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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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Glasgow Events from 14/02/2015

Hi all,

You wait ages for an update then two come in quick succession… well, we accidentally missed a few events from the last update (even the Anarchist Black Cross prisoner/detainee letter writing workshop that we are helping put on – check it out), and next week’s update may be delayed, so better now then never ;)

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Unthunk Journal: Issue 1 Launch

Saturday, February 14 at 12:15pm, moving off at 12:30pm

Meet at the back entrance to St. Enoch’s Underground before heading to St Portland Street suspension bridge – on the Clyde St side

To coincide with the launch of our first issue, Unthunk is excited to announce we will be hosting two workshops focusing on interacting with the city environment.

These workshops will be delivered by two local artists, whose work will allow participants to engage with urban space in different ways. Workshops will be hosted with each issue launch bringing a practical experience to sit alongside what is the theory and print of the journal.

This issue’s workshops will be devised and lead by David Banks and Kel Glaister.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION: David Banks: (details coming soon)

Kel Glaister: Allegorical Training (more details coming soon)

ARTISTS: Hailing from Aberdeen in the North East Coast of Scotland David Banks is a Glasgow based artist who’s work ranges from site-specific performance to Parkour coaching and design work. His work examines notions of self and environment and draws attention to the microcosms of daily lives that compose the grand spectacle of the everyday.

David makes devised and collaborative work in response to the world we live in, using both his own personal experiences and the experiences of others to create unique spectacles and enrich communities through access to the arts.

Kel Glaister is a visual artist from Melbourne, Australia, currently studying at the Glasgow School of Art. She began working in sculpture and with objects, many years ago. Since then, her practice has lurched and swollen to include curating, writing, performing and collaborating widely. Kel is also a traceuse and parkour coach.

N.B. These workshops will be hosted outside and will involve some movement. Please dress accordingly (warm and comfortable).

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Kari Robertson – ‘Ohmage’

February 12 – March 21

SWG3 Gallery, 100 Eastvale Place, G3 8QG

Kari Robertson’s films and sculptures explore the relationship between sound and image in an age of immaterial labour and semio-capital. Much of her recent work has focused on how technology has affected the way that we interact and the vernacular created. The exhibition at SWG3 Gallery takes Jean-Luc Godard’s 1970 film ‘British Sounds’ as a point of departure for three new film and video commissions. In his polemic Godard proposes that the image as a medium is completely corrupted by capital and has no revolutionary potential, instead focusing on sound.

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What Would Darwin Say to Today’s Creationists? – Dr Eugenie Scott | Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, February 16 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm

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

A Darwin Day talk for Glasgow Skeptics.

Many elements of the modern American creationist movement would be familiar to Darwin, especially the argument from design, which of course was very well known (and well-regarded) by educated people of his time. Young-Earth creationism, on the other hand, would be puzzling to him; Bishop Ussher’s 4004 BC age of the Earth was not considered mainstream Christian theology in the late 19th century, though certainly the view had its adherents among some clergy. Darwin might have heard of the “scriptural geologists” who promoted a young-Earth view during the 19th century, but like other scientists of his time, he would have ignored them.

The current creationist strategy of disclaiming evolution as weak science would have seemed more familiar to him, given the criticisms of evolution he encountered during his own time. And of course, having attended a fine Scottish university, internationally renowned for its science, Darwin would have followed closely the recent effort to prevent the teaching of creationism in school science classes.

Eugenie Scott, a former university professor, served as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) from 1987 to 2014; she now serves as the chair of NCSE’s Advisory Council. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years.

She has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from scientific societies, educational societies, skeptics groups, and humanist groups. She holds nine honorary degrees, from McGill, Rutgers, Mt. Holyoke, the University of New Mexico, Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Colorado College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Chapman University.

A dynamic speaker, she offers stimulating and thought-provoking as well as entertaining lectures and workshops. Scott is the author of Evolution vs Creationism and co-editor, with Glenn Branch, of “Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools”.

