Category Archives: Action

EMERGENCY DEMO: 5:30pm today (and other upcoming events)

Hi folks,

Just revived info on a demo this afternoon at 5:30 to stop the Israeli Ambassador to London speaking here in Glasgow. As well as that we have the usual selection of events coming up, so check them out!
Emergency Demo – Stop Israeli Ambassador Speaking Tonight at Glasgow University
Wednesday, November 12 at 5.30pm
Queen Margaret Union, 22 University Gardens, G12 8QN

EMERGENCY DEMO: TONIGHT (12/11/2014) 5.30pm, Glasgow University, outside Queen Margaret Union.

Yiftah Curiel is the Head Spokesman and Press Officer for the Israeli Embassy in London. He is giving talks tonight to the Glasgow University European Society and the Dialectic Society about international relations and Israel policy.

In solidarity with Palestinian civil society’s call for an economic, cultural and academic boycott of the State of Israel, we call this demonstration to say loudly and clearly to Israeli State Representatives, you are not welcome at Glasgow University.

Recalling the memory of the thousands killed in Gaza and the West Bank this summer, and the escalation of the violence in Jerusalem in recent weeks. We assert the freedom of speech for the thousands of Palestinians who have died and who are suppressed by Israeli policies of genocide, apartheid and colonialism. Our message to the State of Israel and all its benefactors and representatives: you will have no platform here.

Join us with banners, placards and your voices.
Jim Dick: Life is Dutiful!
Thursday, November 13 at 7.00pm
The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL

The Arches presents an exhibition of new works by Jim Dick. Join us for the launch event on Thursday 13th November, 7-9pm, for drinks and a DJ set from Afrodeesia.

“Every time people perform an activity they have not themselves defined and do not themselves control, every time they pay for goods they produce with money they received in exchange for their alienated activity, every time they passively admire the products of their own activity as alien objects procured by money, they give new life to Capital and annihilate their own lives…”
Fredy Perlman, The Reproduction of Daily Life

This exhibition presents a series of drawings prompted by the pantomime characters we often find ourselves forced to adopt in the reproduction of the social and economic relations of Capitalism.

In July 2008, The Arches hosted The Glasgow School of Art graduate’s ‘Fornixxation’ exhibition; a series of compelling paintings on the theme of subconscious memories, desires and symbolic associations.

See the work here:

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Fail Better: Gunpowder Plot
Thursday, November 13 at 7.00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

Fuck democracy, it’s back to Plan A.

This week there’s nae messin:

Glasgow poet DONNA CAMPBELL is gonna rip up the stage

EMPRESS MUSIC is slamming the beats right back at us

MAGGIE and LUCY LYRICAL have popped up fae Londontown to give us some anit-capitalist bashings

TICKLE (of Il Papa Giraffe, Chemikal Poets, Blacklanternmusic) is back. I shit you not.

MICHAEL BOYLE cracks out his tunes on a new stage

headlining, we have BECCI WALLACE with tunes fae her new release FRAGMENTALITY

and if that doesn’t kill you, our November host BRAM E GIEBEN will.

As usual, free entry. Chuckin £3 in for the artists would be grand tho. Wages n shit, innit
Anarcha-Feminism Today! A report back from the AFem2014 conference
Wednesday, November 19 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Anarchism and feminism have been intertwined for over a century, however mainstream feminism often fails as a movement for liberation for the working classes, while anarchist organising often reproduces the same patterns of sexism and misogyny we see through the world. To address these and many other points, this year seen the first in what hopes to be a series of international anarchist feminist conferences.

Several Glaswegians were able to head down and attend and will report back on the conference set-up, the main points of discussion, the thoughts towards current activities, and their thoughts on the direction of anarcha-feminist organising both here and globally in light of the conference.


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:

Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Thursday, November 20 at 6:00pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, Garnethill, G3 6RE

The Glasgow Social Centre collective is working towards opening a space for grassroots and community-based projects and groups to meet and work from. If you are interested in getting involved in this project then come along!
Introduction to Green Woodworking
Sunday Nov 23 at 10:00am to Nov 24 at 4:00pm
Green Aspirations Scotland, G63 0NF

On this one day course you will learn about the relaxing craft of green woodworking.
Working with sustainable timber you will produce everyday items to take home and cherish.
During the day we will transform logs into useful wooden items. Starting by selecting timber, sawing and cleaving logs we will see how to make the most of the trees we use. You will then be shown a range of hand tools and how to use them to make a mallet or spatula.
You will also be shown how to use the basic equipment for green woodwork, the pole lathe and shave horse.

‘An inspirational course from Green Aspirations. I’ve totally caught the green woodworking bug after just a few hours in the woods with Paul and Louise. Paul gives excellent clear instruction from an obviously huge depth of knowledge, with emphasis on safety, practical experience and having fun. Really opened my eyes to possibilities of ‘green wood’ and left me hungry for more…’

‘I’m totally sold on your ethos and what you are doing here and I love the way you present it, in such an open and approachable way with no judgement.’

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.
Scotland Against Fracking Enviromental 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!


CALL OUT: Show solidarity with Glasgow Palestine Action

MASS CALL OUT: Glasgow Palestine Action has shut down Thales UK who make components for drones. They need us to go down and show solidarity with them and the people of Gaza. The factory is at 1 Linthouse Rd, Govan, Glasgow, G51 4BZ (near the Clyde Tunnel) .

