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Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

A new Scot­tish left wing move­ment will set up a branch in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang later this month.

RISE, Scot­land’s Left Wing Al­liance, will hold a launch event at Ruther­glen Town Hall on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

Speak­ers booked for the event in­clude Ruther­glen SSP mem­ber and trade union­ist Gerry McMa­hon, Cat Boyd and Maria Feeney.

Ms Boyd is a trade union and youth ac­tivist who played a lead­ing role in the Rad­i­cal In­de­pen­dence Cam­paign dur­ing the ref­er­en­dum, as well as one of the strong­est sup­port­ers of a new left-wing al­liance.

Maria Feeney re­cently con­tested a coun­cil by-elec­tion in Wishaw for the SSP and is one of the founders of the From Wishaw to Calais vol­un­tary group, who raised money as well as col­lect­ing goods for refugees.

RISE - which stands for Re­spect, In­de­pen­dence, So­cial­ism and En­vi­ron­men­tal­ism - is an al­liance be­tween the Scot­tish So­cial­ist Party as well as so­cial­ists and rad­i­cals from other groups, mainly from the Rad­i­cal In­de­pen­dence Cam­paign.

At its na­tional launch in Glas­gow in Au­gust, over 600 peo­ple at­tended to hear speeches from the likes of nov­el­ist and play­wright Alan Bis­sett, for­mer SSP MSP Colin Fox and Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Mat­ter In­ter­na­tional move­ment.

Gerry McMa­hon said: “The SSP has a proud history of cam­paign­ing and ag­i­tat­ing for poli­cies to help work­ing class fam­i­lies such as free school meals and free pre­scrip­tions.

“We also have a record of think­ing out­side the box and ig­nor­ing the con­straints which

Rad­i­cal Mem­bers of the SSP, in­clud­ing Gerry McMa­hon (left) will be in­volved with RISE while Cat Boyd (inset) will be a guest speaker at the launch

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