December 2016 | National Union of Public and General Employees

December 2016

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

She may not be able to speak, but she has a voice

She typed away at her computer, finishing up the last few words of her data report.

The clock struck 5, signaling the end of another long work day.

Her boss entered the room and stacked a large pile of papers on her desk.

She didn’t miss the devious smirk on his face. He signed instructions to her and left the room.

Grateful for this new job opportunity, she reluctantly stayed behind to tend to her boss’s tedious tasks.

Drip, drop, drip.

The sound of the creamer pouring in to her mug echoed in her mind as she made a cup of coffee.

A proud Canadian of Islamic Faith

Embraced amidst the folds of my scarf,

And veiled behind this black gossamer,

I appear a symbol of oppression and hate,

But I stand a proud Canadian of Islamic faith.

 

My face is shielded, but my eyes are free,

To endure the stares of rage they see.

The media has not portrayed my people so great,

But I stand a proud Canadian of Islamic faith.