Glasgow Events from 14/08/2015

Hi all,

Another week, another update. This evening there is a collection for items being taken over to the Calais migrant camp, so if you have anything to donate then see the details below. We are also putting on our regular discussion group this Wednesday, this month looking at the idea of scarcity of resources. As ever drop us a quick line if you think of any other events you think we should know about that fits in with our loose idea of promoting anything working class, community-based, DIY, anarchist, radical, or alternative (so no political parties, front groups, or purely commercial ventures).


Glasgow Supports Migrants in Calais

Friday, August 14 at 4:00pm

Scout Hall, 71 Glencairn Drive, Pollokshields, G41 4QN

Approximately 5000 people, many of whom have fled from war and persecution, are living in a shanty town in Calais called The Jungle. People from Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan are attempting to cross the UK border in search of a better life. Those living in the Jungle are provided with one meal per day, and most are living in makeshift tents with limited access to running water.

To be treated with respect and dignity and seek asylum are fundamental human rights. Irrespective of the differing views on the current European migration crisis, it cannot be right that in the 21st century, people are living in abject poverty and dying at Britain’s border.

This trip will take a transit van packed with donations of clothing, bedding and practical items from Glasgow to our fellow humans in Calais.



Just Giving page


Does powering the planet have to cost us the Earth? – Dr Mark Symes | Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, August 17 at 7:00pm

The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Through this talk, we will examine how much energy we humans use as a species, where we get it from, and how much we might need 30 years from now. We will explore some of the possible options for our future energy diet, and what this might mean for our lifestyles in the future. We will consider a broad range of possibilities, maybe de-bunk some myths, possibly face some hard truths, and hopefully finish up wiser than when we started.

Mark Symes is a lecturer in energy conversion and electrochemistry at the University of Glasgow’s School of Chemistry. He is passionate about finding solutions to pressing societal problems by using the power of science. This drove him to begin a research programme which aims to develop new methods for storing renewably-generated power, so that we can have clean energy when the sun doesn’t shine and when the wind doesn’t blow. Despite this clear agenda, he tries to be as impartial as the facts allow when talking about the future of our energy supply to the general public.

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.


Protest for an Affordable Railway

Tuesday, August 18 at 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Glasgow Central Station (front entrance)

Rail fares are rising again, yet the cost of living isn’t get any cheaper. In January 2016 passengers will be asked to pay out even more for their rail fares. Passengers and taxpayers are paying a high price for the failures of rail privatisation.

Come protest the cost of rail travel.


Beyond Scarcity

Wednesday, August 19th at 6:45pm until 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

This month’s AFed discussion group will open with a short introduction to the ideas of scarcity, the role of capitalism in artificially limiting our access to resources, and how anarchist communists think we can move beyond our current economy to gain well-being for all.


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:


Glasgow Pride Breakfast

Saturday, August 22 at 9:30am

Calton Heritage and Learning Centre, 423 London Road, G40 1AG

LGBT Age, T-Time Glasgow & LGBT Health and Wellbeing are hosting our first Glasgow Pride Breakfast. Join us for delicious food, live entertainment and friendly chat on the morning of Pride. Kick-start your Pride celebrations at this family-friendly event for the LGBTQI community and friends.

The aim of the breakfast is to provide a safe, inclusive space to celebrate and to build our sense of community. You are welcome to come alone, with groups, families and friends. If you are unsure about attending and would feel more able to attend with a buddy, give us a ring to discuss.

The Calton Centre is just around the corner from Glasgow Green, so for those that want to join the march, they can leave together after breakfast.

Please book early to avoid disappointment:

Contact: 271 2330

Cost: £3 suggested donation


Free Pride Glasgow

Saturday, August 22 at 2:00pm

The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

Pride should be free. Pride should be a protest. Pride should be accessible to all.

Instead, Pride events have become over-commercialised and de-radicalised, and people are charged money if they want to participate. Pride belongs to LGBTQIA+ people; and we want it back.

We are tired of the lack of inclusiveness for trans, intersex and asexual people and other marginalised groups that make part of our LGBTQIA+ communities, including disabled people/people with and people of colour.

So we are aiming to rectify this, by holding our own free and accessible event!

Join us after the march at the Art School for a day (and night!) of workshops, stalls, performance, poetry, music and more!


With stalls + workshops from: LGBT Unity, Sex Workers Open University, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow Roller Derby, Rape Crisis Scotland, Asexuality workshop, Disability workshop and MORE.

Poetry + performance from: Elaine Gallacher, Marcus Mac Antu air neir, Liz Cronin, Maki Yamazaki, Skye Pope, THEY THEY THEYS and MORE.






Performance TBC

Short Films from:


This Is What I Want festival

Nicole O’Reilly


The event is completely free to attend.


The Art School is a wheelchair accessible building with a lift to each floor and disabled toilets.

Gender Neutral toilets will be available throughout the events.

We are aiming to have BSL interpreters present for performance and short film screenings. We will also aim to have the short films subtitled.

There will be an alcohol free space available in the evening, where we will screen short films and provide a quiet alternative to the partying!

If you have any accessibility needs, or if there’s anything we can do to make attending the event easier, please get in touch and we will do everything we can to accommodate you.



