November 22, 2023
Here's our Statement On the Current Crisis in Gaza, and information about the STUC St Andrew's Day March and Rally.
SAU Statement On the Current Crisis in Gaza
Since October 7th, the conflict and violence enacted by Hamas in Israel, and Israel’s military in Gaza are untenable and horrific. The capture and detention of hostages, the ever increasing murder of innocent children and civilians, the nightmare conditions of areas under siege, the forced displacement of Gazan families, and the destruction of their homes and infrastructure cannot be justified.
Like many others, we call on the international community collectively to call for an end to the violence; the end of the siege, the release of the hostages, and all humanitarian aid to be safely allowed to reach the people in Gaza, through an immediate ceasefire. We call for a constructive negotiation for the end of hostilities between all sides, so that the conditions for life for Palestinian people in Gaza can be restored.
We recognise that some of our members have been directly, or indirectly, affected by this violence, and are experiencing grief and fear. We also recognise that some people are also experiencing fear in their own communities in Scotland.
We call out and stand in witness against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. We stand up to all religious sectarian, hate and racism.
STUC St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March & Rally
Saturday, 25 November 2023| Glasgow Green | 10:30am
Join STUC and other Union workers to march through Glasgow with a clear message: from Erskine to Elgin, the far right is not welcome.
Gathering at 10.30am at Glasgow Green we will march off at 11am through the streets of Glasgow to rally at The Technology and Innovation Centre at University of Strathclyde.
Why St Andrew’s Day?
As we celebrate our commitment to challenging racism in all its forms, its important to remind ourselves of why we mark this date in the calendar each year. In the late 1980s the Nazi British National Party (BNP) attempted to hold rallies on St Andrew's Day in Glasgow. The trade union movement rallied behind the Scottish Asian Action Committee (SAAC) to organise a day of action against racism, and it has become an annual event every year since then.
It is important that we carry on this tradition so we can claim St Andrew’s Day as an inclusive day for everyone and a day for us to come together and show our commitment to tackling racism, fascism and far right ideology.
Yours in Solidarity,
Everyone at Scottish Artists Union.
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