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A manifesto towards anti-racism
- As individuals and communities we are living within a system of structural racism. We want to stay with uncomfortable conversations around difference. We want to be open to the possibility for an exploration. We choose not to dismiss others.
- We acknowledge what young people are bringing into awareness during this time of revelation.
- As people racialised as white we need to question our deep inherited assumptions and our shallow understanding of difference.
- We support the constructive conversations that revalue and reshape the existing structurally racist education system and school curricula. We welcome the ongoing deepening of awareness of what is this country’s history.
- We will strengthen our own resilience to enter the space of difficult conversations about social conceptions of race that may lessen our personal standing and privilege as white people.
- We have learned that the concept of blackness and whiteness is historically constructed to divide.
- We resist divide and rule. Groups of people should not be played off against each other to create divisions which serve an economic elite.
- We will play our part in rebuilding solidarity.
A group of women working towards anti-racist awareness from our starting point of whiteness
Currently within Scotland there is no consensus on a clinical definition of deafblindness. In the absence of this Deafblind Scotland uses:
“Persons are regarded as deafblind if they have a severe degree of combined visual and auditory impairment resulting in problems of communication, information and mobility” Breaking Through Report (1988).
- It is the right of deafblind people to be recognised as a unique community in their own right and to be supported to lead a rich life to the fullest.
- The deafblind community should be included in all aspects of living within our society.
- We expect the Scottish Government, public and private sectors and the wider community to be deafblind aware.
- It is the right of deafblind people to have equal access to influence local and national policy and we should be full consulted throughout.
- It is our right to have access to information and equipment that is accessible. Across Scotland public and private sectors should follow a standard for accessibility, providing alternative print formats and equal access to digital equipment that is also financially accessible.
- It is every deafblind person’s right to have access to medical services that are accessible, fit for purpose and joined up across services (i.e. audiology, ophthalmology, social work, third sector organisations)
Deafblind Scotland's Dare to Dream Leadership Group
- We believe there isn’t a hierarchy of species, that all life – people, animals, plants and fungi – are interconnected and in relations of dependency with each other.
- We reject capitalist, patriarchal, colonial systems that make us powerless.
- We believe it’s a collective responsibility to solve climate change.
- We know that sharing is more productive than greed.
- We believe that people and nature should be prioritised over profit.
- Everyone should consider themselves part of the community and part of the ecosystem.
- We demand access to education for all, especially women.
- We demand justice for those disproportionately affected by climate change and that those who are disproportionately responsible are held accountable and commit to change.
- We demand equal access to green space and tools for growing plants and creating habitats.
- Everyone should have access to knowledge to be able to make choices regarding environmentally friendly products.
- We demand that retailers are transparent about the environmental impact through the supply chain of their products.
- We want an economy that values going slowly, sharing, reusing.
Staff and volunteers involved in Glasgow Women's Library's Green Creative Cluster
- We believe that everyone should be treated equally.
- It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or lesbian.
- Children should feel safe everywhere they go – online and offline. There must be no abuse towards children.
- There must be no abuse towards animals.
- People should respect each other and listen to each other.
- Think before you speak. Don’t speak over people.
- No more pollution. No littering. More recycling. Less plastic.
- There should be spaces where people can go and practice making graffiti.
- We should think carefully about the consequences of using Mars for the needs of the people of the Earth.
Children from Oakwood Primary School
- We believe in a world that is caring and kind.
- Everyone should do their part in protecting the environment.
- People should stop littering.
- Tree cutting should be managed carefully to protect animals. If a tree is cut there should be no unnecessary waste of resources. We should use less paper.
- Not everyone needs a car. We want better public transport. Cars should be electric.
- We care about protecting animals.
- We believe there should be no hunger in the world.
- Homeless people should be looked after. There should be homes to support them.
- We should recycle, pass on and reuse items so they are not wasted.
- People are dying from Covid. It’s not a joke. We want to protect each other.
Children from St Rose of Lima Primary School
- To create an inclusive and safe space without pressure for everyone and anyone, somewhere everyone can come together and not be judged. Art for the sake of art.
- We want to create a space in which social issues like racism, gay rights and climate change can be openly discussed to educate ourselves and others through creativity.
- Art can be used to familiarise people towards issues and to generate social change.
- There should be more opportunity in school for all ages when it comes to theatre and art.
- We believe art should be valued in itself as well as a viable career option and a means to change.
