We hope we are in the early days of a better nation. Let’s make it one.
Last week people turned out in their droves to change their country for the better. What if people turned out in those numbers to do something for their fellow citizens?
Early Days is an attempt to take the energy and hunger for change in Scotland following the results of the referendum on September 18th and put it to action. Whether yes or no, people power prevailed during the referendum, and this is a medium for people to channel their passion through mass actions. We encourage change from the bottom up to make Scotland a more socially just nation, without the need for politicians. Fuelled by the quote made famous by Alasdair Gray ‘work as if you live in the early days of a better nation’ Early Days is just a starting point.
Its only #earlydays but lets be the change by enacting one or more of our 10 calls to action:
1. #earlydays. Give in body: it’s clear from recent debate the NHS is dear to us all and blood is a vital commodity. If 1200 more people in Scotland donate each week, we’d be in surplus. The Government cannot help with this, only you can! If you can help to reach this target get on it and you’re at it sign up for organ and marrow donations. Or campaign for opt out organ donation
2. #earlydays. Feed. That we have to have food banks is a disgrace, but they’re here right now so help make them full to bursting point. Two days after the referendum there was an impromptu donation in Glasgow’s George Square why not make things like that a regular occurrence? Several of our members are already going to give their time as well. Or combat the larger problem and campaign to make them a thing of the past. Increases in minimum wage, adoption of the living wage, improvements to benefits, and increased levels of employment could all reduce this need.
Current minimum wage is £6.31 p/h (set to rise to £6.50 in October) but living wage is £7.50 outside London.
3. #earlydays. Invest in children: It may be a cliche but our young people are our future, and if the 16-18 year olds who engaged in this debate are anything to go by, the future’s in safe hands. But many children and young people are in need of help. A campaign is already underway to donate to Aberlour: Scotland’s Children’s Charity. Sign up on facebook, Text BUILD to 70660 to give £3 per month to Aberlour. (You can opt out at any time by texting STOP) and invite your friends. Other children’s charities are available.
4. #earlydays. Bring the politicians to account. Write to your MPs and MSPs to request they stick by the promises made over the last few weeks by the major party leaders. The changes which have been promised are not what everyone wanted but they are an improvement on the situation right now.
Sign the petition to hold Cameron, Clegg and Milliband to account https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/promise-for-Scotland
Sign the Electoral Reform Convention http://action.electoral-reform.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1754&ea.campaign.id=31898
Contact your MP http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/
Contact your MSPs http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/help/32438.aspx
This Guy writes to No 10 every day to highlight issues facing the nation http://www.keithordinaryguy.org.uk/
5. #earlydays. Keep voting: These last weeks have been a triumph for democracy, wouldn’t it be great if we could keep voter registration and turnout high for the upcoming General and Scottish elections? Over the last few days people from both campaigns have been aligning themselves with political parties who most closely fit what they were campaigning for. You should consider it and fight to keep the democratic process alive(following list is alphabetical to remove bias)
Conservative Party http://www.scottishconservatives.com/
Green Party https://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/
Labour Party http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/
Liberal Democrats http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/
Scottish Nationalist Party http://www.snp.org/
Scottish Socialist Party http://www.scottishsocialistparty.org/
Or if you don’t like any of the above, think about Bella Caledonia’s suggestion to stand for election yourself.
6. #earlydays. Want real journalism. There have been many complaints about mass media bias of late. The protests at the BBC last week were one of many proofs of this. Sign the petition for an enquiry into bias, or contact ofcom direct?
There are strict rules in place for media outlets about how they report on elections, we should make them stick to them.
We can’t find a group talking about print media was skewed during the election? Have you found one, or will you set one up.
www.Fayyoung.org/sometimes-the-facts-get-in-the-way-of-a-good-story is a pretty good breakdown of how one story in the referendum got away from the facts and the implications this has.
Many people are talking about getting rid of their licence fee following the last few weeks, is this the best plan? Or do you still want to fund the things they do that you enjoy? Can we campaign to get journalists to concentrate on the 99%? Do we need an initiative for lobbying, media training, visits to newsrooms, meet and greets to foster mutual understanding between the media and the many?
7. #earlydays. Fight for peace. Since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 the distance between the international ideals of people of Britain and the Foreign Policy of the British Government appears to have widened considerably. During the Referendum Campaign, this disconnect coalesced specifically around the UK’s nuclear weapons program and the housing of Trident at Faslane, for many people it became one of (if not THE) major issue.
Scottish CND have been fighting on this issue since the 1950s, you could join today http://www.banthebomb.org/
Here is a massive list of other campaign groups that are fighting for peace in different ways http://www.theguardian.com/antiwar/subsection/0,,884056,00.html
Choose the one you love the most and then dance away!
8. #earlydays. Bank ethically. Since 2008 our trust in the banking system has disappeared. The phrase ‘too big to fail’ became the mantra, and justification for increasing our national debt, but it doesn’t mean you have to prop up a company you don’t trust, or one which invests in things you don’t agree with. So why not move your money out of the banks you don’t trust? For a long time the co-op bank was the easy option on this front, so instead you’re going to have to do some work and decide amongst the other banks by preference, there’s some good advice here:
and a good bank search engine here:
Campaign for the regulation of asset based finance http://www.rabf.org.uk/about.html
Carbon Capital Campaign http://www.wdm.org.uk/carbon-capital
Get the banks out of coal http://action.wdm.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1784&ea.campaign.id=25274
9. #earlydays. Act internationally
Working just to make Scotland and Britain better, is not enough, we have to work as if we are living in the early days of a better nation
10. #greatscots change the climate: Stop Fracking, Reduce dependency on oil, increase use of renewable, buy energy saving lightbulbs, start a veg patch,
And finally…. keep the fire alive
Throughout the campaign people wrote, talked and shared coming up with countless ideas to make a better Scotland. Keep this fire alive by continuing what’s already been done and coming up with new ways to improve our nation.
We’re keeping a list of writing on a better nation, here’s what we have so far:
A list of groups working to make scotland better https://www.facebook.com/StayEngagedScotland/posts/1546773905555788?fref=nf
Evolution not revolution http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/09/20/what-we-need-now-is-evolution-not-revolution/
Let Scotland Flourish! http://wakeupscotland.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/let-scotland-flourish
The commonweal project and what it does next
52 small things for equality http://www.pinterest.com/citizensadvice/52-small-things-for-equality/
After the referendum, what now event
A positive way forward?
New songs for a new Scotland http://bit.ly/XtVjAT
A political minorclass where everyone is welcome http://www.theguardian.com/news/bush-mail/2014/jun/16/voices-for-indi-give-political-minorclass-where-everyone-is-welcome