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Mayday Stalls, Elections Seminar, and the Sunday Swap Shop

Hi all,

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

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

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

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

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This is what democracy looks like?

What follows is the very rough notes that where used for the introduction to the the first of our Angry Not Apathetic discussion groups. This evening we looked at what elections are, and the role of parliamentary/representative  democracy. It would be great to carry on what was a really engaged discussion, so if you were at the talk (or even if not) it would be awesome if you could put a summation of any points you either raised or took away in the comments bellow.

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This is what democracy looks like?

The general election is a contest to see who will win the job of running the state, so to understand elections, you need to understand the role of the state:

  • An organisation of all the lawmaking and law enforcing institutions within a specific territory.
  • Controlled and run by a small minority of people.
  • Claims that only violence that takes place with it’s sanction is legitimate.
  • Acts to protect the capitalist interests of a specific segment of the ruling class, while also keeping capitalism in check so it doesn’t all fall apart, as the success or failure of a state rests on the success or failure of capitalism within it.
  • To maintain social order and class society.

There are a whole lot of reasons thrown up for why elections make sense, none of which stand up to even a light level of scrutiny. Here are some of the most common:

Standing in elections gives a platform to talk politics
This was the reasoning behind the German socialist parties in the early 20th century, it has been the call of many small minority parties since, and today it is used by the anarchist group Class War. The thing is it wasn’t taking part in electoral politics that contributed any success these groups had, it was direct action at the points where we had struggles in our lives. If anything for CW formal involvement in elections has weakened their argument and made their position seem contradictory and muddled, while socialist parties just get trapped in a mire of elections and don’t go beyond that. Politics and power isn’t external in the state, it is everywhere and available to us, and pretending that elections are special hides that power from us.

Voting for the lesser of two evils
No matter who you vote for, the government that forms is going to undertake the same tasks. It may present them differently; in fact New Labour were able to be far harsher than he Tories due to the lack of criticism and scrutiny given to them by the unions. Parties outside of power will always be able to look better than those in. When we look at the policies and actions of government they have never been taken in direct reply to an election so much as the militancy and power of working class movements at any given time. Rather than pretend that elections have any real meaning we should look at ways or organising ourselves so that no mater who is in power, they will need to provide concessions to us as a working class.

A radical minority can pull the state leftwards
Nah, the ruling party will spin things to justify the plans it was going to undertake whatever. A radical minority will be ignored as it can’t be used to further the agenda of those in power (unless painted as a scapegoat and villain – red scare). On the other hand a minor far-right party (such as Golden Dawn or UKIP) can be used as the excuse to drive through harsh laws and reactionary positions because that is what the government wanted to do all along. BNP got used this way without even having an MP.

We need to change the way we vote!
The voting system being the used isn’t the barrier or the key to change. No matter how they are chosen, elected officials are largely unaccountable except to their own party and the tasks of government. Regardless of how they are selected, the main way to see real changes is through organising with those around us, while the electoral process itself is still a massive distraction from building this kind of working class power.

We need to counter voter apathy
This one is half-right. Apathy is a problem, but voting or not voting is beside the point. Apathy comes from a feeling that change is not possible, a feeling that the focus on voting creates. We need to work to build a culture where people feel they can resist the state and capitalism, but that won’t happen by posing a new candidate to vote for; that will only breed more apathy.

We can change the system from the inside
The closer a group gets to executive decision making the more it’s interests start to side with the status quo. We can see this recently with the SNP, where they dropped their pledge to leave NATO, thus indicating to others in power that their commitment to scrap trident is nothing more than hollow rhetoric and that once in power they would (with a regretful face on) keep things as they are.

In Conclusion: I’d argue that anarchism should be a tool for understanding how power and hierarchy works, and as such we should use it to be truthful about elections and work to demystify them. Pretending they are somehow important just holds us back.


 

Next month (on the 15th of April) we will be looking at the question of what anarchists actively put their time into, so keep your eyes peeled on this blog  for details of our second talk in this short series: Direct action gets the goods!