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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Mono and Ladyfest Glasgow present: CAL FOLGER DAY + HAUSFRAU + CHRISSY BARNACLE + GRIMALKIN555

Monday, February 16 at 7:30pm

Mono Cafe Bar 10-12 King’s Court, King Street, G1 5RB

Mono and Ladyfest Glasgow present:

Cal Folger Day

with support from

Hausfrau + Chrissy Barnacle + grimalkin555

Come down!

http://calfolgerday.bandcamp.com/releases

https://soundcloud.com/hausfraumusik

http://chrissybarnacle.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/grimalkin555

£ = donations on entry

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Glasgow ABC: Letter Writing Workshop

Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Find out why writing letters to prisoners and detainees is important, and get tips on how to write a good letter.

Free food & refreshments provided. Donations of stationary, money or stamps all gladly welcomed. BYOS – Bring Your Own Stamp!

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Beyond Food Banks? Growing a Food Justice Movement in Scotland

Saturday, February 28 at 10:00am – 4:00pm

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

Hunger has returned to Scotland and the UK. The number of people accessing food banks and other forms of emergency food aid has increased, the impact of welfare reform is being felt strongly, and food prices have risen.

In this context, we invite you to a one-day conference exploring food poverty and how we can work together to grow a movement to eliminate it. Some of the ground we hope to cover will include:

• Food banks are an important response to the crisis, and volunteers working in them are making an outstanding contribution to their communities. How did the need for food banks increase so drastically, and how can we avoid normalising emergency food aid as a voluntary safety net?

• Communities and individuals who are at risk of food poverty are well-placed to lead their own responses to it and are experts in their own experience. Could community-led responses be a key part of increasing food security: initiatives such as local food hubs, community shops, food co-operatives and community gardens & allotments?

• How can we move from meeting immediate needs to campaigning to change the systems that create these needs, towards food justice, in which the human right to food and health is combined with sustainable food production, education and employment? Are there good examples of how to achieve this?

• Our food system is not sustainable, with unhealthy food widely advertised and consumed leading to costly public health problems. How can we make the transition to an ecologically and socially just food system?

The partners involved in organising this event are the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, Faith in Community Scotland, and the Centre for Human Ecology.

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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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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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LEELAH’S LAW SOLIDARITY MARCH | GLASGOW

Saturday, March 7 at 10:00am

Meeting at the Buchanan Street Steps / Donald Dewar Statue

NB: RESCHEDULED

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. The Queen Margaret Union of the University of Glasgow will be sending representatives to the march and have offered us space for organising. The Scottish Transgender Alliance will be participating in the march, and the event will include some speaking from member Becky Kent.

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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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Glasgow Events from 11/02/2015

Hi folks,

Finally, a new events update is here along with a quick request – if you like what we are doing with this update then please consider posting the following link on any social media or emailing it to friends:

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If you do then it helps to mention the green + on the left is where you go to subscribe. Now, on with the update…

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Encounter with a Lost Land

Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00pm

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

Through an artful montage of personal and consular correspondence, diplomatic and audiovisual archives, newspaper articles, and interviews with the children of Western diplomats who lived in Jaffa, Palestine, during the mid-20th century, filmmaker Maryse Gargour takes us on an encounter with a lost land– Palestine from 1928 up to 1952 and beyond. The first-hand testimonies of life before, during, and after the 1948 Nakba powerfully recreate everyday life in Jaffa’s urban center during a fateful time in Palestinian history. A tour de force. Dir Maryse Gargour (France) 2013, 62

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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Fail Better: Ghostly Days

Thursday, February 12 at 8:00pm

McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

A host! A ghost! A ghouliing day in the growing lights of February nights. In our line up this month we have spooks, crooks and finger-lickin hooks. Join us for:

SEAN BIGGERSTAFF with some dirty blues

stories a plenty fae SUE REID SEXTON

GLESGA POET AND MAD SQUAD are doin exactly that

strumming histories fae DOMINIC

poems fae the gutter of COLIN BEGG

high-flying deep sort SAM SMALL hosting.

and more to come!

As always, it’s free entry. Chuck some quids in the bucket if ye can to feed and clothe our artists.

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Unthunk Journal: Issue 1 Launch

Saturday, February 14 at 12:15pm, moving off at 12:30pm

Meet at the arched entrance to St. Enoch’s Underground

To coincide with the launch of our first issue, Unthunk is excited to announce we will be hosting two workshops focusing on interacting with the city environment.

