Glasgow Events from 15/11/2015

Hi all,

Another weeks update, compiled for your enjoyment. Of special note this Sunday is that the fascist Scottish Defence League have planned to march on a hotel in Monkton that is being used to put up refugees that arrive in Scotland. The locals have planned a counter-demonstration to take the space from the SDL and show that while refugees are welcome here, racists can get tae. The more folks that can make it along the better.

On top of that we have the usual mix of events, including protests, gigs, talks, film screenings, exhibitions and even a night out for some cheap grub! So without further ado…


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 car park 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.

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.


The Nervous, Dirty Protest, Random Scandal, The Fuck Ups

Monday, November 16 at 7:30pm

13th Note, 50-60 King Street, G1 5QT

THE NERVOUS- Angry old school style US Punk Rock from Denver USA. Think Avengers, X, Bags etc.

DIRTY PROTEST (formed in April 2013) are five filthy f*ckers, fueled by enthusiasm and alcohol, playing fast punk rock as if their sh*tty lives depend on it !! Their roots extend from ”77 to crust and wind up somewhere in the middle. Yes, for what it’s worth, they have the usual ‘ex-members’ thing going on (Radio Bikini, Spittin’ Vicars, Septic Death etc) but this doesn’t really paint the picture. Imagine Dead Kennedys f*cking Poison Idea and using Vice Squad as a condom and you’re kinda in the right area. Also, you have a weird imagination and should seek help!

RANDOM SCANDAL- Ska tinged Street Punk Shenanigans from Edinburgh/Livingston.

THE FUCK UPS- Fast and Furious Hardcore Punk from deepest darkest Ayrshire.

We will have collecting tins at this gig for WestGAP, this is an anti-poverty community group run by and for people in Glasgow who have first hand experience of living in poverty. Since 1997 we’ve been providing a free, independent and confidential advice service focusing on welfare rights, as well as providing support with housing problems, fuel poverty, homelessness and a broad range of other issues. We are totally independent, are not funded by government, and are not part of any political party or organisation. Our service is open to all and completely free.

WestGAP is run entirely by volunteers, and we depend on donations to keep our doors open. At a time when the rights of the most vulnerable residents of our city are being eroded, it’s essential that community advice services continue to exist, to support claimants in defending themselves against ill-considered policies and unfair decisions. If you are in a position to give a donation no matter how small it, will go directly to WestGAP, and will support the organisation’s basic running costs: rent, utilities, photocopying, stamps. You can also become a member, for free or by a small monthly donation by signing up on the website.


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.


Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen – November Edition

Saturday, November 21 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Winter is upon us! Warm the cockles of your heart and fill your stomachs for £3.50 at our next Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen! This time the culinary extravaganza will consist of:

Starter- Caesar Salad (Veni, Vidi, Vegan!)

Main- Beetroot-lentil and mushroom pasties with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy (Granny’s secret recipe)

Dessert- Atole (A smooth hot drink from Mexico, you Gringos) with biscuits

Please bring along your own beverages, glasses and tap water will provided.

Clean those gills, brave the gales and see you all at the Kinning Park Complex!


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:

* ethical

* environmentally more sustainable

* cheap


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.


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.


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!’




Thursday, December 3 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

Our pre-Christmas First Thursday music event at Sharmanka promises to be very special, as Alan Davidson, aka Kitchen Cynics, travels from Aberdeen to play amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures. Appearances by Kitchen Cynics in Glasgow are all too rare and this show is not to be missed!

The Kitchen Cynics set will begin shortly after Sharmanka’s own 7pm show has concluded, so a little after 8.

Donations will be collected from audience members as they leave following the performance.


Ideal Mexico Xmas Party: Islam Chipsy & EEK, Happy Meals, Dick-50, Merlin Nova, George Garthwaite

Thursday, December 10 at 8:00pm – 11:45pm

Big end of year blowout featuring:


Happy Meals


Merlin Nova

George Garthwaite

+ Ideal Mexico Kitchen AND DJs.

More Info below:

Islam Chipsy & EEK

Exploding out of Cairo, Egypt Islam Chipsy and his band EEK are a three-way force of nature described by those who’ve been caught in the eye of their storm as one of the most exciting live propositions on the planet. At the core of the group lies electro chaabi keyboard pioneer Islam Chipsy, whose joyous, freewheeling sonic blitz warps the standard oriental scale system into otherworldly shapes, as flanked by Islam Ta’ta’ and Khaled Mando raining down a percussive maelstrom behind dual drum kits. Trailblazing large scale festival appearances so far have included CTM, Trans Musicales de Rennes, Dour and Flow.

Happy Meals

Loved up multi-lingual analogue disco that makes words like ‘cosmic’ and ‘really really great’ seem insufficient.


Conspicuous non-consumption since 2012.

Merlin Nova

Artist, performer, radio host, sometime milk maid, Merlin Nova is always a unclassifiable joy.

George Garthwaite

GSA’s favourite laconic poet, able to move through moods of joy, hilarity and melancholy with just a few of those lovely (West) Yorkshire syllables.


WestGAP fundraiser: THE OPPRESSED with JOCK SPARRA and Random Scandal plus supports

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 6:00pm – 3:00am

Stereo Cafe Bar, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Tickets available in person at the WestGAP office Tuesdays and Fridays Also from tickets Scotland plus booking fee or via New Hellfire Club Glasgow with no booking fee. Get in there quickly folks don’t leave it till the last minute.

£15 waged £13 unwaged or WestGAP member.

WestGAP Fundraiser featuring

The Oppressed From Cardiff

Jock Sparra From Livingston

Random Scandal

The Fore Cups – An Ayrshire/Glasgow band usually known by another name but it involves a sweary word so changed to its rhyming pseudonym, so as not to offend 😉

Aftershow party from 10.30pm till late with DJ set from Miss Laura Elite and the Mixed Up Vinyl Club spinning the best street sounds.

WestGAP is an anti-poverty community group run by and for people in Glasgow who have first hand experience of living in poverty. Since 1997 we’ve been providing a free, independent and confidential advice service focusing on welfare rights, as well as providing support with housing problems, fuel poverty, homelessness and a broad range of other issues. We are totally independent, are not funded by government, and are not part of any political party or organisation. Our service is open to all and completely free.

WestGAP is run entirely by volunteers, and we depend on donations to keep our doors open. At a time when the rights of the most vulnerable residents of our city are being eroded, it’s essential that community advice services continue to exist, to support claimants in defending themselves against ill-considered policies and unfair decisions. All proceeds from this show will go directly to WestGAP, and will support the organisation’s basic running costs: rent, utilities, photocopying, stamps.

You can also become a member via the website, and get the tickets cheaper 🙂


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, 27th of November 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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