With Mayday this Friday there is a lot crammed into this coming weekend, from stalls in the streets to film screenings and talks. Sunday also sees the Social Centre Collective hosting a free shop event (including music, a kids space, and food), which looks to be a wee bit of calm in the midst of what has been a lot of busy events. Now on with the update…
"Can football tackle discrimination?" FILM SHOWING AND DISCUSSION
Monday, 27th April at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, G12 8NN (Room LT E 611)
United Glasgow Football Club is delighted to host this event which will allow those interested to discuss the role that football does, can or should play in tackling discrimination – both within the game and in wider society.
With only a few weeks to go until the UK votes in a general election, anti-immigrant feeling is high on the political agenda and this is something that United Glasgow Football Club has always been keen to tackle.
The event will begin with the first screening of a 12 minute documentary made about United Glasgow Football Club by final year film and TV students at the University of Stirling which looks at what the club is doing and why this is important.
Following the screening, we’ll hear from:
Daniel McDonald & Scott Paul – two of the film-makers from Stirling University, speaking about the experience of making the documentary.
Ben Raw – a committee member of United Glasgow Football Club and youth worker with the Iona Community, talking about football’s ability to both tackle and foster discrimination.
Thomas Maguranyanga – men’s first team coach at United Glasgow Football Club talking about what makes United Glasgow FC different and how successful football is at tackling discrimination.
Hala Ousta – football equity officer with the Scottish Football Association, speaking about what the SFA does in their grassroots football equity project and giving her own personal opinions on discrimination in football.
One or two more speakers to be added.
Each speaker will give a 5 minute talk before we have a question and answer session for all the participants.
Boyd Orr Building, LT E 611
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
Countering Militarisation Workshop
Wednesday, 29th April at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Govanhill Baths, 73 Calder Street, G42 7RA
Resist Militarism Network brings you a workshop to discuss What is Militarism and How to Counter it?
6pm – arrive, food, hellos
6:30 – session with Resist Militarism Net on how Militarism Invades our Everyday Lives.
7:00 – session with Owen Everett (ForcesWatch) on Militarisation of Education.
7:45 – break
8:00 – session with Ben Griffin (Vets for Peace UK) on The Internal Workings of Militarism.
8:45 – reflection
9:00 – finish up.
For more information please contact resistmilitarism
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
Banner Tales of Glasgow in Castlemilk
Friday, 1 May at 11:45am to 3:15pm
Castlemilk Community Centre, 121 Castlemilk Drive, G45 9UG
A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Castlemilk will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.
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 swappables (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
Art Weekend @ Faslane peace camp
May 9 at 11:00am to May 10 at 11:00pm
Faslane Peace Camp
We will be painting and poster making from 11am on bith the 9th and 10th of May. You can contact us in advance on 01436 820 901. All Welcome!
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/
Banner Tales of Glasgow in Barmulloch
Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 3:15pm
Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, G21 3PX
A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Barmulloch will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.
Anarchists and the Silver Screen
Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
Cinema emerged at a time of upheaval. It was a tangle of new and old technologies, made possible by industrialisation but also long plagued by competition and patent wars. It could be a popular, accessible, and playful way to communicate anarchist ideas and imagine new worlds. On the other hand, cinema was very quickly tamed as a commercial form of entertainment within capitalist and colonialist networks. Films became more expensive to make through artificial scarcity and monopolistic control of the means of production and distribution. A few formulas crystallised to make films predictable as investment vehicles, stifling cinema’s ability to say something new. Any alternatives to capitalism are ridiculed and mocked – while some of the finest moments of classical movies unwittingly show glimpses of utopia and some anti-authoritarian flair.
Using examples from the early days of silent cinema to DIY punk video and avant-garde art films (but leaving documentary aside), the first question our speaker will pose for discussion is – how have anarchism and anarchists been represented in narrative cinema, and does it matter? We will then consider another side of the matter by discussing ideas about anarchist aesthetics and whether a politically radical film needs to be visually and formally challenging as well. The discussion will then move to issues of production and distribution: what models have been used in historical attempts to make films in a liberatory and non-hierarchical way? How can the dominant mode of production (anchored in material and intellectual property) be challenged?
The Radical Film Archive will be in attendance with a hard drive full of films that are free to copy (bring a flashdrive), and there will also be some free DVDs.
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/
Banner Tales of Glasgow in Govan
Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)
A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Govan will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.
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