Glasgow Events from 22/03/2016

Hi all,

Another packed update, with ourselves at Glasgow Anarchist Federation having a slightly more light-hearted event than usual tonight, with a discussion about The Hunger Games books and films, then tomorrow our friends from the Empty Cages Collective will be in the city to provide support and advice on prison abolition campaigning. Loads more to look at this week as well, so be sure to take a look!


The Hunger Games & Revolution
Tuesday, March 22 at 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

When I finally read the Hunger Games trilogy last year, I discovered that suddenly I was having conversations about revolution with people I had never even discussed politics with before. Positive, fun conversations. This talk and discussion will take a light-hearted look at how the dystopian society in The Hunger Games resembles our own, and how it doesn’t, and what is exciting about the revolution in the Hunger Games and what isn’t, from (of course) an anarchist communist perspective. This will be full of spoilers, but won’t contain full plot summaries, so if you haven’t got a clue what happens yet in the Hunger Games, you might like to acquaint yourself with the books or films to participate in discussion. Listeners are of course still welcome.


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:


Tear The Walls Down Tour #2 – Empty Cages Collective – Workshop
Wednesday, 23rd March: 6-8pm
Unit 11, 53 Kilbirnie Street, Glasgow, G5 8JD

EMPTY CAGES Collective are coming to Glasgow!
Check out their work here :

This workshop is open to all, with any level of experience, interest or knowledge. There will be opportunity for discussion and to focus on the struggle for abolition in a specifically Scottish context.

The Tear Down The Walls Tour is a chance to learn about struggles against prisons across England, Wales & Scotland. The two hour workshop explores the role of prison in our lives, how the P.I.C harms individuals and communities and alternatives to it. We introduce examples of state violence, like the IPP sentences, and we focus on prison expansion, as well as the role of prison labour. We explore recent resistance & ongoing struggles and aim to support new groups to emerge that can fight this racist, sexist, brutal system.

The Empty Cages Collective have been working towards building a movement in England, Wales & Scotland that fights the prison industrial complex. Through touring, popular education, events & actions, the collective have tried to connect individuals and groups who share a rage against the prison system and a desire to build a different world. The collective have produced publications, spoke at event after event, launched Community Action on Prison Expansion, took part in the international action camp against the mega prison in Wales, supported the Smash IPP campaign and organised the recent week of action against the P.I.C. Having visited five cities in March 2014, the first TDTW tour built the first friendships and now it is time to take to the road again.


From Milton to the World presents…Urban Roots (film)
Thursday, March 24 at 5.45 PM
St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Liddesdale Square, G22 7BT

Welcome to the second film in our film festival!

North Glasgow Community Food Initiative is running a series of free fortnightly films, chosen by the people of Milton. This film festival ‘From Milton to the World’ covers themes of food, biodiversity, community growing, fracking and other environmental topics. We hope that you will leave entertained and inspired to take positive action in your local environment!

Our second film ‘QUEEN OF THE SUN’ is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Free refreshments will be served at 5.45pm before the film starts at 6pm.

The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Marie, giving you a chance to share your thoughts on the film.

Watch the trailer here:


TheGovanhillBaths: Film as the activist’s tool and film screening
Thursday, March 24 at 7 PM
MILK cafe, 452 Victoria Road, G42 8YU

LIVING ROOM LECTURES in collaboration with the ACHE Collective at the Milk Cafe


lecturing on the subject of
**Community Activism: The Baths and Film as the Activist’s Tool**

with a FILM SCREENING of Fran Higsons film
This 25 minute documentary about the 15 year campaign to save The Govanhill Baths is made by Camcorder Guerillas (directed by Fran Higson). Fran and the Guerillas specialise in activist filmmaking with subjects including protest movements across Scotland such as Stop the War campaigns, The Friends of Dungavel and The Faslane Peace Camp.

Director of UNITED WE WILL SWIM, Fran Higson, will speak on the value of film as a form of activism broadly, yet also in the context of Govanhill community activism.

Also up for discussion are the topics of activism and community ownership. How does the struggle to let the Baths live, and the Govanhill community thrive, relate to current struggles; locally and more widely?
How can we learn from these examples of community activism and local perseverance?

Join us at the MILK CAFE, Govanhill, to learn, discuss and eat good food


It Wisnae Us? The Truth About Scotland and Slavery
Friday, March 25 at 7:45 PM – 9:30 PM
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

March 25th – The date that British Parliament passed the bill abolishing Slave Trade in the British Empire in 1807

Before the talk food will be available from 630pm -745pm. Provided by The Vegan people’s kitchen Glasgow. £3.50 for a 3 course meal.

Scotland and Slavery talk by the super interesting Dr Iain Whyte author of Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756-1838. 8pm.

Dr Iain Whyte met Dr Martin Luther King in 1964. Dr King encouraged Dr Whyte to tell the Civil Rights story at home.

