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ABERDEEN
Friday 25 November
The Life and Times of Aberdeen’s International Brigaders
Neil Cooney, Nina Londragan and Tommy Campbell
7 p.m. Town House, Broad St, Aberdeen, AB10


PAISLEY
Tuesday, 6 December
Connolly, 1916 and Scotland
Steven Coyle and Keith Stoddart
Chair: Colin Mack, Paisley TUC
7 p.m. Paisley Town Hall
in conjunction with the 1916 Rising Centenary Committee – Scotland


IRVINE
Thursday, 23 February
Happy Lands Film on the 1926 General Strike
7.30 p.m. Volunteer Rooms.
High St, KA12 0BA


LANARKSHIRE BLANTYRE
Tuesday 7 March
The Caterpillar Occupation:
Richard Leonard, John Gillen,
John Brannan
Chair Elaine Smith
Blantyre Miners Welfare, Calder ST


EDINBURGH
Tuesday 14 March
James Connolly, Jim Larkin and the 1907
Belfast Dockers Strike
Tommy Campbell,
7 p.m. Augustine Church Centre, 41 George IV Bridge


FIFE
Tuesday 4 April
Robin Page Arnot: Historian of the Scottish Miners, Communist and Revolutionary Leader
Tom Kirby
7 p.m. Lochgelly Centre, Bank Street, KY5


DUNDEE
Tuesday 2 May
Ten Days that Shook the World
Tam Kirby
DVA. 10 Constitution Street, DD1 1LL


DUMFRIES
Tuesday 6 June
Bertold Brecht
Sandra Trotter
7 p.m. Tam O'Shanter
113-117 Queensberry St.
Dumfries DG1 1BH.


EDINBURGH
Tuesday 4 July
Class Struggle and Pre-Capitalist Society
Paul McFarlane
7 p.m. Augustine Church Centre, 41 George IV Bridge

Friday 4th September @8pm in STUC, Glasgow - £5 on the door

Local artists & world-class musicans are coming together on Friday 4th September @8pm, to provide an evening of great live entertainment in the Scottish Trade Union Centre on behalf of the Morning Star - the only daily Socialist newspaper in the English language.

2015 morning star gig poster

Artists include:


Maeve MacKinnon - renowned Scottish & Gaelic singer
Calum Baird - described as: "A brilliant singer-songwriter with a Dylan-esque feel, but a much better voice", by Music News Scotland
Vince Mills & friends - including Eddie McGuire who recently featured in the Gramaphone Magazine
Colin Poole - performance Poet
Jim Monaghan
Tam Kirby
Paddy Morrison
plus surprise guests!!

This is also a relaxed social evening, and there will be something for everyone in this wondefully varied line up.

Please share & tell all your friends & colleagues of this great night coming up on Friday 4th Sept.

TheList listing: https://www.list.co.uk/event/510101-live-music-evening/

Eventbrite Listing: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/live-music-evening-scotlands-trade-union-centre-stuc-tickets-18231440730

 

Saturday 12 Septemper 12noon - 3pm @ The HUB Community Centre

2015 sept west dunbartonshire anti cuts day

Come and hear local and national speakers put the alternative to austerity

Music from Pauline Bradley, free teas, coffee, juice and snacks + stalls.

Speakers from the People's Assembly and STUC Youth Committee.

Local speakers: UNITE - Charlie MacDonald, UNISON - Thomas O'Brien, GMB and Hazards - Billy McEwan, West Dunbartonshire Foodshare, West Dunbartonshire Anti-Fracking Group - Karen Dunlop, Hope Not Hate - Rab O’Donnell

Speakers from Citizens Advice on Benefit Sanctions and from Disability Groups.


Hub Community Centre, Kilbowie Road , Clydebank

Map https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/The+Hub+Community+Education+Centre/@55.9122473,-4.4045379,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x3b09f52df2d22324?sa=X&ved=0CFwQ_BIwCmoVChMIz7GQqvq_xwIVSJ3bCh1eowi4

Saturday 19th September: Glasgow 11:30am + 1:00pm & Motherwell 7:00pm

2015 sept HnH International brigades

The following are details of forthcoming Commemoration to the International Brigade on Saturday 19th September at Glasgow La Pasionaria Statue, Custom House Quay from 11.30am - 12.30pm followed by social event being held at UNISON Glasgow City Branch, 84 Bell Street, G1 1LQ from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.
Speakers at Commemoration include Mike Arnott (IBMT Trustee), Kath Campbell; Granddaughter of International Brigader and Secretary of Scottish Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Ryan Boyle; UNISON Young Members Committee and Tommy Campbell; UNITE the UNION. The social event will have a range of live music, speakers and stalls.
It would be appreciated if you could circulate these details as widely as possible. More details can be found on our website http://www.glasgowhopenothate.org , Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/GreaterGlasgowHopeNotHate and on Twitter following the hashtag #nopasaranglasgow


Also, the excellent play 'From Calton to Catalonia' is being performed on the same night at Motherwell Civic Centre from 7.00pm. More info here: http://www.international-brigades.org.uk/content/19-september-motherwell
For more information on the International Brigade; click here: http://www.international-brigades.org.uk/

Thursday 6th August 7pm

2015 08 CND Hiroshima 70

AS you know Glasgow CND has for many years held annual commemorations of the dropping of the first atom bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This year is the 70th Anniversary of these tragic events. On this occasion we are holding a joint event with Glasgow City Council (a member of the Nuclear Free Local Authoritiy network). This will include a civic reception and a welcome from the Glasgow Provost Sadie Docherty. In addition we will have readings and music, a statement from a Japanese survivor, and two short sessions on the historical context in which these bombs were dropped and a reminder of the horrific medical effects of nuclear war. These latter two components are, we believe, necessary because of the many attempts to justify the use of nuclear weapons as necessary to shorten World War 2.

