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Glasgow Events from 29/05/2015

Hi all,

Before the main update we were contacted to be told that the Glasgow Southside Socialist Choir, Unite, Fight Sing! has finally launched! Throughout the history of the working-class, resistance to exploitation and oppression has always had a voice through song. Sometimes class inequality can leave you lost for words, however collective singing can give expression to this resistance and contribute to the wider struggle. The aim of Unite, Fight, Sing! is to establish a socialist choir that collectively voices working class resistance through song. They are keen to be involved in any libertarian events and plan to sing anything Pete Seeger and Joe Hill to Nina Simone and , from the Flaming Lips to traditional songs from Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, Liberia and beyond. You do not need to be able to read music to take part, and no prior experience is required, all abilities welcome! Rehearsals are 7pm – 8pm on Tuesday nights in Govanhill Baths.

Also, we have moved the Critical Mass bike ride and a meeting for people interested in helping to set up a LGBT boxing club into what has rapidly expanded to become the radical sports & outdoors section at the end, so worth checking out along with the upcoming roller derby and United Glasgow FC fixtures.

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Polyester #3

Friday, May 29 at 11:00pm to 3:00am

The Flying Duck, 142 Renfired Street, G2 3AU

SOMETHING GOT U ALL HUNG UP? CALL US ON 1800-G00D-TIME$

Polyester is your directline to goooooood times, a hotline to hot fun, a private connection to the dreamphone but it won’t be Jamal or Jason who answers your call (or will it?) Whatever your problem, Polly Ester is waiting on the other end of the line, as long as it can be solved by dancing in a room full of sweaty queers (and shoulder pads)

call us, maybe

Ready and waiting to take your call are:

DJ Kaiserin in the kitchen & polly Ester alongside VSO in the main room *airhorns*

AND

delectable performance from Adam Majeri, Gloria Kay Hole and the very glitter-al Crystal Queer ton the microphone

100% queer, 100% inclusive, everyone welcome

Classic House & Disco/new wave/Hip Hop & RnB/Punk/Party/watever

£3 all night

This night has a Safe Space Policy so plz be cool to ur fellow party people

Gender neutral toilets will be available on the night

If you have any accessibility issues please get in touch and we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs

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Banner Tales of Glasgow in Govan

Saturday, 30 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Govan will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.

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Dungavel Demo

Saturday, 30 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm

Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

Detention is a blight on our immigration system. People in Dungavel are being held indefinitely and some have been held for months and even years. Let’s show our opposition to detention and remember the people in the system.

Bring your friends, bring your colleagues, bring your banners

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Second Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen

Saturday, 30 May at 7:00pm – 8:30pm

The Project Cafe, 34 Renfrew Street, G3 6ST

Aloha everyone!

Prepare your tongues for we have done it again-Three delicious vegan courses for 3.50£! This time you can indulge yourselves in:

*Potato Wedges and freshfruity Apple Salsa (Starter)

*Mouth-watering Burrrrrrritos

*Scrumptious Iced Carrot Cake

Looking forward to a great calorie-filled night with you,

The Glasgow Vegan People’s Kitchen

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Ceilidh for Medical Aid for Palestinians

Saturday, 30 May at 7:30pm – 12:00am

Community Central Hall, 292-316 Maryhill Road, G20 7YE

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

eventbrite(DOT)com/e/ceilidh-for-medical-aid-for-palestinians-tickets-16509670870?aff=efbevent

We’re delighted that legendary Glasgow ceilidh band The Hallanshankers have agreed to play this fund-raising event. The Shankers deliver a great blend of music for dancing, from straight-ahead Scottish and Irish traditional to contemporary and roots music, with a strong element of fun and nonsense. So you’re likely to be reeling, rocking and laughing before the night’s out.

Graham and Anne, who are organising the night, are participating in Cycle Palestine 2015: a 250km bike ride across the Occupied West Bank in September. The trip is organised by Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), a charity which works for the health and dignity of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees.

There will be information available about the work of MAP and diverse opportunities to spend some money on Palestinian and MAP related stuff. The proceeds of this event will go to MAP to support their important work.

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Do we need feminism? Gender inequality, violence and sexism in the present day

Monday, June 1 at 10:00am – 6:00pm

Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP

What does feminism mean in the present day, and to what extent is the current attitude towards feminism different from the way feminism has been seen in the past? What are the legacies of second-wave feminism and what can we still learn from it today? Are younger generations of women aware of the persistence of sexism, sexual violence and gender inequality, and can feminism be useful in tackling these issues?

This workshop explores current attitudes towards feminism and its legacy in the present, and promotes discussions about the role feminism can play in the struggle for a more equal and less sexist society.

PROGRAMME

10-10.30/Welcome & Introduction

-Sue John, Glasgow Women’s Library

-Dr Rosemary Elliot, Director of the Centre for Gender History

10.30-12.30/Do we need feminism today?

Keynote lecture: Prof Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh), Transforming the face of politics? Women politicians and the feminist campaigns that got them there

Respondent: Dr Victoria Browne (Oxford Brookes)

Followed by roundtable discussion with:

-Louise MacKenzie and Judith Hunter, Glasgow City Council Equality Network

-Emma Ritch, Engender

12.30-13.30/Lunch break

13.30-14.45/Fighting sexual violence

Respondent: Dr Andrea Thomson (University of Glasgow)

-Dr Rosemary Elliot & Dr Annmarie Hughes (University of Glasgow), Language, the law and the question of consent: Historical perspectives on sexual violence in 20thcentury Scotland

-Hanna Brown, Rape Crisis Lanarkshire and STAMP (Stamp out Media Patriarchy) project leader

-Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid (TBC)

-Kirsti Hay, Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership

14.45-15.15/Tea & coffee

15.15-17/Learning from feminism

Respondent: Dr Vikki Turbine (University of Glasgow)

-Dr Sarah Browne (Independent Researcher), Looking back, moving forward: Legacies and lessons from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Scotland

-Dr Akwugo Emejulu (University of Edinburgh), title TBC

-Sophie Kromholz and Halina Rifai, TYCI Glasgow

17-18/Wine reception

See also Centre for Gender History website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/humanities/research/historyresearch/historyresearchcentres/centreforgenderhistory/news/headline_405230_en.html

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE (or add yourself to the waiting list)

https://eventbrite(dot)co(dot)uk/event/16928830588/

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Candid Plastic – Live Storytelling

Monday, June 1 at 8:00pm

The Griffin, 266 Bath Street, G2 4JP

An eve of TRUE STORIES told by you!

Whoever you are COME SHARE THE sordid DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE with an eager crowd over a lovely lil bevvy!

We are asking for stories about FAKING IT.. We’ve all been there.

Pretended you knew someone’s name for a year too long?

Can’t look someone in the eye?

Kept a diary back in the day?

(Bring it along, read a passage!)

WE WANT TO HEAR all about Your times on Earth. Whether they be FUNNY/ MUNDANE/EMBARASSING/CRINGEY/GRATING/ANNOYING/AWKWARD/DISGUSTiNG/QUIRKY/REVOLUTIONARY/CHARMING

There will also be a CONFESSION BOX being passed round for those feeling a little shy..Which we will dip into throughout the night!

So even if you don’t want to tell a story COME LISTEN!

Can’t wait to hear all your juice!

UP FOR IT??

Email a brief description of your story to;

Story

C u ther!

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What is Happiness? And What Are Its Determinants? – Prof. Alex Wood | Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, June 1 at 7:00pm

The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

“Happiness” is a term thrown around in everyday conversation with very little thought given to what it actually means. Does it mean a balance of positive to negative moods? Life satisfaction? Living in line with culturally valued characteristics? Living in a country that doesn’t constrain potential? Each of these has different philosophical bases, and which definition we adopt shapes the lives we lead, and (via the government’s agenda of measuring and targeting of happiness) the societies in which we live. In this talk, Prof. Alex Wood will show that neither philosophy, social science, nor psychology is sufficient to explore “happiness” in isolation and an interdisciplinary approach is needed. Based on datasets of over 200,000 people, Alex will examine the relationship between happiness and income, personality, disability, employment, and a range of social science indicators.

Alex is Professor and Director of the Behavioral Science Centre at Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, which links the behavioural sciences (such as psychology) with the social sciences (such as economics and management) in order to better understand connections between economic, psychological, and health outcomes and their determinants. One of the youngest professors in UK history, Alex completed his BSc in Psychology at the University of Leicester in 2005 and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Warwick in 2008. From 2008 he worked in the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, initially as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer, before accepting a Chair (full professorship) at the University of Stirling in 2012 at age 29. He has nearly 100 scientific publications and over £1 million in grant income, in recognition of which he was recently awarded an Honorary Chair in Psychology at the University of Manchester and the GSOEP prize for "Best Paper 2012-2013" (with Christopher Boyce). His hobbies include hill/mountain walking, philosophy, reading, and eating curry, but not all at the same time. His website is at www.alexwoodpsychology.com and he’s on Twitter at https://twitter.com/alexmwood

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

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.

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Film, Memory, and Glasgow Histroy

Thursday, June 4 at 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Gilmorehill Centre, 9 University Avenue, G12

Organised by the Early Cinema in Scotland Research Project (http://earlycinema.gla.ac.uk)

Histories of protest, resistance, and working-class solidarity are often poorly documented in dominant narratives and archives, as the Sheffield Film Co-op filmmakers found while researching the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915 for their documentary Red Skirts on Clydeside (1984). As Glasgow starts to commemorate the centenary of the rent strikes, this event explores stories of collective struggle and resistance told through film.

The day’s programme includes two screenings spanning a hundred years of Glasgow social history on film, and a roundtable discussion bringing together filmmakers and historians to raise questions about archives, memories, voices and silences in historical documentary. How does the use of archive footage, still images, and oral history expand conventional notions about primary sources? What audiovisual strategies do filmmakers use to contest established historical narratives? How do these films engage with audiences within and outwith their community?

All welcome – Free and unticketed.

