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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.

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

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.

Edinburgh co-hosted by counterinfo lab and the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh



Events O’er the Next Week

Hi All,

Please see below for this week’s list of stuff happening in Glasgow, with a
mild nod across to the ‘burgh as well.

In particular, we’d like to draw your attention to the University strikes
happening this week, and we’d hope everyone would consider showing their
support for these (please see below for links to some events and further
information on what they’re about).

As always, please let us know of anything you think we should be putting out; you can email us here – glasgowautonomyupdates@lists.riseup.net

‘Til next time…


Monday 28th October
– Nanotechnology: Hype, Fear, and Reality (Glasgow Skeptics)

Tuesday 29th October
– Film Screening: ‘Gasland Part 2’ (with Discussion) (Earthmovies)

Wednesday 30th October
– ‘Anarchism: From Proudhon to Kropotkin – A Talk by Iain MacKay’ (Edinburgh)

Thursday 31st October
– Support the University Strikes (UCU / Unison / Unite)

Thursday 31st October
– Drop ATOS from the Commonwealth Games – Lobby of Glasgow City Council

Sunday 3rd November
– Paint & Cake! Volunteering Event (Kinning Park Complex)

Monday 4th November
– Great Grub (Urban Roots)

Monday 4th November
– Launch Party for ‘Look Up Glasgow’ (Freight Books)


Monday 28th October
– Nanotechnology: Hype, Fear, and Reality (Glasgow Skeptics)
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7DA

A Talk by Michael Fay – Hosted by Glasgow Skeptics. A brief history of
nanotechnology – which goes back further than you might think – and where we
are now. A story that includes scientists, futurologists, hucksters, terrorists, politicians, the media, and everyone else. Alongside the genuine excitement in the possibilities, nanotechnology has also come with the unwelcome accompaniment of a great deal of both hype and alarmism. How much is
the reality swamped by the Hollywood plot device, and what does it tell us
about the link between science and the public?

Michael Fay is Research fellow at Nottingham Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Centre, part of Nottingham University where he is responsible for the day to
day operation of the Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre
microscopy suite. He was also responsible for the production of the world’s
smallest periodic table which was written on a human hair. This feat was
recognized by the Guinness Book of Records in 2011.

For Further Info: http://glasgow.skepticsinthepub.org/

Tuesday 29th October
– Film Screening: ‘Gasland Part 2’ (with Discussion) (Earthmovies)
Stereo, 22-8 Renfield Lane, Glasgow, G2 6PH

We have the pleasure to announce that Earthmovies will host a special screening of Josh Fox’s new film Gasland 2.

Gasland 2 is the follow-up to the Oscar nominated film Gasland, which exposes
the dangers of fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas
and oil from the ground.

In the US fracking is widespread and has led to water contamination so bad
that even tap water can be set on fire. As extensive plans for fracking are in
the pipeline for the UK and Scotland, it becomes a hot topic for local
communities and the environment on our own doorstep.

The film screening is free; the event is supported by Friends of the Earth

For Further Info (& Trailer) – http://www.earthmovies.org/p/projects.html

Wednesday 30th October
– ‘Anarchism: From Proudhon to Kropotkin – A Talk by Iain MacKay’ (Edinburgh)
Lecture Theatre 175, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
5pm – 6.30pm

Talk organised by Edinburgh Uni Socialist Society & Edinburgh Uni Anarchist

Iain McKay is the editor of Property is Theft, a collection of Pierre-Joseph
Proudhon’s writings. He is also the main editor of and contributor to the
massive online resource and popular book series that is the Anarchist FAQ, as
well as being a frequent writer for Black Flag magazine and Freedom newspaper.

Iain will be discussing Kropotkin’s theory of mutual aid, the role of
anarchists in the Russian Revolutions, anarchist economics and much more!
There will also be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.

This event is being run by the Socialist Society as part of their ongoing
series of public lectures and debates, and co-hosted by the Anarchist Society.
All welcome!

Event Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/423262267779802/

Thursday 31st October
– Support the UCU/Unison/Unite Education Strikes (UCU/Unison/Unite)

On Thursday 31st October members of the UCU, Unison, and Unite will be taking coordinated strike action in universities across the UK (http://www.ucu.org.uk/6794). In Glasgow there are calls to support the
strikes at Glasgow University, a pre-strike rally at GCU, see the following
links for more details.

