Category Archives: Against racism

Amigo Month Event – Friday 5 October 2018

Friday 5 October 2018

19:00 – 20:30

TUC London, East and South East (LESE) Celebrates Amigo Month 

TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Amigo Month is a 5-week period of hundreds of events celebrating the history, culture and contribution of the UK’s three million Spanish/Portuguese speakers, and opens on Monday 7 September, National Day in Brazil and Mozambique. Amigo Month commemorates friendship and promotes cultural, artistic, social, economic and tourist links amongst the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world and Latin America with Britain and remembers the history and heritage of the “amigo” communities that have lived in Britain and London for thousands of years.

Please register: 020 7467 1218 / lese@tuc.org.uk

This event is supported by LESE International Affairs Committee 

National unity demonstration against fascism and racism

  • Saturday 17 November, Central London
  • Share and invite to the facebook event here

We are experiencing the biggest rise in support for fascism, the far right, racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism since the 1930s. In Britain fascists and racists are mobilising on a scale not seen for decades. We must unite against this threat, which is why we are calling a national demonstration against fascism and racism on Saturday 17 November in London.

The demonstration is initiated by Stand Up To Racism, co-sponsored by Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism, and is supported by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell amongst others.  More details will follow.

The recent rise in attacks by the far right has created a real thirst for a mass anti-racist mobilisation in the spirit of the Anti Nazi League. Now is the time to take to the streets.
There is an urgent need to build a movement against racism and fascism. Help us mobilise for 17 November by joining Stand Up to Racism.

Unseat Bob Blackman

JOIN MOMENTUM, ASH SARKAR, OWEN JONES AND OTHERS

Harrow East’s Tory MP Bob Blackman is a right-wing extremist. He opposed equal marriage, called for the reintroduction of the anti-gay Section 28, has retweeted anti-Muslim hatred and a post by fascist leader Tommy Robinson, as well as backing the bedroom tax, austerity, cuts to taxes on the rich, trebling tuition fees, privatisation and other unjust Tory policies.

Last year his majority collapsed from 4,757 to just 1,757 in the 2017 election. That was down to Jeremy Corbyn’s inspiring alternative – but it was also down to campaigning by you.

The #Unseat campaign has the Tories on the run. Thanks partly to our campaigning the local elections, Trafford Tory council was unseated, Labour won the popular vote in Wandsworth and got the best result for 22 years, Labour won 4 seats in Portsmouth, and Labour nearly matched the Tory vote in Westminster.

According to leaked messages, Iain Duncan Smith – who hammered disabled people and low-paid workers – is on the run because of #Unseat.

We can unseat Bob Blackman whenever an election is called – and get a Labour MP who champions the majority, as well as a Jeremy Corbyn-led government. Labour has a brilliant candidate – Pamela Fiztpatrick – who will fight for the many, not the few.

Never campaigned before? Great! Most haven’t, we’ll give you support and pair you up with an experienced campaigner.

Spread the word and see you then!

RENDEZ VOUS ADDRESS: The Training Academy, Harrow Civic Centre, 7 Station Road, Harrow HA1 2XY

National Education Union (NEU) sponsors LMHR at Notting Hill Carnival x Smokey Joe Roadshow

The August Bank Holiday is almost here, and that means its time for Notting Hill Carnival!
With the hostile environment that has continued to fuel anti-immigrant rhetoric, the continuing fight for justice for Grenfell, the Windrush Generation crisis, and the rise in racialised hate crimes–Carnvial’s legacy is more significant than ever.
Carnival embodies, celebrates and highlights the positive impact the diversity and multiculturalism has made.
Join us at the Love Music Hate Racism Carnival Float! If you are not already booked and would like to come, book online HERE
You can also come along and book on the day

Boris Johnson is a racist – Hope not hate

This is who Boris is. He’s shown us time and again that he has deeply-held racist views. From his time as a journalist when he mocked African children, right through to his race-based attack on Barack Obama during the Brexit referendum. When the media say, “it’s Boris being Boris” they’re playing right into his hands, providing an excuse for his unacceptable actions.

We’ve had enough of this. It’s time to take a stand.

Over the next few days, we’re going to be gathering signatures for our petition to demand the Tories remove the whip. If they don’t, we’re going to get organised in Boris Johnson’s constituency, to get the word out about his disgusting views to key voters in the area who could cost him his seat at the next election.

Time is up on the Boris Johnson “act”. We’ve had enough of his loud-mouthed, unashamed racism. If you agree, sign the petition, spread the word, and look out for news about our campaign in his constituency.

Confronting racism & fascism: international conference

An international conference to discuss how we can confront the rise of racism and fascism.

Themes and speakers include:
Donald Trump to Tommy Robinson: Halting the growth of the racist right • Opposing Islamophobia & Antisemitism • Windrush – Combating the Hostile Environment • Grenfell – unite against austerity and racism • Refugees Welcome Here

We will soon be announcing initial speakers including anti-racists and anti-fascists campaigners from the US, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Spain and Italy.

