Friday, 6 June 2014

We are taking a gamble for more community power

[By Nick Durie]

Today we have launched a job application for our first paid community organiser.  I have led our organising efforts since we were first established in 2011 on a volunteer basis, and I want to continue volunteering for the organisation as we take this next step to building this institution.  This institution exists to build and restructure working class community institutions in our communities, and to grasp the mantle of a fairer Scotland with more employment that our reindustrialisation offers.  To date our work has centred on surmounting the challenges posed by the corrupt elite of the old Scotland.  We've done this by building a democratic community based opposition to those undermining reindustrialisation in Glasgow, and we've focussed on helping organised residents gain a negotiated settlement on their combined heat and power, and we are seeking to expand on both of those fronts, and elsewhere.

Our reach, without mainstream press, at the moment, is regularly in the order of 22,000 people. We have a support base of several thousand people.  We have facilitated a significant community victory when the movement we helped build won an inquiry into corruption at Glasgow City Council.

Now it is time to put down roots.  We're taking a bit of a gamble in putting out our fundraising target in public: we need to be grossing more than 70-80 pounds a week or so to make it happen, but we know that the support is out there, to put a paid organiser on the ground.  I regularly volunteer hours of my time to Power In Community, but it would be a mistake to say that I am giving of my time the kind of hours I would work when I did that job for a living.  I meet people when I can (and organising is all about meeting people), but I don't typically do the wall to wall meeting people that really making big impact with organising requires.  I am regularly canvassing people for the YES campaign.  There's lots of people out there in the YES movement who can relate to that, and the kind of conversations you have.  In any campaign those kinds of conversations are the conversations you are constantly having as an organiser.  Imagine being employed to canvass all day, every week.  You could get to know an entire scheme inside out in three months with that approach, whatever you were up to.  That capacity is a deadly weapon, put to work in organising people.  This is why we must build it.

I hope you support these aims.  If you do, I'd ask you to give a fiver a month to this NGO of ours, and to consider joining the advisory board.  This country needs people of talent taking a keen interest in community power, community solidarity, and driving the equality of the new Scotland.

The first advisory board meeting of our new board, following our AGM this August, is on the 22nd of September.  Up to you.

You can donate here.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Nick Durie explains why the 100 Promises Campaign has focussed on corruption at Glasgow City Council

Community Organiser Andy Bowden reflects on the police investigation into Glasgow City Council corruption

#Bingate and the NO Campaign: A reflection

Yesterday I had a bizarre experience.  A Daily Mail journalist interviewed me at an action I had helped to organise, about something that didn't happen.  Better Together Director Rob Shorthouse had, unbeknownst to me, summoned the Daily Mail, because there were people outside in Blythswood Square, and there were a crowd of them.

Monday, 28 April 2014

MEDIA RELEASE (for immediate release): CITIZENS Rally To Welcome Police Scotland Criminal Investigation Into Glasgow City Council Corruption

MEDIA RELEASE (for immediate release): CITIZENS Rally To Welcome Police Scotland Criminal Investigation Into Glasgow City Council Corruption

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CONTACTS

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MOBILE: 07904553200


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NOTES TO THE EDITOR

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* The 100 Promises Campaign was formed to hold the council to account from a number of community groups and community leaders.  It takes its name from Labour's 'Our 100 Promises: 100 Things We Will Do' manifesto document.

* In the course of holding The Council to account the campaign felt it had to say something about escalating corruption at the City Council which was actively derailing many of the promises community leaders were most concerned to see enacted.

* Following the publication of a report into the Ronnie Saez half a million pound payoff by the charities regulator which found "misconduct" by officials and councillors, and following the insider trading scandal at the Polmadie Recycling Plant (now a privatised incinerator), the 100 Promises Campaign decided to hold a meeting on misconduct by officials.  The results of this public meeting led to the campaign researching and publishing a dossier into corruption at The Council.

* This dossier has prompted Police Scotland to investigate a number of potential criminal allegations which the campaign has made the Crown Office and other civic authorities aware of.  Last year a printed copy of the dossier was hand delivered to the Crown Office, the Procurator Fiscal, every GCC Councillor, the Archdiocese, Central Mosque, Unison Glasgow HQ, Unite HQ, the Presbytery of Glasgow, and the Free Kirk, following the publication of the dossier online.

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On Monday evening community campaigners and local residents will gather together at Blythswood Square, before visiting Pitt Street Police Station to send a note of thanks and welcome to Police Scotland for launching an anti-corruption investigation into Glasgow City Council.

"We have been calling on the authorities to investigate Glasgow City Council, ever since the planned rollout of fuel poverty fighting combined heat and power was derailed by the corrupt payoff to ex council boss Robert Booth." Says Nick Durie, Community Organiser on the 100 Promises Campaign.

