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.


Glasgow Events No more deaths in detention – Glasgow demo today

sorry for sending you out this extra update today. Would be good to hear feedback on whether you, our readers, would like these occasional last minute announcements or not.

Emergency Demonstration – no more deaths in detention!
TODAY – mon 16th Jan
initially meet at unity centre (22 Ibrox Street, G51 1AQ) but if you arrive later just come straight to home office 200 Brand St, G51 1DH

The third death in the UK immigration detention estate in just over a month, another death has occurred at Morton Hall detention centre. This time by suicide on Wednesday 11th January 2017.

Detainees currently at Morton Hall report the man as ‘young and quiet, never causing any trouble’. He spent his time watching TV, playing games and at the gym. They say the atmosphere at the centre are ‘very low and people are sick and tired of the place’. Speaking to ex-detainee friends of The Unity Centre the mood is also low, no one is surprised at yet another death but anger levels are high as suicides and deaths within the detention estates continue at what seems to be an increasing rate.

What has been reported to The Unity Centre by detainees held in Morton Hall is that it is believed the man was found around 12noon Wednesday 11th January hanging in his room/cell. We are yet unsure as to how he was found or by whom. At 12noon all detainees were locked in their rooms in Morton Hall which is why this time of death is suspected.

The Home Office have been contacted by The Unity Centre for
confirmation of the event without comment.

The recently deceased was of Polish descent. The circumstances surrounding his suicide are that he was refused bail on the 23rd of December 2016, whereby, the argument was used by the Judge against granting bail because of the absence of a surety, his girlfriend, who was heavily pregnant at the time. She could not travel to the bail hearing because she was so close to her due date and Morton Hall is not an accessible place. Their baby was born on the day of the suicide, it is believed he was aware of the birth before he took his life, and that he had expressed enormous grief at not being allowed to see the birth of his child, the decision to deny him this right taken by the Home Office. His friend had also been removed from Morton Hall and the UK one day prior to this.

We have also been told that the individual had not committed any crime in the UK and that he had sought medical help for his mental health conditions and been told to use the gym facilities. He did this regularly.

One detainee while reflecting on Wednesday’s event says it is the ‘mental conditions’ of the centre that put so much pressure on people in detention to take such drastic actions. He said continuously thinking about things that are out of their hands is torture and that detention centres like Morton Hall are ‘ticking time bombs’. For him he says he is trying to be as strong as he can but how strong can he be?

One Unity Centre Volunteer recalls ‘Detainees are constantly comparing detention centres to prisons, with prisons being given preference. Detainees in Harmondsworth, now Heathrow Removal Centre, Colnbrook, Morton Hall and Yarlswood overwhelmingly report on the poor levels of health care and mental health support. One detainee who has since been removed after two years in Colnbrook said it was like a mental institution with everyone receiving anti-depressents and other medications, he even said there was a trolly that was wheeled around the centre each day handing such medications out. This cannot be the solution to locking people up with no idea on whether they will be released, deported, or continue to sit aimlessly in detention.’

While centres like Morton Hall exist, with indefinite periods of detention in place and among the increasingly hostile environment manufactured towards migrants within the UK preventable deaths will continue.

The Unity Centre will hold an emergency demo outside the Glasgow Home Office Reporting Centre on Brand Street at 4:30pm on Monday 16th January 2017.

*Meet at The Unity Centre (22 Ibrox Street, G51 1AQ) at 4.30pm to go together to the Home Office round the corner to demonstrate. Bring banners and placards and chants!*

**Please be aware there will most likely be police presence.**


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If you know someone who would like to be added to this list then please direct them to:

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

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

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

Magpies picking over deer carcass


Glasgow Events ~~Glasgow Autonomy Update~~ 11.1.17

Hey everyone,

Remember us? Been a long time! You can expect more consistent updates from now on.

Here we have a pretty exciting list of events with two A-Fed hosted public discussions in the next month and an open, unstructured evening this coming Monday, so come along and meet us all for a chat!

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