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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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Glasgow Events from 26/03/2015

Hi all,

Another jam-packed update! Of particular note is the change in advertised venue for the Glasgow Social Centre double-bill film screening and free meal taking place this Saturday. It is a doozy as they will be showing the documentary Concerning Violence (by the same people who put together the Black Power Mixtape) in one room, and the family film Spirited Away in a supervised room (allowing adults to move between rooms freely). The venue is physically accessible and close to lots of transport links. Besides that there is loads to check out so without futher ado…

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GLITCH – A QUEER/ TRANS/ INTERSEX/ PEOPLE OF COLOUR FILM FESTIVAL
Running until Saturday, March 28
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

We are a glitch in the system
Our lives deny the lies
Our complexity is dissent
We fight for love

We have a stunning selection of films, video art, spoken word, filmmaker Q & A’s, panel discussions, live music, and free haircuts. Entry to all events is FREE/ All films are subtitled/ All live events are BSL interpreted. To see the full programme then please visit:

http://www.digitaldesperados.org/glitch/glitchprogramme-2015/

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Polyester Launch Party
Friday, 27 March at 9:00pm – 3:00am
The Flying Duck, 142 Renfired Street, G2 3AU

Life can be hard sometimes but don’t cry those tears, queers. At Polyester no one will feel like a Chaka Khan’t, don’t go for second best, just express/explore yourself in whatever form fits(but please, no capes)
Expect a polysexual, polyrhythmic blend of music. performance and whatever else we can throw together.

100% queer, 100% inclusive, everyone welcome

The club will be preceded by the Glasgow premier of Lock Up Your Daughters Filmmaking’s High Heels Aren’t Compulsory,filmed with support from LGBT History Month & a showcase of short stories from ‘My Genderation’, directed, filmed & edited by Fox & Lewis (My Transsexual Summer, Ch4)

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A VER LIMITED CAPACOTY FOR THE SCREENING SO GET DOWN EARLY!

The club night will be hosted by the beautiful Crystal Queer with a performance by Second Act and more TBA

Music will be provided by DJ Kaiserin and Polly Ester in the main room while the Spitehouse DJs will be dipping the cookie jar in the kitchen

Classic House & Disco/80s/HipHop & RnB/Punk/Party/watever

£3 all night

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

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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Glasgow Social Centre presents… Double film screening + meal
Saturday, 28 March at 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The newly reformed Glasgow Social Centre collective invite you to our first fundraising event: come along and eat, watch a film, find out what we’re organising in the city and how you can get involved.

We will be screening 2 films simultaneously, one family friendly film in a supervised creche space, and a documentary in the second room. Parents should feel free to move between both rooms as they feel comfortable.

After the film there will be food and space to chat about the social centre and ways to get involved. Food will be vegan, and there will be healthy snacks for the kids.

We are trying to raise money for the new social centre, but we understand that a lot of folks are skint, so whilst we would love a suggested donation of £3, the most important thing is that people come along, and those without papers or on low/no incomes are welcome to attend for free. If you’ve got lots of money feel free to give us most of it!

FAMILY FILM: Spirited Away
https://youtu.be/ByXuk9QqQkk

DOCUMENTARY: Concerning Violence
"This film narrates the events of African liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s from colonial rule." – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concerning_Violence
TRAILER CONTAINS VIOLENCE TO ANIMALS & GUNSHOTS https://youtu.be/dIQwKP3j1zc

Please note the change of time/venue:

3:30pm-6:30pm Sat 28th March
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The venue is physically accessible to power/wheelchairs and buggies.

For transport links it is within short walking distance of St. Georges Cross for the Underground, or the bottom of Maryhill Road, the bottom of Great Western Road, or Woodlands Road for busses.

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Anti-fracking direct action training
Saturday, 28 March at 10:00am – 5:00pm
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)

This will be a introductory workshop for those interested in direct action on the issue of fracking. spaces will be limited so to book email frackfreeglasgow

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The Concrete Garden – Bothy Project
Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 March
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

The weather is changing, time to get out and about. Come and help build a bothy in the Concrete Community Garden, Possil. We want to finish it for our busy summer activities. If you have some time pop in. No experience necessary – but if you have all the better. Banter is passable, good crack, and the food is good. We will even pay your bus fare and you will learn something. Check out this video for the project:

https://youtu.be/VgWTMYlKlkg

Hod me back!

