About RISE

RISE: Scotland's Left Alliance is a new force in Scottish politics.

Born from the Independence referendum it brings together an alliance of socialists, campaigners, trade unionists, community activists, cultural figures and academics to promote Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism.

RISE was founded at our launch event on August 29th 2015. Our name reflects our political outlook and organisational make-up.

  • Respect: We stand for a society where we end racism, sexism, discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and where people of all backgrounds, colours and creeds are treated with respect and dignity.
  • Independence: We stand for Independence for Scotland. But our Independence is based on ending neoliberalism, austerity and the membership of NATO. We are for ending the monarchy and putting people in charge.
  • Socialism: We are for a social alternative to capitalism where people run the affairs of our society democratically and where the vast resources of society are utilised in common, rather than for the super-rich.
  • Environmentalism: We believe that environmentalism must be central to social change. Our world is being destroyed by the ruthless pursuit of profit over everything else. Sustainable ecology – where we maximise.

We have local RISE Circles across Scotland, as well as Youth, LGBTI+, Trade Union and Women's Networks. Our candidates will take a workers wage if elected, and our organisation is rooted in the movement and in our communities. 

Join today and help us put one foot in the parliament, and a thousand on the streets.