the collective

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the pink peacock operates with a non-hierarchical structure. there is no owner, and every decision is made by consensus.

every café worker and volunteer is a member of the collective. there are no owners, bosses or managers: the café is governed exclusively by its workers and community members.

the café is a community interest company (CIC), meaning that its assets are owned collectively by the community rather than by the collective or anyone else.

everyone who works at the café is doing so for free while we work to make it financially sustainable.

collective members

not all of our collective are pictured below, at their request, for their safety and privacy.

the majority of our collective are queer, jewish, trans, non-binary, disabled, and low-income. you can see more about the collective’s makeup on our diversity monitoring analysis spreadsheet. we update this twice per year, so it does not necessarily fully reflect the collective.



bracken is an autistic and non-binary baker, dancer and massage therapist. they believe in feeding people as an act of radical politics, creating the kind of comfort and community that fires the political imagination — “what if everything could be this simple?”. most evenings you’ll hear them cracking jokes in the kitchen and clattering freshly-boiled bagels down on the cooling racks. their favourite café soundtrack is old blues standards, they have fervently-held opinions about hemp textiles and they personally recommend the roast garlic and sea-salt bagels.

bracken has been a member of the collective since 5782/2022.



“when as a teenager i first read the phrase ‘from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs’, it articulated my thoughts and feelings of what was right. my ideas for and work with the pink peacock are a continuation of that.”

christopher has been a member of the collective since 5781/2020.

joe isaac


joe is a bi jew anarchist girl from yorkshire living in the big apple (glasgow). raised with a chef for a dad, joe is one of our baygel and bread bakers with a love for different jewish recipies and a deeper love for oil, garlic, and salt. she’s also a folk musician, and the official pink peacock pokémon expert.

her music can be found here on bandcamp.

joe co-founded the café in 5780/2020.

mallaidh caitlín nig-uidhir


mallaidh is an irish bisexual non-binary sex-worker and the tallest person you’re likely to encounter. it is sporadically disastrous and consistently drowning between its irregular and short lasting attempts to resurface in a deep pond of viscous depression infused waters. it’s managed to acquire a degree in computer science and is in the long and arduous process (to get a good job) of trying to claw its way through an anxiety inducing thicket of trauma brought on by an intensely stressful dissertation where it went a bit mad.

in person mallaidh is likely to present itself as a bit spaced and somewhat lost or intimidating and uninterested if you come across it whilst its out somewhere as an intentional attempt to evade conversation as it has an inability to filter sound in noisy environments and communicate effectively, thus opting for a mysterious and aloof persona. mallaidh struggles with eating enough food and drinking water, it enjoys cycling, lifting of weights and ill-judged adventures.

mallaidh has been a member of the collective since 5782/2022.

miles grant


“glasgow deserves a lot of things it doesn’t currently have, but a no-questions-asked free food and non-alcoholic jewish space is high on the list. i’m from new york city so know the value of a bagel — and it’s not monetary. pay-what-you-can food isn’t just about providing food but doing so in a comfortable, empathetic manner, with no less dignity than commodified food.”

miles has been a member of the collective since 5781/2021.

morgan lev edward holleb


morgan is an autistic bisexual non-binary jewish anarchist. his background is in queer healthcare advocacy, supporting survivors of sexual violence, education on trans issues, and sex work. he’s from the so-called US and now he lives in glasgow. he likes star trek, food justice, and tending to his 100,000 plants.

he’s an author (link to his book) and a musician (link to his bandcamp). you can read more about him on his website.

morgan co-founded the café in 5780/2020.



sol is a jewish south african trans woman studying history at the university of glasgow. she moved to glasgow with her family in 2013 and has lived here ever since. she is currently focusing on finishing her degree. like a good anarchist jew she is trying to break the shackles of capitalism through radical compassion and having the sheer audacity to exist.  

she is an all round nerd. she spends way too much time thinking about all the warhammer minis she wants to paint to finish all the books and games in her backlog.

sol has been a member of the collective since 5781/2021.