These workshops will be delivered by two local artists, whose work will allow participants to engage with urban space in different ways. Workshops will be hosted with each issue launch bringing a practical experience to sit alongside what is the theory and print of the journal.

This issue’s workshops will be devised and lead by David Banks and Kel Glaister.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION: David Banks: (details coming soon)

Kel Glaister: Allegorical Training (more details coming soon)

ARTISTS: Hailing from Aberdeen in the North East Coast of Scotland David Banks is a Glasgow based artist who’s work ranges from site-specific performance to Parkour coaching and design work. His work examines notions of self and environment and draws attention to the microcosms of daily lives that compose the grand spectacle of the everyday.

David makes devised and collaborative work in response to the world we live in, using both his own personal experiences and the experiences of others to create unique spectacles and enrich communities through access to the arts.

Kel Glaister is a visual artist from Melbourne, Australia, currently studying at the Glasgow School of Art. She began working in sculpture and with objects, many years ago. Since then, her practice has lurched and swollen to include curating, writing, performing and collaborating widely. Kel is also a traceuse and parkour coach.

N.B. These workshops will be hosted outside and will involve some movement. Please dress accordingly (warm and comfortable).

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What Would Darwin Say to Today’s Creationists? – Dr Eugenie Scott | Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, February 16 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm

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

A Darwin Day talk for Glasgow Skeptics.

Many elements of the modern American creationist movement would be familiar to Darwin, especially the argument from design, which of course was very well known (and well-regarded) by educated people of his time. Young-Earth creationism, on the other hand, would be puzzling to him; Bishop Ussher’s 4004 BC age of the Earth was not considered mainstream Christian theology in the late 19th century, though certainly the view had its adherents among some clergy. Darwin might have heard of the “scriptural geologists” who promoted a young-Earth view during the 19th century, but like other scientists of his time, he would have ignored them.

The current creationist strategy of disclaiming evolution as weak science would have seemed more familiar to him, given the criticisms of evolution he encountered during his own time. And of course, having attended a fine Scottish university, internationally renowned for its science, Darwin would have followed closely the recent effort to prevent the teaching of creationism in school science classes.

Eugenie Scott, a former university professor, served as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) from 1987 to 2014; she now serves as the chair of NCSE’s Advisory Council. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years.

She has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from scientific societies, educational societies, skeptics groups, and humanist groups. She holds nine honorary degrees, from McGill, Rutgers, Mt. Holyoke, the University of New Mexico, Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Colorado College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Chapman University.

A dynamic speaker, she offers stimulating and thought-provoking as well as entertaining lectures and workshops. Scott is the author of Evolution vs Creationism and co-editor, with Glenn Branch, of “Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools”.

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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Beyond Food Banks? Growing a Food Justice Movement in Scotland

Saturday, February 28 at 10:00am – 4:00pm

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

Hunger has returned to Scotland and the UK. The number of people accessing food banks and other forms of emergency food aid has increased, the impact of welfare reform is being felt strongly, and food prices have risen.

In this context, we invite you to a one-day conference exploring food poverty and how we can work together to grow a movement to eliminate it. Some of the ground we hope to cover will include:

• Food banks are an important response to the crisis, and volunteers working in them are making an outstanding contribution to their communities. How did the need for food banks increase so drastically, and how can we avoid normalising emergency food aid as a voluntary safety net?

• Communities and individuals who are at risk of food poverty are well-placed to lead their own responses to it and are experts in their own experience. Could community-led responses be a key part of increasing food security: initiatives such as local food hubs, community shops, food co-operatives and community gardens & allotments?

• How can we move from meeting immediate needs to campaigning to change the systems that create these needs, towards food justice, in which the human right to food and health is combined with sustainable food production, education and employment? Are there good examples of how to achieve this?

• Our food system is not sustainable, with unhealthy food widely advertised and consumed leading to costly public health problems. How can we make the transition to an ecologically and socially just food system?

The partners involved in organising this event are the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, Faith in Community Scotland, and the Centre for Human Ecology.

