Each group should elect two delegates to monitor, relate issues of importance to and from the forum and their group. These delegates will also chair debates on Registry issues at group meetings and if necessary conduct group votes on them.
The delegates are to simply relay group discussions, deliberations or suggestions to the forum. They are not group representatives but conduits of their groups considered views and preoccupations.
Group members will therefore be responsible for raising, within their groups, ideas or issues that they feel Registry involvement is required for, or would be of advantage to. The group will then evaluate and decide its worth and if agreed, their delegates will take it to the forum for full Registry discussion and/or action. Delegates are of course included in this process as group members.
2. Synchronised meeting dates
Each membership group should commit to regular and synchronised meetings, to be held on the first and 3rd week of every month. Day to be negotiated among the membership groups.
This will ensure that national or regional business raised in the National YES Registry ‘forum’ can be submitted in good time for group meetings to be held and chaired by the delegates. Decisions or discussions of this nature can then be made by the membership throughout the country, at known and preset dates. This also enhances the importance of each ‘local’ meeting, as each now become integral parts of a larger, regular and preset ‘national’ grass-root meeting night. This gives proper status to even the ‘smallest’ of local meetings, recognising them for the lifeblood of our grass-roots movement that they are.
This synchronised meeting structure (and the benefits that flow from it), will hopefully also encourage the formation of many more activist groups. From the outset, even the smallest of groups will correctly start to understand and percieve themselves as essential and valued members of what is a national, as well as intensely local movement. This in turn extends our movement’s footholds in local communities, providing important rallying points for others in those communities with an interest in Scottish Independence. Surely a key function to the success of Indyref2.
3. Campaigning funds
Each constituted member group should set up a bank account for campaigning purposes.
If not set up already this will, in itself, help formalise the group structures through the need for members within it, to begin to shoulder some organisational responsibility (and the discussions this will precipitate).
4. Authority of grass-roots ‘voice’
Each group agrees to allow the National YES Registry ‘Forum’ to speak for the ‘whole’ on points that have been taken to a National YES Registry vote and received majority support from within the voting members.
This does not stop a dissenting group from making their view known, just that it understands and is clear that the Registry view will always carry the authority of a grass-roots majority and has the right to be heard and disseminated as such.
5. Collective discipline
The ability for any group to call a vote to remove from the National YES Registry any group that is considered by their fellow member groups to be working against the interests of the Independence grass-roots movement or the National YES Registry as a collective.
This will be done via evidenced debate. Votes will be taken at individual group level and then relayed by delegates for a vote in the Forum. A two thirds majority vote threshold is required for expulsion or remedial actions.