Glasgow Events Rachel Corrie open-mic and singalong. Volunteering at WestGAP and much more.

On Thursday one of our members (actually this week’s autonomy update compiler, hi!) is holding an event to celebrate the life and dreams of Rachel Corrie, a peace activist killed in Gaza in 2003 whilst defending a Palestinian home from the Israeli army. We’ll be building community, singing, eating, laughing and crying together. We have performances of celebration and resistance from around the world, including Scottish, Jewish and Palestinian songs. And we’ll
collectively sing progressive songs including some antifascist favourites.

The Glasgow-University-Anarchist-Student-Group have organised a protest on Thursday (before the singalong, so come to both!) about Milo’s candidature for the rectorship election. Far from being a “free speech” defender, he has already promised to close down the Uni Islamic Society if elected, and previously used a public talk to target a trans student – outing and mocking her from the stage

Have a good week y’all.


WestGAP looking for volunteers

Volunteer at WestGAP!

We are a collectively run welfare rights anti-poverty organisation in Cessnock. Many of us have experienced the brutality of the benefits system ourselves.
We’re looking for people to help us to fight benefits sanctions and the horrendous disability and health assessments. We need help with a variety of activities, from giving advice and support to welfare claimants, making links with other groups, public events and generating and distributing information. We organise training and skills-sharing and prioritise collective working, well-being and fun! If you can spare half a day a week get in touch:


Unity World Cafe/Food bank

Tuesdays, (21st, 28th March etc) – 1200–1400

GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8

The Unity World Café is a friendly, safe place, welcoming destitute asylum seekers and anyone else in need of some lunch and a chat. Run by volunteers on a shoestring budget, it offers tea and cake and free food to take home; every Tuesday at GAS.


Arabic/English exchange

Tuesdays, (21st, 28th March etc) – 1800-2000

GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8

Come and join us for the Unity* Arabic/English language exchange!

It is a conversation class where people can learn Arabic and Arabic speakers can learn/improve their English and get to know each other in a supportive environment – an environment where English is not put on a pedestal and everyone is learning.

The class started as a response to the limited spaces for people to study ESOL at college. Many are on waiting lists for many many months, so we wanted to act together so people could practice their English in the mean time.

Anyone of any level can attend. We also urgently need more English speakers!

An organisation called Arika has given us some money to provide travel expenses for those that could not attend the class otherwise, but this money is running out. Please help if you can:

Come on down! 🙂

*The Unity Centre has been open almost 10 years and offers
unconditional support and solidarity to asylum seekers and all other migrants


Protest Against alt-right candidates at Glasgow Uni Rector elections

16th March. 5pm. Assemble at the main gates.

We are organising a demonstration on the 16th March to coincide with the hustings taking place at the University of Glasgow for the position of rector. We have called for this action to protest the nominations of Milo Yiannopoulos and Professor Jordan Peterson for rector of the university.

The University of Glasgow is one of five Scottish universities that elect a rector to represent students as chairman of the university court, which administers university resources. The rector is also expected to bring student concerns to the university management. So far, the position of rector has been largely ceremonial, it has important powers should they be utilized and is very prestigious. Given that both these men’s views are in direct conflict with University’s Equality and Diversity policy
( ), they would not make suitable rectors.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a Trump-supporting alt-right troll who recently became infamous for his comments supporting paedophilia. He has written numerous articles for Breitbart and made comments attacking foreign students, women in science, the LGBTQI+ community (transgender students in particular), and anyone who disagrees with him. His views put him in direct opposition with many parts of the Equality and Diversity police, including, for example, the commitment to increase the number of women in senior academic roles. He has repeatedly used speeches on University campuses to target students, and encouraged his followers to harass them.

Professor Jordan Peterson has angered many students at the University of Toronto for his refusal to use gender-neutral pro-nouns and his attacks on members of the campus community who use them. Addressing people by their chosen pronoun is clearly stated in University policy
(, and thus Peterson’s position directly breaches it.