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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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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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LEELAH’S LAW SOLIDARITY MARCH | GLASGOW

Saturday, March 7 at 10:00am

Meeting at the Buchanan Street Steps / Donald Dewar Statue

NB: RESCHEDULED

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. The Queen Margaret Union of the University of Glasgow will be sending representatives to the march and have offered us space for organising. The Scottish Transgender Alliance will be participating in the march, and the event will include some speaking from member Becky Kent.

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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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Glasgow Events Events from 19/01/2015

Hi all,

First up a (slightly later than planned) Happy New Year! I hope everyone is getting through the dark winter and cold snow well, and looking forward to the year ahead. As we have been on a break there are plenty of events to catch up with. As ever, if you hear of anything you think should be on a future update then let us know (details at the bottom).

Now, without further ado…

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Dying: What You Need to Know – Dr Margaret McCartney | Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, January 19 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm

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

We are dying older – a success. But we are also dying with more diseases, on more medication. Most people want to die at home, but relatively few do. Meantime, we are urged to ‘fight’ disease, and many medical interventions are oversold – from CPR to some cancer treatments. Whereas, it’s real ‘holistic’ medicine -hands on palliative and social care- that extends quality and quantity of life. What are the myths and reality of healthcare at the end of life?

Margaret McCartney is a GP in Glasgow, columnist for the BMJ, regular contributor to Radio 4’s Inside Health, and author of two books. The Patient Paradox – why sexed up medicine is bad for your health – was published in 2012, and Living with Dying – finding care and compassion at the end of life – in 2014.

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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Considering Emma: Queer Feminist History and Affective Method

Wednesday, January 21 at 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow, Room 916

Prof. Clare Hemmings (LSE) recent work on ‘feminist stories’ has drawn her towards thinking through Emma Goldman’s significance for contemporary gender and sexual politics. Goldman was an anarchist activist and thinker (1869-1940) who spent her life engaged in these question, but who did not identify as feminist; who was as insistent on the centrality of women’s emancipation to revolution as she was on the limits of the franchise. I am intrigued about what kind of history of feminist theory and practice might flourish if Goldman were to be included in that history, but without needing to reframe her as a feminist first in order to do so. I find Goldman helpful in thinking through this tension today, since a claim of ‘not being a feminist, but…’, particularly in young women, tends to be dismissed simply as apolitical or as a sign of the waning significance of a hard-fought for feminism, rather than approached as part of how people have long negotiated their dissatisfaction with gendered and sexual norms. Might Goldman help me to think through a contemporary feminist politics that does not rely on a feminist subject (of whatever gender), or endorse nostalgia for clearer feminist times order to make its claims?

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LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: ALISTER SPENCE QUARTET

Thursday, January 29at 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

We have a rare extra concert amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvelous mechanical sculptures this month, featuring the Alister Spence Quartet.

The band is led by Australian pianist/composer Alister Spence who is acclaimed as one of his country’s most distinctive and original contemporary jazz performers. His music blends texture, melody and improvisation with a unique and captivating compositional style.

Alister has toured internationally many times: including performances at the International Festival de jazz de Montreal, London Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Jazz Yatra (India) and many others.

He has performed with many acclaimed and diverse artists such as Myra Melford, Mark Helias, Andy Sheppard, Satoko Fujii, Barre Phillips, Jim O’Rourke and Ed Kuepper and the Laughing Clowns.

The line-up of the quartet is:

Alister Spence (AUS): piano/samples

Raymond MacDonald (Scotland): alto/soprano sax

Joe Williamson (SWE): double bass

Dag Magnus Narvesen (NOR): drums/glockenspiel

Raymond and Alister have been performing together for close to 10 years.

This is the fourth European tour by the Alister Spence Quartet since 2009.

Winner 2014 Art Music Award for Everything Here Is Possible Alister Spence/Myra Melford

‘Beautiful, inspiring, and one of the best releases of 2014’ AllAboutJazz

‘Even the most assertive moments are marked by a thoughtful
curiosity.’ Downbeat Magazine

‘Rare musical insight’ The WIRE

‘The cutting edge of modern Australia defined’ Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.alisterspence.com

The performance will begin after 8pm, following the conclusion of Sharmanka’s own Thursday evening show. Donations will be collected when the music’s over.

