The 10th of October saw a Socialist Feminist Day of Action, Socialist Students (from Glasgow City College, Strathclyde University, and University of Glasgow) and Socialist Party Scotland members took to Buchanan Street, Glasgow to address and speak out against gender-based violence; rape culture; and misogyny – all too prevalent in our society. The solidarity with the thousands of women striking to be granted equal pay to men, as well as the rejection of the decision to confirm Brett Kavanaugh’s position in the US Supreme Court, was evident with their picket signs being plastered with these issues. The signs related to Kavanaugh were undoubtedly the most controversial with them receiving criticism from some of the public. However, despite this we as activists received far more support than opposition. This was reflected by the amount of signatures obtained from the public on the petitions provided; petitions on the ‘Tories Out, General Election Now’ campaign, Glasgow equal pay strikes, and ‘Cancel Kavanaugh’ – the latter being the most popular. A number of speeches from the activists were live streamed on the day to the ‘Socialist Students Scotland’ Facebook page, along with pictures being posted, in order to document and maximise the audience of this Speak Out. Overall, this day of action was successful in spreading awareness and proving the existing support and acknowledgement of these relevant, widespread issues. The next event taking place which relates to these issues is ‘Reclaim the Night’ marches in Glasgow on 23rd November and West Dunbartonshire on the 27th of November.
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