We will be protesting not only to show that these views are not welcome on our campus, but also that we will stand in solidarity with and support those members of our community that these views target. To be clear, we do not equate Jordan Peterson with the fascist troll Yiannopoulos; however, both represent to varying degrees the intolerant trope, currently on the rise in the West, of privileged voices that seek to silence and oppress others. In addition, both have expressed views that are diametrically opposed to the University’s Equality Policy.

This is not a limitation on free speech, as both nominees have ample opportunity to spread their bigotry elsewhere. As they are ‘free’ to spout their venomous views from positions of privilege and power, we are also ‘free’ to protest them.

The University has refused to remove Milo Yiannopoulos and Jordan Peterson from the nomination despite their standing in stark opposition to their own Equality and Diversity policy. By claiming ‘neutrality’ over this issue, the University refuses to guarantee the safety of its own students and ridicules its proclaimed ‘inclusive’ credentials. We will be demonstrating to show our discontent and that there are some who will not tolerate the continuing spread of hatred towards vulnerable groups.

We call on students and the wider Glasgow community to join us at 17:00 on March 16th, at the University main gate and help us to show the university that we will not tolerate fascism and hatred to be spread on our campus.

For more information please contact:

Event page:


Celebrate Rachel Corrie’s life with Open Mic & Communal Singing

Thursday 16th March – 1800-2200

Glasgow Autonomous Space.

Address details :

Rachel Corrie was an American peace activist killed in Gaza in 2003 by Israeli forces whilst she was defending a Palestinian home from demolition. She has become a symbol of hope and solidarity for many, but to me she was a friend and awesome human being taken from us too early because of the ravages of war, borders and racism that kill millions worldwide.

I want to celebrate her life with something she would have loved – building community and celebrating the diversity and richness of Glasgow with songs and performances and sharings from all over the world. In direct opposition to racism and divisions, let us enjoy and celebrate each other’s roots and be an active part of creating a culture that supports and nurtures us all and our dreams and works for a decent world.

Songs from Palestine! Jewish songs of resistance to Nazism and anti zionism! Egyptian compere! Scottish folk! Bring songs, poems, jokes and food to share. Readings from Rachel’s own words. Everyone gently encouraged to participate in a supportive environment. Doesn’t have to be your own composition – sing/read/perform/or even just tell a joke that tickles you. The important thing is that we come together to relish our diversity and connections.

Feel free to invite anyone who will appreciate and participate.


Unity Herbal Clinic

Saturday, 18th March – 0800-1700

Glasgow Autonomous Space

Address details :

The Unity Herbal Collective was set up in response to restricted access to healthcare for people without papers. We run a free clinic for people in the aslyum process and their allies. Our collective is made up of qualified & lay herbalists, grass roots campaigners and people in the asylum process.

Our politics are aligned with the Unity Centre, and No Borders.

Contact:, phone – 07821202134

No website or facebook.


Smut Slam

Monday, March 20


The Rum Shack (657-659 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2AB)

So good, it’s coming back for Round 2: SMUT SLAM.

This fast-paced storytelling open mic based on real life, real lust, real sex is back for another blast of Smut. The theme for this SMUT SLAM is “EPIC FAIL”. Tell us the times when things really,
spectacularly didn’t work. We’ve all been there, and we’ll be there again.

Created and hosted by professional touring perv Cameryn Moore, the Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also THE FUCKBUCKET, a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions!


****SEXY PRIZES, including prizes from Luke & Jack and an NJOY stainless-steel toy!

SMUT SLAMMERS sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute dirty story, based on their real lives, and a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random.

RULES: – no notes (this is storytelling) – no costumes or props (this is not theatre) – only five minutes (with a one-minute grace period) AND – the story must be real and have happened to you. Stories often are funny and/or epic win, but we want to encourage people to consider sharing their sad, disturbing, poignant, serious, simple and/or “fail” experiences, too.

