SO FAR THE BUTTERFLY REBELLION has largely been an online project, with the exception of a number of food and energy drives. It has never been our plan to be limited to cyberspace, and so it is our desire to set out our objectives, as a particular player in the Scottish independence movement, as we move from the 18 September referendum to the date of Scotland’s independence. It is clear that social media continues to be instrumental in addressing the problem of mainstream media bias and manipulation, and an invaluable tool for building and consolidating support for the independence movement. It does, however, have a number of serious limitations. The referendum result has taught us that social media together with on-the-street activism was the most powerful vehicle for informing and transforming the opinion of Scotland. We also learned that where social media was lacking the mainstream media – newspapers and television – successfully undermined the drive of the independence campaign. It becomes clear that more work is needed.
If we are to extend the reach of the movement then we must find ways of communicating with those people in Scotland who have limited or no access to the internet and social media. Newspapers and television were the means by which many of the over 55s were won over to the unionist side, through intimidation, bullying and fear. It is clear that we must then reach out to the over 55s using traditional forms of media like newspapers, magazines, leaflets and continued community and social activism. Development in this direction will reverse much of the damage that Better Together’s Project Fear has done by presenting to this section of our society the information that helped inure the users of social media from the effects of mainstream media propaganda. Our business over the Christmas season will be to put plans in place for the creation of a small monthly periodical targeted at people in the over 55s social bracket. This is an ambitious undertaking, but one that we will commit ourselves to and grow over the coming months.
Winter is now fast approaching and Scotland has no shortage of old folk and families living on the edge. Our rebellion is a resistance against the effects of poverty and isolation that have been created and maintained in Scotland by the negligence and vindictiveness of a London government. We will be working with Food Banks and other like institutions to make sure that all Scots make it through this winter with security, warmth and dignity. Our letter to Santa this year asked that Food Banks and family support groups in every part of Scotland get plenty of toys, the makings of thousands of Christmas dinners and the means for so many to keep their homes warm and well lit. Over the month of November the Butterfly Rebellion will be talking with the representatives of organisations the length of our country to ascertain just how big this list for Father Christmas needs to be. We hope to involve each one of you in what we are doing. We will not be asking you for money, what we will be doing is letting you know where and when the help is needed in the hope that you will do a little something for the benefit of your community. Scotland is jam-packed with good and generous people, so we have no fear that this will be a success. With everyone doing a small amount, something truly huge will happen.
Members of the Butterfly Rebellion will be meeting for the group’s first annual conference in Edinburgh on Sunday 9 November. At this meeting we will be finalising our joint manifesto and setting out our plans for activism for the year ahead. It is our hope to work with other organisations in organising and promoting events and rallies in cities and towns all over Scotland, and grow to the point where we are able to put together our own events. Next year it is envisioned that our conference will be open to the public and that we will have an official membership programme open to everyone who wishes to do something to help make Scotland a better place for everyone. We are deeply grateful for all the support that we have received to this point, and we hope that as we grow that support will continue and grow with us. None of what we plan to do will be possible without the support and active participation of a great many people.
It is our hope to continue the work that we are doing, so far as possible, without financial support. We hope to invest in and profit from the Scottish Bank of Goodwill. This is where we are asking you to invest. Over the winter there will be an increased need for donations of food and other necessities. We will make sure that you know where our drives and the drives of other groups are taking place. We will make sure that you know where physical help is needed. Our investment will be a generous response of time and donations to all of these activities and drives. It is our sincere hope that you will help us in these plans.
– Butterfly Rebellion