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For our final meeting of 2016 on Mon 5 December, we are delighted to have Green MSP, Andy Wightman, to speak on the extremely topical subjects of Land, Democracy and the Economy. A few days ago on Wed 30 Nov 2016 in the Scottish Parliament, Andy proposed the following motion on local democracy (with splendidly plain wording)
The Final Report from the Commission on strengthening local democracy was published in August 2014 and can be downloaded from their website. At the time it was widely endorsed by political parties including the SNP and the Conservatives. However both these parties put forward “wrecking” amendments to Andy’s motion on Wednesday. Continue reading “December 2016 meeting: Andy Wightman on Land, Democracy and the Economy”
At our November 2016 monthly meeting, we welcomed Janet Fenton, Secretary at Scottish CND and the parliamentary liaison for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Janet spoke about the United Nations resolution vote she attended in New York in October 2016 and put this into a context of what Scotland’s contribution can be towards a global ban on nuclear weapons. You can watch Janet’s presentation here.
Yes Edinburgh West AGM meeting minutes
7.30pm Mon 3 October 2016
- 30 people attended.
- Apologies: Ian Grant, Ann Rayner, Andy Fraser, Fergus Henderson
- AGM: Anne Donohoe chaired
- 2016 progress: We’ve made good progress since being re-convened (constitution, office-bearers, bank, social media, monthly meetings, Currency group). It was agreed to amend the Constitution to define Membership as “those who have given us their email details (as opposed to those who are on the email list). We have already had a request to join via the NYR Indy app – Bob Glen has responded, and will circulate a draft welcome letter for use in future.BG
The first AGM of the formally constituted Yes Edinburgh West group will take place next Monday (3 Oct 2016) upstairs at the Clermiston Inn, Rannoch Road, Edinburgh, EH4 7EG. Before the AGM business, we will be showing a rare screening of the recently crowd-funded documentary “London Calling”, with the film-make, Alan Knight, in attendance to engage in discussion after the film. The running time of the documentary is 70mins. Please begin arriving from 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start.
Agenda for the AGM
- 2016 progress (constitution, committee, bank, social media, meetings)
- Treasurer’s report
- Election of office-bearers
- Vision for next year
- Suggestions for future events/speakers
- Venue for meetings
Guest post by Jason Baird of the National Yes Registry
Hello Wee Ginger Duggers and thank you so much to the WGD (and Paul of course) for allowing me this opportunity to describe what the National Yes Registry IndyApp project is all about before we finally launch it for public download on September the 18th. The IndyApp is a bespoke networking tool for the Yes movement. It is FREE to all participating groups and designed to allow those grass-root groups to work effectively together, share resources, experience and campaigning ideas. It will allow mentoring and mutual support among pro-Indy activists, encourage new community groups to form and dormant groups to reform.
Scotland – let’s hear it
Following the EU referendum, debate is again alive on how best Scotland equips itself for the future. So, as we look towards the opportunities that lie ahead, please help us. Let us know what you think by taking part in ‘The National Survey’. It only takes a couple of minutes.
Watch the introductory video below
On Monday 5 September 2016, Robin McAlpine will speak about Strategies for Independence and then answer your questions. All welcome! 5 Sept 19.30, Clermiston Inn function room (round the back, upstairs), 9 Rannoch Rd, Edinburgh, EH4 7EG. RSVP on our Facebook event page.
Robin has written regularly in Common Space that we need to target our independence campaigning very cleverly because we won’t persuade everyone. He also cautioned about putting too much store in the Brexit effect and this school of thought seems to be borne out by recent polling. For instance a recent YouGov poll found that although 12% of NO voters currently would vote YES in an indyref2, 13% of YES voters would actually vote NO! Continue reading “Robin McAlpine to talk strategy at our September 2016 meeting”