A great week with lots of events which members of Scots Asians for Yes covered across Scotland, from the Samosa Fun Day in Glasgow, the FRAE event in Kirkcaldy, the Race and Referendum event in Aberdeen, Quarriers in Renfrewshire, Power, Women and Politics event by Amina MWRC, and the RIC mass canvass in Pollok yesterday which saw over 100 activists congregate outside the Pollok Civic Realm to go and canvass across the Pollok area.
The Samosa Fun day was good for many reasons. I arranged for Al Jazeera English to attend the event and talk to both sides of the campaign ( Yes Scotland and Better Together) and to the stall holders and people visiting to get as broad a perspective as possible around the independence referendum. All the debates were very good, as it made us the campaigners realise the sophistication and much deeper understanding of how issues will impact upon them post 18 September whether they vote yes or no.
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N N Riaz
Taking place at Edinburgh Central Mosque, Wednesday 18 June, from 7-9pm.
Humza Yousaf – Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh – Willie Rennie
Talk about Woman & Young Voters, UKIP and the Creative Industries.
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Very pleased to be welcoming our Moray campaign team to the fold. Please contact Atif Ali at email@example.com or me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved in the campaign across Morayshire. Go #teamMoray
Today is the first of The Visions of Independence lecture series.
Friday 23rd May
‘Visions of Independence I’
Room: George Square Lecture Theatre
Time: 17:00 – 18:00
Sarah Beattie-Smith (Radical Independence Campaign)
Kate Higgins (Women for Independence)
Robin McApline (Common Weal)
Assad Khan (Scots-Asians for Independence & SYP)
Zareen Taj (Individual)
Please ensure to arrive around 16:45 as we will start sharply at 17:00.
A quick update to let you know about the wonderful events I attended on Monday and last night with Nicola Sturgeon headlining. I was
representing SAFY / YENL. On Monday I was at a public meeting in Galashiels and last night at the Sikh Sanjog & Punjabi Junction Social Enterprise Project at Thomas Morton Hall.
On Monday 19th I was representing SAFY at a public meeting in Galashiels. Nicola Stugeon was again headlining. They were expecting around 400 people but the final count was 502! The format was similar to the Sikh event but on a much larger scale. I set up my stall alongside The Greens and Business for Scotland. People coming in for the meeting were able to walk around the hall and talk to each of the representatives from the various parts of the YES campaign before the speakers on stage arrived. There were talks from Nicola Sturgeon, Christine Grahame and a prominent Liberal Democrat (I forget his name) followed by a Q&A session. You won’t be surprised to hear that it a was a huge success. I couldn’t find one person after the event who was not convinced of the case for an Independent Scotland.
The first hour was spent in small groups discussing independence. I sat with all the groups talking to as many people as possible and answering their questions and concerns about independence. It was a wonderful way to engage with the sikh community and I was so pleased to be able to meet as many women and young sikhs as I did. The second hour was a Q&A session with Nicola Sturgeon answering questions from the floor. The NO campaign were invited to attend but either could not find anyone willing to give up their time to talk to this community or just did not want to.
What a huge turnaround in voting intentions! At the start of the event I would say most were very undecided and unsure about Independence. At the end virtually everyone agreed they felt much more confident about independence and would be voting YES! People were coming up to me to say they thought that Nicola Sturgeon and YES Scotland had done a brilliant job of answering the questions and providing meaningful information. I passed out my contact details to some of the local community as they said they would like someone local they can talk to if they have further questions. I was only to happy to help.
One lovely young sikh girl, around 17 or 18 years old, admitted that at the start of the campaign she was a campaigner for Better Together but a combination of the relentless negativity from their side and what she had heard tonight had convinced her to become a YES supporter. That made my day.