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Stand Up To Racism Trade Union Conference 2019

Saturday 23 February,

10.30am-4.30pm (Registration from 10am)

Stopping the Far Right • Challenging institutional racism

Racism is on the rise – and the far right are seeking to take advantage to grow in size and confidence.

From Germany to Brazil, Italy to the US, the far right are on the march. And here Ukip, the “Football Lads” and Tommy Robinson are seeking to capitalise on the ‘hostile environment’ created by politicians and much of the media. Racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism are all growing.

This conference is aimed at trade unionists to discuss how we can organise to challenge the growth of the far right on the streets and in our communities.

And how do we root anti-racism deeper in our unions? The conference also takes place on the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Macpherson Report in February 1999. This was in response to the racist murder of a young black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, in South east London and the failure of the police in the case.

The report provoked a debate about institutional racism in the police but also in wider society, from schools to local authorities.

Yet two decades on, institutional racism remains deeply entrenched in too many workplaces. How do we organise as trade unionists to kick racism out of the workplace?

Let’s unite against fascist Tommy Robinson #NoRacismNoFascism

It is vital we come out in numbers, in unity and expose and oppose Robinson, who has a history of racism, Islamophobia and membership of the fascist British National Party. He of course founded the English Defence League and has made links with fascists and far right politicians from Geert Wilders in Holland to the Front National in France.
He claims his march, supported by racist UKIP, is about a “Brexit Betrayal”, but the reality is that he is a fascist who is looking to exploit May’s crisis to his own nasty ends – building a far right street movement here in Britain.
Whatever you think of Brexit, this demonstration is not about leave/remain, it is about uniting and coming out on the streets to oppose fascist Tommy Robinson.
The united counter demonstration is for all anti-fascists, regardless of their positions on leave/remain on Brexit, and the demonstration’s focus is opposing ‘Tommy Robinson, fascism and racism.
Assemble 11am at the BBC, Portland Place, and march to Whitehall.
to say #NoRacismNoFascism and stop this fascist seeking to exploit May’s crisis to build his far right street movement. We have to come together to stop him!
Speakers on the counter demo so far:
Steve Hedley – RMT Assisstant Gen Sec
Shen Batmaz – Mcstriker and Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union – BFAWU
David Rosenberg – Jewish Socialist Group
Mohammed Kozbar – Finsbury Park Mosque
Anas al Tikriti – Muslim Association of Britain
Daniel Kebede – #NEU NEC
Shahrar Ali Green Party Home Affairs Spokesperson
Louise Raw- author

Oppose Tommy Robinson in London – unite against racism & fascism

Tommy Robinson has said he and his supporters will march in London on Saturday 1 December. UKIP leader Gerard Batten is involved in the planning of the demonstration, according to Robinson.

Robinson says this is about a “Brexit betrayal” but it is about whipping up racism and islamophobia. Whatever way you voted in the referendum, join us to oppose Robinson and his hate.

Robinson has a history of racism, Islamophobia and fascist membership of the British National Party. He of course founded the English Defence League and has recently made links with fascists and far right politicians from Geert Wilders in Holland to the Front National in France.

Facebook event here.

Barnet Mobilises for the Anti-fascist demo

Fascism is more of a threat than it has been in decades. Racist hard right governments have come to power throughout many countries, most recently Brazil. Terror attacks by the far right are on the rise all over the world, from the assassination of Jo Cox MP here in Britain last to the Pittsburgh massacre last month, which is the worst attack on Jewish people in American history. Fascist and racist groups are also taking to the streets for mass demonstrations of hate. Barnet meet-up on the day here.

This makes having a real movement against racism more necessary than ever. To spread the word about the mass demonstration against racism, we need a really big public push to get the word out about the demo. Join us for a mass public leafleting.

Hendon leafletting session.

Finchley leafletting session.

Hope Not Hate: Stop Tommy Robinson’s US Links

One of the biggest anti-Muslim think tanks in the USA has invited Stephen Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) to speak at a major event in Washington DC next month. Speaking at this event will give Lennon a huge platform to stir up greater Islamophobia and a chance to raise even more money from far right donors in the States.

