The city parks will not stay green and protected from commercial interests on their own. Our communities do not sustain the freedom from the encroachment and take over by business interests on their own. Our kids will not be protected from their environment being consumed by traffic and motorways by construction companies and the promise of jobs.
It is not out of the kindness of government agents that decent things happen for ordinary people. It is and is only because ordinary people intervene in the process and carry and share the responsibility for these things that they happen at all.
No one gets paid any wages for trying to make the world a better place to live, but the successes are shared by us all. We can all contribute something in the process, even if it's to donate money, but more importantly, our support, our time - no matter how little of it we can afford to give.
All the Housing tenants news
Things that should be of concern to the public and especially if they live in council housing,
Latest Parks/ Green space/ developments
And as if by magic we are being dispossessed of our green space and parks, by those put in trust to protect them.
Who is Planning Our Future and In Whose Interest ?
Citizens Environmental Defence Advocacy is planning to hold a one day seminar on the 24 September in Lamb's House. The subject of the seminar will be the recent Planning White Paper.
Selling the river
Govanhill Baths Trust
"There is a pool in London that's actually shut and falling to bits but they're waiting until the end of the London bid for the Olympics before they actually demolish it, because you can't really bid for the Games if you're demolishing existing infrastructure."
It will be interesting to see what happens to the pool buildings in Govan, Govanhill etc. If "our" bid is successful for the commonwealth games.
Glasgow Harbour Action Group
Aims - Focus on provision of a safe, continuous cycle path for national route 7. - Lobby for sustainable transport planning for the Glasgow Harbour development. - Raise awareness of plans for the area along the riverside. Join us for a walk and cycle along the Riverside on Sunday, 21st August 2005 at 12 noon from The Passionara, Spanish Civil War Statue on Clyde River Bank near Jamaica St. Bridge, Custom House Quay, Glasgow. Bring picnic lunch. More information available from: Martha Wardrop
Home Tel: 0141 332 1540
Mobile Tel: 07854 817 665
Sold down the river conference details. pdf
"Community Consultation - fact or fiction? We're in the process of inviting speakers, and will be forwarding a detailed flyer soon - we think it's gonna be good!" West Glasgow Against Poverty
URGENT APPEAL FROM POSITIVE ACTION IN HOUSING
We urgently need spare rooms and/or donations for the following individuals who have been made absolutely destitute and have no recourse to public funds
Residents and visiting activists march through Craigmillar
Residents of the most deprived area of Edinburgh joined with anti-G8 protestors camping on a park in their estate. They marched through the estate to show their opposition to poverty here and abroad.
Scotland against ID cards
Glasgow NO2ID is one of the many local groups across the UK set up as part of the national NO2ID campaign against the introduction of compulsory ID cards and a National Identity Register
Inside the Murky World of Make Poverty History
"We have a saying in the African liberation movement - 'nothing about us, without us'. Make Poverty History is a massive step backwards in this regard, even from Jubilee 2000.The campaign is overwhelmingly led by Northern NGOs and its basic message is about white millionaire pop stars saving Africa 's helpless. The political movements still fighting for liberation on the ground are completely erased". Red Pepper
Geldof's Live Shame show
Urging the G8 leaders to do more to help Africa, is like begging the same people for mercy who represent the inhuman systems. And nothing was said aloud about the origins of poverty, stopping the illegal wars or the taking of the African oil: again cheating Africa out of trillions. Indymedia
Choked over air quality
New research found pollution in Glasgow had soared by seven micrograms per cubic metre of air to 34 micro-grams since January. Hope Street in the city centre was named most polluted street in the country.
Guide: How to get information from public bodies
What organisations can I get information about? What do I have a right to know? How do I get the information? What information can be withheld? What can I do if information is withheld? How to get environmental information Freedom of information in Scotland Feedback and comments
They work for you
Now that the election has been called, you can use this site to find out what your ex-MP did throughout the last parliament. We have performance stats, speeches, voting records and more...
Backpark. We are still canpaigning, and have ideas to!
Up till now we have managed to persuade over 80 people to write to the Planning Department objecting to the development. We are still encouraging people to write in to object as the reduction in the number of houses is coming from the top of the building and makes no difference at all to the overall development and is still the loss of another green space.
Meanwhile in Spodden Valley Further south from here, but no less inportant.
While we are trashing all that is unique in our Scottish towns Our countryside (Lochaber GO) is also suffering from the same blight of unimaginative destruction, and money at any cost schemes. Not only are we creating waste at home, we seem to be exporting abroad, according to a New Yorker's, take on the presentation of Scottish tourism
"In fact it was an insult to the intelligence of Americans and showed minimal concern for the greatness of Scotland."
