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Humans are more than Passports

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Glasgow Campaigns for Migrant RightsPMG wherever we re fae - small

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark

– Warsan Shire, Home


25,000 people have died trying to get to or stay in Europe since 2000 (International Organisation for Migration) and, yet, refugees are not given support but are faced with xenophobia, detention, destitution, abuse and physical violence. In the coming months, with Brexit and another independence referendum on the cards, Scotland is at a crossroads in its history. Are we going to turn away from the suffering of thousands of innocent people fleeing warfare and devastation, taking long arduous journeys for a better life for themselves and their families or are we going to support them in their quest for safety, for security and defend the right to freedom of movement for one and all?

In Glasgow, we have already seen great resistance to the recent descent into nativism and jingoism brought about by the pro-Brexit campaign and overseas with the election of (I still can’t believe I’m about to type the next two words and mean it) President Trump. Huge protests around Scotland, in all the major cities, demonstrate the appetite for an alternative way of looking at migration, of taking a more humane approach, of treating our fellow travellers with compassion and understanding rather than disdain and the subdued contempt that suffuses our current political climate.


Most of the world’s refugees don’t flee to Europe, let alone the UK. Only 1% live here. Developing countries host over 80% of the world’s refugees.

(British Red Cross)


At Global Justice Glasgow, we are preparing for a whole host of events taking place over the next few weeks, each one a chance to build the campaign for migrant rights, to ask the difficult questions, to engage, challenge and support.


Migration Gathering (6th May)

With stalls from various organisations, a powerful and moving photo exhibition and a screening of the outstanding documentary Precarious Trajectories, this event looks to be the perfect storm for anyone interested in migrant rights to come together and support each other and develop ideas on how to make progress on these difficult issue.

The main afternoon discussion will be on what can be done to tackle this issue in Scotland specifically and what we should demand of the Scottish government in response to this crisis.


Refugee Festival Scotland (20th June – 2nd July)

SRC logoHosted by the Scottish Refugee Council, this festival celebrates the contribution refugees make to the rich tapestry of Scottish culture and how Glaswegians embrace this as they become neighbours, colleagues, classmates and friends. Last year, it attracted around 13,300 people at 140 events across the country ranging from live music and performances to literature events. For this year’s programme and other updates, keep an eye on the website.


CCA Film Screenings (23rd June, 6-8m – final details tbc)

A screening of three local and global films from Take One Action, exploring lack of safe passage for refugees, and their lives in their chosen destination country:

‘Making it Home’ – created from dialogue between refugee women in Maryhill, Glasgow and local women in Pilton, Edinburgh.
‘At Home in the World’ – a Danish film following the lives of five children during their first year at a Red Cross Refugee School. 
‘Refugee Blues’ – an intimate portrayal of a day in the former camp at Calais, set to the verses of W.H. Auden’s 1939 poem of the same name.

Join us for post film discussion with campaigners from the Scottish Refugee Council, Take One Action and the Refugee Survival Trust.


Glasgow Mela (2nd July)

Glasgow Mela logoWe will be at the Glasgow Mela, Scotland’s biggest free multicultural festival from 12-8pm on Sunday, 2nd July in Kelvingrove Park. Come along to take part in the festivities – the activities, the food, the performances and much more. It’s worth coming to see clothing alone! – as dazzling and spectacular as it can possibly be. You may also get to meet our favourite bear from Peru, one Mr. Brown, first name Paddington – and don’t be surprised if you see his friendly face popping up around Glasgow over the coming weeks – keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for possible sightings!

Paddington generic - smallBottomless suitcases and marmalade aside, we hope to engage anyone interested in the topic of Migration whether it be someone wanting to question, to learn more, to explore, to challenge or simply enjoy the stunning array of sights and sounds you’ll be surrounded by on the day, Make sure to follow the Mela Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Right now, Scotland is rediscovering its identity and we have a chance now to move towards more progressive values, towards a better way of doing things and not sliding into the same, old, ineffectual discourse about ‘us versus them’. We can reject the political parties which bang the populist drum against migrants with their toxic rhetoric of division, half-truths and hatred. Let’s take a better approach, one that acknowledges the challenges ahead of us but does not shy away from them. Let’s show them what the people of Glasgow are really made of.


We hope to see you over the coming weeks as we fight to make Glasgow a city that welcomes all and  stands up for the vulnerable because we know People Make Glasgow, wherever we’re fae.

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We need to talk about migration

Posted by on 26 March 2017 at 5:49 pm | No Comments »

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Migration conversations header smallIn these difficult political times, we need to have sane conversations about migration. Those of us who believe that migration is a positive thing need to find ways to persuade others that freedom of movement doesn’t mean the end of civilisation. And we need to be able to talk about these issues without ending up in a bunfight. Our friends at Hope Not Hate have developed some great training to help us have these conversations. You can find out more details here.

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A people’s trade deal?