The event will take place at 7pm on Thursday 6th August at the City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow. I hope you can manage to attend this important event.

TUESDAY 26 MAY 7pm (Note CHANGED DATE)

PORTRAYING THE RED CLYDESIDERS
Speaker: John Quinn
Academic at Glasgow School of Art

2015 may govan red clydesiders
7 p.m. STUC Building, (above "The Stand" Comedy Club)
333 Woodside Road, Glasgow G3

Part of the "Our Class Our Culture" series of events - the working class movement past and present

Wednesday 27 May 7pm

Public meeting: Redeveloping Class Politics

Organised by Govan and Glasgow South West Readers and Supporters
2015 May Star Govan Class Politics 2

 

Chair Kath Campbell

Speakers: Vince Mills, Ian Davidson and Cllr Matt Kerr

 

Pearce Institute, Govan Cross



Friday 29 May 7pm

The AGM of the PPPS takes place at the STUC at 7 p.m. on Friday 29 May (doors open from 6.30 p.m.)

2015 PPPS AGM2

Shares can be bought on the night - and if you have reports of new readers won, and how they were won, this would provide an important contribution to the general discussion.

http://morningstarscotland.org/upcoming-events/28

Saturday 20th June 2015 @ 12pm - The Demonstration for Everyone Against Austerity

You may have noted from the media, or social media, that on Friday 15th May, the STUC announced that it would be throwing its weight behind, and effectively becoming the key organiser of, a rally in George Square on Saturday 20th June 2015 against austerity.

 2015 june peoples assembly demo glasgow

The event, now entitled, “Scotland United Against Austerity”, will take place on the same day as a number of rallies throughout the UK, organised by the People’s Assembly. A particularly large event is anticipated in London. The event in Glasgow will take the form of a rally and will be taken forward in co-operation with the People’s Assembly in Scotland and the main organisations involved in that coalition. The event explicitly aims to involve a range of organisations opposed to austerity, including those who took positions for Yes and No during the recent referendum. A meeting was held with the People’s Assembly Scotland on Saturday morning and they are supportive of the strategy outlined. Equally, discussions will be taken forward with a range of other civil and campaigning organisations in the days to come.

This decision to hold the rally was taken quickly in the context of fast moving events towards the end of last week. The secretariat was able to confer with a number of, but not all, affiliates in coming to this decision. It was felt that the trade union movement in Scotland was best placed to take a leadership role in the anti-Tory, anti-austerity consensus and swift action was required to ensure that this was the case.

The main focus of the rally will, of course, be to unite opposition to austerity and provide a show of strength in opposition to the Tory Government. You will also have noted the immediate announcement by David Cameron of proposed legislation to further attack trade union freedom. Therefore, it has been agreed that trade union freedom and the need to join a union and get active as clear statement of opposition to austerity will be a key message for the event.

As of Saturday morning a Facebook event has been running https://www.facebook.com/events/1432486387055800/, over 2000 people responded in the first 24 hours to indicate attendance. We expect the outline details of the event to go live on our websites in the next 24 hours. Further updates will be provided in due course.

Clearly, it is of immense importance that the plurality of the anti-austerity consensus in Scotland is represented on 20th June. An organised trade union presence and trade union banners are particularly important. I would, therefore, be grateful if you would communicate the details of this event through your networks, on websites and through social media.

Grahame Smith, General Secretary STUC

Taken from http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/scotland_blog_scotland_united_against_austerity

 

7 reasons to demonstrate on 20 June

peoples assembly scotland 800This demonstration is more important than ever. It needs to be massive:


Reason 1 - The government plans £12 billion in welfare cuts targeting the poorest in society.
Reason 2 - The new Tory disabilities minister opposed protecting benefits for disabled children and cancer patients
Reason 3 - Michael Gove has been appointed justice secretary. In 1999, when he worked for the Times, he called for hanging to be brought back as a punishment. He's also attempting to scrap the Human Rights Act.
Reason 4 - Cameron is announcing new plans to target 'extremists' giving the government powers to target anyone they think is undermining 'democracy'. This policy will be used to attack the Muslim community, and how long will it be before anti-austerity protesters get targeted too?
Reason 5 - The new equalities secretary voted against gay marriage
Reason 6 - The new business secretary wants to make it harder for trade unions to take strike action.
Reason 7 - The government plans to end social housing as we know it.

More info at: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/7_reasons_to_demonstrate_on_20_june

 

5 more reasons to march with the People's Assemby on 20 June

1. It’s the first nationwide response to the election
2. It’s the first mass response
3. How big it is will shape all that comes after
4. If its big there will be more local resistance
5. It's a defence or democratic rights

For more visit: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/5_more_reasons

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7pm Tuesday 7 April

Part of the popular "My Class My Culture" series of events organised by the Morning Star.

2015 april morning star labour manifesto 1945

Speaker: Cllr Gordon Munro
Chair:     Jim Swan

Acredale Centre,
9 Mid Street
Bathgate EH48 1PS

 

Thursday 19th March, 7.00pm

Presented by Greater Glasgow HOPE not hate, In association with Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival.

2015 march hnh daughter troubles film

Daughters of the Troubles: Belfast Stories is a one hour documentary by Emmy award winning producer; Marcia Rock and narrated by Anjelica Huston focuses on the role of women throughout the ‘troubles’ in Belfast. We also hope to have along a guest speaker & have time for an informal discussion about any issues raised.

FREE ADMISSION - all welcome!

Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre
6 Daisy Street,
Glasgow, G42 8JL


www.glasgowhopenothate.org

www.glasgowstpatricksfestival.co.uk