- Art allows us to extend the expression of what is and isn’t usual – and so can change people’s perceptions.
- We need somewhere to be able to showcase the art we make, somewhere people can be proud of what they’ve done and find encouragement through feedback and support from others.
- We love art because it is a source of enjoyment!
Caithness Young Creatives Steering Group
Beyond Covid – a Manifesto for Mental Health and Belonging in Scotland
- We believe in the strength of community where people are not lost. In which isolation can be voluntary but dislocation is not.
- We want funding for activities which create communities that support everyone. We yearn for a welcoming, diverse culture of community that allows each of us to be as we are.
- We all have mental health. Mental health is as important as physical health and can be talked about without stigma.
- Mental, physical and emotional health as well as social circumstance all impact our well-being. These should be considered and supported holistically.
- Mental illness must not be shoved in a corner. Funding must not be reduced or reused under mental well-being.
- People who have mental ill health incidents should be supported not criminalised.
- Everyone’s contribution should be valued. Everyone’s contribution should be heard and acknowledged. We need a new set of tools and systems to enable voices to be heard and to have influence.
- Valuing should be reflected in a more equal distribution of wealth ensuring everyone can fully participate in society. Everyone should have good housing, healthcare, education and social networks.
- We resist the negative words that are associated with mental illness. We remember that JOY is out there still.
- Let’s cherish creativity and kindness towards self and others. Creativity is what allows us to express ourselves when we don’t have words or don’t have language.
- As we come out of Covid we’d like to talk – in safe spaces. We demand safe spaces for people to be honest about how they have and haven’t coped with issues that affect them.
- We believe in the radical act of stopping and sitting with it. Take time to be still!
SMHAF Highlands 2021 participants
- We are all human beings and should be treated equally – with dignity and respect.
- Everyone should have access to their basic needs including clean water, food, education, physical, mental and emotional health care, shelter, clothing, caring, being socially included.
- Everyone’s voice is important.
- Zero tolerance to racism. There should be policies in schools, colleges and work places to address racism. The policies should be made public. These policies must be fully implemented – and revised through learning from racist incidents.
- We demand clean streets and a healthy environment.
- We care about the environment. Food should not be wrapped in plastic. We want governments to fund clean energy that respects the environment.
- We demand a world free of violence.
Milk Cafe Govanhill - Women's IT group
Manifesto 25 Lingala
- Tozali biso nioso bikelamu na bomoi pe basala na biso lolenge moko na lokumu pe limemya.
- Mutu na mutu esengeli azuama na bosenga ya yambo, kotalela mayi ya peto, bileyi, ko tanga, bokolongono ya nzoto, bokongono ya mutu pe bokolongono ya mayoki, esika ya ko fanda, bilamba, kobatela nzoto, kozala nakati ya lisanga na batu.
- Mongongo ya moto na moto eza na motuya.
- Tokoki kondima kotala na poso ata moke te. Esengeli kozala na mayele na baetelo, na ba ekolo, na esika ya mosala, eni ya langi ya loposo, Esengeli kozala na mikano ya kosala na ba eteyelo nioso ko banda na eteyelo ya muke ti na eteyelo ya likolo, pe bisika ya misala pona ko bundisa ko pona pona ya langi ya loposo. Mikano miye mitalisama na banso. Mikano yango misengeli mitiama na mosala na mobimba na yango pe kozongela kotala yango lisusu tango kopona pona ya langi ekosalema.
- Tosengi na makasi babalabala pe banzela ya peto pe nzinga nzinga ya peto makasi.
- Tozali komibanzabanza mpo na bopeto ya nzinga nzinga. Bileyi esengeli te ebombama na kati ya plastiki. Tolingi ba kambi ya mboka kopesa misolo pona bopeto makasi na limemya ya nzinga nzinga na biso.
- Tosengi na makasi mokili oyo ezangi mobulu.
Miliki cafe Govanhill Lisanga ya Basi ya ordinatere
Manifesto 25 French
- Nous sommes tous des êtres humains et devons être traités sur un pied d’égalité – avec dignité et respect.
- Chacun devrait avoir accès à ses besoins de base, y compris l’eau potable, la nourriture, l’éducation, les soins de santé physique, mentale et émotionnelle, un abri, des vêtements, des soins, être socialement inclus.
- La voix de chacun est importante.
- Tolérance zéro au racisme. Il devrait y avoir des stratégies dans les écoles, les collèges et les lieux de travail pour lutter contre le racisme. Les stratégies devraient être rendues publiques. Ces stratégies doivent être pleinement mises en œuvre – et révisées grâce à l’apprentissage d’incidents racistes.