It Wisnae Us. The truth about Glasgow and Slavery talk by super engaging Speaker Dr Stephen Mullen. 845pm.

Very brief talk on Anti Slavery International. 920pm

930pm finish.

£4 suggested donation. All money raised is going to Anti Slavery International.


The cost of organising this event is:

1. Venue hire £20

2. Speaker’s travel expenses £25

Any amount raised above this total will be donated to Anti-Slavery International.


Capital Reading Group: Sections 3 & 4 of Chapter 1, and Chapter 2
Saturday, March 26 at 1 PM – 3 PM
The Electron Club, CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Last time we had a good discussion of the first two sections of Chapter 1. We agreed that the next two dense sections deserve to be the focus of this meeting. So that’s: ‘The Form of Value or Exchange-Value’ and the ‘Fetishism of Commodities’. And also the short Chapter 2 on Exchange.

If you’ve not come before, feel free to come this time!


Trident Ploughshares: Non-Violent Direct Action workshop
Saturday, March 26 at 10 AM
Glasgow Quaker Meeting House, 38 Elmbank Crescent, G2 4PS

The focus is on taking action to disrupt the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system wherever it is. The issues raised and skills learnt at these workshops are transferable to other nonviolent campaigns – and by the way it’s fun!

The trainings are all from 10am to 5pm with a lunch and tea breaks. You need to be there for the whole day. There is a £3 booking fee and donations will be gratefully received at the training venue to cover our costs. – you can book here:

People who can’t risk arrest but would like to do practical hands on support are very welcome. Enquiries to tp2000


Saturday, March 26 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Join us for Sean Baker’s ‘Tangerine’, screening as part of Cinema For All’s ‘Reaching Communities’ project.
You’ll also have the chance to win a GIANT promotional poster!!
FREE! LGBT Unity Group Fundraiser – donations taken

"Transgender sex worker Sin-Dee Rella, who has just finished a 28-day prison sentence, meets her friend Alexandra, another trans sex worker, at a donut shop in Hollywood on Christmas Eve. Alexandra accidentally reveals that Sin-Dee’s boyfriend and pimp Chester has been cheating on her with a cisgender woman. Sin-Dee storms out to search the neighborhood for Chester and the woman."

Starring transgender actresses, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor….who should win awards for their great performances.
Famously shot using an iphone 5 for $100,000, using this lens:

Tangerine also has a *fabulous soundtrack.


*The film will be subtitled
*The CCA is a wheelchair accessible venue with accessible toilets on the ground floor.
*For more information please see:

*Free/Donation, first come first serve!
*This is also a fundraiser for LGBT Unity Scotland.
*Rated 18


Another Homeless Affair – Benefit gig for Glasgow Night Shelter
Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM – 11 PM
Anderson Parish Church, 759 Argyle Street, G3 8DS

Benefit gig for the night shelter with:
– The Ronaynes
– Five Cousins
– Dogtooth
– Scott Charles
& lots of good grub made by our very own night shelter volunteers!
In the church with the green pointy roof…
Tell your friends!


Tel 07789454903 for tickets in advance, tickets will also be on the door.


SKILL SHARE!!! Hosted by WestGAP
Saturday, April 2 at 11:30 AM – 4 PM
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6PE

WestGAP invites you to take part in our Skill Share at The Art School on Saturday 2nd April. Our Skill Share plans to bring groups, activists and researchers together to learn both the strategic and practical ways to fight poverty in our communities. We feel our service would benefit from learning from the skills and the experiences of others fighting poverty and the surrounding issues and we hope that you will to!

WestGAP is a volunteer-led anti-poverty community group based in Cessnock, Glasgow. We provide free, independent welfare advice to anyone who comes through the door. In 2015 the impact of Welfare Reform has also highlighted the links between poverty, housing, poor employment rights, immigration status, physical and mental health, we’ve experienced the effect this has had on our community. We’ve had to learn on our feet, and adapt quickly to the impact this has had on our service.

We want you to join us to share your experiences and your skills. We welcome any groups or campaigns to propose and host a workshop to share with others or you can come along to listen and learn from other groups.

We also want this to be as practical as possible and hopefully at the end of the day we will all have developed practical skills to develop in our communities.

The venue is fully accessible, however there is a big hill outside, if you have mobility problems please let WestGAP know and we can assist.

This event has been funded by The Community Capacity and Resilience fund, therefore we have a small budget to reimburse some travel expenses if this would prohibit you attending. Please let us know before the event.

Please register your attendence via Eventbrite here:


Re-imagining a democratic Europe
Saturday, April 2 at 11 AM – 4 PM
CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

When do we get our say? An Open Space discussion aimed at prefiguring how a real European democracy would be. Is there a new kind of global governance we can create with others? How should we vote in the forthcoming referendum – to leave, to stay? What impact will the result have on the lives of people in Britain? Migration, TTIP, workers’ rights? Can we forge independent links with fellow Europeans outside of the EU of states and corporations? Lightning conductors so far: Gordon Asher, Leigh French, Neil Davidson, Marie Macpherson.


