Glasgow Events from 22/10/2015

Hi all,

Another week, another update. Note that the Surround Dungavel protest has been moved to this Sunday the 25th. Also of note is the Unity Centre fundraiser this Friday. Unity provides a lot of the practical support and solidarity for migrants.

Also to let people know that the Spirit of Revolt archives will be putting on an exhibition in the Mitchell foyer, November 2nd until November 29th. The theme is looking at the rent strike 100 years on.


Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen

Thursday, October 22 at 07:00pm

The Project Cafe, 134 Renfrew Street, G3 6ST

Aloha, you hungry wobbegongs!

It is time for another vegan taste bud pampering feast for £3.50! This time we are serving:

Starter: Creamy Courgette Potato Soup

Main: Sizzling Carrot Hot Dogs

Dessert: Scrumptious Apple Crumble with Custard

As usual, BYOB corkage fee of £2. See you then and be prepared for carroty magnificence!

The Vegan People’s Kitchen is a non-profit event that is:

*offering a cheap, inclusive, ethical and healthy meal

*About anti-capitalism, shared responsibility and mutual aid

* A chance for the community to get together and socialise

We serve exclusively vegan food because it is


*environmentally more sustainable



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

Friday, October 23 at 11:00pm

The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

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.



Glasgow Taste of Diversity 2015

Saturday, October 24 at 02:00pm – 06:00pm

Townhead Village Hall, 60 St Mungo Avenue, G4 0PL

This year, the Glasgow Taste of Diversity 2015 will be taking place on Saturday, October 24th.

Celebrate diversity with plenty of music, dance and food. We will be also having calligraphy, henna and other events and performances from all around the world.

We also have a very special guest. The guest’s name will be revealed close to the event date.

FREE ENTRANCE! Everybody is welcome!


Surround Dungavel #1 – SHUT IT DOWN – END DETENTION

Sunday, October 25

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 25th 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 we.will.rise





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, 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:


My Mind My Body My Choice

Thursday, October 29, time TBA

George Square

In response to the devolution of abortion to the Scottish Parliament, SPUC (the anti-abortion Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) will be having an anti-choice demonstration in Glasgow. In opposition the GFC, Caledonia Women and NUS Scotland have called a counter demonstration. It will be two years almost to the day since GFC successfully outnumbered, surrounded and drowned out their last meeting of SPUCs bigoted rhetoric. Please join us in supporting body autonomy and choice.


Cuban Anarchism Reborn – Speaking Tour

Monday, November 2 at 7:00pm

Woodside Hall, 36 Glenfarg Street, G20 7QE

Anarchism was the driving force behind the Trade Union movement in Cuba in the 1880s, organising among the tobacco and sugar cane workers. Anarchists later had to fight against both Batista and then Castro’s ‘revolutionary’ government. Many were forced to flee into exile, while those who remained faced the brutality of the ruling regime.

After many years of repression the anarchist movement is reawakening. One of the emerging groups is the Taller Libertario Alfredo Lopez (TLAL) from Havana. They are members of the newly formed Anarchist Federation of the Caribbean. The Anarchist Federation has organised a speaking tour with a member of the TLAL.

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:



Sunday, November 8 at 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ


"""""" fundraiser for a sister """"""

‘treat yourself / get treated’

> Women*/trans/non-binary only <

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*:✧*:・゚✧ DANCING *:✧*:・゚✧


*・゚✧*:✧ MASSAGE *・゚✧*:✧

*:・゚✧* HAIRSTYLES *:・゚✧*

:・゚✧*:・゚✧ HENNA :・゚✧*:・゚✧

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*:*:✧✧ MANICURES ✧✧ *:・゚

✧*✧✧**: CAKES *✧*✧・゚✧*

Suggested donation £6-£20



✧✧ Sunday 8th November 2pm – 6pm


UNITY Sisters is a self organised peer-support

group for asylum seeking and refugee

women in Glasgow, who want to empower

women against the system, and help each

other to understand and improve our lives.



LGBTI Human Rights Activism and Film

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Sunday, November 15

‘LGBTI Human Rights Activism and Film’ brings to Scotland for the first time the work of the unique transnational project Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights, on participatory documentary film making with activists in Africa and South Asia. It will include the Scottish premieres of two films, together with talks and discussion to share and generate documentary film-making and activism. These events are organised by Matthew Waites of Glasgow Human Rights Network in partnership with Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights; Document International Human Rights Film Festival; Centre for Research on Families and Relationships; Being Human Festival; Radical Film Network; Human Rights Consortium; and the Centre for Contemporary Arts (details and links below). During, between and after events we hope participants – film-makers, activists and everyone – can meet (including in Saramago cafe), make connections and conceive future projects and collaborations. There are two free but ticketed events, in the Cinema (ground floor), which need to be booked separately; when available, tickets will be sold via CCA box office.

15.00-17.30 Part 1: And Still We Rise Scottish premiere with participatory documentary film-making talk and panel discussion (doors open 14.45).

Prof. Nancy Nicol & Richard Lusimbo (Sexual Minorities Uganda) talk on participatory video documentary film-making; And Still We Rise (2015, 70 min) on resisting the Anti-Homosexuality Act; with Matthew Waites, University of Glasgow.

19.00-21.30 Part 2: No Easy Walk to Freedom Scottish premiere and panel discussion (doors open 18.45).

Documentary (2014, 90 mins), on struggle against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalizes same-sex sexual behaviour. Panel: filmmaker Professor Nancy Nicol; Arvind Narrain, activist/lawyer; Matthew Waites, University of Glasgow.


Walk of Pride: a tribute to the Glasgow rent strikes

Tuesday, November 17 at 12:00pm

starting 12 pm, Dewar’s statue, proceeding to the City Chambers

A tribute to radical Glasgow on the 100th anniversary of the rent strikes and mass march of 1915.

To honour the tens of thousands of Clydeside women and shipyard workers who united to defeat the rent rises; and to affirm the rent strike as a tool of struggle throughout the world.

In conjunction with Spirit of Revolt’s November archival exhibition at the Mitchell Library, The Glasgow Rent Strike: 100 Years On; the Scottish Peace Network’s Counter-Centenary Project; and the ongoing work of the Clydeside Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World.


Art as Solidarity: A Visual Presentation

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 their interlinked counterparts created as more esoteric ‘gallery’ based exhibitions or standalone artworks.


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.




ROLERDERBY HALOWEEN DOUBLE HEADER: Maidens vs Tampere Roller Derby/ Lothian Derby Dolls vs Newtown Roller Girls £6 in advance

Come and join us on Saturday 31st to watch two derby bouts in one day!

Lothian Derby Dolls fight it out with New Town Roller girls (rescheduled venue).

Then our Maiden Grrders take on Tampere Roller Derby- all the way from Finland!

A whole day of derby for just £6 in advance (tickets on the door will be £8). Under 14s go free with a paying adult.

As it’s Halloween, there will be PRIZES for the best FANCY DRESS. If you forgot yours don’t worry, there will be facepainting on the day. Also there will be cake!


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.


Spooky Critical Mass

Friday, 30th of October at 05:45pm

George Square

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


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