- Nous exigeons des rues propres et un environnement sain.
- Nous nous soucions de l’environnement. Les aliments ne doivent pas être voilés dans du plastique. Nous voulons que les gouvernements financent une énergie propre qui respecte l’environnement.
- Nous exigeons un monde sans violence.
Café MILK groupe informatique de femmes
- We value sharing human experiences through creative exchange.
- We want art to be framed in a broader way: an appreciation that the creative imagination can transform people and society.
- We value creative processes that are open to all, based on authentic relationships, processes that are not compromised by a quick-fix approach.
- We value art that supports collaborative and creative processes.
- We believe that all forms of art should be available and accessible to all regardless of their situation or location.
- We value a culture that supports the integrity of the individual artist and embraces a diversity of personal circumstances.
- We believe that art should be funded on the basis of the quality of the process as a key part of the outcome.
- We believe in embracing risk and making mistakes as a core ingredient of the creative and learning process.
- We believe art can be a vehicle to drive relationships, bring people together and generate communities.
- We value SLOWNESS.
Emerging Artists North of Scotland
People make UX Glasgow. These are the things that are important to us as user centred designers:
- We design solutions to real problems for the benefit of all, not just a few.
- We demand sustainability first. We design for the planet as much as the user, and consider the local and global impact of our decisions.
- We believe in removing barriers both as professionals and as a community. We don’t disable people through our designs, and we ensure the outputs from our community are accessible to all.
- We believe in equality, empathy, and equity. We are open to all and everyone’s voice is included.
- We understand that technology is a tool that can be used for good or bad. We want to do good.
- We acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers – so we listen to people and consider the implications of our actions before crafting a solution.
- We completely accept and include everyone no matter their gender, ethnicity, faith, sexuality, age, identity, ability, neurodiversity and will embrace and support them for who they are. We will work together to ensure all are treated with respect. We demand greater positive change towards equality.
- We believe that in a fair society there should be no poverty and demand change.
- We believe the natural and physical environment should always be considered in every aspect of decision making. This includes people, buildings, surroundings. We take responsibility for ourselves individually and for the collective need. Collective solutions that address over population are needed.
- We promote community and our chosen families and values.
- We believe there should be access to creatives spaces. We value the arts for community and individual well-being. Arts is a medium to generate and/or initiate change and as a voice to highlight the need.
- We believe that Social Media can add excess pressure to its users including bullying and mental health issues. To combat this we think that these pressures should be more acknowledged and transparent to others. Influencers are not always a positive thing. Social media platforms should have robust ethical policies and be held accountable. Social media should be secure for everyone.
- We value the planet and all that it gives us. We need to work to restore the damage that has been done to the planet. We believe that education for all is key to ensuring the change that is needed.
- We believe we have no right to aim to live on another planet until the Earth is restored.
- We believe everyone should reflect on the part they have played in making our world the way it is and we should now all, as a community, work on making it better.
- We believe that the time for talking is done, it is now time for action. We want to move away from hierarchical structures. We suggest that intergenerational (younger children to older people) and diverse voice committees should be formed within the community to forward on thoughts and beliefs to decision makers.
- You don’t know what’s around the corner. Be kind!
Intergenerational group of Dundonians
- We value and embrace the Highlands – its culture, heritage and traditions. We respect this landscape and environment. We listen and learn the tales of the Highlands.
- We believe that everyone has the right to be heard. We are open to listening and empathising.
- We commit to developing a culture of inclusion in the Highlands – at a personal and institutional level.
- We commit to being advocates for positive change; to use our power to challenge things that are oppressive; to influence complex intersectional issues around identity and intolerance.
- We want to nurture an environment where we encourage more awareness and visibility of different life choices and identities.
- We want to understand and celebrate our differences – and our common humanity – that is here in the Highlands already – and to prepare for increasing future diversity.
- We will create spaces for people to encounter difference.
- We recognise that processes of change take time and are fluid.
- We invite conversations that open up possibilities …
Manifesto 21 Gaelic
- Cuireamaid luach air Ghàidhealtachd is gabhamaid gu teann rithe – a cultar, dualchas is traidisein. Tha meas againn air an dreach-tìre ‘s an àrainneachd seo. Bidh sinn a’ toirt feart air na sgeulachdan agus ag ionnsachadh bhuapa.