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Sarah Cassidy: Sarahdactyl
Saturday, 28th March, at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Yesbar, 14 Drury Street, Glasgow, G2 5AA

Feminist comedian Sarah Cassidy presents her third full-length stand-up show to a room full of friends and strangers. The show is about love primarily, but also it’s about dinosaurs. This is a challenge; Sarah will be the first person ever to combine gender politics and paleontology in a comedy format. Expect ill-placed jokes about ancient reptiles intentionally crowbarred into an otherwise touching and honest show about relationships.

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GLASGOW ZINE FEST 2K15
Saturday, April 4 at 12:00pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Underground for the underdog. Zines, books, food, tunes, art, DIY DIY DIY. Spread across Old Hairdressers AND Stereo this year, we’re looking at double the fun.

Zine fair from 12:00-6:30pm
Bands in Stereo & exhibition in Old Hairdressers to follow
Friendship served all day

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The Concrete Garden – Bothy Project
Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 April
The Concrete Garden, 200 Balmore Road, Possilpark, G22 6LI

The weather is changing, time to get out and about. Come and help build a bothy in the Concrete Community Garden, Possil. We want to finish it for our busy summer activities. If you have some time pop in. No experience necessary – but if you have all the better. Banter is passable, good crack, and the food is good. We will even pay your bus fare and you will learn something. Check out this video for the project:

https://youtu.be/VgWTMYlKlkg

Hod me back!

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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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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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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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Glasgow Events from 18/03/2015

Hi all,

Back again with the regular round-up of upcoming events in Glasgow. This week we have a court solidarity action with the bods involved with Glasgow Palestine Action who closes down Thales, drone component makers, in Govan; us lot in Glasgow Anarchist Federation will be putting on a discussion evening this Wednesday giving an anarchist view of elections; and the Glitch film festival starts this Thursday, showcasing work by queer/trans/intersex/artists of colour.

As ever, if you know of anything you would like added to the update then drop us a line. Now on with the update…

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Glasgow Palestine Action in Court – Thales Action Solidarity

Wednesday, March 18 & Thursday March 19 – times TBA though 1pm on Wed start likely

Glasgow Sheriff Court, 1 Carlton Place, G5 9TW

Glasgow Palestine Action (https://twitter.com/glasgowbds) are in court on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th for taking action against Thales weapons systems manufacturer in Govan in September, 2014.

The trial start on WEDNESDAY 18th and will run to THURSDAY 19th. Bring banners, tea/coffee/food to share, take photos / video, musical instruments, your voices.

Join us in solidarity with all those facing injustice at the hands of a defunct criminal justice system. A system which defends the rights of corporations and weapons manufacturers ahead of people. Join us to raise awareness of how the arms trade in the UK is complicit in occupation, apartheid and colonialism in Palestine.

Ten activists were arrested after shutting down a Thales UK factory in Glasgow to protest the company’s relationship with the Israeli military. Staged in response to Israel’s military onslaught that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, including more than 500 children, the action sought to protest “the UK economy’s ever growing military industrial cooperation with governments that flout international law”.

Thales signed a $1.6 billion contract with Israel’s largest military technology firm Elbit Systems in 2011 to develop a new drone fleet for the UK military called Watchkeeper. Watchkeeper is based on Elbit’s Hermes 450 model, one of Israel’s most widely deployed attack drones. Like most weapons developed in Israel, the Hermes 450 has been tested and perfected on the people of Gaza.

This action is part of a worldwide effort to target arms alliances with Israel. It forms part of a wider struggle, for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. See http://www.bdsmovement.net/.

Glasgow Palestine Action are a network of people – women, queer and trans led – organizing and taking action against Israeli apartheid through BDS and other solidarity work.

For more info, see:

Glasgow action:

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/glasgow-activists-arrested-shutting-down-drone-maker-tied-gaza-slaughter

Birmingham action:

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/activists-israeli-factory

Kent action:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/activist-group-london-palestine-action-shuts-down-israeli-arms-factory-kent-1488322

Melbourne action:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/gaza-strip-crisis-melbourne-palestine-action-group-shuts-down-israeli-arms-factory-1461259

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Angry Not Apathetic: This is what democracy looks like?