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We are not removing! Two films and a blether for the centenary of the 1915 Rent Strikes

Thursday, June 4 at 7:00pm

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

Presented by Document Human Rights Film Festival, Spirit of Revolt – Archives of Dissent, Scottish Peace Network, and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

Free (donations welcome)

Refreshments provided

Free crèche (contact organisers to book place)

The 1915 rent strikes, which started in the back-courts of Govan tenements, were a famous victory in the ongoing struggle for decent, affordable housing, and an example of working-class solidarity in action. While the workers were risking their lives at the front, or their health in the munitions factories of the First World War, the landlords tried to increase the rents. But the women were not having any of that. They didn’t have the vote yet, but they had each other’s backs when they said – We are not removing!

Red Skirts on Clydeside (1984, 43min)

Introduced by filmmaker Jenny Woodley

When this film was made, the importance of women in the history of social movements on the Clyde had been all but forgotten. The filmmakers bring this history back from the archives through interviews with women who knew Mary Barbour, Helen Crawfurd, and Agnes Dollan. Hear how the sheriff officers got chucked into the midden and how the tenement back courts echoed with radical ideas!

You Play Your Part (2011, 24min)

Introduced by filmmaker Kirsten MacLeod

Twenty-seven years after the original film was made, Govan women reflect on their lives and roles by the Clyde in a unique collaborative women’s history film project.

There will be some time and refreshments between the films for anyone interested in the rent strikes centenary or in contemporary housing issues to meet and chat.

More information: http://1915rentstrikes.info

Email: contact

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SHARMANKA PRESENTS VERSE UNIVERSE!

Thursday, June 4 at 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, Glasgow G1 5HD

For our First Thursday event in June, we have an evening of songs and poems in languages of the universe performed amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures. See the show and join in too, with our multilingual song workshop!

The show will begin shortly after Sharmanka’s 7pm performance has concluded, so a little after 8 o’clock. Donations will be collected from audience members after the performance.

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QUEER GAYLIDH DANCE PARTY

Saturday, June 6 at 7:00pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

LGBT Unity Solidarity Group invite you to celebrate our community at the Queer Gaylidh Dance Party.

A ceilidh to get everyone dancing, and then some DJ sets by our awesome queer allies.

This is a party for everyone, and you’re very much invited.

100% queer, 100% inclusive, everybody welcome

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This is a fundraiser to keep the LGBT Unity Project as powerful as ever!

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Tickets £3 on the door, free for asylum seekers and refugees

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Glasgow Social Centre: Events Planning Meeting

Thursday, June 11 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

Come meet the Glasgow Social Centre Collective and find out about the project and help us plan out our upcoming events.

Find out more at www.glasgowsocialcentre.com

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Selvhenter

Sunday, June 14 at 7:30pm

The Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2HG

Feminist free jazz, punk, noise and metal, infused with passion and humour; Copenhagen’s Selvhenter play their first gig in Scotland.

£8 Adv

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/318011

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RADICAL SPORTS & OUTDOORS SECTION

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Critical Mass: May-BEES!

Friday, May 29 at 6:30pm

George Square

6.30pm, for 7pm start, from George Square.

General Critical Mass Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_(cycling)

As with last month:

We haven’t decided upon a route (‘though the start point will be the column in George Square), and are open to suggestions! Either on the day when we congregate, or in advance on this page!

The ride will be a gentle one, which will go at a pace that suits everyone: all are welcome! :)

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Roller Derby

Tier 1 of the British Roller Derby Champs will be battling it out in the final round to see who is victorious and who can be named the British Roller Derby Champions. Competing are Auld Reekie Roller Girls, Central City Rollergirls, Glasgow Roller Derby, Middlesbrough Milk Rollers, Rainy City Roller Girls and Tiger Bay Brawlers

Approximate timings for the weekend are

Saturday, May 30

12-2pm: Game 1 – Rainy City v CCR

2-4pm: Game 2 – Grd v MMR

4-6pm: Game 3 – Arrg v TBB

Sunday, May 31

10.30-12.30pm Game 4 – Rainy City v GRD

12.30-2.30pm Game 5 – MMR v TBB

2.30-4.30pm Game 6 – CCR v ARRG

Tickets are available as weekend passes for £12 or day tickets for £7 and as always children under 14 go free. There are only 200 tickets available each day so snap them up before they’re all gone and prepare to see some epic Derby.

tickets available: http://glasgowrollerderby.com/

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United Glasgow FC

Womans 5 and 11-a-side

Fixtures can be found here:

http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/unitedglasgowfc/294566/Fixtures

While the men’s team has finished up for the summer, the women’s team is still going strong through June:

Day Home time Away

Sun 7 Women’s Team 14:00 Harmony Row Ladies

Sun 14 Rangers Reserves VS Women’s Team

Sun 28 Women’s Team 14:00 Kilwinning

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It’s a Knockout!

Monday, June 8 at 7:00pm

Scottish Community Development Centre, Suite 305 Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington St, G2 6HJ

Knockout is a new LGBT boxing group being set-up in Glasgow. The club aims to be as inclusive as possible and would like to hear from interested people and potential members in planning the next steps.

The club is for all abilities but at this stage are particularly keen to hear from absolute beginners too. Whether you fancy trying it once, becoming a regular member, or just finding out a bit more, then you will be made most welcome.

The club organisers are keen to have others on board to help out, so even if you don’t see yourself having a go, but would be interested in helping to run the club or get it off the ground, it would be great to have you along.

Whether you are lesbian, transgender, bisexual, gay or an ally – whether you are a complete beginner or not – come along and have your say.

And if we haven’t sold it to you yet, how about we offer you some tea and biscuits too?

You can sign up by joining this event, or you can email knockoutglasgow for some more information.

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Glasgow Parkour Girls 5km or 10km run!

Sat June 13th from 11am

We’re running 5km or 10km together, so pick your distance and start training!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1615027508712252/

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Glasgow Events from 19/05/2015

Hi all,

Apologies about the later update, we’ve been swamped this weekend. Tonight it would be awesome if you can make it along to Govan and join in the conversation about the Farmhouse Project. It is a cracking attempt to keep common-held assets available to us all (rather than having the council sell them off to developers). Also, tomorrow evening, we’ll be putting on a presentation and discussion about anarchism and film, something a little less heavy going than our last two discussion group meetings.

Loads more to check out as well…

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Community-led Research for Community Organising!

Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30pm

Plantation Productions, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ

Interested to find out what we’ve got planned at the Farmhouse Project?

Want to share your ideas and get involved?

Keen to contribute to a discussion about the current and future status of the Farmhouse and Garden?

This won’t be your standard Public Meeting format – but an opportunity to explore the different elements of the project we’ve been putting together and for you to give us your feedback and ideas in a range of small group discussions.

It’ll also be an opportunity to find out how you can get more involved.

Snacks & refreshments provided by our brilliant caterer Joey!

Get in touch if you have any questions

PHONE: 07419373317

EMAIL: info

WEB: commgood.wordpress.com

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Anarchists and the Silver Screen

Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Cinema emerged at a time of upheaval. It was a tangle of new and old technologies, made possible by industrialisation but also long plagued by competition and patent wars. It could be a popular, accessible, and playful way to communicate anarchist ideas and imagine new worlds. On the other hand, cinema was very quickly tamed as a commercial form of entertainment within capitalist and colonialist networks. Films became more expensive to make through artificial scarcity and monopolistic control of the means of production and distribution. A few formulas crystallised to make films predictable as investment vehicles, stifling cinema’s ability to say something new. Any alternatives to capitalism are ridiculed and mocked – while some of the finest moments of classical movies unwittingly show glimpses of utopia and some anti-authoritarian flair.

Using examples from the early days of silent cinema to DIY punk video and avant-garde art films (but leaving documentary aside), the first question our speaker will pose for discussion is – how have anarchism and anarchists been represented in narrative cinema, and does it matter? We will then consider another side of the matter by discussing ideas about anarchist aesthetics and whether a politically radical film needs to be visually and formally challenging as well. The discussion will then move to issues of production and distribution: what models have been used in historical attempts to make films in a liberatory and non-hierarchical way? How can the dominant mode of production (anchored in material and intellectual property) be challenged?

The Radical Film Archive will be in attendance with a hard drive full of films that are free to copy (bring a flashdrive), and there will also be some free DVDs.

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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 will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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FORZA #1

Sunday, May 24 at 7:00pm

Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, G12 8PB

A free entry benefit show of poetry, stories and songs from clean-living, well-adjusted, fairly-young people hosted by Glasgow’s newest zine of words and pictures.

Proceedings are set to include highly-evolved poetic incisors chowing down on the meat of human relationships and leaving the truthy bones bare for all to see in the poems of CATHERINE MADDEN (www.catherinemadden.wordpress.com). CHRISSY BARNACLE, singer and player of musical magical realism so magic you’ll float slightly above the floor and so real you’ll discover your teeth were clenched without your knowledge, will be singing and playing (www.chrissybarnacle.bandcamp.com). Also present will be MICKY DEY, playing his beautiful yet chilling, vast and sweeping yet intimate and gut-gripping songs of longing (www.soundcloud.com/mickydey). RORY PORTER will not be discouraged from reading a few story-poem-poem-stories starring private detectives, anti-Roman rebels and Warwickshire visionaries (www.overturnoverturn.tumblr.com) and you can also expect tall tales and street stories from SEAN CAIRNS, a man born in a crossfire hurricane equidistant between love, hate, Edinburgh and Glasgow (www.hingstotell.tumblr.com). Perhaps most excitingly of all the West Coast’s own DANGLE MANATEE will be regaling those assembled with folk songs, volk stories and perhaps even a pueblo play sure to solicit affects both Brechtian and sublime (www.danglemanatee.bandcamp.com).

This free show will be a benefit for The Samaritans and The Campaign Against Living Miserably so bring a pocketful of change. Forza Issue #1 will be on sale for £2 on the night and ALL proceeds will go to the above charities.

