Category Archives: Against racism
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 / email@example.com
This event is supported by LESE International Affairs Committee
- Saturday 17 November, Central London
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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.
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!
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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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- On Eventbrite (this includes booking fees) or
- Head to the Soca Lounge at The Tabernacle W11 (the hub of Notting Hill Carnival), on the evening of 22nd August
- 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