The CommonSpace Editorial Team
Moments of Freedom: New Scots women in Clydebank on their Refugee Festival event
The Moments of Freedom group is made of up New Scots women who arrived into Clydebank through the Syrian Resettlement Programme. Several of them arrived on the same day – 24 November, 2015. On Wednesday 26 June, they are holding a free Women’s Wellbeing Event as part of Refugee Festival Scotland, at the Clydebank Town Hall. In this article, they explain the reasons for holding it.
The CommonSpace Show - Pilot - with Eve Livingston
The first of a new regular online show with CommonSpace journalists David Jamieson and Rhiannon Davies
In the pilot episode, CommonSpace is joined by freelance journalist Eve Livingston to take a look at the Equal Pay Strike that rocked Glasgow last year, when around 8000 women took at stand against pay disparity. Eve Livingston is shortlisted for an Orwell Prize for her coverage of the strike.
A special week of coverage on asylum seekers and refugees 24-28 June
You can contribute to our week of coverage by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMONSPACE is running a special week of coverage in the last week of June on refugees and asylum seekers, focusing on rights.
The week of coverage coincides with Scotland’s Refugee Festival 2019, which CS will be reporting at over the course of the week.
Linda Bates: Why we need to be Positively Yes for Scotland
Linda Bates, development officer for a health charity in Edinburgh, explains the ideas behind Positively Yes for Scotland, a new indy Facebook group that aims to focus on the positive case for Yes
“You've gotta Accentuate the positive / Eliminate the negative / Latch on to the affirmative / and don't mess with Mister In-Between”
Mick Napier: There should be no place for supporters of Israeli Apartheid in Refugee Festival Scotland
Mick Napier of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign argues that the Scottish Refugee Council’s decision to partner with the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, which he argues actively co-operates with and supports the Israeli Government, does all refugees a disservice
THE Scottish Refugee Council’s statement of vision and aims states that it is committed to “campaign and advocate for the rights of refugees” and to “working in partnership where that will benefit refugees”.
Summer CS Forums: Social security and automation; Richard Murphy on a Green New Deal for Scotland
Michael Eaude: Remembering Bob Smillie 82 years on
Michael Eaude, author of Sails & Winds, a cultural history of Valencia (Signal, April 2019), remembers Bob Smillie, a Scottish anti-fascist volunteer during the Spanish Civil War who died in Valencia, aged just 20, 82 years ago today, who was commemorated last month in the city he was laid to rest
Robert Alcock: Open letter to Ruth Davidson
Robert Alcock, one of five Extinction Rebellion Scotland activists to lock themselves to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday [4 June], writes an open letter to Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who chose not to come in person to unlock him. Alcock asks Davidson to join him on the Climate Citizens’ Assembly, starting 20 June.
DEAR Ruth Davidson,
Hilary Long: GDP is no match for happiness
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at New Zealand’s move away from economic growth to a “wellbeing budget”, and how Scotland could tackle its deep-seated social and economic problems and become a happier society by doing the same
I LISTENED with interest to Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, speaking about her national budget and how spending will be dictated by what best encourages “the wellbeing of citizens” rather than based on productivity and economic growth.