Glasgow University –

Glasgow Caledonian University –

For More Background Info on the Strike –

Thursday 31st October
– Drop ATOS from the Commonwealth Games – Lobby of Glasgow City Council
George Square, Glasgow G2 1DU

Lobby of Glasgow City Council, organised by Glasgow Against ATOS.

We need you! On the 31st October, Councillors of Glasgow City Council will be
debating a motion to drop ATOS as a commonwealth games sponsor. Please come to George Square for a lobby of those councillors who are debating this motion.

Thousands of people have died after going through the ATOS work capability
assessment, ATOS are not fit to be a sponsor of the games and we ask that as
many people and organisations let them know how we feel about this immoral
company’s involvement in the Commonwealth Games next year.

For Further/Event Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/219037268264562/

Sunday 3rd November
– Paint & Cake! Volunteering Event (Kinning Park Complex)
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1BA
12pm – 5pm

Volunteering Day at Kinning Park Complex.

This event is particularly for new volunteers of KPC, we will paint and eat cake 12-5pm, just in time for the subway home. On the agenda is:

– Doors and Radiators: chip away old paint and make paint up new,

– Downstairs Studio: freshening up a downstairs studio

– Cakes: baking for the team!

If you would like to join in then please email Ammie at volunteers@kinningparkcomplex.com

For Further Info – http://www.kinningparkcomplex.org/

Monday 4th November
– Great Grub (Urban Roots)
Urban Roots, Toryglen Community Base, Prospecthill Circus, Glasgow, G42 0LA
3.45pm – 6pm

Come along to our weekly cookery workshops and make delicious food to share
with your family; learn new cookery skills through practical cookery
workshops, about healthy and nutritious food; share and exchange recipes;
learn about how food can be healthy for you and the environment; eat delicious
food together!

Free childcare places are available for parents wanting to attend.

This course is Free, though places are limited – to book a place contact Emma
at Urban Roots (emma@urbanroots.org.uk).

For Further Info – http://www.urbanroots.org.uk/workshops/

Monday 4th November
– Launch Party for ‘Look Up Glasgow’ (Freight Books)
Mono, 12 King’s Court, Glasgow, G1 5RB

You are warmly invited to the launch of ‘Look Up Glasgow’, a new book of
beautiful photos displaying Glasgow’s fantastic architectural detail, which we
often pass but rarely notice. Compiled by Adrian Searle and architectural
photographer David Barbour, ‘Look Up Glasgow’ is a stunning record of the
city’s hidden treasures, created in a time of great wealth and virtuoso
craftsmanship now long gone. The book also includes poetry from Kona Macphee, Colin Begg, Vicki Feaver, Graham Fulton, Sophie Cooke and Jim Carruth, responding in very individual ways to Glasgow’s extraordinary built

The launch will be held at Mono and is free, but please do RSVP to

We’ll be showing photos from the book, listening to the poets read their
responses to the city, answering any questions you might have, and signing
copies (of which there will be a plentiful supply available if you don’t get
yours first). After that, please do stay and join us in wetting the leaves of
this extraordinary work.

For Further Info – http://www.freightbooks.co.uk/

Jim Kelman on the Referendum

Via AFed Scotland on Facebook:

“Really interesting opening night with Alasdair Gray and James Kelman at Wordpower’s Independent and Radical Book Fair in Leith. There was a whole load of discussion on Kelman’s libertarian socialist politics, which was awesome! Here are some things he said when asked about voting in the #indyref from what I can remember, and a recording by Word Power Books of both him and Alasdair will hopefully be online at some point. To be fair, this is one anarchist view, so let’s hear some more.

For more about James Kelman and his writing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Kelman

Events O’er the Next Week (7th – 14th October)

Hi All,

So – Another week, and this time another (slightly) mammoth listing for the
week ahead. Apologies for the length of this one, but again, there’s lots of
stuff on – documentaries (the tail-end of Take One Action and the start of
Black History Month), as well as Talks, Cycle Runs, Protest, and other stuff.

We’d like to take the opportunity to draw your attention to tonight’s talk in
Glasgow on the Radical Wing of the Black Power Movement, from two visiting
speakers from the States, please see below for further details – it’s sure to
be a good one!

