Category Archives: Anti – Fascist

Oppose Tommy Robinson & the “Democratic” Football Lads Alliance

Stand up to the far right on Sunday 6 May
Facebook event here
On Sunday 6 May ex – English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson and the “Democratic” Football Lads Alliance are set to march through London as part of a far right “Day of Freedom”.
While we’ve seen a shocking example of state institutional racism with the Windrush scandal we’ve also seen growing attempts to use racism and Islamophobia to regroup and rebuild the xenophobic and fascist right.
Tommy Robinson has a long history of links to fascist and Alt-right groups. The DFLA, a split from the FLA, have recently hooked up with UKIP. To complete the circle UKIP leader Gerard Batten was interviewed this week by Tommy Robinson. UKIP and Batten have been working closely with the DFLA in recent weeks.
While we “March for Windrush” on Saturday 5 May we can’t allow racists and fascists to march through multicultural London unopposed the next day, Sunday 6 May.
Join the anti-racist mobilisation called by Satnd Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism details here 

March for Windrush on Saturday 5 May

Create a ‘hostile environment for racism
  • Monday 30 April: Join David Lammy MP & Diane Abbott MP in Parliament Square from 4pm while the Windrush petition is debated. Facebook event here
  • Saturday 5 May: March for Windrush @ Downing Street, 12pm. Facebook event here
The Windrush scandal has highlighted the racism at the heart of the Tories immigration strategy.

The “Hostile environment” created by Theresa May has targeted a generation of people who were invited from Commonwealth countries as UK citizens only to deport them and attack their rights once they have made their contribution to society.
While May and Amber Rudd are talking about mistakes being made and attempting to offer compensation, it’s clear that the Tories were carrying through a systematic program that targeted not just the “Windrush generation” but is designed to hit every migrant community. Rudd also lied about immigration removal targets.
In recent days there has been a wave of anger with Jeremy Corbyn calling for Amber Rudd to go. Stand Up To Racism initiated a major protest in Windrush Square Brixton last Friday (video here) that received national media attention.
We have now initiated protests in many towns and cities (see list here). In London Diane Abbott and David Lammy are set to join the Stand Up to Racism solidarity event in Parliament Square, during the Windrush debate in Parliament on Monday 30 April details here
And on Saturday 5 May Stand Up To Racism has called the “March for Windrush” assembling 12 noon at Downing Street details here 

100 YEARS SINCE THE VOTE FOR WOMEN AND 70 YEARS SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF THE WINDRUSH

Thursday 26 April 2018
Please register: lese@tuc.org.uk / 020 7467 1220

Guest Speakers Include:

* Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

* Professor Mary Davis

* Margaret Greer, UNISON National Officer for Race Equality

* Taranjit Chana, GMB London Region

* Betty Joseph, Chair – LESE Race Relations Committee

* Peggy Ann-Fraser, Vice Chair – LESE Women’s Rights Committee

Stand Up To Racism trade union conference 2018 Saturday 10 February

  • Refugees & migrants welcome
  • Defend EU nationals rights & freedom of movement
  • Don’t let the racists divide us
  • No to racism, Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

The Tories are trying to use EU nationals as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. Migrant workers, refugees and Muslims are constantly being scapegoated by politicians and the right wing press. We are repeatedly told that migrants and refugees are to blame for undermining wages and overstretching public services when in reality austerity is to blame.

Black and Asian people face constant discrimination in employment and the everyday reality of institutional racism. Working class communities must stand united together. But the Tories, much of the media, UKIP and the far right have all set out to divide us.

The trade unions are the bedrock of the anti-racist movement. We want to build on the great work that the trade unions are doing. Come to the conference and join in the debate about how we give confidence to anti-racists in every workplace.

Link here.

 

Emergency Protest Tomorrow Protest Trump’s racist Britain First tweets – No state visit!

5.30pm, Friday 1 December
US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ

Stand Up To Racism has called a protests against Donald Trump’s re-tweets of the fascist Britain First’s Islamophobic tweets that have shocked the world and his subsequent defence of them which attempted to justify anti-Muslim hate.

Trump’s presidency has been marked by a series of disgusting racist outbursts from his “Muslim ban” to his equating fascists and anti-fascists at Charlottesville, despite the death of Heather Heyer.

Only this week Trump was making offensive comments while speaking to Native American veterans. Now he has offered support for the views of a group made infamous by the use of their name by murderer of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Britain First are a fascist organisation with a history of Islamophobia and hate crime. Thomas Mair, who murdered Jo Cox, shouted ‘Britain First’ before he commited the terrible act. By retweeting Britain First, trump is legitimising this racism and Islamophobia. We can not let this go unopposed

Join us outside the US Embassy to say no to Trump, no to racism, no to a state visit!

The Battle of Cable Street: Working class struggles against fascism

The Battle of Cable Street is the fourth in the London, East & South East Region of the TUC’s series of books celebrating the Region’s fighting history.

The Cable Street battle has gone down in history as a fine example of working class solidarity, working class organisation, and working class success.

The leaders of the response to Mosley’s Fascists’ intent to march through their East End community, and to the state’s intent to facilitate it, drew together the many people and cultures of their neighbours, as well as winning the support of the politically aware to ensure that the Fascists did not succeed.

