RISE are hosting public meetings in Cumbernauld and Motherwell in the coming weeks to highlight some of the very important campaigns taking place in those areas.

Under the title, 'Campaigning Communities, Defending Democracy,' RISE is offering a platform to various campaign groups as part of its declared intent to build an alternative to an economic model that is failing to deliver for the vast majority of people.

Cumbernauld RISE candidate for last May’s election Kevin McVey commented:

 “It is important that space is provided to not only hear how people are challenging decisions that can damage our communities and our environment but to share experiences and ideas about building an alternative that prioritises people not profit.

 "RISE is delighted to offer that space because there are so much that these diverse campaigns share in terms of challenging the received wisdom that decision making rests only with powerful corporate and political interests.”

RISE has invited representatives from Cumbernauld’s anti-fracking campaign, save Monklands Orthopaedics A & E, campaigners against library closures in North Lanarkshire and Save Cumbernauld Tax Office.

Cumbernauld: Wednesday 26th October in the new Muirfield Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Motherwell: Wednesday 9th November in Daisy Park Community Centre, Cassels Street at 7:30pm.

Public meetings, events and regional meetings are also being organised across Scotland.