Category Archives: Against racism

Oppose racist and fascist march for Tommy Robinson

Supporters of fascist and English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson have said they will march in London on Saturday 9 June.

Robinson and his supporters have a history of racism and islamophobia, and have many links to fascist organisations. Before leading the EDL, Robinson was in the fascist BNP.

They want to use the fact that Robinson has been jailed as an excuse to spread their racism and hate.

Unite Against Fascism and Stand Up to Racism have called a counter protest on the day. Please circulate and share widely. Invite all of your friends and fellow anti racists.

On the day, bring trade union and community banners. Facebook page here.

National Demonstration Against Trump

The Together Against Trump national demonstration has now been called for Friday 13th July, the day Trump visits Britain, starting at 2pm at the BBC in Portland Place and marching to Central London.

Given the worldwide outrage at Donald Trump’s aggressive, chauvinistic and belligerent policies, this is a crucial demonstration. We are urging all our supporters to take half a day off work to make sure they come to the demonstration. Please promote the demo as widely as possible. We are asking our groups and supporters across the country to organise transport to the national demonstration.

WE ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HERE

Bringing together all those facing a ‘hostile environment’ from the Home Office

7pm, Thursday 31 May
Venue: UNITE the Union, 33-37 Moreland St., EC1V 8BB

Speakers include:

  • Windrush generation families from the Caribbean and other Commonwealth countries
  • People seeking asylum from wars, dictatorships, ecological devastation and hunger
  • EU nationals threatened by Brexit
  • Ian Macdonald QC, leading barrister in immigration and human rights law

The Windrush scandal has finally exposed to the public the truth about what deportation means for people’s lives, and the public is outraged.

Commonwealth citizens from the Caribbean and other countries, invited by the government to help rebuild war-torn Britain, have been separated from loved ones, lost jobs, homes, refused healthcare, pensions and rights after living in the UK most or all of their lives. An estimated 50,000 people have
been affected but it is yet to come out how many were deported, suffered permanent harm, or even died.

The media, and even right-wing MPs, had to reflect public outrage forcing the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd to resign. The government promised to acknowledge the citizenship of and pay compensation to the Windrush generations and their descendants, partly because Commonwealth heads were meeting in London. The new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is a Tory banker, with a disgusting track record against immigrants even though his own parents were immigrants. The government is likely to renege on some or all of their promises, and they will try to use this moment to split Commonwealth residents from other immigrants – already the Home Office is quietly recruiting NGOs to help deport asylum seekers and their children.

We all have the right to be here. African, Asian, Caribbean and other Third World people have contributed over centuries to the wealth in the UK. We have suffered through imperial conquest, slave trades, plunder of resources, proxy wars, Western backed dictatorships, rape and other torture. More recent immigrants from Europe and elsewhere have also contributed with hard work and have made their lives here. The NHS would not function without people from all over the world who work hard
despite wage freezes, underfunding, privatisation, and poor working conditions.

We demand: An amnesty for all affected and immediate compensation for this persecution. Stop all deportations, detention and destitution. Abolish laws that recruit teachers, doctors, landlords, employers, etc., to snoop and report on immigrants. No collaboration by voluntary groups, charities and
NGOs with Home Office deportations.

Caribbean Labour Solidarity: info@cls-uk.org.uk
Women of Colour/Global Women Strike:
womenofcolour@globalwomenstrike.net

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