Go Beyond the Law

Today we went out to a rally to remember Leelah Alcorn, the young trans woman who recently took her life after her parents attempted to put her through conversion therapy. In her suicide note Leelah had called for laws to be introduced to end this torture of trans youth, and that was the initial focus for the day.

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The event  had been called by the city’s queer students, acting autonomously to hold an event for their community. It was widely reported that both the council and the police had done everything they could to try hinder the event, from lying about legal requirements to demonstrate, making up the need for insurance and a list of named wardens, right through to forcing changes in the date and location. Despite this the folks organising the day powered through and the attendance was strong. The newly formed Glasgow Food Not Bombs came down with scran and donations were taken for local LGBT Youth projects.

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We were also involved in chasing off some SWP scumbags who claimed they were attending in solidarity. They did this in front of one trans women they had attacked on George Square and one of our members who they had attempted to drag off while threatening to knock their teeth out, both times for calling out their members involvement covering up rape by Martin Smith (the specifics of the case are linked from here, here, and here). They bold-face denied their part in rape apologism, and at the same time were trying to say they were there as individuals while handing out fliers for an SWP front group! They really are a shameless cult that have no concept of solidarity except as a word employed to further their party.

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Our group was offered a spot to give a short talk and while it went off script a couple of times (due to nerves, emotions, and the freezing cold weather), here is what was being read from at the time:

“My name is Tanya and I am part of the Anarchist Federation of Britain.

Many of the signs brought here today call for human rights and legal protections to be put in place by the institutions that target us with their violence today. Leelah Alcorn’s own final message asks specifically for laws to prevent the torture that is conversion therapy. These calls are understandable and I am glad when things are made easier for us.

However I want put forward a warning: that setting our sights on changes in the law will only benefit a privileged few. We already have laws against murder and yet trans women are killed at an alarming rate. We have laws against child abuse, but our young siblings are still driven to suicide due to neglect.

Laws should not, and can not, be our goal. Anything that can be granted – rights, laws, or charity – can be eroded or turned against us. We can see this with marriage equality, and again with the push for acceptance in the military. Laws are compromises made by a government trying to break up a strong movement.

We need to go beyond the law.

Our goal has to be for liberation from gendered oppression, and nothing less.

This is a struggle that can only be won by finding others who we share an interest with, and organising collectively, first to understand the causes of our oppression, and then in taking action directly at their roots, to remove them for ourselves.

However, at the same time we must recognise that this is a fight that will involve many different groups facing different problems, and it is vital to our struggle to build solidarity across the working class as a whole.

We can see this in our shared history:

The huge waves of self-organisation and militant direct action used to face down the AIDS epidemic and Section 28. The solidarity between inner city queers and the miners that had a real chance of victory against all the state’s institutions. And going all the way back to when black and latina trans women fought back during police instigated riots (most famously at the Stonewall Inn). Remember that these same women would go on to form organisations like STAR – the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries – organisations that would lay the groundwork for the gains that trans and queer people have made today.

My final thought then is to take a look into my own experience and those of my friends, and look at the physical manifestations of gendered oppression. Our problems come from social isolation, medical gate-keeping, and crippling poverty. We’re estranged from family, constantly forced into dangerous situations, and denied well-being in our lives that leaves us in a precarious position both physically and mentally.

We need to make the space for one another to breath. We need to make the space to understand the causes of our problems. And we need to make the space to find freedom in our lives.

Thank you.”

Glasgow Events from the 25th November onwards

Hi all,

More events coming up in the near future. As ever feel free to keep us up-to-date with anything else in the pipeline.

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Blood in the Mobile – Free Film Screening, Discussion & Live Music
Tuesday, November 25 at 6.30pm
Stereo Cafe Bar, 22-28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

It’s hard to imagine a life without mobile phones anymore. But what is behind these devices we so much depend on? The main part of minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in Congo. The Western World is buying these so-called conflict minerals and thereby finances a civil war that has cost the lives of more than 5 million people, a sheer unbelieveable number.

