RISE welcomes new surge in support
RISE has welcomed the backing of a broad cross section of supporters including pro- independence figures and grassroots groups, authors and writers, internationals, musicians, academics, commentators, trade unionists, student activists and actors.
RISE National Organiser, Jonathon Shafi said:
"This list of endorsements illustrates the scale of our support from figures on the left in Scotland, across the UK, and on the international scene. It underscores RISE as the reference point for Scottish socialism, and adds to the gathering momentum of our inaugural election campaign.
"Over the last few months, in a competitive electoral field, RISE has managed to establish itself as a feature of mainstream Scottish politics and had provoked a spirited debate about the future of the independence movement.
"RISE was launched just eight months ago, but in that time we have both cemented the unity of the Scottish left and developed a strong political identity. We intend to take our case for radical independence into parliament, where we'll win the argument for a second referendum with or without Westminster's consent and push for a combative anti-austerity strategy.
"This impressive spread of supporters from cultural and political life in Scotland and beyond confirms the breadth of support for electing RISE MSPs on Thursday."
We are supporting a 2nd vote for RISE on May the 5th, to elect left wing pro-independence MSPs. We hope you will join us.
*All signed in a 'personal capacity' unless prefixed with 'on behalf of'.
Veteran independence campaigner and ex SNP Deputy Leader
Author, playwright and prominent Yes Campaigner
Former Independent and SNP MSP
BAFTA award winning Scottish actor. Known for his work in the long-running children's drama Grange Hill and featured in Steven Speilbergs Band of Brothers and in recent years played "Gash" in the cult British comedy Rab C Nesbitt.
On behalf of Yes Craigmillar
Renowned author, campaigner and left-wing intellectual
Sociology lecturer and winner of the Isaac Deutcher memorial prize.
Trade union activist, member of the EIS-Fella Executive Committee
Student activist and President Stirling Students Union
Darren 'Loki' McGarvey
Rapper and social commentator
Senior politics lecturer
On behalf of the Catalonian independence left party, the CUP
Former SSP MSP, comedian
Former Labour MP
Co-organiser of the Lanarkshire Forum for Independence, activist and former member of the National Executive of the RMT.
Trade unionist and Group Treasurer for the PCS Union
Comedian also known as 'Vladimir Mactavish’.
Co-founder of Edinburgh Podemos.
Award winning Equal Pay solicitor and campaigner.
Author and journalist. Her most recent work is Restless Land: A Radical Journey Through Scotland's History
On behalf of Partia Razem, the Polish left party.
On behalf of the pro-independence left party on Quebec, Quebec Solidaire
Writer, film maker and author of Demanding Democracy: The Case for a Scottish Media.
Vice Chair of Unite Scotland and Chair of Unite Scotland - Women’s Committee
Dr Brendan McGeever
Sociology lecturer and anti-racist campaigner.
Unite Scottish Executive Committee, Aerospace and Shipbuilding
Chair, Unite Scotland Young Member’s Committee.
Dr Nick McKerrell
Lecturer in Law, and frequent commentator on Justice issues