Talks


A Talk About Antisemitism


Antisemitic attacks have risen sharply in recent years across the Western world, taking an increasingly violent turn both in discourse and on the streets. From swastikas daubed on Jewish graves to the meme-like deployment of "Soros" as puppet-mastet/bankroller extraordinaire, it is, for many young Jews, the first time we've felt genuinely afraid.
Join Hamish Kallin (who happens to be Jewish, and therefore can't help but think about this shit) and maybe someone else too for a frank conversation about the dangers of antisemitism and what we can do about it.

Chav Solidarity


D Hunter presents his book "Chav Solidarity" as part autobiography, part meditation on trauma, class and identity. Using his experiences as child sex worker, teenage crack addict, violent thug and community activist to examine the ways in which our classed experiences shape the ways in which we think and do our politics. Hunter will read excerpts from the book, as well as discussing it's origins and surrounding issues. This will be followed by a question and answer session and open discussion regarding the issues raised in the book.

CONTENT WARNING
Throughout the book there are references to sexual violence, racism both interpersonal and institutional, gendered violence both physical, psychological and verbal, various forms of physical violence, suicide, drug usage, transphobia, murder, and police brutality. This event will be reflection of this.

Kurdish Womens Liberation Struggle and Jineoloji


Yasmin is a Kurdish woman activist and member of Jineoloji Committee in Europe. She will talk about the struggle of the Kurdish Women's Movement and Jineolojî as the Science of Communal and Free Life.
The struggle for women's liberation in Kurdistan has in recent times become far better known to the outside world, in large part due to the female Kurdish forces of the YPJ in Rojava (Northern Syria). Since 2011, female Kurdish fighters have been some of the most prominent actors in the fight against the Islamic State. What is less well known is the movement's ongoing intellectual, ideological and political self-defence and mobilization struggle of the last 40 years, which challenges colonisation, patriarchy, nation-state and capitalism.

Prison Abolition


Prisons not only don’t provide justice or safety for people under attack in society but actively harm the most vulnerable. Prison populations are rising, and Scotland has the second highest womens prison population in Northern Europe. Prisons are set to expand across the UK and there are plans under way for a new mega-prison in Glasgow. Come and hear from Community Action On Prison Expansion, Sisters Uncut Edinburgh and the IWW’s Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee on how to resist prison expansion, organise with prisoners to improve their conditions and work towards a world without prisons.
Community Action on Prison Expansion Campaign is a network of grassroots groups fighting prison expansion in England, Wales and Scotland and has been organising since 2014.
The IWW Incarcerated Workers Organising Committee in Wales, Scotland and England was launched in February 2016. We aim to support imprisoned fellow workers by being a point of contact and source of support on the outside to help prisoners organise on the inside.
Sisters Uncut is a feminist direct action group taking action to defend domestic violence services. The Edinburgh branch recently launched a campaign for justice for survivors who are imprisoned for defending themselves.

What do Anarchists Contribute to Ecological Struggles?


A panel discussion looking at what unique contributions anarchists bring to ecological resistance. Indigo from Grow Heathrow will talk about the battle against airport expansion at Heathrow, Katy from Liverpool Huntsabs has experience stopping the badger cull and fox hunts as well as fracking in North West England, Anne from the Coal Action Network discusses campaigning to end the coal industry and Frances is organising with Reclaim the Power the upcoming Power Beyond borders camp looking at the Hostile Environment for migrants and new gas infrastructure. These anarchists have campaigned alongside groups with other principles for a common goal but bringing holistic solutions.