The Corporation

By Lee Salter Michal Chanan and I made Secret City several years ago to shine a light on a hidden aspect of British power – the shadowy Corporation of London. The Corporation is one of the oldest political institutions in Britain. Yet it is also one of the most secretive. As an essentially private institution, … More The Corporation

Alternative Currency – The People’s Bank of Govanhill

During her 2015 residency at Glasgow’s Govanhill Baths, artist Ailie Rutherford began to wonder how an alternative currency might impact the Govanhill community. As an initial conceptual suggestion, she created a pop-up exchange booth for The People’s Bank of Govanhill, ready with screen-printed Govanhill notes. At the time, this was just one of several works … More Alternative Currency – The People’s Bank of Govanhill

Castlemilk Against Austerity 

By Katie Bonnar This week, Castlemilk Against Austerity, hosted a night of politics, poetry and music. The community organisation, which was formed during the Scottish Referendum Campaign, have hosted many successful nights which combine political struggle with the arts.  Catherine Milligan, one of the organisers from Castlemilk Against Austerity said, ‘We want encourage all of … More Castlemilk Against Austerity 

British support for extremism puts young Saudi family in peril.

By Alexander Mackie A student from Glasgow University, on a Saudi Arabian scholarship, faces deportation after her husband’s refusal to build a Wahhabi mosque behalf of the regime. Haifa Alshamrani 29, and her husband Abdullah Amri 36, have two children Mohammed 10 and Gadah 7. She was given a scholarship to live her dream of studying medicine. The Saudi government … More British support for extremism puts young Saudi family in peril.

Film highlights the potential of community solidarity

By Deidre O’Neil (film-maker of Condition of the Working Class) Our film The Condition of the Working Class (2012) was inspired by Freidrich Engels book The Condition of the Working Class in England written in 1844- we first had the idea of making the film when we were living in Venezuela –there was a revolution happening … More Film highlights the potential of community solidarity

Review: The Condition of the Working Class

  By Alexander Mackie (Film Club Organiser) March saw film makers Deidre O’Neill and Mike Wayne come to the Southside United Film Club to present the Scottish premiere of their film; “The Condition of the Working Class”. The film was inspired by the 1845 book of, “The Condition of the Working Class in England” by Friedrich Engels. … More Review: The Condition of the Working Class

What is Pedagogy of the Oppressed and why is it important?

By Paddy McColm Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968) is a key foundational text in the field of critical pedagogy – the synthesis of educational philosophy and critical theory. The main theme of the work comes from the identification of a dichotomous relationship between educators and students that is based on class structure and … More What is Pedagogy of the Oppressed and why is it important?

Good Will Hustings

As the Scottish Parliamentary Election draws near, husting events are being planned all over the country. This is a great opportunity to ask hard hitting questions to the existing politicians or to fully examine the policies of the other contenders. Last Saturday, we attended our first hustings event in our local area of Govanhill. This … More Good Will Hustings

The Night Shelter

By Katie Bonnar and Alexander Mackie The sheer scale of the refugee crisis, along with bombardment of our media with harrowing images of human suffering and scenes of refugees making their way across Europe, has sadly become normalise. The scare mongering of the right wing media would have us think that they are all coming … More The Night Shelter