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Glasgow Care Crisis – Cuts Cost Lives Conference

Saturday, January 31 at 12:00pm – 03:30pm

Unison Glasgow City Branch, 84 Bell Street, G1

Cuts Cost Lives!

Glasgow Care Crisis is an umbrella organisation of all those who are being impacted by these attacks and who are now resisting the closure of mental health, learning difficulties centres and care services.

The cuts to care services are not smart or fair, because they target vital services and they will only put greater pressure on other services which are already under pressure and lead to higher spending down the line.

These cuts are also very irresponsible because they immediately put vulnerable people with serious mental health problems under increasing stress and increased risk.

The recent attack on Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH) where Glasgow Council Executive voted to cut 40% of its budget is the latest example of Glasgow City Council’s escalating attacks on the disabled and implementation of drastic austerity measures.

We urge all Glaswegians (and people living and working in and beyond Glasgow) to rally to support this important cause.

Glasgow Care Crisis Demands

1. No cuts and no charges for services.

2. Social care to be fully needs based and made accessible to all, eligibility should not be based on available resources.

3. Councils should sign and fulfil the ethical care charter and only use service providers that also meet this standard.

4. Independent arbitration should be used when disagreements arise over the assessment of needs/budget.

5. Day centres for those who want them. No one should be denied this choice.

Speakers include service users, carers and trade unionists from a wide range of care services: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Youth and Elderly Services. Leaders of political parties in Glasgow Council Exec (Labour, SNP and Greens) invited.

11:30am: Doors open/ Tea & Coffee

12 – 1:30pm: Care Crisis: Glasgow Council Cuts Will Cost Lives

1.30 – 2pm: Break

2 – 3:30pm: Organising to Defend Glasgow Services

FREE ENTRY! ALL WELCOME!

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GRD Presents: Drag Party!

Saturday, January 31 at 6:00pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

On Saturday 31st January a wonderful mixed team of Glasgow Roller Derby skaters will take on Vagine Regime UK – a team of
queer-identified roller derby skaters from all over the country. (https://www.facebook.com/events/542034685933132/)

The game will be fantastic fun (come along!) but everyone knows that half the fun happens at the after-party, and what better way to celebrate after this particular game than with a wild and wonderful night of drag merriment?

That’s right! We will be holding a fantastically queer celebration and exploration of all things gendered and non-gendered, sequinned and hairy. Dust off your top hat! Wax your moustache! Crack out the heels, the waistcoats, the jumpsuits and the fezzes, and join us in collectively dismantling the gender binary and having a cracking time in the process!

Whatever your gender identification or presentation, come and play! Spend weeks planning the perfect look, or just come along on the night and make use of our queer cloakroom, where all manner of fierce and fabulous clothing and accessories will be available for you to borrow.

There will be a lip-syncing competition, as well as great tunes from GRD’s resident DJ-duo-extraordinaires Summer Slams – All brought to you by your hosts for the evening, Suffra Jett, Rogue Runner and Mona Rampage.

Sounds amazing, right?

Garnethill Multicultural Centre — £3 entry — queer cloakroom by donation — cheap bar — good times

We understand that the idea of a “drag party” can ring some alarm bells in the trans and gender non-conforming communities, so please be assured that we at Glasgow Roller Derby would never wish to create an environment in which transness or gender presentation are the punchline of a joke. This is not a space for ridicule or for wearing someone else’s lived reality as a costume – this is a space for free exploration and expression without judgement, prejudice, or the pressure of “passing” as anyone other than whoever you are or want to be.

Come dance with us, bring your pals, be yourself or be someone you’ve never been before, be anything you like, because you’re perfect in all your forms!

All proceeds will go directly into supporting our league and our teams – find out more about who we are and what we do at
http://www.glasgowrollerderby.com

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Radical Childcare Collective

Sunday, February 1at 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

We are going to have a meet ; swap some of our abundances; have some awesome activities and stimulating chat. Please feel free to offer an activity/idea or bring some baking. Tea and milk will be provided. We will also collect donations to cover the hall. We are lucky to have a large space here too. Let us know if you would like to help set up !

