Whilst the pantomime of representative democracy proceeds, don’t let that distract you from real politics, and the only ways we can truly effect meaningful change – by organising with the wider class, direct action, solidarity and mutual aid. Vote how you like on Thursday if that’s your thing, but get yourselves along afterwards to A-Chat in the evening at Glasgow Autonomous Space for informal chat and no-pressure discussion with anarchists about what we believe and how we see society could be organised for the benefit of all and the planet, rather than the profits of the few, authoritarian Maybot’s control freakery and destruction of our planet.
Workers Theatre is a new project to “liberate art” and is having a weekend of events 9-11th June. Read more about it at
https://workerstheatre.wordpress.com/manifesto-for-a-workers-theatre/ and see below for full listings of the weekender.
And we at AFed are super happy to be once again collaborating with one of the many other great projects in Glasgow. WestGap and AFed are co-hosting a presentation and discussion on benefits, disability, and the capitalist state on 22nd June, as part of week of action around austerity and assaults on the benefits system and those unable to work.
Plus plenty more coming up over the next month. As always, email any events you want us to promote to
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Take care of yourselves and those around you.
David Rovics // MacSorleys // June 6th
9pm. Free admission
David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90’s he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90’s he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable who’s who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch and elsewhere, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he’s really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.
Anarchist Social – A-Chat
June 8th. 6-9pm
Many of you who’ve previously attended A-Fed public discussions will agree the best bit is the opportunity to have a chat, whether it’s about the discussion topic, some current affairs or your dreams of an anarchist future. This is why we’re presenting A-Chat: an open, unstructured evening full of the finest anarchist chit-chat Glasgow has to offer!
Glasgow Autonomous Space. Tradeston.
Workers Theatre Weekender
9th -11th of June – Glad Café – Tickets from £3!
This is the first ever weekend festival from the Workers Theatre, Scotland’s new arts co-operative, featuring the most exciting new theatre, spoken word, music and strangeness from Scotland and further afield. With children’s events and evening entertainment, social breakfasts and community workshops, games and plays, the weekender has something for everyone and welcomes all.
BUY DAY AND WEEKEND PASSES NOW
– Day passes: £10/12 (unwaged / waged)
– Weekend passes: £18/22/30 (unwaged / waged / solidarity price)
BUY TICKETS TO INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
– £3 / £5 / £7 per event (unwaged / waged / solidarity price)
All events at the Glad Cafe, Glasgow, unless otherwise stated.
All venues have step-free access and wheelchair-accessible toilets.
As this event is unfunded, we have not been able to arrange BSL interpretation or captioning for events, but are committed to doing so whenever we receive public funds.
5pm: Fat Kid Running by Katherine McMahon, spoken word theatre about radical body love. Buy tickets!
7pm: Workers Theatre Cabaret, featuring Jenny Lindsay, Juana Adcock, Lewis Sherlock, Declan Welsh and more. Buy tickets!
11am: Eaten by Mamoru Iriguchi. A family show about talking to our food. (Venue TBC) Buy tickets!
1-4pm: Forum Theatre Workshop, Active Enquiry. A participatory session looking at transformative political theatre. (Venue: Govanhill Baths.)
5pm: The Fair-Ground, Forum Theatre Performance, Active Enquiry
7pm: MEGAPHONE: Two works in progress from our Kickstarter-funded artists-in-residence
9pm: Workers Theatre Cabaret, featuring Beth Frieden, Calum Rodger, Chrissy Barnacle and more. Buy tickets!
11am: Brunch Social in a secret location near the Glad Café, all weekender ticket-holders, artists and Megaphone supporters welcome.
3pm: Panel discussion on the politics of Scottish theatre, details TBC.
5pm: Bambiland, directed by Peter Lorenz.
7pm: MEGAPHONE: Two works in progress from our Kickstarter-funded artists-in-residence
9pm: Farewell toast from the Workers Theatre team
Girls Rock Glasgow Fundraiser 10th June / 2pm-11pm
Kinning Park Complex. 43 Cornwall Street, G41 1BA
Join GRG for our summer school FUNDRAISER PARTY! All dayer for all ages with bis, Marble Gods and Breakfast MUFF!
Bored out of your kaftan at the summer pool party? Escape Stepford.
Join us for feminist fun in 3: all ages afternoon of music, make your own lapdog & most disgusting buffet food competition (meal for 2 prize at The Hug and Pint for that), baked goods/clothes sale, a licensed early eve karaoke/cocktail hour and a night of noise.
We need funds to make our July Rock School for Girls go fantastically. Proceeds go towards volunteer’s expenses, equipment and venue hire.
