AMD - Scotland My Home - Alba Mo Dhachaidh
‘Can Scotland afford not to be Independent ‘?
Similar to the Catalan's Òmnium Cultural Nord we intend to create an entity serving the language and culture of this country. A fundamental tool of national resistance and the substitution of Scottish cultural institutions. Using various types of media including social media to promote the successive mobilisations in favour of a fairer and more free country.
AMD (Alba Mo Dhachaidh - pronounced AlABa Mo YaaaHay) work intensively for the social cohesion of our country built from all those shared struggles that shape us as a people.
"We decide: national dignity".
Happy St Andrew's Day - Happy Native Day
Beannaichte 'Latha Naoimh Anndrais' #ThePowerOfScotland
Renewable energy that we have in abundance.
Thought i'd make a graphic for possibly turning into postcards.
(Catalan pronunciation: [ˈɔmnium kuɫtuˈɾaɫ] is an association based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was originally created in the 1960s to promote the Catalan language and spread Catalan culture.
Over the years it has increased its involvement in broader social issues; in 2012 it committed itself to Catalan independence specifically demanding the right of self-determination for Catalonia.
In order to promote the Catalan culture within the many limits of Francoism, Òmnium was the main sponsor of creating various awards and literary contests for works published in Catalan, such as the Premi d'Honor de les Lletres Catalanes (1969).
Then by the early 1970s it established the Nit de Santa Llúcia a festival of Catalan literature when three awards are granted: Premi Sant Jordi (novel), Premi Mercè Rodoreda (short story) and the Premi Carles Riba (poetry).
After the end of the Francoist dictatorship in 1975, Òmnium continued its work promoting Catalan language and culture.
Once democracy was restored, Òmnium supported and defended Catalan self-government, especially since the Spanish Constitutional Court’s rejection of the new Estatut.
One million people marched on July 10, 2010 in Barcelona calling for national self-determination in a 2010 Catalan autonomy protest organized by Òmnium.
Currently it is one of the main organisations pushing Catalan politicians to hold a Catalan self-determination referendum despite this being unconstitutional according to the Spanish constitution.
Structure and funding of Òmnium Cultural Nord
Òmnium has more than 68,000 members and nearly 40 regional offices besides the headquarters in Barcelona. In December 2015, Jordi Cuixart was elected president, by a large majority, in elections in which 5,719 members participated, over 10% of the then membership of 50,000.
Catalan government (Generalitat)
During 2005–2012 the association received different grants from the Catalan government (Generalitat), including €1.4 million in 2011.
In 2013 the association announced that it would no longer receive funding from the Catalan government. In 2016, different local authorities gave grants to Òmnium, basically for local cultural activities, for a value of €144,404.12, out of a total income in 2016 of €4.4 million.
In 2009 the Generalitat officially named Omnium as a public interest body, thus automatically conferring a more favourable tax regime for the association.
Òmnium Cultural cooperates with other organizations that share similar goals in other Catalan-speaking territories: Acció Cultural del País Valencià (in the Valencian Community) and Obra Cultural Balear (in the Balearic Islands).
It was awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi by the Generalitat in 1984.
In November 2015 Òmnium was condemned by the Audiencia Nacional, an exceptional high court, of the unauthorised use and deficient custody of personal data, after its data had been stolen by a hacker.
This led to a 200,000 euro sanction imposed by the Spanish agency responsible for data protection.
ANC - Assemblea Nacional Catalana
Similar to the Catalan's Òmnium Cultural Nord - Assemblea Nacional Catalana is a fundamental tool of national resistance and the substitution of cultural institutions. The ANC is without doubt the heart of the Catalan independence movement.
Structure and funding of Assemblea Nacional Catalana:
We need a similar organisation in Scotland. A non political, well organised, funded, staffed and supported core organisation. The ANC is a civic society that brings together people from all parts of Catalan society. The ANC has one aim: to win, peacefully and democratically, Catalan independence. Living in Barcelona you would find the ANC hard to miss, especially during the build up to their massive million people plus strong “La Diada de Cataluña” demonstrations, which take place every 11th September.
Behind the scenes at the Catalan National Assembly. The ANC is like a Yes Scotland that didn’t dissolve. Strikingly the ANC was formed in March 2012, just two months before Yes Scotland; one organisation grew to greatness and one disappeared. In order to for the wider Yes movement to learn from the ANC, We could initially compare it to the organisation set to lead the grass roots (non political party affiliated) independence movement in Scotland: the Scottish Independence Convention.
The Catalan National Assembly inside the building
As the ANC has been in operation for almost five years it wouldn’t be fair to directly compare it to the SIC; to do that would be to place Queen of The South on the same field as Barcelona: the ANC and SIC are simply in different leagues.
The key facts on the ANC:
584 local assemblies
38 foreign assemblies
52 social and professional interest-based assemblies
The national secretariat consists of 77 elected members who sit on various committees. Heads of committees meet weekly.
The group is “non political” and has no official relationship with any political party.
It is entirely funded by its members: 38,000 “full time” members and over 40,000 “associate members”
They have offices in Barcelona, with ten full time staff.
Impressive for an organisation less than five years old, and this shows the scope of what is possible for a grass roots movement pushing for Independence. So what of Scotland and its grass roots organisation? Who should lead and what should that movement look like?
Well, as far as I can see no one is asking “the movement” who should lead. It’s time to start the ball rolling.
Although hardly the biggest sample (Twitter poll below) it seems that our movement is saying only one thing clearly: we want/need a grass roots organisation. It is less clear which organisation should lead, or how that organisation should be structured.