Glasgow Events from 09/11/2015

Hi all,

Welcome to another of our weekly email events round-ups. Remember, if you know of any community, DIY or worker-led events or actions taking place in/near Glasgow then drop us a line and we will try get it in an update (though the more notice the better).

Also, in the last update we mentioned the Unity Sisters were having a Spa Day to raise funds. 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. WHile the Spa Day has passed, they have still got a gofundme page up that is accepting donations. Their goals are modest so worth chucking a spare quid or two if you have it:

Now on with the rest of the update…


One Hundred Years On: The Rent Strikes of 1915

On 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.


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.


Refugees Are Welcome Here – Monkton

Sunday, November 15 at 1:00pm

See below for location

A hotel in Monkton is currently being used to offer accommodation, shelter, food and warmth to people who have fled their homes.

We have all seen photos of the millions of refugees across Europe who have been forced to risk their lives on the seas or crammed in lorries just to have the potential of a safe future.

Unfortunately, the racist Scottish Defence League have decided to organise a protest in Monkton on 15th November. Their meeting point has been stated as the carpark beside Polly’s tea room at 2pm before they head to the Adman House Hotel. The counter-demo hopes to take up this space from 1pm and march the route with vastly more numbers than the SDL could ever muster, and ensuring the fascists don’t have the chance to muster and march.

This rally has been organised at the same time and place because we can’t allow racist organisations to intimidate people.

Refugees are welcome here!


The Unity Centre are trying to organise some form of collective transport from Glasgow. Anyone who has spare seats in cars please give them a message, details on

For those travelling by car, meet at Monkton service station at 12:30. If you are travelling by train, please meet at Prestwick airport and get a bus to Monkton with a group of people (in order to ensure safety). If you are getting a bus, please get off at the stop nearest the service station.

*** be aware there will be a police presence, who can be aggressive and violent towards anti-fascist protesters and have a history of protecting and facilitating fascist demos. We recognise them as an institutionally racist, oppressive force ***

Love and solidarity! EVERYONE is welcome here!


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

St Andrews Building Room 213, 11 Eldon Street (off Woodlands Road), G3 6NH

Glasgow University Anarchist Group present Dr Benjamin Franks, lecturer at Glasgow University and author of "Rebel Alliances". Dr Franks 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:



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!




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!


Banner Tales of Glasgow – Illustrated Booklet Launch Event

Thursday, November 26 at 11am until 1pm

Mitchell Library, Blythswood Room


St Andrew’s Day Anti-racism March and Rally

Saturday, November 28 at 10:30am

Glasgow Green

No Racism: Refugees Welcome Here

Assemble: 10:30am Glasgow Green

March Off: 11am

Rally: 12 noon Glasgow Film Theatre

The rally will be an opportunity to hear the voices of refugees making Scotland their home.


Banner Tales of Glasgow night at the Old Hairdresser’s

Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00pm until 9:00pm

The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

A night of political film, song and conversation.

see for details


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. The Songs of ‘Joe Hill’ are celebrated worldwide. He wrote them in the period, 1910-15, the last 20 months being held in prison in Utah on a trumped-up charge of double-murder. The Songs were inspired by the ‘Wobbly’ song tradition, which satirised religious and popular song.

Joel Hagglund was born in Gavle, Sweden on 7 October 7 1879. In 1902, with both parents dead, he and his brother Paul emigrated to the USA. For the next 12 years he train-hopped as a hobo, getting employment as a mechanic, longshoreman, machinist, logger and musician.

In 1908 he changed his name to Joseph Hillstrom after being blacklisted when organising Chicago machinists. Radicalised, in 1910, he joined the Industrial Workers of the World (‘The Wobblies’) in San Pedro, California, as a dockworker. Composing songs, he travelled as an Agitator from Hawaii to Canada, taking part in Free Speech Fights and organizing all the working class in One Big Union.

Working in Utah in the winter of 1913/14, he was arrested after a local grocer (an ex-policeman) and his son were shot dead. As a Wobbly and a hobo, shot in a separate incident, Hill became a convenient fall guy.

In prison, he corresponded with IWW Orator, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and wrote songs. Despite an international campaign, the State Governor, William Spry refused to heed pleas for a retrial or clemency from the Federal US and Swedish governments. He was executed by firing squad on 19 November 1915. A funeral was held on 25 November in Chicago and his ashes were sent to every state in America with IWW locals, and also abroad to Australia and other countries.

It was a turbulent period when many IWW labour activists were assassinated, with employers using vigilante groups to liquidate unrest. But Joe Hill has become a legend and a role-model as an ethically-driven, musically-gifted lyricist, who continues to inspire those seeking social justice.

On facing execution, Joe Hill stated ‘Don’t waste time mourning, organise!’



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.




Glasgow Roller Derby Home Teams 2015 Season

Saturday, November 28 at 12:00pm

Glasgow Caledonian University ARC

Glasgow Roller Derby have something very special planned, which will see our home teams come head to head in a one day spectacular!

More details coming soon!


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.


Kilt-ical Mass

Friday, 30th of October at 05:30pm meet, 6:00pm start

George Square

Meet at the column for a gentle paced cycle around town. This month, just for fun, we will be turning up with kilts and other tartan tat to adorn our bikes and make the journey a little more bracing and fun!


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