There hasn't ever been a time (at least not since 1406!) when the dream of an independent Wales has seemed so tangible. The last year or so has seen an idea take hold that we can do this. We can stand on our own two feet and make a better go of it than what we are presently allowed, always at the mercy of decisions made far away from Wales, for the benefit of others or just forgotten about and ignored. For many people, YesCymru became a beacon of light, an organisation that crossed party political affiliations and encouraged a united approach.
Our movement encouraged many people who hadn't any history of political engagement to get involved and get active. For some that was becoming a member, or forming a branch at home or in work. Some of us decided to stand for the committee so that we could play a part in this historic process.
Our aim is to focus on developing grassroots activism, getting back out and speaking to communities, and organising by being a visible presence up and down our country. The achievement of the newspaper drop reminds us to continue to foster and grow that spirit of community activism.
People are really excited by Wales’ potential and are becoming engaged in being part of the future of Wales. So, it's only natural that everyone wants to bring their own thoughts and ideas forward about what they think that should look like and how they think we should get there.
We at the CC are talking to members and branches and doing our best to put measures into place that can ensure that members will have a chance to mould the shape of the movement.
The committee are volunteers and give their time and skills for free, with a shared aim of an independent Wales. Not everyone will agree with each other and we're trying to change the way we do things and bring the membership and CC together. But please, no one, committee member or wider membership should have to put up with abuse, innuendo, smears and personal attacks. There is a real sense of excitement and enthusiasm and members are impatient for the movement to move forwards, but it's important that we get it right.
We all want to ensure that YesCymru is open, fair, inclusive, and representative where we can have a constructive debate about the shape of a future Wales.