Sunday, 31 July 2016

Struggle to end racism

We all have to stand together against racism and xenophobia. We can be proud that we live in a diverse and tolerant city. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in Glasgow. Working together with local agencies and community groups, we can develop the resources needed to prevent racism and xenophobia. We must reassure all people living in Glasgow that they are valued members of our city. In Jo Cox's words, "There is more that unites us than divides us". 

In response to the EU referendum result, we give our support to calls for maintenance of the freedom of movement and guarantee all rights of EU migrants living in the UK. In addition, working alongside trade unions and environmental groups, we must help to keep environmental and workers protection established at the EU level as a minimum. Our young people's futures have to protected by commitment to funding EU student exchanges, research projects and youth employment schemes. 

We have to be determined to overcome the fear and hate in our communities. In solidarity with the US Green Party, we can support calls for a halt to the hatred and inequality in the United States. There are many courageous people who are struggling to bring an end to racist policies. We can help to build a new democracy where black lives matter. Hope not hate can prevail.

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