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New Forms of Worker Organisation – Book-Launch & Talk with Immanuel Ness (18th June)

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Hi All,

Glasgow Anarchist Federation were due to host our next discussion on ‘Health and Hierarchy’ in June, as part of our continuing monthly series of topics. This talk has now been rescheduled for August (new facebook event here), as we are now co-hosting the following talk and book-launch, on ‘New Forms of Worker Organisation’, with Clydeside IWW, the Spirit of Revolt Collective, and the RIB Project, on Wednesday 18th June.

We reckon it’s going to be a good one, so please come along if you can make it. Details as follows…

Wednesday 18th June
18:45 – 21:00
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, Glasgow, G4 9AJ.

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Bureaucratic labour unions are under assault throughout the world. The decline of labour unions has exposed workers throughout the world to capitalist absolutism, where trade unions are unable to defend workers’ interests under capitalism. As financial capital controls investment decisions on a global scale over the past 30 years, most unions have surrendered the achievements of the mid-20th century, when the working class was a militant force for change throughout the world. As unions implode and weaken, workers are independently forming their own unions, rooted in the tradition of syndicalism and autonomism—and unions rooted in the tradition of self-directed action are auguring a new period of class struggle throughout the world. In Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, workers are rejecting leaders and forming authentic class-struggle unions rooted in sabotage, direct action, and striking to achieve concrete gains.

Immanuel Ness, editor of ‘New Forms of Worker Organisation’, will present a compelling case that labour unions are at a turning point that will change the character of worker representation that was crafted in the U.S. and imperialist states in the mid-20th century.

For more on the book see: http://www.workerorganization.org/

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 ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here.

This Week

Hi All,

So as we’re racing towards the end of year with stuff generally winding down,
please see our listing for this week; with protest, talks, films and meetings happening, and the addition of the SWOU/SCOT-PEP event in the following week (marking the international day to end violence against sex-workers.)

This will probably be the last mail-out of this month – unless some shockingly unmissably good events, or an unforseen and surprisingly radical turn (such as this, http://tinyurl.com/pmom25g) happens to occur in Glasgow at some point between now and January. In which we’ll send that out n’all ;-)

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Monday 9th December
– Moral Judgement & Moral Emotion: What we’ve learned about Mass Atrocity
(Glasgow Skeptics)

Tuesday 10th December
– Say NO! to Tesco: Demo Outside New Store

Tuesday 10th December
– Clydeside IWW Meeting

Wednesday 11th December
– Film Screening: ‘The Africa-China Connection’ (GRAMNet)

Thursday 12th December
– Film Screening: ‘Glasgow 1982’ & Discussion (Glasgow Games Monitor)

Friday 13th December
– Let Freedom Ring Glasgow! The People’s Guide to Popular Education and
Freedom

Saturday 14th December
– Unity in the Community: Book-Sale @Hillhead Bookclub

Saturday 14th December
– This is not a Craft Fair (Govanhill Baths)

Tuesday 17th December
– Scotland’s International Day to End Violence Against Sex-Workers (SWOU & SCOT-PEP)

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Monday 9th December
– Moral Judgement & Moral Emotion: What we’ve learned about Mass Atrocity
(Glasgow Skeptics)
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7DA
7pm

Talk hosted by Glasgow Skeptics. The Last Glasgow Skeptics talk of the year.

While philosophers, theologians, and legal theorists have spent millennia
concerned with how we ought to make moral judgements, psychologists have spent the last century studying how we do make them.

What we have learned is surprising; contrary to most philosophical systems,
religious traditions, and to most legal theory, moral judgement is a complex
interweaving of emotion and reason. Depending on how these two sources of
information are combined in our minds, our moral judgements can demonstrate
both profound, and bizzare, features that fly in the face of our moral self-image.

Across many studies, psychologists have mapped the forces that shape our moral
judgements, from social pressures, to automatic perceptual factors, fundamental emotional facets of our minds, and how we process causality and time.