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With a general election less than a couple of months away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the first of a pair of talks on issues surrounding them. The evening will open with a short presentation on how anarchists view the electoral process 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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GLITCH – A QUEER/ TRANS/ INTERSEX/ PEOPLE OF COLOUR FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday, March 19 until Saturday, March 28

CCA, 350 Sauciehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

We are a glitch in the system

Our lives deny the lies

Our complexity is dissent

We fight for love

We have a stunning selection of films, video art, spoken word, filmmaker Q & A’s, panel discussions, live music, and free haircuts. Entry to all events is FREE/ All films are subtitled/ All live events are BSL interpreted. To see the full programme then please visit:

http://www.digitaldesperados.org/glitch/glitchprogramme-2015/

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Robust Hummingbird – Travels by Telephone // Jenn Hart // Henry Raby // Failbetter Firesingers // Dangle Manatee

Saturday, 21 March at 2:00pm

Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, G12 8PB

An afternoon of riotous words and mutinous music to kickstart Glasgow’s newest DIY performance rabble: Robust Hummingbird. Come and watch the wings unfurl and shiver into movement.

Zipping your way this time:

TRAVELS BY TELEPHONE: A softer plum isn’t in the basket. Dreamy, bespectacled indie folk from York twisting tales of natural wonders and gentle epiphanies.

http://travelsbytelephone.bandcamp.com/

JENN HART: Bristolian bee buzzing in a painted jar. Jenn sews radical rhymes to tie nasties up in knots.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMVqKe8G_jE

HENRY RABY: Boots crunching on pebbles. Punk poetry from York to get greased up and wriggle through tubes to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEce07ORBD4

FAILBETTER FIRESINGERS: Buds blooming beneath swirling skies. Sincere and affecting voices fae Glasgow making you sway, sigh, and feel warm inside.

DANGLE MANATEE: The beast that birthed the hummingbird giving themselves a cheeky slice of the action. Dada punk folk gurgling against the grain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK6OgVBOU34

All absolutely and joyously free, but if you can afford to then please support the artists by dropping some pennies, pounds, and trinkets into the smelly cap that will be passed around x

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Glasgow Social Centre presents… Double film screening + meal

Saturday, 28 March at 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Location to be confirmed

The newly reformed Glasgow Social Centre collective invite you to our first fundraising event: come along and eat, watch a film, find out what we’re organising in the city and how you can get involved.

We will be screening 2 films simultaneously, one family friendly film in a supervised crèche space, and a documentary in the second room. Parents should feel free to move between both rooms as they feel comfortable.

After the film there will be food and space to chat about the social centre and ways to get involved. Food will be vegan, and there will be healthy snacks for the kids.

We are trying to raise money for the new social centre, but we understand that a lot of folks are skint, so whilst we would love a suggested donation of £3, the most important thing is that people come along, and those without papers or on low/no incomes are welcome to attend for free. If you’ve got lots of money feel free to give us most of it!

FAMILY FILM: Spirited Away

https://youtu.be/ByXuk9QqQkk

DOCUMENTARY: Concerning Violence

TRAILER CONTAINS VIOLENCE TO ANIMALS & GUNSHOTS https://youtu.be/dIQwKP3j1zc

4-7PM

GARNETHILL MULTICULTURAL CENTRE

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Anti-fracking direct action training

Saturday, 28 March at 10:00am – 5:00pm

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

This will be a introductory workshop for those interested in direct action on the issue of fracking. spaces will be limited so to book email frackfreeglasgow

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Sarah Cassidy: Sarahdactyl

Saturday, 28th March, at 6:00pm-7:00pm

Yesbar,14 Drury Street, Glasgow, G2 5AA

Feminist comedian Sarah Cassidy presents her third full-length stand-up show to a room full of friends and strangers. The show is about love primarily, but also it’s about dinosaurs. This is a challenge; Sarah will be the first person ever to combine gender politics and paleontology in a comedy format. Expect ill-placed jokes about ancient reptiles intentionally crowbarred into an otherwise touching and honest show about relationships.

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GLASGOW ZINE FEST 2K15

Saturday, April 4at 12:00pm

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

Underground for the underdog. Zines, books, food, tunes, art, DIY DIY DIY. Spread across Old Hairdressers AND Stereo this year, we’re looking at double the fun.

Zine fair from 12:00-6:30pm

Bands in Stereo & exhibition in Old Hairdressers to follow

Friendship served all day

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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 couple of months 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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Glasgow Events Dungavel Hunger Strike – Demonstrate in support Tomorrow Sunday 15 March

We don’t like to put out more than one email a week, but we always will if urgent things come in:
* Dungavel Hunger Strike – Demonstrate in support Tomorrow Sunday 15 March * Memorial for Rachel Corrie, killed by Israeli soldiers whilst defending a Palestinian home 16th March 2003

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Dungavel Hunger Strike – Demonstrate in support Tomorrow Sunday 15 March

60 Dungavel detainees on hunger strike.

They need our support.