Speakers last year included:
Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary • Kate Osamor MP, Shadow DfID Secretary • Lowkey, Rapper • Esa Charles, Father of Rashan Charles • Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, Finsbury Park Mosque • Kevin Courtney, NEU Joint Gen Sec • Dave Ward, CWU Gen Sec • Roger Mckenzie, Unison Ass Gen Sec • Catherine West, Labour MP Hornsey and Wood Green

The racist right are on the march. Trumps election has emboldened the racist and fascist right across Europe.

Far right groups are achieving electoral successes from Italy to Hungary. For the first time in years racists are marching in big numbers on the streets of Britain.

The racist and fascist right are growing off the back of the scapegoating of migrants, refugees and the Muslim Community by mainstream politicians and the media.

Islamophobia has been at the centre of their growth but where the racist right grow racism and Anti-Semitism also soon follow.

Refugees are still drowning in their hundreds in the Mediterranean while fleeing poverty and war.

‘Fortress Europe’ and the reality of the ‘hostile environment’ for migrants is opening up an audience for the racist right to grow.

Institutional racism and austerity blights the lives of black communities in housing, education and in the continuing tragedies of deaths in police custody.

We need to discuss strategies for anti-racism in opposing mobilisations of the far right in the streets, the “hostile environment”, Islamphobia, anti-Semitism and institutional racism.

However we can fight this racist offensive. Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and John McDonnell represent an anti-racist and anti-austerity leadership of the Labour Party. There are many other progressive forces including trade unions, faith communities and other political parties, that are mobilising against racism.

The far right may be mobilising but we have the strength of the labour, trade union and anti-racist movement to oppose them.

We must discuss how we build on this strength to halt the rise of the racists.

Show your solidarity to TUC Bookmarks bookshop after fascist attack

Far right attack TUC Bookmarks bookshop just days after Tommy Robinson release…
Time to build a mass movement against the racist and fascist right
The last few days have proved just how important it is to build a mass movement against racism and fascism in Britain.
The attack on Saturday by far right extremists on the TUC’s bookshop Bookmarks in Central London shows that these people are gaining in confidence in the wake of Tommy Robinson’s release on bail.
Ex leader of the violent and racist English Defence League and former BNP member Robinson has become a rallying point for the whole of racist right, with money flooding in from the US Alt-right to back him.
Across the spectrum Nazi groups, Alt-right figures, the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) and UKIP believe they can build a racist movement in Britain just like their friends in the US and Europe have done.
The ‘free Tommy’ campaign was marked by a rising levels of violence as anti-racists and trade unionists have been attacked by his supporters. Stand Up To Racism has launched an important statement opposing the Robinson and the growth of the far right signed by MP’s, trade unionists, campaigners and faith leaders. You can add your name here please share it widely for others to sign.
Now in true Nazi style they’ve turned on a bookshop! The images of book burnings in Germany from the 1930’s show where all this can end up. TUC General secretary Francis O’Grady said; “This is another sinister reminder of the grwoing confidence of the far right”.
Stand Up To Racism needs your help to beat the far right back. Here’s what you can do:
  • Join Saturday’s solidarity event at Bookmarks this Saturday at 2pm, 1 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B 3QE more event details here Rush messages of support to Bookmarks info@bookmarksbookshop.co.uk and Dave@bookmarksbookshop.co.uk or message on twitter @Bookmarks_books or to their facbook page here 
  • Make a donation to stand Up To Racism to help us organise the fightback against the racist and fascist right – donate here
  • Join Stand Up To Racism here

Notting Hill Carnival – Join the Love Music Hate Racism float

Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) and the National Education Union (NEU) will be running a float with the Smokey Joe Roadshow on both days of the Notting Hill Carnival; Sunday 26th (T-shirt Day) and Monday 27th (Masquerade aka costume Day).
Carnival began as a celebration of culture to unite the area against racist attacks and our slogan is to ‘party with a purpose’. We want as many people as possible wearing LMHR T-shirts in the precession behind the truck.
On both days from 10 am till midday we will load in behind the Smokey Joe Roadshow truck on the route at Ladbroke Grove (the exact location is yet to be announced and will be released closer to the date), then the procession will set off.
We will dance and walk our way through the route until the event finishes approximately around 7pm, so it’s important that you are fit and in good health to participate as they’re long days.
You can book your T-shirt or costume to join us on the float:
More details will be sent out to those who buy T-shirts but here’s a summary:
  • It’s an all-day event on both days from approx. 10 am to 7 pm.
  • Refreshments can be provided at a small cost beforehand.
  • You can come for one or both days.
  • If you can volunteer for 1 hour during the day it would be a major help.
  • The main collection day for T shirts where we will also customize them is Wednesday
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