Adam will review several of the leading psychological models of moral
judgement, and the evidence for them, before then outlining what we know about
how people judge instances of mass atrocity and genocide, and how these models
are converging on providing answers to why we seem unable to prevent these
tragedies.

For Further Info – http://glasgow.skepticsinthepub.org/

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Tuesday 10th December
– Say NO! to Tesco: Demo Outside New Store
341 Great Western Road, Glasgow
10am

Demo called by Say No to Tesco in Scotland.

After nearly a year of campaigning, the new Tesco at 341 Great Western Road is
finally opening on Tuesday 10 December against the wishes of the local
community. Please come along on the opening day for a demo outside the store.
Help spread the message to local residents to ‘support local business, say no
to Tesco!’

Tesco are already sending vouchers / marketing round to local residents to try
to win people over. They are also giving away £500 to a ‘local community
group’, which is an obvious sweetener in response to our campaign. They know
they are not wanted!

For Further Info:
https://www.facebook.com/nototesco
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TESCOgreatWesternRoad/
https://twitter.com/Saynototescogla

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Tuesday 10th December
– Clydeside IWW Meeting
Electron Club, 1st Floor of CCA, Sauchiehall Street/Scott Street, Glasgow, G2
3JD
7pm – 9pm

Branch meeting of the Clydeside General Membership Branch of the Industrial
Workers of the World.

Founded in 1905, the IWW is open to all workers. Don’t let the “industrial”
part fool you. Our members include teachers, cleaners, social workers, retail
workers, construction workers, bartenders, and computer programmers. Only
bosses are not allowed to join. If you are currently unemployed or are a
retired, you can still join. You have a legal right to join a union and your
membership is confidential. We are a volunteer-driven union, and this means
we, not union bosses or bureaucrats, run the union. The IWW is not controlled
by or affiliated with any political party or political movement. No money goes
to politicians. Membership dues are used to maintain the union and assist
organising campaigns. As a result, monthly dues are low.

Clydeside GMB is a general membership branch, which means it includes members
from a range of jobs. Recently, we’ve taken part in a range of actions,
including pickets against companies which use Workfare labour. So come along
and meet us, and find out what the One Big Union is all about. It has a great
history, and a great future – in an increasingly globalised economy, workers,
too, need to organise globally.

For Further Info – http://iwwscotland.wordpress.com/about/

Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clydeside-IWW/216550781713688

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Wednesday 11th December
– Film Screening: ‘The Africa-China Connection’ (GRAMNet)
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
6pm

Free Film Screening, organised by GRAMNet.

The Africa-China Connection follows a group of Nigerian immigrants in the
Chinese metropolis Guangzhou. This community is at the vanguard of an
important trend that will determine the economic and political development in
the first half of the 21st century: the flow of migrants from low-wage
countries is shifting from the old continent Europe to the new economies in
Asia. While Europe is slowly becoming a fortress and rapidly aging, African
migrants are going east. According to experts this will have disastrous
consequences for the European economy and hence the future of its citizens.

For Further Info – http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/gramnet/events/

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Thursday 12th December
– Film Screening: ‘Glasgow 1982’ & Discussion (Glasgow Games Monitor)
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1BA
6.30 (7pm Start)

Screening hosted by Glasgow Games Monitor, with FRFI.

A rare screening of episodes from a series of films about Glasgow originally
aired on the BBC in 1982. The series constitutes an amazing document of
Glasgow, and the East End in particular, and provides a crucial historical
context for understanding present–‐day social and environmental problems in
the city.

Episodes focus on the blight left behind from the mass demolitions of the
1960s and 1970s – the era of Comprehensive Development Areas; the closure of
Beardmore’s Forge at Parkhead and with it the end of large industry in the
east-end; and a portrayal of the infamous Barrowfield Scheme next to Parkhead.

For those interested in current ‘regeneration’ plans associated with the
Commonwealth Games 2014 and Clyde Gateway, it is unmissable. Margaret
Jaconelli, who was evicted by CPO on the site of the Commonwealth Games
Village, and Neil Gray from Glasgow Games Monitor 2014, will talk about the
films in relation to the present era.