(www.samaritans.org //www.thecalmzone.net)

Word x

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Critical Mass: May-BEES!

Friday, May 29 at 6:30pm

George Square

6.30pm, for 7pm start, from George Square.

General Critical Mass Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_(cycling)

As with last month:

We haven’t decided upon a route (‘though the start point will be the column in George Square), and are open to suggestions! Either on the day when we congregate, or in advance on this page!

The ride will be a gentle one, which will go at a pace that suits everyone: all are welcome! :)

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Banner Tales of Glasgow in Govan

Saturday, 30 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Govan will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.

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Dungavel Demo

Saturday, 30 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm

Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre

Detention is a blight on our immigration system. People in Dungavel are being held indefinitely and some have been held for months and even years. Let’s show our opposition to detention and remember the people in the system.

Bring your friends, bring your colleagues, bring your banners

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Do we need feminism? Gender inequality, violence and sexism in the present day

Monday, June 1 at 10:00am – 6:00pm

Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP

What does feminism mean in the present day, and to what extent is the current attitude towards feminism different from the way feminism has been seen in the past? What are the legacies of second-wave feminism and what can we still learn from it today? Are younger generations of women aware of the persistence of sexism, sexual violence and gender inequality, and can feminism be useful in tackling these issues?

This workshop explores current attitudes towards feminism and its legacy in the present, and promotes discussions about the role feminism can play in the struggle for a more equal and less sexist society.

PROGRAMME

10-10.30/Welcome & Introduction

-Sue John, Glasgow Women’s Library

-Dr Rosemary Elliot, Director of the Centre for Gender History

10.30-12.30/Do we need feminism today?

Keynote lecture: Prof Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh), Transforming the face of politics? Women politicians and the feminist campaigns that got them there

Respondent: Dr Victoria Browne (Oxford Brookes)

Followed by roundtable discussion with:

-Louise MacKenzie and Judith Hunter, Glasgow City Council Equality Network

-Emma Ritch, Engender

12.30-13.30/Lunch break

13.30-14.45/Fighting sexual violence

Respondent: Dr Andrea Thomson (University of Glasgow)

-Dr Rosemary Elliot & Dr Annmarie Hughes (University of Glasgow), Language, the law and the question of consent: Historical perspectives on sexual violence in 20thcentury Scotland

-Hanna Brown, Rape Crisis Lanarkshire and STAMP (Stamp out Media Patriarchy) project leader

-Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid (TBC)

-Kirsti Hay, Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership

14.45-15.15/Tea & coffee

15.15-17/Learning from feminism

Respondent: Dr Vikki Turbine (University of Glasgow)

-Dr Sarah Browne (Independent Researcher), Looking back, moving forward: Legacies and lessons from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Scotland

-Dr Akwugo Emejulu (University of Edinburgh), title TBC

-Sophie Kromholz and Halina Rifai, TYCI Glasgow

17-18/Wine reception

See also Centre for Gender History website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/humanities/research/historyresearch/historyresearchcentres/centreforgenderhistory/news/headline_405230_en.html

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE (or add yourself to the waiting list) @https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/16928830588/

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Candid Plastic – Live Storytelling

Monday, June 1 at 8:00pm

The Griffin, 266 Bath Street, G2 4JP

An eve of TRUE STORIES told by you!

Whoever you are COME SHARE THE sordid DETAILS OF YOUR LIFE with an eager crowd over a lovely lil bevvy!

We are asking for stories about FAKING IT.. We’ve all been there.

Pretended you knew someone’s name for a year too long?

Can’t look someone in the eye?

Kept a diary back in the day?

(Bring it along, read a passage!)

WE WANT TO HEAR all about Your times on Earth. Whether they be FUNNY/ MUNDANE/EMBARASSING/CRINGEY/GRATING/ANNOYING/AWKWARD/DISGUSTiNG/QUIRKY/REVOLUTIONARY/CHARMING

There will also be a CONFESSION BOX being passed round for those feeling a little shy..Which we will dip into throughout the night!

So even if you don’t want to tell a story COME LISTEN!

Can’t wait to hear all your juice!

UP FOR IT??

Email a brief description of your story to;

Story

C u ther!

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What is Happiness? And What Are Its Determinants? – Prof. Alex Wood | Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, June 1 at 7:00pm

The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

“Happiness” is a term thrown around in everyday conversation with very little thought given to what it actually means. Does it mean a balance of positive to negative moods? Life satisfaction? Living in line with culturally valued characteristics? Living in a country that doesn’t constrain potential? Each of these has different philosophical bases, and which definition we adopt shapes the lives we lead, and (via the government’s agenda of measuring and targeting of happiness) the societies in which we live. In this talk, Prof. Alex Wood will show that neither philosophy, social science, nor psychology is sufficient to explore “happiness” in isolation and an interdisciplinary approach is needed. Based on datasets of over 200,000 people, Alex will examine the relationship between happiness and income, personality, disability, employment, and a range of social science indicators.

Alex is Professor and Director of the Behavioral Science Centre at Stirling Management School, University of Stirling, which links the behavioural sciences (such as psychology) with the social sciences (such as economics and management) in order to better understand connections between economic, psychological, and health outcomes and their determinants. One of the youngest professors in UK history, Alex completed his BSc in Psychology at the University of Leicester in 2005 and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Warwick in 2008. From 2008 he worked in the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester, initially as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer, before accepting a Chair (full professorship) at the University of Stirling in 2012 at age 29. He has nearly 100 scientific publications and over £1 million in grant income, in recognition of which he was recently awarded an Honorary Chair in Psychology at the University of Manchester and the GSOEP prize for "Best Paper 2012-2013" (with Christopher Boyce). His hobbies include hill/mountain walking, philosophy, reading, and eating curry, but not all at the same time. His website is at www.alexwoodpsychology.com and he’s on Twitter at https://twitter.com/alexmwood

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

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.

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QUEER GAYLIDH DANCE PARTY

Saturday, June 6 at 7:00pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

LGBT Unity Solidarity Group invite you to celebrate our community at the Queer Gaylidh Dance Party.

A ceilidh to get everyone dancing, and then some DJ sets by our awesome queer allies.

This is a party for everyone, and you’re very much invited.

100% queer, 100% inclusive, everybody welcome

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This is a fundraiser to keep the LGBT Unity Project as powerful as ever!

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Tickets £3 on the door, free for asylum seekers and refugees

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Selvhenter

Sunday, June 14 at 7:30pm

The Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2HG

Feminist free jazz, punk, noise and metal, infused with passion and humour; Copenhagen’s Selvhenter play their first gig in Scotland.

£8 Adv

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/318011

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SPORTS SECTION

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Roller Derby

Tier 1 of the British Roller Derby Champs will be battling it out in the final round to see who is victorious and who can be named the British Roller Derby Champions. Competing are Auld Reekie Roller Girls, Central City Rollergirls, Glasgow Roller Derby, Middlesbrough Milk Rollers, Rainy City Roller Girls and Tiger Bay Brawlers

Approximate timings for the weekend are

Saturday, May 30

12-2pm: Game 1 – Rainy City v CCR

2-4pm: Game 2 – Grd v MMR

4-6pm: Game 3 – Arrg v TBB

Sunday, May 31

10.30-12.30pm Game 4 – Rainy City v GRD

12.30-2.30pm Game 5 – MMR v TBB

2.30-4.30pm Game 6 – CCR v ARRG

Tickets are available as weekend passes for £12 or day tickets for £7 and as always children under 14 go free. There are only 200 tickets available each day so snap them up before they’re all gone and prepare to see some epic Derby.

tickets available: http://glasgowrollerderby.com/

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United Glasgow FC

Womans 5 and 11-a-side

Now Recruiting

These sessions still on at Firhill Complex on Monday evenings – everyone welcome!

We’re also still looking for some additional players for our 11-a-side team who’ve entered the SWFL Division 2 West this season. If you’re still looking for a team then get in touch!

Training costs only £1 per week and the team has already been invited to play in Bristol during the July break and to other tournaments in Ireland and France.

Come and get involved!

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Parkour Scotland Spring Term – (4th April – 23rd May)

Saturday, May 23

Rottenrow Gardens

Parkour Scotland is launching in Glasgow, starting with it’s new spring term class led by David Banks.

Just five pounds gets you a session with one of the top and most innovative coaches in the UK. The session will be followed by a supervised jam for you all to train with your peers and try out some of the new technique’s learn’t in class as well as sharing some of your own.

This class is recommended for all levels. From new coaching techniques, to mastery of the fundamentals of Parkour as well as their application this class has something for everyone.

Meet at Rottenrow Gardens at 11.50 to settle before the class begins. Show-ups are welcome on the day but priority will be given to those who email and book in advance.

Contact – davidbankscp

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Glasgow Parkour Girls 5km or 10km run!

Sat June 13th from 11am

We’re running 5km or 10km together, so pick your distance and start training!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1615027508712252/

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Glasgow Events from 09/05/2015

Hi folks,

Just a wee note to say that there is a load of events this weekend, so take a quick look. Also, we are going to try out having a sports section at the end of each update containing local United Glasgow FC fixtures, roller derby matches, and parkour jams, rather than fit things into the main listing. Getting this together so it appears in the main lising in order has proved quite difficult and a LOT of work for us in the past, so let us know if this works out for you or not.

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ARTWASH Book Launch by Mel Evans and Platform

Saturday, May 9 at 5:00pm

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Artwash explores the murky world of oil sponsorship of the arts, focusing on the deep-rooted relationship between our art institutions and the multi-national corporations that fund them. In the wake of massive environmental disasters created by the oil industry, companies such as BP and Shell are using arts sponsorship as a calculated PR exercise to ‘artwash’ their soiled reputations.

