Trying out a new format. Recurring events and announcements about new projects and initiatives are now at the end of the chronological section. So scroll down for those including details of new
women/non-binary carpentry collective.
For all activities at GAS/Glasgow Autonomous Space please see http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/find-us.html for location details
Also see http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/events.html for a complete listing of all the events happening in GAS 🙂
Have a rebellious week!
Red and Black radical choir- 1st session
Thursday 6th April
Our first ever radical choir session is this Thursday!
Come along, get involved and celebrate past and present songs of working class struggle, anti-fascism and resistance in our choir.
You don’t need any musical experience (or ability) to take part! Just enthusiasm and a love of seditious songs.
If you play any other instruments, feel free to bring them along too.
The session starts at 7pm at G.A.S (Glasgow Autonomous Space). We’ll be meeting at 6:45 at West Street Subway station before we go to the G.A.S.
Volunteer Gardening Weekend and Hazel Coppicing
April 7th – 9th 2017
Talamh Life Centre
ML11 0NJ Coalburn, Lanarkshire
Come and join us in our extensive gardens and polytunnel for some Spring gardening action. We’ve got loads to do to do the final prep for the growing season and we need your help. You’ll get some hands on experience of practical organic gardening, so long as you’re prepared to get your hands and clothes dirty!
Running along side the gardening event, there will be a chance to help & learn about coppicing Hazel. So come along & enjoy some time with us.
We can repay you in lovely food. Accommodation is camping only due to the house fire last year. Please get in touch if you want to come so we have an idea of numbers etc…
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07340 531506
International Roma Day
Please come along and join the 4th annual Scottish rally and procession to celebrate International Roma Day. It is also a day to bring together all the wonderful international strands of our multicultural community of Govanhill.
International Roma Day 2017 will include following:
International Roma Day Parade
with speakers, live music and a celebration parade through Govanhill Saturday, 8th April 1pm
starting at Govanhill Park, Govanhill St. G42 7HU
International Roma Day Food & Social Event
a chance to meet your neighbours and continue the day of celebration Saturday, 8th April after the parade
Daisy Street Church, Govanhill
Free tea, coffee, soft drinks, and traditional Roma food
Smut Slam Glasgow: “The Great Outdoors” (April 17)
The Rum Shack
It’s spring, and everything’s coming up SMUT SLAM!
This fast-paced storytelling open mic based on real life, real lust, real sex is back for another blast of smut on Monday, April 17, at 7:30pm at the Rum Shack (657-659 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2AB). The theme this time around is “The Great Outdoors.” Bring your tales of smut in the wild, sex au naturel… it’ll give us something nice to think about for as long as the grey skies linger!
Created and hosted by professional touring perv Cameryn Moore, the Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also THE FUCKBUCKET, a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!
CELEBRITY JUDGE PANEL TBA!
****SEXY PRIZES, including storytelling prizes from Luke & Jack and an Njoy stainless-steel toy for the Fuckbucket draw!
SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.
RULES: – no notes (this is storytelling) – no costumes or props (this is not theatre) – only five minutes (with a one-minute grace period) AND – the story must be real and have happened to you. Stories often are funny and/or epic win, but we want to encourage people to consider sharing their sad, disturbing, poignant, serious, simple and/or “fail” experiences, too.
IMPORTANT: Smut Slam is queer-friendly, kink- and vanilla-friendly, fat-friendly, sex worker-friendly, virgin-friendly, poly-friendly, … we’re really, really friendly. We welcome people with all types and amounts of sexual experiences. We DO NOT welcome stories involving racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other kind of discrimination, objectification, or fetishization. All stories must be CONSENSUAL!
NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the smut starts slamming at 8. Admission is £8/general, £5/concession **, 18 and over please!
** Concession: unemployed and students with respective ID/paperwork.
SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning
playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and former phone sex operator. When not performing or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art. Find Cameryn being NSFW on Facebook, or at http://www.camerynmoore.com
The Edge Fund has recently opened new funding round, and we are looking to fund grass-roots groups taking action for a just and equal world.
Groups can apply for grants of up to £3000 to support their work, and we wondered if you could help us get the word out about our fund? The deadline for applications is 17th of April.
Edge Fund supports those taking action for a just, equitable and sustainable world. We fund work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice. This could be our economic system, our political system, or any system that discriminates against people based on their identity or background (eg class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, age or other factors).
Here is a bit more information about the funding round,
Govanhill Theatre Presents – My Name is Rachel Corrie
18th – 22nd April
The moving account of the life and early death of a young female activist, adapted from her own writings.
‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’ is a play based on Rachel’s diaries and emails, edited by Alan Rickman and journalist Katharine Viner.
Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 to March 16, 2003) was an American Evergreen State College student and member of the
International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who traveled to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada. She was killed by a Caterpillar D9R armoured bulldozer operated by the Israel Defense Forces during a protest against the destruction of Palestinian homes by the IDF in the Gaza Strip.
Sex Worker Festival of Resistance
20th – 22nd April
Sex Worker Open University, in partnership with SCOT PEP, Umbrella Lane and ARIKA are inviting sex workers and allies to come together, share knowledge, discuss, debate, dance and strategise on how to protect and support sex workers’ rights!
