Scots Asians for Yes is hosting a public meeting in Edinburgh tomorrow (Monday) with an array of speakers, including one of Scotland’s most prominent businesswomen and political figures who will tell the audience that our Asian communities should be ‘front and centre’ of the debate.
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, an actress, lawyer and member of Yes Scotland’s advisory board said: ‘It’s time to put Scotland’s future into Scotland’s hands, so that, together, we can build a nation which works for all of us.
‘I want Scotland’s Asian communities to be front and centre in this debate. And I want to play my part in persuading them that not only is an independent Scotland possible, it’s the best and only opportunity we have to realise our hopes and our dreams for our families and our country.
‘I believe my four children and your children and grandchildren, will have a better life, and enjoy a better and more equal society, in an independent Scotland, caring for each other and their fellow citizens. That is a Scotland I want to live in, and my children to grow up in
‘Scotland’s strength lies in its diversity. Migrant communities from across the world will play a crucial role in winning September’s referendum and building a new, independent nation.’
Ms Ahmed-Sheikh will also be joined by the well-known human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar and grass roots campaigner Jonathon Shafi.
Mr Shafi, a member of the Radical Independence Campaign said: ‘Independence is a chance for our society as a whole to embrace diversity. We have seen nothing but fear and division come from Westminster, from immigration vans to illegal wars.
‘This event marks another staging post in the growing campaign for a Yes vote. It’s an exciting time for all of us to be part of this historic movement and set about developing a modern Scotland of many cultures.’
Scots Asians for Yes, Edinburgh launch
7-9pm, 14 April 2014
South Leith Halls, 6 Henderson Street
Monthly Archives: April 2014
Come join in the conversations around the independence referendum. Listen to our experts. We will be having our Scots Asians for Yes Edinburgh launch at the South Leith Halls, 6 Henderson Street, Edinburgh. Join Tasmina Sheikh, Aamer Anwar, Jonathon Shafi and Assad Khan discuss from different perspectives why independence is so important to make sure that Scotland and the people of Scotland succeed and flourish.
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An interesting article by Katrina Bennhold ( 8 April 2014), from the other side of the pond, in the International edition of the New York Times. Please find it copied below.
Join Scots Asians for Yes along with other Yes supporters in Maryhill, from 1-3pm, Sunday 20 April. We will be joined by the Minister for International Development and External Affairs, Humza Yousaf MSP, and SNP European Parliamentary Candidate Tasmina Sheikh, Councillors and many other experts from Yes Scotland and the Radical Independence Campaign.
In Scotland there is often a disconnect between young people and politics.
I aim to bridge the gap that has been created and inspire young people to develop a real passion for change in our modern day society. I believe that today’s youth are repeatedly ignored in politics and are frequently painted in a negative light. We are the future generation and should therefore be able to affect decision making and have our views heard by policy makers.
The main reason I’m involved with SAFY is because this is the biggest decision Scotland is going to take for 300 years. It is really important that young people engage in the referendum as we will be living with the result one way or another far longer than anyone else. I am also a member of Scottish Youth Parliament in which I represent Edinburgh East and I’m certainly finding more and more youngsters talking about what sort of country they want to be living in- which is great, but although teenagers are aware of the referendum, there aren’t as many involved. Furthermore, as a member of the Asian community living in Scotland, I think we should be doing a lot more to integrate into Scottish culture and be involved in UK politics.
Last year, I volunteered to help out at the Yes Scotland stall at the Edinburgh Mela. It was fantastic to see so many Asians helping out at the stall and it definitely did put a smile to my face to see people from all backgrounds involved in the referendum. I feel more multicultural events like the Mela need to be organised. It’s great to see all the communities getting together and it helps avoid racism and prejudice and encourages good citizenship.
In March I attended the FOSIS #indyref debate which took place at Strathclyde University. It had the two of the most senior Muslim politicians in Scotland debating Independence. Humza Yousaf MSP who is the Minister for External Affairs and International Development and also Anas Sarwar MP who is currently the Deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party. This was another example of Muslims being involved in the independence referendum.
I’m therefore inspired to be the youth officer for SAFY as I can do my best to engage young people and in particular engage young Scottish Asians. I aim to present a positive image of young people not only in Edinburgh but throughout Scotland and give you the opportunity to make a difference. We are underestimated in society; we are not shown the respect we deserve. This needs to change.
MSYP Edinburgh East
Join us at South Leith Halls, 6 Henderson Street to hear THREE of our most up and coming representatives discuss with us why it is critical that we take part in the most important decision of our life time and VOTE for a more progressive and democratic future on the 18 September.