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Events from the 29th March onwards

Hiya folks,

Getting this week’s listing out a wee bit early so as to give a last minute reminder that today is the Glasgow Zine Fest. A week on Sunday is the International Roma Day, which is having a march and celebration event in Glasgow for the first time.

Now, without further ado…


Glasgow Zine Fest
Saturday, March 29 at 12:00pm – 5:00pm
The Old Hairdressers, 20 – 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH

Glasgow Zine Fest is a celebration of DIY! Makers of all sorts will have tables to buy/sell/trade their wares. There will be zines, artist books, postcards, fine art, plush toys, delicious vegan food, comics, crafts, and friendship. Come one come all and support each other!


Stand-up Comedy — Sarah Cassidy: An Introduction to Twerking (Twerk in Progress)
Sat 29 March 2014 at 6pm
Vespar, 14 Drury St, Glasgow G2 5AA

Sarah Cassidy takes an hour to solve all sexism forever. Sarah explains to misogynists (both male and female) how to do sexism properly, .e.g. how to take draw cock and balls on everything, and a how-to guide on taking flattering cock selfies. This show contains graphic images (cocks, so many cocks) and strong feminist perspectives



Mountaintop Administration Screening
Sunday 30th March at 7:00pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

F and E screen a collaboratively made home movie as part of their ongoing Mountaintop Administration project.

Trying to speak to the space of psychic foreclosure within and around us. Reading letters; throwing bureaucratic papers in the canal; finding moments of resistance within the newspaper; talking in the kitchen; dream interrogations; flying f16 drones; the city at work; buying a stamp; selling our gold; self portraits made by fighter jet pilots…the urge to escape to the mountain from the office is not a clichéd emotion. We have to perform these situations as WORK to continue living (sometimes). The carpet on the floor and the tiled ceiling should be enough of a symbol.

~ ~ ~ popcorn provided ! ~ ~ ~

plus bonus screening of trailer for O.K. RICK – Florrie’s upcoming feature film Mountaintop Administartion screening is the third part of Attention Deficit-Reductionalism, a project at Intermedia, January 2014


National Day of Action Against ATOS and National Protest Against Workfare
Partick Job Centre, 20 benalder street
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
12:00pm until 2:00pm

National Day of Action Against ATOS (and the whole system of Work Capability Assessments) and National Protest Against Workfare This is the day that the new Community Work Placements are being launched.

These will force JSA claimants to work for six months without pay. Six months – 780 hours – is more than twice the maximum community service sentence. Workfare does not help people find jobs and being unemployed is not a crime.

The protest against ATOS is a follow-up to the widely supported day of protest at the end of February.


Wild Words Spring Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 5at 10:30am – 4:00pm
Woodlands Community Gardens Office


Join us for a day of creative inspiration, writing across mediums, including poetry and prose. This friendly and free workshop is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers. We will be meeting indoors at our office, but weather permitting exploring in and around our community garden for inspirational signs of spring. Tutored by Nalini Paul.

email woodlandscommunitgarden@gmail.com or call 0141 332 9311


Nuclear Free Scotland Rally
Saturday, April 5 at 11:00am
George Square

Join the March & Rally against Nuclear Weapons

Assemble George Square: 10.30
March: 11.00
Rally: 12.00



International Roma Day 2014
Sunday, April 6 at 10:30am (+ evening event from 5pm)
Govanhill Park Glasgow, United Kingdom

We invite you to be part of our first ever awareness raising march for International Roma Day in Glasgow.

We will start in Govanhill Park at 10 30 and walk through Govanhill to Albert Road. Further, you are invited to come along for the FREE evening celebration event in Victoria Halls (BYOB) on the same day – door open 5pm – tickets only.

Live music: Esther & Tim, Gypsy Romania, Gypsy Patrik & Emil, Roma DJ music, Roma food and more. Tickets and wrist bands for evening will be handed out at the march.


Dave Rovics
The Griffin Glasgow Scotland
Friday, April 18th, 7 pm

Riot folk singer Dave Rovics returns to Glasgow.



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/

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)