Glasgow Events from 11th October 2015

A lot coming up in next few weeks. 🙂

Document human rights film festival, with radical independent bookfair, is almost certain to be buzzing as ever.

And due to the London Anarchist Bookfair (24th October) there are two international Anarchists in the country who we have arranged to speak in Glasgow.

On Wednesday 28th Oct we have Scott Crow, author of “Black Flags and Windmills”, who will explore histories and present day examples of individuals and communities as they create “power from below”, and how we can bring about sustainable, liberatory futures.

And then on Monday 2nd November an Anarchist from Cuba will be sharing their real experiences of life and organising in what is often portrayed as a socialist utopia.

Please help us to continue to bring such events to Glasgow by attending, bringing friends, or sharing these emails with others 🙂 If you have other ideas on how you can help, please contact us.

Have a great month!


Resistance Recipes: Palestinian Food and Film

Sun 11th Oct

12.30pm — 2.30pm, FREE

Toryglen Community Base

A screening of short films that will explore the politics of food in Palestine, struggles with access and how people are coming together using food to make a difference to their lives and communities. The screening will be hosted by Urban Roots and will coincide with the end of Harvest time, giving an opportunity to think and talk about food security and sovereignty in a local as well as global context.

There there will be a demonstration and tasting of Palestinian food using some locally grown ingredients before the screening. Short films include Jameela’s Kitchen and Resistance Recipe. Presented by Camcorder Guerrillas and Open Jar Collective in association with Urban Roots.

This is a FREE event. All FREE screenings/events are not ticketed but first come, first served so entry cannot be guaranteed if venues are full up, get there early to guarantee entry!


Salute: Film Screening and Discussion

Sunday, October 11 at 6:15pm

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

The picture of the three athletes on the winner’s podium after the men’s 200 metres final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics is still considered one of the most powerful images in modern history.

Salute tells the true story behind this iconic image, the story of American athletes Tommie Smith, John Carlos and the Australian silver medallist Peter Norman – three Olympic competitors who, in one peaceful but inflammatory moment of political protest as they received their medals on the podium at the 1968 games in Mexico City, would destroy their sporting careers and become a seminal and enduring symbol of the Civil Rights struggle.

This film was directed by Matt Norman, nephew of Peter Norman.

The GMB Glasgow General APEX Branch have organised this screening of Salute to mark the Show Racism the Red Card Fortnight of Action and Black History Month.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from Show Racism the Red Card, GMB and United Glasgow FC.


ADVOCACY IS NOT A CRIME! Tony Cox Solidarity

Monday, 12 October

Everywhere including Glasgow

In solidarity with arrested Dundonian welfare advocate Tony Cox from Scottish Unemployed Workers Network(SUWN), the IWW, Edinburgh Anarchist Federation and Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty (ECAP) will join a host of groups including (SUWN themselves) who will take part in a Britain wide day of action in solidarity with him.

The attempt to prevent claimants being represented and accompanied is an assault on welfare advocates but also more importantly claimants and those on benefits- the worst off in society. We will not stand for this. If this goes unchallenged it will set a worrying precendent.

We are calling on activists across Britain to join us.

12th October: we will be outside Jobcentres talking about the right to representation.

13th October : Scottish activists will support Tony outside Forfar Sheriff Court.

Outside of Scotland, we’re suggesting groups can choose either day to be outside job centres talking to claimants about the right to be represented and accompanied.

Actions Planned:-


To read about Tony Cox’s case, see here


How’s the space weather today? – Dr Iain Hannah

Monday 12th October. 19:00

The Admiral Bar

72A Waterloo Street, G27DA

Glasgow Skeptics

Doors open 7pm. Kickoff at 7.30

The Sun is our star, its heat and light vital to sustain life on Earth, yet it sporadically presents a serious threat to us and the technology upon which we rely. Space weather, these changes to the local space environment, is driven by phenomena in the Sun’s atmosphere: wind, flares and coronal mass ejections. This talk will present some of the latest observations of these different forms of solar activity, what is being done to forecast the space weather and protect us from future impacts.

Dr Iain Hannah is a Royal Society Research Fellow in the Astronomy & Astrophysics group at the University of Glasgow. Dr Hannah’s research is focused on solar flares and activity, and studies this through observations (using NASA’s RHESSI and NuSTAR X-ray telescopes) and numerical simulations. He was an undergraduate and did his PhD at the University of Glasgow and his first post-doc was at the University of California, Berkeley.

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.


Scottish Jews for a Just Peace

Book Launch – War Against the People

Fri 16th October, 7:30pm. The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath St, G2 4J (Public presentation and Q&A)

SJJP is a diverse group of Jews who support the right of both Palestinians and Israelis to self-determination and to live without fear of violence or oppression. What the state of Israel does, it does not do in our name.

