The CommonSpace Editorial Team
CommonSpace Show - with Darren McGarvey
In the third edition of The CommonSpace Show, David Jamieson and Rhiannon J Davies are joined by writer, commentator and hiphop artist Darren McGarvey (aka Loki)
They discuss the week’s big stories – Trump’s racist tweets, drug deaths in Scotland and the Tory Leadership race, before moving on to talk about Edinburgh Fringe and Loki’s upcoming show: Scotland Today.
Hilary Long: There's no shortcuts - tackling poverty and alienation is the only route to addressing Scotland's drugs crisis
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at a new report on destitution and Scotland’s new drug death stats, finding that overcoming deep rooted social ills will require confronting the causes of poverty directly
TWO headlines this week should be making our politicians hang their heads in shame.
Josiah Mortimer: The Citizens' Assembly of Scotland - what can it learn from elsewhere?
Josiah Mortimer, writer and spokesperson for the Electoral Reform Society, says a public debate held earlier this week on the Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland, set to be launched in October, revealed the wide-ranging best practice there is to draw on in making citizens’ assemblies a success
Gemma Clark: Take Pride from our history - be proud of ourselves
Gemma Clark, a volunteer, speaker and writer with Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), writes ahead of TIE and CommonSpace’s special event to mark Pride on 18 July on the heroes of LGBT history. Clark looks at those who have inspired her from the past, and what inspires her today.
PRIDE. It’s a word that now has more than one meaning, largely thanks to the queer heroes and heroines of Stonewall.
Graham O'Neill: The campaign against the Serco lock-out is in the best internationalist traditions of Glasgow
Graham O’Neill, Policy Manager at the Scottish Refugee Council, says the campaign in Glasgow against Serco’s planned eviction of hundreds of asylum seekers has a significance way beyond the city – it’s an important defence of the human rights of the most vulnerable people everywhere
The CommonSpace Show Ep 2 - Tenants' Power
The CommonSpace Show takes on Scotland’s biggest stories
IN THE second episode of the CommonSpace Show, David and Rhiannon speak to Sonja Coquelin from the Living Rent Tenants' Union about what the union does and its campaigning in recent weeks against Serco's attempt to lock out 300 asylum seekers from their home. They also discuss the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.
18 July: Pride - How the Past can Shape our Future
Get your ticket for the special Pride season event here
JOIN Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) and CommonSpace digital media site for a special event to mark Pride season, as a guest panel shares their defining Moments and Icons from LGBT history - and we discuss what can be learned from them today in the quest to advance LGBT rights.
- Hannah Bardell, MP for Livingston
- Ged Killen, MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Book Review: The Case for People's Quantitative Easing, by Frances Coppola
Mathew D. Rose, editor of Brave New Europe, reviews economics commentator Frances Coppola’s new book on the case for People’s QE, an idea to use Central Bank money creation powers to fund citizens directly, rather than banks
Phil Nash: Why the Home Office's tightening of 'good character' criteria could lead to sinister outcomes for immigrants
Phil Nash, correspondent for the Immigration Advice Service, examines the ‘good character’ criteria on immigration which the UK Government is seeking to tighten post-Brexit, arguing that it is overzealous and open to misuse
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.