Electron club Open Day Social 1st December 12 - 4:00
Electron Club CCA 350 Sauchiehall St Glasgow G2 3JD
The Electron club is a space at the CCA that is home to a whole variety of people and ideas. Started as a computer/electronics/artist Open Source software lab it soon expanded into many areas of cultural diversity and many have little to do with computers. You are just as likely to bump into a Wobblie as you are a computer hacker. If you are an artist, techie, nerd, or your bag is community activism or you are just interested in life, come and take a look. We are open to the public. Anyone can join. Its free.
Who will be there:
RADICAL INDEPENDENT BOOK FAIR
"Glasgow’s Radical Independent Book-fair project... (aka RiB) has been circulating radical reading materials and information ... supporting small press publishers and independent producers ... since 2006. At the open day there will be a small stall with a selection of new materials including reports from Corporate Watch and coffee fresh in from Feral Trade."
One of the things that comes up when you search the internet a lot is Wikipedia. Full of facts, information images and all sorts.Did you know you can add stuff to WP? Did you ever think about it but weren't sure? Come and meet a Wikipedia volunteer who does and will explain how to go about it.
OPEN STREET MAP DEMO
There numerous mappers in and around Glasgow with a wealth of knowledge and from a variety backgrounds and ages. Come and ind out what mapping is about and start mapping the world.
GLASGOW SCIENCE FAIR
Is about getting folk young and old interested in science. Come and play with their robot, Knex, Arduino and other science tech stuff. "Lego Mindstorms Challenge - Help explore how to programme Mindstorms robots to follow commands and navigate its way around our obstacle course. Bring Lego to life in this fun introduction to programming and robotics."
SPIRIT OF REVOLT
The Spirit of Revolt is a group based in Glasgow who are attempting to collect as much material as possible from grass-roots campaigns in working class struggle, in and around the Glasgow/Clydeside area. An archival collection of working class history. Find out about this very important project for the city. We will be screening a film made at the SOR exhibition at the Mitchell library
COMMON GOOD AWARENESS PROJECT
CGAP was set up to create awareness of Scotland's Common Good Fund, a whole bunch of assets, art galleries, schools, town halls, parks, that are publicly owned. Many of these assets have disappeared, have been lost or stolen over the years due to a lack of awareness that they even exist and maladministration by those whose duty is to protect the fund for the benefit of the public. Find out more and about the common good and the Farmhouse Trust, a Common Good project in Govan to create a independent resource centre whilst experiment with off grid technology eco building and gardening along the way.
GLASGOW TO DETROIT
A second chance to see a shorter version of Glasgow to Detroit if you missed the Kinningpark screening. Here we will be discussing specific ideas from Detroit activists mentioned in the film to examine the situation in Glasgow/Scotland around growing.
INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD
Founded in 1905, the IWW is open to all workers. Don’t let the “industrial” part fool you. Our members include teachers, cleaners, social workers, retail workers, construction workers, bartenders, and computer programmers. Only bosses are not allowed to join.
SPIRIT OF REVOLT Exhibition film and Q&A 2:00
GLASGOW TO DETROIT Screening and discussion on organising around growing 3:00
Probably more to come...
Allotments in Germany
A vision for the Future of Allotments Andy Whightman
Today the Scottish government has published a very welcome consultation paper (media release & consultation paper) on the future of allotments. The reform and modernisation of allotment legislation will form part of the forthcoming Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill and this consultation is the opportunity to get the allotment bit of that bill right.
North Kelvin Meadows at City Chambers George Square fighting for what should be happening in all of our communities.
Website and all the on-going stuff
Looking after our own history is the only way to stop it being commodified or as another cut in government spending. The Spirit of Revolt archive being set up at the Mitchell library is a grassroots initiative that will help to keep our history in public hands. The archive will have much to record on the last 30 years of struggle against neoliberalism in this city and beyond.
Many of our institutions of learning and socialising have been swept away with deindustrialisation. Rebuilding social spaces and protecting the ones we have against aggressive privatisation will be an imperative in the 21st century - along with the reclaiming of the commons. The Farmhouse and garden are part of our commons.
Sturgeon in disability row over 2014 Games [Herald]
DEPUTY First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is being targeted by protesters who want the controversial "fit-for-work" benefits test company Atos dropped as a sponsor of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
ATOS unfit for 2014...... Games
A new campaign against Olympic worldwide partner Atos is set to be launched with the aim of getting Glasgow 2014 to drop them as a sponsor of the Commonwealth Games.
A short film about North Kelvin Meadow - a green and wild community space in Glasgow that is under threat from property developers. If you think nature is more important than a high-end new-build then please help the campaign to save the meadow by sharing this film, by signing the online petition and by lodging an official objection to the planning application here: northkelvinmeadow.com
Common sense, comes from the idea that if enough of us believes something through mass experience - that is, when the vast majority of folk agree about something that usually comes out as being what is termed, common sense.
The everyday problems of people
Activism and the dissociation from popular struggles
Many of the campaigns concerning, anti war, anti capitalism, occupy, ordinary people can feel threatening and antagonised by. While this work can be important it doesn't mean much to a lot of people. How the activist starts to think less about incomprehensible rhetoric and meaningless discourse and starts to relate to the folk we will need to carry off major social change, is a constant problem in movement building. If our campaigning, groups, ideas and movements don't assist with everyday problems of people, is there any reason for them to be successful? Critical Connections at the Reshuffle.