- Creididh sinn gu bheil an ceart aig a h-uile neach air èisteachd. Tha sinn fosgailte ri èisteachd is co-fhaireachdainn.
- Tha sinn dealasach gun tèid cultar com-pàirteachais a thoirt air adhart air Ghàidhealtachd – aig ìre phearsanta agus bhunaiteach.
- Tha sinn dealasach air a bhith nar luchd-tagraidh airson atharrachadh dearfach; a bhith a’ cleachdadh ar cumhachd gus dol an aghaidh ainneirt; gus buaidh a thoirt air ceistean imfhillte a thaobh dearbh-aithne agus neo-fhulangas.
- Tha sinn ag iarraidh àrainneachd a chruthachadh far am bi sinn a’ brosnachadh barrachd aire is mothachaidh a thaobh rogha-beatha is fèineachd.
- Tha sinn ag iarraidh ar diofraichean a thuigsinn agus a cheilearadh – agus ar co-dhaonnachd – rudan a tha air Ghàidhealtachd mar tha – agus ullachadh airson barrachd iomadachd san tìde ri teachd.
- Cruthaichidh sinn ionadan do dhaoine gus coinneachadh ri diofraichean.
- Aithnichidh sinn gun toir pròiseas an atharrachaidh tìde agus gu bheil seo mar rud a ghluaiseas air adhart gu mall uaireannan.
- Cuiridh sinn fàilte ri cainnt is còmhradh a dh’fhosglas na ghabhas dèanamh …
Luchd-ealain na Gàidhealtchd
- We think that mental ill health should be approached and treated the same way as physical ill health. Depression can be as serious as cancer.
- There should be greater understanding of mental illness across the board – including in work places, shops, public services and other environments.
- There should be investment in mental health training in the workplace – for mental health first aiders and advocates who can work with their colleagues and their service users.
- We feel that people should be kinder to each other. Everyone should show care and compassion to others in the community.
- We believe there should be equality in all things regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or socio-economic circumstances. There should be opportunities for everyone to flourish.
- Arts and culture should be valued in our society and made accessible to all.
- There should be consistent and ongoing funding opportunities for the arts.
- We acknowledge the fact that technology exists to allow us to connect virtually with our teams, friends and family. We believe that everyone should have access to technology to allow equality of information and opportunity.
- We think that everyone should have access to safe spaces and environments, in the work place, online and in their personal lives.
- It’s a really tough moment right now. We need to look after each other’s mental health. We will look for ways to support each other.
- Male mental health should be discussed more openly.
- Covid has made some people greedy – exploiting others in times of hardship. We believe that everyone, including businesses, have a duty to take care of each other in these times.
- We see that food businesses are doing very well in the pandemic due to the support that they have received from local communities. We really appreciate businesses who have shown support to the community in the pandemic and would like thriving businesses to offer concrete support to the vulnerable in the community.
- Government should work with energy companies and data providers to agree a scheme of low budget tariffs – a discounted tariff because everyone is at home and having to spend more on energy.
- Government should increase budgets for local councils. This can be used for creating jobs and improving the local environment.
- Rents should be frozen throughout the pandemic.
- If companies want their employees to work from home the company should contribute to their expenses for this.
St Albert's Community Parent Council
- Life should be the subject of the economy.
- We believe that human beings have inherent value outwith their capacity to produce.
- We believe that society being rich should not be measured monetarily but in the creative diversity of people’s contributions.
- We believe that centres of power need to acknowledge that humans require more than their basic physiological needs to thrive and act on it. Those include a community, emotional wellbeing, creativity and a social support network.
- We believe that centralised power has a responsibility to prioritise the wellbeing of their citizens above everything else. Kindness and compassion should be the foundation of all societal structures.
- We believe that change can happen from the places where life is lived. This can include kitchens and living rooms and other everyday places of connectivity.
- We believe that change comes from living the lives we want and building outwards.
- We believe that change comes from real people talking to and caring for each other.
- We believe that there needs to be a radical re-examination of the concept of work that is more inclusive of the infinite number of activities that have value that humans can engage in.
- Using this more inclusive concept of work, we believe that work can be joyful, work can be playful, work can be creative, emotional contributions are work and must have rest as a counterpoint.
- All people, especially women, should not have to buy themselves time in order to have a joyful existence.
- We believe that the pursuit of joy and creativity through play are absolutely essential to every human’s actualisation and that any economy should facilitate and allow opportunity for that pursuit.
