In March 2017, 15 people peacefully stopped a secretive deportation flight from leaving. After a 10 week trial they were found guilty of a terror-related charge. Join us outside Chelmsford Crown Court to stand with the Stansted 15 as they face sentencing and to demand an end to brutal deportation flights, inhumane indefinite detention, and the hostile environment.
Category Archives: Against racism
Join the protest at 6pm at the Home Office in London to protest in solidarity with refugees and migrants and to challenge the disgusting racist scapegoating being used by the Tory government and the establishment. Outside of London? Contact us if you are planning a local protest on the day in your town or city.
The establishment has whipped up a frenzy of racism towards refugees and migrants after a hundred or so refugees were reported to have crossed the Channel since Christmas Day. This latest attack on refugees and migrants comes off the back of the Tories’ ‘hostile environment’ that has aimed to create a climate of division.
Yet in reality, in 2015 1,015,078 refugees arrived in Europe, with more than 800,000 trafficked by sea from Turkey to Greece. Since then the numbers reaching Europe have plummeted. From the beginning of this year until mid‑September 20,120 arrived in Italy, down from 180,000 in 2016 and 20,760 arrived in Greece.
The number of clandestine arrivals at UK southern coastal ports in 2017-18 was 1,832, a 23% decrease on the 2,366 of these arrivals the previous year. Don’t believe the lies that are being used to dehumanise people who are escaping war and poverty to seek a better life for their families and blame them for the problems created by politicians and their austerity agenda. We say #RefugeesWelcome #MigrantsWelcome
- Take a picture of yourself holding up this coat and post it on social media with a message such as:
“Show you @Care4Calais by donating a coat to a refugee this winter #Coats4Calais”
- Donate your coat at your nearest drop off point – see here
- If you don’t have a coat to donate you can buy a coat to keep a refugee warm all winter for just £25 here
Kate Osamor MP • Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, poet and activist • Priya Gopal, Academic at University of Cambridge • Nita Sanghera, UCU Vice-President • Myriam Kane, NUS NEC • Naima Omar, Student Stand Up to Racism • more tbc
Decolonising education • Challenging Islamophobia and Prevent • Kicking fascists off campus • Defending migrant students & workers • Confronting institutional racism
We have seen a massive rise in racism across society, from Tommy Robinson here to Trump in the US.
Students are often on the sharp end of this. Muslim students are treated as suspects from the Prevent agenda, EU nationals have their rights threatened by Brexit, and BAME students face institutional racism.
We have also recently seen attempts by the far right to gain a foothold on campus with groups like Generation Identity appearing at universities including Manchester, Bristol, Wolverhampton and Birkbeck.
This conference will bring together students, staff and education workers to discuss how we can decolonise our campuses and make them free from racism.
10.30am-4.30pm (Registration from 10am)
Stopping the Far Right • Challenging institutional racism
Racism is on the rise – and the far right are seeking to take advantage to grow in size and confidence.
From Germany to Brazil, Italy to the US, the far right are on the march. And here Ukip, the “Football Lads” and Tommy Robinson are seeking to capitalise on the ‘hostile environment’ created by politicians and much of the media. Racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism are all growing.
This conference is aimed at trade unionists to discuss how we can organise to challenge the growth of the far right on the streets and in our communities.
And how do we root anti-racism deeper in our unions? The conference also takes place on the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Macpherson Report in February 1999. This was in response to the racist murder of a young black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, in South east London and the failure of the police in the case.
The report provoked a debate about institutional racism in the police but also in wider society, from schools to local authorities.
Yet two decades on, institutional racism remains deeply entrenched in too many workplaces. How do we organise as trade unionists to kick racism out of the workplace?
Matt Wrack – Fire Brigades Union
Kevin Courtney – National Education Union – NUT Section
Unmesh Desai – GLA member
Robinson says this is about a “Brexit betrayal” but it is about whipping up racism and islamophobia. Whatever way you voted in the referendum, join us to oppose Robinson and his hate.
Robinson has a history of racism, Islamophobia and fascist membership of the British National Party. He of course founded the English Defence League and has recently made links with fascists and far right politicians from Geert Wilders in Holland to the Front National in France.
Fascism is more of a threat than it has been in decades. Racist hard right governments have come to power throughout many countries, most recently Brazil. Terror attacks by the far right are on the rise all over the world, from the assassination of Jo Cox MP here in Britain last to the Pittsburgh massacre last month, which is the worst attack on Jewish people in American history. Fascist and racist groups are also taking to the streets for mass demonstrations of hate. Barnet meet-up on the day here.
This makes having a real movement against racism more necessary than ever. To spread the word about the mass demonstration against racism, we need a really big public push to get the word out about the demo. Join us for a mass public leafleting.