Local Organising

Posted on 14 Jun 2018

Our work with local groups is a manifestation of Arika’s desire to be part of radical social change. We have ongoing partnerships with grass roots organisers in Scotland and abroad. These collaborators are active in the struggle against violent racist borders, poverty and the criminalisation of sex work. We share resources with these groups to produce workshops, community gala days, fundraising club nights etc. Each activity is suggested and decided upon by the community then managed by them with Arika’s support. Events created are part of the process of challenging the dehumanisation of migrants, sex workers and those of us in poverty.

These relationships of solidarity and friendship are connected, in part, by a shared desire to end the systems of brutality and hierarchy that currently shape so much of our world. Events we organise, such as the Episodes, are directly nourished and informed by the multiple insights generated by these activities. 

Recent local organising events have included a three-part series of workshops called Politics of Experience. These focused on contemporary understandings of trauma and how this interrelates with being active in organising against oppression. They explored psycho-emotional health and ways to support it both individually and collectively.

We have also been working recently with LGBT Unity Scotland, a self-managed support group for LGBT refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants. This summer a workshop facilitator and designer worked with the group to synthesis their drawings into T-shirt and banner designs. The group was then able to have a strong visual presence and take a stand against detention as they marched as a block at Pride Glasgow.