Welcome this this week’s Autonomy Update.
Before we get to the listing proper we wanted to highlight that following the devolution of abortion laws to the Scottish Parliament there are moves being made by anti-choice groups such as SPUC to have the laws surrounding access to abortion rolled-back or removed. SPUC are bussing in their members from all about Scotland to push their hate-filled agenda at a rally in Glasgow tonight, so from 5:30pm up until 8pm there will be a pro-choice rally taking place on George Square to counter SPUC’s hate-filled message. If you can make it down, even just for some of that time, then please consider showing your support for bodily autonomy and the freedom to choose about abortion.
Also, this Monday coming, we are happy to host a rare opportunity to meet a Cuban anarchist and discus the reality of life under Castro along with the re-emergance of anarchism as a force fighting against capitalism and state socialists alike. Space will be limited and so turn up prompt to guarantee a seat.
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Now, without further ado, here is the update 🙂
My Mind – My Body – My Choice
Thursday, October 29, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
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 Glasgow Feminist Collective, 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.
STORIES of OUR LIVES
Friday, November 30 at 7:00pm
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)
Free / pay what you can – Fundraiser for LGBT Unity Scotland
"One of the most triumphant and stunning films of the year"
The NEST collective of Kenya listened to and archived life stories of hundreds of LGBTI people and then wrought this into a beautifully shot series of overlapping narratives; giving voice to the variety of queer experience in Kenya.
This screening of the multi award winning Stories of Our Lives as part of Cinema For All’s ‘Reaching Communities’ project, is in partnership with Africa In Motion Film Festival and LGBT Unity Scotland & will be followed by a discussion on LGBTIQA+ communities in Africa.
Produced by the NEST Collective in Kenya
Dir. Jim Chuchu | 60 min | Kenya | 2014 | English/Swahili w/ English subtitles
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible via ramp to right hand side on Pearce St.
No subtitles available on this screening due to factors beyond our control.
*The screening is also part of From Africa, with Love, presented by the UK African Film Festivals (Africa in Motion, Afrika Eye, Cambridge African Film Festival, Film Africa, WatchAfrica Film Festival), part of BFI LOVEbfi.org.uk/love, in partnership with Plusnet.
This screening is possible because of the support of Cinema for All.
Ojuju – Halloween fundraiser and film show!
Saturday, October 31, 7:30pm
Anderston & Kelvingrove Parish Church, 59 Argyle Street, G3 8DS
Come along to Anderston & Kelvingrove Parish Church and prepare to laugh and be scared by this special Halloween night benefit film show for the Glasgow Night Shelter hosted by Africa In Motion film festival.
We’ll be showing Ojuju – an ultra low-budget Nigerian zombie film – set in a nightmarishly enclosed slum district of Lagos that juggles comedy and creeping terror audaciously.
FREE – Donations welcome. Fancy Dress optional. Afro-Halloween snacks provided.
FREE Foraging Walk in Queen’s Park
Sunday, November 1 at 11:00am
Meet at the Glad Cafe, 1006A Pollokshaws Road, G41 2HG
This is the last walk of 2015 as we really are heading into Winter.
Join me for a walk in Queen’s Park, discovering edible and medicinal plants that grow around us and that you can use at home. Autumn is here with Berries, Hips and Haws for immune health and some second Spring plants still holding strong.
Meet at the Glad Cafe on Pollokshaws Road at 11am on Sunday 1st November – we’ll head to Queen’s Park at 11.15, have a wander and finish the walk at the Glasshouse around 12.30. The walk will include some muddy paths, so do wear suitable shoes and possibly (probably) waterproofs.
Most of the walk is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, do contact me if you have any access needs. The walk ends at an area with toilets, play area and cafe.
Contact Catriona on whitecat-herbal if you have any questions.
One Hundred Years On: The Rent Strikes of 1915
Monday, November 2 until Wednesday, November 28
Mitchell Library (foyer area), G3 7DA
Exhibition created by Spirit of Revolt archives of dissent to celebrate the Glasgow Rent Strike and other related events from 1915.
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: https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/
UNiTY SiSTERS SPA DAY
Sunday, November 8 at 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
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‘treat yourself / get treated’
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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.
Detention Without Walls film (and Everyday Borders)
Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00pm (doors open at 5.30pm)
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
‘Detention Without Walls’ is a self-portrait of people caught in the cracks, between borders, without status. Made from interviews, poems, photos and material collected through a participatory research project, the film follows the moving story from immigration detention to life after detention, described as ‘Detention Without Walls’. Abandoned at train stations, separated from family and friends, unable to work or travel, fearful of return but determined to stay in the UK, the film explores how ideas of crime, citizenship and community combine in ways that multiply rather than remove the differences between us.’
