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Rethinking Remembrance

Yesterday marked one hundred years since the start of World War One. Billed as the war to end all wars, it has unfortunately not lived up to that slogan. Looking at the media today you can often be confused for thinking that WW1 was fought for freedom and not the clash of imperial expansion. The government planned ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral and wreath-laying on George Square was a surreal celebration of war, the monarchy and nationalism, led the royals and government officials who benefit from wars today and think nothing of sending people out to die to extend their power and wealth.

These grotesque celebrations did not pass without comment. The Scottish Peace Network had people from all different groups distributing information with the truth about conditions in WW1 and in war throughout the city centre. Some of us put up banners opposite the ceremony at the cathedral before heading along to the celebrations on George Square, however there was a disturbing amount of unnecessary cooperation with the police, leaving the Peace Network poorly positioned and often talking with cops rather than with other passers by.




Those involved with the Peace Network activity soon moved to George Square, where a full military parade was due to take place. They were joined opposite by members of the White Feather Collective who were able to unfurl their banner as Prince Charles entered the square and spread white feathers in front on the parade in remembrance of those who were accused of cowardice for refusing to fight. On the other side the huge banner brought along by folks from Faslane Peace Camp was held aloft. At one point builders lent scaffolding and wooden beams to hold it up, however the police bullied them into taking it back. The real solidarity was totally appreciated.

George Square Big Banner

George Square Resist




Once the feathers had settled there was time to regroup, hand out copies of the Anarchist Federation’s Against War in town, then at 2pm off to Kelvingrove Park where the White Feather Collective had arranged an event where we chalked out the outlines of the 1,500 people who had been killed in Gaza over the previous 26 days.




At one point over sixty people were working on drawing outlines, writing names and talking with passers by (many of which stopped to help). The overwhelming majority of people passing through were supportive of both of the anti-military message that there is no glory to be found in war and also the need to raise awareness and take action in aid of those suffering in Gaza.

By 7pm the trail reached from the fountain up to the war memorial and all those who we had listed were represented. Some of us walked back along the trail with a banner; we got lots of support doing this and one group of people even stopped and clapped.








All told the day brought together many of the groups opposed to militarism in Glasgow and we demonstrated how we can all compliment one another’s strengths and cover each others weaknesses, while at the same time building awareness and public support for an anti-military message.


Events from the 24th June onwards

Hi folks,

We got a wee request to put this announcement out with this update:

We are keen amateur allotment/garden growers, with a really good sized garden to share and develop with other local growers. It needs a lot of work (there are no plots dug out yet) but could become an ideal long term project for those interested. We are interested in all year around organic/permaculture/biodiversity growing, building long term relationships, sharing skills, knowledge and experiences. If you are interested please contact: bloodfirewater@riseup.net

Along with that the Scottish Peace Network will be attending Armed Forces Day in Stirling on Sat 28th to give an alternative message to the glorification and celebration of war that is trumpeting all through the WW1 remembrance this year.

There are also many other new events on the list, so without further ado…


Elder Farm Community Garden Meeting
Tuesday 24st June, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Elder Farm Community Garden, G51 4AA

Every last Tuesday of the month at 6pm – meeting of supporters to sort out things – everyone welcome to support / help organise / add opinions etc


Scottish Education Workers Network
Tuesday 24st June, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Electron Club Room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD


Open meeting of the Scottish Education Workers Network. Come along and share updates and news, review our activities over the past months, and generate some plans for the near future.


MAKE NOISE for asylum seekers
Wednesday 25st June, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Home Office, 200 Brand Street, Ibrox (nr Cessnock Underground)

As a response to the current rise in xenophobia across Scotland and the United Kingdom, we feel it is time to make a stand in solidarity with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees who are in our communities today, we want to spread the WELCOME message

On WEDNESDAY 25TH JUNE, come MAKE NOISE to show your support and solidarity, bring instruments, pots and pans or just your voice! from 11am – 1pm outside the HOME OFFICE at 200 BRAND STREET, IBROX

We support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants – they should not be made to feel like criminals or subject to discrimination by police in our streets, their homes or at their workplaces

We will NOT stand for racist raids taking place in our communities – we are GLOBAL CITIZENS

If you have no musical instruments, or pots and pans, take a look round your house and bring anything you can find that’ll make a loud noise!