The Film & Event

Film director Frank Poulsen travels to Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. Despite the danger, the film crew gets access to the largest tin-mine where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones. But still the biggest challenge is to convince the mobile industry to face up to their dirty secret in the supply chain.

After the film there will be discussion with Dr. Kurt Mills from Glasgow University and a speaker from Amnesty International. Finally there will be some fine musical entertainment by Tom Spirals, performing a reggae based solo-mix.

FREE ENTRY
Donations are very welcome!
http://www.earthmovies.org

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Night Shelter Open Evening
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Please contact Glasgow Unity for details of the location

Glasgow Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help cover gaps in our rota over the winter holiday period.

We also need volunteers to help at a drop-in we’re going to run on Christmas and Boxing Days and on Hogmanay when people staying at the night shelter have nowhere to go because most other charities and community centres are shut.

If you are interested in volunteering at the night shelter or at the holiday drop-in then you should come along to the Open Evening to meet other volunteers, talk to some of the men staying at the shelter and to find out more about what volunteering involves.

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Kinning Park Community consultation
Thursday, November 27 at 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

We have just recently had a building condition report from architects and have funding from Investing in Ideas to run a consultation on future vision.

We’ll be kicking off on with an open session for users on Thursday 27 November, 7-8pm in the main hall. You are welcome to join us.

We’re running the consultation with users throughout November and December and will report back on findings Jan/Feb to the Board.

We will be laying out the current position and asking what next for KPC’s future. We’re looking to gauge support to begin fundraising for the £1m+ needed for the roof and other major repairs.

I’ll be referring to the recent architects’ report as background and this will also introduce interesting topics about the decisions we face in terms of pricing, use of space etc.

Big issue:

The single biggest issue for us is that the Council owns the building but doesn’t manage or maintain it. We (Kinning Park Complex Community Interest Company) have a one year lease. It costs us £60,000 a year to run the Complex which we cover through rents, hires and fundraising. We have no funding. We have no major repairs budget.

The architects report estimates £240,000 needed for the roof alone. Their 3 options range from a flexible menu to £1.8 million. We have had feedback from funders in the past that they would not be interested in investing in the roof if the rest of the building was not being upgraded at the same time. And we are aware funders won’t be interested if we have a one year lease.

If the community supports the approach, we will look to negotiate with the Council and their agents to secure a 25 year lease or our preference – community ownership.

If we achieve this we will begin fundraising in the Spring to raise the £1m+ needed for major repairs.

We have informed the landlords and invited comment on the lease and their position which might inform our discussions at the consultation.

Our community:

Thousands of people come through our doors every year – toddlers at kids clubs, black and minority ethnic women attending our women’s group, artists and performers, people of all ages engaging in health and wellbeing activities, families engaging in our community garden, people seeking community coming to sessions based around food, cooking and eating together.

Your role:

1) Open meeting: You’d be welcome to attend the meeting on the 27th. RSVP: please reply “YES” to this email if you can come so we have an idea of numbers for the night.

2) Survey: please take 5 minutes NOW to fill in this quick survey. It’s really helpful to us. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TTTJBRC

We’ll share the outcomes with you in 2015.

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Queer Social
Thursday, November 27 at 8:00pm
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

Be Queer. Be social. Be here.
Drinks and nattering, open to all.

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Selma James on ‘Women, Race and Class: The Fight for Real Equality’
Friday, November 28 November at 4:00pm
Room 916, Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow

Selma James is a women’s rights and antiracist campaigner and author of The Power of Women & the Subversion of the Community; Women, the Unions and Work, or What Is Not To Be Done; Sex, Race & Class; Marx and Feminism; Strangers & Sisters: Women, Race and Immigration and other studies and interventions.

Raised in a movement household, she joined CLR James’s Johnson-Forest Tendency at age fifteen, and from 1958 to 1962, she worked with him in the movement for Caribbean federation and independence. In 1972, she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 she helped launch the Global Women’s Strike, which she coordinates.

