A lot of events this week in support of migrants. On Wednesday afternoon there is demonstration to show opposition to the Home Office policy of raiding people’s homes, while an open evening for people interested in becoming night shelter volunteers is taking place that evening. The Unity Centre bring-and-buy fund-raiser this Saturday, so if you have any items to get rid of or fancy getting a bargain or two then head along. Finally the end detention group We Will Rise having a public meeting on Sunday to plan their next steps in the campaign.
Blame Your Parents! – Professor Kevin O’Dell
Monday, November 30 at 7:00pm
The Admiral Bar, 72A Waterloo Street, G27DA
Doors open at 7pm. Kickoff at 7.30
What makes you different from your friends and family? Why do you look and behave as you do? Everything about you is a product of your genes, your environment or some combination of the two. But which bits of you, if any, are entirely genetic in origin? I any case all your genes and more of your environment is determined by your parents, so is it fair to blame them for the way you are?
Kevin O’Dell is Professor of Behavioural Genetics at the University of Glasgow as well as an award-winning science communicator. His academic work focuses on genes and sex-specific behaviour in the fruit fly, using and using flies as a model of human mitochondrial disease, especially deafness. In 2014 he received the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh Innovator in Public Engagement Prize for his outstanding contribution to public engagement through his skills in both genetics and communication. For the last six years he has also been working with Time-Tastical Productions on their Zombie Science and Superhero Science shows.
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.
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
Through an appreciation of Glasgow’s political banners, this evening of film, live music and conversation, recognises and celebrates the important role played by community and workplace organisers in shaping our city.
Coinciding with the launch of an illustrated (free) booklet detailing key moments and testimonies from the Banner Tales of Glasgow workshops, the event will showcase the hard work of community and workplace organisers in Glasgow today and in its recent past. This will be done through the telling of stories from key activists about the disputes/organisations they have been involved with.
In addition the event will feature a number of related political songs performed live by a number of singer-song writers active in Glasgow’s political song scene, plus a screening of ‘The Govan Banners’
STAND UP TO RAIDS!
Wednesday, December 2 at 12:00pm
Home Office, 200 Brand Street, Ibrox (nr Cessnock Underground)
Immigration Raids are happening almost every day in Scotland. A Raid is when immigration officers come to someone’s house or workplace to control and detain migrants and those seeking asylum. The Glasgow Anti Raids Network is opposed to this violent and racist criminalisation of free movement.
BRING YOUR VOICES, INSTRUMENTS, CHANTS
Show that Glasgow rejects anti-immigration rhetoric, welcomes those seeking asylum and rejects the inhumane treatment by the Home Office of people who are living in our communities.
Everyone is welcome to join this peaceful demo, but it will be a non partisan demonstration, so party political banners are not welcome.
Open Evening for new night shelter volunteers
Wednesday, December 2 at 8:00pm – 10:30pm
Please contact us for details
Glasgow Night Shelter are looking for new volunteers to help cover over the holiday period when some of our long-term volunteers leave Glasgow to visit family and friends. We’re also planning to run a daytime drop in on Christmas & Boxing Day when everywhere else will be shut and our guys have nowhere to go.
If you’re interested in volunteering or want to help out over the holiday period, the Open Evening will be an excellent time to find out more!
Contact Phill Jones, the co-ordinator of the Night Shelter project, on 07929852264 or e-mail glasgownightshelter if you are interested in getting involved.
Financial donations can be made by donating money to the Glasgow Destitute Asylum Seeker Night Drop In account at any Lloyds TSB branch, account No: 75140563 and sort Code: 87-37-51.
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!’
Urban Political Movements & Solidarity Networks from Thessaloniki to Glasgow
Thursday, December 3 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm
The Old Hairdresser’s, 27 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
Many cities in the global north are undergoing profound transformations since the outbreak of a more-than-economic crisis. On the one hand, the dominant political narrative promotes devastating austerity policies supported by an increasingly aggressive policing of public spaces and political disagreement. On the other hand, our cities are also the melting pot for a multi-faceted collection of progressive alternatives to austerity economics. This lecture will engage with this latter process. Grounding its analysis on the city of Thessaloniki, Greece it will explore numerous forms of urban emancipatory politics in times of crisis.
