Ross Ahlfeld: Catalonia and the SDL
Art, street theatre and radical history to combine in major event
A NEW dramatic tour through Glasgow’s streets is set to remember the lives of the city’s radical women leaders.
The lives and protests of figures including the anti-fascist Spanish Civil War volunteer Ethel MacDonald, the leaders of the Glasgow rent strike movement Mary Barbour and Helen Crawford and the abolitionist Jane Smeal will be depicted alongside ordinary Glaswegian women living their lives in historic and contemporary Glasgow.
With Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale saying that federalism could be the solution to Scotland being taken out of the EU against its will, CommonSpace speaks to two long term Labour supporters of UK federalism
“FEDERALISM should not be seen as a concession to nationalism, and it mustn’t be just a fix,” says Ewan Gibbs, co-author of a recent paper on the economic potentials of a federal UK.
Queer activist group marks the desperate suffering of Mediterranean crossings
THE OVER 4,200 deaths of refugees crossing the seas to Europe in 2016 were remembered by activists at the Cenotaph this weekend.
Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, a group inspired by the 80s solidarity group ‘Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners’, held a march and wreath laying ceremony through the centre of Whitehall in London.
Closed meeting decides to refocus on party work and seek broader ‘left alliance’
THE PRIVATE Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) meeting to discuss its relationship with the ‘Rise Alliance’ decided to “re-evaluate” its party strategy to “reach out to all sections of the left in Scotland”.
A motion, proposed by the party’s executive in a meeting closed to media reporting, proposed focusing organising efforts on increasing the profile of the SSP following a “poor election campaign”.
SSP member Connor Beaton explores the party's direction ahead of its conference this weekend
WHEN the Scottish Socialist Party's annual conference takes place in Edinburgh on Saturday 11 June, it will be our third consecutive conference held in the immediate wake of election or referendum defeat.
Post-election conference to confront poor performance in Scottish elections
IT HAD THE FANFARE of a movement, the press operation of an established party, and the dedication of a generation of new activists - but ultimately the socialist coalition Rise fell far short in its first election contest.
This weekend, the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), which formed a crucial part of Rise’s campaign, will debate whether the organisation has a future at the ballot box.
CommonSpace speaks to the authors of a new book taking a less than charitable look at contemporary Scottish politics
“WE MIGHT need to simply be destructive for a while,” says Amy Westwell, one of three authors of a new book on post-referendum Scotland.
‘Destructive criticism’ is one of the many contrarian ideas that mark the tract, which seeks to roll back what the authors view as the conformities of the post-referendum era.
Newly elected Scottish Green Party MSP Ross Greer responds to a recent 'Wee Radicals' blog criticising Greer's defiance in parliament to the royal oath and setting out why the Greens shouldn't be defined by socialism
Strategy announced after Sturgeon declares "radical" policy plans to be developed over coming months
SCOTTISH LABOUR has launched a radical new economic policy platform as part of its summer campaigning drive.
The new platform includes £20bn in lending power for a Scottish investment bank, full employment through investment in renewables and North Sea Oil decomissioning, a £10 minimum wage and worker and trade union involvement in industry management.