Building a Movement for Yes
The Scottish Independence Convention was formed in 2005 as a cross-party/ no party group whose purpose was to promote independence and create a space for cooperation outside of the party boundaries. It is both an individual membership group and has party affiliates.
The prospect of a referendum was a particular incentive so the early work was to promote the case for giving the Scottish public the opportunity to decide their future. The referendum, of course, went off the agenda when there was no majority at Holyrood and this meant that SIC lacked a sharp focus but since May there is again a clear objective. It will be essential to have a wide a range of support for a Yes vote to have a chance of success. The parties which are SIC affiliates are SNP, Greens, SSP and Solidarity. Elaine C Smith is the enthusiastic Convener and there is a governing council of twelve elected members, four office-bearers and representatives from the affiliated parties.
The coming three years are going to provide a great challenge and getting people to work together will be one of them.
The AGM takes place on Thursday 13th October at 6.30 in Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.