As always, please let us know of anything happening that you think we should
cover in the listings, and we’ll do our best to oblige, where appropriate.


Monday 7th October
– The Radical Wing of the Black Power Movement in the US (1965 – 1973)
(Glasgow Afed)

Tuesday 8th October
– Cycle with Confidence (Woodlands Community Garden / Glasgow Bike Station)

Wednesday 9th October
– ‘The Afterlives of Digital Life Stories’: Learning to Listen in Dementia
Education (SCREEN)

Wednesday 9th October
– Hidden Gifts: The Mystery of Angus MacPhee (Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts
& Film Fest)

Wednesday 9th October
– Bike Maintenance Workshop (Level 1 Winter Essentials) (Urban Roots)

Thursday 10th October
– Film Screening: The House I Live In (plus intro) (Black History Month)

Friday 11th October
– ‘Bad News for Refugees’ Book Launch (Glasgow Media Group)

Friday 11th October
– Common Good Project: Info Stall @State of the Map 2013 (Edinburgh)

Friday 11th October
– Film Screening: The Human Scale (plus Discussion) (Take One Action)

Saturday 12th October
– March Against Monsanto (Scotland Against Monsanto)

Saturday 12th October
– Camcorder Guerrillas: 10th Birthday Party

Saturday 12th October
– Family Bicycle Day (Woodlands Community Garden / Glasgow Bike Station)

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th October
– Free Self-Defense Workshops for Women of Colour (Trans-Welcome)

Monday 14th October
– Cash for Antifash Benefit (Edinburgh)

Monday 14th October
– ‘Are Antidepressants Over-Prescribed?’ (Glasgow Skeptics)


Monday 7th October
– The Radical Wing of the Black Power Movement in the US (1965 – 1973)
(Glasgow Afed)
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carringdon Street, Glasgow, G4 9AJ.
6.45pm – 99pm

A talk hosted by Glasgow Anarchist Federation.

The Black Power movement in the United States superseded the Southern Civil
right movement with more movement ideology, strategy, and tactics, which
provided even more of a confrontation directly with the American central

More than just a Black cultural history of the period, and speaking of the
usual media creations that dealt with poetry, Afro hairstyles or Black music
of the late 1960’s into the ’70’s, Lorenzo and JoNina Ervin, two African
American veterans of the U.S. Black Power movement, will speak of the now-
forgotten radical movements from that period: the Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, League of Revolutionary Black
Workers, and others which made up a radical activist wing, which tried to
transform the entire country, not just protest racism or seek Black rights
with protective legislation. Learn about the radical wing of the Black Power
movement, from the standpoint of the grassroots participants, not the leaders.

JoNina Ervin, author of “Driven by the Movement: Activists of the Black Power
Era”, will speak about her interviews with some 20 Black Power activists as
well as about her activity in the Black Panther Party in the 1970’s. Lorenzo
Ervin, author of “Anarchism and the Black Revolution”, “The Progressive
Plantation”, and “Black Power, Black Autonomy” is an ex-civil rights and Black
Panther Party member will speak on his years as a civil rights/Black Power
activist, Black Anarchist political prisoner, and contemporary anti-racist
organizer. They are both active in the Memphis Black Autonomy Federation, and
on the national board of the Black Autonomy Federation of North America.

For Further Info: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 8th October
– Cycle with Confidence (Woodlands Community Garden / Glasgow Bike Station)
Woodlands Community Garden, 91-111 West Princes Street, Glasgow, G4 9BY
10am – 3pm

Cycle with Confidence Course – Glasgow Bike Station are running this one day
course so you can learn how to maintain your bike during the morning and then
enhance your cycling skills in the afternoon. The nice people at Glasgow Bike
Station are also providing a free lunch.

Event is part of Woodlands Community Garden’s Bio-Diverse Project. The project
is in full swing this autumn with lots of fun activities to get you thinking
about and caring for nature in Glasgow. With walks, bike rides, family fun
sessions and even film events, there is plenty for you to join in with.

To book places email Sarah at woodlandscommunitynature@gmail.com or call us on
0141 332 9311.