Read more about Girls Rock Glasgow here:
PeaceCore – 12 hour rave – raising money for Faslane Peace Camp
Biscuit Factory – Edinburgh
June 10th 3pm – 3am
12 hours of rave 3pm-3am!! MASSIVE HARDCORE PARTY IN CELEBRATION OF 35 YEARS OF RESISTANCE AT FASLANE PEACE CAMP raising money and awarness for the Faslane Peace Camp and calling for the demilitarisation of the earth, featuring an incredible international line-up! Pretty version > http://terrorstate.co.uk/peacecore1.html
PeaceCore ; to struggle for peace, directly and militantly.
Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation
June 18th 7-9pm
Glasgow Autonomous Space.
Peter Gelderloos discusses his new book, Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation.
According to Worshiping Power, we need to stop thinking of the State as a potential vehicle for emancipation. From its origins, the State has never been anything other than a tool to accumulate power. This innovative and partisan study of human social complexity cuts through inadequate theories of early state formation to uncover social practices and institutions that have stifled egalitarian forms of self-organization throughout history. Just as importantly, it shows that the difficulties and consequences of state formation are not relegated to prehistory. Despite a ubiquity that renders them almost invisible today, states are constantly trying to augment their power, and all are closer to the brink of collapse than they would like to let on.
Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist writer originally from Virginia. He is the author of How Nonviolence Protects the State, Consensus, and Anarchy Works.
“An insightful, sweeping analysis of how and why states have arisen (or haven’t), delivered in sparklingly clear prose. It is everything that an anarchist history should be: heretical, tentative, and provocative, as well as deeply researched, persuasive, and above all, relevant.” —Kenyon Zimmer, author of Immigrants Against the State
“A work of ethnographic theory that suggests stimulating new avenues of empirical research and theoretical inquiry. The book is also an excellent read!” —Andrej Grubačić, author of Living at the Edges of Capitalism
“Gelderloos dares to do what most contemporary thinkers blindly refuse. For far too long we’ve been gripped by an unshakable faith in statist politics.… Worshiping Power is not just a reclamation of our history, it offers a glimpse into the reconvening of our humanity.” —Simon Springer, author of The Anarchist Roots of Geography
“Contemporary radical state theory owes much to an anarchistic ethos. Gelderloos’s important little book surveys and reinterprets this literature, and then gives it a coherent anarchist politics.” —Alex Prichard, University of Exeter
Benefits, Disability, and the Capitalist State.
WestGAP and Glasgow Anarchist Federation.
Talk and discussion.
Kinning Park Complex 43 Cornwall St, Glasgow, G41 1BA Glasgow.
Thursday 22nd June, 7-9pm (after the community meal)
As part of the Week of Action organised by Action Against Austerity which this year looks at the impact of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independent Payment (PIP), WestGAP and the Anarchist Federation will hold a joint event exploring DLA and PIP and the problems with the changes to these benefits: we will describe what these changes are and why the government says its implementing them. We will also present our own analysis of why a capitalist state governing over a capitalist economy would implement these changes, looking at the logic of austerity and at the way the state defines and redefines disability for its own, and capitalism’s, purposes.
*Please note * This is Not a benefits advice session, for more info on WestGAP and the support they offer please go to: http://westgap.co.uk/
No to militarism stall on Armed Forces Day
June 24th 11-1pm
Armed Forces day is seen as fantastic time to promote militarism, this can clearly be seen with the army organising festivals on the day all around the country. Scotland Against Militarism seeks to oppose this – join us on the day for a stall showing an alternative message.
Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle + Q&A
24th June. 6-8pm GFT
✮ SCOTLAND PREMIERE ✮
DISPOSSESSION: THE GREAT SOCIAL HOUSING SWINDLE
**PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL START PROMPTLY AT THE ADVERTISED TIME**
For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain.
The film focuses on the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates across the UK and investigates how the state works with the private sector to demolish council estates to build on the land they stand on, making properties that are unaffordable to the majority of people.
Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Paul Sng (Director), Dr Lisa McKenzie (author of Getting By), Chris Leslie (Disappearing Glasgow), Jade Murphy (Govanhill Community Campaign), Rab Harling (artist and filmmaker, Balfron Social Club) and host Dr Kirsteen Paton (author of Gentrification: A Working-Class Perspective).
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“The housing crisis is one of our nation’s biggest scandals and this film shows us it’s deliberate. A must see independent film.”
– Michael Sheen
“Perhaps the most important British film since I, Daniel Blake.”
– Adrian Lobb, The Big Issue
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