Followed by open discussion. Donations on door welcome.

For Further Info –
http://gamesmonitor2014.org/2013/11/28/glasgow-1982-film-screening/

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Friday 13th December
– Let Freedom Ring Glasgow! The People’s Guide to Popular Education and
Freedom
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 3UU
(See Below For Times)

Education is Freedom: How can we harness our hunger and passion to make way
for a new society where everyone is equal, free and happy? How can our words
and actions question society and motivate action which is all visionary,
original and striking?

Come to an evening public lecture and apply to be on a day long workshop with
some of the world’s leading popular education facilitators and activists from
South Africa to Glasgow. This programme builds tools, methods and lyrics to
build power, strength, vision …for ourselves and wider society.

Just some of the amazing Glasgow speakers and activists, sharing on the night,
are Cathy McCormack, activist and author of ‘The Wee Yellow Butterfly’ who has
– for over quarter of a century – agitated activism on the daily ‘war without
bullets’ she witnesses being waged remorselessly against herself and other
structurally oppressed people. Also joining on the night is brilliant rapper,
Darren McGarvey. Loki, real name Darren McGarvey, is a Glasgow-based writer,
performer, community activist and journalist. Scotland’s most high profile rap
artist, he is a founding member of hip-hop collective The Being, a critically
acclaimed solo artist, and a veteran battle rapper.

The Training for Transformation movement was born out of Steve Biko’s ‘Black
Consciousness Movement‘ and incredible fearless community activists from
across Africa. Training for Transformation have nourished the belly of
movements for justice all over the world including: Abahlali – the South
African Shack Dwellers Movement to Mamelani ‘listenup!’ in South Africa, the
Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), Easter House Town ship and many
more movements for social change.

Friday December 13th Training 10 -5pm and Public Talk 6-8pm – Pearce
Institute, 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU

The Public Talk Is Free.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A SPACE – Please book immediately. Please RSVP to
letfreedomring@theglassishalffull.co.uk and please pass on this facebook page.
Please email letfreedomring@theglassishalffull.co.uk with a couple of lines
about why you want to come and people will be chosen according to their
experience and mission for justice in their community. There are limited
spaces for the training. It is open to committed activists active in their
community struggle for justice who want to deepen the effectiveness of their
fight against inequality.

All details at http://www.theglassishalffull.co.uk

The facebook page with information on the trainings can be found here –
https://www.facebook.com/events/221130248058254/

Please book immediately. This is a public event but Note – there are limited
spaces and we would like committed activists and artists to have first dibs.
There is a serious need to build a strong popular education based movement in
the UK to transform our world, build alliances with all those challenging
austerity in the UK and all those fighting injustice across the world. You
don’t have to be deeply involved in activism but acknowledge and be involved
in your communities struggle against injustice and committed to build power
and alliances within it.

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Saturday 14th December
– Unity in the Community: Book-Sale @Hillhead Bookclub
Hillhead Bookclub, 17 Vinicombe Street, Glasgow, G12 8BE
10am – 3pm

We’re back! The Hillhead Bookclub have invited us back to run our book sales
on the 2nd Saturday of the month for the remainder of the year. So, that’s the
14th December….

For those who haven’t been before, we have a great variety of books (most £1),
vinyl, CDs and collectors sets of books – all donations from our permanent
bookshop in Govan (https://www.facebook.com/NaeBordersBookshop/info)

Plus – ALL KIDS BOOKS ARE FREE! So if you’ve any young people in your life,
bring them along and grab some freebies!

If you have a carrier bag or two of unwanted books you’d like to donate, bring
‘em along! Or if you’ve anything more substantial, ask us when you can donate
to the shop in Govan. Much appreciated!

All money raised goes to the charity Unity in the Community (SCO40466) who
provide life saving welfare services to those who cannot access the state-
funded services. Currently Unity in the Community runs a nightshelter, soup
kitchen, day centre, solidarity centre, bike project, free clothing service
and english-language classes

For Further Info – https://www.facebook.com/NaeBordersBookshop

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Saturday 14th December
– This is not a Craft Fair (Govanhill Baths)
Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, Glasgow, G42 7RA
10am – 6pm

Hosted by Govanhill Community Baths Trust, in association with Sew La Tea
Dough.