IMPORTANT: Smut Slam is queer-friendly, kink- and vanilla-friendly, fat-friendly, sex worker-friendly, virgin-friendly, poly-friendly, … we’re really, really friendly. We welcome people with all types and amounts of sexual experiences. We DO NOT welcome stories involving racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other kind of discrimination, objectification, or fetishization. All stories must be CONSENSUAL!

NOT A SMUT SLAMMER? Don’t worry. The audience is in for a good time at SMUT SLAM! Sit back and enjoy. All we ask is: – No interrupting. – No heckling. – No necking in the front row. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the smut starts slamming at 8. Admission is £8/door, 18 and over please!

SMUT SLAM is CREATED by Cameryn Moore, an award-winning
playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, and former phone sex operator. When not performing or actually having sex herself, Cameryn writes Sidewalk Smut: custom type-written pornography as street performance and literary art. Find Cameryn being NSFW on Facebook, or at


The Workers Theatre Launch Party

Thursday, 23rd March – 1900-2300

Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder Street, G42 7RA

We are launching The Workers Theatre, a co-operative venue for liberating art!

Join us for our launch party extravaganza – starting as we mean to go on with the very best of Scottish theatre, performance, spoken word and music.

Hot on the heels of Megaphone, our massively successful Kickstarter campaign to fund three residencies for artists of colour — — this mega party will be the beginning of something exciting: entertaining, radical, and accessible art committed to the liberation of all people!







7pm: Doors open

8-9.30: Performances

10-11pm: Music

Entry by donation, sliding scale, suggested £4 on an average wage

First chance to buy sparkling Workers Theatre merch, badges and tees!


Govanhill Theatre is the company based at the beautiful Govanhill Baths, and has staged over 40 plays and performances there since moving there in 2012. They are currently producing a new production of “My Name is Rachel Corrie”.

Black Doves are a cabaret pop band taking inspiration from new wave, synthpop, 60s pop music and glam rock. ‘Downward Spiral’ from our forthcoming album ‘An Introduction To Queer Theory’ is out now! Watch the music video here:

Mamoru Iriguchi is a multimedia performance maker who originally trained as a zoologist! He’s interested in 2D and 3D, liveness and pre-recorded-ness, gender and sexuality, fairytales and evolution theories.

Rebecca Green is an artist working in spoken word, live art, painting, writing, craft and participation. She uses humour and surreality to play with love, instinct and sentiment, always with a wicked and sincere wink.

Tawona Seeds OfThought grew up with the oral tradition of spoken word and music from Zimbabwe, now living in Glasgow and sharing his heritage. Using these influences, he has developed a contemporary style, through mbira, spoken word, creative writing and drama.Trying to link cultures together, he sees creative expression as a
celebration, and building of positive self-esteem.

The Workers Theatre is a new project to create a co-operatively owned and managed theatre in Scotland. We’re launching with residencies, collaborations and pop-up events, working towards opening a new venue. Our work will be guided by our Manifesto for a Workers Theatre, and will always be run on democratic co-operative principles.


GLITCH Film Festival 2017

Welcome to GLITCH 2017!

We are a glitch in the system

Our lives deny the lies

Our complexity is dissent

We fight for love

GLITCH Film Festival will run 24 March – 1st April 2017 @ the CCA.

We provide an international platform for film and art created by queer/LGBTIQA+ people of colour.

GLITCH is back with Black queer vampires, taboo sex, carnival, radical gangs, fevered dreams, trans activism, cruising, pregnant drag queens, butches, Queering Bollywood, violence and self-defence, gay hanky codes, gay chorus groups, femmes, ovas, Inuit lives and taking the world by storm!

We’re bringing a visual feast of UK and Scottish premieres from around the world spanning features, documentaries, short film, artists moving image, directors Q&As, panel discussions, performance art and an exhibition.

