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A University of Aberdeen student society formed in 2018 and part of a network of grassroots political groups seeking to advance the cause of Scottish independence.

References: University Freshers’ magazines

Sources: unknown.

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Extinction Rebellion is an international movement founded in London in late 2018. The movement uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.

A branch was established in Aberdeen in early 2019, yet an Aberdeenshire group had already existed in late 2018. In early 2019 another group was formed at Robert Gordon University.

References: website

Sources: unknown.

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Aberdeen Climate Action was founded in 2014 with the aim of raising awareness of climate change and to prompt action towards carbon reduction and living sustainably. The inaugural event was a photographic competition and the group run a regular Climate Café featuring guest speakers.

References: website.

Sources: unknown.

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Campaign for Socialism is a Scottish left-wing group of Labour Party members, originally founded in 1994, as part of the campaign for the retention of Clause 4 in the constitution. In 2017 the group agreed a joint membership scheme with Momentum (which was founded in 2015).

The Aberdeen group was formed in 2015.

References: website.

Sources: unknown.

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The Communist Party of Britain was formed after a split in the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) in 1988.

An Aberdeen branch has been active since 2017.

Related entries: Aberdeen Communist Party.

References: website.

Sources: unknown

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There was an anarchist group in Aberdeen in the 1890s but there does not appear to have been a formal group again until the late 1960s. The Aberdeen Anarchist Group was active by 1966, and by 1968 there were 2 groups (Aberdeen Anarchists and Aberdeen Anarchist Federation (a branch of the national group, The Syndicalists Workers’ Federation), as well as a student group at Aberdeen University. Local anarchists were involved in other campaigns as well such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (Youth), Committee of 100, the anti-Vietnam war movement and tenants’ rights groups. Also of note is that the Scottish Anarchist Conference was held in Aberdeen in March 1969 and the Anarchist Federation of Scotland branch Scottish Secretary was based in Montrose.

The Aberdeen groups appear to have dissolved by 1970. From the late 1960s as well, local anarchists were now forming new groups, and calling themselves libertarian socialists: Solidarity (Aberdeen Group) (1967 – 1972), Aberdeen Libertarian Socialist Group (c.1973 – c.1982) and Social Revolution/Solidarity (c.1975 – c.1982). These groups were very active for many years, locally and nationally, and the Social Revolution group of the late 1970s was part of the Scottish Libertarian Federation.

There was an active anarchist group by the late 1980s and they issued a news-sheet titled ‘Titanic: Aberdeen Anarchist Monthly’. There have been numerous groupings active since then (such as Aberdeen Anarchist Resistance in the early 2000s), yet groups have often been short-lived and prone to lapse (the latest incarnation of a group was set up in 2016). There are strong connections with other groups such as Aberdeen Against Austerity and the Aberdeen Anti-Fascist Alliance.

Related entries: Aberdeen Against Austerity, Aberdeen Anti-Fascist Alliance, Aberdeen Libertarian Socialist Group, Aberdeen University Anarchist Group, Social Revolution/Solidarity and Solidarity (Aberdeen Group).

References: Aberdeen Press and Journal and Freedom newspaper sourced online.

Sources: some printed material (a copy of ‘Titanic: Aberdeen Anarchist Monthly’, c.1988, is held at the Scottish Radical Library/ACE archive in Edinburgh).

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A branch of the national organisation which had been founded in 1950 (as the Socialist Review Group), which became the International Socialists in 1962 and finally the Socialist Workers Party in 1977. Members are very active in campaigns in the city and selling the Socialist Worker newspaper.

Related entries: Aberdeen University Socialist Worker Student Society.

References: adverts in International Socialism newspaper.

Sources: national archive is held at Warwick University, Modern Records Centre.

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