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Scots Asians for Independence for YES Launch this Sunday 22 September 2013

NEWS FROM FROM YES SCOTLAND

 Yes Scotland call for minority communities to be at forefront of independence campaign

– Sunday launch for Scots Asians for Independence –

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh will tell an audience at Glasgow’s Langside Halls that she believes her children will have a better life in an independent Scotland and that Scots Asians can play an important role in the campaign (Sunday).

The Yes Scotland advisory board member will be joined by Minister for External Affairs and International Development Humza Yousaf to discuss the benefits of independence and the important role to be played by Scots Asians in the referendum debate.

With less than a year to go to the 2014 vote, the panel are aiming to convince undecideds and unsettled No’s that decisions made on Scotland’s future, are best made by those who live here and make up our culturally rich communities.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, a former actress and chair of Scottish Women‘s Asian Association said: ‘I believe it’s time to take Scotland’s future into Scotland’s hands so that we can build a Nation which works for all of us.


I want women and Scotland’s minority communities, to be front and centre in this debate.  And I want to play my part in persuading other women and members of my community, 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.


A country where we value investment in people and investment in society. A country that reaches out to young people, who are interested in the dreams of the future, not the memories of the past. A country where there is provision for the most vulnerable in society.


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. Let’s work together, to make it happen.

Scots Asians for Independence is one of several sectoral groups set-up to ensure that Scotland’s culturally-rich and talented people can play a role in winning and shaping and independent Scotland.

Humza Yousaf, a Glasgow MSP and Scottish Government minister, said: Thousands of people have come from across the world to make Scotland their home, having their voice in the most important discussion our nation has ever had is vital.

 

Scotland’s BME communities have contributed for decades to the success of our country. As the late and great Bashir Ahmed often said it doesn’t matter where you come from it is where we go together as a Nation. I have no doubt that all the communities of Scotland regardless of race, religion or background will see that through independence we can have a fairer and more prosperous Scotland and will vote yes in 2014.’

Toni Giugliano, Yes Scotland’s sectoral groups advisor: ‘Over the year ahead Yes Scotland will continue working closely with every sector of Scottish society so that all Scots engage in the referendum debate and become aware of the benefits of independence.’ 

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Its time to make our own way as an independent nation

As my knowledge and understanding of independence evolves, so does my frustration at how complicated the issue is being made into.
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As someone from the Asian/Indian culture, I have grown up in extended families and have found it to be a mixed bag – both rewarding experience if the communication is open, transparent and the ethos is the same to support the family unit and meet the needs of each of the individual members whilst maintaining a healthy equilibrium, to the complete opposite, when one or two family members are contributing more on every level to trying to keep the family on an equal keel, but due to the other members not pulling their weight, and manipulating the situation, communication breaks down, that no one listens or wishes to be heard and there is complete and utter meltdown leading to open conflict and separation.

In both situations, there comes a time when it’s the healthiest option to strike out on your own. You can do it with the good wishes and open communication on how to divide assets and share knowledge and advice on how to set up your new home.  Or you could create maximum drama leading to expensive court cases, mudslinging and right down embarrassing behaviour. But the outcome is the same, only in the second case,  you strike out on your own but knowing it will take a very long time to rebuild that trust and communication.

It translates across to how I see the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK.  Yes Scotland are building a picture of hope and vision, being open, transparent, and communicative, and showing the bigger picture of how Scotland could flourish as an independent nation, with a healthy relationship with the rest of the UK, but are being met at every turn with a barrage of negativity, abuse and downright lies by the opposition.

If one side repeatedly says ‘let’s sit down and talk’ to be counteracted by ridicule, it makes the process longer. It also makes Yes Scotland look like the more mature of the two campaigns, progressive and outward looking, with the Better Together lot looking jaded, holding tightly onto tradition and values which are no longer practised by their own political elk, based on fear and misunderstandings and lies. It’s time to talk. Let’s get down to business and talk independence.
We the people of Scotland are owed at least that much common courtesy.