Thessaloniki’s contemporary landscape is the crucible for a profusion of emancipatory political experiments: from neighborhood assemblies, through social health clinics, to co-operatives and self-management efforts. Such diverse experiments are politicising everyday life in the city. While decidedly localised they articulate multiple links with other movements forming solidarity networks across Greece and beyond. This lecture will seek to trace the everyday political ethos that is forged through them and consider some of the possibilities, challenges and limitations that they open up for emancipatory politics. This discussion will, in turn, serve as an entry point to discuss urban grassroots politics in Glasgow and explore the similarities, differences as well as potential solidarities across diverse urban landscapes.
je suis LA(-BAS)
Thursday, December 3 at 7:00pm – 10:30pm (performances), then until 3:00am (afterparty)
Stereo, 20 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
£12 / Union Member or Zero Contract: £8 / Student: £6 / Unwaged: £5 / After 11pm: £3
Join your hosts Mischief La-Bas for a fantastic night of ethical fun and performance! An exciting line up of invited Artists will explore, inform, challenge and entertain with work inspired by the notion of ‘ethics’. With funding from Creative Scotland, Mischief La-Bas is able to support the Artists in developing their work for this night. In turn you will be supporting the Artists as 100% of ticket sales will be split between them. After such a generous night of ethical exchange Mischief invites you to party with amazing DJ’s courtesy of Stereo.
LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: KITCHEN CYNICS
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.
Feminist Arts Activism in the City
Friday, December 4 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm
The Old Hairdresser’s, 27 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
This paper contributes a critical feminist analysis about contemporary culture-led ‘regeneration’ policies. Through a narrative description of Heather McLean’s participation in community-engaged arts projects at the Toronto Free Gallery, an artist-run centre and activist space, she demonstrates how feminist arts activism highlights and critiques the many forms of exclusion that neoliberal urban policies and practices produce and sustain.
In some ways, community-engaged arts interventions can be complicit in such practices, particularly the production of spaces of white privilege and middle-class consumption. But neoliberal imperatives seldom define the city or the ways in which we experience city life.
This discussion will engage with Feminist artists and activists who are finding ways to performatively and playfully push back at exclusionary policies and craft collective spaces for critique.
Inventing the Future
Friday, December 4 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Sir Charles Wilson Building Lecture Theatre, Kelvin Way, G12 8QQ
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION
We are pleased to invite you to join us at a public seminar with Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams to talk about ideas and demands in their new book, Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work (Verso, 2015) http://www.versobooks.com/books/1989-inventing-the-future
Abstract of the talk:
We live in an era where the greatest mobilisation of people leads to the smallest increment of change, where the future appears to have been cancelled. What is the source of this situation? And what can be done? This talk will analyse the recent cycle of struggles stretching from the anti-globalisation movement to the Occupy movements in order to uncover a common limitation. In its place, this talk will put forth an alternative path forward: one which liberates us from work and which constructs new modes of freedom.
The event is hosted by the Glasgow Human Rights Network with the support of the Socialist Theory and Movements Research Network and the Center for Russian, Central and East European Studies
The event is free and will be followed by a reception.
Please register on
contact: Zuly Mailzada
UNITY CENTRE FUNDRIASER || CHEAP CLOTHES || GREAT VIBES || TASTY FOOD || FUN MUSIC || BRING YER PALS
Saturday, December 5 at 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
It’s bring and buy style – bring stuff you don’t need, donate it to us and we sell it to raise money for the Unity Centre. Or just come buy stuff – both good!
BRING clothes ! From 12pm – 1pm *
BUY clothes ! From 1pm – 5pm
Prices will start from £1 !
There’ll be lunch and hot drinks available too for a donation (no-one turned away for lack of funds). We will also have some nice music going on- feel free to come hang out with us all afternoon! Come on down ! Share and invite friends. See you there!
* if you can’t make it on the day, call 07749059540 and pickup can be arranged
ABOUT THE UNITY CENTRE
The Unity Centre gives practical support and unconditional solidarity to asylum seekers and other migrants. 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. The centre is open Monday to Friday 9:30am – 5pm and we also run a 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency phone line.
We are a safe and welcoming space for people as they navigate the brutal and bureaucratic asylum and immigration systems.We share information and make 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 also support those held indefinitely in immigration detention.