Of course, this did not happen in a vacuum and the book includes context pieces that chart the background to this East End area, the rise of Fascism across Europe, as well as the world economic situation and the Spanish Civil War and Second World War wars that followed.

And finally we look at the state of far right politics today, knowing that Fascism lurks ready to utilise the continued poverty and hardship facing many people by offering easy and fake scapegoats.

As ever there are many books published that offer a detailed and referenced history of Cable Street. We do not intend to compete with them, rather to offer an accessible entry to the wider issues of the moment.

The Battle of Cable Street was written by Peta Steel and is published by SERTUC. You can download it here, or printed copies are available, price £2, from the office:
London, East & South East Region, TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Send cash or a cheque payable to SERTUC.

 

Fascist Britain First not wanted in Bromley!

Unite Against Fascism has called a demonstration against the fascist group, Britain First, marching in Bromley, London, next Saturday, November 4th. A number of other organisations are backing the call and mobilising. They include Disabled People Against Cuts, Stand Up To Racism – South East London, Lewisham Islamic Centre, Greenwich & Bexley TUC, Bromley Momentum, and Bromley TUC. Details of the counter protest are here, https://www.facebook.com/events/109217616475111/?active_tab=about

Britain First, this weekend, joined a fascist split from the EDL, the ‘Stoke Infidels’, as they demonstrated their Islamophobia, in the Potteries. (Earlier in the day, the anti fascist group, NORSCARF, held a successful, Root out all Racism, event. Anti fascists went from that to oppose the fascist, lash up The leader of the local council joined anti fascists, who managed, at short notice to outnumber the extreme right).

Britain First have called their hate march in Bromley due to the notorious leaders of this group having to sign on at the local police station, weekly. Golding and Fransen, the two who have to sign on, face charges resulting from their history of Islamophobic and racist provocations.

Ludicrously, they claim they are ‘being persecuted’ for a cause; in reality, they are racist bigots.
Britain First split from the Nazi BNP. However, their fascist politics are clear. Only recently did they try, but fail to have a noxious, anti Semitic priest speak at one of their hate rallies.
Members interchange membership with other fascist groups and their thuggery is known. They are banned from going near mosques due to their threatening behaviour at a number of such places of worship.
Bromley people do not wish such fascists to come.

We ask that you support UAF’s and others call to come out and oppose such far right thugs.
Please invite friends to the event and spread the word. The far right internationally, are growing, and in Britain, they look to emulate the likes of Le Pen and Golden Dawn, for instance. We have thus far knocked back the BNP and EDL to a mere shadow of themselves, but scattered, far right forces are looking to regroup. We must remain on guard!

CONFRONTING THE RISE OF RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA & ANTI-SEMITISM

SAT 21 OCTOBER 2017
THE LIGHT, FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, LONDON
sutuNow is an urgent time for anti-racists to organise. We need to defend refugees and migrants, oppose Islamophobia and Antisemitism and stop all racist scapegoating.
Theresa May continues to use the future of millions of EU nationals as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations. The tragic aftermath of the terror attacks in Manchester, Westminster and at London Bridge has led to a ramping up of Islamophobia with May arguing that “enough is enough” in the face of “Islamic extremism”.
It’s this kind of scapegoating of the Muslim community alongside the rantings of the right wing press that open the door to attacks like the terrorist assault on Finsbury Park Mosque. In such a heated atmosphere and with UKIP trounced in the general election sections of the far right want to seize the time and take to the streets, using Islamophobia to win support.
In the US, Trump’s attacks on migrants and Muslims have opened the door to the far right. At Charlottesville we saw fascists marching with torches, swatikas and confederate flags and Heather Heyer murdered. There has been a brilliant response by anti-racists in the US since the Charlottesville events.
In Europe, the far right look to replicate the growth of the likes of Marine Le Pen and the Front National in France. She has developed a movement centred on Islamophobia and opposition to immigration. The combination got her into the final round of this year’s French Presidential elections.
The ongoing reality of institutional racism in Britain has been highlighted by the horrific death toll at Grenfell Tower. The Tories won’t even grant a full amnesty to survivors and their families are undocumented migrants.
The deaths after contact with police of Edson DaCosta, Rashan Charles and Darren Cumberbatch are recent examples of how black lives don’t seem to matter to the forces of law and order.
It’s an urgent task to build a mass anti-racist movement in Britain. To build a united movement we must build opposition to racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism in every workplace, every community and on every college campus.
Come to the conference and join the debate about how we build the anti-racist movement.
Speakers include:
Kevin Courtney NUT Gen Sec, Dave Ward CWU Gen Sec, Kate Osamor MP Shadow DfID Secretary, Catherine West Labour MP Hornsey and Wood Green, Claude Moraes Labour MEP, Lowkey rapper, Shahrar Ali Green Party Home Affairs spokesperson, Talha Ahmad Muslim Council of Britain Treasurer, Maurice Wren Chief Exec Refugee Council, Esa Charles, Father of Rashan Charles, Moazzem Begg former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Clare Mosesley Care4Calais founder.
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