Posted by on 26 March 2017 at 1:39 pm | No Comments »

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Trade that does good event Dundee 25-03-17 smallGreat to have some time with trade activists from across Scotland in Dundee yesterday (Sat 25 March). We’ve all spent a lot of time and energy over the last few years campaigning against horrible corporate power-grabs like TTIP, CETA and TPP, so it’s really good to be able to talk about positive alternatives. We need to push our elected representatives to think about positive trade deals that puts environmental protection and workers’ rights before corporate profit. It’s not going to be an easy campaign to win, but it has to be worth it…

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Take Back Our World

Posted by on 24 January 2017 at 7:38 pm | No Comments »

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Take back our world Jan 2017Of the 100 largest economic entities, 69 are corporations. Big business has a grip on our lives like never before, undermining democracy and acting like an anti-Robin Hood – taking from the poor to give to the rich. Come along to the Take Back Our World conference being organised by Global Justice Now and the Radical Independence Campaign this Saturday – find out who really owns and runs Scotland, how to challenge corporations and what it all means for the debate around independence.

Saturday 28 January, 9:30am – 5:30pm

Charles Wilson Building, Kelvin Way, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Find out more and book your tickets here

Loads of great speakers from around the world, including Larry Sanders (the one with the famous brother, not the one with the sitcom), Dorothy Grace Guerrero from Focus on the Global South, Nick Dearden from Global Justice Now and others from La Via Campesina, the Transnational Institute, Red Pepper, OpenDemocracy and more. Plus workshops to get you thinking and get you campaigning…

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Dump Trump

Posted by on 24 January 2017 at 7:27 pm | No Comments »

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Dump Trump demo 20-01-17Really good to join the Dump Trump demo in Buchanan Street at the end of last week. And brilliant to see hundreds of people out on the streets despite the cold weather. He might not be listening to anyone other than himself, but it’s still vital that we stand together around the world to limit the damage he can do. As one of the speakers said, the time for mourning is over – it’s time to take action and work together for a better world.

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No racism – protecting rights, defending communities

Posted by on 23 November 2016 at 7:20 pm | No Comments »

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STUC anti racism march flyer 2016We’ll be heading along to join the STUC’s St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism march on Saturday. In the world of Brexit, Trump and post-truth politics, we all have to unite to stand up against racism and bigotry. So the march seems more important than ever this year – come along and join in.

Saturday 26 November

10:30, Glasgow Green (rally at GFT at 12)

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Stopping CETA at the SECC

Posted by on 16 October 2016 at 9:15 pm | No Comments »

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CETA action smallGreat Stop CETA action at the SNP conference on Saturday, with activists from right across Scotland. Those dastardly corporate rats came along, with their pro-CETA message, but we made sure that delegates to the conference all heard the truth about this terrible corporate power-grab. Let’s just hope the politicians were listening too – we need the MEPs to vote against CETA.

And when Nicola Sturgeon is telling her party about the importance of inclusion, the Scottish Government should be developing alternative approaches to international trade, not signing up to deals written by corporations in their own interests. We need a people’s trade deal, not CETA!!!

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When Two Worlds Collide

Posted by on 16 September 2016 at 4:19 pm | No Comments »

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when-two-worlds-collide-film-poster-770x433We’ll be at the ever-marvellous Take One Action film festival this Sunday, for a screening of ‘When Two Worlds Collide‘, the immersive film about clashes in Peru over the Free Trade Agreement with the US. And if that isn’t enough for one day, we’ve got a fringe event afterwards about developing a fairer trade system.

Trade for a Fairer Future

6-7:30pm, Sunday 18th Sept, CCA, Sauchiehall St

Join us to hear from Dr Patricia Oliart of the UK Peru Support Group, Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now and Ruth Bergan of the Trade Justice Movement about the trading system we need to work towards, rather than the crazy corporate trade deals like TTIP and CETA.

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Our Land

Posted by on 15 September 2016 at 6:19 pm | No Comments »

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DSCN3776Great to be at the Our Land Festival event in the Gal Gael Centre last Saturday, to hear inspirational speakers discussing the vital importance of land reform here in Scotland. Especially when you find out who some of the big landowners in Scotland are these days and what they’re up to around the world, exploiting workers, undermining human rights and destroying the environment. All the more reason why we need to stop the UK Government funding land grabs and the corporate takeover of agriculture in Africa.

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Deflating the carbon bubble

Posted by on 22 June 2016 at 7:34 pm | No Comments »

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27201711413_1d7a45b496_o smallWe went along to the Strathclyde Pension Fund AGM on Tuesday, with our friends from Fossil Free Strathclyde, to talk to people going in to the meeting about the madness of continued investment in fossil fuels. Great to see that Unison and a growing number of other Fund Trustees and Members are listening to the case for divestment. We can’t keep on putting money into the carbon bubble – current reserves of fossil fuels are enough to fry us all, so we need to shift the money into more sustainable places. After all, what’s the point of a pension if civilisation collapses before you get to retirement age…

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