See our programme 24 March – 1 April 2017

Access: We’re passionate that the arts be accessible to all so entry to GLITCH is free! All events are wheelchair accessible. Most – if not all – of the films will be subtitled & all live events [apart from M.Lamar] will have BSL. Induction loops also available throughout.

Gender neutral toilets present for duration of the festival.

Thank you to our amazing funders, partners and volunteers for making this possible.

With our trailblazing programme focus on films by or about LGBTIQA+ people of colour we continue to empower our participation in film & amplify our voices and visions.

Watch, share, experiment, talk & party!!


Tweet us @GlitchFilmFest + Facebook us


March for Gaza

25th March. 2pm. George Square

Glasgow Anti-Fascist Action (GAFA) will be doing a march in solidarity with the Palestinian people highlighting the occupation on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli government highlighting the thousands of deaths caused by the Israeli government.

The March will start from George square then down Buchanan street then along to the BBC then back to George square


Protest the ‘White Pride March’ in Edinburgh

Shamefully, on 25th of March a ‘White Pride March’ has been called in Edinburgh.

There is no pride in racism. There is no pride in fascism. There is no pride in white nationalism.

We must stand up to fascism whenever and wherever it occurs.

The racists plan to meet at 1pm Market Street entrance of Waverley Station and then go to the Covenanters memorial grassmarket for 1:30pm.

So, we shall meet them at Waverley and stop them even getting to the memorial.

Join us in standing up to these abhorrent views and making it clear that we welcome people of all races and from different backgrounds here in Scotland.


* eg

involvement of the SWP in UAF and in general UAF’s despicable behaviour at antifascist mobilisations towards autonomous antifascists is beyond the scope of this update as I want to get it out at some point! But google should help you.]


GAS Open Day

Sunday, 26th March 1200-2000

Glasgow Autonomous Space

On the last Sunday of every month, GAS will be open to relax, enjoy

music, food and a film together !


Our Voices Unified // Sisters Uncut Glasgow

Thursday, 30th March – 1800-2000

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Govan G51 3UU



Women’s services and rights are too frequently used as a political

pawn, Sisters Uncut Glasgow exists to stop politicians & bureaucrats

from treating women’s rights as a bargaining chip and aims to protect,

maintain and increase women’s rights and services in Glasgow, holding

council and government to account.

Ahead of the Glasgow City Council local elections on 4 May 2017, and

against a global backdrop of austerity politics and rising

government-sanctioned fascism, Sisters Uncut Glasgow invite our

communities to come together to create a list of demands and pledges

that insist upon the preservation and centring of women’s services in

Glasgow. We will then lobby prospective candidates to sign up to these

pledges in advance of elections to ensure these demands are met as


We therefore invite sister organisations, communities and individuals

to shape this pledges with us, through a creative manifesto-writing

workshop. We will formulate a set of achievable but ambitious items

and priorities that pertain to women’s rights and specific areas of

council responsibility in Glasgow. Following this event, Sisters Uncut

Glasgow will launch a rigorous campaign, targeting all candidates to

sign their name to these collective demands.

With this event we hope to bring together our community, build

relationships and support for service providers, and to build and

present a united and strong collectivised front to those in power in

our city.

While this event is to create a city-wide coalition between Sisters

Uncut Glasgow and sister organisations, individuals who wish to attend

are more than welcome to feed into our demands for the upcoming 2017

councillor elections.

“We are deliberate and afraid of nothing” – Audre Lorde


Mayday Picnic

The May Day on the Green Committee is organising a May Day picnic for May 1 at 2 pm on the Glasgow Green near the bicycle area (Free Wheel North). Our purpose is to revive a long-standing radical tradition in Glasgow; an event on the Green to celebrate May Day, the day to demonstrate our solidarity with the struggles of working people around the world and to reaffirm our commitment to a new and better world.

Our picnic on the Green will include poetry, songs and fun for children. Everyone brings food to share with others in a communal meal.

We want this to be an inclusive event with everyone who shares our perspective welcome to join us.