"This fascinating book delves deeply into art sponsorship, one of the more insidious tools that the fossil fuel industry deploys to maintain its power." NAOMI KLEIN, author of This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine and No Logo

Mel Evans provides a gripping exposé of this practice and raises important questions about artistic censorship and complicity, as art institutions find themselves inextricably associated with Big Oil. Artwash shows how the ties that bind our cultural centres to Big Oil can be broken once and for all.

Joined by local artists and theatre makers, come along to this FREE event to discuss Big Oil and the arts, corporate sponsorship and the ethical questions facing artists and arts organisations.

http://platformlondon.org/p-eventnew/artwash-big-oil-and-the-arts-launch-events/

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Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel

Saturday, May 9 at 09:00am

The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

International conference in Glasgow.

Early registration required.

Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel on May 9th brings together a range of speakers to make the case that ending this commerce in death is both necessary and possible. It will be an opportunity for participants to build a broad, dynamic campaign to end the sale of weapons to Israel that are used in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Condemning the ‘deep inhumanity’ of Israel’s devastation of Gaza last summer, the Scottish Government added its voice to that of Amnesty International in calling for a suspension of arms deliveries to the State of Israel. It will take a determined civil society effort, however, to bring about such an embargo that can help to end the periodic massacres that have been the lot of the Palestinian people.

Humanitarian support for the Palestinians under occupation, or symbolic gestures such as flying a Palestinian flag, can never be enough when Scotland supplies Israel with guidance systems for 500lb bombs that Israel drops on the most crowded place on earth, Gaza, killing thousands of people in that open air prison.

The talks in the Renfield Centre’s main auditorium and workshops in adjoining rooms will be an opportunity for participants to develop a campaign to end Scottish factories providing Israel with the means to carry out crimes against the Palestinian people.

This will be a brilliant day to learn about the arms trade and Israel and more importantly what we can do about it. A chance to meet people you have a lot in common with

register now

http://www.esati.org/conference/register/

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Art Weekend @ Faslane peace camp

Saturday, May 9 at 11:00am to May 10 at 11:00pm

Faslane Peace Camp

We will be painting and poster making from 11am on both the 9th and 10th of May. You can contact us in advance on 01436 820 901. All Welcome!

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Dance for Nepal – Creative Dance for kids

Sunday, May 10 at 4:00pm to 6:00PM

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

A creative dance class for children – under 5’s (4 pm to 4.40)and 6-10 yrs ( 4.45 – 5.45)

The workshop is Free but donations are very welcome to raise funds for a project to rebuild a village in Nepal

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/nepal-earthquake-2015kakani-one-house-at-a-time

If you are unable to attend please feel free to donate anyway! : )

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The F Word

Monday, May 11 at 6:00pm to May 12 at 10:00pm

The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Glasgow School of Art’s Feminist Society present The F Word; an intersectional dialogue on contemporary feminist perspectives. The exhibition takes place over two nights, and will consist of students and graduates from GSA addressing questions of gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity and class equality through artistic practice, including illustration, painting, sculpture, photography and design.

We will also be launching our new zine "That’s what she said" – featuring short stories, poems, opinion pieces, artwork, and other forms of expression from women of Glasgow.

6pm till late

11th-12th May 2015

The Old Hairdressers

Renfield Lane

Free entry. Drinks and DJs who are girls.

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Turn Me On, Dammit!

Saturday, May 16th at 3:00pm

The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL

Sex in the Women’s Library Film Season

A season of films designed to put women’s sexuality on the screen, curated by the Young Programmers. Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network. These events are women-only (trans-inclusive).

Turn Me On Dammit! (15)

In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on.

This screening takes place at The Arches and will be followed by a song writing workshop with feminist musical guests. Part of the Arches Sexology weekend.

Saturday 16th May, 3pm to 6pm

The Arches, Glasgow

Booking

This screening is free to attend and you can book below (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you book a place but can no longer attend please let us know so we can make the place available for someone else.

This film is subtitled. We can arrange a sign language interpreter for this screening. Please contact Laura on 0141 550 2267 for more information.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG_F4pR89AI

Turn Me On, Dammit! is a Norwegian coming-of-age comedy film premiered in 2011. It is based on Olaug Nilssen’s novel of the same name. Set in Skoddeheimen, a fictional small town in western Norway, the film is about Alma (Helene Bergsholm), a 15 year old girl and her sexual awakening.

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Rowan Refuge Spring Open Days

Saturday, May 16th & Sunday, May 17th at 12:00pm – 6:00pm each day

34 Ravenshall Road, Shawlands, G413SP

– free entry –

Are you interested in…

– organic gardening ?

– growing food, herbs and flowers ?

– birds, bugs and other wildlife ?

– composting, recycling and upcycling ?

– small space DIY structures ?

…then this wee southside of Glasgow residential garden may interest you! Also available:

– micro RiB bookstall –

– gardening books reference shelf –

– plant sale & seed swap –

– refreshments –

More info and directions: https://rowanrefuge.wordpress.com/

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Banner Tales of Glasgow in Barmulloch

Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 3:15pm

Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, G21 3PX

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Barmulloch will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.

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Anarchists and the Silver Screen

Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Cinema emerged at a time of upheaval. It was a tangle of new and old technologies, made possible by industrialisation but also long plagued by competition and patent wars. It could be a popular, accessible, and playful way to communicate anarchist ideas and imagine new worlds. On the other hand, cinema was very quickly tamed as a commercial form of entertainment within capitalist and colonialist networks. Films became more expensive to make through artificial scarcity and monopolistic control of the means of production and distribution. A few formulas crystallised to make films predictable as investment vehicles, stifling cinema’s ability to say something new. Any alternatives to capitalism are ridiculed and mocked – while some of the finest moments of classical movies unwittingly show glimpses of utopia and some anti-authoritarian flair.

Using examples from the early days of silent cinema to DIY punk video and avant-garde art films (but leaving documentary aside), the first question our speaker will pose for discussion is – how have anarchism and anarchists been represented in narrative cinema, and does it matter? We will then consider another side of the matter by discussing ideas about anarchist aesthetics and whether a politically radical film needs to be visually and formally challenging as well. The discussion will then move to issues of production and distribution: what models have been used in historical attempts to make films in a liberatory and non-hierarchical way? How can the dominant mode of production (anchored in material and intellectual property) be challenged?

The Radical Film Archive will be in attendance with a hard drive full of films that are free to copy (bring a flashdrive), and there will also be some free DVDs.

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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 will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Banner Tales of Glasgow in Govan

Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Govan will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.

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FORZA #1

Sunday, May 24 at 7:00pm

Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, G12 8PB

A free entry benefit show of poetry, stories and songs from clean-living, well-adjusted, fairly-young people hosted by Glasgow’s newest zine of words and pictures.

Proceedings are set to include highly-evolved poetic incisors chowing down on the meat of human relationships and leaving the truthy bones bare for all to see in the poems of CATHERINE MADDEN (www.catherinemadden.wordpress.com). CHRISSY BARNACLE, singer and player of musical magical realism so magic you’ll float slightly above the floor and so real you’ll discover your teeth were clenched without your knowledge, will be singing and playing (www.chrissybarnacle.bandcamp.com). Also present will be MICKY DEY, playing his beautiful yet chilling, vast and sweeping yet intimate and gut-gripping songs of longing (www.soundcloud.com/mickydey). RORY PORTER will not be discouraged from reading a few story-poem-poem-stories starring private detectives, anti-Roman rebels and Warwickshire visionaries (www.overturnoverturn.tumblr.com) and you can also expect tall tales and street stories from SEAN CAIRNS, a man born in a crossfire hurricane equidistant between love, hate, Edinburgh and Glasgow (www.hingstotell.tumblr.com). Perhaps most excitingly of all the West Coast’s own DANGLE MANATEE will be regaling those assembled with folk songs, volk stories and perhaps even a pueblo play sure to solicit affects both Brechtian and sublime (www.danglemanatee.bandcamp.com).

This free show will be a benefit for The Samaritans and The Campaign Against Living Miserably so bring a pocketful of change. Forza Issue #1 will be on sale for £2 on the night and ALL proceeds will go to the above charities.

(www.samaritans.org //www.thecalmzone.net)

Word x

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Critical Mass: May-BEES!

Friday, May 29 at 6:30pm

George Square

6.30pm, for 7pm start, from George Square.

General Critical Mass Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_(cycling)

As with last month:

We haven’t decided upon a route (‘though the start point will be the column in George Square), and are open to suggestions! Either on the day when we congregate, or in advance on this page!

The ride will be a gentle one, which will go at a pace that suits everyone: all are welcome! :)

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Selvhenter

Sunday, June 14 at 7:30pm

The Glad Café, 1006A Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G41 2HG

Feminist free jazz, punk, noise and metal, infused with passion and humour; Copenhagen’s Selvhenter play their first gig in Scotland.

£8 Adv

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/318011

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SPORTS SECTION

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Roller Derby

Tier 1 of the British Roller Derby Champs will be battling it out in the final round to see who is victorious and who can be named the British Roller Derby Champions. Competing are Auld Reekie Roller Girls, Central City Rollergirls, Glasgow Roller Derby, Middlesbrough Milk Rollers, Rainy City Roller Girls and Tiger Bay Brawlers

Approximate timings for the weekend are

Saturday, May 30

12-2pm: Game 1 – Rainy City v CCR

2-4pm: Game 2 – Grd v MMR

4-6pm: Game 3 – Arrg v TBB

Sunday, May 31

10.30-12.30pm Game 4 – Rainy City v GRD

12.30-2.30pm Game 5 – MMR v TBB

2.30-4.30pm Game 6 – CCR v ARRG

Tickets are available as weekend passes for £12 or day tickets for £7 and as always children under 14 go free. There are only 200 tickets available each day so snap them up before they’re all gone and prepare to see some epic Derby.

tickets available: http://glasgowrollerderby.com/

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United Glasgow FC

Womans 5 and 11-a-side

Now Recruiting

These sessions still on at Firhill Complex on Monday evenings – everyone welcome!

We’re also still looking for some additional players for our 11-a-side team who’ve entered the SWFL Division 2 West this season. If you’re still looking for a team then get in touch!

