Sunday, 20 April 2008

Pollok Free State Film

Pollok Estate was given to the people in 1939, once given it cannae be ungiven,
it can only be stolen.
Colin Macleod, Pollok Free State

'Given To The People' is a film telling the story of the Pollok Free State. The Free State was initiated by the actions of local resident, Colin Macleod, who began a tree top protest against the building of the M77 motorway through Pollok Park in the early 1990s. Over several years this grew into a series of camps across Pollok. It sought not only to block an unwanted motorway cutting through one of Europe's largest inner city public commons, land that had been gifted to the people of Glasgow, but also raised issues over the rights of local people to determine the use and development of public space - rights that many felt were being denied.

On Sunday 20th April there will be a special discussion following the film, looking at the legacy of the Free State and how that relates to issues of public space and the environment in Glasgow today.
Now that public space in Glasgow is once again under threat the story of the Pollok Free State is as important today as it was ten years ago.
Full details of todays film screening and discussion at GalGael, 15 Fairley Street, Govan, Glasgow at Given to the people
Glasgow Public Space Websites

The Canongate Project is hosting a Common Good Day Scotland on Saturday the 24th May 10-4pm at the Community Shop, 8 St Marys St. Campaigners from Glasgow and throughout Scotland will be gathering to discuss this very important movement which is gathering momentum.Full Programme Here