July Grassroots planning meeting

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Meeting ID: 990 8979 9094

One of the items on the agenda is the National YES Banner Library. On Saturday we will be making choices for the banners we will initially display around our area. Please can you all take a look at the banner designs on our website grassrootsoban.scot/banners so that we can make a choice on Saturday without taking forever to look at the designs.

Please also read the letter (below) sent by YES Highland to our elected members. We will talk about this during the meeting.

Agenda for Planning Meeting July 11th 10am

  • Zoom Account
  • Monthly Guest Speaker Meetings
  • Scottish Indy Music Gig
  • National YES Banner Library
  • YES Highland letter to elected members (see below)
  • Indy socially distanced Cavalcade 1st August
  • Indy Live Radio – Breege
  • Invite from YES Highland to join them
  • Finance – Colin
  • Date of next meeting ( 8th August)

YES Highland Letter to Elected Members
16 June 2020

Yes Highland, a long-standing umbrella organisation of thirteen Yes groups, held its first digital meeting on Saturday 6 June 2020. It represents a substantial combined membership from the cardinal points of the region – Moray in the east, Skye and the Outer Hebrides in the west, Caithness in the north and Lochaber to the south – over a third of the land area of Scotland.

At this meeting, it was agreed that there was widespread frustration at the Section 30 impasse, and that Yes Highland should formalise our position in a letter to Highland and Islands SNP MSPs and MPs.

We acknowledge the reality of where Scotland finds itself; that the UK is now heading towards the category of a failed state, with a complete lack of democratic accountability at Westminster and an arrogant disregard for Scotland. This is apparent for all to see.

In our efforts to avert this very real threat to Scotland, Yes Highland wish to set down their belief that the Scottish Government must get on with playing the part that the Indy community expects of them, in obtaining independence for Scotland, and to do so with a far greater sense of urgency.

It is not enough to show that Westminster holds us in contempt, and it is naive in the extreme to imagine that Mr Johnson will have to concede a referendum on Independence for Scotland.

With the Holyrood election fast approaching, we need clarity on the path to independence. Much has been promised since the heady days of 2014 and all too often small steps forward actually feel more like steps backwards in the SNP’s pursuit of Scottish Independence which is, after all, its stated raison d’être.

We fear that in 2021, with a likely no-deal Brexit, Westminster will impose ‘British constitutional unity’ upon our sovereign nation. Now is the time to be much more vocal about our primary aim of independence.

The Yes movement is essential to the delivery of the independence message on the ground, just as the political strength and leadership of the SNP are crucial to unlocking the constitutional door. Our desire to see an independent Scotland unites us. We must work together with a real sense of urgency to gain our independence and not be content to think it will somehow just happen.

An urgent plan is needed. To this end Yes Highland, of which a substantial number are voting members of the SNP, would welcome your personal perspective as to what represents the realistic and practical way forward to achieving our shared goal of an independent Scotland.

Yours sincerely,

From: Aye2Aye Lochaber InverYess Loch Yes North West Lochaber for Indy Outer Hebrides for Independence Yes Badenoch & Strathspey Yes Caithness Yes Forres Yes Moray Yes Nairn Yes Ross & Sutherland Yes Skye & Lochalsh Yes Speyside Glenlivet

Sent to: Mike Russell MSP Alasdair Allan MSP Ian Blackford MP Fergus Ewing MSP Kate Forbes MSP Drew Hendry MP Richard Lochhead MSP Angus Brendan MacNeil MP Gail Ross MSP Maree Todd MSP

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