The following intellectuals, artists, and activists have signed the initial conference statement. All are signing in a personal capacity unless otherwise stated.
Iain Banks is the author of Crow Road, The Wasp Factory, Complicity and (as Iain M Banks) numerous books of science fiction. He is a signatory of Calton Hill declaration.
Patrick Harvie represents the Green Party as a list MSP in Glasgow. He is a leading environmental, LGBT, and social justice activist inside and outside parliament.
Rector of Edinburgh University
Peter McColl is Rector of Edinburgh University. He is a writer and campaigner. He is a co-editor of the blog Bright Green Scotland and was Convener of Edinburgh Green Party 2010-2012.
Sinead Dunn is president of Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association 2011-12. She has played a leading role in the campaigns against cuts and fees in Scotland.
Robin McAlpine works for the Jimmy Reid Foundation and edits the Scottish Left Review. He blogged on the 2011 elections for the Scottish Independence Convention.
Blogger and activist
Mhairi McAlpine writes for Bella Caledonia and Village Aunties on Scottish politics. She is a leading member of the Coalition of Resistance.
Dominique Ucbas is Vice-President of Diversity & Advocacy at Strathclyde University Union. She has led the campaign against cuts and fees at her university.
Isobel Lindsay is vice-chair of Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, convener of Scotland’s for Peace and on the editorial board of Scottish Left Review.
Patrick O’Hare is president of St Andrews University Union 2011-12. He has played a leading national role opposing cuts and fees, and in organising solidarity with the Arab revolutions.
Max Crema is Vice President of Student Services at Edinburgh University. He played a leading role in the student movement of 2011, opposing cuts and fees.
Politician and activist
John McAllion was a long-standing Labour MP and MSP in Dundee. He left to join the Scottish Socialist Party after the Iraq invasion. He is chair of the Dundee Pensioners’ Forum.
Gordon Maloney is a member of the National Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland. He has led occupations against cuts and fees at Aberdeen University.
Jonathon Shafi is organiser of the International Socialist Group (ISG) Scotland. He has played a long-standing role in anti-cuts and anti-war in Glasgow.
Socialist politician and journalist
Campbell Martin is a former MSP for the West of Scotland. He is well know in Ayrshire as a journalist and local campaigner. He joined the Scottish Socialist Party last year.
Graeme McIver is national organiser of Solidarity: Scotland’s Socialist Movement. He is currently a trade union activist in South of Scotland.
Scottish politics blog
Bella Caledonia is an award-winning blog which offers radical independent commentary on independence and Scottish politics.
Author and Blogger
Andy Wightman has authored several books on Scotland including ‘Who Owns Scotland’ and ‘The Poor had No Lawyers’. He writes a blog and is a regular contributor to The Herald.
Martha Wardrop is a Green Councillor for Glasgow Hillhead and co-convenor of the Green Group of Councillors.
Secretary of Scottish Independence Convention
Mike Small is a writer, Secretary of the Scottish Independence Convention and editor of Bella Caledonia.
Disability rights campaigner
Susan Archibald is a disability rights activist and founder of the ‘Susan Archibald Foundation’ which offers legal assistance to those who have face discrimination from their employers due to disability.
Glasgow School Students Union and MSYP
Scottish Green Party member and member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Clydebank and Milngavie constituency.
Writer and artist
Pat Kane is a musician in the duo Hue and Cry. He is a past Rector of Glasgow University and was a founding editor of the Sunday Herald. He writes regularly on Scottish politics.
Artist collective for independence
National Collective is a platform for artists and creatives to engage with the independence campaign, and participate in wider debates about social and political change in Scotland
Alison Johnstone is the Scottish Green Party MSP for Lothian.
Refugee rights activist
Michelle Hamilton works with asylum seekers on the frontline in Glasgow, through locally run charity Unity in the Community.
Trade union activist
Sarah is active in Unison and a member of the STUC Youth Committee.
Trade union activist
Suki is a refugee rights activist in Glasgow and also sits on the STUC Youth Committee.
Joan Humphries is a Dundee-based veteran anti-war and anti-nuclear campaigner. She played a leading role in Military Families Against War.
Peace and human rights campaigner
Arthur West is well respected in Ayrshire as a trade union and human rights activist.