June 2nd is to be declared
a new annual event,celebrated by Republic membersand supporters around the countrywith a day of campaigning andpromotional events.
June 2nd is also the anniversary of the day the Queen was officially givenher job-for-life as our unelected Headof State.Republic is going to reclaim June2nd and use it to celebrate the causeof democracy and republicanism, andto promote our campaign.
HITTING THE STREETS
On Saturday June 3rd Republic willbe canvassing and leafleting in streetsand shopping centres around thecountry. We plan to have people inboroughs across London, promotingRepublic and recruiting newsupporters. New promotional materialand give-aways will be available for members to hand out to passers-byand supporters.Republic is asking all members andsupporters to back Republic Day.This is a first for Republic and it isintended to be an annual day to markthe continuing campaign for ademocratic head of state.
On the day itself, Friday June 2nd,Republic will be issuing pressreleases, and sending letters to thenational press and to the government.Supporters and members will beasked to send their own letters to their local press and to their MPs.“We want this to be a key date in therepublican calendar,” said GrahamSmith, “We want June 2nd to becomeknown as
by everyone,so each year we get an excellentopportunity to promote the cause.”William Summers, Local CampaignsOfficer, added, “We’re very keen toget our network of local groupsinvolved in
They arebest placed to promote Republic intowns and cities across the country.”
If you want to support Republic Dayby joining and organising a local eventplease visit www.republic.org.uk/rdayor call 08708 508 825 for moredetails. You can also find details of local groups by visitingwww.republic.org.uk/groups or bycalling William on 07870 928 789.
Republic rememberslong time supporterand former minister,Tony Banks.
The recent death of Tony Banks hasrobbed Republic of a good friend andlong time supporter. Mr Banks, whodied after suffering a stroke while onholiday in the US, never kept hisrepublican views secret.One of the few republican MPs tomake it to ministerial level (he wasSports Minister after the 1997 Labour landslide) he famously caused a rowby crossing his fingers while taking theparliamentary oath.Although also opposed to anunelected Lords Mr Banks took a seatin the upper house, reportedly wantingto take the title Lord Banks of theThames. Instead he opted for LordStratford. He will be sorely missed.
Volunteers Needed forRepublic Day
Can you help on the day? We wouldlike to hear from you if you’re free onSaturday June 3rd, to help hand outpromotional items or run stalls in your local area.If you can help please call GrahamSmith on 07747 608 770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.