RIC National Constitution
RIC Aberdeen took a leading role in drafting a radical constitution for RIC nationally, aiming to create horizontal structures and encourage participation from as many people as possible. It was ratified at the end of March, and key functions are being carried out by coordination teams. There are also national working groups around key issues, so local groups can work together more effectively. The full text can be found here, with some highlights below.
P.S. Apologies for the delay in posting – we were hoping to post the constitution on the national website first, but there’s been some technical issues. Rather than wait any longer, we’re posting it here first!
P.P.S. We now have more of a written constitution than the British state. Just a thought.
The purpose of RIC is to campaign in accordance with five founding principles. We stand for a Scotland that is:
- For a social alternative to austerity and privatisation
- Green and environmentally sustainable
- A modern republic for real democracy
- Committed to equality and opposition to discrimination on grounds of gender, race, disability, sexuality or age
- Internationalist and opposed to war, NATO and Trident
At the heart of RIC are local autonomous groups, in cities and towns around Scotland. Local groups can organise themselves as they wish, but are united by the five principles above. Proposals for national action and strategy are put forward by local groups and discussed by delegates from each group at National Forums every 6-8 weeks.
There are currently local groups in: Aberdeen, Angus and Mearns, Ayrshire, Berwickshire, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, Dunfermline, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Glasgow South, Glasgow West, Gorbals, Inverness, Moray, Paisley, Rutherglen and Cambuslang, Stirling.
Day-to-day tasks are handled by coordination teams, made up of members chosen by local groups. Teams can be contacted via secure, privacy-aware RiseUp e-mail distribution lists. If you e-mail the list, each person on the team receives the e-mail.
- Secretarial Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facilitation & Events Team: email@example.com
- Finance & Fundraising Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Promotions & Media Team: email@example.com
- Safer Spaces Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working groups organise around specific issues, and also have RiseUp e-mail lists:
- Social Justice & Austerity Working Group: email@example.com
- Sustainability Working Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Democracy Working Group: email@example.com
- Equality & Anti-Discrimination Working Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internationalism & Anti-War Working Group: email@example.com
- Creative Working Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Land Reform Working Group: email@example.com
- Anti-Fracking Working Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership is free of charge and anyone can join. Please contact the secretarial team to get in touch with your local group.
Again, the full text of the constitution can be found here.