- We believe that rest is essential.
Swap Market community and Feminist Exchange Network
- We must create a community that is inclusive and kind.
- We require that everyone cares for the planet in an environmentally friendly way for future generations to enjoy.
- We must be responsible consumers.
- Animals and plants deserve care just as humans do.
- We will look after ourselves, so that we have the energy to support other people.
- We must support and listen to others. We must help others. People deserve a second chance.
- We demand equality across gender, religion, age, race. Everyone is unique and is entitled to be treated equally.
- We must be committed to causes we believe in and bring our enthusiasm to every task we do.
- We are strong, intelligent, confident, independent, responsible and GREAT!
- Resilience is our middle name. We are empowered to make a difference.
Children from St Albert's Community Pollokshields
- Another world is possible. One which is anti-racist, protects the environment, believes in tolerance, where all sentient beings matter, which nurtures creativity and gives us the tools to build our futures.
- We deserve a world in which there is a level playing field for all. Kindness and compassion has to be at the heart of any movement that seeks fairness and justice in society.
- We demand an education that acknowledges and celebrates all. An education that teaches the horrors of Britain’s colonial past, that celebrates the everyday folk who contribute to bringing about positive change – as well as the commonwealth citizens and early migrants who helped rebuild Britain after a war that crippled this country.
- We demand a system which sees grassroots activity as facilitating real social change.
- Diversity should be meaningful and helpful – especially for those who are in the minorities. Our politics, our media and our society should be representative of all individuals so that none are sidelined or silenced.
- Divisive language which is used to discriminate or diminish a person’s worth should be removed from places of work, governance and society.
- We should address equity with positive action when we demand equality!
- Our judicial system should be built on systems of equity and fairness – not one that privileges the powerful and rich.
- There is no denying that racism exists! We have to challenge it at every turn! Zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in all its forms!
The Community Architects of Pollokshields and Govanhill
Manifesto 16 Urdu
مینی فیسٹو 16
- ایک نئی دنیا کی تعمیر ممکن ہے ۔ایک ایسی دنیا جو رنگ و نسل کے تعصبات سے آزاد ہو۔ جہاں قدرتی ماحول کا تحفظ کیا جائے ۔ جہاں تحمل اور بردباری ہو۔ جہاں ہر ذی روح کو عزت و تکریم حاصل ہو۔ ایک ایسی دنیا جہاں سب کی تخلیقی صلاحیتیں پروان چڑھیں اور جو ہمیں اپنے مستقبل کو تعمیر کرنے کا ہنر سکھائے۔
- ہمارا حق ہے کہ ہم ایک ایسے معاشرہ میں رہیں جو انصاف کے اصولوں پر قائم ہو. ہر وہ تحریک جو معاشرہ میں انصاف اور برابری کے اصولوں کو قائم کرنے کی خواہاں ہے، اسے رحم دلی اور ہمدردی کے جذبات کو اپنانا ہوگا۔
- ہمارا مطالبہ ہے کہ ہمارا تعلیمی نظام تمام انسانوں کو برابری اور عزت کا مقام دے۔ ایسا تعلیمی نظام جو برطانیہ کے نوآبادیاتی نظام کی تباہ کاریوں کے بارے میں پڑھائے۔ہم ایسی تعلیم چاہتے ہیں جو عام آدمی کے کردار کو سراہے جو معاشرہ میں مثبت تبدیلی لانے کے لیے اپنا کردار ادا کر رہا ہے۔ ہمیں دولت مشترکہ سے آئے ہوئے شہریوں اور دوسرے مہاجرین کے کردار کو سراہنا ہوگا جنہوں نے دوسری عالمی جنگ میں تباہ شدہ برطانیہ کی تعمیر نو میں اپنا حصہ ڈالا۔
- ہم ایک ایسے نظام کا مطالبہ کرتے ہیں جو معاشرہ میں جاری بنیادی سطح پر ہونے والے کاموں کو بھی حقیقی سماجی تبدیلی لانے میں کارگر سمجھے۔
- معاشرہ میں تنوع نہ صرف بامعنی ہونا چاہیے بلکہ مددگار بھی، خصوصا اقلیتوں کے لئے۔ ہماری سیاست ، ہمارے ذرائع ابلاغ اور ہمارے سماج کو ہر طبقہ کی نمائندگی کرنی چاہیے تاکہ کوئی بھی طبقہ خود کو سماج سے کٹا ہوا یا دوسروں سے دبا ہوا محسوس نہ کرے۔
- ایسی زبان یا الفاظ جو لوگوں میں تقسیم پیدا کریں، جانبداری کا مظاہرہ کریں یا ان کی تحقیر کا باعث بنیں، ایسی زبان کو کاروبار زندگی، سیاست اور معاشرت سے ختم کیا جانا چاہئے۔
- اگر ہم اپنے معاشرہ میں برابری کے نظام کو نافذ کرنا چاہتے ہیں تو ہمیں انصاف کے اصولوں پر عمل پیرا ہونا پڑے گا.