For Further Info – http://www.woodlandscommunitygarden.org.uk

Wednesday 9th October
– ‘The Afterlives of Digital Life Stories’: Learning to Listen in Dementia
Education (SCREEN)
Gilmorehill Centre, 9 University Avenue, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12
5pm – 7pm

Over the past two decades, publicly available repositories of digital life
stories have proliferated. A wide array of “ordinary peoples’ ” voices and
images are now readily available online, collected by broadcasters, community
organizations, advocacy groups, libraries, and museums. Increasingly,
soliciting life stories from citizens has become a standard part of public
participation and consultation on government policy. Equally, in education,
narrating your own life experience has been viewed as an innovative strategy
to help students become reflective practitioners. If as O’Donnell, Lloyd and
Dreher (2009) point out, voice rather than listening has dominated social and
cultural theory in recent times, equally, there has been little scholarly
attention to the process of listening to other peoples’ life stories. This
paper will open up questions about the afterlives of mediated life stories.
How are digital stories circulated, deployed and framed? Who listens to them
and how?

Part of a larger project, also involving the research of Naomi Sunderland
(Griffith University), exploring the way digital life narratives might inform
policy making and professional practice, this paper explores a rare instance
in which digital life stories as used resource for professional education. In
2009, the Dementia Training Study Centre in South Australia collected a set of
digital life stories by people with dementia and their carers. As well as
circulating 6000 copies of the DVD, the collection has been used for in-
service professional education of medical, health professionals and aged care
workers, as well as in training for undergraduate medical, nursing, psychology
students. Drawing on observation and interviews with trainers about their
strategies for making these confronting life story narratives listenable, this
paper begins to think through the ethical, methodological and political
implications for research around listening.

For Further Info: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/events/

Wednesday 9th October
– Hidden Gifts: The Mystery of Angus MacPhee (Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts & Film Fest)
Paisley Museum, High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 2BA
12.30 – 1pm

The Renfrewshire Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, in collaboration with
Weaving Musical Threads, is sharing information about the festival and showing
the film, Hidden Gifts – an award-winning creative documentary that explores
the mystery of art and mental illness.

Hidden Gifts reflects the poignant story of Angus Macphee, who, after
experiencing the trauma of war, never spoke. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, yet
possibly suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Angus was hospitalised
for 50 years. His grass weaving was his only form of expression – turning
everyday objects into the extraordinary.

The event is free, with no booking required.

For Further Info: http://www.mhfestival.com

Wednesday 9th October
– Bike Maintenance Workshop (Level 1 Winter Essentials) (Urban Roots)
Toryglen Community Base, 179 Prospecthill Circus, Glasgow, G42 0LA
6pm – 9pm

Come along, have your bike checked and learn how to maintain it yourself
throughout winter. This is a free course but booking is required. For more
information or to reserve a place please contact projects@urbanroots.org.uk or
telephone 0141 613 2766.

For Further Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/171087276413768

Thursday 10th October
– Film Screening: The House I Live In (plus intro) (Black History Month)
Glad Cafe, 1006 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2HG

The so-called ‘war on drugs’ in America is destroying the lives of families
and poor communities, has resulted in 45 million arrests, and has made America
the world’s largest jailer. Winning last year’s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance
Film Festival, one of the most important documentaries of recent years, Eugene
Jareki’s film penetrates this world with impressive precision.

From an intimate personal experience of the director, to a notable
contribution from David Simon, writer/director of The Wire, through to an
examination of America’s prolific prison business, Jareki’s film is poignant,
heart-breaking, and displays an impressive level of understanding of all
sections of American society.

Ben Curran will be coming all the way from Norwich to introduce the film. Ben
is curator of the UK’s only ‘Museum of Drugs Paraphernalia and Related
Antiquities’, and was a partner on ‘The House I Live In’.

Tickets are £6 (entry for 18’s only)

For Further Info – https://www.facebook.com/thegladcafe/app_477662122297015

Friday 11th October
– ‘Bad News for Refugees’ Book Launch (Glasgow Media Group)
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Glasgow Media Group’s latest book, Bad News for Refugees by Greg Philo, Emma
Briant and Pauline Donald, examines how migrants (especially asylum seekers)
have been stigmatised in political rhetoric and media coverage, and the impact
of this on wider British society. At this FREE event, the authors will speak
about the book and how it is possible to work towards both a better informed
media and more humane policy.

