Radical Independence and Green Yes, the Scottish Greens’ independence campaign, will be joining forces to build the working-class Yes vote with a ‘mass canvass’ this Sunday, 13 April, in the Merkinch area of Inverness.
The event will be led by Scottish Greens Co-Convenor and Euro candidate Maggie Chapman, who will welcome volunteers at Merkinch Community Centre at 1pm on Sunday.
Campaigning beginners and seasoned activists, from all parties and none, are invited to take part in the mass canvass, the sixth in Radical Independence’s successful series of events.
The canvassers will be polling opinion on the referendum, discussing the issues with residents, registering voters, and publicising the Radical Independence Inverness public meeting which will also be held at Merkinch Community Centre, at 7.30pm this Wednesday, 16 April.
Maggie Chapman said:
“Working-class people have been failed by our democracy for far too long.
“The referendum has created the opportunity for the voices of ordinary people to be heard over the chatter of establishment political parties, corporate interests and London media.
“The people of Merkinch deserve a Scotland that attacks poverty not the poor, treats our friends from around the world with respect not racism, and puts our wellbeing before NATO weapons.
“That Scotland is within our grasp. But only if we work, shout, and – crucially – vote for it.
“Working-class areas are considerably more likely to favour independence, but traditionally have low turnout. On Sunday we’ll be gathering opinions, discussing the issues and registering new voters, to make sure that Merkinch’s voice is heard on September 18th.
“I’m really proud to be part of Radical Independence. We’ll never have that bold, progressive and just Scotland if we treat independence as the preserve of one single party, and Radical Independence has created the united force that makes it possible.
“We expect volunteers from the Greens, SNP, SSP, Labour, and many of no party affiliation, and they will all be very welcome.
“Whether you’re an old hand or have never chapped a door in your life, I hope to see you on Sunday.”
Radical Independence has held mass canvasses over the last six weeks in Easterhouse, Drumchapel and Castlemilk in Glasgow, and in Dumbiedykes and Gorgie in Edinburgh.
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