Screening of Young Soul Rebels – LGBT Unity Centre Fundraiser/Free
Saturday, April 2 at 7 PM
CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Young Soul Rebels | Dir. Isaac Julien | 1991 | 105 min | UK

This atmospheric classic received the Critics award at Cannes. Set in London 1977, queer & straight love stories and a murder mystery unfold with fabulous soul music tracks. Organically examines the racism and sexual politics of the time.

FREE/ Donation Fundraiser for the LGBT Unity Group
Shown with the support of Cinema for All as part of their "Reaching Communities’ project.

*The CCA is a Fully wheelchair accessible venue
*English subtitles for deaf/hard of hearing audience members.




Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen – March Edition
Friday, March 25 at 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Come and celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen with us! Get your party hats out, bring along 3.50£ and be served a delicious three course party meal! This time we are serving:

Starter: Courgettes with Pecan-Parmesan and Salad
Main: Superextrafruitilicious Banana-Pineapple Curry with Rice

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

See you then, you Partypossums!

P.S. Straight after the People’s Kitchen there will be a great talk on, titled "It wisnae us. Slavery and Scotland" by Dr Iain Whyte, author of Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756-1838. (see above)


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
*environmentally more sustainable


Govanhill Free Dinner
Every Monday at 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Govanhill Trinity Church, 28 Daisy Street, G42 8JZ

Join your neighbours for a free dinner. All welcome.


The UNITY World Café
Every Tuesday at 11:00am – 1:00pm
140-142 Nelson Street, G5 8EJ

UNITY is still distributing free food to destitute asylum seekers.




Critical Mass
Friday, 25th of March at 7 PM
George Square

Meet at the column before a ride about town.



Roller Derby: British Champs Tier 1 Triple Header
Saturday, March 26 at 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Glasgow Caledonian ARC, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA





Thursday Glasgow Adult Parkour Class
Thursday, March 31 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Buchanan Street Underground Station, G1 2LW

Adult Parkour Class in Glasgow will be happening on Mondays and Thursdays! Locations will vary but the meet up point will be at an Underground Station.

Location: Buchanan Underground Station
Meet up time: 6:45pm
Class time: 7pm – 9pm
Price: £6
Age: 18+
Email: info

Paul will be meeting you at Buchanan Underground Station, Hope to see lots of people there! All levels of practitioners welcome! Bring a friend and get £2 off your Class!


The Glasgow Girls of Garnethill – Women’s Heritage Walk
Saturday, April 2 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP


Within Garnethill’s confined boundaries we spotlight the women who pioneered European art movements, designed banners for suffragette processions, created the first women’s library in Scotland and made Garnethill the most exciting cultural and multicultural hotspot in Glasgow. For more information and booking, please see:


Glasgow Roller Derby -v- Bear City, Berlin!
Saturday, April 23 at 1 PM – 5:30 PM
Bellahouston Sports Centre, 1 Bellahouston Drive, G52 1HH

Last year, Glasgow Roller Derby travelled to Berlin to take on the wonderful Bear City Roller Derby. This year, we host Berlin as they go head to head with us in what will be a high level european bonanza of derby!

And prior to our big headline act, there will be a cherry popper game featuring some of Scotland’s newest skaters on the block!


United Glasgow Football Club

The club operates under dual core principles of anti-discrimination and financial inclusion.

UGFC run beginners sessions for women every Monday night at the Firhill Complex. These sessions are trans inclusive. If you’ve not played since school or have never played at all, why not come along for a kickabout? Only £1 if working and nothing if you’re not earning!

For more info or to find out about our women’s 11-a-side team, get in touch with Jazz Rogers at jazz

Contact the Club for men’s training times.


United Glasgow: Can You Support Us? A Call To Action!

From like-minded football clubs to individuals who agree with our stance on financial inclusion and anti-discrimination, United Glasgow has many supporters from across the world. We’re calling on you, your friends, families and local businesses to support our cause and help us to continue to provide access to football for Glasgow’s young people. As you will be aware, we operate under a system of paying only if you are able to, which is why we’re appealing for supporters to set up a monthly subscription (£10 suggested donation) to cover the costs of hiring training facilities.

"We spend nearly £800 per month on training venues alone; your monthly support can ensure we can keep providing access and opportunities for all." – Alan, Chairperson

In 2014/15, the significant of our total costs were spent on renting venues to provide access to sports (and we have grown since then!) and we could really use your help to continue to provide this.

If you would like to set up a subscription or one off payment, you can rest assured that your contributions are directly helping provide young people from all walks of Glasgow life the chance to train and play together.

Also: Do you have any spare football boots that you could donate to those who have none but desperately want to play football? We’re always accepting donations of astro-trainers and moulded boots (no metal studs!) for our men’s teams. Please get in touch if you can help out.


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