Coverage of migration, asylum and refugees is often partial, inaccurate and
hysterical – as in the tone of this example headline from the Daily Express:
“UK message to migrants: you are not wanted” (6 June 2011). Governments do not
simply respond to such coverage, they also promote it. Bad News for Refugees
features startling comments from anonymous journalists, underlining how the
overwhelming thrust of media coverage, especially in conservative press, has
been negative and jumbles together migrants and asylum seekers who have the
legal right to claim asylum.

A journalist from the Daily Star described to us these news values: “There is
nothing better than the Muslim asylum seeker, that’s sort of jackpot I
suppose: all social ills can be traced to immigrants and asylum seekers
flooding into this country“. Another from a broadsheet described how young,
inexperienced reporters would be pressured “to put their conscience aside and
go and monster an asylum seeker”. The resulting coverage becomes part of the
everyday language of our society.

Event Details – http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/5242ec8989d9b0a66d000016

For Further Info – http://www.glasgowmediagroup.org/

Friday 11th October
– Common Good Project: Info Stall @State of the Map 2013 (Edinburgh)
Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

Held as part of the State of the Map 2013 Unconference.

Come and find out or chat about what the Common Good Fund is and how we could
be using it to empower communities. Find out about the Farmhouse project in
Govan Glasgow a trust set up to reinstate a building which is part of the
cities Common Good into an independent resource and community education

Reclaiming the commons is going to be one of the most important things that
needs to be done in the 21st century if people are to live a decent life. The
Common Good Fund, is a pile of publicly owned assets consisting of buildings,
land and movable assets. It is 500 years old has laws to protect it, is an
integral part of Scottish history, is worth tens of millions of pounds in
different places up and down the country.

These resources have suffered over the years, many have been lost, misplaced
and stolen – due to lack of awareness. The Common Good Awareness Project was
set up to help identifying, record and restoring this valuable part of
historic infrastructure. We believe our Common Good Fund should be used to
empower ordinary people, that it should be used as a civic network to create
solidarity around the issues that affect communities in towns and villages and
the inner cities up and down the country.

The Fairfield Farmhouse trust in Glasgow is a building that has been left to
rot and is part of the cities Common Good Fund. The trust was set up to
renovate one of the oldest buildings in Govan, and bring it back into public
use as an independent resource centre. We hope to use this project as a
template that others can use and learn from in the process of identifying,
recording and restoring these public owned assets for the public’s use – all
over Scotland. And the commons in general everywhere.

We will have a stall at fridays State of the Map event all day. Pop in for a
chat – its FREE.

For Full Event Details –


Friday 11th October
– Film Screening: The Human Scale (plus Discussion/Walking Tour) (Take One
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

By 2050, 80% of humanity will live in urban areas. Resisting the predominance
of car and office block, this visionary film asks how we can build cities in
developed and developing countries that balance the human need for inclusion
and relationship with travel and productivity. “Sometimes I’d say we know more
about making a good habitat for mountain gorillas than we do about making one
for man.” So begins the challenge implicit in the work of Danish architect Jan
Gehl: director Andreas Dalsgaard’s chosen icon launching a series of vignettes
and vital questions about how city planning defines us, from China to Europe,
for good or ill.

Pitting sustainable, urban development against endless highways for an elite
to escape to the country, and bringing to life the interactions that unfold in
well-designed cities, The Human Scale will leave you dreaming new dreams for
Edinburgh and Glasgow as you step back out in your streets.

Both Edinburgh & Glasgow screenings will be followed by discussion and ideas
for practical action, with guests including David Sim (Gehl Architects) and
Petra Biberbach (Planning Aid Scotland); both screenings will be preceded by
guided walks, led by Gehl Architects’ David Sim. Advance booking essential
(£5). For full details pf the tours, go to http://www.ads.org.uk or email

The Film with be Screened with the short film Hedgehogs and the City (10 min)

Film Info: http://thehumanscale.dk/the-film/

Event Info: http://www.takeoneaction.org.uk/calendar/details/928/

Saturday 12th October
– March Against Monsanto (Scotland Against Monsanto)
Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY

Organised by Scotland Against Monsanto.

In just under a week’s time Scotland will be Marching Against Monsanto once
again. We hope to make this even more of a success than the marches we held
back in May, but we need your help in order to achieve this. You can play your
part (even if you can’t make it to the actual march itself) by helping us to
promote it and spread the word far and wide.

