Caitlin Logan: Why you really should vote in those boring old council elections next month
CommonSpace columnist Caitlin Logan is dreaming of a day when local democracy gets people as pumped up as national referenda
HERE we are on the precipice of great political change, the opportunity before us to exercise our right to tell those in power how we want to be governed, and above all, to recognise that democracy is at its purest and finest when it is closest to the people it affects. Yes, the local council elections are about to take place on 4 May. What else could I be talking about?
Scotland’s oldest roller derby league to celebrate 10th anniversary in style
Members of Glasgow Roller Derby speak to CommonSpace about how it all began, where they’re headed and what makes this women-led sport so special
"THE first time I saw the league training I was in total awe. This powerful group of women whizzing round on skates, wheels screeching as they stopped, and shooting off in the opposite direction."
Ahead of the 10th anniversary event where she will play her first game outside of training, new member Femme Fatality reflects on her experience of joining the league.
Caitlin Logan: Why the pro-indy left should be principled, even when some people don’t like it
Last week, Ross Ahlfeld wrote an article arguing that the Scottish left should open its mind more to the pro-life movement. Today, columnist Caitlin Logan responds and says the left must stick to its principles
LGBT History Month 2017 guide: A month of celebration and reflection across Scotland
CommonSpace's Caitlin Logan takes a look at this year's LGBT History Month programme
THIS February, a range of activities are on offer around the country to mark LGBT history month.
CommonSpace gives you the rundown of this year’s programme, including film nights, art workshops, poetry readings and even a roller disco.
LGBT History Month has been recognised in Scotland and the rest of the UK every February since 2005. The programme in Scotland is co-ordinated by LGBT Youth Scotland and delivered by a wide partnership of organisations.
The world’s first junior LGBTQI+ roller derby league is starting in Scotland
The founders of Glasgow’s junior queer roller derby league speak to CommonSpace about stage names, feminism and setting an example
"WE aim to enhance our lives through sweat, solidarity, endorphins, contribution, community, and glitter." These are the inviting words of Resistance Roller Derby Glasgow’s Facebook page, and ones which encapsulate the ethos it is seeking to create with its fledgling league.
Caitlin Logan: Anti-bullying Week is a time to reflect on the politics of hate
CommonSpace columnist Caitlin Logan says bullying among children can't be tackled while adults continue to treat one another with deep disrespect
"YOU tell your kids, don’t be a bully. You tell your kids, don’t be a bigot. You tell your kids, do your homework and be prepared. And then you have this outcome and you have people putting their children to bed tonight and they’re afraid of breakfast, they’re afraid of, how do I explain this to my children?"
Anti-Bullying Week: Groups across Scotland come together to urge action
A week-long social media campaign is being headed up by anti-bullying organisation respectme and Young Scot
FROM a nationally coordinated online campaign on what young people can do if they’re being bullied, to LGBT Youth Scotland and the Tie campaign’s call for improvement in how schools deal with homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in schools, Scotland’s youth-centred organisations are calling attention to the issue of bullying this week.
Caitlin Logan: Why a Clinton election can't stop what Trump has started
CommonSpace columnist Caitlin Logan says the US must face the circumstances which have taken it to the brink of a Trump presidency
IN the ominous afterglow of our brave new Brexit world and the sensory attack that has been 2016, it seems perfectly possible that we are again standing at the precipice of something truly deplorable.
Today is America’s 57th presidential election, and one which feels more urgent than any in recent history, because it demands an answer to a major ideological question.
Caitlin Logan: Why the Witsherface homophobia row shouldn’t be laughed off by Yessers
Writer Caitlin Logan says the controversial Witsherface comedy sketch should have no place in the independence movement
SO, a few days have passed and that Witsherface sketch, and the ensuing reaction, is still bothering me.
Gorbals boxing champion Benny Lynch celebrated with travelling exhibition and statue campaign
Glasgow Central travellers were treated to a Benny Lynch exhibit last week as the campaign for a statue of the Glasgow boxer continues
"YOU can focus on the tragedy or you can focus on the achievements." Eighty-one years on from Benny Lynch’s world flyweight championship win, Kevin Kerrigan believes that the latter is vital.
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