Category Archives: Events

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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Glasgow Events – Extra Update – 22/04/2015

Hi all,

While we usually keep to one update per week (or often less!), this week has seen quite a lot of events pour in. While they would normally wait, there has been a last minute call for a demonstration by our friends at the Unity Centre after the death of Pinakin Patel in Yarl’s Wood’s family unit has come to light as having taken place on Monday. Pinakin’s death demonstrates that all the reasons politicians give for immigration controls are just lies to cover for a system that benefits from being racist, as even though him and his wife has proper papers they were detained. That was two months ago, and now Pinakin is dead and the unit where he was staying with his wife was put on lock-down, his wife’s phone taken from her, and she has been confined to her room. A massive cover-up by the Home Office and Serco appears to be under way right now. Unity have called for a demonstration outside the Home Office buildings on the lunchtime of Thursday the 2rd, full details below.

So with this, and about another half-dozen extra events added, here is the events update as it stands today (and we’ll try hold off for a week before the next one, promise).

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Anarchist Black Cross: Letter Writing
Wednesday, 22 April at 6:00pm – 7:30pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

One of our group will be sat at the tables beside the Sauchiehall St the entrance to the CCA (as you don’t have to buy anything to sit there), and will have paper, pens, and a list of prisoners you can start sending letters to. You can stay to write your letter and have it posted by the group, or get some of the details/supplies and head home to write in peace. Donations of stationary, envelopes, and especially stamps are always welcomed though not expected.

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Radicalized Care and De-professionalized Community
Wednesday, 22 April at 6:00pm
Saramango Cafe/Bar (upstairs), CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

For a transatlantic perspective on care work then head along to this event to swap stories with Jeanette Eby and Matt Thompson, radical urban community workers from Canada with a wealth of experiences under their collective belts.

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EMERGENCY DEMO #EndDetention #SetThemFree
Thursday, 23 April at 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Festival Court, 200 Brand St, G51 1DH (turn left out of Cessnock Underground)

Enough is enough, no more DEAD in detention.

Calling out all our supporters to join us to protest for the death of Pinakin Patel in Yarl’s Wood’s family unit (Hummingbird) that happened yesterday (20/04/15)

The demo will be at Glasgow Immigration Reporting Centre, during lunch break so people can join us.

This is nation wide emergency as deaths keep on happening due to lack of adequate medical care and an abusive immigration system that keeps criminalizing migrants.

Feel free to bring placards and musical instruments or similar

**** Info on Pinakin Patel ******

Two months ago Mr Patel and his wife, Bhavisha Ben Patel, came to Britain from India lawfully, on visitors visas. Immigration officers simply decided not to believe that Mr & Mrs Patel were genuine visitors, even though they have an 8 year old son in India. They were sent straight from the airport to Yarl’s Wood, where they have been ever since.
Two day ago the Movement for Justice demonstrated at Yarl’s Wood and women gathered at the windows, waving and joining the shouts and chants to shut down Yarl’s Wood and end detention.

Today Yarl’s Wood women are angry. They know that, like so many others, the Patels were victims of Britain’s arbitrary, racist immigration controls and immigrant-bashing policies.
They saw police, forensics and an ambulance come into the centre while Hummingbird detainees were shut in their unit; Indian women were angry that they could not speak to Mrs Patel because her phone was taken from her and she was confined to a room. They all know the Home Office & Serco are preparing a cover-up.

Far too many people have died in immigration detention just as far too many have been allowed to drown in the Mediterranean. We are building the movement to tear down this barbaric Europe-wide racist policy.

PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!

LOVE AND SOLIDARITY

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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 6:30pm 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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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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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 swapables (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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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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Anarchists and the Silver Screen
Wednesday, May 20 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Modern anarchism and modern cinema both emerged and began their development at the end of the 1800’s. Libertarian views on education and propaganda led to film becoming an interest for many anarchists. This month’s discussion group will look to talk over ideas of how film media can be used in spreading ideas of working class action, and will be opened by a presentation on the colourful history of anarchism on the silver screen.

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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 21/04/2015

Hi all,

Another week and another update. I also wanted to mention that the Spirit of Revolt history and archival collective have currently got a window display on the side of the 13th Note Cafe on Kings Street, with information all about the Glasgow Rent Strikes of 1915. They also have a great article about the anti-war movements of the time on their website: http://spiritofrevolt.info/anti-war-movements-and-the-media-1914-1918/

Interestingly we also see a couple of anti-militarist events coming up shortly, on the 25th and 28th, so worth check them out too as the drive for militarism always goes hand in hand with attacks on well being. International Workers Day – aka Mayday – seems to have picked up quite a few events as well so worth checking for clashes.

