What Better Time? is a new monthly newsheet from the Scottish Climate Activist Network. It has a livejournal (whatbettertime
) and issue two is out now.
Climate Change and Peak Oil are the most urgent issues we face. Current strategies are not delivering. UK greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, while Peak Oil is hardly scratching the surface of public awareness.
The Transition Town movement offers an effective model for dealing with these issues. Communities across Ireland, England and now Scotland are organising themselves to look practically at how they can support one another to produce their food locally, generate clean energy locally, travel less, waste less, develop stronger local communities, have more fun! If you've ever thought that changing your light bulbs might not be enough to stop climate change in its tracks, you might want to join us.
Edinburgh Transition City Initiative, set up in December 2007, is in the process of building the connections needed to make this happen.Edinburgh Transition City Initiative
For more information, see the Primer located in the "Files" section of the group, and the pages in the "Links" section.
There are few things that anger me more than our treatment of immigrants in this country. Especially asylum seekers. CLICK HERE
for an appeal against "fortress Europe". The site has reports and photos from various detention centres in Europe (none from the UK, but I can promise you myself that Dungavel is not a nice place). Keep in mind when you look that these are jails that are not officially called jails, intended for people who have not had a trial, and in the vast majority of cases have done nothing wrong apart from trying to escape persecution in other countries. Whole families of innocent people are locked up in these places, sometimes for years.
For anyone who opposes racism, this is an important issue to be aware of. Please spread the word of this campaign in the interests of raising awareness!
x crossposted everywhere I can think of
Squeeze yer arse into yer 90s gear if ye still can!!!
NO2ID Glasgow will be hosting a stall at the event!
Friday 15th June 2007
Bombsquad BOMBSQUAD are a new event from Edinburgh in the Haus with this their 2nd night . They have joined forces with another Edinburger night called Froot and they will be presenting F.O.O.D.
The illiterate Funkers and FROOT
present the first helping of
F.O.O.D (f**k off or dance)
LAUNCH NIGHT Friday 15th June
With Eggstraspecial Guests
Egebamyasi - Live PA (MacAcid Records, Binary bassline, Rotterdam records) and
Arkanoid (Binary bassline)
Residents in room 1 - illiterate funkers
Acidfairy (live PA), R-Tech, Stuart Munro aka Satyr and Jake
In room 2 - Froot
Jnr Lazarou, Dj Patrick Canny, Malky X and Dj Craig Robb.
Plus Visuals by "I-SAW" and more....
£8 members £10 non members
Saturday 16th June 2007
Monox MONOX presents...
Mark Hawkins (live) Michael Foreshaw (live) John Hospital of Dirty Hospital doin a Dj set plus all the usual Wasps and Smarties and other Monoxians sleazin around and in yer face, so you'd better get out of it.....
Saturday is also Joe's 30th Birthday so come down, celebrate with him and buy him a few drinks to welcome him to "adulthood"
...Also Just in...
Friday 13th July - Relive your youth with UNBELIEVABLE Glasgows first proper 90's Retro Night. 2 rooms of music covering all genres spanning a whole decade - theres bound to be something to suit everyones tastes! Paticipate in a special TV Gladiators Style Battle for prizes also giveaways and handouts. A great start to the Glasgow fair.... This is a one of event NOT TO BE MISSED.
Get the date in your diary - Friday 13th July 2007 Entry £5/£6
FYI - I'm just passing this on. But I took part in this event a couple of years ago and it was really good fun, so I recommend it!
Oh yes, you lucky people, the legendary blind date fundraiser is back! The perfect way to start a summer of love. Many of you came to the last one so know what a fine evening it was, for those who missed it here's the idea:
1. You fill in the attached form* and get it back to me or Saska along with £6 registration by Wednesday 13th June so we can feed it into the love computer and set you up with your perfect date.
2. You will be contacted by the love computer by phone on 17th June and told where to meet your date, it will be somewhere in town.
3. You meet your date for one hour at 8pm to talk, get to know each other, look into each other's eyes etc ...
4. Everyone who's been on a date comes to the afterparty where there's amazing live bands playing, cocktails, beautiful decor, free massage, tarot reading and lots lots more. This is only for people who are taking part in the Blind Date, so if you've got friends who want to come get them to fill in a form!
5. We all party the night away, happily knowing that our money is being used to fund a small scale NGO in Afghanistan, working on school building. For more information on these see http://www.afghanschools.org.
6. Who knows ...!
So please please fill in the attached form* and get it back to us, you can drop it and the money off at either:
my office (in Potterow between the Chaplaincy and EUSA)
Saraswati Shop at 5 Holyrood Rd (next to the Holyrood Tavern, they are also selling beautiful things to fundraise for Schools in Afghanistan)
Thanks, please pass the word around, it will be very fun!
