Ethnic Minority 3rd Sector Network Event: The Referendum: What’s it to do with us?, 28 June 2012, Glasgow

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This Ethnic Minority 3rd Sector Network event, ‘The Referendum: What’s it to do with us?’, supported by Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland (BEMIS) and the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations Scotland (CEMVO Scotland), is to raise awareness and understanding of the independence referendum among ethnic minority communities.

Date: Thursday, 28 June 2012

Time: 1030am – 130pm

Location: STUC Offices, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6NG

In 2014 the eligible population of Scotland will have the opportunity to vote on the constitutional future of the Country through a referendum ballot. At this stage it is unclear as whether the actual ballot will comprise of one simple question or will offer wider choice.
Whilst the debate continues, with a variety of ‘players’ and commentators making their opinions and feelings known, there has been limited opportunity for the voices of vast majority of the population to be identified or heard.
It could be argued that the level of awareness and understanding in these communities is not even acknowledged as an issue.
Please come along and hear about this very important issue.

There will be 2 sessions:

  • How will the referendum work ? Who can vote, who will vote and who should vote.
    Led by Willie Sullivanm, Scottish Director of the Electoral Reform Society
  • Future of Scotland? What the referendum could mean for ethnic communities.
    Led by Ruchir Shah, Policy Manager at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

For information see http://www.bemis.org.uk/PDF/20120515-EMSN-Flyer1.pdf or contact Hugh O’Donnell at 0141 548 8047 / hugh.odonnell@bemis.org.uk

You can may be interested in reading an interesting past blog entry written by Migrants’ Rights Scotland’s Director, Pat Elsmie, about this issue of the upcoming referendum. It can be accessed here.