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Published on Jan 18, 2013
The cross party campaign for a yes vote for independence in the 2014 referendum held its Glasgow launch on Wednesday 16th January 2013 in the same venue where the Radical Independence Conference RIC took place a couple of months earlier. Cat Boyd from RIC was one of the 5 speakers at the Yes Campaign Glasgow launch. She speaks about how things have affected her politically as she was growing up and speaks of the many political struggles and events she has witnessed in Glasgow. Refers to statue not that far away of la pasionara who fought fascism. As a child she was taken to see Nelson Mandela being given the freedom of the city. Tells of how as a teenager she joined in the anti-war campaigns. Says how while growing up she was told if you stick in at your studies and work hard you'll be able to do anything with your life but found that this was not true having been forced like other people who have worked hard at their studies to take a low paid job or no job in many people's cases. Cat wants an independent Scotland so that as a nation we can stand on the side of the oppressed and not on the side of the oppressor, on the side of peace not war. She says she is fed up of hearing her generation being labelled materialistic, obsessed with reality TV and even described as a lost generation and says it's just that they have not had a voice for so long. Statistics show that young people and low paid workers are more likely to be convinced of independence than any other group because we have everything to vote for, we have hope at last. There are now more call centre workers than there ever were shipyard workers. The prospect of independence and the powers it will bring low-paid workers and the opportunity to bring about the kind of society Cat talked about with young trade-unionists gives them hope and is why Cat will be voting Yes. She doesn't believe that austerity at home and war abroad is the best we can expect. "The only way to bring about the kind of Scotland we want is independence from the United Kingdom. In 2014 we can make it a reality. From the days of Red Clydeside to communities that battled the Poll Tax and campaigned against illegal war, the heart of all these things was this city. Now Glasgow can be at the heart of a campaign for change, against alienation and for a yes vote. Lets go out and build the broadest campaign for independence."