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Anti racists protest across Britain in solidarity with Rashford, Sancho & Saka, while in Dorset marching to Drax MP demanding slavery justice

Sun, 07/18/2021 - 05:49

The strength of anger at the racism targetted at England players Rashford, Sancho and Saka, and at goverment ministers – in particular Boris Johnson and Priti Patel – who have, as England player Tyronne Mings said, stoked the flames of racism, was reflected in the demonstrations that took place all over Britain on Saturday 17 July. This included a demonstration of hundreds at Downing Street.

Diane Abbott MP on the front of the Stand Up To Racism demonstration outside Downing Street in solidarity with Rashford, Sancho & Saka On the Stand Up To Racism protest at Emerites Stadium

In Dorset, a march taking place as part of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival organised by Stand Up To Racism supported by the TUC saw hundreds marching to the Estate of Richard Drax, Tory MP and beneficiary of the slave trade, demanding slavery justice and opposing insitutionalised racism.

Marching on Drax – demanding slavery justice Taking the Knee in solidarity with Rashford, Sancho and Saka outside Downing street and opposing the racism of Johnson and Patel

The protests were covered widely in the press, including in the Guardian, The Mirror, the Evening Standard (even the Daily Mail and the Sun reported on the protests!) as well as a whole host of local newspapers who covered the #TakeTheKnee actions in their areas (including Leicester, Darlington, Hull)

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PRESS RELEASE: Anti racists protest government who ‘stoked flames’ of racism – solidarity with Rashford, Sancho & Sancho – Downing st & across Britain

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 07:33
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Friday 16 July 2021

Anti racists to protest the government who ‘stoked the flames’ of racism, and in solidarity with Rashford, Sancho & Sancho – at Downing street and across Britain:

LONDON: Demonstration in solidarity with Rashford, Sancho & Saka, assembling outside Downing Street, tomorrow, 3pm 

FRI 16 JULY
Leeds here
Hackney here

SAT 17 JULY
Downing street here
Stratford here
Islington here
Selhurst here
Swansea here
Manchester here
Lancaster here
Cambridge here
Harlow here

SUN 18 JULY
Narberth here

On Saturday 17 July, Stand Up To Racism is organising major protests following events this week in the wake of the racist abuse of England players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka & Jadon Sancho. Saturday’s upcoming events follow a wave of anti racist outrage and protest in response, including Stand Up To Racism’s hundreds-strong protest at the Marcus Rashford mural in Manchester which received across the board press coverage.

Stand Up To Racism has called a demonstration at Downing Street, with local groups holding actions in towns and cities across Britain, aiming to show solidarity with the players who carried out #TakeTheKnee action against racism throughout the tournament, and to point to the hypocrisy by Patel and Johnson, who in the words of Tyrone Mings were “stoking the fire” of racism when they criticised the anti racist action and refused to condemn the booing of #TakeTheKnee.

Anti racists are gathering to say: one year on from the #BlackLivesMatter explosions, we demand action on racism now!

Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism co convenor, said:
“After their attack on the consistent dignified, insistant and brave #TakeTheKnee action by the England team throughout the Euros2020 tournament, and after their refusal to condemn the booing of the players’ stance against racism, many anti racists will have been sickened to see the rank hypocrisy of Boris Johnson and Priti Patel. How dare they come out as if they were supporting the players and give hollow words in the wake of the disgusting racist abuse. Gary Neville is right when he says that the prime minister encouraged it. Tyrone Mings is right when he says Patel and Johnson were stoking the flames of racism.

“And they have been consistent in pushing through a raft of racist policy from the Nationality and Borders bill that attacks refugee and migrants in the most despicable way, to the policing bill that criminalises Black Lives Matter and attempts to drive entire communities out of existence with the attack on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. This government has denied the very existence of institutional racism in Britain. We must take very seriously the need to build a strong current of active anti racism in every sphere of our lives and society. 