In what is expected to be a well-attended event campaigners, will note how far the campaign has come to have achieved official recognition of corruption problems at the troubled City Council.

"When we held our press conference at the dossier launch, there was some cynicism about whether we could get this corruption taken seriously in official channels.  Given how long this problem has been going on for, it's easy for some people to lose heart.  What we take from this as a campaign however is that organised people, acting together to a common plan of action can deliver social change.  We trust that Police Scotland will leave no stone unturned in their corruption investigation, because by God there is a lot of dirt hidden there.  We believe we have just begun to scratch the surface.  It is time for a new Scotland where these acts of malfeasance are consigned to history."

Citizens will gather from 6:15 PM at Blythswood Square.  Pictures will be available for media on request.

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NOTES TO THE EDITOR

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* The 100 Promises Campaign was formed to hold the council to account from a number of community groups and community leaders.  It takes its name from Labour's 'Our 100 Promises: 100 Things We Will Do' manifesto document.

* In the course of holding The Council to account the campaign felt it had to say something about escalating corruption at the City Council which was actively derailing many of the promises community leaders were most concerned to see enacted.

* Following the publication of a report into the Ronnie Saez half a million pound payoff by the charities regulator which found "misconduct" by officials and councillors, and following the insider trading scandal at the Polmadie Recycling Plant (now a privatised incinerator), the 100 Promises Campaign decided to hold a meeting on misconduct by officials.  The results of this public meeting led to the campaign researching and publishing a dossier into corruption at The Council.

* This dossier has prompted Police Scotland to investigate a number of potential criminal allegations which the campaign has made the Crown Office and other civic authorities aware of.  Last year a printed copy of the dossier was hand delivered to the Crown Office, the Procurator Fiscal, every GCC Councillor, the Archdiocese, Central Mosque, Unison Glasgow HQ, Unite HQ, the Presbytery of Glasgow, and the Free Kirk, following the publication of the dossier online.

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CONTACTS

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MOBILE: 07904553200

Friday, 18 April 2014

Police Scotland are investigating Glasgow City Council corruption - we welcome this!

 Welcome the police scotland investigation of council corruption
Meet Blythswood Square, 6:15pm, Monday 28th April


Following the publication of our community compiled dossier on criminality and malpractice at Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland have begun an investigation into Glasgow City Council corruption. This is long overdue, but it shows that the culture of policing in Scotland, no longer controlled by Labour dominated Councils, is one that is more responsive to the public, and it also shows that the organisation is cracking down on crime, even when that crime comes from powerful vested interests in Glasgow City Council.

Newspaper coverage of the publication of the community
compiled dossier into corruption at Glasgow City Council

We wish to celebrate the leadership of Police Scotland in taking our dossier on board. Please come and show that you welcome this investigation! 

Travel expenses* can be met for participants, but above all we want to demonstrate that as citizens of Glasgow we are proud to have a police force that, no longer fettered by GCC control, now no longer considers certain Glasgow City Council figures above the law. What a breath of fresh air! We will pop in to Pitt St around the corner and note that we welcome their investigation and show our appreciation for their dedication in this.





[*of up to £20. Just let us know! email bowden.andy@gmail.com]

Monday, 6 January 2014

A fresh start for Glasgow?














Just before Christmas, on the 20th of December 2013, the 100 Promises Campaign handed in a copy of our dossier on municipal corruption at Glasgow City Council to every Glasgow Councillor, to Unite, Unison, the Archdiocese, the Presbytery of Glasgow, the Free Church, the Crown Office, the Procurator Fiscal, and to Glasgow Central Mosque.  This month we will be seeking meetings with each of the civic leaders at these institutions to see what we can do to address this issue.  A new year and a chance for a new start to politics Glasgow.

This was the text of our callout: "Last month we launched our dossier at a press conference in Johann Lamont's constituency. It was covered in Glasgow Community Media, and received widespread billing and interest. However we need to make sure that all of the authorities and important civil society institutions receive a copy so tha
t they can see the extent of the problem, and the need for a public inquiry.

To that end we intend to lead a delegation of citizens through the city centre to hand a copy to every councillor at the City Chambers, to the Crown Office, to the Procurator Fiscal's office, to Glasgow Central Mosque, to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, to trade unions, to the Kirk's Presbytery of Glasgow and to the Free Church. What we are handing in should be of interest to all of these institutions, civic and governmental, and we urge leaders from these institutions to make full use of our report over the festive season to enable us to make 2014 the year of a fresh start for Glasgow. It is time to wipe the future clear, of the lies of the past, that we now know were never real.

Now is the time for a public inquiry. Join us in making that call loud and clear."

Our delegation of community leaders hands in a copy of the dossier
to the Procurator Fiscal and Crown Office.

The receipt from handing in a copy of the dossier to every councillor.