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What’s the Fracking Problem? | Glasgow Skeptics

Monday, February 2 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm

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

A discussion on facking. Details to follow.

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Universal Credit (A Workshop)

Saturday, February 7 at 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Universal Credit merges six income-based benefits for working age people. We are told this is to “make work pay, achieve fairness and simplify the system”.

In this workshop we will look at why these three aims are important to the state, the measures the state takes to realise them, and what these measures will mean for us: worse conditions in and out of work.

Glasgow Events Holiday Time

Hi all,

This is just a quick note to say that all of us on the Autonomy Update crew are really busy until the new year, so barring any big breaking events this list will be on holiday until then.

With holidays in mind it is worth noting that the Unity Centre is currently organising a community Winter Party for children and families in the asylum process. So far they have amazing volunteer storytellers, facepainting, dance workshops, music, games, and arts activities confirmed. As well as a party for the kids, they are looking forward to providing a relaxing space for parents and carers, and to share information packs with and for families in the asylum process.

They need help with transport for all fifty families coming to the Winter Party, as well as helping towards the costs of food and materials. If you would like to chip in then go here: http://www.gofundme.com/i8mc6c

With that I’ll sign off until next year!

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Glasgow Events from the 25th November onwards

Hi all,

More events coming up in the near future. As ever feel free to keep us up-to-date with anything else in the pipeline.

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Blood in the Mobile – Free Film Screening, Discussion & Live Music
Tuesday, November 25 at 6.30pm
Stereo Cafe Bar, 22-28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

It’s hard to imagine a life without mobile phones anymore. But what is behind these devices we so much depend on? The main part of minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in Congo. The Western World is buying these so-called conflict minerals and thereby finances a civil war that has cost the lives of more than 5 million people, a sheer unbelieveable number.

The Film & Event

Film director Frank Poulsen travels to Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. Despite the danger, the film crew gets access to the largest tin-mine where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones. But still the biggest challenge is to convince the mobile industry to face up to their dirty secret in the supply chain.

After the film there will be discussion with Dr. Kurt Mills from Glasgow University and a speaker from Amnesty International. Finally there will be some fine musical entertainment by Tom Spirals, performing a reggae based solo-mix.

FREE ENTRY
Donations are very welcome!
http://www.earthmovies.org

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Night Shelter Open Evening
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Please contact Glasgow Unity for details of the location

Glasgow Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help cover gaps in our rota over the winter holiday period.

We also need volunteers to help at a drop-in we’re going to run on Christmas and Boxing Days and on Hogmanay when people staying at the night shelter have nowhere to go because most other charities and community centres are shut.

If you are interested in volunteering at the night shelter or at the holiday drop-in then you should come along to the Open Evening to meet other volunteers, talk to some of the men staying at the shelter and to find out more about what volunteering involves.

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Kinning Park Community consultation
Thursday, November 27 at 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

We have just recently had a building condition report from architects and have funding from Investing in Ideas to run a consultation on future vision.

We’ll be kicking off on with an open session for users on Thursday 27 November, 7-8pm in the main hall. You are welcome to join us.

We’re running the consultation with users throughout November and December and will report back on findings Jan/Feb to the Board.

We will be laying out the current position and asking what next for KPC’s future. We’re looking to gauge support to begin fundraising for the £1m+ needed for the roof and other major repairs.

I’ll be referring to the recent architects’ report as background and this will also introduce interesting topics about the decisions we face in terms of pricing, use of space etc.

Big issue:

The single biggest issue for us is that the Council owns the building but doesn’t manage or maintain it. We (Kinning Park Complex Community Interest Company) have a one year lease. It costs us £60,000 a year to run the Complex which we cover through rents, hires and fundraising. We have no funding. We have no major repairs budget.

The architects report estimates £240,000 needed for the roof alone. Their 3 options range from a flexible menu to £1.8 million. We have had feedback from funders in the past that they would not be interested in investing in the roof if the rest of the building was not being upgraded at the same time. And we are aware funders won’t be interested if we have a one year lease.