She coined the word ‘unwaged’ to describe the caring work women do, and it has since entered the English language to describe all who work without wages, on the land, in the home, in the community, and more. In 1975 she became the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes. She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (2008).

Selma James addresses the power relations within the working class movement, and how to organize across sectors despite divisions of sex, race, and class, South and North.

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St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March and Rally
Saturday, November 29 at 10:30am
Glasgow Green, Saltmarket, G1

Leaves Glasgow Green at 10.30am. Rally at GFT at 12 noon.

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LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: LIVES AS OMENS
Thursday, December 4 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, G1 5HD

December’s First Thursday event in the Gallery finds Tom Dalzell’s solo project Lives as Omens playing amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures and exploring the dark recesses of the mind, whilst detouring through some dark recesses of post-war London.
The performance will begin shortly after Sharmanka’s 7pm show has concluded. Donations will be collected from audience members as they leave.

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Scotland Against Fracking Environmental March
Sunday, December 7 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
From The Helix Falkirk to Zetland Park Grangemouth

Come out and show your opposition to fracking!

RIC presents: A New Party of the Left Bingo!

It’s a classic lefty game for all the family, updated for the current political climate! Our self-styled would-be-leaders are all planning to surprise us (yet again) with a new political party, but what will it be called?

TATTIE SCONES!!!

Click here for a full sized bingo card

If you are planning on going to Radical Independence Conference this weekend then feel free to click-through and print off this bingo card to play. As you walk about the event cross off each suggested phrase as you hear it.

SIDEGAME: If you are a wannabe national leader, politician, trade union bureaucrat, or even just aspire to being a high ranking member of the civil service or paid party member then why not help players out by picking upto three of the boxes at random and making it your pet name to suggest this weekend? (that is if the party haven’t told you what it will be already)

The first person to get five-in-a-row and shout out ‘TATTIE SCONES!’ at the top of their lungs wins!!! The prize is the experience of having relived the failed political ideas of the late 19th century. Enjoy.

Events from the 19th November onwards

Hi all,

This week has a few cracking events to llo at. Wednesday some of us in Glasgow AFed will be giving an informal report back over tea and biccies on the first International Anarcha-Feminist conference that took place in London last month (along with opportunity to discuss some of the outcomes and conclusions further). Thursday daytime has a clean-out of the Unity Blue Shop in the morning and a meeting of the Glasgow Social Centre Collective in the evening. Then on Friday is the Glasgow United fundraiser – totally amazing line-up for cheap, so get in there!

Anyway, on with the update…
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Anarcha-Feminism Today! A report back from the AFem2014 conference
Wednesday, November 19 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Anarchism and feminism have been intertwined for over a century, however mainstream feminism often fails as a movement for liberation for the working classes, while anarchist organising often reproduces the same patterns of sexism and misogyny we see through the world. To address these and many other points, this year seen the first in what hopes to be a series of international anarchist feminist conferences.

Several Glaswegians were able to head down and attend and will report back on the conference set-up, the main points of discussion, the thoughts towards current activities, and their thoughts on the direction of anarcha-feminist organising both here and globally in light of the conference.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/
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Unity – The Blue Charity Shop clean up!
Thursday, November 20 at 10:00am
70 Shaw Street Govan, Glasgow G51 3BL

Hello all you lovely, lovely people.

Now I know how kind hearted and generous you are, and you’re all dying to help out with a local cause? Well here’s one close to heart, in govan. There is a small charity shop being run by volunteers forUnityintheCommunity Glasgow, located on 70 Shaw Street Govan, Glasgow G51 3BL.

As it is, the shop is pretty disorganised: in dire need of new volunteers and a big clean up! If we can get a good group of people who are willing to take just one full day out of their busy schedules to come and help clean up the shop, it can make way for a new, organised running system for the shop. There is so much potential here, and it would be very sad to see it disappear.