It’s that time again and we are now gearing to our wonderful This Is Not A
Craft Fair 2013 event. We did so well last year and planning a bigger and
better event this time round.

Here is just a flavour of the wonderful things to do, eat and purchase:

Swaparama and creative re-use from Sewing Splash Govanhill Bathtime handmade bath and body products Delicious food from Govanhill Grub Knitting and crochet handicrafts from Cast-Offs Walkabout with Strathclyde Theatre Group.

We will also have our upcycling workshop participants showcasing their
upcycled creations, and with our Rags to Riches range of upcycled products
available to purchase also. A programme of short upcycling and other workshops
will also provide crafting experience where you will be involved in making
your own Christmas gifts.

A number of designers, upcyclers and artists will also be present with lots of
hand crafted goods, upcyled gifts and amazing creations available to purchase

There will be a range of art installations and we will also show a number of
short films focused around issues of recycling, upcycilng and creative re-use.

Come along and dive into the deep end of the Christmas shopping experience
with a difference.

All proceeds go to Govanhill Baths Community Trust and its social enterprise
Rags to Riches.

For Further Info –
http://www.govanhillbaths.com/events/2013/dec/14/TINACF/#sthash.AoVUg2fU.dpuf

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Tuesday 17th December
– Scotland’s International Day to End Violence Against Sex-Workers (SWOU &
SCOT-PEP)
African-Caribbean Centre, 66 Osborne Street, G1 5QH
7.30pm

Hosted by the Sex-Worker Open University and SCOT-PEP

17th December is international day to end violence against sex workers. Come
mark it with us, from 7.30pm at the African-Caribbean Centre. There will be
sex workers and allies with things to say, and some short films. And then
there will be hanging out, and being a community.

[IMPORTANT INFO HERE]
– This event is free to attend.
– Current or former sex workers: wanna attend? got childcare or travel costs?
Fully reimbursed! Contact glasgow.swou at gmail.com and we’ll sort it
out :-)…
– The venue is accessible.
– This is a joint event put on by Scotland’s two sex worker-led organisations;
workers’ collective the Sex Worker Open University (SWOU), and long
established charity SCOT-PEP.

There’s lots more to say. Please join us on the 17th to listen, talk, hang
out, think, and remember.

NOTE: we’re deliberately reaching out to various other communities for this
event, including communities that have more “legitimacy” than us – for
example, some service providers. However, police are not welcome at this
event. If you’ve been sent this event via a mailing list or contacts, and
you’re a police officer in any capacity, please respect our request & do not
attend: we don’t feel safe around you.

Further Info –
http://www.sexworkeropenuniversity.com/ (SWOU)
http://www.scot-pep.org.uk/about-scot-pep (SCOT-PEP)

Further reading:
http://www.december17.org/
http://jasmineanddora.wordpress.com/
https://anarchafeministwhore.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/international-day-to-end-violence-against-sex-workers/
http://www.xojane.com/issues/international-day-to-end-violence-against-sex-workers
http://postwhoreamerica.com/december-17-international-day-to-end-violence-against-sex-workers/

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Events O’er the Next Week

Hi All,

Please see below for this week’s list of stuff happening in Glasgow, with a
mild nod across to the ‘burgh as well.

In particular, we’d like to draw your attention to the University strikes
happening this week, and we’d hope everyone would consider showing their
support for these (please see below for links to some events and further
information on what they’re about).

