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Monday, October 13, 2008

60th Anniversary of Human Rights Declaration discussion 2pm - Sunday 19th October

A panel discussion at Document 6 : International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2pm - Sunday 19th October (free but ticketed)
CCA (Centre For Contemporary Arts), 350 Sauchiehall St., Glasgow The July 2008 United Nations' human rights report exposes the very bleak but realistic condition of civil liberties in the UK. It criticises many different areas of law and government policy, frequently returning to the chilling erosion of civil liberties under the creation of terrorism laws and attacks on freedom of expression in the guise of libel and secrecy laws.

On the 60th Anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration, a panel of speakers will give presentations on the human rights issues that are so prevalent in their work and which have directly impacted on their lives. The ensuing discussion will concentrate on the effects the UK government's laws are having on the rights to freedom of expression, life and liberty.


Aamar Anwar - solicitor and human rights campaigner acquitted of unprecedented contempt of court legal proceedings following statements he made last September after the conviction for “terrorism” of his client Mohammed Atif Siddique.

Asif Siddique - brother of Atif Siddique.

Neil Davidson - academic, civil servant, and activist in the Public and Commercial Services Union, author of the award winning 'The Origin of Scottish Nationhood' (2000) and 'Discovering the Scottish Revolution, 1692-1746' (2003).

Desmond Fernandes - campaigner on issues relating to the criminalisation of asylum seekers and refugee communities in the UK.

Yassamine Mather - academic and Hands Off the People of Iran (HOPI) campaigner.


Daniel Jewesbury - co-editor, Variant magazine

Document 6 - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
16th-19th October, CCA, Glasgow

Document 6 - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 16th-19th October, CCA, Glasgow
In its sixth year, Document is Scotland's first ever independent international film festival dedicated to screening documentaries that reflect on a wide range of international human rights concerns. It is a festival that has come out of community and reflects the concerns of community. The festival brings films from around the world to inform, challenge and inspire a local audience, and to support filmmakers whose work has international resonance as an act of witness.

Variant magazine, it is an independent, critical arts & culture publication providing coverage in the context of broader social and political issues. Variant has editorials based in Glasgow and Belfast. A fully accessible archive can be found at:

Event supported by: Variant, Autonomi, Scottish Arts Council, NUJ, Document 6

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International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Document : International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival invites you to attend this year's festival, Document 6, which will take place from 15 to 19 October in the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

Full program [please forward]
Document is the UK's only human rights documentary festival, one of only 18 of its kind in the world. Entering its sixth year with a continued confidence based on international acclaim and rising submissions, Document is determined to extend its reputation as one of the most unique and anticipated events in the Scottish calendar.

Festival Launch

Wednesday 15 October

7.00pm Reception, CCA Cafe
8.00pm Opening Film - 'Between Heaven and Earth' (Frank van den Engel & Masha Novikova, Netherlands, 2006)

Document 6 will screen 62 films from around the world, including 15 world- and 37 UK-premieres, with innovative, underrepresented and culturally significant human rights content as a means of promoting critical debate on the major issues of our time.

By providing a platform for a broad range of ideas and individuals, Document 6 hopes to maintain a historically Scottish tradition of democratic debate within the context of global politics. In this sense, Document 6 is a key forum and information exchange for all those who are concerned with the issues and with celebrating human life in all its forms.

Document would like to thank Scottish Screen, The National Union of Journalists, Diversity Films, Museums Glasgow, Culture & Sport Glasgow, CCA, Variant, RIB, and all those who have helped make the festival possible.

The full programme is available online at:

Tickets available from the CCA box office:

Day Passes: £15/£10

4 day Festival Passes: £35/£15

Single Screenings: £4/£2

Asylum Seekers/Refugees: Free

For more information on any of the films in this year's programme, or on any aspect of Document 6 please contact:


RIB at Document 6

Thurs 16 - Sun 19 October
10.00 am - 10.00pm

stalls | resources | videotheque | events | free entry

Glasgow's Radical Independent Bookfair project (RIB) has been co-ordinating events since October 2006... helping to fill the gap left by the lack of alternative bookshops, radical events and platforms for imaginative and independent voices in our city.

Feral Trade Coffee from El Salvador will be available. Feral Trade is trading goods over social networks.

Due to popular demand, the Videotheque will hold copies of all of the films screening at Document 6 for you to select from and freely watch. If you should need any assistance, please ask at the book fair and they'll be happy to help.

Electron Club Open Day

Sat 18 October

The Electron Club is a voluntary run space where people interested in things like free open source software, circuit bending, hardware hacking, computer recycling, streaming, audio and video editing, green technologies, and amateur radio can meet, use equipment, and share and disseminate their skills and ideas. Every so often we have a free public Open Day where people can come along and see what goes on there, get involved if they wish, or just chat with people and eat some of the homemade baking that will be on offer.
This year's Open Day will include presentations, talks, workshops, and displays from Electron Club projects and people including: Glasgow Green Map, B.R.I.D.G.E, Dorkbot Alba and others.
Live improvised performance from the (subtle) Noise Orchestra.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Save Pollok Park Public meeting

PUBLIC MEETING POLLOKSHAWS BURGH HALL 28 OCTOBER -7.30PM Back to Pollokshaws Burgh Hall for the next in our series of lively public meetings. We're still finalising the agenda and we welcome any suggestions

We're happy to report we have once again secured the services of Maire Whitehead as chair for the evening. Those of you who attended the first meeting in February will remember her even-handed approach to all concerned.

So far, on the platform we will have:

Representatives from the Campaign who will give an audio-visual update and also a legal advisor who will outline why we claim Glasgow City Council has no right to grant a lease

From National Trust for Scotland: Michael Hunter, Properties & Visitor Services Director and Dee McIntosh, Director of Policy & Communications

Further speakers to be announced shortly

We don't think platform representation from Glasgow City Council would be fruitful, but we will issue invitations to the City Council Executive Committee, local councillors and MSPs to join us in the audience and make contributions.

As we've often said, this is a democratic campaign and (even if others don't) we believe in regular consultation with our supporters. We thank those of you who have debated on the website
forumbut the public meeting gives all our supporters - and those who may disagree - the opportunity to ask questions and for the campaign to ask for
an endorsement of our objectives.

There will be an opportunity for questions from the floor and the proceedings will be filmed courtesy of Paul Darroch of Oaktree Productions for distribution via the website.

We're anxious to attract as many people as possible who may not be readers of this newsletter, so you will be shortly be able to download a poster for the meeting from our website. If you can help distribute this or you would like copies mailed to you, please get in touch. We're particularly interested in reaching new supporters in the Pollok, Moss Park and Cardonald areas.

Campaign against GoApe development in Lancashire

We've been in touch with The Friends of Lever
Parkwho oppose a GoApe development in Chorley.

Tales of skulduggery in the planning process will be familiar to all our readers but a warning of things to come if the Pollok Park development goes ahead. Construction has actually started in Lever Park and campaigners there report the destruction of many more trees than the planning consent

They have an online petition too, so you may wish to add your support.

We've been asked to help find a cat who was lost in the area of Pollok Park. If you know anyone who has sighted the missing feline, please get in touch with the address below.

Bill Fraser SavePollokPark Tel: 0141-424 0447 Mob: 07775 832461 Fax: 0141-626 4235

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