Team Girl Comic Live! – (Issue 10 Launch Party)
Thursday, June 26 at 7:30pm
Andrew Bridge Club, 2 Woodside Crescent (Charing Cross), G3 7UL

TGC has reached issue 10! To celebrate the launch of our bumper tenth edition, TGC and friends will be performing their comics – LIVE! Expect a night of performance art, as well as music, drink’n’draw (BYOB!) and comics chat.

Inspired by Deecap, for more information see http://comicsforum.org/2013/08/21/comics-and-performance-from-chalk-talks-to-carousel-by-damon-herd. If anyone is interested in performing a comic, drop us a message, the more the merrier!


Friday, 27 June at 7:30pm
Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G411BA (opposite Kinning Park Underground)

Due to popular demand the LGBT Unity Gaylidh is back!

This special night brings an eclectic mix of live music, wild dancing, lovely people and delicious free food, from Scotland and all over the world, to celebrate the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland!

It’s on a Friday, so you better write in your diary now!

Free food from a variety of cuisines
Cheap bar
Wild Music
Dancing until your feet hurt!

Entry is 3 pounds (Free for asylum seekers)

We are gonna have a cracking night so get your kilts on and come along!


Faslane 32- annual music and cultural celebration of peace
Friday, 27 June
Faslane Peace Camp

Acting Strange Theatre Company and Campsie Socialists invite you to come sing, act, laugh, eat and celebrate 32 years of principled peace campaigning at Faslane Peace Camp.


Saturday, 28 June at 11:00am
Meeting on the lawn of the Stirling Smith Museum on Dumbarton Street, Stirling.

Come with placards and banners to protest Armed Forces Day and the glorification of war, militarism and imperialism. The Stirling Armed Forces Day is the focal point for the UK and there will be a march with many military bands. We will have a visible presence along the march route to protest and present an alternative. NO MORE WARS. Sponsored by the Scottish Peace Network, a coalition of groups including the IWW, CND, and others.


Herb Foraging Walk
Sunday, 29 June at 11:00am
Meeting at the Glad Cafe on 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, G41 2HG

Discover medicinal and edible plants growing around us in the city. Plant medicine has been used for thousands of years and many of us have lost the basic skills to identify and use this free, seasonal, sustainable resource. Catriona Gibson is a Medical Herbalist working in Glasgow who regularly leads groups in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. Join her for a free foraging walk around Queen’s Park, finding out about plant identification, modern and historical uses, chemistry and folklore. Expect to see Summer flowers and plants you might have seen as weeds that can aid a range of ailments and make a tasty salad.

The walk starts at 11am on Sunday 29th June at the Glad Cafe on Pollokshaws Road – we’ll then head to the park to identify and discuss medicinal and edible plants, walking towards Locavore on Nithsdale Drive to try some of the plants we’ve seen at around 1pm. The walk is suitable for all ages and no prior knowledge is needed. We will mainly be on good paths which are suitable for wheelchairs or buggies – do get in touch if you’d like to check about accessibility.

Further Questions: whitecat-herbal@hotmail.co.uk


Protest Against Welfare Sanctions and Workfare
Thursday, July 3 at 12:00pm – 2:00pm
20 Benalder Street, Partick, G11 6QN.

The Scottish Unemployed Workers Network will be joined by members of Clydeside IWW and other fellow workers to protest against the use of sanctions and workfare to punish people for being unemployed.


Poverty of the state? The state of poverty
Friday, July 4 at 7:00pm & Saturday, July 5 at 12:00pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street, G3 6RE

Two public events exploring the economic logic behind austerity measures and welfare reform.


With the advent of the financial crisis of 2008 and the following world-wide general economic crisis, living conditions for many people deteriorated. This crisis and the reaction to it by capitalist states led to a sovereign debt crisis which governments responded to with further large scale but this time planned impoverishment: austerity.

In these two workshops we want to give an introduction to how the state finances itself – and what for – in order to explain why the state implements austerity and how this economic system presupposes and reproduces poverty in boom and bust.

Both workshops are open to all. No prior knowledge of finance or political jargon is required. Each event stands alone – you’re welcome to attend one or both.


1. Austerity Talk and Discussion
Friday 4th July, 7pm-10pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre

In this workshop we want to present and discuss what welfare reform has to do with the UK’s AAA rating, why the benefit cap is an apt austerity measure even though it only affects a small minority of people, why the government puts pressure on people to find work in a time of mass unemployment, and why the government’s agitation against “benefit scroungers” is agitation not only against people on benefits but also against other workers.