Lots of love,
* Contact Dan for a form: coenoise @ yahoo.comcross-posted to edinburgers
Hey guys - The Soundhaus Music Complex in Glasgow finally has a livejournal... feel free to add us as a friend!
Anyway we have a fun packed weekend with some rather big names appearing....
Friday 25th May 2007
Camouflage present headline act Eskmo
Eskmo : from San Fransisco, record labels : Vertical Sound (Bristol UK), Cyberfunk (London), Downbeat (NYC), Cyberset (San Francisco). Myspace: www.myspace.com/eskmo
Brian D'Souza : from Glasgow, affiliations : Mind The Gap, Pogo Vogue. Myspace: www.myspace.com/briandsouza
Johnny Whoop : Myspace: www.myspace.com/johnwhoop
Resident Djs are Bitskit, Gusbo and Tino
Fantastic viuals from Altronix and Video Chris
Doors are 11pm - 4am and tickets cost £5 for Members £8 Guests
Saturday 26th May 2007
Deviant Behaviour featuring Egyptian Lover
Deviant Behaviour presents old school legend Egyptian Lover. The Egyptian Lover
started out as a dj in Los Angeles.
He released his first debut solo single and club hit "Egypt, Egypt" in 1984.
It was followed by more enormous dance hits, including "And My Beat Goes Boom", "What Is a DJ If He Can't Scratch", "Girls", "You're so Fine", "The Lover", "Sexy Style", "The Alesby Inn" and "Freak a Holic".
Egyptian Lover Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/therealegyptianlover
Also playing at Deviant Behaviour is The WASP
The WASP Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/the_wasp
This is sure to be a busy night so get there early to ensure entry to see this Old School Legend.
Doors are 11pm - 4am and Tickets cost £12 members £14 for guests
Have a great weekend and hope to see you at the Soundhaus!
Feeling deflated or annoyed by the recent elections or just generally pissed off at politics - then come along to the bookfair where you can
get (re)motivated ...browse through piles of new and old materials - buy a book - try on a t-shirt - watch a film - engage in a discussion - drop of some of your flyers - pick up someone else's leaflets - read up on radical politics - listen to a stimulating talk - arrange to meet a friend or make a new one - and if the kettles just boiled have a free fresh feral coffee...
GLASGOW'S RADICAL INDEPENDENT BOOK-FAIR PROJECT
and related RADICAL MAY EVENTS
sat 12th May
CCA - 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.
stalls and resources from: 11am - 9pm - resource space (ground floor next to cafe)
related events: 3pm - 10pm (approx) - CCA 4 - (cinema space)
all events in the cinema are free
(though you will need to get a ticket from the front desk)
3.00 - 4.30
Building for Popular Democracy - a Strategic Perspective.
An Analysis of the current situation of the class struggle and an appraisal of the need for a strategic anarchist response.
5.00 - 6.30
organised public meeting to highlight recent campaigns - including the Crichton dispute and a strategy for building a mass militant workplace organisation. The Industrial Workers of the World is a grassroots, democratic and militant union that seeks to organise ALL workers in ALL industries in ALL countries into 'One Big Union'.
7.00 - 8.30
JOHN TAYLOR CALDWELL tribute
A screening of the 1989 documentary film - Workers City; the subversive past. Chronicling ideas around radical Scottish working class history the film includes interviews with John Taylor Caldwell along with Farquhar McLay, Hamish Henderson and James D Young. Followed by a discussion.
9.00 - 10.00
HARRY HORSE celebration
All My Heroes Are Dead
A scratch performance by actor Tam Dean Burn to accompany the words and visuals of the late Harry Horse.
Well, anyone in Scotland will know about the farce of an election we've just had. Lets go through the key points:
*Postal ballots, requested months in advance of the election, were not all delivered on time. Some people didn't recieve a postal ballot AT ALL! This is several hundred people who were unable to vote, mind you!
*Two totally different ballot systems were used together. The traditional X vote was used for parliamentary candidates, and the STV (1, 2, 3 and so on depending on preference of candidate) for council candidates. This approach was used to draw in a bigger turnout in the election, although the ministers in charge were warned by more or less everyone that it would cause confusion. More than 100,000 ballots have been set aside as spoiled, meaning a large cross section of the population is being left unrepresented.
*Due to technical issues with counting machines at many of the counting centres, votes are still being counted up until the time of writing this.
It's clear to see that this is a major cockup for the Electoral Commission, who decided to rush this new system into operation. What is needed now is for heads to roll in the Commission, a full, independent enquiry into this debacle, and a repeat of the election, to allow those 100,000 disenfranchised voters a chance to be represented in the Parliament.
I would urge anyone who reads this post to visit www.youscotland.com and sign the petition to demand an independent enquiry into this utter farce of an election.
Think Florida... ten times over!