- ہمارا عدالتی نظام، انصاف اور غیرجانبداری کی بنیادوں پر استوار ہونا چاہیے، نہ کہ ایسا نظام جو طاقتوروں اور دولتمندوں کا سہولت کار ہو۔
- ہمیں اس سے انکار نہیں کہ نسلی تعصب ہمارے سماج میں موجود ہے .اس لیے ہمیں اس تعصب کا مقابلہ کرنا ہے. نسلی تعصب اور جانبداری کی روایات سے کوئی سمجھوتہ نہیں کیا جائے گا. ہم ان کا ڈٹ کر مقابلہ کریں گے.
کمیونٹی آرکیٹیکٹس آف پولک شیلڈ اینڈ گون ہل
Manifesto 16 Arabic
- من الممكن وجود عالم آخر. ضد العنصرية، يحمي البيئة، يؤمن بالتسامح، حيث لكل الكائنات اهمية، الأمر الذي يغذي الأبداع ويعطينا الأدوات لبناء مستقبلنا.
- إننا نستحق عالما تتوفر فيه فرص متكافئة للجميع. ويجب أن يكون اللطف والتعاطف في قلب أي حركة تسعى الى الإنصاف والعدالة في المجتمع.
- نحن نطالب بتعليم يعترف بالجميع ويحتفل بهم.تعليم يعلمنا أهوال الماضي الأستعماري البريطاني، ويحتفل بالناس العاديين الذين ساهموا في إحداث التغيير الإيجابي – فضلاً عن مواطني الكومنولث والمهاجرين الأوائل الذين ساعدوا في إعادة بناء بريطانيا بعد حرب شلت هذا البلد.
- نطالب بنظام ينظر الى النشاط الشعبي باعتباره وسيلة لتيسير التغيير الأجتماعي الحقيقي.
- وينبغي ان يكون التنوع مفيدا و ذو معنى هادف – لا سيما لأولئك الذين ينتمون الى الأقليات. وينبغي أن تكون سياستنا ووسائط إعلامنا ومجتمعنا ممثلة لجميع الأفراد حتى لا يتم تهميش أي منهم أو إسكاته.
- وينبغي إبعاد اللغة المثيرة للشقاق التي تستخدم للتمييز أو الحط من قيمة الشخص عن أماكن العمل والحكم والمجتمع.
- وينبغي أن نعالج الإنصاف باتخاذ إجراءات إيجابية عندما نطالب بالمساواة!
- إن نظامنا القضائي ينبغي أن يبنى على نظم العدالة والإنصاف – وليس على النظم التي تفضل الأقوياء والأغنياء.
- لا يمكن إنكار أن العنصرية موجودة! علينا أن نتحداه بكل أشكاله! عدم التسامح مطلقاً مع العنصرية والتمييزبجميع أشكالهما
مجموعة المهندسين المعماريين في بولوكشيلدز و كوفانهيل
- People must stop littering.
- People need to reduce emissions any way we can.
- Make sure there’s peace and love all over the Earth.
- We believe there should be more awareness and action against environmental racism.
- Cars and public transport should be more eco-friendly.
- The world should be fair and everyone should have what they need. If you worked very hard you could get something that was important to you like a favourite pet.
- It should be easier for less fortunate people to live.
- Everyone deserves a Universal Basic Income.
- Everyone should have free healthcare. If they get sick, everyone should be able to go to someone where they could get better.
- There should be human rights everywhere.
- We want LBGTI+ and gender non-conforming people to be accepted as normal people, and that they would face no discrimination because of their sexuality or gender.
- We believe that all genders should be treated as equals.
- We want Covid to disappear.
The young ones from Woodcraft Folk Scotland
- We need to take responsibility for our own actions – in Covid times – and all the time.
- We need to look out for each other and protect each other no matter what.
