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The Gathering #1

The Gathering #1

The Gathering

A defining moment for Indy campaigners everywhere


On the 27th of May a group of Yes Ross Sutherland members went to The Albert Halls, Stirling to attend The Gathering. This event, put on by the National Yes Registry, brought together around 300 members from grassroots campaign groups across the country. The objectives were to allow the various groups to meet face to face, to work collaboratively on a number of topics and to get the ball rolling on several projects, facilitated by the IndyApp, a newly developed piece of software designed as a networking tool that will encourage different groups/individuals to work together on campaign ideas and co-ordinate at a national level.

The day was a fantastic success.

After registration and a brief introduction by the event organisers we heard from the key note speakers. Mhairi Black spoke in a pre-recorded video about her strong support for our efforts and enthusiasm for the aims of the event. This was followed up in person by Dennis Canavan who reminded us that Independence is not the objective but merely a vehicle to achieving the kind of Scotland that we all want to live in – a fairer, more sustainable society that can stand on the world stage as a force for good.

Then it was down to business and the attendees split up into working groups to each discuss one of 21 topics that ranged from Economy of an Independent Scotland and Currency & National Debt to Reframing our Arguments and a mysterious ‘Big Bang’. Workgroups had over an hour to discuss their respective topics and come up with a 3 minute presentation to report findings back to the conference. There were some excellent debates and the presentations, when they came, showed that all groups had taken the task seriously with some great points raised and good ideas coming through. A YES bank to support grassroots fundraising without fees, the Pensions team reminding us that UK National Insurance has all been spent (mainly on wars) leaving a black hole for our future, Benefits talked of a Basic Income and pointed out that those in receipt of benefits are a big demographic and can’t be ignored. Good News Scotland pointed out we must publicise the good things about living in Scotland to combat the MSM’s negativity. Community Groups suggested reaching out by talking, not about Independence, but about specific issues that have an impact in the community. It was great to hear what a small group of motivated people can come up with in an hour.

After the talks we all voted on our favourites and new, volunteer workgroups were allocated to the top five topics in order to build on the ideas from the first session. While those groups worked the rest of us were treated to short presentations from Business for Scotland, iScot, The Indy Pledge and others. BfS is offering a training course for those who want to improve their canvassing skills – sounds really interesting and could make a big difference! iScot magazine is a substantial, monthly publication with news and stories from Scotland – not aimed solely at Indy minded folk so it can speak to the undecideds out there. Indy Pledge is about how we behave as individuals and groups in our quest for a better Scotland – many of us in Yes Ross Sutherland have signed (and we’ve signed as a group) already so please check this out.

Following these short pitches we were able to hear briefly from the five groups working on the high scoring topics. These groups (now designated committees) will continue to work together on their projects into the longer term using the IndyApp as a forum to structure their work and remain in contact with each other across Scotland. Peter Bell, working on the Reframing the Argument committee gave an excellent presentation on what, we have discovered, is an extremely important issue – that of the language used when talking about Independence. There is too much to explain in a short summary like this but Peter Bell provides a lot more detail on this topic here – highly recommended. The Developing as a Social Movement committee stressed the need for positivity and respect for all views, reminding us again about the Indy Pledge which will be very important in creating an open and credible movement. Simple, quick messages will be easy to use on the doorstep while more detail could be provided in YouTube videos. In the first session we had heard from an Irishman, fresh from the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, who stressed the importance of creating an inclusive social movement in achieving that momentous result. The Big Bang committee is working on an undisclosed project with two functions. Firstly, it will combat a message that has been insidiously infiltrating the minds of many over recent months and years. Namely, that “Scotland doesn’t want another referendum” or “Now’s not the time”. Pedalled by the MSM and the UK prime minister it has the power to become a self-fulfilling prophecy unless debunked for the nonsense that it is. The second function – to stir up some panic in the Unionist camp!

What a day. What a beginning! With 300 or so committed folk we achieved a heck of a lot in a short space of time. The atmosphere of the whole day was very positive; everywhere you looked there were people with a great attitude all wanting this to work, for the day to be a success. And it was. It is evident that there is a really serious movement emerging from a group of engaged and motivated people from all over Scotland. Not just those at The Gathering, there are many thousands of us. Not politicians, just normal folk with an eye to making their country a better place by taking ownership of it. The Grassroots – and we’re getting organised. Perhaps that is the biggest take-home message of them all.




A great excuse for a party

A great excuse for a party

We are delighted to announce that Highland CND will be joining us at our event ‘A GUID NICHT OOT‘ to celebrate the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) receiving the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo. The award is for the campaign’s critical contribution to the new UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. Already the Treaty has been signed by 53 UN member states and it will come into force as soon as 50 states have ratified it.

Would be great if everyone could get their tickets asap so we have an idea of numbers for food, Thanks.

Tickets available here

Promoting the Indy apps

Promoting the Indy apps

We are very lucky in the YES movement to have two superb apps at our disposal The IndyApp from NYR and Yes2Hub, both serving different purposes and complimenting each other perfectly. From news and analysis to communications we have it covered. These apps are of no good if we don’t all download and use them. 


Yes2 Hub is a social media platform promoting independence for Scotland, allowing you to easily follow and get notifications of the latest articles from pro-indy sites including Wings Over Scotland, Bella Caledonia, Newsnet Scotland and more.
The hub also cover livestreams by Independence Live & podcasts from the likes of Lesley Riddoch & Michael Greenwell.

In addition you can also follow other users and groups and create your own feed. The events section is especially useful for both promoting your events and finding any other events in your area.

Get the app on Google PLay


A networking app that will show you all registered groups (around 125 I believe) and after registering as a user will let you join any group or groups that appeal to you. The app has a messenger that will allow in group chat and in addition each group will have a couple of editors that can communicate with all other group editors via an editors forum. The app will also store useful group information such as events and campaigns.

Get the app on Google Play

Both of these apps not only deserve our support but will, I’m sure become essential tools when the next Indyref is called but we need to use them and build them now in preparation.

Solidarity with Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia

Yes Ross | Sutherland are proud to support this event and we would encourage all our members to make an effort to come along. This rally is in defence of Democracy, that is something we should all hold very dear.

Day of Action Inverness

Day of Action Inverness

We enjoyed a great day and excellent reception in Inverness yesterday with our day of action in conjunction with InverYess2 ,CND ,Nairnshire YES ,Christians for Independence and All Under One Banner.

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After an initial gazebo crisis, ‘makes mental note to start gazebo fundraiser’ we found many folk eager to engage and discuss a variety of issues and armed with some superb fresh leaflets from the Indy Poster Boy we were able to highlight not only the threat to Scottish parliament from the Tory power grab but also the great potential of Scottish resources if we were to go for Indy.

Every time we venture out now it seems, our group grows, contacts are made and the cause for Scottish Independence is advanced.

We were greatly encouraged by the number of EU nationals living in Scotland who identified themselves to us. Your support is greatly appreciated, thank you.

Without the continued support of our membership we would not be able to undertake ventures like this and to you, thank you. If you would like to support our future endeavours donations can be made here.

Solidarity with Catalonia

Solidarity with Catalonia

YES Ross & Sutherland as a non-aligned grassroots group within the YES movement supporting Scottish Independence, wish to affirm our support and absolute solidarity with our friends in Catalonia.
We fully support the right to self-determination and urge the Catalan people to seize the opportunities and security offered by a Sí vote.
To oppose the path of democracy as the Spanish Government are attempting to do is an attack on all basic human rights as enshrined in international law and is completely unacceptable.
We encourage our friends and comrades within the wider YES family to reach out and support Catalonia in every way possible.