It is an attempt at participatory/collaborative/collective filming and members of the Life After Detention project will be there to answer questions and have drinks afterwards in the upstairs bar at the CCA.
Tickets can be booked in advance online or at the CCA box office.
FAIL BETTER: Industrial Hazards
Thursday, November 12 at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL
DONT PANIC it’s all fine just sit back no really it’s all fine China’s gonna take care of it all and we don’t need to worry jobs? we don’t need jobs just get some workfare doon yer neck and relax on a 0-hour food bank fuelled pig fucker inspired economy ITS ALL FINE nae industry = nae hazards suck on yer e-cig n relaxxxxxxx.
we’ll be screening Maria A. Velez-Serna and David Archibald’s film from the Scottish Screen Archive: JOINING UP: SCOTLAND, CINEMA and THE FIRST WORLD WAR
MACGILLVRAY has walked in a straight line with a dead wolf on her shoulders through the back streets of Vegas into the Nevada desert, eaten broken chandelier glass in a derelict East Berlin shopping mall, headbanged in gold medieval stocks in Birmingham allotments, burnt on a sun bed wearing conquistador armour in Edinburgh’s underground city, breast-fed a Highland swan in Oxford and regurgitated red roses in Greenland. She remains the clan chief.
CLARE ARCHIBALD writes stuff, though At fail better she will be reading and saying stuff instead.
one half of The Twistettes and one whole lotta magical wummin JO D’ARC will share her words beats n tunes at you.
and Fail Better is over the mooncup to welcome back DANNI GLOVER punk poet extrordinairre
this month DECLAN WELSH and CHRISSY BARNACLE will be hosting it as a madcap dynamite due. Yous heard it here first…
As always folks, it’s free entry, with a bucket for donations to keep the talent in pints, busfares n diamonds.
LGBTI Human Rights Activism and Film
Sunday, November 15
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
‘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 at the Dewar statue (top of Buchanan Street), then 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.
Making Sense of Anarchism
Tuesday, November 17 at 5:00pm
Glasgow University Anarchist Group Dr Benjamin Franks, lecturer at Glasgow University and author of "Rebel Alliances", will be giving a talk on Anarchism and its different strands, concentrating mostly on social anarchism, and the key questions that arise in and against social anarchism (and possible replies). It will last about 45 minutes, during which audience members will be able to ask questions. After, there will be time for a less formal group discussion with Dr Franks.
Art as Solidarity: A Visual Presentation & 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: https://afed.org.uk/about/safer-spaces/
Anti-Raids Network NEXT PUBLIC MEETING
Thursday, November 19 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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!
NEVER MIND THE HORMONES… in Glasgow!
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!
Glasgow Transgender Day of Remembrance
Saturday, November 21 at 8:00pm
Glasgow Caledonian University, 70 Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA
Transgender Day of Remembrance is held annually in memory of all the trans people who have lost their lives through hate crimes and suicide in the last year, and throughout all time. It is traditionally held on the 20th of November, but we have chosen to hold it on the 21st, because it’s a weekend and hopefully more people will be able to attend. So far there have been 71 recorded murders of trans women in 2015, with many more unreported and countless numbers lost to suicide. This is a day of mourning, and a day of coming together as a community.
There will be speeches, and members of the public are encouraged to share their own stories. However, we ask that only transgender people speak at this event. Allies are more than welcome, but are asked to respectfully listen and create space for trans people’s voices to be heard.
This event is being held by the people who organized the Leelah’s Law Demonstration for Transgender Rights here in Glasgow last March, along with the LGBT+ societies of Strathclyde University, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the University of Glasgow.
Open to transgender people and allies of all ages, regardless of affiliation to any university or organization.
More information and updates in the coming weeks.
Radical Childcare Collective: Autumn Meet-up
Sunday, November 22 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Email for location
Come reconnect and chat all things radical childcare.
What have we been upto so far?
What do we want from the group as the seasons change?
How do we support those with caring responsabilities?
What does radical childcare actually mean or look like?
Open to those with kids, and those without, as well as the kids themselves!
We will meet in Ibrox in a livingroom (please email rumtruffles for address). Bring nibbles to share if you fancy and anything specific that entertains your little ones.
See you there!
The Man Who Never Died: Joe Hill Song Night
Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
One hundred years on from Joe Hill’s execution, this night will be a celebration of his songs and legacy. Organised by Spirit of Revolt, Clydeside IWW and The Old Hairdresser’s.
Find out about Joe Hill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hill
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.
RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION
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!
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
Meet at the column for a gentle paced halloween inspired cycle around town.
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