Tuesday, August 25 at 6:30pm

The Portal Plantation Productions, 987 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

The only film that was banned in America. It would have to be about unionisation and liberation.This film is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and political point of view.

Also COMMON GOOD PROJECT, will be at 
Centre Human Ecology in the Pearce Institute every Thursday from between 
1-4pm, or by prearranged times:

CHE Pearce Institute, 840-860
Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3UU
Phone: 07811263923 

email: info 



Part of the PAR To increase understanding and encourage participation in helping to build local institutions where research can be shared, discussed and developed with others.

Suggestions for films themes discussion collaborations welcome. If anyone has a passion for any of these themes, topics, improvements, variations and want to talk them up, help out in organising and presenting them, Let us know.


Glasgow Anti-Raids Meeting

Thursday, August 27 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm

African Arts Centre, 286 Broomloan Road, G51 2JQ

Worried about dawn raids? Interested in joining together to resist them? Come along to this public meeting. Refreshments and childcare provided.

If you have information to share or want to talk then contact:


07448586481 (on Lyca Mobile)


Summer Herb Foraging Walk – FREE

Sunday, August 30th at 11:00am – 1:00pm (ish)

Meet in Glad Cafe, 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, G41 2HG

Discover the edible and medicinal plants growing around us in Glasgow and learn how to harvest them sustainably.

Summer flowers will still be blooming and Autumn berries and fruits will be starting to appear. Many of these plants can be used for a range of ailments and in first aid situations. The walk will suit all ages and abilities – please bring lots of questions and thoughts to share.

Meet in Glad Cafe, Pollokshaws Road at 11am – we’ll be leaving shortly after.

Practicalities: The walk will take us around different areas of Queen’s Park ending at the Glasshouse where there is a cafe, soft play and toilets. Sturdy footwear is advisable as paths may be muddy and the walk is accessible to wheelchairs and buggies – let me know if you have any access requirements.

For more information: whitecat-herbal

Blog with information on previous walks / foraging recipes / general herbal medicine:


While You weren’t Looking

Sunday, August 30 at 2:00pm – 3:15pm

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

*UK Premiere*

While You Weren’t Looking | Dir Catherine Stewart | South Africa | 2015 | 74 mins

Tickets: On door only. No pre-booking. (capacity is 74)

Cost: Pay what you can – this is a fundraiser for the LGBT Unity Scotland group.


We’re screening the shorter ‘lesbian version’ as it’s been called.

Accessibility: The CCA is an accessible venue.

*The film will have English subtitles/ NO BSL

[for detailed information see]

"WHILE YOU WEREN’T LOOKING is an original story, set in Cape Town. The protagonists are gay and lesbian, from all walks of life, whose intertwining tales present a humorous, inventive and dramatic take on contemporary life in South Africa. It is through the eyes and experiences of a cross-section of queers – black, white and coloured, cruisy singles, married couples with children, city and township dwellers, apartheid survivors and born frees, professionals and skollies – that we see the South African contemporary landscape unfold."

[from Imdb]



Tuesday, September 8 at 6:30pm

The Portal Plantation Productions, 987 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

Unemployed Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani) is elated when he finally finds work hanging posters around war-torn Rome. Disaster strikes when Antonio’s bicycle is stolen.


Resistance in the Czech Republic

Wednesday, September 16th at 6:45pm until 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

In May this year the Czech state launched a massive attack on the anarchist movement under the name Operation Phoenix. Dozens of people were arrested on terrorism and hate crime charges; flats, squats and social centres were raided/evicted with alarming speed and brutality (with court orders that would normally take years to process being rubber-stamped overnight and water canons getting deployed); while the Anarchist Federation, the Anarchist Black Cross (prisoner support), and several other radical groups have had the servers which host their websites taken.

These brutal attacks had been authorised due to the efficiency and effectiveness of the anarchist movement in recent years, with the local solidarity network growing in numbers and becoming able to take on bigger and bigger targets, while social centres have provided the space for sharing of experience and ideas while building working class solidarity.

This month’s discussion will be led by two Czech anarchists who will give some information on the background to recent events in the Czech Republic.


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:




Glasgow Parkour Coaching: Free Adult Taster Session

Thursday, August 27 at 6:45pm

Hillhead Underground Subway Station, 248 Byres Road, G12 8SH

Ever wanted to try parkour? Come along to Glasgow Parkour Coaching’s monthly Parkour taster last Thursday of the month!

This session is for beginners only and is a chance to get a taste of what goes on at our weekly adult classes. This monthly training session is a perfect opportunity for having a go at parkour.

The class is lead by an experienced parkour coach, and follows the format of all GPC classes. 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 people of all ages, abilities and levels of fitness. The training is specially tailored to beginners’ needs, and includes the fundamentals of parkour training. So come along and have a jump!!

This session is for beginners and new practitioners. So, if it’s your first time training, 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 too 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.


Critical Mass : August

Friday, August 28 at 6:30pm

George Square

Meet at the column for a gentle paced cycle around town.


United Glasgow Football Club

The club operates under dual core principles of anti-discrimination and financial inclusion.

Women (trans* inclusive)

5-a-side Drop-In – Monday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 7.30pm-8.30pm

11-a-side Training – Wednesday Nights (Firhill Complex, Hopehill Road) – 9pm-10.30pm

Contact the Club for men’s training times.


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