As always, please let us know of anything you think we should be putting out; you can email us here – glasgowautonomyupdates@lists.riseup.net

‘Til next time…

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Monday 28th October
– Nanotechnology: Hype, Fear, and Reality (Glasgow Skeptics)

Tuesday 29th October
– Film Screening: ‘Gasland Part 2’ (with Discussion) (Earthmovies)

Wednesday 30th October
– ‘Anarchism: From Proudhon to Kropotkin – A Talk by Iain MacKay’ (Edinburgh)

Thursday 31st October
– Support the University Strikes (UCU / Unison / Unite)

Thursday 31st October
– Drop ATOS from the Commonwealth Games – Lobby of Glasgow City Council

Sunday 3rd November
– Paint & Cake! Volunteering Event (Kinning Park Complex)

Monday 4th November
– Great Grub (Urban Roots)

Monday 4th November
– Launch Party for ‘Look Up Glasgow’ (Freight Books)

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Monday 28th October
– Nanotechnology: Hype, Fear, and Reality (Glasgow Skeptics)
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7DA
7pm

A Talk by Michael Fay – Hosted by Glasgow Skeptics. A brief history of
nanotechnology – which goes back further than you might think – and where we
are now. A story that includes scientists, futurologists, hucksters, terrorists, politicians, the media, and everyone else. Alongside the genuine excitement in the possibilities, nanotechnology has also come with the unwelcome accompaniment of a great deal of both hype and alarmism. How much is
the reality swamped by the Hollywood plot device, and what does it tell us
about the link between science and the public?

Michael Fay is Research fellow at Nottingham Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Centre, part of Nottingham University where he is responsible for the day to
day operation of the Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre
microscopy suite. He was also responsible for the production of the world’s
smallest periodic table which was written on a human hair. This feat was
recognized by the Guinness Book of Records in 2011.

For Further Info: http://glasgow.skepticsinthepub.org/

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Tuesday 29th October
– Film Screening: ‘Gasland Part 2’ (with Discussion) (Earthmovies)
Stereo, 22-8 Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 6PH
7pm

We have the pleasure to announce that Earthmovies will host a special screening of Josh Fox’s new film Gasland 2.

Gasland 2 is the follow-up to the Oscar nominated film Gasland, which exposes
the dangers of fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas
and oil from the ground.

In the US fracking is widespread and has led to water contamination so bad
that even tap water can be set on fire. As extensive plans for fracking are in
the pipeline for the UK and Scotland, it becomes a hot topic for local
communities and the environment on our own doorstep.

The film screening is free; the event is supported by Friends of the Earth
Scotland.

For Further Info (& Trailer) – http://www.earthmovies.org/p/projects.html

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Wednesday 30th October
– ‘Anarchism: From Proudhon to Kropotkin – A Talk by Iain MacKay’ (Edinburgh)
Lecture Theatre 175, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
5pm – 6.30pm

Talk organised by Edinburgh Uni Socialist Society & Edinburgh Uni Anarchist
Society.

Iain McKay is the editor of Property is Theft, a collection of Pierre-Joseph
Proudhon’s writings. He is also the main editor of and contributor to the
massive online resource and popular book series that is the Anarchist FAQ, as
well as being a frequent writer for Black Flag magazine and Freedom newspaper.

Iain will be discussing Kropotkin’s theory of mutual aid, the role of
anarchists in the Russian Revolutions, anarchist economics and much more!
There will also be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

This event is being run by the Socialist Society as part of their ongoing
series of public lectures and debates, and co-hosted by the Anarchist Society.
All welcome!

Event Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/423262267779802/

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Thursday 31st October
– Support the UCU/Unison/Unite Education Strikes (UCU/Unison/Unite)
Glasgow

On Thursday 31st October members of the UCU, Unison, and Unite will be taking coordinated strike action in universities across the UK (http://www.ucu.org.uk/6794). In Glasgow there are calls to support the
strikes at Glasgow University, a pre-strike rally at GCU, see the following
links for more details.

Glasgow University –
https://www.facebook.com/events/428405893947880/

Glasgow Caledonian University –
http://www.caledonianunion.com/2013/10/25/ucu-unison-unite-pre-strike-rally-wednesday-m201/

For More Background Info on the Strike –
http://ucuglasgow.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/ucu-unison-and-unite-members-to-take-strike-action-on-31-october/

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Thursday 31st October
– Drop ATOS from the Commonwealth Games – Lobby of Glasgow City Council
George Square, Glasgow G2 1DU
1pm

Lobby of Glasgow City Council, organised by Glasgow Against ATOS.