Training costs only £1 per week and the team has already been invited to play in Bristol during the July break and to other tournaments in Ireland and France.

Come and get involved!

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Parkour

Parkour Scotland Spring Term – (4th April – 23rd May)

Saturday, May 23

Rottenrow Gardens

Parkour Scotland is launching in Glasgow, starting with it’s new spring term class led by David Banks.

Just five pounds gets you a session with one of the top and most innovative coaches in the UK. The session will be followed by a supervised jam for you all to train with your peers and try out some of the new technique’s learn’t in class as well as sharing some of your own.

This class is recommended for all levels. From new coaching techniques, to mastery of the fundamentals of Parkour as well as their application this class has something for everyone.

Meet at Rottenrow Gardens at 11.50 to settle before the class begins. Show-ups are welcome on the day but priority will be given to those who email and book in advance.

Contact – davidbankscp

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Stop your preaching about voting – it relegates real struggle while supporting a sham that is destroying the world

There is a world beyond the ballot boxOne Glasgow AFed member writes:

Am probably not voting today. And I dare a single one of you to *seriously* tell me that’s because I don’t engage in politics. I might go along and chuck the greens a vote, but very firmly with my nose held and purely just to add to the proportion tallied against vaguely progressive politics. Elections are a sham and what we do in our every day life is a million times more important. In fact some argue that that elections act to entrench a system that I believe to be a part of why this world/society is such a frigging inhumane hole. So maybe not voting will be a more significant tally – of those disenfranchised from representative bollocks. And no, Labour winning is not progressive or better in any meaningful way. Though at least those who are gullible enough to vote for them are probably doing it for nice reasons. Unlike what an absolute selfish, heartless, stupid arsehole you’d have to be to actively vote Tory.

The thing that pisses me off most is those who tell me that I’m obligated or guilty if I choose to abstain from it. Some of those even acknowledge that the system is rigged, and yet still say we should engage! Just read a great comment on that : “If a race was rigged, you wouldn’t run it in the hope that you might make the organisers feel bad about illegitimately disqualifying you; if a game’s rules were unfair you wouldn’t play it and complain about how unfair it was. you find a different game, or you change the rules of that one.”

There’s a thing that happens when you’re vegetarian or vegan. You quietly order your dinner and don’t comment on anybody else’s, but anyway the meat eaters at the table start to chime in. Some of them are obv attempts to be friendly/assauge shame “I eat meat but I really enjoy vegetarian food too and have cut down on my meat consumption” whereas others (in my experience this is the absolute majority of comments) “I couldn’t give up meat. I love it too much. Vegetarians are so preachy.” And I try and ignore this and get on with my personal ethical choices, and wish they’d stick to theirs, or if they feel that guilty and defensive about it, try and get their absolution elsewhere. Because really, if you feel a nagging guilt that what you’re doing is wrong, and yet still do it just because you enjoy it, that’s pretty fucked up. Something is oppressive or not. Its fine to talk about how choices are compromised under capitalism – I would totally agree with you, and have similar qualms about not being vegan. But in that case don’t start pushing your meat into my face and telling me that its all ok. And if you’re fine about it, then why did you feel the need to bring it up with me in the first place?

Feels similar at election time. I don’t think I have a go at anybody about their political inaction for the 1824 days when there’s not an election. So why suddenly do I get all this bullshit around election time? This constant noise around the importance of voting plays just one purpose; it relegates down all the actual constructive politics people do in favour of something that is useless in ever effecting change.

Vote or don’t vote. I don’t care. But preaching about how important it is to keep the tories out, or how not voting is irresponsible is actively harming real moves to make actual progressive change. So STFU.

Glasgow Events from 06/05/2015

Hi all,

Just as an opener the Unity Centre have put out two calls to help stop forced removals:

http://unitycentreglasgow.org/takeactionforstevenmbasia/

http://unitycentreglasgow.org/stop-the-forced-removal-of-emmanuel-akokoh/

The folks from Glasgow Palestine Action are also looking for some solidarity on Wednesday lunchtime, so if you are free from 12pm there will be folks outside the Sheriff Court and other folks inside to show their support. Hopefully see some peeps there!

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NO CASE TO ANSWER! Call-out for court solidarity

Wednesday, May 6 at 12:00pm

Glasgow Sheriff Court

Show solidarity with Glasgow Palestine Action, both inside and outside the Sheriff Court on Midday of May 6th, as the outcome of their claim that there is no case to answer for their protest against Thales is likely to be heard.

Thales makes components for drones which are sold to the Israeli Defence Force and were used in the assault of Gaza.

Four people audaciously occupied the roof of the building and unfurled banners reading ‘STOP ARMING ISRAEL. ANOTHER SCOTLAND IS POSSIBLE’, ‘UK GOV, THALES, ELBIT, COMPLICIT IN GENOCIDE’ and ‘HOMES NOT DRONES’ while five others blockaded both the front and back gates with arm tubes reading ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Boycott Israel’.

Despite the overwhelming support of passers by the Crown have pursued charges of breach of the peace. We say there is no case to answer for these actions and ask for anyone who can spare the time to come down and show your support.

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Live Music at Sharmanka: Kamilla Ravnsfjall, Kristina Žalytė & Rūta Kukulskytė

Thursday, May 7 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, G1 5HD

For May’s First Thursday event in Sharmanka, a very special evening is in store! Amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures, we’ll hear the amalgam of Lithuanian harmony singing from Rūta Kukulskytė and Kristina Žalytė with flute from Kamilla Ravnsfjall of the Faroe Islands.

Their performance will begin after Sharmanka’s own Thursday evening show concludes, so a little after 8pm.

Donations will be collected from audience members as they leave.

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Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel

Saturday, May 9 at 09:00am

The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

International conference in Glasgow.

Early registration required.

Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel on May 9th brings together a range of speakers to make the case that ending this commerce in death is both necessary and possible. It will be an opportunity for participants to build a broad, dynamic campaign to end the sale of weapons to Israel that are used in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Condemning the ‘deep inhumanity’ of Israel’s devastation of Gaza last summer, the Scottish Government added its voice to that of Amnesty International in calling for a suspension of arms deliveries to the State of Israel. It will take a determined civil society effort, however, to bring about such an embargo that can help to end the periodic massacres that have been the lot of the Palestinian people.

Humanitarian support for the Palestinians under occupation, or symbolic gestures such as flying a Palestinian flag, can never be enough when Scotland supplies Israel with guidance systems for 500lb bombs that Israel drops on the most crowded place on earth, Gaza, killing thousands of people in that open air prison.

The talks in the Renfield Centre’s main auditorium and workshops in adjoining rooms will be an opportunity for participants to develop a campaign to end Scottish factories providing Israel with the means to carry out crimes against the Palestinian people.

This will be a brilliant day to learn about the arms trade and Israel and more importantly what we can do about it. A chance to meet people you have a lot in common with

register now

http://www.esati.org/conference/register/

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Art Weekend @ Faslane peace camp

Saturday May 9 at 11:00am to Sunday May 10 at 11:00pm

Faslane Peace Camp

We will be painting and poster making from 11am on both the 9th and 10th of May. You can contact us in advance on 01436 820 901. All Welcome!

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Turn Me On, Dammit!

Saturday, May 16th at 3:00pm

The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL

Sex in the Women’s Library Film Season

A season of films designed to put women’s sexuality on the screen, curated by the Young Programmers. Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network. These events are women-only (trans-inclusive).

Turn Me On Dammit! (15)

In Skoddeheimen, Norway, 15-year-old Alma is consumed by her hormones and fantasies that range from sweetly romantic images of Artur, the boyfriend she yearns for, to daydreams about practically everybody she lays eyes on.

This screening takes place at The Arches and will be followed by a song writing workshop with feminist musical guests. Part of the Arches Sexology weekend.

Saturday, 16 May 3pm to 6pm

The Arches, Glasgow

Booking

This screening is free to attend and you can book below (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you book a place but can no longer attend please let us know so we can make the place available for someone else.

This film is subtitled. We can arrange a sign language interpreter for this screening. Please contact Laura on 0141 550 2267 for more information.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG_F4pR89AI

Turn Me On, Dammit! is a Norwegian coming-of-age comedy film premiered in 2011. It is based on Olaug Nilssen’s novel of the same name. Set in Skoddeheimen, a fictional small town in western Norway, the film is about Alma (Helene Bergsholm), a 15 year old girl and her sexual awakening.

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Rowan Refuge Spring Open Days

Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17 at 12:00pm – 6:00pm each day

34 Ravenshall Road, Shawlands, G413SP

– free entry –

Are you interested in…

– organic gardening ?

– growing food, herbs and flowers ?

– birds, bugs and other wildlife ?

– composting, recycling and upcycling ?

– small space DIY structures ?

…then this wee southside of Glasgow residential garden may interest you! Also available:

– micro RiB bookstall –

– gardening books reference shelf –

– plant sale & seed swap –

– refreshments –

More info and directions: https://rowanrefuge.wordpress.com/

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Banner Tales of Glasgow in Barmulloch

Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 3:15pm

Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, G21 3PX

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Barmulloch will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.

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Anarchists and the Silver Screen

Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Cinema emerged at a time of upheaval. It was a tangle of new and old technologies, made possible by industrialisation but also long plagued by competition and patent wars. It could be a popular, accessible, and playful way to communicate anarchist ideas and imagine new worlds. On the other hand, cinema was very quickly tamed as a commercial form of entertainment within capitalist and colonialist networks. Films became more expensive to make through artificial scarcity and monopolistic control of the means of production and distribution. A few formulas crystallised to make films predictable as investment vehicles, stifling cinema’s ability to say something new. Any alternatives to capitalism are ridiculed and mocked – while some of the finest moments of classical movies unwittingly show glimpses of utopia and some anti-authoritarian flair.