We need to try and stop him from being there and furthering his hateful cause.

Luckily for us, the United States usually frowns on people with criminal convictions from passing through – especially when one of his convictions is for entering the US illegally on someone else’s passport!

Let’s tell the US Ambassador to the UK about Lennon’s record, and demand he be banned from entering the US.


The organisation that has invited him is called “The Middle East Forum”. They’ve been supporting Lennon for a while and funded the demonstrations in London that erupted into violence earlier this year.

The event is being hosted by the “Conservative Opportunity Society” which is chaired by none other than Steve King, a Republican Member of Congress who is basically a white nationalist.

Lennon is making friends in high places in America because of the media profile, and access to money these links give him. Going to this event is important to him: it’s not just a jolly, it’s a key part in his publicity plan following the trial he’s faced. He wants a bigger platform to push his anti-Muslim agenda. And this sort of exposure is how, according to the Sunday Times, £2 million has flooded his fundraising page in recent weeks.

We need to stop him from getting into the United States. There are several reasons for the US to block his visit: he’s a violent thug with criminal convictions for assault and leading a gang of football hooligans. Or “Soccer thugs” to our American friends. He has a conviction for mortgage fraud. One of his convictions is for trying to enter the United States illegally – you couldn’t make it up.

You could say that President Trump should have ‘a total and complete shutdown’ of far-right extremists coming to the US from the UK.

Help us make sure the US authorities know about Lennon’s record. Sign our petition demanding the US block his visit.

Stand Up to Racism Conference speaks out against Racism Across Europe

By Alfio Bernabei, National Association of Italian Partisans in London

Loud applause at the International Stand Up to Racism Conference in London greeted a message of support to Cécile Kyenge, Italy’s first black minister in 2013, who is currently being sued by Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister.

The message was delivered by the shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott during the Plenary Session at Friends Meeting House, which was also attended by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

“I was fortunate this week to be in Bruxelles and meet the only black female MEP who has been the subject of awful harassment and abuse and who is now being sued for calling a blatantly racist party leader a racist” said Abbott referring to Matteo Salvini, the League party leader who is also Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister.

Kyenge, currently an MEP, had bananas thrown at her and was likened to an orangutan during her time as Italy’s integration minister. Upon her appointment an MEP with the League, Mario Borghezio, described the administration “a bongo-bongo government”. One of the racist attacks came from Roberto Calderoli, a League senator, who said that whenever he saw pictures of Kyenge “I cannot but think of the features of an orangutan”.

Kyenge is pursuing a legal case against Calderoli and about 10 other Italian politicians over alleged racist slurs and verbal attacks.

“I said publicly several times that the League must distance itself from racism and condemn and penalise it,” Kyenge said. “They not only never did this but people convicted of racist acts are still in positions of authority. If the League doesn’t distance itself it must mean that the party shares the [racist] views.”

Kyenge is being sued for defamation by Salvini for calling his party racist and is due to face trial in the Northern city of Piacenza.

On 12 October, a number of black Labour MPs, including Diane Abbott, wrote a letter to the Guardian newspaper in which they stated “We fully support Cécile and stand with her decision to remove her parliamentary immunity to fight against racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance.”

A number of references to Italy as a country in danger of sliding towards a new form of fascism were made during the Stand Up to Racism conference, with one of the speakers, Emma Dent Code MP, quoting as a warning the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini who said in 1935: “Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.”

Another speaker, Colette Levi,former hidden child from Vichy France, chose to read a poem by Primo Levi, the Italian Holocaust survivor, author of ‘This is a Man’, his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

John McDonnell said it’s time to wake up to the scale of the threat we are facing: “500,000 people signed a petition calling for Tommy Robinson release after he was condemned for contempt of court. There were at least 15,000 people to protest outside Downing Street against his jailing. Britain First has 1,900,000 followers on Facebook compared to just over one million for Labour. Three out of the far-right activists with the biggest online reach in the world are British. We cannot allow this to grow within our society. It’s time to mobilize against this threat.”

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