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Jewellery & Capitalism; gender, class and the environment. Thurs 16th Feb

Jewellery and Capitalism talk and discussion, Thursday 16th February 7-9pm at GAS

Jewellery is a universal form of adornment dating back tens of thousands of years. This talk presented by Maddie, a jeweller and anarchist, explores some of the history of jewellery; its socio-economic significance, how it relates to gender, class, the environment and how it has been used and adapted by over the ages. Prepare to learn a whole new side to jewellery; a vast global business based around mythology, sentiment, status, ownership, exploitation and extremely successful marketing.

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Disaster Communism and Mutual Aid – Glasgow workshop Mon 23rd Jan 6-9pm

“Besides the law of Mutual Struggle there is in Nature the law of Mutual Aid, which, for the success of the struggle for life, and especially for the progressive evolution of the species, is far more important than the law of mutual contest” – Peter Kropotkin

“Disasters, while producing undeniable misery, also bring to the fore the latent power of reciprocity, which always remains submerged, fractured and inchoate in the capitalist world of exchange. In this way, the kind of improvised, spontaneous mutual aid which characterises disaster communities points to latent potentials for radical social change.” – Out of the Woods

Mutual Aid is a key principle of anarchist theory. The belief, backed by much evolutionary, psychological and sociological research, that humans are naturally cooperative and that this tendency can, and must, be the basis of our social struggle and future society.

Far from a hellish war of all against all, the absence of capitalism and the state often produces the conditions for solidarity and collaboration. Disasters, natural or political, are dreadful and we do not wish them, but even in the worst conditions we should not despair.

We’ll discuss the history of mutual aid as an idea, the relation to disasters and people’s natural response to them, and what we can practically do right now for survival pending revolution.

Free and all welcome.

Monday 23rd Jan.

6-9pm with tea breaks liberally sprinkled throughout.

Glasgow Autonomous Space. Email glasgow@afed.org.uk for address if you don’t know already 🙂

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Stateless in Lesvos: screening and Q&A with film maker

Awareness and fundraising film screening and Q&A with film maker Guy Smallman who is just back from Lesvos, and visiting Scotland for 2 days only.

Donations will be going to support refugees in Greece.

Edinburgh:
Tuesday, December 15 at 5:30pm
Hunter Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art, 74 Lauriston Place, EG3 9DF

Glasgow:
Wednesday, December 16 at 7:00pm
Boyd Orr room 513 (Lecture Theatre D), University of Glasgow

Eye witness report & film from the Frontline of the refugee crisis in Lesvos.

We are very lucky to be able to screen this short (25min) documentary shot this November on one of the islands considered the front-line of the refugee crisis. Focusing on the solidarity of ordinary people in the face of government-led racism and incompetence, this film will show how the working class in Greece are defying the state and showing their solidarity with refugees.

The director, Guy Smallman of Reelnews, will be travelling to Scotland fresh from the press film screening and will be on hand to give a Q&A on his first-hand experiences. You can check out his travel-blog for the project here: http://reelnews.co.uk/the-lesvos-blog/

This event is free to attend. There will be an opportunity to give a financial donations to send to Lesvos, but it is just as important to come along and raise awareness.

Glasgow event co-hosted by Glasgow AFed and Glasgow Uni Anarchist Soc.
https://www.facebook.com/events/194379107567573/

Edinburgh co-hosted by counterinfo lab and the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh
https://www.facebook.com/events/106327519737862/

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Glasgow Workshop: Drug policy, new and old — health ideals, the production of junkies and why old fashioned prohibition is still indispensable to the state

Monday 23rd November 2015
6-9pm
WestGAP. 365 Paisley Road West, G51 1LX

Most would agree that some people will always take drugs, and some of them will lose control of their drug use. But in modern capitalist states there is more to drug use and to the ways the use of some drug is tolerated while the consumption of others is forbidden.

Why is there a drug regime aiming to control what people are doing to themselves by using “psychoactive” substances in the first place? Why do modern capitalist states keep up this “old fashioned” prohibition of drugs? Why are there new campaigns (e.g. propaganda for “resilient” drug-free lifestyles), and how do they fit with the old drug policies?

What are the stereotypes of “junkies” and “drug dealers” about? How does propaganda about drug use relate to the extremely popular contemporary desire of “being in control of one’s life” and “having a healthy body”?

Workshop by members of Critisticuffs, from London and Germany.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1631631783753344/

 

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REPOST: Repression in Belarus & the Czech Republic [speaking tour]

We are lucky to be able to work along side local Anarchist Black Cross groups to present a speaking tour by comrades from the ABC in Belarus and learn about the repression faced in their region. The following dates have been confirmed:

  • 22/06 – Bristol – Kebele, 14 Robertson Road, BS5 6JZ – 7:25pm
  • 23/06 – Manchester – Ducie Bridge, 152 Corporation Street, M4 4DU – 8:00pm
  • 24/06 – Glasgow – Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ – 6:45pm
  • 25/06 – Edinburgh – Forest Centre Plus, 38 Castle Terrace, EH3 9JD – 7:15pm
  • 26/06 – London – Freedom Bookshop, 84b Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX – 7:00pm
  • 01/07 – Brighton – The Cowley Club, 12 London Road, BN1 4JA – 8:00pm

Read the full post on the Anarchist Federation website here.

Mayday Stalls, Elections Seminar, and the Sunday Swap Shop

Hi all,

Just putting together a really quick post to update folks on the events I was able to get to over this Mayday weekend. First  up where the stall on Mayday itself, where a good number of the cities anarchist and libertarian groups came out and set up a stall, linking the history of working class struggles with the struggles in the here and now. For our part we made some red & black biscuits and put out some publications, stickers and badges to help raise forms for the Baltimore Bail/Legal fund.

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Working folks in Glasgow were keen to show their solidarity with those fighting white supremacy in the streets of Baltimore and the generous donations raised $161.62 (a bit over £100). Thanks to everyone who said hi during the 3 hours we were were in the street!

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Later that night the good folks from Critisticuffs (writers of the libertarian communist journal Kittens) had come up from London to give a seminar to examine the function of elections in  capitalist state society. We’ll try to get a full review of the event up shortly.

Finally, on Sunday evening I was able to drop in to the end of the second Glasgow Social Centre pop-up event, a free shop with food and music. While things were winding down as I arrived just close to 6pm it looked as if the day had been a success, with everyone who attended getting well fed, the swap shop still having lots to rummage through, and the event having made a bit of money to towards getting a permanent social centre up and running.

Happy International Workers Day!

Whether you work for a wage, get a social wage, or scam your way by the best you can, today is a day the working class everywhere. We’ll be keeping the spirit of the Haymarket Martyrs alive by heading out on the junction of Buchanan Street and Gordon Street with a stall collecting money for the ‪#‎baltimoreuprising‬ legal/bail fund, and we’ve made a few wee treats to help in the task. Swing by and say hello between 12 and 2 this afternoon 🙂

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