The 3 days of events will include workshops for sex workers only to develop skills to advocate more powerfully for our rights as well as public events open to all such as the seminar day, film festival and party. All bringing awareness to the issues faced by sex workers and building alliances with other progressive movements.
All events will be free or by ‘Pay What You Can’ donation. Some events ask you to register with Eventbrite – see individual events for details.
There are some Sex Workers Only events that are part of the festival, please contact email@example.com for further info and how to register.
If you’d like to come but something makes that difficult for you, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Arika and we will try to help – firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 556 0878.
Glasgow pro-science groups join ‘March for Science’ in Edinburgh April 22nd
March for Science is taking place on the 22nd April (Earth Day)
There will be marches taking place in many major cities all over the world. A number of pro-science organisations from Glasgow are going to head over and join the march in Edinburgh.
Members of the public are also welcome to join us … come and show your support! We’ll meet in George Square first … and then head through to Edinburgh by train.
May Day on the Green
A group of us are trying to bring May Day back to the Green and make it what it was meant to be, a family day, a fun day, a day to celebrate the solidarity of the working class.
May Day event at Free Wheel North. Monday May 1st. Bringing May Day back to the green. The workers day and celebration of spring, out in the open where it belongs.
It will be a day to meet up with friends and comrades and have a friendly afternoon. May Day belongs to the people, and belongs on the Green, let’s bring it back.
Introduction to the Asylum System in the UK.
Wednesday 17th May
AFed monthly talk. Co-hosted by the Unity Centre. Come learn about how the system really works.
More details next update – this is just a teaser trailer 😉
(aka the blurb hasn’t been fully written yet but we wanted to let all you folks know it was happening)
RECURRING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
We are a group of women, non-binary and gender-queer people who are interesting in woodworking and DIY. We aim to learn non-hierarchically and collectively develop an anti-patriarchal building practice. We will do this by valuing everyone’s experience and contributions and by challenging cultures and practices that are only accessible to able-bodied men. We are also committed to anti-capitalist principals. We will hold a weekly drop-in and a programme of workshops, shaped by those who use the space, in a fully equipped woodwork shop at Glasgow Autonomous Space.
We want to make this space safe and accessible for anyone who wants to come, this will obviously be a working progress but we want to hear from people if there are things they feel we should address. We also want this space to be inclusive of a wide range of people so we are currently reaching out to folks interested in joining the collective at this stage of planning and organising. No prior knowledge of carpentry or DIY is required to be a part of our collective!
We totally appreciate that many folks won’t have time or energy for organising, which is totally understandable. When our weekly sessions are up and running there will hopefully be an evening meal and an opportunity to share ideas and make decisions together. However if you would like to get involved we are currently meeting every 2 weeks on a Thursday evening in different peoples houses. We always cook a tasty vegan meal and bus fares can be provided if people need them. If there are other accessibility issues such as stairs, location or childcare needs please let us know so we can accommodate them.
We will also soon be running training in things like first aid, gender awareness, facilitation and safer spaces for people interested in being a facilitator (responsible for safety & well being not technical knowledge of carpentry or DIY).
If you are interested in either of these things or would just like more info, please email us at email@example.com
Unity World Cafe/Food bank
The Unity World Café is a friendly, safe place, welcoming destitute asylum seekers and anyone else in need of some lunch and a chat. Run by volunteers on a shoestring budget, it offers tea and cake and free food to take home; every Tuesday at GAS.
For all activities at GAS please see
http://glasgowautonomous.weebly.com/find-us.html for location details
Come and join us for the Unity* Arabic/English language exchange!
It is a conversation class where people can learn Arabic and Arabic speakers can learn/improve their English and get to know each other in a supportive environment – an environment where English is not put on a pedestal and everyone is learning.
The class started as a response to the limited spaces for people to study ESOL at college. Many are on waiting lists for many many months, so we wanted to act together so people could practice their English in the mean time.
Anyone of any level can attend.
Come on down! 🙂
*The Unity Centre has been open almost 10 years and offers
unconditional support and solidarity to asylum seekers and all other migrants http://unitycentreglasgow.org/
Last Friday of every month
Critical Mass is a celebration of cycling that takes place on the last Friday of every month all across the World. It takes the form of a bike ride – very unspectacular, but a lot of fun.
We meet at around 5pm for a 6pm start in George Square (Winter). Bring your bike, pals, appropriate clothing and join us!
Do you sometimes feel lost in, or intimidated by traffic? find yourself looking for bike paths without finding them? have drivers comment on you(r) cycling unconstructively? Or if you are a driver, are unsure how to behave around cyclists?
Critical Mass is for cyclists to come together on a monthly basis, enjoy the community of other cyclists (and hopefully the weather) and show: We Are Traffic.
CM is to make cyclists on roads more common-place – we want to make bicycle traffic seen. CM is also about generating dialogue: Side walks can be busy or too narrow for bikes, and traffic can be too
intimidating, fast-moving or dense to feel comfortable using the main road. Often, we don’t have our own space to travel safely and are ‘in the way’ of others.
Our informal ride is one way we can contribute to making improvements to the cycle network, maintenance of cycle paths, signage and parking real in Glasgow.
CM Glasgow is a colourful and diverse group. Everyone has different reasons to join and Everyone and All Types of bicycles are welcome! We want CM to send a positive message about bikes and cyclists in this wee green place.
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