We need you! On the 31st October, Councillors of Glasgow City Council will be
debating a motion to drop ATOS as a commonwealth games sponsor. Please come to George Square for a lobby of those councillors who are debating this motion.

Thousands of people have died after going through the ATOS work capability
assessment, ATOS are not fit to be a sponsor of the games and we ask that as
many people and organisations let them know how we feel about this immoral
company’s involvement in the Commonwealth Games next year.

For Further/Event Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/219037268264562/

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Sunday 3rd November
– Paint & Cake! Volunteering Event (Kinning Park Complex)
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1BA
12pm – 5pm

Volunteering Day at Kinning Park Complex.

This event is particularly for new volunteers of KPC, we will paint and eat cake 12-5pm, just in time for the subway home. On the agenda is:

– Doors and Radiators: chip away old paint and make paint up new,

– Downstairs Studio: freshening up a downstairs studio

– Cakes: baking for the team!

If you would like to join in then please email Ammie at volunteers@kinningparkcomplex.com

For Further Info – http://www.kinningparkcomplex.org/

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Monday 4th November
– Great Grub (Urban Roots)
Urban Roots, Toryglen Community Base, Prospecthill Circus, Glasgow, G42 0LA
3.45pm – 6pm

Come along to our weekly cookery workshops and make delicious food to share
with your family; learn new cookery skills through practical cookery
workshops, about healthy and nutritious food; share and exchange recipes;
learn about how food can be healthy for you and the environment; eat delicious
food together!

Free childcare places are available for parents wanting to attend.

This course is Free, though places are limited – to book a place contact Emma
at Urban Roots (emma@urbanroots.org.uk).

For Further Info – http://www.urbanroots.org.uk/workshops/

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Monday 4th November
– Launch Party for ‘Look Up Glasgow’ (Freight Books)
Mono, 12 King’s Court, Glasgow, G1 5RB
6.30

You are warmly invited to the launch of ‘Look Up Glasgow’, a new book of
beautiful photos displaying Glasgow’s fantastic architectural detail, which we
often pass but rarely notice. Compiled by Adrian Searle and architectural
photographer David Barbour, ‘Look Up Glasgow’ is a stunning record of the
city’s hidden treasures, created in a time of great wealth and virtuoso
craftsmanship now long gone. The book also includes poetry from Kona Macphee, Colin Begg, Vicki Feaver, Graham Fulton, Sophie Cooke and Jim Carruth, responding in very individual ways to Glasgow’s extraordinary built
environment.

The launch will be held at Mono and is free, but please do RSVP to
info@freightbooks.co.uk

We’ll be showing photos from the book, listening to the poets read their
responses to the city, answering any questions you might have, and signing
copies (of which there will be a plentiful supply available if you don’t get
yours first). After that, please do stay and join us in wetting the leaves of
this extraordinary work.

For Further Info – http://www.freightbooks.co.uk/

A Talk and Organising Workshop on Solidarity Networks (with Members of Seattle Solidarity Network)

This Thursday (20th September)

Remploy Workers Strike in Springburn & Chesterfield

Workers at Remploy sites in Springburn and Chesterfield are staging a week long strike, from today, Monday 3rd September. Fitting alongside the wider programme of the Coalition Government’s smashing of collective provision, the government announced the closure and scrapping of Remploy factories earlier this summer. Established as part of the welfare state 66 years ago, Remploy was initiated in order to provide working class people who had returned from the Second World War injured and disabled with meaningful and fulfilling work. Of the 54 factories (25 of which closed last month), half are set to close by the end of the year, with 18 to close or be sold off next year, with 9 factories undetermined, throwing thousands of disabled workers onto benefits and into poverty.

For those workers still currently employed the future is equally precarious – the DWP are reckoned to be attempting, via the TUPE employee transfer scheme, to remove safeguards around pension commitments for any workers whose factories find a buyer. There is a strong belief that those buyers will then begin a process of selective redundancies, based on assessments of individual worker’s disabilities, allowing them to secure the most able-bodied of the workforce while pushing the rest to the scrapheap.

