No to racist scapegoating in Covid-19 Crisis

The Covid-19 Pandemic, combined with the failure of the British Government to properly protect its population, and a major economic crash has created situation where the most abhorrent forms of racism are set to thrive.

• We stand together against the racist scapegoating of all communities in this crisis. We condemn the use of the phrase “Chinese virus” by Donald Trump and others, attacks on migrants from the far-right and violent attacks on Chinese and East Asian communities.

• Saving lives must be the priority. Anti-Chinese racism is costing lives. Instead of racism towards China we must learn from China’s experiences in fighting Covid-19. We support the urgent demands for efforts to halt the spread of the virus to be further stepped up.

NHS Workers and all key workers, including transport, shop, postal, food distribution, police, teachers and carers must be given proper protective equipment (PPE), and testing to allow them to carry out their crucial work without placing themselves and others at risk.

• Testing must be reintroduced for all displaying symptoms and all those entering the country, with quarantine measures focused on ensuring the health of those affected as well as preventing further contagion.

• We call for an immediate amnesty for all unregistered and undocumented people. Qualified doctors and nurses that are not British citizens must be enabled to join the effort to save lives. Denial of NHS care on citizenship grounds must stop, and exorbitant health surcharges abolished.

• Britain and all countries must honour their commitments under UN conventions for refugees and accept those fleeing war and persecution, with all necessary measures to protect their health and provide quarantine where necessary.

• The unsanitary detention of people in removal centres must end, and social distancing measures put in place. Practices such as signing on in overcrowded spaces must end immediately.

• Police powers to prevent gatherings of no more than two people must not disproportionately target African, Asian and Caribbean communities.

• Covid-19 measures must be sensitive to people’s faith and beliefs. No forced cremations for Muslim and Jewish communities.

• More measures must be introduced to allow the population to follow health guidelines without forcing them into destitution. Measures such as proposed by The Peoples’ Assembly Against Austerity, trade unions, opposition spokespeople and others must be introduced including guaranteed and higher rate of sick pay, the same income rights for the employed and self employed, stopping evictions, the same payment break rights for tenants and home owners and the provision of grants.

• We call for all progressive organisations, faith/community groups and trade unions to join together in a coordinated effort to oppose racist scapegoating, demand action to save lives, and campaign for those at risk of destitution during the ongoing crisis.
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March Against Racism, Sat 21 March

Updated materials,  local rallies, and transport… 

UN Anti Racism Day demonstrations Sat 21 March, in London (with Cymru bloc) & Glasgow 


LONDON – Flyer here & poster here

This week millions have been shocked by the horrific treatment of refugees at the Greek border, where people fleeing for their lives have faced attacks by police, the army and the far right. The vicious attacks on refugees, with footage of shots being fired at dingies with desperate people fighting for their lives, including children, come in the wake of a revolt against the building of huge prison camps for refugees in Lesvos and Chios. 

The severity of the refugee crisis, and the racist response, underlines sharply the need for international anti racist solidarity and resistance.

We are now less than three weeks away from the major demonstrations on Saturday 21 March, part of the #WorldAgainstRacism international coordination that will see demonstrations in London & Glasgow, and all across the world for UN Anti Racism Day. 

Defend Civil Liberties – Stop the Criminalisation of Protest

The Metropolitan Police recently produced a pamphlet associated with the Prevent initiative on terror threats which suggested that Stop the War, CND and a range of other campaigning organisations posed a terror threat.

The pamphlet was distributed widely amongst staff at the frontline of our public services. This is the most blatant case in a growing trend towards the criminalisation of protest and the suppression of debate of a whole range of vitally important issues in our society including matters of war and peace.

This Thursday, campaigners from some of the named groups including Stop the War’s Lindsey German will be joining the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, National Education Union Joint General Secretary Kevin Courtney, the rapper Lowkey, Ragad Al-Tikriti from the Muslim Association of Britain and Jamie Potter, Joint Head of Bindmans’ Public Law and Human Rights team, to discuss the issues and how best to push back against attacks on our civil liberties.
Please join us and be part of this crucial campaign…
Register for Free Here – Donations Welcome

Thurs 27 Feb | 18:30-20:30
Hamilton House
Mabledon Place
London, WC1H 9BD

We need volunteers for the meeting so please email office@stopwar.org.uk if you’d like to help out.