Demonstration at Dungavel Detention Centre

Tomorrow Sunday 15 March, 3.00pm

Meet in George Sq, Glasgow at 1.30pm

Bring your car if you have one to provide lifts.

Bring banners and placards and noise.

End Detention Now

Close Dungavel

and all Detention Centres

We have just received news of this hunger strike and will disseminate information as we get it.

Jock Morris

Chair

GCtWR

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Memorial for Rachel Corrie, killed by Israeli soldiers whilst defending a Palestinian home 16th March 2003

Monday 16th March. 5:30pm
Outside Thales Weapons factory, Govan – 1 Linthouse Road, Glasgow, G51 4BZ

More details :
https://fleabite.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/glasgow-memorial-for-12th-anniversary-of-rachel-corries-death-mon-16th-530pm-thales-govan/

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Glasgow Events from 12/03/2015

Hi all,

With winter leaving us behind I’m glad to see that the reformed Glasgow Social Centre collective are holding their first public event on the 28th of this month! It is a double-bill film screening, with one room screening the documentary Concerning Violence and a crèche/family friendly room showing Spirited Away. At the same time food will be provided and there will be info on hand about the Glasgow Social Centre project and how to get involved. See more in the listing below.

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Fail Better: Smash Yer Cage

Thursday, March 12 at 8:00pm

McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

Smash yer cages and burst yer bubbles. This month we bring you a kick up the arse in music and poetry. The sun is coming back: it’s time to shake yer chains off and get down. Every dawn has it’s date with a rebel.

***MOG*** releases his new album: NOMAD’S LAND. Straight into your brain holes.

HEATHER MCLEAN will be depositing fine words on stage.

the inimitable KATY HASTIE poets and proses before our very eyes.

there will be folk fighting songs aplenty fae DOMINIC O’HARA

DECLAN WELSH returns to the stage wi his BAND

and if that’s not enough, the night is gonna be hosted by REBECCA WALLACE (who is releasing her debut album: FRAGMENTATLITY at the glad cafe on the 29th of March. Get yersel to hear some fucking amazing new magic being released into the atmosphere… get tickets here: http://t-s.co/becci )

As always, it’s FREE ENTRY and a bucket to chuck your quids of support for the artists.

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Q&A with Denise Mina

Friday, March 13 at 10:30am

Ibrox Library, Midlock St (west of Cessnock U)

Denise Mina, Glasgow based crime novelist & comic book script-writer, speaks about her work, perspective on Glasgow and does a Q&A. Organised by Ibrox Writers Group at Ibrox Library.

Free entry, coffee, tea & nibbles.

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LEELAH’S LAW SOLIDARITY DEMO | GLASGOW

Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am

Meeting opposite Merchant Square

This is in memory of Leelah Alcorn herself, with the intent of making sure her final words and wishes are heard. This is a call to enact "Leelah’s Law", which would ban the practice of so-called "transgender conversion therapy" in the United States. This is also in support of transgender individuals of all ages and is a call for information on transgender and gender non-conforming identities to be taught compassionately and appropriately in schools from an early age.

This event is being organized by members of the transgender community and allies working together, and in conjunction with the LGBTQI+ societies of the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University.

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Angry Not Apathetic: This is what democracy looks like?

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With a general election less than a couple of months away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the first of a pair of talks on issues surrounding them. The evening will open with a short presentation on how anarchists view the electoral process 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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GLITCH – A QUEER/ TRANS/ INTERSEX/ PEOPLE OF COLOUR FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday, March 19 until Saturday, March 28

CCA, 350 Sauciehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

We are a glitch in the system

Our lives deny the lies

Our complexity is dissent

We fight for love

We have a stunning selection of films, video art, spoken word, filmmaker Q & A’s, panel discussions, live music, and free haircuts. Entry to all events is FREE/ All films are subtitled/ All live events are BSL interpreted. To see the full programme then please visit:

http://www.digitaldesperados.org/glitch/glitchprogramme-2015/

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Robust Hummingbird – Travels by Telephone // Jenn Hart // Henry Raby // Failbetter Firesingers // Dangle Manatee

Saturday, 21 March at 2:00pm

Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane, G12 8PB

An afternoon of riotous words and mutinous music to kickstart Glasgow’s newest DIY performance rabble: Robust Hummingbird. Come and watch the wings unfurl and shiver into movement.