- Children should be taught in schools that everyone is equal irrespective of ethnicity and gender.
- Our government is lacking. We are a wealthy nation. No-one should be living in poverty.
- There should be more discussion about global poverty.
- Causing harm to one person causes suffering to many. Society should support victims of crime and should rehabilitate offenders.
- Kindness is a valued action and should be shown towards others especially in difficult circumstances.
- Be a friend! Friendship is a great help and comfort in difficult times – and all the time.
Clack and Yac at Platform
- We believe that everyone should be treated the same way without preferential treatment – especially in the workplace.
- We believe in zero tolerance to racial or other discrimination in workplaces and any public environment.
- We demand that there be safe spaces for children – and for all people – to be heard and not judged.
- Schools should have committees set up made up of teachers, parents and students to tackle bullying.
- Everybody should have the right to flexible working hours.
- Wider society should value the arts more as a vital form of communication.
- We demand more investment in local community centres – because they foster community and will make people feel more welcome.
- We personally will make sure to welcome all people.
- We need to appreciate that art and culture are essential parts of community forming and that they forge inter-personal bonds.
- Work opportunities should be available for young people and adults regardless of their qualifications.
HWHIN a women's group at Platform
- We demand that our basic Rights be enshrined in law – enforceable and accountable.
- The government should be in service to the people.
- We demand protection for all.
- We won’t be kind/polite just because you tell us to.
- We will aim to be more compassionate.
- We will not allow people to be disposed of.
- We must reassess global food production and local consumption.
- We believe that when all people’s rights are met society reaps the benefit.
- The only thing we will sanitize is our hands – not our minds – not our opinions.
- No one will ever take away our hope.
- We fight for the right to party.
- Living breathing life MUST NOT be used as a pawn in a game of power.
- Everybody counts.
- We will not let you deport people who are homeless.
- We will not be divided.
Women's Creative Company
- We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being – and we respect individual autonomy in all aspects of life including but not limited to physical, emotional, spiritual, mental.
- We affirm and believe that every living being has a right to flourish and be treated with respect, the right to having basic needs met including a connection to the natural world.
- We affirm and believe that every living being has a right to an opportunity to express their story – and most importantly to repair, acknowledging the damage that colonialism has done and learning how to shift away from thinking that there is a ‘manifest destiny’.
- We recognise and respect the individual needs of each person and their place within the larger community. We commit to supporting each other as part of that community recognising our diversity as a strength.
- We recognise the greater damage to the ecological system caused by economic and political exploitation, and commit to engaging with practices that provide a sustainable and equitable future for all.
Woodlands Community Glasgow
- We should learn to communicate with nature.
- We should learn to communicate with animals.
- Humans are not superior to animals.
- People should be able to wash their hands correctly and have towel implants in their wrists – and should wash their feet too.
- People should communicate more – not just on phones.
- People should not burp in class.
- Everyone should have a companion – always – to help them. We need friends.
- There should be no robberies at all.
- Everyone should have the right to their human rights.
- Homework should be limited – if not begone completely.
- Every 5 hours there should be a fun activity for your brain and yourself.
Creation Station Performance Group (8-12 years) Platform
We’d like to move between and beyond worlds of art, so we can address each other and a larger public
- This is a historic moment, yet people are trying to be normal
- Let’s envision what we want and transform vision into action
- We will assert our right to slow down – taking time for individual and collective wellbeing and the wellbeing of the planet
- We will transform our systems of living, working, extracting, consuming, ravaging, destroying, avoiding, denying
- We will strive to ensure that everyone – as well as our environment – is cared for and valued, and that we move towards a more equal and just society
- We want to act collectively, welcoming everyone’s strengths, skills and perspectives
- Or just…
Creative Carbon Scotland
- We are a part of nature.
- We need to connect with soil, seasons, place, culture and history.
- We long for everyone to feel deeply connected to the natural world within their local and our global environment.
- We believe everybody should be able to live well and happy lives – sustainably.
- We need to find new ways to engage more widely – recognising that many people don’t have the time, emotional space or energy to engage.
- We need shared enabling spaces to listen to the stories and voices we haven’t heard yet.
- We need to enrich our ways of communicating to include the language of pictures and of the heart.
- Everyone should be able to have meaningful input to decisions which are about how they live their lives.
- We need to talk about consumption and what makes us happy.
Creative Carbon Scotland
- We demand that all humans, all species should be valued and provided nurturing in order that they can thrive, including access to safe and green spaces, clean air and water.
