Red And Black Clydeside
Red And Black Clydeside Bookfair
Sat 27 May 2023
Red and Black Clydeside host a Bookfair in CCA's courtyard space.
The event is a showcase for the libertarian left and beyond in Glasgow today. This will largely be a collection of Glasgow/Scotland-based groups but with others coming from England, Ireland, and elsewhere. As well as talks, discussions, and stalls, we are providing a long overdue chance, curtailed by the pandemic, to mingle in person. Red and Black Clydeside is part of working class Glasgow’s May Day celebrations. It’s all free. Be there!
They'll also host a screening of Code Name Jenny on Friday evening before the fair.
All events free
SCOTTISH HISTORIES OF RESISTANCE 12:00. 1:00 Cinema
SHR is a year-long learning programme, happening across Scotland in a range of community hubs, friendship groups, activist or organising communities and history groups. Each month there will be a theme for example ‘strikes and sabotage, examples from the workers movements’ which groups will be able to explore through a variety of events, projects and resources; of community hubs, friendship groups, activist or organising communities and history groups.
HOSPITALITY STRUGGLES 1:00-2:30 Cinema
All the restaurants, bars and cafes that are perceived as trendy and fun, that market themselves as being different and progressive, still have kitchen-porters, waiters, cooks and bartenders who are overworked and underpaid. Worse still are the tips stolen and hours cut, lack of protective equipment and workplace bullying. Even if your workplace is ‘better than most’, you will be able to relate to some of the above and the basic condition of your work: your labour being exploited is something you have in common with all other workers.
NO WAR BUT CLASS WAR 2:00 3:00 Electron Club.
For over a year the war in Ukraine has ruined the lives of millions of people inside and outside the war zone. The division between Russia and NATO has become irreconcilable and the possibility of a wider conflict encompassing the US and China looks to be a ticking time bomb. How can workers and internationalists organise within a war-ready imperialism? What sort of organisations can workers build outside the trade unions? What principles should internationalists be rallying around? An open discussion on these questions and more relating to war, nationalism and class.
A PEOPLES GUIDE TO THE CITY 3:00 – 4:00 Cinema
We do not have a guide to the city that is representative of ordinary Glaswegian citizens. We do not have an index that can help folk to find and explore the rich history of our “workers” city that has be painstakingly, researched, written, recorded, archived and saved for posterity by those who understand the importance of that history. Making a peoples guide, presentation and discussion.
HOUSING STRUGGLES 4.00 – 5.30 Cinema
Presentation from Spirit of Revolt Archive and materials from various collections. Featuring housing issues including material from the Les Forster Collection. Anni Donaldson will relaunch and talk about the book “Sell and Be Damned” about the Glasgow Merrylee housing scandal of 1951 (2022) . John Cooper speaking on housing struggles in Castlemilk.
THE NEED FOR ANARCHIST ORGANISATIONS. Open Discussion 5:30 -6:30 Cinema
Anarchism is a great idea, but it will remain at the level of ideas if anarchists aren’t organised and capable of building a movement rather than a ‘scene’. This meeting will hear anarchist communists talk about the need for organisation at a local, regional, national and international level and why anarchist political organisations are crucial in the struggle for working class power. All welcome.