If the community supports the approach, we will look to negotiate with the Council and their agents to secure a 25 year lease or our preference – community ownership.

If we achieve this we will begin fundraising in the Spring to raise the £1m+ needed for major repairs.

We have informed the landlords and invited comment on the lease and their position which might inform our discussions at the consultation.

Our community:

Thousands of people come through our doors every year – toddlers at kids clubs, black and minority ethnic women attending our women’s group, artists and performers, people of all ages engaging in health and wellbeing activities, families engaging in our community garden, people seeking community coming to sessions based around food, cooking and eating together.

Your role:

1) Open meeting: You’d be welcome to attend the meeting on the 27th. RSVP: please reply “YES” to this email if you can come so we have an idea of numbers for the night.

2) Survey: please take 5 minutes NOW to fill in this quick survey. It’s really helpful to us. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TTTJBRC

We’ll share the outcomes with you in 2015.

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Queer Social
Thursday, November 27 at 8:00pm
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

Be Queer. Be social. Be here.
Drinks and nattering, open to all.

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Selma James on ‘Women, Race and Class: The Fight for Real Equality’
Friday, November 28 November at 4:00pm
Room 916, Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow

Selma James is a women’s rights and antiracist campaigner and author of The Power of Women & the Subversion of the Community; Women, the Unions and Work, or What Is Not To Be Done; Sex, Race & Class; Marx and Feminism; Strangers & Sisters: Women, Race and Immigration and other studies and interventions.

Raised in a movement household, she joined CLR James’s Johnson-Forest Tendency at age fifteen, and from 1958 to 1962, she worked with him in the movement for Caribbean federation and independence. In 1972, she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 she helped launch the Global Women’s Strike, which she coordinates.

She coined the word ‘unwaged’ to describe the caring work women do, and it has since entered the English language to describe all who work without wages, on the land, in the home, in the community, and more. In 1975 she became the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes. She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (2008).

Selma James addresses the power relations within the working class movement, and how to organize across sectors despite divisions of sex, race, and class, South and North.

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St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March and Rally
Saturday, November 29 at 10:30am
Glasgow Green, Saltmarket, G1

Leaves Glasgow Green at 10.30am. Rally at GFT at 12 noon.

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LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: LIVES AS OMENS
Thursday, December 4 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, G1 5HD

December’s First Thursday event in the Gallery finds Tom Dalzell’s solo project Lives as Omens playing amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures and exploring the dark recesses of the mind, whilst detouring through some dark recesses of post-war London.
The performance will begin shortly after Sharmanka’s 7pm show has concluded. Donations will be collected from audience members as they leave.

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Scotland Against Fracking Environmental March
Sunday, December 7 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
From The Helix Falkirk to Zetland Park Grangemouth

Come out and show your opposition to fracking!

Dangerous, victim-blaming advice given to “peacefully resist” police brutality.

Source : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202556463454795&set=gm.835248499821517 from a post to a London event to oppose police brutality against "ravers" - https://www.facebook.com/events/833587209987646/

Source : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202556463454795&set=gm.835248499821517 from a post to a London event to oppose police brutality against “ravers” – https://www.facebook.com/events/833587209987646/

I hardly know where to start with how wrong this image is.

First off, those who are the victims of police brutality are *not* to blame for it. The police do not just attack protesters because we “give them the excuse”.

Secondly, the first time I tried to “resist peacefully” police attacking a demonstration I sat in front of a line of riot police and ended up dragged across a road by them and smashed in the face with a riot shield. The UK police have a horrific record for violence – Ian Tomlinson, for example, was killed as he faced away from police (see below). Turning your back to those with a high-likelihood of attacking you is naive, but advocating it as the morally and tactically superior action is disgraceful.

Thirdly, it doesn’t matter whether or not the police have an “excuse”, because as the list below shows, the state continues pretty much as usual. Things don’t change just because the population knows that a situation is unjust, but because they force a change. And turning your backs on those with weapons, a history of using them against those that want change, is not a good way of achieving that.

Here’s a list from a variety of sources that I looked up off the top of my head whilst writing this post. Please add links to other instances as a comment below.