We need your support to make the picnic a success:

–The Spirit of Revolt and the Clydeside branch of the Industrial Workers of the World have endorsed the May Day picnic. Help us to get out the word and get more organisations endorsing the event and publicising it. Contact Susan at

–We want to have bicycles carrying signs that can go around the city on the morning of May 1 to tell everyone to come to the Green. Contact Bob at

–We are looking for poets and musicians who would be interested in performing at the picnic. Contact John at


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Hi all,

Sadly there was a mix-up with booking GAS for A-Chat (Tues 14th 1800-2100) which has meant we’ll need to reschedule the event.

Expect another email soon about the new date!


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Glasgow Events Antifascist callout : SDL marching in Alloa tomorrow + Dungavel demo Sunday

SDL in Alloa Saturday + Dungavel anti-detention demo on Sunday



Saturday 11th March. Alloa. Train leaves Queen St station 11:18. Assemble 12:30 Alloa train station.

Racist SDL are mobilising for a demo in Alloa tomorrow, Saturday 11th March whipping up local anger against a lack of affordable housing and redirecting it against refugees rather than the true culprits of capitalism, landlords and neoliberal politics.

We need to oppose this vicious argument that scapegoats those fleeing the violence of war and capitalism in other parts of the world, and stand in solidarity with migrants seeking a safe, dignified life for themselves and their families. As the wider working class we must stand united, regardless of the colour of our skin, demanding decent housing for all, rather than fighting amongst ourselves. Divisions in the international working class only benefits those who exploit us as they can play one section of the working class against another, leaving capitalism free of organised resistance to destroy lives, communities and the planet in the pursuit of profit and power.

Facebook events:

Glitter block :


Shut down Dungavel – No detentions – No deportations
Sunday 12th March

STUC Statement on the Home Office’s decision to retain the Dungavel Removal Centre.

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said:

“It is deeply disappointing that the Home Office has taken this decision. Dungavel has for too long been a symbol of all that is wrong in our immigration system and too many have suffered within its walls. Trade Unionists are clear that we must put an end to the use of detention. Our asylum system needs change at a fundamental level and continues to be riddled with issues around detention, unfair removals, improper questioning and destitution.

“We believe that the closure of Dungavel could have acted as the first step towards the creation of a better and more humane approach to asylum and we will continue to campaign for its closure and the fair redeployment of workers in the centre.”

Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees will be working with other campaign groups to ensure that there is a mass protest at Dungavel on Sunday 12th March.

Transport leaves from the front of Glasgow City Chambers. We’re meeting there at 11.30 for 12pm departure.


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Glasgow Events 7th March

Hi everybody,

Lots on in March. A-Chat is back and we have a sing-a-long celebration of Rachel Corrie (details below).

Notice the first two events listed are repeating every week, same day each week.

Also the Scottish Government consultation on fracking is ongoing til end of May.

And see for details of events to participate. More on this next week.



Glasgow Events Short autonomy update

Hello friends,

Here is a small update – remember, if you’re putting on an event in Glasgow, email us at, and we will include your event in our next update!

And don’t forget that there are many regular meetings at the Glasgow Autonomous Space, so if you’re looking for a project to get involved in, check out the events calendar at GAS:

If you’d like to help produce the Autonomy Update, please let us know.

0. Counter demo against Anti-Abortion Protest
Date: Saturday 25th February
Time: 11am-1pm
George Square

Anti-abortion group “40 days for life” are holding a protest in George Square on 25th to kick off their month long protest outside The Royal Hospital for Children in Govan.

1. Get Together at GAS
Date: Sunday 26th February
Time: 1pm-7pm
Location: Glasgow Autonomous Space (GAS), Unit 11, 53 Kilbirnie Street, Glasgow G5 8JD

All welcome!!

This Sunday will be GAS’s first Get Together! On the last Sunday of every month come on down to GAS for food, music and a film. Everyone is welcome!