Current Campaigns - UK General Election 2005
Excellent site that provides an invaluable educational resource for the upcoming general election to make an informed decision, in particular on candidates positions on the Iraq war, Middle-East, Palestine, and 'anti-terrorism' legislation. Fm.Surfraz
Seeds of change
Seeds For Change Network is a non-profit training co-op helping people organise for action and positive social change.
Community Action Gathering Bethnal Green, London 18 June
"Like you, we are trying to stand up for our interests, our conditions and our environment, and to build up solidarity and community spirit in our own towns and communities. " A very worthwhile event to attend if you are interested in healthy communities."
The G42: Creating a new social centre in the south side
We are a collective of about ten people who aim to establish a permanent Social Centre in Glasgow run on the principles of voluntary mutual aid, solidarity and by decision making without hierarchy.
M74 extension given green light
More on that breathing stuff.
Joint Action against the M74 (big pic. at this site)
Appeal stops M74 go-ahead for a year
A year in which we the public can force a stop to one of the most polluting growth industries in town - car parks and pay and display saturation.
'I will tell people in Iraq how much the British public supports ordinary Iraqis"
PROFILE: Awad is the president of the General Union of Oil Employees in Basra, an independent trade union that has fought for workers' rights since the fall of Saddam's Ba'ath Party. He is in the UK to meet British trade unionists...
"Its time for a breather: Traffic is one of the major problems of air pollution in Glasgow. If you run your engine unnecessarily while your vehicle is stopped at the roadside you could be fined £20." the sign says. It takes my breath away how the city Council get off with increasing traffic flow into the city, through more bridges, motorways, hotels, conference centre's, attractions, shopping complexes and so on, then ask Glaswegian's, to pay for it, both through their health and their wallets. (Laughing all the way to the cough, cough, bank)
We are being lied to.
An opinion poll last year showed the public overestimates the number of asylum-seekers in the UK by a factor of 10 - which means people think there are 1000% more asylum seekers in Britain than are really here.
Scotland UXB is a network of existing groups and organisation's acting to oppose the military contamination. We oppose the testing of depleted uranium missiles, the use of Scotland as a testing ground for live shelling and the placement of nuclear submarines for the Royal Navy and NATO in our waters.
Conference: Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April 2005
Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland
Press Statement: Free Mrs Anastasia Ndaya and Children.Free Mrs Anastasia Ndaya and Children. ( URGENT )
Home Office errors blamed as main cause of homelessness among asylum seekers 22 April 2005
A report published on 11 April found that more than half (52%) of applications to the charity Refugee Survival Trust were from people who needed financial help because their asylum applications had been delayed by errors and procedural hold-ups.
(And more housing news)
One Scot in every 100 applies to be classed as homeless
Key points . Rise in homeless doubles in last 10 years . Main causes said to be social rather then economic . Critics say Homelessness Bill has made situation worse
The Scottish Executive plans to build a 6-lane elevated motorway through the southern suburbs of Glasgow. The M74 Northern Extension, at £375-500 million the most expensive transport project in Scotland, would be raised on 40 feet concrete stilts for parts of its journey from Carmyle in the east to Kingston in the city centre.
Glasgow's approach to sustainable development is outlined in its' Local Agenda 21(LA21) framework document - Developing The Sustainable City.This document outlines the ongoing actions for improving the quality of life for the people of Glasgow.
Third party right to appeal
The Scottish Executive will today (Thursday 17 October) be challenged to overhaul the planning system by removing the current imbalance that favours developers' rights over those of communities
Aceh goes to heaven! By Andre Vltchek
Aceh is bleeding and the worst may still be ahead. Those who are arriving in Aceh should know that they are not only entering a land devastated by horrific natural disaster; they are entering a territory which was brutalized and exploited for decades and which still is. It doesn't only need aid - it needs solidarity, protection, and determined long-term help; and it needs it now!
A video letter to Cherie Blair from Rose Gentle
whose son Gordon, a Scottish soldier, was killed in Iraq on 28 June 2004. Gordon was 19 years old; he'd joined the Army just six months earlier at his local Job Centre. Thursday 23rd of December 2004 would have been his 20th birthday. The film features music by Belle and Sebastian.
Workers rights down the tub
"Changes in employment law mean they will be allowed to tear up the contracts of employment of every striker from May 13, rehiring them under different terms and conditions" (So that's all right then?)
Then check out the Citizens Handbook if you are not sure what you can do.