Anyway, enough with the chat, here is the update:

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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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Anarchist Black Cross: Letter Writing
Wednesday, 22 April at 6:00pm – 7:30pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

One of our group will be sat at the tables beside the Sauchiehall St the entrance to the CCA (as you don’t have to buy anything to sit there), and will have paper, pens, and a list of prisoners you can start sending letters to. You can stay to write your letter and have it posted by the group, or get some of the details/supplies and head home to write in peace. Donations of stationary, envelopes, and especially stamps are always welcomed though not expected.

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Radicalized Care and De-professionalized Community
Wednesday, 22 April at 6:00pm
Saramango Cafe/Bar (upstairs), CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

For a transatlantic perspective on care work then head along to this event to swap stories with Jeanette Eby and Matt Thompson, radical urban community workers from Canada with a wealth of experiences under their collective belts.

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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 6:30pm 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

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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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 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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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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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 06/04/2015

Hey all,

A new update to start off the week. Apologies to anyone who send in info for weekend events since the last update (esp the Unity Night Shelter Party), but we couldn’t get this update together until today. That said, the first event in this listing as it is something you can do right now from your computer! Also if you fancy a night oot on Thursday you can’t go far wrong with the Fail Better crew putting on another of their regular nights of poetry and music. As ever, if you are planning an event and would like us to let folks know then forward us details asap, and we can always update/amend details later if required.

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Keep LEE in Glasgow!
Now
From your computer

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://tinyurl.com/l5679o6
join & share the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeeBelongsToGlasgow/
donate to Lee’s bail fund (any amount would be amazing!): http://unitycentreglasgow.org/donate-to-the-unity-centre/ (put Lee in the description or email unitycentremedia@gmail.com 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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Positive Psychology: Just for Rich People? – Prof. James Coyne | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, 6 April at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Positive psychology suggests the problems of the poor lie in their attitude or – in more recent versions – in their brains. It provides an unscientific and ideological basis for blaming the poor for their poverty. Moreover, positive psychology is carefully marketed to earn its proponents corporate speaking engagements. Its workshops aim at making workplace stress an individual attitudinal problem and improving worker efficiency, while avoiding confronting the real sources of workplace stress.

In this talk, Jim will provide a thorough update of his well-received blog posts at PLOS Mind the Brain and Science-Based Medicine:

Jim expects to be able to announce at his talk the retraction of a major positive psychology article, based on a critique he co-authored.

Jim Coyne is, along with fellow “Negateer” Barbara Ehrenreich, one of the most prominent and persistent critics of positive psychology. He was a participant in the historic 2006 Positive Psychology Great Debate at the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is the 2015 Carnegie Centenary Visiting Professor at the University of Stirling and Professor of Health Psychology, University of Groningen, as well as Professor Emeritus Of Psychology In Psychiatry, University Of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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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Glasgow Social Centre Collective: Events Working Group
Tuesday, 7 April at 6:00pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD

To get involved with the Glasgow Social Centre project you can come along to one of our working group meetings. Working groups are made up of members of the collective who have agreed to undertake certain tasks. The working groups are also open to non-members so that they can meet the collective and work towards a practical goal with no long-term commitment required. The events working group is the driving force behind planning and putting on events as a demonstration of the kind of thing a social centre could be used for.

We will be meeting in the reception area of the CCA (opposite the shop) and the meeting will likely last no more than an hour.

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Fail Better: Prrrrrrrrotest!
Thursday, 9 April at 8:00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

WHAT THE FUCK IS PROTEST? I dinna have a clue, but these folks might:

LOKI storms back to the stage

punk folk gurgling against the grain DANGLE MANATEE

MAKI YAMAZAKI takes to stage with uke and wit in tow

the one and only ROSIE KANE returns

two short pieces from UMA DRRAGON

TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE… ahem, aye so TICKLE of the late Black Lantern Music and such like is doing a set too.

aaaaaand the whole night will be hosted by none other than the marvellous marvels CREATIVE MARTYRS

As always, its FREE ENTRY. If you have it, chuck some quids in the bucket to pay our fine acts some of that wage stuff.

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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:

Hod me back!

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Bairns Not Bombs Blockade
Monday, 13th April at 7:00am
Faslane

On Monday, 13th April the Scrap Trident Bairns Not Bombs Blockade will stop work at Faslane where Trident nuclear weapons are based just 30 miles from Glasgow. We want to send a strong reminder that the people of Scotland fundamentally oppose the UK’s possession of nuclear weapons. Please consider either taking part directly or in a support role. For more details check out the Blockade Briefing at http://scraptrident.org/

Nonviolent Direct Action training will take place on Sunday 12th April in Glasgow. Everyone considering taking part in or supporting the blockade is asked to take part in training. Contact us for more info to set up a training for a local affinity group. Please Register at:http://scraptrident.org/faslane-blockade-2015/accomodation-and-training-registration/

Book a place on a Bus from Glasgow, Edinburgh and other places. Details at: http://scraptrident.org/faslane-blockade-2015/book-bus-to-blockade/

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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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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 citys 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 http://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@concretegarden.org.uk) 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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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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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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