UNITY in the community, a small Glasgow based charity which provides food for 200 people a week, clothing and bedding for anyone who needs them, pots and pans, and english classes (all for free). Unity helps destitute families and individuals – primarily asylum seekers and immigrants. In a time of darkness for those escaping persecution and maltreatment, UNITY can be a light, to help those poor people find a safe and nourishing path to freedom. Unity has been self funded since it was founded, and has always took pride in the fact that it was in complete control of its destiny. Here is the website for the Charity: http://unityinthecommunityglasgow.wordpress.com/

The shop is vital to the running of UNITY, the profits from the shop pay for the running of the van which is used primarily for UNITY’s food project, but also to help people move, distribute free clothing and transport resources for pop up shops etc. The profits also pay for the rent of the ‘Unity World Cafe’. The shop is not making as much money as it once was or should be, and that’s why we’re doing this big clean up and looking for more volunteers!

We are meeting next thursday at 10am, at The Blue Charity Shop, and we’ll be there all day cleaning the place. Come along, bring some friends, have some fun helping out the community. Following the clean up, there will be about 5 weekly training sessions in the shop, to show potential volunteers what it’s all about, how to run a charity shop and how to work together.

If enough people come along and help share the job, then the task is simple, but if it is left for few shoulders to carry the load, then they can brake. Lets come together, fix this shop, and allow UNITY to be the charity it can be.

Power to the people, peace and love.
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Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Thursday, November 20 at 6:00pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, Garnethill, G3 6RE

The next in our meetings to forming a Glasgow Social Centre will see the different working groups coming together to report their findings and the collective at large to discuss the results and make any changes.

So the agenda so far is to look over the aims and principles of the group and our safer spaces principles and iron out any problems with them. Once that is done we will have a way of determining who is part of the collective. We can also get any update on searching for a site, and perhaps start looking at setting up an account and starting fundraising!

It’ll be at the Garnethill Multicultural Centre at 21 Rose Street aiming to start at 6.30pm, but meeting from 6pm.
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United Glasgow Fundraiser
Thursday, November 21 at 7:00pm
The Art School, 20 Scott Street, G3 6RQ

United Glasgow Football Club are having a fundraising gig on November 21st and we’d love you to come along!

We have three great bands playing for us:

Glasgow’s own folk’n’roll band The Wakes

Anarcho-punk legends Oi Polloi (Official)

Celtic / Iranian, Turbo Folk from AlbaRoma

Its set to be a top night, for an amazing cause and it’s only £5!

Tickets available from the Art School, McChuills Glasgow and United Glasgow FC in advance. Also available on the door on the night.

Who are United Glasgow Football Club?
United Glasgow F.C was formed in 2011 to provide a point of access to regular, structured football for those who might find themselves excluded from the game.

Our two guiding principles when we started our project were anti-discrimination and financial inclusion. By removing the prohibitive costs of football from the players we managed to bring together individuals from communities who would otherwise may never have met through a shared love of football

Where is the money going?
The success of United Glasgow FC has seen more and more people wanting to get involved in our exciting project. Therefore we have started 2 new teams. Firstly, there will be an 11 a-side women’s team joining the SWFL set-up in March. As well as this, a 2nd men’s 11-a-side team has started to allow more players than ever to access football.

As football becomes more expensive, United Glasgow works tirelessly to make football accessible to all but we need your help!

http://www.unitedglasgowfc.eu
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Introduction to Green Woodworking
Sunday Nov 23 at 10:00am to Nov 24 at 4:00pm
Green Aspirations Scotland, G63 0NF

On this one day course you will learn about the relaxing craft of green woodworking.
Working with sustainable timber you will produce everyday items to take home and cherish.
During the day we will transform logs into useful wooden items. Starting by selecting timber, sawing and cleaving logs we will see how to make the most of the trees we use. You will then be shown a range of hand tools and how to use them to make a mallet or spatula.
You will also be shown how to use the basic equipment for green woodwork, the pole lathe and shave horse.