You can either click on any of the event pages (links below) and share it on
your wall or invite friends personally – or both, preferably – and ask your
friends to share on their walls and invite their friends too. You can also
print off some flyers (attached) and distribute them among people you know,
stick them in your local shop window or community/universitycollege/school
notice board.

This is a family-friendly and peaceful demonstration so we encourage you to
invite everyone from pensioners to grandchildren and all inbetween. Please
help us to make this a success and raise awareness. We need to have a big show
to wake the general public up to this very important cause.

Why do we march?

– Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can
lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors,
infertility and birth defects.

– In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety
for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a
questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-led
research on the long-term effects of GM products.

– Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed
“Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting
the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.

– For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and
political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto
continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including
exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic make-up.

– Monsanto’s GM seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists
have indicated they have contributed to Colony Collapse Disorder among the
world’s bee population.

What are solutions we advocate?

– Voting with your dollar by buying organic and boycotting Monsanto-owned
companies that use GMOs in their products.

– Labeling of GMOs so that consumers can make those informed decisions easier.

– Repealing relevant provisions of the US’s “Monsanto Protection Act.”

– Calling for further scientific research on the health effects of GMOs.

– Holding Monsanto executives and Monsanto-supporting politicians accountable
through direct communication, grassroots journalism, social media, etc.

– Continuing to inform the public about Monsanto’s secrets.

– Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won’t take
these injustices quietly.

We will not stand for cronyism. We will not stand for poison. That’s why we
March Against Monsanto.

For Further Info – http://scotlandagainstmonsanto.co.uk/

Event Details – http://www.facebook.com/events/384702324969021

Saturday 12th October
– Camcorder Guerrillas: 10th Birthday Party
99 Calder Street, Govanhill, Glasgow, G42 7RA
7pm ‘til Late

Camcorder Guerrillas is Ten! And to celebrate, e are having a party in
Govanhill Baths on 12th October. There will be films, food, and our version of
an awards ceremony plus DJs, dancing and a pay-bar (or you can BYOB). All

For For Info – http://camcorderguerillas.wordpress.com/

Saturday 12th October
– Family Bicycle Day (Woodlands Community Garden / Glasgow Bike Station)
Woodlands Community Garden, 91-111 West Princes Street, Glasgow, G4 9BY
10.30am (Start/Finish @Woodlands Community Garden)

Glasgow Bike Station will be back and guiding us around Glasgow’s beautiful
green spaces including other community gardens – check our Facebook page for
updates. The route takes into account children coming along, however adults
accompanying children are reminded to pay close attention to them at all

Held as part of Woodlands Community Garden’s Bio-diverse Project. To book
places email Sarah at woodlandscommunitynature@gmail.com or call us on 0141
332 9311.

For Further Info – http://www.woodlandscommunitygarden.org.uk

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/woodlands.garden?fref=ts

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th October
– Free Self-Defense Workshops for Women of Colour (Trans-Welcome)
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1BA
10am – 4pm (Sat); 11am – 4pm (Sun)

Free Self-Defence Workshops for Women of Colour* (Trans Welcome)

The workshops run over the weekend of 12th and 13th October and are totally
free. They are run by an experienced self-defence tutor.

Saturday 10am -4pm & Sunday 11-4pm

Wear clothing and footwear that is comfortable for you.

There will be frequent breaks and time for lunch.

Lunch will hopefully be Free/Donation or if we can’t then bring a packed lunch
– we’ll let you know before.

The sessions are at the Kinning Park Complex which is next to the Kinning Park
Underground. Directions can be found here on their website.

Places are limited so please book on – email digitaldesperados@yahoo.co.uk or
phone/text 07400 610 319.

*By women of colour we mean Black and minority ethnic women, for example south
& east asian, mixed, romany, indigenous peoples of australasia, the americas,
the islands of the atlantic & the indian pacific, black, middle eastern, etc.
etc. – all of the many different peoples who are the majority of the world.

For Further Info: http://www.kinningparkcomplex.org/

Monday 14th October
– Cash for Antifash Benefit (Edinburgh)
The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JX
£5 (£3 Before Midnight)

A stellar lineup of Scottish DJs and Live Acts unite to oppose the SDL, EDL
and fascists everywhere! All proceeds going to legal funds and assistance for
recently arrested anti-fascist demonstrators.