Using examples from the early days of silent cinema to DIY punk video and avant-garde art films (but leaving documentary aside), the first question our speaker will pose for discussion is – how have anarchism and anarchists been represented in narrative cinema, and does it matter? We will then consider another side of the matter by discussing ideas about anarchist aesthetics and whether a politically radical film needs to be visually and formally challenging as well. The discussion will then move to issues of production and distribution: what models have been used in historical attempts to make films in a liberatory and non-hierarchical way? How can the dominant mode of production (anchored in material and intellectual property) be challenged?

The Radical Film Archive will be in attendance with a hard drive full of films that are free to copy (bring a flashdrive), and there will also be some free DVDs.

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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 will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Banner Tales of Glasgow in Govan

Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Govan will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.

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Critical Mass: May-BEES!

Friday, May 29 at 6:30pm

George Square

6.30pm, for 7pm start, from George Square.

General Critical Mass Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass_(cycling)

As with last month:

We haven’t decided upon a route (‘though the start point will be the column in George Square), and are open to suggestions! Either on the day when we congregate, or in advance on this page!

The ride will be a gentle one, which will go at a pace that suits everyone: all are welcome! :)

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Glasgow Events from 27/04/2015

Hi all,

With Mayday this Friday there is a lot crammed into this coming weekend, from stalls in the streets to film screenings and talks. Sunday also sees the Social Centre Collective hosting a free shop event (including music, a kids space, and food), which looks to be a wee bit of calm in the midst of what has been a lot of busy events. Now on with the update…

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"Can football tackle discrimination?" FILM SHOWING AND DISCUSSION

Monday, 27th April at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, G12 8NN (Room LT E 611)

United Glasgow Football Club is delighted to host this event which will allow those interested to discuss the role that football does, can or should play in tackling discrimination – both within the game and in wider society.

With only a few weeks to go until the UK votes in a general election, anti-immigrant feeling is high on the political agenda and this is something that United Glasgow Football Club has always been keen to tackle.

The event will begin with the first screening of a 12 minute documentary made about United Glasgow Football Club by final year film and TV students at the University of Stirling which looks at what the club is doing and why this is important.

Following the screening, we’ll hear from:

Daniel McDonald & Scott Paul – two of the film-makers from Stirling University, speaking about the experience of making the documentary.

Ben Raw – a committee member of United Glasgow Football Club and youth worker with the Iona Community, talking about football’s ability to both tackle and foster discrimination.

Thomas Maguranyanga – men’s first team coach at United Glasgow Football Club talking about what makes United Glasgow FC different and how successful football is at tackling discrimination.

Hala Ousta – football equity officer with the Scottish Football Association, speaking about what the SFA does in their grassroots football equity project and giving her own personal opinions on discrimination in football.

One or two more speakers to be added.

Each speaker will give a 5 minute talk before we have a question and answer session for all the participants.

Free entry.

Boyd Orr Building, LT E 611

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Challenging the Militarisation of Youth in Scotland

Tuesday 28th April at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Mary Barbour Suite in the Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3UU

The Ministry of Defence have ramped up their recruitment efforts. The military are visiting more and more schools nationwide, especially in lower income areas. There has been a surge in the number of Cadet Forces and Troops to Teacher programmes. The Government and MOD have together created The British Armed Forces: Learning Resource 2014, targeting 5-16 year olds, emailing it to every school in the country.

We are reaching new levels of militarisation of youth in the UK and Scotland.

This is an invitation to an event exploring the military’s engagement with young people in Scotland. It will feature:

Owen Everett, Education Campaign worker at ForcesWatch* giving a report on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland;

Ben Griffin, ex-SAS soldier from Veterans for Peace UK** speaking on Recruitment and the Militarisation of Youth;

There will also be a screening of the short film ‘Engage: the military and young people’, which was made by teenagers.

The UK military spends millions of pounds each year on its ‘youth engagement’ programme, including around 11,000 armed forces visits to state secondary schools and colleges, and huge Cadet Forces. These initiatives concern many people, particularly given that the two main aims of them are recruitment into the armed forces – which carries much higher risks for the youngest, most disadvantaged recruits (the UK is the only country in the EU that recruits 16 year-olds into the armed forces) – and to give children a positive view towards the armed forces that they will carry into adulthood.

On April 29th we will host a workshop ‘What is militarism? And how to counter it?’ 6pm. Destination TBC.

*ForcesWatch is a small not-for-profit organisation based in London that critically scrutinises the ethical basis of the recruitment of young people into the UK armed forces, and the growing presence and influence of the military and military approaches in different areas of UK society (especially the education system), raising concerns as to whose best interests these are really in.

**Veterans For Peace UK is an anti-war ex-services organisation that;

1. Educates on the true nature of military service and war.

2. Resists war and militarism through nonviolent action.

3. Stands in solidarity with people affected by militarism and war.

Their ultimate aim is the abolition of war as an instrument of foreign policy.

The event is FREE, but please book a place online: https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/16176103160/

These workshops are organised by Resist Militarism Network, with the support of the Centre for Human Ecology, Forces Watch and Veterans For Peace.

28th April 2015 marks 100 years exactly since the International Congress of Women at The Haig to call for the end of WW1. Chrystal McMillan was an audacious anti-war activist from Scotland who attended the Congress. This event is also a celebration of resistance against war and militarism 100 years ago, as well today. You can find a report on the historic event here: https://archive.org/details/internatcongrewom00interich

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Countering Militarisation Workshop

Wednesday, 29th April at 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Govanhill Baths, 73 Calder Street, G42 7RA

Resist Militarism Network brings you a workshop to discuss What is Militarism and How to Counter it?

6pm – arrive, food, hellos

6:30 – session with Resist Militarism Net on how Militarism Invades our Everyday Lives.

7:00 – session with Owen Everett (ForcesWatch) on Militarisation of Education.

7:45 – break

8:00 – session with Ben Griffin (Vets for Peace UK) on The Internal Workings of Militarism.

8:45 – reflection

9:00 – finish up.

For more information please contact resistmilitarism

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Working Illegally – Documentary screening and discussion

Wednesday, 29th April at 7:00pm

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Glasgow Launch Event for the documentary working illegally. Followed by discussion with filmakers, researcher from Corporate Watch and ex-detainees.

This documentary looks at the hypocrisy of immigration detainees being paid 1 POUND AN HOUR to essentially help run detention centres while not being given to opportunity to work when outside detention. Essentially this is a form of modern slavery that serves to profit massive private security companies such as the GEO Group, MITTIE and many more.

This documentary looks in depth at one of the serious issues within detention centres. Come along for discussion and also to contribute to ideas about how to address this issue!

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Mayday Stalls

Friday, 1st May at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Junction of Buchanan Street and Gordon Street

International Workers Day – aka Mayday – is a global event that began in order to remember the events of that led to the execution, suicide in protest, and imprisonment of anarchists after the Haymarket Affair. To mark the day there will be a host of stalls from local anarchist, libertarian, working class, grassroots, community, workplace and DIY groups to meet up, share info on what they are up to, and keep the spirit of the Haymarket Martyrs alive.

Read more on the history here: http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday

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Banner Tales of Glasgow in Castlemilk

Friday, 1 May at 11:45am to 3:15pm

Castlemilk Community Centre, 121 Castlemilk Drive, G45 9UG

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Castlemilk will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.

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Miners Shot Down – Mayday screening

Friday, 1 May at 6.30pm

Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow G12 8QQ

Document Film Festival in association with Screen Seminars at Glasgow and the Glasgow Human Rights Network present a special May Day screening of Miners Shot Down, the award-winning documentary film about the killing off 34 striking miners in Marikana, South Africa, in 2012.

Free entry. First come first served.

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkK_T_vz7cY

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Seminar on elections: The state is like "hi" and the people are like "hey"

Friday, 1 May at 6.00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Elections are central pillars of democracy. Every 3-5 years democratic states ask their subjects to cast votes on who should run the government. The parties who wish to fulfil this role agitate for a recognition of what they consider the nation’s problems, for their solutions and for their visions for the nation, and ultimately for them being the best to run the country. If successful, they take over power which is accepted by those who they defeated.

People on the left typically engage with this feast of nationalism and rule in one of two ways. A small minority dismisses elections as inconsequential and fails to see that successful elections accomplish a lot and exactly what they promise: the formation of a government which rules in the name of those it rules over. Others see a great opportunity to make critical voices heard about what "we" really need and ask which left-wing party has the best chance of being the British SYRIZA.

In contrast, we want to take a step back from these discussions and simply ask what an election is and what it ought to accomplish for the democratic state. Our main claim here is that elections are means to affirm the unity between rule and those ruled over. On the one hand, elections affirm this unity formally: the outcome of a successful election is a legitimate government which is accepted by society. On the other hand, elections affirm this unity in content: the winning party agitated many it rules over for the necessities of its policies for the betterment of the nation.

In this workshop, we will not try to get you to vote, get you to abstain from voting, get you to vote without illusions or get you to vote the Green party or the SNP as the most radical "realistic" choice. Nor do we want to have a debate about "reform or revolution", where "radical purity" is posited against "realistic goals". Instead, we want to establish what an election actually is so that debates like these can be more than poking around in a fog.

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Glasgow Social Centre SWAP SHOP & ACOUSTIC MUSIC

Sunday, May 3 at 3:00pm – 6:30pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The Glasgow Social Centre collective invites you to a combined swap shop, acoustic music and cake-fest.

Please come along to swap, eat and play some tunes.

Bring your unwanted clothes and other swappables (books, CDs, DVDs, fabric, cake, instruments, paints, tools and cake). Bring your guitar, your drum, your voice, any other instrument of choice, or even just your own fine self for swapping and music-making.

There will be a kids play area and vegan food.

We’re still fundraising for the new social centre so donations are welcome but as always can be big, small or non-existent depending on what you can spare.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Animal Experiments – Prof. Rodger Downie, Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, May 4th at 19:00

72A Waterloo Street, G27DA

Professor Roger Downie of the University of Glasgow takes a look at the practical, legal, and ethical issues surrounding animal experimentation, and goes on to consider the related issue of experimentation on people.

