While I was away a few more of Phantom Power’s excellent videos in his Journey to Yes series have been released. Help to make some more of these videos which are a wonderful campaigning tool to persuade wavering voters to come to yes – contribute here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/journey-to-yes-film#/
Number 11 – Kathi
Kathi left East Germany when the wall fell to study in Scotland . She now works as a language teacher and lives with her British family in the Scottish Borders. Kathi and her family are just one of many who now face the agonising wait to see what their post-Brexit future in Scotland will be. Kathi discusses ideas of nationalism and her experience of Scotland as an open and international country where anyone can be Scottish if they choose. . After voting No in the first independence referendum, Brexit proved to be the catalyst for Kathi to find out more about the viability of an independent Scotland. Kathi began to distrust her traditional news choices in favour of The National and new media Wings Over Scotland and Bella Caledonia. Kathi has reached the view that Scotland can be a successful country and needs to go in its own direction unhampered by Westminster. Kathi has become increasingly active politically and now runs the twitter operation of Germans for Independence at Germans for ScotRef . In a short time Kathi has built a strong online community of Germans, Europeans and Internationals who have embraced the idea of self-determination for Scotland. EU Nationals’ voice may prove vital in the next referendum. After a year since the Brexit vote, the UK Govt and Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Tories have provided no guarantees for EU Nationals and the attempt to move the next referendum beyond the EU exit date will deny the voices of 160,000 of our EU friends.
NB The Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
Number 12 – Sophie
Sophie Grace-Chappell is a highly regarded Professor of Philosophy at The Open University and lives in Dundee. Professor Grace-Chappell is transgender and has a particular interest in how power structures impact the society we live in. The idea of internationalism, tolerance and a more caring society is fundamental to her philosophy. The promise of a federal UK through which Scotland’s democratic defecit would be addressed encouraged Professor Grace-Chappell to vote No. The series of democratic betrayals since 2014 and outcome of the Brexit vote gradually convinced Sophie that independence is now the correct moral action for Scotland. Professor Grace-Chappell also discusses the rise of the Tory right-wing authoritarian government and disturbing implications for the LGBT community. A safer and better future awaits if Scotland chooses a different path.
New Scottish Media recommended by Sophie Grace-Chappell
Wings Over Scotland https://wingsoverscotland.com/
Wee Ginger Dug https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/
Craig Murray https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/
Article on Trans Parenting recommended by Sophie Grace-Chappell
Scottish LGBT Organisations
Terrance Higgins Trust http://www.tht.org.uk/
Stonewall Scotland http://www.stonewallscotland.org.uk/
Parents Enquiry Scotlandhttp://www.parentsenquiryscotland.org/
LGBT Youth Scotland http://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/
LGBT History Month Scotland http://www.lgbthistory.org.uk/
LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing http://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/
Glasgow LGBT Centre http://www.glgbt.org.uk/
Fair For All – LGBT http://www.lgbthealthscotland.org.uk/
Equality Network http://www.equality-network.org/
Diversitay LGBT Group http://www.diversitay.org.uk/
Number 13 – James
James is a pensioner and former paratrooper who lives in Old Meldrum, Aberdeenshire. James voted No to independence and leave in the EU referendum but has completely changed his views on both. James discusses his disillusion with the UK Govt and their inept handling of constitutional issues, a famous relation and deeply unimpressive Scottish Tories and Labour.