WINDRUSH UPDATE OPEN MEETING

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

FREE ADMISSION! (Registration Essential) Please register: lese@tuc.org.uk / 020 7467 1220

Windrush Campaign is a legal and political campaign to win an amendment to the Windrush Scheme. Currently the descendants and family members of the Windrush Generation – those who came after 1973 & 1988 are excluded from using the Windrush Taskforce (who operate the Windrush Scheme) to regularise their stay. This is because of the racism encoded in British Immigration legislation of 1968, 1971 and 1981

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Antonia Bright, Movement for Justice Campaign Coordinator Leader in Movement for Justice, whose aim is advancing the struggle for equality and justice. She is focused on developing the movement, speaking the truth about racism to win our struggles. In UNISON, as a branch Black Members Ofcer, she has won national support for ‘Widen Windrush’ and championed immigrant rights.

Declan Owens, Solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors Specialising in labour law and human rights. Declan has represented blacklisted trade unionists in the construction sector; completed a master’s degree in European and International Labour Law at the University of Amsterdam; conducted research at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies; worked in the legal department of the International Trade Union Confederation; and worked for the Workers’ Bureau of the International Labour Organisation. Also, a member of the Executive Committee of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and the European Lawyers for Workers Network. Declan is a GMB and United Voices of the World Union member.

Grace Brown, Barrister at Garden Court Called to the Bar in 1995 propelled by the desire to promote the rights of those who are less privileged and/or disadvantaged. Her areas of practice are public law, with a particular focus on human rights, immigration and refugee law. Grace has 25 years’ experience in these areas of the law and is well-respected in her eld. She is a contributor to the leading practitioner text of Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice and General Editor of Butterworths Immigration Law Service. She is appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s preferred Panel of Counsel.In 2018 Grace became involved in planning for a strategic challenge to the breadth and depth of the Windrush Scheme. She has attended many events directed at promoting and highlighting the rights of those affected by the Windrush Scandal, as a speaker and as a delegate, and was an invited House of Commons speaker on issues concerning those indirectly affected by the Windrush Scandal alongside David Lammy MP and Janet Daby MP

STATEMENT ON THE ATTACK ON A RABBI IN STAMFORD HILL

Barnet TUC and Stand Up to Racism have been shocked and saddened by the attack on the Rabbi last Friday in Stamford Hill. We are particularly appalled by the fact it was racially motivated. We absolutely stand by the rights of any individual to be able to go about their business without fear of assault for what clothes they wear or skin colour they have or what gender they are perceived to be. The attack on this Rabbi is therefore an attack on all of us.

No Pasaran!

#VoteAgainstRacism

With hate crime and far-right terrorism continuing to rise, the stakes of keeping racism out of forthcoming General Election are incredibly high.

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s outrageous “bank robbers” and “letterbox” comments about women who choose to wear the niqab were followed by a 375 per cent increase in Islamophobic attacks in the following week. Nigel Farage’s “breaking point” poster during the EU referendum was reported to the police as a “blatant attempt to incite racial hatred”

As a general election approaches and Johnson competes for votes with Nigel Farage, we can expect this rhetoric to worsen. Meanwhile, the far-right UKIP will be targeting seats in their remaining strongholds by pursuing an even more extreme agenda.

To combat this, we have to mobilise the anti-racist majority and make sure racism can’t be used for electoral gain.

The first urgent step is a massive voter registration drive to make sure anti-racists are registered to vote. And when campaigning officially starts, we’ll be working with groups across the country to encourage candidates to sign up to a pledge to keep racism out of the election, and condemn any candidates or parties trying to use racism to win votes.

We can only do this with your support. Every penny you donate will go towards:

  • Leafleting as many areas as possible in the General Election to encourage people to #VoteAgainstRacism
  • Adverts in local press, to mobilise the anti-racist vote
  • A social media campaign condemning any candidates who try to use racism to win votes
  • Travel expenses for volunteers to campaign across the country

As well as donating, please make sure everyone you know is registered to vote!

You can register to vote at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

If you’re not sure if you’re registered, find out at https://www.gov.uk/get-on-electoral-register

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