This is interactive, with the audience invited to contribute their views on sometimes controversial issues. For example, if you were keen to phase out animal experiments aimed at improving medical treatments on people, would you approve of human experiments becoming a ‘duty’, like jury service?

Roger Downie is Professor of Zoological Education at the University of Glasgow. His research is mainly on the reproductive ecology of amphibians and marine turtles, but he also has a special interest in the ethical issues facing biological scientists, including animal experimentation.

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

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.

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NO CASE TO ANSWER! Call-out for court solidarity

Wednesday, May 6 at 12:00pm

Glasgow Sheriff Court

Show solidarity with Glasgow Palestine Action, both inside and outside the Sheriff Court on Midday of May 6th, as the outcome of their claim that there is no case to answer for their protest against Thales is likely to be heard.

Thales makes components for drones which are sold to the Israeli Defence Force and were used in the assault of Gaza.

Four people audaciously occupied the roof of the building and unfurled banners reading ‘STOP ARMING ISRAEL. ANOTHER SCOTLAND IS POSSIBLE’, ‘UK GOV, THALES, ELBIT, COMPLICIT IN GENOCIDE’ and ‘HOMES NOT DRONES’ while five others blockaded both the front and back gates with arm tubes reading ‘Free Palestine’ and ‘Boycott Israel’.

Despite the overwhelming support of passers by the Crown have pursued charges of breach of the peace. We say there is no case to answer for these actions and ask for anyone who can spare the time to come down and show your support.

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Live Music at Sharmanka: Kamilla Ravnsfjall, Kristina Žalytė & Rūta Kukulskytė

Thursday, May 7 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, G1 5HD

For May’s First Thursday event in Sharmanka, a very special evening is in store! Amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures, we’ll hear the amalgam of Lithuanian harmony singing from Rūta Kukulskytė and Kristina Žalytė with flute from Kamilla Ravnsfjall of the Faroe Islands.

Their performance will begin after Sharmanka’s own Thursday evening show concludes, so a little after 8pm.

Donations will be collected from audience members as they leave.

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Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel

Saturday, May 9 at 09:00am

The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

International conference in Glasgow.

Early registration required.

Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel on May 9th brings together a range of speakers to make the case that ending this commerce in death is both necessary and possible. It will be an opportunity for participants to build a broad, dynamic campaign to end the sale of weapons to Israel that are used in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Condemning the ‘deep inhumanity’ of Israel’s devastation of Gaza last summer, the Scottish Government added its voice to that of Amnesty International in calling for a suspension of arms deliveries to the State of Israel. It will take a determined civil society effort, however, to bring about such an embargo that can help to end the periodic massacres that have been the lot of the Palestinian people.

Humanitarian support for the Palestinians under occupation, or symbolic gestures such as flying a Palestinian flag, can never be enough when Scotland supplies Israel with guidance systems for 500lb bombs that Israel drops on the most crowded place on earth, Gaza, killing thousands of people in that open air prison.

The talks in the Renfield Centre’s main auditorium and workshops in adjoining rooms will be an opportunity for participants to develop a campaign to end Scottish factories providing Israel with the means to carry out crimes against the Palestinian people.

This will be a brilliant day to learn about the arms trade and Israel and more importantly what we can do about it. A chance to meet people you have a lot in common with

register now

http://www.esati.org/conference/register/

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Art Weekend @ Faslane peace camp

May 9 at 11:00am to May 10 at 11:00pm

Faslane Peace Camp

We will be painting and poster making from 11am on bith the 9th and 10th of May. You can contact us in advance on 01436 820 901. All Welcome!

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Rowan Refuge Spring Open Days

Saturday, May 16th & Sunday, May 17th at 12:00pm – 6:00pm each day

34 Ravenshall Road, Shawlands, G413SP

– free entry –

Are you interested in…

– organic gardening ?

– growing food, herbs and flowers ?

– birds, bugs and other wildlife ?

– composting, recycling and upcycling ?

– small space DIY structures ?

…then this wee southside of Glasgow residential garden may interest you! Also available:

– micro RiB bookstall –

– gardening books reference shelf –

– plant sale & seed swap –

– refreshments –

More info and directions: https://rowanrefuge.wordpress.com/

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Banner Tales of Glasgow in Barmulloch

Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 3:15pm

Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, G21 3PX

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Barmulloch will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.

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Anarchists and the Silver Screen

Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Cinema emerged at a time of upheaval. It was a tangle of new and old technologies, made possible by industrialisation but also long plagued by competition and patent wars. It could be a popular, accessible, and playful way to communicate anarchist ideas and imagine new worlds. On the other hand, cinema was very quickly tamed as a commercial form of entertainment within capitalist and colonialist networks. Films became more expensive to make through artificial scarcity and monopolistic control of the means of production and distribution. A few formulas crystallised to make films predictable as investment vehicles, stifling cinema’s ability to say something new. Any alternatives to capitalism are ridiculed and mocked – while some of the finest moments of classical movies unwittingly show glimpses of utopia and some anti-authoritarian flair.

Using examples from the early days of silent cinema to DIY punk video and avant-garde art films (but leaving documentary aside), the first question our speaker will pose for discussion is – how have anarchism and anarchists been represented in narrative cinema, and does it matter? We will then consider another side of the matter by discussing ideas about anarchist aesthetics and whether a politically radical film needs to be visually and formally challenging as well. The discussion will then move to issues of production and distribution: what models have been used in historical attempts to make films in a liberatory and non-hierarchical way? How can the dominant mode of production (anchored in material and intellectual property) be challenged?

The Radical Film Archive will be in attendance with a hard drive full of films that are free to copy (bring a flashdrive), and there will also be some free DVDs.

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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 will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Banner Tales of Glasgow in Govan

Saturday, 16 May at 11:45am to 4:00pm

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

A selection of workplace and community banners with close association with Govan will be on display along with discussions throughout the day. Be there at 11.30 for tea and coffee.

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Glasgow Events from 14/04/2015

Hi all,

Another week and another update. Lots of cool events coming up, with our own talk on what anarchists do rather than campaign or put faith in electoral politics this Wednesday, and an ongoing event to help Alam, an asylum seeker taken into custody by the Home Office after talking about his situation in the Evening Times.

Enjoy…

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Clydeside IWW Branch Meet
Tuesday, 14 April at 7:00pm
The Electron Club room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Open to members and would-be members.

https://iwwscotland.wordpress.com/

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BIG PACKAGE
Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 April
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

3 day event celebrating and providing a platform for LGBTQIA artists

http://www.theartschool.co.uk/events/events/16-apr-15-big-package-the-art-school/

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Keep Alam in Scotland!
Wednesday 15th April

Our friend Alam who is currently detained in Dungavel is due to be forcibly removed out of the UK on Wednesday 15th April. Please take action to help him!

Now he needs our help again to stop him getting forcibly removed from the UK. Please contact Qatar Airways to stop them removing him.
His flight details are:
Flight QR006 at 08.00hrs Wednesday 15th April from Heathrow to Doha in Qatar and then Flight QR634 from Doha to Dhaka.
Qatar Airways contact details:
Room 6204, Departures Mezzanine Terminal 4 Heathrow Airport, TW6 3FB, United Kingdom
Traffic Office: +44 208 797 5001
Trade Support 0844 880 7333
Privilege Club Support 0844 880 7334
Other Telephone: 0844 846 8380
Fax: 0208 797 5003
Twitter https://twitter.com/qatarairways

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Scottish Independence Referendum, 2014 – Problematisations and Provocations
Wednesday, 15th April at 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 311, Main Building, East Quadrangle, University of Glasgow

Gordon Asher and Leigh French explore some select themes of pre- and post-referendum politics: issues they see as largely absent, under- or mis-represented across much of what passes for political debate and public involvement.

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March for the homeless
Wednesday, 15 April at 2:00pm
Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, G2 1DU

Originally starting in Dublin, this event is now worldwide, several countries and cities around the world are standing together for the homeless.

We will no longer let these people be ignored, go hungry or be able to sleep safe at night. A static protest outside Glasgow city Chambers. Bring your voices and banners.

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Arika presents – Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives
Wednesday, 15 April until Sunday, 19 April
Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

Episode 7: We Can’t Live Without Our Lives is a 5-day exploration of care as a form of struggle and resistance, with communities who embody it, through theatre, film, experimental readings, discussion, workshops, collective investigations and being together.

How is it that contemporary life leaves us feeling ill and exhausted, uncared for – as if living by a thread? How might we care for each other differently? Can we think of care as a form of survival and resistance? And does thinking about such a socialised form of care require us to expand, challenge or refute the policed norms of ability and sanity, personhood and the body so violently imposed on us all?

Could the ways we attend to each other’s joys and pains help us to generate different futures together? Could we give humanness a different future by re-imagining what bodies and minds can be?

Thur £4 / Fri £4 / Sat £4 / Sun £6

Some events Free – Some events with BSL and/or live subtitling provided by Stagetext

For bookings:

Online: here or via www.tramway.org
Phone: 0845 330 3501

Full programme and schedule information is available at http://arika.org.uk/events or as a PDF on http://issuu.com/arika

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Angry Not Apathetic: Direct action gets the goods!
Wednesday, April 15 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With a general election less than a month away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the second of a pair of talks on issues surrounding them. The evening will open with a short presentation on what anarchists advocate in favour of instead of electoral politics before opening up for wider discussion.