Taken together with the DWP’s dispicable arrangement with ATOS, this programme can’t be seen as anything other than the most sickening and brutal attack on the most vulnerable in society; with one hand, actively forcing those unable to work into destitution by the systematic removal of essential life-sustaining financial support, and with the other robbing those who can of jobs, pensions, security and dignity.

As a background to the current dispute, on the 24th August, workers took direct action, occupying the head office of Remploy for four hours in open confrontation with management.
http://union-news.co.uk/2012/08/remploy-occupation-ends-what-next-for-the-campaign/

If you are near either sites, please consider showing the strikers in Springburn and Chesterfield solidarity over the days to come – An Injury to One is an Injury to All.

Further Info –
www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/latest_news/five_days_strike_at_two_remplo.aspx

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/remploy-factory-workers-to-stage-strike-7958913.html

Remploy Workers Site –
http://www.remployworkers.info/

Stuff Happening this Week (w/c 13th August)

Some events on the calendar for this week (listing to the side a wee bit on Tuesday) – including a film about the repression of Dissenting Activists in China, Organising & Public Campaign Meetings, Urban Gardening, etc.

If you know of any community based, radical and alternative goings-on, please let us know and we’ll try and include where possible.

If you would like details of events such as these, you can subscribe to the mailing list by emailing  glasgowautonomyupdates-subscribe@lists.riseup.net or visit https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/glasgowautonomyupdates

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Monday 13th – Thursday 16th
– Film Screening: Ai Weiwei – Never Sorry

Tuesday 14th August
– Clydeside IWW Organisational Meeting

Tuesday 14th August
– Glasgow Anarchist Federation & Friends Organisational Meeting

Tuesday 14th August
– Organise Against Refugee Evictions – Campaign Meeting

Tuesday 14th August
– Woodlands Community Garden: Tuesday Tutorials

Wednesday 15th August
– ‘The Cultural Boycott of Israel – Why?’ – Public Meeting

Sunday 19th August
– ‘Woodlands Community Garden – Monthly Garden Meeting’

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Monday 13th – Thursday 16th August
– Film Screening: ‘Ai Weiwei – Never Sorry’
GFT, Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB
(Various Showings)

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken
domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive
legal system, Ai expresses himself and organises people through art and social
media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beaten him up,
bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age
who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.
First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while
working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced
exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public
figures.

For Further Info – http://aiweiweineversorry.com/
For Showing/Times – www.glasgowfilm.org

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Tuesday 22nd May
– IWW Clydeside General Membership Branch Meeting
Electron Club, 1st Floor of CCA, Sauchiehall Street/Scott Street
7.30

Branch meeting of the Clydeside General Membership Branch of the Industrial
Workers of the World.

Founded in 1905, the IWW is open to all workers. Don’t let the
“industrial” part fool you. Our members include teachers, cleaners, social
workers, retail workers, construction workers, bartenders, and computer
programmers. Only bosses are not allowed to join. If you are currently
unemployed or are a retired, you can still join. You have a legal right to join
a union and your membership is confidential. We are a volunteer-driven union,
and this means we, not union bosses or bureaucrats, run the union. The IWW is
not controlled by or affiliated with any political party or political movement.
No money goes to politicians. Membership dues are used to maintain the union
and assist organising campaigns. As a result, monthly dues are low.

Clydeside GMB is a general membership branch, which means it includes members from a range of jobs. Recently, we’ve taken part in a range of actions,
including pickets against companies which use Workfare labour. So come along
and meet us, and find out what the One Big Union is all about. It has a great
history, and a great future – in an increasingly globalised economy, workers,
too, need to organise globally.

