SIC launches a new cross-movement campaign

The cross-movement campaign to win a future independence referendum has been announced today by the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC).

The SIC has revealed its plans to provide staff and resources for the movement as part of a package that will act as a national campaign organisation.

The as-yet-unnamed campaign body will provide the strategic capacity, resources, messaging, media support and liaison to grassroots Yes campaigns across the country to increase support for independence beyond 50%. It is understood a crowd-funder to support the work will be announced in the near future.

The Scottish Independence Convention has already been undertaking research on public opinion in order to meet the challenges and big questions of Scottish independence head on.

Convenor of the SIC Elaine C Smith said: “This is it. We don’t know when the next referendum will be but we know we need to start campaigning now. We know we need to be getting on the front foot with the media. We know we need to be harnessing the power of our grassroots organisations. We know we need to be preparing to take the argument to the doorstep and the keyboard.

“For years after the last independence referendum there is still so much energy in the Yes movement but we need to harness it if we are going to successfully listen to and persuade our fellow Scots that the only safe way forward is to be in charge of our own destiny.

“The movement has successfully crowd-funded many initiatives since 2014. But this is the chance to take it to the next level. If we are serious about winning independence then we need to start campaigning on it now. And that means backing this fundraiser when it comes.

“Make no mistake, we are faced with a stark choice. We can either be responsible for our own future or we can rely on the increasingly shaky and erratic Westminster set up to take us on a rollercoaster ride of chaos and disaster. Brexit – something the majority of Scots did not vote for – is just months away and yet Westminster is obsessed with infighting rather than the best interest of our country. It is clear now that Scotland going its own way is the only safe and sensible option.”

Supporting the move Paul Kavanagh, also known as Wee Ginger Dug said: “I’m proud to be a part of this campaign.  It’s time. Time to work. Time to build. Time to make our better Scotland real. We can only do it by pulling together, by collaboration and cooperation, because the way we campaign for our better Scotland will define that Scotland once we win it. This is our Scotland, and it contains multitudes.”

Woman for Independence (WFI), an SIC member organisation said: “Since 2014, WFI have relentlessly continued to campaign for an independent Scotland and to further the cause of issues particularly relevant to women. We are delighted to see the grassroots groups and the wider YES movement coming together within the Scottish Independence Convention to collaborate on research, projects and campaigns in order to steer more people across to YES.

There’s no time like the present to make our case to the people of Scotland and to women in particular, that we can create a better future in an independent Scotland.”

A spokesperson for the Scottish Independence Convention said: “Having a movement-run independence campaign is immensely important as it will show voters in any future referendum that independence is about more than just party politics.

It will be about the politics they see every day in their communities, delivered by people they know and see day to day and this will give us the edge. It’s the people of Scotland who will deliver independence for our country and this campaign organisation will offer every support possible to show our friends and neighbours that no matter how they voted before, an independent Scotland can be theirs as well.”


12 comments on “SIC launches a new cross-movement campaign

  1. Anne Martin says:

    Brilliant. Just the boost the grass roots movement needs at the moment and it’s one crowdfunder I will definitely contribute to.

  2. Anne Watt says:

    Yes, the campaign must get going, I’m sure the Independence Movement is gathering momentum day by day. Keep it up!

  3. Ronnie says:

    Will SIC incorporate the ‘YES Ambassadors’ whose training is about to begin?

  4. Excellent news. It’s most definitely time for this to get started.

  5. Iain says:

    Great news! Let’s all get started again.

  6. Hector says:

    “The tide goes out, the tide will return. Stand on the shore undaunted and unafraid, building for the future and waiting the tide’s return. The high tide will come again.” (19.9.14 WGD) Comforting and prophetic words from you then Paul that taught us not to give up. The tide is rising again and with it our hopes and dreams for a better, more equal, more just and more compassionate Scotland. A country which values every single person and which inspires people to contribute their very best to make it a beacon for progress in this troubled world.

  7. Andy Anderson says:

    Great news.

    Business for Independence is doing a lot also to help us get the polls up. Look at there website

  8. Robert Stephen says:

    Great news, it’s time for all indy organisations to pull together as Westminster is almost presenting us with an open goal.

  9. deelsdugs says:

    Good to hear!

  10. heartsupwards says:

    Can I chuck a wee herring on the barby. What if the question posed in Indyref2 is not “Do you want Scotland to be an independent state?” What if the question is “Do you want Scotland to remain in a political union with England?”. Wouldn’t that mean we are now the No Campaign. Would this be beneficial to us. I can picture all the dunderheids struggling with that one come voting booth.

    • Marconatrix says:

      More seriously though, the probably would be an inherent bias in exactly how the question was put, positive or negative, the exact wording etc. It’s hard to see how to control for this (is there a psychologist in the house?) but so long I suppose as the SNP get to ask the question 😉

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