Many thousands of people in Scotland are mobilising for self-government today, as a large march and rally gathers in Edinburgh.
Yes Scotland supporters will parade through the streets of the capital to urge a 'Yes' vote in the September 2014 referendum on the country's future.
They argue that an independent Scotland will be best placed to work for a more just and equal society, a fairer relationship with other parts of the British Isles and Europe, an internationalist outlook, an end to nuclear weapons, and an increase in democratic participation and accountability.
"Our message is a fundamentally positive one," a rally organiser told Ekklesia.
"The opponents of independence talk about 'isolation' and 'separation' to scare people into accepting the status quo and remote rule from Westminster. That could not be further from the truth. The 'Yes' campaign is about getting people on board the project of building a better Scotland, and collaborating with our neighbours in their quest for change too. It is about challenging a tired constitutional set-up which is delivering only for a minority."
Buses from Aberdeen and Ayr, Clydebank and Cupar, Moray and Motherwell, Perth and Port Glasgow will be making their way to the capital.
Yes groups from Mull and Midlothian, Cowal and Kirckaldy and many more will march on Calton Hill, organisers say.
There will be supporters of the Greens, Lib Dems, Labour, Scottish Socialist Party and SNP there. Business for Scotland, the National Collective (a dynamic arts-based initiative), Christians for Independence, trades unionists, ethnic groups, LGBT people and more will be taking part.
"We’ll also have farmers and football supporters, women and young Scots, and students and veterans for independence. The list is as varied as the country we live in," says the organising group, which has been established for over two years now, following the 2012 march and rally which attracted more than 10,000 people.
From 11am-12pm the march will assemble on the High Street, Edinburgh, proceeding on to Calton Hill, where there will be a rally through to 4pm.
Opinion polls show a majority are opposed to the idea of independence at the moment. But there is a huge swathe of undecided voters, the 'No' vote is looking more malleable than the 'Yes' one, and the Yes Scotland campaign believes that a swing is beginning to grow and that political momentum towards change will increase as the referendum, now a year away, gets closer.
* Details can be found on the march's website: http://independencerally.com/main/
* More on Scottish independence from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/scottishindependence