Such Anarchism! Glasgow Anarchist discussions over next few weeks.

Next few weeks we’re hosting a number of speakers in Glasgow.

27/10 @ 18:45 – ‘An Introduction to Anarchist Communism’

28/10 @ 17:00 – ‘Black Flags & Windmills – creating power from below’ with Scott Crow

02/11 @ 19:00 – ‘Cuban Anarchism Reborn’ national tour

18/11 @ 18:45 – ‘Art as Solidarity: A Visual Presentation’

All events are free with refreshments provided, however we will pass the hat around to help with venue hire and the costs of the travelling speakers. 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://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/

An Introduction to Anarchist Communism

Tuesday, October 27th at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Discussion and presentation on class struggle anarchism.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1487563548207183/

*/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 http://vimeo.com/27543529

https://www.facebook.com/events/1693326930897294/

Cuban Anarchism Reborn

Monday 2nd November. 7-9pm

Room 1. Woodside Halls. Clarendon Street. Glasgow 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1678630482353139/

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.

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