Over the last year, GAS has been transformed from an empty warehouse to a multi-roomed magic place for people to come together. As well as offering free meeting space for groups struggling against oppression we want to welcome folk to simply socialise!

Rattle Library will officically open – you can see the space so far, look through the books and copy the zines !

There’ll be live music from the incredibly talented Adnan عدنان شمدين, playing Kurdish and Arabic music


* kids space *

* food *

Facebook event:

Spread the word and see you there !

[ get in touch – ]

2. Students Not Suspects Scotland Tour- Glasgow

Tuesday 28th Febuary, 1730-2000

University of Strathclyde Student’s Association, 90 John St, G1 1JH

Find out about Preventing PREVENT, and surveillance of students

The impact of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act is normalizing Islamophobia and forcing public servants to act as informants. Students taking action are threatened with dismissal, arrest and huge court costs. Scottish institutions are under pressure, by the government, to produce policies, processes, and procedures to monitor students.

How can we ensure prevent implementation doesn’t scapegoat our students?

This event is for anyone interested in resisting the impact of the Prevent duty and working together on ensuring the implementation doesn’t negatively impact students. The speeches and workshops aim to equip students and activists with the knowledge and networks to take these campaigns on locally, IN YOUR INSTITUTIONS.

Organised by the Black Students Campaign – NUS Scotland, Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) and the University and College Union (UCU)


Register here:

3. For Theatre and Arts enthusiasts: MEGAPHONE: A new residency for theatre makers of colour
This is a kickstarter project fundraising for this new residency. It runs until March 9th. More info at this link:

Amplify the voices of writers and theatre makers of colour in Scotland.

Megaphone is a new residency which will support new work by artists of colour based in Scotland. This residency is about empowering artists and bringing vibrant diversity to Scotland’s theatre. It’s a direct response to the barriers to getting their work produced that artists of colour face right now .

This is a chance for us to show solidarity with artists of colour in Scotland and ensure that their voices are heard. It is needed now more than ever. We need to stand by those communities that are most vulnerable in the current political climate. Your support will back three mentored residencies for artists from under-represented communities who want to undertake a theatre project. Funds raised will be used to provide bursaries, space, mentoring, and production costs. Lack of diversity in Scottish theatre is not a new problem, but it is one that is more and more urgent and needs to change now.

Why Scottish theatre needs more diversity:

Scotland’s cultural makeup has changed rapidly in the past decade, with immigrant communities doubling in size. But we are still to see that change in Scotland’s theatre. We are not just a box to tick.
We need a platform to tell our stories and engage with all Scottish communities. Bringing in “new” stories will bring in new audiences.
We need to hear those stories and we need to see them on stage. Visibility is powerful. Megaphone is one step towards making that change.

The three successful Megaphone artists will receive:

A bursary of £2,500 for each project, providing each artist with the chance to develop their skills, networks and/or explore a new idea for a piece of theatre.
Three mentoring sessions with a professional artist to help move their work forward.
The opportunity to have an excerpt of their work published in Gutter Magazine, Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing.
Each artist will receive a week’s access to a working space, and the opportunity to have a public (or private) sharing of their work. And your support will make that happen.

Who We Are

Megaphone is a partnership between Sara Shaarawi, and The Workers Theatre, who will be supporting and producing the residency.

Sara Shaarawi is a playwright, translator and performer from Cairo who is now based in Glasgow. She has had her work performed at the Tron Theatre, The Traverse, Village Pub Theatre, Platform, and the CCA. Sara also took part in the Playwrights Studio Scotland’s 2015 Mentoring Programme and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Breakthrough Writers programme. Other credits include dramaturg, performing and translation for One Day in Spring (Oran Mor/NTS) and Here’s the News from Over There (Northern Stage). She is also one of the recipients of the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland’s New Playwright’s Awards this year.

The Workers Theatre is a new co-operative theatre company in Scotland working to create structures, resources, and space for new, radical performances that engage directly with audiences. Each artist receiving a residency will be invited to join us in sharing their work at the Workers Theatre’s first pop up festival in 2017.

