While they would normally wait, there has been a last minute call for a demonstration by our friends at the Unity Centre after the death of Pinakin Patel in Yarl’s Wood’s family unit has come to light as having taken place on Monday. Pinakin’s death demonstrates that all the reasons politicians give for immigration controls are just lies to cover for a system that benefits from being racist, as even though him and his wife has proper papers they were detained. That was two months ago, and now Pinakin is dead and the unit where he was staying with his wife was put on lock-down, his wife’s phone taken from her, and she has been confined to her room. A massive cover-up by the Home Office and Serco appears to be under way right now. Unity have called for a demonstration outside the Home Office buildings on the lunchtime of Thursday the 2rd, full details below.
So with this, and about another half-dozen extra events added, here is the events update as it stands today (and we’ll try hold off for a week before the next one, promise).
Anarchist Black Cross: Letter Writing
Wednesday, 22 April at 6:00pm – 7:30pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
One of our group will be sat at the tables beside the Sauchiehall St the entrance to the CCA (as you don’t have to buy anything to sit there), and will have paper, pens, and a list of prisoners you can start sending letters to. You can stay to write your letter and have it posted by the group, or get some of the details/supplies and head home to write in peace. Donations of stationary, envelopes, and especially stamps are always welcomed though not expected.
Radicalized Care and De-professionalized Community
Wednesday, 22 April at 6:00pm
Saramango Cafe/Bar (upstairs), CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
For a transatlantic perspective on care work then head along to this event to swap stories with Jeanette Eby and Matt Thompson, radical urban community workers from Canada with a wealth of experiences under their collective belts.
EMERGENCY DEMO #EndDetention #SetThemFree
Thursday, 23 April at 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Festival Court, 200 Brand St, G51 1DH (turn left out of Cessnock Underground)
Enough is enough, no more DEAD in detention.
Calling out all our supporters to join us to protest for the death of Pinakin Patel in Yarl’s Wood’s family unit (Hummingbird) that happened yesterday (20/04/15)
The demo will be at Glasgow Immigration Reporting Centre, during lunch break so people can join us.
This is nation wide emergency as deaths keep on happening due to lack of adequate medical care and an abusive immigration system that keeps criminalizing migrants.
Feel free to bring placards and musical instruments or similar
**** Info on Pinakin Patel ******
Two months ago Mr Patel and his wife, Bhavisha Ben Patel, came to Britain from India lawfully, on visitors visas. Immigration officers simply decided not to believe that Mr & Mrs Patel were genuine visitors, even though they have an 8 year old son in India. They were sent straight from the airport to Yarl’s Wood, where they have been ever since.
Two day ago the Movement for Justice demonstrated at Yarl’s Wood and women gathered at the windows, waving and joining the shouts and chants to shut down Yarl’s Wood and end detention.
Today Yarl’s Wood women are angry. They know that, like so many others, the Patels were victims of Britain’s arbitrary, racist immigration controls and immigrant-bashing policies.
They saw police, forensics and an ambulance come into the centre while Hummingbird detainees were shut in their unit; Indian women were angry that they could not speak to Mrs Patel because her phone was taken from her and she was confined to a room. They all know the Home Office & Serco are preparing a cover-up.
Far too many people have died in immigration detention just as far too many have been allowed to drown in the Mediterranean. We are building the movement to tear down this barbaric Europe-wide racist policy.
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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 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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: https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/16176103160/
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
Working Illegally – Documentary screening and discussion
Wednesday, 29th April at 7:00pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
Glasgow Launch Event for the documentary working illegally. Followed by discussion with filmakers, researcher from Corporate Watch and ex-detainees.
This documentary looks at the hypocrisy of immigration detainees being paid 1 POUND AN HOUR to essentially help run detention centres while not being given to opportunity to work when outside detention. Essentially this is a form of modern slavery that serves to profit massive private security companies such as the GEO Group, MITTIE and many more.
This documentary looks in depth at one of the serious issues within detention centres. Come along for discussion and also to contribute to ideas about how to address this issue!
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 remember the events of that led to the execution, suicide in protest, and imprisonment of anarchists after the Haymarket Affair. To mark the day there will be a host of stalls from local anarchist, libertarian, working class, 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
Miners Shot Down – Mayday screening
Friday, 1 May at 6.30pm
Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ
Document Film Festival in association with Screen Seminars at Glasgow and the Glasgow Human Rights Network present a special May Day screening of Miners Shot Down, the award-winning documentary film about the killing off 34 striking miners in Marikana, South Africa, in 2012.