For further info – http://iwwscotland.wordpress.com/about/
Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clydeside-IWW/216550781713688

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Tuesday 14th August
– Glasgow Anarchist Federation & Friends Organisational Meeting
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow
7pm

Glasgow AF & Friends are holding one of our regular meetings to organise new
and ongoing local campaigns. They are open to anyone who agrees to AFed’s Aims and Principles: http://afed.org.uk/organisation/aims-and-principles.html
See earlier post…

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Tuesday 14th August
– Organise Against Refugee Evictions – Campaign Meeting
O’Neil’s (Seperate Back Room), Albion/Bell Street, Merchant City, Glasgow
7.30pm …

The transfer of housing from Ypeople to Serco is under way. The eviction notices for refused refugees have been delivered. The meeting will discuss where the campaign goes from here. All welcome.

For Background Info – http://ncadc.org.uk/blog/2012/05/charity-begins-refugee-evictions-in-glasgow/

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Tuesday 31st July
– Woodlands Community Gardens: Tuesday Tutorials
Woodlands Gardens, 91-111 West Princes Street, Glasgow, G4 9BY
6.30 – 7.30pm

Every Tuesday evening from 6.30 – 7.30pm from 31st July – 28th August. Content
including seed collecting, what to plant now, leaf mould and herbal brews and
much more…

Tuesday 14th August: SOIL improving, fertilising, composting, leaf mould and
herbal brews

For Further Info – http://www.woodlandscommunitygarden.org.uk/

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Wednesday 15th August
– ‘The Cultural Boycott of Isreal: Why?’ Public Meeting
STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG
7pm

The Don’t Dance with Israeli Apartheid campaign is calling for the boycott of the Batsheva Dance Company when it embarks on its UK tour in August.

The Batsheva Dance Company is funded by the Israeli state and is part of PR exercise designed by their Ministry of Foreign Affairs known as ‘Brand Israel’. Its aim is to whitewash Israel’s human rights abuses and violations of international law, creating a false image of a ‘normally’ functioning, democratic country.

Batsheva are scheduled to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival at the end of August and then to tour the UK visiting Salford, Birmingham, Bradford, Leicester, London, Brighton and Plymouth.

Speakers for this public meeting will include a visiting Palestinian & ex-Political Prisoner from Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine (original village near Jerusalem ethnically cleansed by Zionist forces in 1948).

Student Palestine activist Lorna McBean from the ‘We Are All Hana Shalabi’ network, recently returned from Palestine will be speaking about the Dont Dance With Israeli Apartheid campaign.

Organised by Don’t Dance With Israeli Apartheid campaign (a coalition of Palestine solidarity organisations, groups and individuals).

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Sunday 19th August
– Woodlands Community Gardens: Monthly Garden Meeting
Woodlands Gardens, 91-111 West Princes Street, Glasgow, G4 9BY
1pm

Join us in the garden this Sunday for our monthly meeting, at which will be
going over the programme and arrangements for our Harvest festival (Sat Sept
8th 2-7pm). We’ll need plenty of volunteers to help out at the festival so do
come along on Sunday to see how best you can help.

For Further Info – http://www.woodlandscommunitygarden.org.uk/

For the Next Few Weeks…

We have two events coming up, this coming Tuesday & the next. Firstly, our monthly Organisational Meeting, and secondly, a short talk and discussion on ‘International Anarchism': Reporting Back from the St-Imier Anarchist Gathering.

This Tuesday we will be holding one of our regular meetings to organise for new and ongoing local activities. These meetings are open to anyone who agrees with the Anarchist Federation’s Aims & Principles (which are available to view here -http://afed.org.uk/organisation/aims-and-principles.html); if you are in agreement with these, and you’d like to get involved, drop us a line.

The Meeting will be held at the Kinning Park Complex (43 Cornwall St., Glasgow, G41 1BA), at 7pm.

The week Following, on Tuesday 21st August, we will also be holding a short talk (with discussion to follow) feeding-back from the St-Imier International Anarchist Gathering in Switzerland (as discussed in the last blog-post, from earlier in the week). This will be held in the Electron Club, 1st Floor of the CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, at 7pm.

This is part of a series of monthly discussions run by the Glasgow group of the Anarchist Federation, but open to everyone. The goal of these discussions is self-education and provoking thought. Abusive or rude behaviour, including interrupting others, will not be tolerated.