Peace and Disarmament are still key for Greens

John Hardy Thu 5 Sep, 2019

We face not only a climate emergency but also increased nuclear insecurity in our world today. The Scottish Greens have a consistent and recognised history of campaigning on both across Scotland, in Holyrood and internationally. 

Green SCND is a network of party activists campaigning for peace and disarmament. We need to act now on these critical threats we face together, and so:

  • We support the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)

Councils must have powers on non-domestic rates

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 7 Aug, 2019

Consultation on Non-Domestic Rates

7 August 2019

 

Today, I have published a consultation that that will help inform the Scottish Greens’ scrutiny of the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill 

Power is still linked to land in Scotland

Andy Wightman MSP Wed 17 Jul, 2019

At the heart of environmental concerns is the question of power - who has it, how they exercise it and to whom are they accountable.

Although the Scottish Government make great play of recent moves to empower communities, the reality is quite different.

The Community Empowerment Act was passed in 2015 and was designed to give communities a voice and enable citizens to have a greater say over their local area.

Scotland's drug deaths are a national emergency

John Finnie MSP Tue 16 Jul, 2019

It is shocking to see Scotland with the one of the worst drug death rates in the world.

From tackling heroin and the AIDS threat in the 1990s to minimum unit pricing on alcohol, Scotland has a track record in harm reduction, which prioritises the health and safety of our people over moral judgement.

It's needed now more than ever.

We have seen London take an interest in Scotland’s approach to knife crime. Hopefully now the UK Government will take notice of progressive thinking on drugs policy, but I have my doubts.

Why We Must Support Trans and Non-Binary People’s Rights

Women's Network, Rainbow and Young Greens Tue 2 Jul, 2019

As members of the Scottish Green Party Women’s Network, Rainbow Greens and Young Greens, we have been deeply saddened over the last year to see the things that have been said and done in the name of women’s rights, which have marginalised, stigmatised and denied legitimacy to our trans and non-binary siblings. Particularly so as our trans and non-binary siblings have stood shoulder to shoulder with us, campaigning for gender, social and environmental justice. We are richer, more caring and more inclusive in our policies thanks to our trans and non-binary members.

Don’t let Pride give in to hate

Patrick Harvie MSP Mon 1 Jul, 2019

My first Pride march was in London nearly 30 years ago, during my first year at University.

Still reeling from the culture shock of moving from Dumbarton to Manchester with its vibrant queer community, I was both overjoyed and bewildered to be part of an event so huge that it transformed the city.

An estimated 100,000 people – lesbians, gay men, bisexual people, trans people and more – marched, chanted and partied together long before the acronym LGBT had ever been coined.

Six reasons why these MSPs got it wrong on Safer Streets

Mark Ruskell MSP Mon 3 Jun, 2019

The Scottish Parliament's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee released today it’s Stage 1 Report on my Safer Streets Bill to make 20mph the default speed limit on streets where we live, work and play.

The report concluded that while 20mph brings a number of health, liveability, placemaking and active travel benefits, and has no negative impact on air pollution or journey times that they do not recommend the general principles of the bill.

Scots deserve a choice before any Brexit transition period is over

Alison Johnstone MSP Mon 3 Jun, 2019

The outstanding success for the Green movement across Europe in last week's European elections is truly a cause for optimism.  Green parties finished second in Germany and Finland, made major breakthroughs in France and Ireland, polled 11% across the continent, and increased the Greens/EFA bloc in Brussels from 51 to 70 MEPs.

ICYMI: Scottish Greens win the weekend!

Scottish Greens Mon 13 May, 2019

What a weekend!  As well as all the sunshine, things started to hot up in the campaign for the European elections on 23 May. And it was the Scottish Greens making all the positive headlines with our message to choose hope over hate. If you missed any of it, here’s a wee round-up.
 

Sunday Mail endorses Scottish Greens

For a just and welcoming Scotland in the heart of Europe, vote Green

Maggie Chapman Mon 29 Apr, 2019

In 2014 Scotland had a vote. No, not that one. Before the independence referendum came the European election. It feels like a lifetime ago. And unlike in 2014, next month’s European elections have a much higher profile. In just under a month’s time, Scots will go to the polls to vote for representation in the European Parliament. It is vital that we have voices who can represent the internationalist, welcoming country that Scotland aspires to be.

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