- We demand a society that does not pit the welfare of individual humans and the welfare of planetary ecosystems against each other and require a shift from a scarcity model to one of reciprocity.
- We demand prioritisation of the wellbeing and sustainability of workers and communities. This requires an end to narratives of constant growth and a re-evaluation of what our goals as individuals and societies can be.
- We demand global truth and reconciliation councils and opportunities to educate ourselves in order to repair our history of extractivism of people and planet.
- We demand a world where creative led and community focused initiatives are the drivers for change.
- We demand investment in safe green travel solutions.
- We demand investment in education which highlights the need to live within the planetary boundaries.
- We acknowledge neither borders between nations nor between species.
Creative Carbon Scotland
- Let us appreciate the things we don’t understand and don’t know. Let us embrace uncertainty.
- We demand clean air for everyone to breathe.
- We will build, develop and sustain more compassion and consideration for others.
- We will dismantle toxic hierarchies, find new ways to value work, and people, and property. We refuse to let people suffer for the economy.
- We will redefine productivity and success.
- We will strive to ensure our relationships are accessible and inclusive.
- We will reshape our language to create and hold space for different perspectives and challenge power relations.
- Let us acknowledge our core values, and be willing to question and shift them.
GIFT - Gateshead International Festival of Theatre
- No-one should experience discrimination in access to health-care services.
- Radical new solutions like housing the homeless community should be maintained.
- A new economic model should be explored – write off personal debts, introduce universal basic income, fairer taxation.
- We will make space in our lives to do meaningful things and create positive impact.
- We will have the freedom to be creative.
- We will demand a better and fairer society.
- We will listen to each other. We will stay open and learning.
- We will make connection happen in the face of adversity. We will stay connected to our communities both local and global.
- We will live a simpler life. We will challenge our own sense of busy. We will slow down for ourselves and others.
- We won’t return to ‘normal’. We will do better.
GIFT - Gateshead International Festival of Theatre
- We will be collectively accountable for our future.
- We choose to redefine “security” to be the following things: emotional safety, unconditional basic income, and universal healthcare.
- We embrace darkness and complexity in our struggles.
- We will strive to eradicate structures of inequality. We acknowledge our complicity within them.
GIFT - Gateshead International Festival of Theatre
- We will build a caring society that has a universal basic income for all.
- We will build a culture of equality and sustainability to tackle the precariousness of our work and our world.
- We’ll nurture our friendships.
- We’ll connect and listen.
- We will stay politically engaged.
- We will have access to healthy, good quality, and sustainable food.
- We will respect different habits and modes of being.
GIFT - Gateshead International Festival of Theatre
We are an arbitrary group of people who offer a form of consensus around what humanity may be able to do on local and global levels in response to the current crisis.
- We believe this is a moment to reflect on our individual and collective responsibilities and change our relationship to each other and the society.
- We believe that there should be more resources to support people’s mental and physical health.
- From this radical shared experience – the virus – we want to grow sensitive to other, less visible, shared experiences – to encourage those who are comfortable to empathise with those who are harmed.
- We believe that there is an urgent need to enact our humanity by generating shared, equal, nonjudgmental spaces of social, cultural, and political exchange.
- We believe we must foster safety for all, via acceptance, access.
- We believe we must expand our periphery, seeing limits as opportunities, and acknowledging our existing privileges in doing so.
- If we take the term “apocalypse” at its root definition as an “unveiling” or a “revealing of what could not be seen before”, rather than just ignoring what has been revealed, we must not only acknowledge it, but act, and make something new.
- We believe that this current crisis offers an opportunity to raise awareness of global interconnectivity, and to negotiate new ways to live in relation to one another and to the environment.
GIFT - Gateshead International Festival of Theatre
- A world that respects human and animal and planetary sovereignty that isn’t ruled by the scared terrified pursuit of a thing that we’ve made up – money.
- Establish free, high quality, culturally safe and appropriate healthcare for all people globally.
- Introduce a liveable, constant, universal basic income for all peoples of adult age which is to be used at the discretion of the recipient.
- We will foster a greater sense of community and build strong systems to protect each other.
- We respect each other’s time and talents. Work and labour shall be undertaken at a human pace.
- We want a new economic model that works for everyone. The model should benefit the entire community, including our collective descendants. Human and animal dignity, safety and agency should be preserved or enhanced by the economy.
- An end to violence.
GIFT - Gateshead International Festival of Theatre