JD Twitch – Expert DJ, sought after producer, prolifically ace remixer, taste-
making Label Owner and clubnight promoter- it’s difficult to talk about JD
Twitch and the Optimo clubnight he co-founded without lapsing into
superlatives. The Quietus described Optimo (Espacio) as ‘Scotland’s most
(rightfully) celebrated club night’ and, 3 years after the duo stopped doing
regular weekly nights, they seem as busy and vital as ever.



Young Fathers DJs – Let’s not mince our words; Young Fathers’ ‘Tape Two’ is
one of the best records of 2013. The band’s second release on American alt-
hip-hop bastion Anticon, it’s explosion of the pop / experimental hip-hop
binary is peerless in the UK scene. For this gig we’ll get a chance to see
Edinburgh trio play some of their favourite records, dance about and perhaps
even take the mic a bit too – all fresh from a new Friday night slot on BBC
Radio 1 Extra.


LAW (Live) – Currently seemingly happy to bask in the allure generated by her
astonishing ‘Hustle’ video, LAW, one of the Young Father’s ‘Family’ but
clearly a singular talent in her own right, gives us a live demonstration of
why she’s pretty much the most exciting new musical prospect in the city right


Support comes from: MOTO/Dickie ZZZAP and No Globe DJs

Two arts and music promotion collectives who between them have put on some of
best parties in Edinburgh over the last few years – including guests like
Romare, Auntie Flo, Pariah, A Tribe Called Red, Lapalux, LV, Bondax, Spoek
Mathambo, Éclair Fifi, Frikstailers, Sega Bodega & Spoek Mathambo.

ZZZAP’s explicitly forward-thinking dance vibes and No Globe’s ‘Party Music
Beyond Borders’ will kick off what is sure to be an incredible night.

We’re super happy to have all these brilliant performers and thank them
profusely for giving up their time to helping the antifascist cause at this
pressing time.

The Politics:
As the crises continues to devastate the lives of the most vulnerable in
society, those ‘lucky’ enough to be in work are told to work harder, longer,
and for less. It is little surprise that our politicians and other scumbags
attempt to distract us from these sad truths through the endless production of
racist spectacles; from the ‘Go Home’ vans, UK border agency raids or the
media witch-hunts, 2013 has a backstory of prejudice. We will not let fascists
use the crises as leverage to push their agenda.

Yet increasingly, any protest or opposition to the re-emergence of fascist
organisation or state and media racism is met with strict repression from the
police. In London September 7th, 286 anti-fascists activists, local community
members, passers-by and journalists were arrested as around 700 English
Defence League supporters were allowed to march over Tower Bridge and rally at
Aldgate without encountering any mass opposition. In June 58 protesters were
arrested trying to prevent the BNP from marching through central London and in
August 3 people were arrested here in Edinburgh attempting to block the
Scottish Defence League from marching on parliament.

As one member of the antifascist network remarked – “These mass arrests show
how the state is using political policing to criminalise protest and
intimidate people out of taking political action. Only the tamest, most
moderate forms of protest are sanctioned; anything else is met with police
violence, kettling, and mass arrests.”

Those arrested for taking a stand against racism and fascism deserve and
require out support and solidarity. Dozens of people waited outside police
stations after the arrest in Tower Hamlets the other week, sitting on the
ground, in the middle of the night, waiting to give strangers hot soup and
home-prepared dishes. Those arrestees are now on bail, banned form attending
further demonstrations where the EDL, BNP or English Volunteer Force may be
present. We must be prepared to stand in their place next time and support
them with their ongoing legal costs.

For Further Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/1406937919534709/

Monday 14th October
– ‘Are Anti-Depressants Overprescribed?’ (Glasgow Skeptics)
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7DA

Talk hosted by Glasgow Skeptics

Antidepressant prescribing has more than quadrupled over the last decade. What
does this mean? Will everyone be addicted to them soon? Are we medicalising
everyday distress? Why don’t we get to the root of the problem with talking
treatments anyway? Do antidepressant drugs work? How do they work?