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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 will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Keep LEE in Glasgow!
Friday 17th April

STOP Lee from getting forcibly removed and help return him to his home in Glasgow. This is TIME SENSITIVE as Lee may be issued with travel documents to prepare for removal this week. ANY AMOUNT HELPS – if every signatory on the petition donated a couple of quid we’d raise enough for bail!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
sign & share the online petition: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-uk-home-secretary-release-lee-from-dungavel-detention-back-into-the-glasgow-community-where-he-belongs?recruiter=255239491&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_responsive&utm_term=des-lg-no_src-no_msg&fb_ref=Default

join & share the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeeBelongsToGlasgow/
donate to Lee’s bail fund (any amount would be amazing!): donate via The Unity Centre link: unitycentremedia saying how much you’ve donated)

”Lee was detained unexpectedly a few weeks ago when reporting at the Glasgow Home Office Reporting Centre on Brand Street. Without warning, all of the sudden, Lee was ripped from the life he has been building in Glasgow. He was not permitted to get any belongings and was taken directly to Dungavel Detention Centre where he remains locked up today. Lee was detained shortly after being informed that he was not given appeal rights to continue with his case to the next judicial level. We want Lee to be returned to the Glasgow community where he belongs….”

thank you for your support & solidarity!

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The Concrete Garden Spring Open Day!
Saturday, 18 April at 12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

Spring open day with Grow Your Own Food demonstrations, meet the chickens, seed swaps, eco-crafts, local foods, an outdoor pizza oven, and live music.

We are also calling out to all musicians! We’re looking for bands/ musicians to come and play. If you’d like to join us, drop us a line (paula) and please spread the word to all your musical friends. We’ll make sure you’re well fed (we’ll have our outdoor pizza oven fired up for the day) and you’ll be paid for your set.

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April Woman*’s Parkour Jam
Saturday, 18 April at 14:30
Rottenrow Gardens, G1 1RG

This monthly training session is a perfect opportunity for having a go at parkour, or developing your training, in a supportive environment. All welcome at our jams! But remember, our priority is making our training and jams safer space, so, you know, always be cool. (GpkG has a safer spaces policy, just gies a shout if you wanna see, or chat about what you think makes training environments more inclusive.)

It’s not a class, so the structure is flexible. There will be experienced women there to show you to the basics, and give some structure to the sessions. There will be a warm-up together, an introduction to some of the fundamentals of training, maybe some games, and a wee conditioning session too!

The training is free and open to women* and girls* of all ages, abilities fitness and experience. Especially if it’s your first time!! Come along and have a jump!!

Meet at Rottenrow on Saturday, 1400. If you don’t know where that is, meet at Buchanan St Station at 1345

IF IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME, we’ll be super happy to see you!!!
You don’t need anything special, just remember to dress in loose, comfortable clothes and to bring plenty of water. If it’s cold, wear layers you can take off easily, because we’ll warm up quickly; but you don’t want to cool down to fast when you stop moving!! As for shoes, your fav running trainers is all you need. If you have several pairs, choose the lightest ones with the most flexible soles: they’ll be the best for touch and sensitivity.

Send a message to the Glasgow Parkour Girls page if you have any questions about the training or the jams. And check out Glasgow Parkour Coaching for weekly classes.

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IWW Scottish Assembly
Saturday, 18 April at 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Meeting of the Scottish members of the IWW. Open to prospective members.

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Allotments and Green Glasgow 2015: ‘Using water wisely’
Tuesday, April 21st from 7pm to 9pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE
and
Saturday, April 25th from 2pm to 4pm
Springburn allotments, Springburn Rd, G21 1LZ

Glasgow’s Green 2015 theme for April is The allotment strand of Green Glasgow 2015 will be about ‘ water and plots’ – Water capture, mulching, terracing, small scale ponds, drainage.

We will be having a CONVERSATION on the Tuesday, then a VISIT and DISCUSSION on the Saturday to look into these topics. All welcome at either or both.

www. glasgowallotmentsforum.org.uk
Twitter is @AllotmentsForum

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Film Screening of Gallipoli by Scottish Peace Network and the Industrial Workers of the World
Saturday, April 25 at 1pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

This day marks the centenary of the World War I battle of Gallipoli, a disaster that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands. We will be showing part of a movie made by Peter Weir, and featuring a young Mel Gibson. The movie will be introduced by three short talks, one setting the context of the battle and the connection to Scotland, another on the enormous impact Gallipoli had on New Zealand and Australia and finally a talk putting this centenary event in the context of the counter program to the government’s glorification of the war and of militarism. The movie will be followed by a discussion. FREE. All welcome.

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International Workers Memorial Day
Tuesday 28th April at 12:00pm
People’s Palace/Winter Gardens, G40 1AT. (on Glasgow Green)

Event info TBC.

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Challenging the Militarisation of Youth in Scotland
Tuesday 28th April at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Mary Barbour Suite in the Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 3UU

The Ministry of Defence have ramped up their recruitment efforts. The military are visiting more and more schools nationwide, especially in lower income areas. There has been a surge in the number of Cadet Forces and Troops to Teacher programmes. The Government and MOD have together created The British Armed Forces: Learning Resource 2014, targeting 5-16 year olds, emailing it to every school in the country.

We are reaching new levels of militarisation of youth in the UK and Scotland.

This is an invitation to an event exploring the military’s engagement with young people in Scotland. It will feature:

Owen Everett, Education Campaign worker at ForcesWatch* giving a report on armed forces visits to schools in Scotland;

Ben Griffin, ex-SAS soldier from Veterans for Peace UK** speaking on Recruitment and the Militarisation of Youth;

There will also be a screening of the short film ‘Engage: the military and young people’, which was made by teenagers.

The UK military spends millions of pounds each year on its ‘youth engagement’ programme, including around 11,000 armed forces visits to state secondary schools and colleges, and huge Cadet Forces. These initiatives concern many people, particularly given that the two main aims of them are recruitment into the armed forces – which carries much higher risks for the youngest, most disadvantaged recruits (the UK is the only country in the EU that recruits 16 year-olds into the armed forces) – and to give children a positive view towards the armed forces that they will carry into adulthood.

On April 29th we will host a workshop ‘What is militarism? And how to counter it?’ 6pm. Destination TBC.

*ForcesWatch is a small not-for-profit organisation based in London that critically scrutinises the ethical basis of the recruitment of young people into the UK armed forces, and the growing presence and influence of the military and military approaches in different areas of UK society (especially the education system), raising concerns as to whose best interests these are really in.

**Veterans For Peace UK is an anti-war ex-services organisation that;
1. Educates on the true nature of military service and war.
2. Resists war and militarism through nonviolent action.
3. Stands in solidarity with people affected by militarism and war.
Their ultimate aim is the abolition of war as an instrument of foreign policy.

The event is FREE, but please book a place online

These workshops are organised by Resist Militarism Network, with the support of the Centre for Human Ecology, Forces Watch and Veterans For Peace.

28th April 2015 marks 100 years exactly since the International Congress of Women at The Haig to call for the end of WW1. Chrystal McMillan was an audacious anti-war activist from Scotland who attended the Congress. This event is also a celebration of resistance against war and militarism 100 years ago, as well today. You can find a report on the historic event here: https://archive.org/details/internatcongrewom00interich

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Mayday Stalls
Friday, 1st May at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Junction of Buchanan Street and Gordon Street

International Workers Day – aka Mayday – is a global event that began in order to commemorate the events of that led to the execution of four, suicide by one, and imprisonment of three anarchists after the Haymarket Affair. To mark the day there will be a host of stalls from local anarchist, libertarian, grassroots, community, workplace and DIY groups to meet up, share info on what they are up to, and keep the spirit of the Haymarket Martyrs alive.

Read more on the history here: http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday

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Animal Experiments – Prof. Rodger Downie, Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, May 4th at 19:00
72A Waterloo Street, G27DA

Professor Roger Downie of the University of Glasgow takes a look at the practical, legal, and ethical issues surrounding animal experimentation, and goes on to consider the related issue of experimentation on people.

This is interactive, with the audience invited to contribute their views on sometimes controversial issues. For example, if you were keen to phase out animal experiments aimed at improving medical treatments on people, would you approve of human experiments becoming a ‘duty’, like jury service?

Roger Downie is Professor of Zoological Education at the University of Glasgow. His research is mainly on the reproductive ecology of amphibians and marine turtles, but he also has a special interest in the ethical issues facing biological scientists, including animal experimentation.

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start.

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.

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Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel
Saturday, May 9th 09:00
The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

International conference in Glasgow.
Early registration required.

Ending Scottish Arms Trade with Israel on May 9th brings together a range of speakers to make the case that ending this commerce in death is both necessary and possible. It will be an opportunity for participants to build a broad, dynamic campaign to end the sale of weapons to Israel that are used in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Condemning the ‘deep inhumanity’ of Israel’s devastation of Gaza last summer, the Scottish Government added its voice to that of Amnesty International in calling for a suspension of arms deliveries to the State of Israel. It will take a determined civil society effort, however, to bring about such an embargo that can help to end the periodic massacres that have been the lot of the Palestinian people.

Humanitarian support for the Palestinians under occupation, or symbolic gestures such as flying a Palestinian flag, can never be enough when Scotland supplies Israel with guidance systems for 500lb bombs that Israel drops on the most crowded place on earth, Gaza, killing thousands of people in that open air prison.

The talks in the Renfield Centre’s main auditorium and workshops in adjoining rooms will be an opportunity for participants to develop a campaign to end Scottish factories providing Israel with the means to carry out crimes against the Palestinian people.

This will be a brilliant day to learn about the arms trade and Israel and more importantly what we can do about it. A chance to meet people you have a lot in common with

register now

http://www.esati.org/conference/register/

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Rowan Refuge Spring Open Days
Saturday, May 16th & Sunday, May 17th at 12:00pm – 6:00pm each day
34 Ravenshall Road, Shawlands, G413SP

– free entry –

Are you interested in…

– organic gardening ?
– growing food, herbs and flowers ?
– birds, bugs and other wildlife ?
– composting, recycling and upcycling ?
– small space DIY structures ?

…then this wee southside of Glasgow residential garden may interest you! Also available:

– micro RiB bookstall –
– gardening books reference shelf –
– plant sale & seed swap –
– refreshments –

More info and directions: https://rowanrefuge.wordpress.com/

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