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Aberdeen Cuba Solidarity Campaign was established in 1993 with the support of the Aberdeen Trades Council and is part of the wider Scottish and British Solidarity Campaigns. It was established to provide practical assistance to the people of Cuba through campaigning, fund raising and cultural events.

References: Aberdeen Trades Union Council Annual Reports.

Sources: unknown.

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In 1980 the Grampian Union Against Youth Employment was set up with the assistance of Aberdeen Trades Council, to campaign for better services and facilities for the unemployed. By 1981 the Union (now called the Grampian Unemployment Union) had a ‘centre’ at the Trades Council property at 21 Adelphi and provided advice on welfare rights and campaigned against benefit cuts etc. In 1983 the Aberdeen Unemployment Centre was established at 334 George Street, in 1985 re-located to the St Katherine’s Centre at West North Street and finally in 1988 moved to 54 Frederick Street. The Centre published their own news-sheets, initially ‘Doledrum’ and then from the late 1980s ‘The Signing-On-Times’. The Centre was also utilised by various groups such as the Anti-Poll Tax Movement and in 1989 the Memorial Library of the 15th International Brigade was opened at the Centre (the library is now housed at the Aberdeen Trades Union Council offices at the Adelphi).

In 1992 the centre became the Aberdeen Employment Restart Centre.

Related entries: Aberdeen Trades Union Council.

References: Aberdeen Trades Union Council Annual Reports and see below.

Sources: Some material such as annual reports are held as part of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council archives at the University of Aberdeen Library.

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The Grampian Regional Equality Council works to promote respect and combat discrimination for all people. At the end of the 1970s, Aberdeen welcomed Vietnamese families made refugees by the war in their country. It was realised that a support network was required and a committee of volunteers and representatives from local authorities and agencies was established. Over time, Grampian Community Relations Council came into being, then became Grampian Racial Equality Council and finally Grampian Regional Equality Council.

The organisation has led the way in promoting and campaigning for equality and diversity in the north-east of Scotland. The organisation also coordinates the North East Scotland Equalities Network (NESEN), formed in 2011, which aims to achieve equality in disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, age, religion and belief, through a network of public bodies and the voluntary sector.

References: Website.

Sources: unknown.

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A University of Aberdeen society which advertised in the Freshers’ magazines. It was part of the national Green Student Network.

References: University Freshers’ magazines.

Sources: unknown.

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A University branch of the Greenpeace movement appears in the Freshers’ magazine in 1978 and again from 1986.

The world Greenpeace movement had been founded in the late 1960s/early 1970s.

References: University Freshers’ magazines.

Sources: unknown.

 

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A group active in Aberdeen in 1995 established with the aim of campaigning against the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994. The Act was seen as an attack on human rights and civil liberties as it introduced a number of changes to the existing law, most notably in the restriction and reduction of existing rights and in greater penalties for certain ‘anti-social’ behaviours.

There was a national movement against this Act and widespread actions and demonstrations.

References: University Freshers’ magazine (1995).

Sources: unknown.

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Critical Mass Aberdeen aims to celebrate cycling as an alternative to motorised forms of transport for every day travel. There have been various mass cycle events in 1997, again from 2006 – 2008 and more recently.

There was also a University of Aberdeen society advertising in the Freshers’ magazine in 1995.

The Critical Mass movement is worldwide and started in America in 1992.

References: old website and University Freshers’ magazines.

Sources: unknown.

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