Category Archives: Against racism

After Christchurch, #WorldAgainstRacism demos launch global movement against racism & the far right

Saturday saw #WorldAgainstRacism demonstrations take place around the world in an unprecedented coordination of international solidarity for UN Anti Racism Day.
  • In London, 25,000 marched, with demonstrations also taking place in Glasgow (1,000) and Cardiff (1,000).
  • See our round up gallery of photos HERE from the demonstrations that took place from the US – in New York and Washington DC – to right across Europe, including Germany, Austria, Poland, France, Greece, Denmark, Turkey, Ireland, as well as Australia.
  • More demonstrations, including Catalunya and Spain, the Netherlands, and Norway are set to take place this week.
  • 🌍See the map of global actions HERE🌍
These demonstrations came a gravely poignant moment, taking to the streets the day after the horrific racist massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The London Demonstration stopped off at New Zealand House to lay a wreath for the victims of the atrocity, and speaker after speaker pledged solidarity with Muslim community in challenging the horrific and growing wave of Islamophobia.

The horror we witnessed in New Zealand – like the attacks that took place on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and a black congregation in Charleston – underlines why these marches are so important – we need to build mass anti racist movements internationally to oppose a growing, murderous far right.
The #WorldAgainstRacism initiative is a major step forward for the global anti-racist movement, taking a positive message of multiculturalism and diversity onto the streets and bringing together the most powerful alliance possible to challenge the rise of racism, fascism, Islamophobia & antisemitism.
In Britain, the fantastic support from #Unions4Unity and the inspiring engagement from Love Music Hate Racism‘s #BeautifulResistance campaign involving major labels and artists, along with a broad range of speakers from the TUC, the unions, Muslim and Jewish organisations, campaigners from Windrush to justice over deaths in custody, and prominent figures like poet Michael Rosen and Chelsea’s first black player Paul Canoville, took the unity of the anti racist movement to a new level.
We have much work to do in the coming months to deepen and strengthen this movement – we need your support!

Barnet goes to the Anti-Racism Demonstation

Facebook event here.

1. Meet 11.00 on platform at East Finchley . Depart 11.15 – change Tottenham Court Road onto Central Line – to either Bond Street or Marble Arch.

2. Meet 11.00 on platform at Finchley Central. Depart 11.15 – change Tottenham Court Road onto Central Line – to either Bond Street or Marble Arch.

Then 12.15 – 12.30 go to Barnet meeting point at top of Park Lane in front of Marriott Hotel

Stop deportations! Release Owen Haisley & the 50 others facing deportation on Tuesday 5 February

Last week, on Friday, Owen Haisley was snatched by the Home Office when attending the Salford registration centre. Owen arrived legally in the UK in 1977, with his mother and sister, when he was just four years old. He has three children, all of whom have full British citizenship. He is a drum and bass/ jungle MC, music tutor and community worker (AKA Madrush MC), and has been part of the Manchester music scene for his entire life.
He has been detained and is currently being held at Harmondsworth Removal Centre. Along with 50 other people, he is due for deportation to Jamaica on Tuesday 5th February – the day before the #Stansted15 sentencing.
This is the first plane to attempt to deport people to Jamaica since the Windrush scandal. They will be escorted by large numbers of security personnel. There are more than 50 people who need our immediate support.

We stand with #Stansted15, who face sentencing this week: Support the solidarity protest, Wed 6 Feb

This Wednesday, 6 February, the #Stansted15 activists who bravely and peacefully protested a deportation flight, face their sentencing in Chelmsford at the Crown Court. Stand Up To Racism is supporting the solidarity protest called by End Deportations, from 8.30am, New Street, CM1 1EL.
If you are able to get to Chelmsford to support the protest, contact us at info@standuptoracism.org.uk. But everyone can do something to show their support: download the ‘solidarity selfie’ poster HERE Whether in your workplace, college, community or just yourself, you can take a picture with the message of solidarity and share it including #Stansted15 and @AntiRacismDay. If you don’t have Twitter or other social media access, you can email it to info@standuptoracism.org.uk and we can share it for you. 
The #Stansted15 were found guilty in December of a terror-related offence after they peacefully prevented a secretive deportation flight from leaving last March.
These activists are an incredible inspiration to millions of people who are enraged and horrified at the injustice of how refugees are forced to suffer at the hands of Fortress Europe and the British government’s ‘hostile environment’ that regularly sees parents stripped from their children, lives put in extreme danger as deportation flights take off to deport people, and the horror of life for those in detention centres.
They now face an uncertain future, and the implications of the use of anti-terror legislation in this case poses a threat to the civil liberties and right to protest of us all. This sentence is intended to smash the anti-racist movement’s resistance to this government’s racist policies.
They need the full solidarity of our mass, broad movement – we all must get behind them now to send the message loud and clear that refugees are welcome here, and that the charges against the #Stansted15 heroes must be dropped.
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