Applying to the Residency

Residencies are open to artists and collectives from a theatre background and across other disciplines (including music, sound, movement, film, story-telling, spoken word etc), who want to undertake a new theatre venture that explores an exciting, vital idea and/or moves forward their practice and learning. We will consider applicants from all levels of experience and can be at any stage of their career. The call is open to groups as well as individuals.

Residencies are opportunities for the Workers Theatre to support an artist to develop their skills and potential or the initial seed of an idea. They are not commissions or production opportunities.

Residencies will run from April to June 2017 and we need your support to make them happen. Details on how to apply will be added in the coming weeks!


Bursaries for 3 artists: £7500
Mentor fees for 3 sessions for each artist: £1500
Venue and equipment costs: £600
Cost of rewards for backers : £600
Kickstarter and payment fees: £800


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Glasgow Events ~~Glasgow Autonomy Update~~10.2.2017

Hey all,

Brief update here. Special attention to our Monthly Public Discussion, next Thursday on Capitalism and Jewellery.

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Glasgow Events ~~Glasgow Autonomy Update~~ 21.1.17

Hi everybody!

Here we have a massive Glasgow Autonomous Space celebration update – almost all the events listed here are taking place in Glasgow’s coolest free space! If you haven’t been along to check it out yet, here you will find plenty of opportunities. You can read more about GAS at

On another note, the Spirit of Revolt Archive have contacted us with a message about their need for scanning volunteers, here is their message:

SPIRIT OF REVOLT is the archive for the West of Scotland, covering anarchist, libertarian socialist and grassroots community material. It is located in the Mitchell Library.
A priority is to digitise by scanning most off the donated archives. At present we have a need for more volunteer scanners. With the possible exception of early Tuesday evening, all the scanning has to take place between approx 9.30-4.30 in the SOR room.
If you support the aims of SOR, work part-timer or are unwaged or have a flexi shift, contact me, as the Scanning Coordinator in order to arrange an Induction session. Most scanners do a 2 hour stint either weekly or fortnightly.
Keith Millar via hereandnowscot

Dance Party / بانگیشتن / Dawet / پارتی / 派对 / ግብዣ / حفلة
Sun, 22 January, 1700 – 2200
GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8

!! A chance to get together and have an early evening DANCE !!

When darkness falls, come to Glasgow Autonomous Space (GAS) where there will be music and friends to welcome you !

Everyone is the DJ – there’ll be a laptop ready for people to put on songs.

Spread the word , see you there !

* the party space is fully accessible with accessible toilets too
** GAS aims to be a safe and welcoming space, there’ll be people on hand all night should people have any questions or concerns


Disaster Communism and Mutual Aid – Public Discussion
Monday 23rd January, 1800-2100
GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8 (email for address)

“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.


Arabic/English exchange
Tue, 24 January, 1800 – 2000
GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8

Come and join us for the Unity* Arabic/English language exchange!

It is a conversation class where people can learn Arabic and Arabic speakers can learn/improve their English and get to know each other in a supportive environment – an environment where English is not put on a pedestal and everyone is learning.

The class started as a response to the limited spaces for people to study ESOL at college. Many are on waiting lists for many many months, so we wanted to act together so people could practice their English in the mean time.

Anyone of any level can attend. We also urgently need more English speakers!

An organisation called Arika has given us some money to provide travel expenses for those that could not attend the class otherwise, but this money is running out. Please help if you can:

Come on down! 🙂

*The Unity Centre has been open almost 10 years and offers unconditional support and solidarity to asylum seekers and all other migrants


Frackwatch Glasgow Stall and leafleting
Wed, 25th January, 1330-1530
Near Lush, Buchanan Street

Handing out leaflets and inviting folk to sign up to our petition and mailing list

Frackwatch Glasgow exists to campaign to keep greater Glasgow a frack-free zone, and to work with other community groups for a ban on unconventional gas extraction (fracking) everywhere.