Free entry. First come first served.
View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkK_T_vz7cY
Seminar on elections: The state is like “hi” and the people are like “hey”
Friday, 1 May at 6.00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
Elections are central pillars of democracy. Every 3-5 years democratic states ask their subjects to cast votes on who should run the government. The parties who wish to fulfil this role agitate for a recognition of what they consider the nation’s problems, for their solutions and for their visions for the nation, and ultimately for them being the best to run the country. If successful, they take over power which is accepted by those who they defeated.
People on the left typically engage with this feast of nationalism and rule in one of two ways. A small minority dismisses elections as inconsequential and fails to see that successful elections accomplish a lot and exactly what they promise: the formation of a government which rules in the name of those it rules over. Others see a great opportunity to make critical voices heard about what “we” really need and ask which left-wing party has the best chance of being the British SYRIZA.
In contrast, we want to take a step back from these discussions and simply ask what an election is and what it ought to accomplish for the democratic state. Our main claim here is that elections are means to affirm the unity between rule and those ruled over. On the one hand, elections affirm this unity formally: the outcome of a successful election is a legitimate government which is accepted by society. On the other hand, elections affirm this unity in content: the winning party agitated many it rules over for the necessities of its policies for the betterment of the nation.
In this workshop, we will not try to get you to vote, get you to abstain from voting, get you to vote without illusions or get you to vote the Green party or the SNP as the most radical “realistic” choice. Nor do we want to have a debate about “reform or revolution”, where “radical purity” is posited against “realistic goals”. Instead, we want to establish what an election actually is so that debates like these can be more than poking around in a fog.
Glasgow Social Centre SWAP SHOP & ACOUSTIC MUSIC
Sunday, May 3 at 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
The Glasgow Social Centre collective invites you to a combined swap shop, acoustic music and cake-fest.
Please come along to swap, eat and play some tunes.
Bring your unwanted clothes and other swapables (books, CDs, DVDs, fabric, cake, instruments, paints, tools and cake). Bring your guitar, your drum, your voice, any other instrument of choice, or even just your own fine self for swapping and music-making.
There will be a kids play area and vegan food.
We’re still fundraising for the new social centre so donations are welcome but as always can be big, small or non-existent depending on what you can spare.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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.
NO CASE TO ANSWER! Call-out for court solidarity
Wednesday, May 6 at 12:00pm
Glasgow Sheriff Court
Show solidarity with Glasgow Palestine Action, both inside and outside the Sheriff Court on Midday of May 6th, as the outcome of their claim that there is no case to answer for their protest against Thales is likely to be heard.
Thales makes components for drones which are sold to the Israeli Defence Force and were used in the assault of Gaza.
Four people audaciously occupied the roof of the building and unfurled banners reading ‘STOP ARMING ISRAEL. ANOTHER SCOTLAND IS POSSIBLE’, ‘UK GOV, THALES, ELBIT, COMPLICIT IN GENOCIDE’ and ‘HOMES NOT DRONES’ while five others blockaded both the front and back gates with arm tubes reading ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Boycott Israel’.
Despite the overwhelming support of passers by the Crown have pursued charges of breach of the peace. We say there is no case to answer for these actions and ask for anyone who can spare the time to come down and show your support.
Live Music at Sharmanka: Kamilla Ravnsfjall, Kristina Žalytė & Rūta Kukulskytė
Thursday, May 7 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, G1 5HD
For May’s First Thursday event in Sharmanka, a very special evening is in store! Amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures, we’ll hear the amalgam of Lithuanian harmony singing from Rūta Kukulskytė and Kristina Žalytė with flute from Kamilla Ravnsfjall of the Faroe Islands.
Their performance will begin after Sharmanka’s own Thursday evening show concludes, so a little after 8pm.
Donations will be collected from audience members as they leave.
Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel
Saturday, May 9 at 09:00am
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/
Anarchists and the Silver Screen
Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
Modern anarchism and modern cinema both emerged and began their development at the end of the 1800’s. Libertarian views on education and propaganda led to film becoming an interest for many anarchists. This month’s discussion group will look to talk over ideas of how film media can be used in spreading ideas of working class action, and will be opened by a presentation on the colourful history of anarchism on the silver screen.
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/