“These brilliant young men have taken a bold stand against racism, and in doing sonon the global stage, despite opposition from their own government, they have helped everyone who wants to challenge racism. The outpouring of rage at the racist abuse and heartfelt solidarity for Rashford, Sancho and Saka shows the incredible force we have to take the fight against racism in all its forms forwards.” 

Sabby Dhalu, Stand Up To Racism co convenor, said:
“Attempts by Johnson and the government to whip up racism while denying its existence have hit a brick wall. 

“When England footballers, many of whom experience vile racism on a daily basis, take the knee, they represent the majority of society who abhor racism and want action taken. Tyrone Mings was right to condemn Priti Patel for feigning disgust at the very abuse she helped to stoke
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PRESS RELEASE: Anti-racists call demonstration at Rashford mural and say Gary Neville correct in calling out government racism and racist abuse towards, Rashford, Saka and Sancho

Mon, 07/12/2021 - 07:00

Monday 12 July 2021

Anti-racists call demonstration at Rashford mural and say Gary Neville correct in calling out government racism and racist abuse towards, Rashford, Saka and Sancho 

In response to racist vandalism of Marcus Rashford mural Stand up to Racism has called a demonstration at the mural on Tuesday 13 July at 6pm in Withington (details here). 

Following racist abuse towards Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, anti-racists wholeheartedly agree with Gary Neville’s statements to Sky News this morning, calling out the government’s role in encouraging racism. 

In response to Neville’s intervention, Stand up to Racism Co-Convenor Sabby Dhalu said

Gary Neville is spot on in calling out the government’s role in this despicable racism. Boris Johnson failed to condemn the booing of England footballers taking the knee and MPs such as Home Secretary Priti Patel, Lee Anderson and Brendan Clarke-Smith who attacked England for taking the knee. This gave succour to far right racists and fascists. Therefore the torrent of racist abuse since the final is not surprising. Racism starts from the top.” 

Earlier today the former Manchester United Star told Sky News

The taking of the knee was ridiculed by our top ranking government officials. So when we get racist abuse after a football match at the end of a tournament, I expect it. Because it exists and it is actually promoted by the Prime Minister. I knew as soon as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Sako missed last night, I knew we would be waking up to stories of racist abuse.”

In addition to racism towards Rashford, Saka and Sancho, video footage is circulating on social media showing England fans violently attacking, African, Caribbean and Asian England fans and Italy supporters. This follows violence towards Denmark fans on Wednesday. 

Sabby Dhalu further added

We condemn the racist abuse Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho have received since the end of the Euro 2020 Final. This includes the vandalisation of the Rashford mural in Manchester. We also condemn racist violence and abuse by racist England fans towards African, Caribbean and Asian England fans, Italy and Denmark supporters. 

“This racism and xenophobia precisely illustrates why England footballers took the the knee at every match during Euro 2020. 

“Missing penalties is hardly unique to three black footballers. By reaching the final of a major tournament this England team is the most successful since 1966. What underpinned this success is the diverse and multicultural team. We congratulate the team and its commitment to fighting racism.

Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism co convenor, said: 

The England players along with manager Gareth Southgate have made a concerted, conscious and consistent attempt to, in the face of hostility from this racist government, be on the right side of history and insist on continuing to #TakeTheKnee. This has in turn led to other teams joining them on the pitch, on a global stage, to send a message in complete contradiction to racist division this government evokes. It has been extremely uplifting for all who want to see a world without racism and inequality, and rightly many anti racists are immensely proud of the players.

“Because institutional racism very much does exist, it is outrageous that these young men have faced racist abuse, but as Neville says, it is not a suprise. The government have fuelled an environment where racists feel emnoldened to inflict abuse and attacks in a jingoistic fervour. They condemned #TakeTheKnee and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, yet failed to condemn racists and booing of the team.

“We need to keep at building a strong and vocal anti racist current on the terraces, in our workplaces and in our communities. Well done to the players who have stood up to lend their influence to this urgent task, and solidarity with them as they face vile and infuriating racism that does not reflect the majority mood.”

We encourage all teams to take the knee in domestic and international football competitions next season.”