Reviews:
‘An inspirational course from Green Aspirations. I’ve totally caught the green woodworking bug after just a few hours in the woods with Paul and Louise. Paul gives excellent clear instruction from an obviously huge depth of knowledge, with emphasis on safety, practical experience and having fun. Really opened my eyes to possibilities of ‘green wood’ and left me hungry for more…’

‘I’m totally sold on your ethos and what you are doing here and I love the way you present it, in such an open and approachable way with no judgement.’
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Blood in the Mobile – Free Film Screening, Discussion & Live Music
Tuesday, November 25 at 6.30pm
Stereo Cafe Bar, 22-28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

It’s hard to imagine a life without mobile phones anymore. But what is behind these devices we so much depend on? The main part of minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in Congo. The Western World is buying these so-called conflict minerals and thereby finances a civil war that has cost the lives of more than 5 million people, a sheer unbelieveable number.

The Film & Event

Film director Frank Poulsen travels to Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. Despite the danger, the film crew gets access to the largest tin-mine where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones. But still the biggest challenge is to convince the mobile industry to face up to their dirty secret in the supply chain.

After the film there will be discussion with Dr. Kurt Mills from Glasgow University and a speaker from Amnesty International. Finally there will be some fine musical entertainment by Tom Spirals, performing a reggae based solo-mix.

FREE ENTRY
Donations are very welcome!
http://www.earthmovies.org
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Night Shelter Open Evening
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Please contact Glasgow Unity for details of the location

Glasgow Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help cover gaps in our rota over the winter holiday period.

We also need volunteers to help at a drop-in we’re going to run on Christmas and Boxing Days and on Hogmanay when people staying at the night shelter have nowhere to go because most other charities and community centres are shut.

If you are interested in volunteering at the night shelter or at the holiday drop-in then you should come along to the Open Evening to meet other volunteers, talk to some of the men staying at the shelter and to find out more about what volunteering involves.
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Scotland Against Fracking Enviromental March
Sunday, December 7 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
From The Helix Falkirk to Zetland Park Grangemouth

Come out and show your opposition to fracking!

EMERGENCY DEMO: 5:30pm today (and other upcoming events)

Hi folks,

Just revived info on a demo this afternoon at 5:30 to stop the Israeli Ambassador to London speaking here in Glasgow. As well as that we have the usual selection of events coming up, so check them out!
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Emergency Demo – Stop Israeli Ambassador Speaking Tonight at Glasgow University
Wednesday, November 12 at 5.30pm
Queen Margaret Union, 22 University Gardens, G12 8QN

EMERGENCY DEMO: TONIGHT (12/11/2014) 5.30pm, Glasgow University, outside Queen Margaret Union.

Yiftah Curiel is the Head Spokesman and Press Officer for the Israeli Embassy in London. He is giving talks tonight to the Glasgow University European Society and the Dialectic Society about international relations and Israel policy.

In solidarity with Palestinian civil society’s call for an economic, cultural and academic boycott of the State of Israel, we call this demonstration to say loudly and clearly to Israeli State Representatives, you are not welcome at Glasgow University.

Recalling the memory of the thousands killed in Gaza and the West Bank this summer, and the escalation of the violence in Jerusalem in recent weeks. We assert the freedom of speech for the thousands of Palestinians who have died and who are suppressed by Israeli policies of genocide, apartheid and colonialism. Our message to the State of Israel and all its benefactors and representatives: you will have no platform here.

Join us with banners, placards and your voices.
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Jim Dick: Life is Dutiful!
Thursday, November 13 at 7.00pm
The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, G2 8DL

The Arches presents an exhibition of new works by Jim Dick. Join us for the launch event on Thursday 13th November, 7-9pm, for drinks and a DJ set from Afrodeesia.

“Every time people perform an activity they have not themselves defined and do not themselves control, every time they pay for goods they produce with money they received in exchange for their alienated activity, every time they passively admire the products of their own activity as alien objects procured by money, they give new life to Capital and annihilate their own lives…”
Fredy Perlman, The Reproduction of Daily Life

This exhibition presents a series of drawings prompted by the pantomime characters we often find ourselves forced to adopt in the reproduction of the social and economic relations of Capitalism.