Prof. Ian Reid, Division of Applied Medicine, will debate these questions and
more. Bring your preconceptions, but be prepared to lose them…

For Further Info – http://glasgow.skepticsinthepub.org


Two Solidarity Events this Friday

This Friday there are now two different solidarity actions going on in the central belt that folks should try head to. First up in Glasgow:

Glasgow Against Atos Monthly Picket
Cadogan Street, Glasgow, G2.
Facebook Event

Monthly picket to show opposition to disability assessments and go out in solidarity with those subject to the profit-led schemes of Atos and the government. Later that afternoon over in Edinburgh:

Solidarity with Pussy Riot hunger strike
58 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HF.
Facebook Event

No to death camps in Russia! Solidarity rally with Pussy Riot member Nadezhda, who began a hunger strike to denounce the inhuman conditions in Russian prisons. Come support Nadezhda and all the people who fight for a free Russia!

In an open letter published in the Guardian, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the two members of Pussy Riot sentenced in 2012 to two years of forced labour for hooliganism and blasphemy, described the conditions of detention in a labour camp for women in Mordovia:

“I will not remain silent, resigned to watch as my fellow prisoners collapse under the strain of slavery-like conditions. I demand that the colony administration respect human rights; I demand that the Mordovia camp function in accordance with the law. I demand that we be treated like human beings, not slaves.”

“I am going on hunger strike and refusing to participate in colony slave labor. I will do this until the administration starts obeying the law and stops treating incarcerated women like cattle ejected from the realm of justice for the purpose of stoking the production of the sewing industry; until they start treating us like humans.” (N. Tolokonnikova)

Remember Pavlos Fyssas

Sat 21st September
Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL.
Facebook Event

On Tuesday night 34 year old Pavlos Fyssas, a Greek anti-fascist activist and rapper under the name Killah P, was ambushed by about 40 members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party after leaving a cafe in Keratsini, a working class neighbourhood in Athens. According to witnesses Pavloswas stabbed twice while police officers stood by without intervening. Shortly after he succumbed to his wounds.

Police and fascists organise side-by-side on a regular basis in Greece. Come out and show your support of an internationalist antifascist movement. If we tolerate this, then our children will be next.

Edinburgh Class Struggle Day School – 20th November

I know that quite a few of us are going through for this excellent looking event organised by Edinburgh Anarchist Federation, in collaboration with many other groups and individuals.  Anyone fancy doing something similar in Glasgow in the new year?

“The Edinburgh Class Struggle Day-school aims to be an open coming together of workers, students and the unemployed from different backgrounds and class struggle political tendencies in Edinburgh. It is a meeting place open to all who wish to discuss and debate political questions from radical perspectives in a friendly atmosphere.”

Edinburgh Class Struggle Anarchist Day School.  20th November

RBS Chief Has House And Car Smashed

In the early hours of yesterday morning, 25th March 2009, the house and car of notorious thief Fred Goodwin received a dose of proletarian justice. Windows at his luxury home in The grange, Edinburgh, were smashed as was his car. A statement issued by “Bank Bosses Are Criminals” read as follows:

We are angry that rich people, like him, are paying themselves a huge amount of money, and living in luxury, while ordinary people are made unemployed, destitute and homeless.
This is a crime. Bank bosses should be jailed.
This is just the beginning

We can say without a shadow of a doubt that we support the actions taken in smashing the property of this thieving parasite.

Unfortunately it will be us not them who suffer!

Unfortunately it will be us not them who suffer!

Whilst we, the working people of the world, will pay for the greed and decadance of the banking system the parasites responsible for the mess will continue to live in oppulence and splendour. As we struggle to keep up our mortgage repayments, our rent and to pay off any credit we may have these scum bags live the life of riley at your expense.

They only sleep safe in their beds at night because we allow them too.

We need to purge these parasites from our society, they contribute nothing and live off our hard work. Why should we have to work whilst these people play games with our future? With the future of our children and our communities?

The only rational response is to bring this insane system to an end and reorganise our society to keep power out of the hands of parasitic scum like Fred Goodwin.

We need to bring about Anarchist-Communism now more then ever.

Gaza demos in next couple of days – Edinburgh and Glasgow

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Friday’s Edinburgh Greek solidarity protest

Photos and information at the Alexis in Edinburgh blog. Saturday the 20th has been called as an International Day Against State Killing. More on this when we have it.