Robin McAlpine: Common Weal is embracing politics from the bottom-up - people power is our only hope
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine explains why the organisation has moved to the Kinning Park Complex community centre – making the case for politics done from the bottom-up
WE NEED to bring people back into politics or we're all in big trouble. That has been my conclusion from the rise of Trump and the far right, Brexit and all the rest. But this is a negative view, a defensive view. It reflects a history of failure.
Grassroots independence projects excited by what could be achieved with new indy fund
Independence organisers have welcomed the launch of a new fund to support grassroots work for Scottish independence
INDY ORGANISERS have welcomed the formation of a new independence fund which will aim to support the grassroots effort of the movement as it builds the campaign for Scottish independence.
The Scottish Independence Fund [SIF] was launched today [6 June] after raising £120,000 to fund grassroots projects, as well as achieving support from The Proclaimers stars Charlie and Craig Reid.
'Biggest of its kind ever attempted': 100 Yes groups attend grassroots assembly
“Broad consensus” on move to a Scottish currency “as soon as is practical” at 350 strong Gathering
100 LOCAL Yes groups came together from across Scotland to meet at a national assembly on Sunday [27 May], a grassroots event of local Yes organisers.
350 people in total attended the Gathering in Stirling, which event organisers described as the “biggest of it’s kind ever attempted” in the independence movement.
Here is why all grassroots Yes activists should be at The Gathering #1
Jason Baird, National Yes Registry co-ordinator, provides a run-down of why the national gathering of the Yes movement’s local groups on 27 May matters
THE National Yes Registry is now organising the first national gathering of the Yes movement’s local groups - a place where the groups can define for themselves how best to organise and work together in preparation for winning IndyRef2.
Why a Gathering?
Sarah Glynn: We must put grassroots activism at the centre of the indy campaign
Sarah Glynn of the Scottish Unemployed Workers' Network says it's vital for campaigners to stay tuned in to the daily struggles of so many as the independence debate goes on
FOR those struggling to survive on diminishing benefits or otherwise dependent on our ravaged welfare state, independence can’t come soon enough.
There is good reason why welfare has been a recurrent theme at indy rallies; and the Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network will be as active in this campaign as we were in the last.
#CommonDebate: Who should lead a second independence referendum?
Today via CommonSocial, Twitter and Facebook we asked for your responses to our #CommonDebate feature
AS part of Scotland’s new media, what you think about the news is a top priority for CommonSpace – we want to know how you feel about major news stories, and what events you think should be getting attention.
Your views on news issues are incredibly important to us, and we want you to be involved every step of the way. Whenever there’s a big question or issue drawing public attention, we’ll use the #CommonDebate hashtag to make sure your voice is heard.
Radical Independence conference set to discuss the future of the independence movement
Gathering of pro-independence left comes amid grassroots pro-independence renaissance
THE RADICAL INDEPENDENCE CAMPAIGN (Ric) is organising a conference for 1 October in order to debate the future of the movement for independence, and the strengthening of leftwing demands in the post-Brexit political landscape.
The reorganisation of the radical leftwing pro-independence vehicle is the latest evidence of the re-emergence of the grassroots independence movement in the wake of the vote for Brexit.
The Glasgow Effect: Activism as a public health issue
Common Weal Policy look at a new report on The Glasgow Effect – the excess mortality that comes from living in Glasgow as compared to cities with a similar socio-economic profile – and find the role of politics and activism at the grassroots level to be influential in public health outcomes
National Yes Registry launches drive to re-establish grassroots indy movement
Plans to hold a national launch conference on September 18 2016 revealed
CAMPAIGNERS are set to make a bid to re-establish the grassroots Yes campaign by re-connecting continuing local pro-independence groups.
Twenty local groups have already signed up to a common declaration to support a National Yes Registry of pro-independence forces.