Zipping your way this time:

TRAVELS BY TELEPHONE: A softer plum isn’t in the basket. Dreamy, bespectacled indie folk from York twisting tales of natural wonders and gentle epiphanies.

http://travelsbytelephone.bandcamp.com/

JENN HART: Bristolian bee buzzing in a painted jar. Jenn sews radical rhymes to tie nasties up in knots.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMVqKe8G_jE

HENRY RABY: Boots crunching on pebbles. Punk poetry from York to get greased up and wriggle through tubes to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEce07ORBD4

FAILBETTER FIRESINGERS: Buds blooming beneath swirling skies. Sincere and affecting voices fae Glasgow making you sway, sigh, and feel warm inside.

DANGLE MANATEE: The beast that birthed the hummingbird giving themselves a cheeky slice of the action. Dada punk folk gurgling against the grain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK6OgVBOU34

All absolutely and joyously free, but if you can afford to then please support the artists by dropping some pennies, pounds, and trinkets into the smelly cap that will be passed around x

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Glasgow Social Centre presents… Double film screening + meal

Saturday, 28 March at 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

The newly reformed Glasgow Social Centre collective invite you to our first fundraising event: come along and eat, watch a film, find out what we’re organising in the city and how you can get involved.

We will be screening 2 films simultaneously, one family friendly film in a supervised creche space, and a documentary in the second room. Parents should feel free to move between both rooms as they feel comfortable.

After the film there will be food and space to chat about the social centre and ways to get involved. Food will be vegan, and there will be healthy snacks for the kids.

We are trying to raise money for the new social centre, but we understand that a lot of folks are skint, so whilst we would love a suggested donation of £3, the most important thing is that people come along, and those without papers or on low/no incomes are welcome to attend for free. If you’ve got lots of money feel free to give us most of it!

FAMILY FILM: Spirited Away

https://youtu.be/ByXuk9QqQkk

DOCUMENTARY: Concerning Violence

TRAILER CONTAINS VIOLENCE TO ANIMALS & GUNSHOTS https://youtu.be/dIQwKP3j1zc

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Anti fracking Direct action training

Saturday, 28 March at 10:00am – 5:00pm

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

This will be a introductory workshop for those interested in direct action on the issue of fracking. spaces will be limited so to book email frackfreeglasgow

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Sarah Cassidy: Sarahdactyl

Saturday, 28th March, at 6:00pm-7:00pm

Yesbar,14 Drury Street, Glasgow, G2 5AA

Feminist comedian Sarah Cassidy presents her third full-length stand-up show to a room full of friends and strangers. The show is about love primarily, but also it’s about dinosaurs. This is a challenge; Sarah will be the first person ever to combine gender politics and paleontology in a comedy format. Expect ill-placed jokes about ancient reptiles intentionally crowbarred into an otherwise touching and honest show about relationships.

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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 couple of months 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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Glasgow Events from 03/03/2015

Hi all,

A busy month past and another coming up! Along with all the news below I’d also note that the far-right group Pergida have posted about holding an Islamaphobic rally in Edinburgh on the 21st, although they have taken down the event at the moment. We’ll post more about any public counter action as and when we have it.

Until then, enjoy…

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Weegies Against the Work Capability Assessment (WCA)

Monday, March 2 at 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Corunna House, 29 Cadogan Street, Glasgow, G2 7RD

Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) national day of action against Maximus inc who have taken over the DWP contract for the work capability assessment from ATOS. same building, same staff, same assessment, same humiliation of disabled people. Join Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights & others to give a proper weegie "welcome" to Maximus who will be paid between £590m and £650m of tax payers money over three years to frighten & humiliate disabled people. They plan to reduce the number of Doctors & replace them with occupational therapist to carry out the WCA that has already been condemned by the British Medical Association, Royal College of Nursing & others as a flawed assessment tool that is detrimental to patients well being. Disability campaigners here unearthed a stream of problems with Maximus contracts in the US. In 2000, an audit showed Maximus had billed the state of Wisconsin almost $500,000 since 1997 in improper or questionable expenses; the company paid back $500,000 and made another payment of $500,000 as a show of good faith. In 2007, the company settled a Medicaid fraud lawsuit – centring on whether it falsified tens of millions of dollars of Medicaid claims – with a payment of $30.5m. Join us lets make maximus regret taking this blood money from our government & send them packing as we did with ATOS.