Glasgow Palestine Action Shut Down Drone Manufacturer!


Glasgow Palestine Action Shut Down Drone Manufacturer

A group of activists from Glasgow Palestine Action network have today shut down Thales UK, the weapons systems manufacturer, in Govan, Glasgow.

The activists climbed onto the factory roof, and blocked the doors, during the early hours of the morning and are planning to remain as long as possible. Activists are blockading both entrances, lying on the ground attached to arm tubes, and are occupying the roof.

The action is in response to the recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza, and the UK economy’s ever growing military industrial cooperation with governments that flout international law. In just over 7 weeks, Israel, armed with weapons supplied by the UK, killed more than 2000 innocent Palestinians.

Thales is being targeted today for their close relationship with Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest military company and the world’s largest drone producer.  In a joint venture, Thales UK is working with Elbit Systems to make the next generation of ‘Watchkeeper’ drones, a contact worth £1 billion.  These drones are based upon the Hermes 450, which was documented killing Palestinian civilians in Gaza in 2008-2009.  The drones are marketed as ‘field tested’ – which means they have proven effective at killing Palestinians.

Fifi O’Hara, one of the roof occupiers, explains: ‘Drones are a key part of Israel’s military arsenal.  By allowing this factory to export drone components and other arms to Israel, the UK government is providing direct support and approval to Israel’s massacres.’

Speaking about Scotland, Latrice Royale said:  ‘The UK government, and by allowing Thales to operate with Elbit systems, have blood on their hands.  Last year alone the UK government had 381 extant arms licences to Israel, worth almost £8 billion. We demand that the Scottish government puts pressure on the UK government to end arms sales to Israel. And also takes active steps towards ending the production of weapons systems in Scotland that are connected to apartheid, colonialism and genocide. Another Scotland is possible!’

Reforming the Glasgow Social Centre Collective

Tuesday 19th August
19:00 – 21:00
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD.

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Glasgow Social Centre collective was a group that aimed to create a safe and healthy space, open to all members of the community, that was to operate as a hub for a variety of community and social groups in Glasgow. They worked on principles of mutual aid, solidarity and co-operation, and aimed to provide a space which promoted education and involvement in issues of environmental and social justice.

Due to changes in life circumstances the original collective had disbanded over a year ago, however some of it’s members are still at hand and the idea of opening a sustainable social centre lives on. Individuals and groups are invited to this open meeting to discuss the formation of a new GSC collective.

A provisional agenda has been posted on their facebook page.

Rethinking Remembrance

Yesterday marked one hundred years since the start of World War One. Billed as the war to end all wars, it has unfortunately not lived up to that slogan. Looking at the media today you can often be confused for thinking that WW1 was fought for freedom and not the clash of imperial expansion. The government planned ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral and wreath-laying on George Square was a surreal celebration of war, the monarchy and nationalism, led the royals and government officials who benefit from wars today and think nothing of sending people out to die to extend their power and wealth.

These grotesque celebrations did not pass without comment. The Scottish Peace Network had people from all different groups distributing information with the truth about conditions in WW1 and in war throughout the city centre. Some of us put up banners opposite the ceremony at the cathedral before heading along to the celebrations on George Square, however there was a disturbing amount of unnecessary cooperation with the police, leaving the Peace Network poorly positioned and often talking with cops rather than with other passers by.




Those involved with the Peace Network activity soon moved to George Square, where a full military parade was due to take place. They were joined opposite by members of the White Feather Collective who were able to unfurl their banner as Prince Charles entered the square and spread white feathers in front on the parade in remembrance of those who were accused of cowardice for refusing to fight. On the other side the huge banner brought along by folks from Faslane Peace Camp was held aloft. At one point builders lent scaffolding and wooden beams to hold it up, however the police bullied them into taking it back. The real solidarity was totally appreciated.

George Square Big Banner

George Square Resist




Once the feathers had settled there was time to regroup, hand out copies of the Anarchist Federation’s Against War in town, then at 2pm off to Kelvingrove Park where the White Feather Collective had arranged an event where we chalked out the outlines of the 1,500 people who had been killed in Gaza over the previous 26 days.




At one point over sixty people were working on drawing outlines, writing names and talking with passers by (many of which stopped to help). The overwhelming majority of people passing through were supportive of both of the anti-military message that there is no glory to be found in war and also the need to raise awareness and take action in aid of those suffering in Gaza.

By 7pm the trail reached from the fountain up to the war memorial and all those who we had listed were represented. Some of us walked back along the trail with a banner; we got lots of support doing this and one group of people even stopped and clapped.








All told the day brought together many of the groups opposed to militarism in Glasgow and we demonstrated how we can all compliment one another’s strengths and cover each others weaknesses, while at the same time building awareness and public support for an anti-military message.

David Cameron is at Glasgow University TODAY

Come and give him the welcome he deserves. People will be assembling at 1.30pm outside Glasgow Uni Library.

Glasgow stands with Gaza – 6PM THIS EVENING!

Glasgow demo against the ground invasion of Gaza, today, Friday 18th, 6pm, Donald Dewar statue at top of Buchanan Street.