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. As well as coming to the clothes sale, donations can be made via Unity’s website site – all are very much appreciated, especially as The Unity Centre’s work is needed more than ever.
Letters for LGBT+ Prisoners
Sunday, December 6 at 4:00pm
Offshore, 3 Gibson Street, G12 8NU
We’d like to invite everyone to join us on the 6th of December to write holiday cards and letters to LGBT+ prisoners. Queer and trans people are disproportionately likely to be incarcerated, and are a very vulnerable and often isolated group in prisons. We’ll be doing this through the holiday cards action of the organization Black and Pink, which among its other work (for prison abolition and reform) aims to help support LGBT+ prisoners.
Archives of Dissent exhibition
Displayed until December 6
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH
Organising from below is the cornerstone of the Archive which draws from collections of libertarian socialist activists in the west of Scotland. It is based in the Mitchell Library and the archive is being digitised. The exhibition will feature a selection from the archive.
We Will Rise: Public meeting – building on the End Detention Weekend / Surround Dungavel – ways forward
Sunday, December 6 at 4:00pm – 7:00pm
African Arts Centre, 286 Broomloan Road, G51 2JQ
MEETING – FOOD – MUSIC – CHILDCARE
Ideal Mexico Xmas Party: Islam Chipsy & EEK, Happy Meals, Dick-50, Merlin Nova, George Garthwaite
Thursday, December 10 at 8:00pm – 11:45pm
The Glue Factory, 22 Farnell Street, G4 9SE
Big end of year blowout featuring:
✯ ISLAM CHIPSY & EEK ✯
+ 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.
Loved up multi-lingual analogue disco that makes words like ‘cosmic’ and ‘really really great’ seem insufficient.
Conspicuous non-consumption since 2012.
Artist, performer, radio host, sometime milk maid, Merlin Nova is always a unclassifiable joy.
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.
A Talk with James Kelman
Friday, December 11 at 10:30am – 12:00pm
Upstairs Community Room, Ibrox Library, 1 Midlock Street, G51 1SL
James Kelman, writer of short stories, novels and political commentary, gives a talk at Ibrox Writers in Ibrox Library. Free event open to public. Tea/Coffee/Snacks at “half-time”.
Raspberry Pi Day
Saturday, 12 December from 10:00am until 4:00pm
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.
Eye witness report & film from the Frontline of the refugee crisis in Lesvos.
Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm
Boyd Orr room 513 (Lecture Theatre D), University of Glasgow
We are very lucky to be able to screen this short (25min) documentary shot this November on one of the islands considered the front-line of the refugee crisis. Focusing on the solidarity of ordinary people in the face of government-led racism and incompetence, this film will show how the working class in Greece are defying the state and showing their solidarity with refugees.
The director, Guy Smallman of Reelnews, will be travelling to Scotland fresh from the press film screening and will be on hand to give a Q&A on his first-hand experiences. You can check out his travel-blog for the project here: http://reelnews.co.uk/the-lesvos-blog/
This event is free to attend. There will be an opportunity to give a financial donations to send to Lesvos, but it is just as important to come along and raise awareness.
Co-hosted by Glasgow Anarchist Federation and Glasgow University Anarchist Student Group.
Living Room Lectures presents #1 ‘HIT-GIRL: IS SHE REALLY A FEMINIST ICON?’
Monday, December 14 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Contact us on livingroomlecture15 for location
The character ‘Hit-Girl’ in the 2010 movie ‘Kick-Ass’ based on the Marvel comic of the same name, is an 11-year-old, vigilante superhero whom many argue is a feminist icon. Her character challenges gender stereotypes, and provides viewers with a self-confident female protagonist who is central to the plot, and is enjoyable to watch. Jane Goldman, co-scriptwriter of the film has said, “’[Hit-Girl is] a feminist hero by token of the fact that she pays no attention to gender stereotypes’” revealing tendencies towards the inclusion of feminist ideologies within ‘Kick-Ass’ from its production team. This presentation explores the potency of these ideologies as well as the possibility that patriarchal ideologies also remain within the movie. The analysis will focus on three main areas of discussion: the levels of agency Hit-Girl is afforded; the challenges she makes to gender stereotypes via her skilled violence; and her appearance.