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IWW Clydeside Branch Meeting

Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 – 9:00pm

Electron Club, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Open to members and would be applicants. clydeside

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For Cultural Purposes Only & Introduction To The End Of An Argument

Wednesday March 4 at 7:00pm

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

For Cultural Purposes Only

In an age dominated by the moving image what would it feel like to never see an image of the place that you came from?The Palestinian Film Archive, containing over 100 films showing the daily life and struggle of the Palestinian people, was lost in the Israeli siege of Beirut in 1982. Here interviewees describe from memory key moments from the history of Palestinian cinema. These scenes are drawn and animated. Where film survives, the artist’s impressions are corroborated. This is a film about reconstruction and the idea that cinema is an expression of cultural identity– that cinema fuels memory. Dir Sarah Wood UK 2009, 8mins more information

Introduction To The End Of An Argument

With a combination of Hollywood, European and Israeli film footage, documentary, news coverage and ‘live’ reportage shot in the West Bank and Gaza strip, the film critiques representations of the Middle East, Arab culture, and the Palestinian people produced by the West with an oddly wry narrative that mimicks the history of Middle East politics. Dir. Jayce Salloum/ Elia Suleiman Canada 1990, 45mins more information

Part of WORLDSCREEN : Palestine

A new, monthly film series produced by camcorder guerrillas and Document International Human Rights Film Festival. The first season of six screenings – January-June 2015 – is dedicated to Palestine. All screenings are free but ticketed. Suggested donation £4.

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LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: GIG THIEF?

Thursday, March 5 at 8:00pm

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

For our March First Thursday event, we’re joined by improvisation trio Gig Thief? who will play amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures. This lineup began in July 2012 and comprises Sam (vocals etc.), Matt (guitar etc.), and Gregor (keys etc.) who had been friends and musical collaborators at school in Edinburgh. They have improvised for ‘City Glimpses’, an internet-streamed dance project in the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013, and performed at Forest Cafe. Playing at Sharmanka will be their third public outing.

This show will begin shortly after Sharmanka’s own 7pm performance has concluded, so a little after eight.

Donations will be collected from audience members after Gig Thief? have played.

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March of Women

Saturday, March 7 at 2:00pm

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

On the eve of International Women’s Day, we will march from Glasgow Women’s Library to Glasgow Green as a procession to celebrate the achievements of Scottish women from past and present.

This is a public art event and everyone is welcome to join us and take part.

Find out more about March of Women here: http://womenslibrary.org.uk/discover-our-projects/march-of-women/

#MarchofWomen

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Q&A with Denise Mina

Friday, March 13 at 10:30am

Ibrox Library, Midlock St (west of Cessnock U)

Denise Mina, Glasgow based crime novelist & comic book script-writer, speaks about her work, perspective on Glasgow and does a Q&A. Organised by Ibrox Writers Group at Ibrox Library.

Free entry, coffee, tea & nibbles.

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LEELAH’S LAW SOLIDARITY MARCH | GLASGOW

Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am

Meeting at the Merchant Square

NB: RESCHEDULED AGAIN WITH NEW LOCATION – THIS WILL NOT BE CHANGED AGAIN

This march is in memory of Leelah Alcorn herself, with the intent of making sure her final words and wishes are heard. This is a call to enact "Leelah’s Law", which would ban the practice of so-called "transgender conversion therapy" in the United States. This is also in support of transgender individuals of all ages and is a call for information on transgender and gender non-conforming identities to be taught compassionately and appropriately in schools from an early age.

This event is being organized by members of the transgender community and allies working together, and in conjunction with the LGBTQI+ societies of the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University.

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Angry Not Apathetic: This is what democracy looks like?

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

With the general elections less than a couple of months away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the first of a pair of talks on issues surrounding the upcoming elections. The evening will open with a short presentation on how anarchists view the electoral process 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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GLITCH – A QUEER/ TRANS/ INTERSEX/ PEOPLE OF COLOUR FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday, March 19 until Saturday, March 28

CCA, 350 Sauciehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

We are a glitch in the system

Our lives deny the lies

Our complexity is dissent

We fight for love

We have a stunning selection of films, video art, spoken word, filmmaker Q & A’s, panel discussions, live music, and free haircuts. Entry to all events is FREE/ All films are subtitled/ All live events are BSL interpreted. To see the full programme then please visit:

http://www.digitaldesperados.org/glitch/glitchprogramme-2015/

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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 the general elections less than a month away, Glasgow Anarchist Federation would like to invite you to the second of a pair of talks on issues surrounding the upcoming elections. The evening will open with a short presentation on what anarchists advocate in favour of in contrast to 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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