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions ( has a long and determined history of fighting the occupation of Palestine. Now its director, Jeff Halper, has written an important new book, War Against the People.

War Against the People describes the campaign of surveillance and whitewashed terror, using new high-tech military apparatuses, that has been developed to control the Palestinian population and will now provide techniques to Western governments aiming to tighten their grip on individual liberties.

You can read more about the book here, and you can hear Jeff himself talk about it:


Document: International Human Rights Film Festival

Friday, 16 October – Sunday, 18 October

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Document is Scotland’s longest standing human rights film festival. Established in 2002, founders Mona Rai and Paula Larkin sought to counter the negative mainstream narrative surrounding immigration, refugees and the Roma people. Having shown 500 plus films in its thirteen year history – Document is continuing to challenge the status quo. Through collaborative community screenings to our ever growing national tour we seek to challenge and inspire. We are a proud member of the Human Rights Film Network and Radical Film Network –
organisations that promote cultural exchange, education and human rights awareness through film. Our festival has and continues to be free for refugees and asylum seekers.

See the full programme here:

And RiB at document :

fri 16th — sun 18th OCT

12 — late

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall street


City Centre

Document Human Rights Film Festival

RiB – black BOX

Glasgow’s Radical Independent Bookfair project presents ‘black box’… (physically in the form of a black fold out booth and visually as a ‘recorder’ of current, recent and past radical events and activities…) this stand will have an array of materials squeezed into it including… new titles from AK Press, Angry Artworks t-shirts, Govanhill Baths’ bags, second hand Unity books, Feral Trade coffee as well as old publications to swap, Document and other documentary dvds to watch, customised stickers for kids and of course an array of other free materials.

The stall is open for the duration of Document – so pop along and browse the books and other stuff.


Unity Centre Fundraiser w/ Cooly G, JD Twitch, Eclair Fifi, Klaus, Bake b2b Cleoslaptra and Letitia Pleiades

23rd October. 23:00

The Art School

20 Scott Street, Glasgow

No-one is illegal!

The Art School has put together a party to raise funds for the Unity Centre, a volunteer run organisation in Glasgow that offers
unconditional solidarity and practical support to migrants and people in the asylum system. Their work is more urgent than ever and they need our support to continue.


Cooly G (Hyperdub)

JD Twitch (Optimo)

Eclair Fifi (LuckyMe)

Klaus (1-800)

Bake (All Caps) & Cleoslaptra

Letitia Pleiades

£7 / Free for friends in the asylum system / in the struggle for papers.

We will also be taking donations of new reliable
printer/fax/scanner/photocopiers, Laptops/computers & Mobile phones (Need to unlocked, w/ Chargers) for Unity.

Huge thanks to our amazing lineup for taking part!

About Unity:

The Unity Centre gives practical support and solidarity to all asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland. The Centre has been running for almost 10 years now – initially founded in March 2006, we have a tiny office that is a 1 minute walk from the Home Office building in Glasgow.

We provide practical support and unconditional solidarity for migrants – sharing information and making referrals so people can access food, clothing, shelter, asylum support, other support, advice, legal representation and much more.

Often we work in emergency situations, so people don’t have to sleep on the streets or can access the care they need when they are at their most vulnerable. We are a safe and welcoming space for people as they navigate the often brutal and always bureaucratic asylum and immigration systems.

We are open Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5pm. We also run a 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency phone line. Unity does not receive any regular funding, we can only exist with the small but very valued donations that people who care about what we do give us. Unity is run entirely by volunteers and it is non-hierarchical, there are no staff on salaries, no hidden costs.

Having recently moved offices, The Unity Centre is in urgent need of funds to help with rent, phone bills, office supplies and other costs associated with running the space. Donations can be made via Unity’s website site, as well as on the night, all are very much appreciated, especially as The Unity Centre’s work is needed more than ever.



Surround Dungavel #1 – SHUT IT DOWN – END DETENTION

Saturday, October 24

Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre, Strathaven, ML10 6

We Will Rise are organising the first Surround Dungavel – SHUT IT DOWN protest in solidarity with Surround Harmondsworth, Shut Down Yarlswood and the growing END DETENTION Movement across the UK. It is NOT time for a time limit it is time to SHUT THEM ALL DOWN!

We Will Rise previously organised the End Detention WeekEND in Glasgow and it was decided that regular protests outside Dungavel were the way forward to get the message across.

Locking people up due to their immigration status is wrong, there is no way to operate a humane or safe detention system. On the 28th and 29th of September there were suicide attempts within Dungavel, health care is non-existence and NO ONE should be locked up because of their immigration status.

