The Metropolitan Police recently produced a pamphlet associated with the Prevent initiative on terror threats which suggested that Stop the War, CND and a range of other campaigning organisations posed a terror threat.
The pamphlet was distributed widely amongst staff at the frontline of our public services. This is the most blatant case in a growing trend towards the criminalisation of protest and the suppression of debate of a whole range of vitally important issues in our society including matters of war and peace.
This Thursday, campaigners from some of the named groups including Stop the War’s Lindsey German will be joining the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, National Education Union Joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney, the rapper Lowkey, Ragad Al-Tikriti from the Muslim Association of Britain and Jamie Potter, Joint Head of Bindmans’ Public Law and Human Rights team, to discuss the issues and how best to push back against attacks on our civil liberties.
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Windrush Campaign is a legal and political campaign to win an amendment to the Windrush Scheme. Currently the descendants and family members of the Windrush Generation – those who came after 1973 & 1988 are excluded from using the Windrush Taskforce (who operate the Windrush Scheme) to regularise their stay. This is because of the racism encoded in British Immigration legislation of 1968, 1971 and 1981
Antonia Bright, Movement for Justice Campaign Coordinator Leader in Movement for Justice, whose aim is advancing the struggle for equality and justice. She is focused on developing the movement, speaking the truth about racism to win our struggles. In UNISON, as a branch Black Members Ofcer, she has won national support for ‘Widen Windrush’ and championed immigrant rights.
Declan Owens, Solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors Specialising in labour law and human rights. Declan has represented blacklisted trade unionists in the construction sector; completed a master’s degree in European and International Labour Law at the University of Amsterdam; conducted research at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies; worked in the legal department of the International Trade Union Confederation; and worked for the Workers’ Bureau of the International Labour Organisation. Also, a member of the Executive Committee of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and the European Lawyers for Workers Network. Declan is a GMB and United Voices of the World Union member.
Grace Brown, Barrister at Garden Court Called to the Bar in 1995 propelled by the desire to promote the rights of those who are less privileged and/or disadvantaged. Her areas of practice are public law, with a particular focus on human rights, immigration and refugee law. Grace has 25 years’ experience in these areas of the law and is well-respected in her eld. She is a contributor to the leading practitioner text of Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice and General Editor of Butterworths Immigration Law Service. She is appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s preferred Panel of Counsel.In 2018 Grace became involved in planning for a strategic challenge to the breadth and depth of the Windrush Scheme. She has attended many events directed at promoting and highlighting the rights of those affected by the Windrush Scandal, as a speaker and as a delegate, and was an invited House of Commons speaker on issues concerning those indirectly affected by the Windrush Scandal alongside David Lammy MP and Janet Daby MP
sombre, defiant and determined mood was the tone of a number of vigils
across the country, including one in London on Thursday outside the Home
Office, after the heart wrenching news of the deaths of 39 people who
lost their lives in the back of a lorry tragically, in the hope
of finding a better life.
The Stand Up To Racism vigils, in London called jointly with Safe
Passage and Care4Calais, were demanding #SafePassageNow and saying
#RefugeesWelcome #MigrantsWelcome and brought together hundreds
resolving to also fight to #EndTheHostileEnvironment
Now more than ever we need to build the anti racist as broadly and
widely as we can, so that a challenge to the ideas of division, hate and
scapegoating is being raised in every community, in every workplace and
in every college.
Join and share the UN Anti Racism Day
demonstrations on 21 March 2020, taking place globally to send a clear
message against the rise of racism, fascism, Islamophobia and
Antisemitism via the Facebook event page for the #M21 #WorldAgainstRacism demonstrations here
At Stand Up To Racism, we are always looking for volunteers. If you would like to help as a volunteer for Stand Up To Racism please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
And every day you can help build the anti racist movement by retweeting @AntiRacismDay – sharing posts from our Facebook page promoting events and initiatives, and of course by inviting friends on social media to get involved.
Today our thoughts and solidarity go to the 39 victims, found dead in a lorry in Essex and their families.
The 39 are the latest victims of Fortress Europe and this government’s “hostile environment” for refugees and migrants that sees people forced to turn to traffickers to escape poverty and war.
Thousands have died attempting to reach Europe, and thousands remain stranded while being denied their right to seek asylum in Britain.
Tomorrow we are holding a vigil with refugee groups Care4Calais and Safe Passage to commemorate the victims, demand safe passage for those fleeing poverty and war, and that the racist hostile environment must end.
Join us to send solidarity to the loved ones of those who died and demand immediate change to ensure such a tragedy does not happen again.
|AFTER 39 TRAGIC DEATHS:|
VIGIL: SAFE PASSAGE NOW
Thursday 24th October 6pm
Home Office, 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF
Saturday 16th of November 10:30 to 17:30
University of Greenwhich, Stephen Lawrence Building, Old Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS
- Impact of undercover policing on the trade union movement
- Women against the State
- Surveillance in the Workplace
- Truth and Fiction: Representations of Spycops on screen
- Undercover policing – inquiry or coverup
- Institutional racism
We are handing in a letter to Scotland
Yard protesting the draconian police ban on all XR protests across
London. Join us outside Scotland Yard to defend the right to protest at
The text of the letter is below:
“The Metropolitan Police use of a Section 14 order to ban
Extinction Rebellion’s protests across London is arbitrary and
unprecedented and represents a serious attack on the right to protest.
