Monday, 5 March 2018

Some Events This Week In Glasgow.

        Some up and coming events in Glasgow in the coming week, taken from the Autonomy List, all these events are worthy of you support, the snow is disappearing, so get out there and do your thing.

1. Against the National Project film screenings
Tuesday 6/3/18
CCA Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street

Against the National Project:
Memory and Mobility in Contemporary Colombian Cinema

      Archivist and curator Juana Suárez (NYU Tisch School of the Arts) presents a programme of four recent short films by Colombian filmmakers living abroad. Works by Juan Soto, Laura Huertas Millán, Camilo Restrepo and Gonzalo Escobar unsettle established narratives of national cinema though counter-hegemonic perspectives. Experimental uses of archives, intersections with video art, and explorations of texture and place characterise this radical and developing body of work.
Introduction by Juana Suárez
Q&A with filmmaker Juan Soto
        Supported by the University of Stirling, University of Glasgow, and Leverhulme Trust
          Suggested donation £5, concessions £2, but please come anyway if you can't afford to donate, it's all good.

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2. Red and Black Song Club: International Women's Day songs
Wednesday 7/3/18
Glasgow Autonomous Space, 53 Kilbirnie Street
        Join us to practice some songs to sing at the International Women's Day event to be held 4.30pm on 8th March at La Pasionaria sculpture on Clyde Street.
         No musical experience or knowledge necessary just enthusiasm! Players of any instrument are more than welcome to bring them along. Have a favourite radical song to share? Bring some copies along too.
        No fixed charge. Donation for room and expenses according to your means.
          Please share the event and invite your friends.

3. Solidarity with IWW member standing trial - Free the Pride 5
Thursday 8/3/18
Glasgow Sheriff Court
          Panos Theodoropoulos of the IWW was arrested while attempting to prevent the harassment and unjust arrest of a 16 year old during the Glasgow Pride march. The 16 year old had been targeted for holding a sign with the slogan ‘This Faggot Fights Fascists’. The police used extensive physical force on Panos, tackled him to the ground, and subsequently held him in custody for over 30 hours. Thankfully, the police dropped all charges on the 16-year-old, though they still see the need to drag Panos through the courts, for attempting to prevent what they basically admitted was a wrongful arrest!
          The arrested comrades were participating in the ‘Red and Black Bloc’, organised by queer members of the IWW as an anti-capitalist, anti-fascist presence in an increasingly commercialised and depoliticized Pride.
         In the same Pride march the police arrested 3 trans activists protesting Pride’s decision to have police lead. These arrestees have not been issued court dates as the police continue to ‘search for evidence’. We know from experience that the police don’t like attempts to undermine them or their attempts at ‘community outreach’. We are committed to ongoing solidarity with these arrestees, along with all those in the trans community who face harassment from the police.
       At the same time, the fact that Panos’s court date is set for International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to highlight how seemingly different struggles are intimately connected. Patriarchy, racism and heteronormativity are crucial elements of the system of repression we are living in. As imprisonment and social control increasingly penetrate our precarious lives, we extend our solidarity to the increasing number of women prisoners in the UK and to the members of the trans community who are not only imprisoned but also suffer from being misgendered by the authorities and disproportionately experience violence and harassment. We therefore encourage everyone to participate in the various events organised around Glasgow for IWD (provided below).
        When activists are targeted simply for protesting, court solidarity becomes a crucial part of the fight to defend our fundamental rights to protest. Let it be shown that the movement refuses to accept the criminalisation of protesters, whether now or in the future. Let us lay the foundations, in our budding movements, for lasting, practical political solidarity.

As the IWW slogan goes, ‘an injury to one is an injury to us all’.

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