Join us on the 24th of October 2015. More details of transport and pick up points to follow. For information on how to get involved in organising this and ongoing protests and events with We Will Rise email





P.S Anyone keen to organise their own transport and/or car pools this is very welcome and will be a huge help.


An Introduction to Anarchist Communism

Tuesday, October 27 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The Anarchist Federation is an organisation of revolutionary class struggle anarchists. We aim for the abolition of all hierarchy, and work for the creation of a world-wide classless society: anarchist communism.

This month’s discussion group will give a short introduction to anarchist communism and how we think we can get there.


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:



Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30pm – 9:00pm

African Arts Centre, 286 Broomloan Road, G51 2JQ

The next public meeting of the Glasgow Anti-Raids Network. If you want to get involved then come along and see how you could help!



*/Black Flags and Windmills:/**/Creating power from below/*

Wednesday, October 28 at 5:00pm

The Annexe Cafe,

9 Stewartville St,

Partick, Glasgow, G11 5PE

This visual and engaging presentation drawn from scott crow’s critically acclaimed book /Black Flags and Windmills/ illustrates through stories, analysis and diverse political movement histories how individuals and communities can create collective liberation to change their own worlds by creating power from below. It covers how the ideas, philosophies and practices of anarchism have grown shaping and influencing modern political movements and tendencies from the post-Seattle alternative globalization movements to the Common Ground Collective after Hurricane Katrina, the Occupy uprisings,
environmental and animal rights movements and beyond. It also covers the rise of the surveillance state and the implications of political activism being labeled ‘terrorism’. The presentation which is equal parts personal story, radical history and organizing philosophies asks questions about how we engage in social change, the real and perceived challenges presented by the state and power and dares us to rethink how we engage in creating sustainable and liberatory futures.

A short film about Black Flags and Windmills can be found at

This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here:


Anarchism in Cuba

Monday 2nd November.

Venue TBC

With a speaker from Cuba, part of the newly formed Caribbean Anarchist Federation. Cuba is often held up by Leftists as an example of a progressive society. This is a myth. From early on the anarchist movement was repressed. Many were either driven into exile or put in prison. Now a new anarchist movement is emerging at a time when Cuba is facing away from state capitalism and towards the market. Cuban anarchists rejects both models and instead seek to build a movement that will create a truly free and communist society.

This event is hosted by Glasgow AF. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here:


art as solidarity

A visual presentation and talk.

Wednesday, November 18 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

From a disenchantment with the mainstream (and pseudo alternatives to the) ‘art world’, to enthusiastic involvement with groups such as Workers City during Glasgow’s ‘reign’ as european city of culture in 1990, the Glasgow Anarchists in the early 90’s, various collaborations with Variant magazine over the years, active participation with the Industrial Workers of the World union, as well as a long term working relationship with AK Press & Distribution, Euan Sutherland has created hundreds of pieces of art and design works that have acted in support and solidarity for these and many other counter-culture and
campaigning organisations.

Extracted from a substantial archive of artwork and related materials from the last twenty five years, this presentation will highlight a number of examples of work, their placement within a social and historical context and promote the idea that visual art can be purposeful and worthwhile without compromising aesthetics or a personal visual identity. Samples of work shown will include designs for badges, stickers, t-shirts, banners, postcards, prints, flyers, posters, magazine and book covers related to various actions, events, screenings, bookfairs, discussions, talks and publications, as well as some of their interlinked counterparts created as standalone artworks for ‘gallery’ based exhibitions.


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:



Saturday, November 21 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP

Glasgow Women’s Library is proud to host an evening of trans women-focused readings and performance as part of the Topside Press UK and Ireland tour.

Featuring North American trans women writers, Imogen Binnie and Casey Plett, the night will also include performances by Glasgow-based trans women, a brief Q & A, and an introduction to the Glasgow Women’s Library as well as its trans archive.

Founded in 2011, Topside Press is an independent publisher focused on trans fiction and based in New York City. This tour aims to connect trans women artists from North America with their European
counterparts, to foster creativity and community.

Please join us for what is sure to be an evening of art, performance (with more than a bit of humour) at the Glasgow Women’s Library!


Raspberry Pi Day

Saturday, 12 December from 10:00 until 16:00

Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde, John Anderson Building, 107 Rottenrow East, G4 0NG

The Raspberry Pi day is an event for all levels of ability and involvement. Several talks will be given during the day, covering the basics of the Raspberry Pi, as well as programming and electronics applications.

There will also be a laboratory area, with Raspberry Pis for hands on, interactive demonstrations and space for additional guest projects to be shared with those at the event.




United Glasgow

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.


Critical Mass : October

Friday, 30th of October at 18:00

George Square

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


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