This right is a basic civil liberty which must be respected at all
times. As people who have organised and participated in a wide range of
protests and demonstrations we call on the Metropolitan police to
withdraw the ban immediately, and to respect the long held right to
Supported by: Stop the War Coalition, CND, Stop Trump, Stand Up To
Racism, People’s Assembly, Stand Up To Trump, Palestine Solidarity
Campaign UK, Muslim Association of Britain
Join the Facebook event here.
is hard to believe: on top of an electoral system that is warped and
discredited, over nine million people missing from the electoral roll,
and elections open to the influence of unscrupulous donors and
misinformation…the government is choosing to make it harder for us to
Make no mistake: the government’s voter ID plans – announced yesterday – are a clear threat to our democracy.
Despite only eight allegations of “personation” fraud (the crime of
pretending to be someone else at the ballot box) in 2018 across
the whole of the UK, the government is putting up new barriers
to millions of legitimate voters. This is a gross electoral injustice in
It will cost up to £20m per General Election – but the democratic cost will be much higher.
This ‘show your papers’ policy must be stopped. Will you sign
our petition to say no to US-style voter suppression laws in the UK –
and yes to real democratic reform?
Our campaign against mandatory ID has dominated headlines this week. The pressure is mounting.
Let’s stand up for universal suffrage together. Sign our petition today.
10.30am – 17.30pm
University of Greenwich, Stephen Lawrence Building, Old Naval College, 30 Park Row, London SE10 9LS
Undercover policing & trade unions: the Political and the Personal
Including sessions on:
Impact of undercover policing on the trade union movement
Women against the State
Privacy & Surveillance in the Workplace
Truth and Fiction: Representations of Spycops on Screen
Undercover policing – inquiry or cover up?
arrest and disappearance of Yassin Hassan Abdelkarim, president of the
Sudanese Teachers’ Committee on 28 June has drawn strong condemnation
from the University and College Union (UCU) and International Solidarity
Officers in the NEU teachers’ union. Paul Cottrell, acting General
Secretary of UCU wrote to the Sudanese ambassador
calling for Yassin’s immediate release after hearing that armed men
stormed his house in the early hours of 28 June and took him away to an
activists are extremely concerned that he could face torture or death
in detention at the hands of the brutal militias affiliated with the
Transitional Military Council who have already killed over 100
protesters during attacks on peaceful sit-ins after 3 June. The Teachers
Committee is an independent union which has played a key role organising teachers’ strikes in recent years.
UCU calls for immediate release of Yassin Hassan Abdelkarim, president of the Sudanese Teachers’ Committee #StandWithSudan https://t.co/DzJvmZVJaM
— UCU (@ucu) July 2, 2019
Solidarity Officers in NEU adopted a resolution on 1 July also calling
for Yassin’s release alongside other political prisoners. Huge protests
gripped on Sudan on Sunday, following a call by the Sudanese
Professionals Association and the opposition Forces of Freedom and
Change for further peaceful demonstrations and civil disobedience to
demand the transfer of power to a civilian government from the ruling
Statement by International Solidarity Officers, NEU
National Education Union International Solidarity Officers, condemn the
arrest of our brother and colleague Yassin Hassan Abdulkarim President
of the Teachers’ Committee in Sudan.
support the struggle for democratic rights and civilian government in
Sudan. We support the demonstrations called by the Sudanese Professional
Association and note protestors have exercised non-violent civil
disobedience in pursuit of their aims.
We condemn any use of force, including that used on June 3rd in Khartoum, against these peaceful protests.
In addition, the arbitrary arrest of civilians exercising their right to organise cannot be tolerated. We call on our government, trade unions and human rights organisations to demand the immediate release of Yassin Hassan Abdulkarim.
Last week, our friends at Campaign Against Arms Trade won a historic court case against the UK Government over arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The Court ruled that the Government’s approval of arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen was unlawful, and that it must halt exports until it reviews the permissions in light of evidence of Saudi violations of international law. The ruling is unprecedented, and really speaks to the collaborative work of grassroots campaigners, lawyers, academic experts, and many others who pitched in to make the case so strong.
But this is just one case. The UK still approves arms exports to dozens of other human rights abusing regimes that use military force to repress protests, to gain territory, and to commit dreadful and illegal violence against civilians. And it will undoubtedly try to resume its exports to Saudi Arabia at the earliest date possible. That’s why we need grassroots pressure now to make this court victory stick, for the people of Yemen and millions of others around the world who are still at risk of being attacked using British made bombs and other weapons.
The UK sells weapons and
military technology to States that commit sustained and grave human
rights abuses, including Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Honduras, the
Philippines, and dozens of other regimes.
The UK must stop arming repression. Will you email your MP, and ask them to pressure the government to end its trade in arms with human rights abusing regimes?