Beyond Hierarchies: A Free University Dayschool

Protest and Power in the 21st Century Beyond Hierarchies is a Free University Day School examining alternatives to the hierarchical power structures that shape society today. The day will incorporate short talks with interactive theatre and workshop discussion.

HOW DOES POWER WORK?

The first session will examine contemporary power relationships and how politicians came to believe that the only way was free market capitalism: with workshop discussion on different areas e.g. industry, society, politics, environment.

THIS IS NOT A RIOT.

In the second session we examine possible tactics and mechanisms of change with Harry Giles of Open Source Theatre  – click here for more info.

‘This is Not a Riot’ is a piece of interactive theatre about violence and protest, and was premièred in Hackney last year.

MUTUAL AID.

The third session looks ahead to the alternatives that we want to bring about. Does Public Ownership have to mean Nationalisation? Does Nationalisation have to mean Beaurocracy? Can Cooperatives and Collectives really work? Is Radical Decentralisation the antidote to Globalisation?

These questions and more will form the basis of workshop discussions followed by a final plenary.

Although the day school is free, numbers are limited, so to ensure your place, please book now by emailing dundeeuncut@gmail.com

The free day school is located here:

Tayside Deaf Hub
The Old Mill,
Taymills,
23 Brown Street,
DD1 5EF Dundee,
United Kingdom
Link to facebook event – click here.

“Existence is Resistance” Talk – 1st March 2012

Occupation and the Environment in Palestine

The Aberdeen Branch of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign invites you to an evening with Fathe Kdirat & Itaf Njoum Karma.

They are in Aberdeen as part of a UK tour to talk about the Jordan Valley, one of the worst affected areas of the Occupied West Bank.

Also speaking will be Leehee Rothschild from Boycott from Within who talks about the resistance movement from within Israel and the Israel education system.

The evening’s events will take place in Room 268 at the MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen (the large building by the King Street – St Machar Drive roundabout.)

The talks commence from 7pm.

For more on ASPSC click here: (facebook link)

Boycott from Within info? Click here:

A.V. article on Fathe Kdirat & Itaf Njoum Karma click here:

Inverness Anarchist Film Festival

On Saturday February 11th in a small community space called the The Bike Shed just outside Inverness town centre, Inverness anarchist Federation put on an anarchist film festival, showing three documentary films – Anarchism in America, an Anarchist’s Story and The Pipe.

There was also space for a chat over sandwihches and homemade Vegan cake, as well as an array of literature to peruse both free and for sale courtesy of AK Press.

People from an assortment of campaigns and organisations came from all around – Aberdeen Anarchists were represented as was Glasgow Anarchist Federation. One committed soul even came as far away as Bradford.


Things kicked off just after 10am with Anarchism in America. Directed by Steven Fischler and Loel Sucher, Anarchism in America sets out to explode some of the myths surrounding anarchism, exploring some of the similarities between anarchism and the American conventions of liberty and individualism. It does so through a series of interviews with the great and good including Murray Bookchin and former Republican speech writer Karl Hess. It also describes some of the key events in American anarchist history such as the case of Sacco and Vanzetti.

We then had a  break for lunch and a some time to catch up with old friends and make some new.

The second film, an Anarchist’s Story tells the remarkable tale of Scot Ethel Macdonald who went to Spain to report on the civil war, first by mail and then later as a radio broadcaster for Barcelona’s anarchist radio, work which as well as assisting Spanish anarchists escape the authorities, landed her in hot water.

Ethel MacDonald broadcasting in Spain 1937

She was arrested and imprisoned, only to be released due to the intervention of British Labour politician Fenner Brockway.The “Bellshill Girl Anarchist” returned to her native Glasgow in November 1937 where she continued her political work, rallying support for the Spanish Resistance.

The final film The Pipe is a Film Four production about the controversial Corrib Gas Pipeline and the battle which ensues between Royal Dutch Shell, the Irish authorities and the local residents.

It describes the highs and lows of the Shell to Sea campaign, the conflicts with the Garda both on land and at sea and the imprisonment of the Rossport Five.

All in all it was a terrific day and a great start for Inverness Anarchist Federation.

Here’s to many more such events!

Report by [D.I]

Contact Inverness Anachist federation: inverness.af@gmail.com

Click here to buy Anarchism in America from AK Press.

Click here to watch an Anarchist’s Story.

Click here to watch a trailer of The Pipe.

 

Suffragette City

On 29th of September we attended and ran a stall the Suffragette City event at the tunnels. The event saw an interesting mix of activists and artists from in and around Aberdeen ranging from the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign to Tripping up Trump. Even the Communist party of Great Britain turned up….

We had a lot of interest in our stall and gave away a lot of literature, for which we accepted donations. The night was very well organised and enjoyable. Importantly it also helped to build links between activists involved in often diverse causes.

Film Showing – De Toda La Vida

The Aberdeen Anarchists will be hosting a screening of De Toda La Vida (All Our Lives) at 7 pm in Aberdeen University New Kings 14 on Thursday the 3rd of December.

In July 1936 an attempted coup d’etat by nationalist military forces threw Spain into bitter civil war. In the midst of this civil war the most ambitious social experiment the world has ever seen took place. The Spanish revolution saw workers seize control of their lives under the red and black banner of liberty. Despite the liberatory nature of the revolution sexism was still rife within Spanish culture, even the most revolutionary sections of it. To counter this the Anarcha-Feminist group the Muheres Libres(Free Women) was formed. This film , made in 1987, is a series of interviews with surviving members of the group. An important oral history of an inspiring group of anarchist women.