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We are reaching out across Scotland to find people who would be 'guest bloggers' on the new Action on Sectarianism website.

We want to hear from those who want to encourage discussion on research, projects, events, toolkits and any other resource that you think will help others to take action on sectarianism. The AoS Blog will be the platform for you to create conversation around tackling sectarianism. You can provide insight into a project, laws - new and old, discuss research statistics, news articles, academic papers or local projects... it is your choice. The readers of this blog will be those who are working to tackle sectarianism in their communities, and beyond. If you would like to be an AoS Blogger or would like to find out more, please get in touch.

Opinions expressed by bloggers are their own and don't represent those of Action on Sectarianism or YouthLink Scotland.

By Paul Johnston -Director for Safer Communities, Scottish Government

I'm writing this update immediately after the June meeting of the Building Safer Communities programme board.  We're focussed as a Board on working to reduce crime and victimisation.  This is already being done by the organisations round the Board table - including Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Violence Reduction Unit, and local government and third sector representatives.  Our community safety team is joined by colleagues from health, housing and regeneration and the improvement team from within the SG.   Our expectation is that we can achieve more by working together than we could do alone.

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By Rebecca Jones, Glasgow Women's Library

On Wednesday 14th May, hosts Kate McHendry (Development Manager at the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)) and Robin Jamieson (Community Research Officer at Community Links (South Lanarkshire)) welcomed Glasgow Women’s Library’s ‘Mixing the Colours: Women Speaking About Sectarianism’ project back to the Community Action Research in Tackling Sectarianism Co-Inquiry, the second gathering in a series hosted by the SCDC and Community Links (South Lanarkshire) with the aim of bringing together groups who are working on sectarianism awareness projects to share information and ideas. 

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Written by a former police officer, who wishes to remain anonymous

I am a retired police officer, I left the police some time ago, but in many ways I still think, act and talk like a police officer! When you do something for thirty two years, some things will stick and there is no doubt (for better or worse!) it has made me the person I am.

What does stick with absolute certainty is the range of experiences that come with the job, good, bad and indifferent. I policed many football matches during my time, at various ranks and in different locations

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By Rachel Thain-Gray, Glasgow Women's Library

With project report time underway it’s time for Mixing The Colours to reflect on our work since July 2013 and plan for the coming year.

Mixing the Colours works with the recognition that sectarianism is not simply a problem of men and football and that people experience sectarianism differently and so we are addressing how sectarianism affects women in diverse communities.

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By Rebecca Jones, Glasgow Women's Library Volunteer - 12th April 2014

On 27th and 28th March, I had the great pleasure of assisting Rachel Thain-Gray (Mixing the Colours Development Worker at Glasgow Women’s Library) as she hosted a series of creative writing workshops at Brora Community Learning Centre in Brora, Sutherland.

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By Rachel Thain-Gray, Glasgow Women's Library

As part of International Women’s Day 2014, Scottish Women’s Aid are holding a seminar featuring Audrey Gillan’s radio play ‘A Firm Hand’. The play follows Chris, who has been referred to a domestic abuse perpetrator programme and who has been banned from attending Old Firm football games.

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By Rachel Thain-Gray of Glasgow Women's Library

Over the course of 2014 and into 2015 Mixing The Colours staff and volunteers will blog on our exciting activities across Scotland as we champion women’s voices on the subject of anti-sectarianism.

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By Rebecca

On 15th January, I was pleased and privileged to have the opportunity to join Rachel Thain-Gray (Development Worker for the Mixing the Colours project at Glasgow Women’s Library) at the first Community Action Research in Tackling Sectarianism Co-Inquiry, hosted by the Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) at the IET Teacher Building on Glasgow’s St Enoch Square.

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A reflection on my experiences in P6  by Heather

Reflecting on my own experiences I realised that I can pin point exactly when the relationship between Protestants and Catholics became about difference and that sectarianism is a bad thing.

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Created by Helen, 05/12/2013

It’s less than a centimetre long but it seems to look a lot bigger when I stare at it in my mirror. The scar is partly hidden by my eyebrow but I know it’s there even if most folk don’t notice it.

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Originally created by Tom Devine on 23/04/2011

THE disgraceful episode of "bombs in the post" has produced unprecedented soul-searching about this country's age-old problem of sectarianism. It has led to claim and counter-claim, assertion and counter-assertion and much hand-wringing in public and private.

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Originally posted by Alistair McBay on 13/7/2013

The last few weeks have seen the topic of religious observance (RO) in schools hit the headlines in Scotland. Two petitions have been lodged, one at central government and one at local government level.

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Eolene Boyd-MacMillan
Thanks so much, Sarah, downloaded and reading. Terrific!

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