Friday, July 29, 2016
Emancipation Day 2016
July 29, 2016
The All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union (ATGWTU) and The National Solidarity Assembly (NSA), wishes to extend its warmest greetings and sincerest congratulations to our Afro Trinbagonian Brothers and Sisters and by extension the wider nation as a whole as we celebrate Emancipation Day 2016.
August 1st 1838 represented the beginning of a new dawn in the lives of thousands of people of African Descent. A people freed from a system of slavery, designed to rip from them every shred of afro economic, social and political identity.
Today the All Trinidad General Workers’ Trade Union and the National Solidarity Assembly pays special tribute to those who though shackled by the physical bonds of whips and chains, enmeshed in a mosaic of beatings, abuse, misery and pain, were still able to hold on to and maintain their ancestral linkages.
The Union and the National Solidarity Assembly pay homage and respect to the persons of African descent who resisted slavery, both actively and passively and those who accepted their destiny whilst instilling ancestral beliefs in their children and their children children’s for generations up to this present day. These are the people who retained their cultural, heritage, ancestry in the face of impossible odds. These are the people who were never truly enslaved as they aspired and persevered against tremendous odds to ensure that their heritage was preserved.
President General (ATGWTU)
Attorney at Law
Political Leader (NSA)
2nd Vice President (NATUC)