Information Evening – Charter Flights + Resistance
Thur, 26th January, 1800-2100
GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8

Following the currently raging 2 weeks of action against charter flights (, the Unity Centre have organised this information evening.

Join volunteers from the Unity Centre to discuss charter flights and what we can do to resist them .

The evening will be open to all and a space to learn and talk together.

We will speak specifically about:

– what charter flights are
– who is at risk
– why charter flights are a problem
– previous resistance
– future resistance

The evening will be hosted by Glasgow Autonomous Space ( GAS has a fully accessible entrance and gender neutral toilets.

GAS is at 53 Kilbirnie Street, G5 8JD. The space is a five minute walk away from West Street Subway Station, a two minute walk from bus stops in either direction that host the number 57 and a five minute walk from bus stops in either direction that host the number 4, 5, 6, and 7. The number 38 (all services) also stops nearby.

Useful reading here:

Information on the 2 weeks of action currently ongoing here:


Gender Queer/Non-Binary/Women Social
Sun, 29th January, 1000-1500
GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8

We would like to invite folks to the first Gender Queer/Non-Binary/Women Social @ GAS!
*no men will be present in the space during this time*

The idea is to hold a regular space at GAS for Gender Queer/Non-Binary/Women folks to do whatever they want…there are lots of ideas but we would like the space to be shaped by the people who use it. This initial social will be a be a chance to drop in for tea/coffee or brunch, share ideas, meet people and begin to talk about getting some ideas off the ground. We hope to have a few more over the coming months!

There will be activities for children so feel free to bring them along and bus fares will be available, we also have some bus tickets which we can give people in advance if they/their group or organisation can let us know in advance.

Hope to see you soon!

Glasgow Autonomous Space is a free space for self-organised groups to meet for various events, although if you want you can donate to the space when you’re there. GAS has a fully accessible enterance, two toilets which are both gender neutral (and one an accessible toilet). However GAS can get really cold so be sure to wrap up warm! The kitchen is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. The event will be child friendly- especially the creativity part!

GAS is at 53 Kilbirnie Street, G5 8JD. Although it is in a warehouse, we’ll make sure it is clearly signposted. The space is a five minute walk away from West Street Subway Station, a two minute walk from bus stops in either direction that host the number 57 and a five minute walk from bus stops in either direction that host the number 4, 5, 6, and 7. The number 38 (all services) also stops nearby.


IWW Open Discussion: Brexit and the class struggle
Tue, 31st January, from 1900
Electron Club of the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

The first of the year’s informal discussions on different topics hosted by Clydeside IWW. This time we will be talking about Brexit and what it means for class struggle organising.

You can read a couple of different perspectives by going to the Clydeside IWW facebook event (up soon!) or by contacting:

Everyone welcome.


Psychologists Against Austerity
Sat, 4th Febuary, 1300-1500
GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8

PAA is an alliance of psychologists, therapists, service users and allies who are campaigning against the pressures caused by austerity measures. This is a meeting for the Scottish network.

Glasgow meeting – following up on our last one in Edinburgh. Come along if you can.

There will be short presentations by two masters students on their project exploring accessing benefits and a person with lived experience in this area.


Glasgow Autonomous Space is quite new, so new it’s not showing as a location for facebook! Postcode is G5 8JD.

*go through gates next to the “Calor Gas” car park just off

Kilbirnie Street, directly opposite Anaya/Lahore Indian restaurant. There is a small set of steps up to a door into side of the warehouse building. That is the space. Let us know if you have access needs as there is another enterance available. There are accessible toilets*


Capitalism and Jewellery
Thursday 16th Febuary, 1900-2100
GAS, Tradeston Industrial Estate G5 8 (email for address)

The history of jewellery: our connection to it socially and personally and the role capitalism plays in that. Led by a jeweller who is also an anarchist.

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.