 
By NN Riaz

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Excellent Speakers for the public Meeting on Friday 26 July in the Fair Maid’s House, Perth

Here are speakers for the public Meeting on Friday 26 July in the Fair Maid’s House, Perth

Humza Yousaf, MSP and Minister for International Development and External Affairs
Aamer Anwar, Scotland’s top criminal lawyers and human rights campaigners
Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, Lawyer, actress and Advisory Board Member of Yes Scotland
Toni Giugliano, Interest Groups Adviser at Yes Scotland.
Nighet Nasim Riaz
, Associate Lecturer & PhD Researcher, Institute for Youth and Community Research

The aforementioned speakers will be speaking at a Public Meeting on Friday 26 July in the Fair Maid’s House, Perth, from 3.00-5.00pm on behalf of Scots Asians for Independence and Scots Asians for Yes. If you know of family or friends who live in Perth or Perthshire, please do pass this message onto them to drop by and listen to these excellent speakers. Thank you :)

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Public Meeting on Friday 26 July in the Fair Maid’s House, Perth

Humza Yousaf, MSP and Minister for International Development and External Affairs, Aamer Anwar, Scotland’s top criminal lawyers and human rights campaigners and Nighet Nasim Riaz, Associate Lecturer & PhD Researcher, Institute for Youth and Community Research,University of West of Scotland, Women for Independence and YES Scotland Ambassador will be speaking at a Public Meeting on Friday 26 July in the Fair Maid’s House, Perth, from 3.00-5.00pm on behalf of Scots Asians for Independence and Scots Asians for Yes. If you know of family or friends who live in Perth or Perthshire, please do pass this message onto them to drop by and listen to these excellent speakers. Thank you 🙂

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A #YesGain for YesScotland at the CAMASS event

I was delighted to be asked to take part in the 10 year celebrations of CAMASS and to be asked to speak at their event. They showed nnr3outstanding hospitality to us as their guests throughout the evening.

Sitting in a debate for the first time ever as a panellist representing Yes Scotland, Women for Independence and Scots Asians for Yes was an interesting experience. I was joined by Chris Glendenning who was an excellent speaker and a representation for Yes Youth and Students.

The better together campaign representatives were ex MP Maria Fyffe and Labour Councillor Martin Elloray.

I had been asked to speak about Independence and the role we as ethnic minorities can play in this debate.  We all spoke well and passionately for and against independence and we were delighted to have won the debate, due mainly to the very capable young man Chris and I working as a team. Overall it was a very pleasant evening

The ex -MP Maria Fyffe bought with her a female guest. The female guest  made a statement about the Yes Scotland campaign and the SNP being European style nationalists and insidiously inferred that we were racists and that the audience members would have no one to blame but themselves if an independent Scotland went down the route of other USSR breakaway states, in how they treated incomers.

Let me assure you that we rebutted and corrected her confidently and quickly with the support of the chair and the audience. Is it acceptable to bring along guests that would create fear and panic in a support group of an ethnic minority group, where many of its members had gone through much adversity to enter the UK? To someone like me, it was outrageous that someone as experienced as an member of Parliament would bring along a guest that would stoop to such a low level. The better together campaign is based on FEAR and fear alone. They have NOTHING new to offer. There is no vision, just more of the same bleakness of an English United Kingdom disintegrated day by day and lurching further to the right, where Scotland moves further to the left and is based purely on its basis for a fair and socially just society for all the residents that live in Scotland, irrespective of where they come from.

I would have more respect if the information that is shared to the public is transparent and evidence based rather than the political posturing I was witness to by the Labour/Tory coalition under the umbrella of #bettertogether  that evening.

The icing on the cake that evening was that we -Yes Scotland won the debate , which showed that a well balanced argument based on common sense and respect for the audience was vital to get across a consistent message and vision – that change does not have to be scary, not if we all support each other along the journey and add to the debate that enriches it rather than sours the taste.

Nighet Riaz

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