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Activist Films — Cathy McCormack

Cathy McCormack is a housing and anti-poverty activist from Easthall in Easterhouse. A pivotal figure within her community, Cathy fought to raise awareness around the relationship of poor quality housing to the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants.

Her activism in addressing Scotland’s housing crisis in the 1990s and the quality of housing led to the refurbishment of multiple flats within Easterhouse, building solidarity across communities in locations such as Nicaragua.

Both War Without Bullets (1995) and Evening Calls (1993) are available on CCA Annex for the next 6-months and coincide with Winnie Herbstein’s CCA exhibition Dampbusters that runs Fri 6 August — Sat 4 September 2021.



19 August 2021


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War Without Bullets is a short film made for the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women to which Cathy McCormack was an invited speaker. The film showcases Cathy’s work as a global community, anti-poverty activist, raising awareness about ‘the war waged against the poor with briefcases instead of guns’. It highlights Cathy’s involvement in […]

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Cathy McCormack’s ‘Evening Calls’ were aired on STV in 1993 as part of the ‘Thought for the Day’ series. They were a humorous approach to looking at the serious issues that faced her community. Damp housing, fuel poverty and poor health were an ongoing struggle, as well as the negative image of the schemes portrayed […]

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