2. Sovereign Debt Workshop
Saturday 5th July, 12noon-7pm
Garnethill Multicultural Centre

That austerity is somehow related to how the state finances itself is well known. It is however a bit of a riddle how something with the power to raise taxes – i.e. choose how much money to earn – can be in trouble with paying the bills. Indeed, one response to austerity – by groups like UK Uncut and beyond – is to remind the state of its tax raising powers and to demand “tax the rich” to plug the hole in public finances; so why isn’t this happening?


These workshops are hosted by WestGAP and presented by Critisticuffs (https://critisticuffs.org/).

Please note that although Saturday’s event has level access (and an accessible toilet), Friday’s event will be taking place up two flights of stairs. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Sma’ Shot Day
Saturday, July 5 at 12:00pm

The Anarchist Federation and Clydeside IWW are planning stalls at Sma Shot Day at Abbey Close and Paisley town centre from noon. This is the annual celebration of the historic victory of the weavers over their employers in a political battle fought in 19th Century Paisley; day begins with a parade from Brodie Park to the town center, led by the beating of the Charleston Drum which should be an inspiration for our current industrial organising campaigns!


Oppose the Racist SDL in Berwick
Saturday, July 5 at 1:00pm

The Racist Scottish Defence League Are Coming Back to Berwick!!

After a dismal turnout last time, and after Berwick showed their true anti racist colours, the SDL have decided to come back! Not able to have a decent sized demo by themselves, they are having a ‘unity’ march with their equally, if not more, racist friends the North East Infidels.

Berwick needs to come together once again to show these bigoted idiots that they are not welcome in this town and neither is their hate filled message!

No Pasaran – They Shall Not Pass


Party on the Plots!
July 12 at 2:00pm to July 13 at 12:00am
Polmadie Plots, behind high flats, Prospecthill Circus, Toryglen

Summer garden party at Polmadie Plots!

Join us for an afternoon of hands on activities from bushcraft to archery, great grub on the open fire and strawberries and cream.

Then from 5pm we’ll have some awesome and eclectic bands to entertain you, followed by a smorgasbord of DJs late into the night. We’ll keep the fire going and stay for a campout if you’re up for it!

More details to follow 🙂


The Revolution must be Localised: The bicycle as a tool for liberation in the struggle for radical neighbourhoods
July 16 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

The city excites & enthuses us, but it troubles us in equal measure. There are fewer and fewer free spaces in the city, every square foot of this place where we live has been divided up walled in and fenced off a dozen times before we were even born. The only thing that we have left that belongs to all of us is the streets

This months presentation looks at the bicycle as a tool for liberation in the struggle for radical neighbourhoods, followed by a discussion upon the issues raised.


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. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/


Glasgow Anarchist Collective Support Clydebank Against Benefit Sanctions
Thursday, July 17 at 10:00am – 4:00pm
Clydebank Jobcentre, Radnor House, 245 Kilbowie Rd, Clydebank, G81 2JN

GAC will be in attendance to support Clydebank Against Benefit Sanctions on their day of protest against JSA sanctions.

“we are campaigning locally to end the blight of thousands of people in West Dumbartonshire being reduced to desperate poverty by benefit sanctions.” – Clydebank Against Benefit Sanctions


Frack Watch
Sunday, July 27 at 2:00pm – 4:00pm
GMAC, 103 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD


The Scottish Government is going to give the go-ahead for fracking in the central belt of Scotland, the gas to be used as a feedstock for the INEOS plant at Grangemouth. How can we prevent this reckless plan?

Come along to Frack Watch and say what you think could be done.

The date has been chosen because by then the “expert panel” will have reported to Scottish government and the new licences handed out – so we will be clearer exactly what we’re up against.


Create Your Own Cult, The Scientology Way – Dr Martin Poulter | Best of Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, August 18 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Scientology has been described in the States as “ruthless, litigious and lucrative” and in this country as “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”, yet it boasts global success and has made hundreds of millions of dollars. Thanks to the Internet, it now faces an unprecedented global opposition. The scary secrets of Scientology and its recruitment methods will be exposed in this talk. It will be useful for anyone wanting to set up their own lucrative cult

Dr Martin Poulter first encountered skepticism while a teenager. He has a Philosophy and Psychology degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Bristol. He has been a Scientology-watcher since 1995, when he was threatened with legal action over material he posted online. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the SubGenius, which offers eternal spiritual salvation or triple your money back.

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Martin spoke at one of Glasgow Skeptics’ first events, back in January 2010. As we approach our fifth birthday in November, we hope to bring back some of the best speakers we’ve heard from in that time.