In July 2008, The Arches hosted The Glasgow School of Art graduate’s ‘Fornixxation’ exhibition; a series of compelling paintings on the theme of subconscious memories, desires and symbolic associations.

See the work here: http://www.swg3.tv/?p=546

Follow Jim on Instagram: http://instagram.com/jimmdick/
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Fail Better: Gunpowder Plot
Thursday, November 13 at 7.00pm
McChuills, 40 High Street, G1 1NL

Fuck democracy, it’s back to Plan A.

This week there’s nae messin:

Glasgow poet DONNA CAMPBELL is gonna rip up the stage

EMPRESS MUSIC is slamming the beats right back at us

MAGGIE and LUCY LYRICAL have popped up fae Londontown to give us some anit-capitalist bashings

TICKLE (of Il Papa Giraffe, Chemikal Poets, Blacklanternmusic) is back. I shit you not.

MICHAEL BOYLE cracks out his tunes on a new stage

headlining, we have BECCI WALLACE with tunes fae her new release FRAGMENTALITY

and if that doesn’t kill you, our November host BRAM E GIEBEN will.

As usual, free entry. Chuckin £3 in for the artists would be grand tho. Wages n shit, innit
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Anarcha-Feminism Today! A report back from the AFem2014 conference
Wednesday, November 19 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

Anarchism and feminism have been intertwined for over a century, however mainstream feminism often fails as a movement for liberation for the working classes, while anarchist organising often reproduces the same patterns of sexism and misogyny we see through the world. To address these and many other points, this year seen the first in what hopes to be a series of international anarchist feminist conferences.

Several Glaswegians were able to head down and attend and will report back on the conference set-up, the main points of discussion, the thoughts towards current activities, and their thoughts on the direction of anarcha-feminist organising both here and globally in light of the conference.

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Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/

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Glasgow Social Centre Collective
Thursday, November 20 at 6:00pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, Garnethill, G3 6RE

The Glasgow Social Centre collective is working towards opening a space for grassroots and community-based projects and groups to meet and work from. If you are interested in getting involved in this project then come along!
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Introduction to Green Woodworking
Sunday Nov 23 at 10:00am to Nov 24 at 4:00pm
Green Aspirations Scotland, G63 0NF

On this one day course you will learn about the relaxing craft of green woodworking.
Working with sustainable timber you will produce everyday items to take home and cherish.
During the day we will transform logs into useful wooden items. Starting by selecting timber, sawing and cleaving logs we will see how to make the most of the trees we use. You will then be shown a range of hand tools and how to use them to make a mallet or spatula.
You will also be shown how to use the basic equipment for green woodwork, the pole lathe and shave horse.

Reviews:
‘An inspirational course from Green Aspirations. I’ve totally caught the green woodworking bug after just a few hours in the woods with Paul and Louise. Paul gives excellent clear instruction from an obviously huge depth of knowledge, with emphasis on safety, practical experience and having fun. Really opened my eyes to possibilities of ‘green wood’ and left me hungry for more…’

‘I’m totally sold on your ethos and what you are doing here and I love the way you present it, in such an open and approachable way with no judgement.’
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Night Shelter Open Evening
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Please contact Glasgow Unity for details of the location

Glasgow Night Shelter is looking for volunteers to help cover gaps in our rota over the winter holiday period.

We also need volunteers to help at a drop-in we’re going to run on Christmas and Boxing Days and on Hogmanay when people staying at the night shelter have nowhere to go because most other charities and community centres are shut.

If you are interested in volunteering at the night shelter or at the holiday drop-in then you should come along to the Open Evening to meet other volunteers, talk to some of the men staying at the shelter and to find out more about what volunteering involves.
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Scotland Against Fracking Enviromental March
Sunday, December 7 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
From The Helix Falkirk to Zetland Park Grangemouth

Come out and show your opposition to fracking!