Question about Anarchism in Scotland, especially Glasgow

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Jan 27 2005 15:36
Question about Anarchism in Scotland, especially Glasgow

I'd really like to start a positive discussion about the situation for radical social change here in Glasgow.

What do you all think we should be doing? What should we focus on? How do we play our part in the necessary struggle to create a better world?

What radical projects are there already? What are they up to?

How can we best cooperate and support each other? How can we do outreach so that new people can most easily find projects that they might be interested in working with?

How can we (re)build trust and communication so that we're fighting social global injustice, not each other?

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Here's some of the stuff I'm aware of, perhaps not categorised particularly well.

Explicitly anarchist:

bimonthly Anarchist day school. next one, 29th jan, 11-6. kinning park

Existing community centres/projects:

Pearce Institute. Govan.

Kinning Park Complex.

The Annexe. Partick

Carnival Arts. Albion St, Merchant City

Social centre projects:

G42 - don't know web address or status.

GAP - http://www.glasgow-autonomy.org/

Anti war:

* Faslane peace camp

* justice for gordon gentle campaign. don't know how to get involved with them, as they don't respond to emails or phone calls, as far as i can tell.

* monthly antiwar forums in Kinning Park. Next one 8th Feb, kinning park.

* troops out - regular vigils/pickets on Buchanan St and other places, discussion and announcement lists, weekly meetings - next one 2nd feb, woodside halls, st george's cross.

Media

* Camcorder Guerillas http://www.camcorderguerillas.net/

* Indymedia http://scotland.indymedia.org/

Environmental/sustainability

* Talamh life centre

* Critical mass. last fri of every month. 5:30pm. George Sq

Solidarity

* Glasgow Zapatista Solidarity Campaign

* IWW clydeside

Misc.

* defy-id glasgow - was having regular meetings, had a couple of actions, but now a fairly dormant email list waiting for some inspiration! defy-id-glasgow-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

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Thats just off the top of my head. I'm sure there's tons else, but I can't even think of anywhere where there's a comprehensive list! We tried to start one on the GAP website, but I get the feeling that any initiatives that GAP start will be sidelined and ignored, so maybe its better if we try and get a page here on enrager?

that would help towards involving people already interested in anarchism, but there's a huge need for outreach into wider glasgow community

we could have joint stalls in town, or (preferably) travelling around eg maryhill, govan, victoria rd etc, with leaflets and information for every group? collectively run?

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i think even monthly anarchist forums would prove hardwork to organise, and i fear busyness, conflicting schedules, lack of organic propogation and sectarianism/.ego clashing would swiftly kill them. even in cities with more established and bigger anarchist scenes this has been an issue eg various initiatives in london such as "CitY" and "london underground"

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regular fund raising gigs/film nights that rotate who they are funding, but which are supported by all?

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don't think we should all focus on a single project - there's a millio ways capitalism and the state impinges on our lives, and a million tactics and campaigns that are worthy of time. i think if everyone concentrates on what projects and groups they feel most affinity with, and ability to work within, we are truly a many headed creature, impossible to wipe out. besides, i think radical social change will encompass many things, and will be strong through its diversity. and we don't know which tactics will be fruitful in the end.

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do think we should support each other, and consider ourselves on the same side, not in competition for scant resources.

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love, rage and hope

Alice xx

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Jan 27 2005 15:46

d'oh!

* wimmin vs g8 http://g8feministaction.frockon.org/

* reshape glasgow http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/glasgow-reshape

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Jan 27 2005 17:27

eek

Our Scotland page is pretty barren - http://enrager.net/britain/scotland/

Good idea with this thread, will keep an eye on it and add details to our page as they come up.

Would be cool to get more traffic coming through this forum for scotland smile

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Jan 27 2005 18:11

There is also the Bilston Glen anti-bypass site in Edinburgh:

www.bilstonglen-abs.org.uk

Seems like it might be a good place to visit just now if you have time -loads of sorted wimmin came over from Bilston for our anti-G8 event. And the woods are lovely. And the Roslin institute (biotech hellhole) is not.

Did you put down the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh?

www.autonomous.org.uk - I think

I *did* have the G42 web address in an email, but Hotmail is in the huff and I can only read messages by typing the entire string of numbers for each message in by hand. Aargh! I always knew being a Luddite was more sensible.

Carnival Arts have a night called "Benefit" on every month, which is meant to be for a different cause every time. The last one was last Saturday and was for anti-G8 groups.

See yous all in real life at the anarchist dayschool. Computers have driven me mad enough for one day!

Cheers, Morag

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Jan 27 2005 18:13

Of course, neither of those places I just mentioned are actually *in Glasgow*... should really read threads more carefully. Arse.

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Jan 27 2005 19:21
rkn wrote:

Our Scotland page is pretty barren - http://enrager.net/britain/scotland/

Is there any way that it could be wikified, either with some level of logging in and backup security, or just properly open?

Much more likely to be kept up to date, by me at least, if I could just do it myself, rather than email. The one time I did email to get it changed (when I saw that printworks was still listed months after it had closed down!) it did get sorted really quickly, so cheers for keeping on top of that.

Would feel more like we had some ownership/control and therefore responsibility if there was some way of just updating it ourselves. Maybe each group could have a login/password? Or we could all just trust each other and act in good faith

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Jan 27 2005 19:50

We dont want to go open to all at the moment, so no.

Maybe in the future we will change how it works but right now we prefer to keep it like this, as it seems to be working. We prefer to take info off emails or threads like this for example and just edit it in ourselves smile

But will have a chat about how we go about it.

If you wanna know more about how and why we prefer to stay a closed system drop me a PM and i'll figure it out smile

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Jan 31 2005 08:51

There's the various state socialist projects, the Scottish Republican social centre for example. And groups like the Scottish Socialist Youth and the SSP branches. Not stuff I'd get involved in but generally useful allies and resources.

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Feb 4 2005 21:43

For info, SRSP centre shut down for now as far as I know.

Also, rejoice..., we are a region according to rkn...