Details of Rashford mural event
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Dorset rally for slavery justice: sat 17 july

Sat, 07/10/2021 - 05:11

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Dorset march and rally for slavery justice – Saturday 17 July, 11.30am


Richard Drax is said to be the richest MP in the UK. He owns 15,000 acres of Dorset farmland, plus properties across the country. He also owns Drax Hall Estate – a sugar plantation in Barbados established in the 1640s and run with slave labour for over 200 years.

The Caricom Reparations Commission calls on Richard Drax to pass the estate to the people of Barbados, to be used for the benefit of the community. Join anti-racists and trade unions to say: “Time’s up, Mr Drax!”

Assemble: beyond World’s End pub, DT11 9EW (off A31 road). Solidarity with Barbados: Drax Hall plantation for the people!

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England V Italy final is a win for anti-racists

Fri, 07/09/2021 - 14:31

The Euro 2020 football tournament has been exciting for football fans and anti-racists alike, with many teams taking the knee in opposition to racism. Sunday’s England V Italy Euro 2020 final is significant for anti-racists. 

England has consistently taken the knee at all matches during the Euros, along with Wales and Belgium. The following teams took the knee in solidarity when playing either Belgium, England or Wales: Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland and Turkey. 

A YouGov Poll on 10 June ahead of the tournament showed that there is huge public support in Italy for taking the knee. A staggering 73% support taking the knee, compared to only 19% opposed. The majority of English people surveyed also support taking the knee with 54% in favour and 39% against. 

Taking the knee: what do football fans across Europe make of the symbolic act? | YouGov

A higher proportion of ethnic minority communities in Britain support taking the knee, with 78% supporting and only 12% opposed. In Wales and Scotland 53% and 49% respectively support the gesture, 37% and 42% are opposed. 

Of Western European nations competing in Euro 2020, Portugal had the most support with 79% supporting the anti-racist gesture. 

Indeed the majority of those surveyed supported taking the knee with only the Netherlands narrowly opposing, with 45% against and 44% in favour. YouGov did not survey Belgium nor the Eastern European nations participating in the tournament. 

Racists opposing taking the knee and LGBT Pride

Many were disappointed when France failed to take the knee. The multicultural French team was expected to take the knee, and it is widely believed that its u-turn was due to the far right #BoycottEquipeDeFrance campaign, with French fans threatening to boycott France in the event of the team taking the knee.

Economist journalist Stanley Pignal commented on Twitter: 

“Black, Blanc, Beur” in English translates to “Black, White, Arab,” the phrase emphasises the unity of its diverse team in achieving its historic World Cup win in 1998. Without elite footballer Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desailly, Thierry Henry to name a few, it is hard to imagine a French victory that year. 

Far right Hungary supporters demonstrated in Munich against taking the knee and LGBT Pride. European football association UEFA conceded to homophobic pressure from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and prevented the Allianz stadium in Munich being lit up in rainbow colours in solidarity with Pride month, at the Germany V Hungary match.

Haters defeated 

A minority of England fans at matches during Euro 2020 and at friendly matches prior to the tournament booed the England team for taking the knee. During the tournament the boos were progressively drowned out by applause from fans and at the semi final against Denmark the haters were silenced. Only a handful of people turned up to the far right demonstration against the England team taking the knee at England’s opening match against Croatia. 

Statement opposing booing of players’ #TakeTheKnee & government failure to act

England’s take the knee gesture is even more significant given that the team resisted enormous pressure against taking the knee. It’s tough stance forced the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to u-turn and oppose the booing of the team days before the tournament. 

Tories Volte-face 

Johnson has failed to condemn many Tory MPs supporting those booing England taking the knee, including Home Secretary Priti Patel, Lee Anderson MP and Brendan Clarke-Smith MP. Patel said fans had a right to boo. Clarke-Smith disgracefully compared taking the knee to England performing the Nazi salute in 1938 World Cup in Germany. Anderson said he would boycott England matches. 

Now that England has made history by reaching an unprecedented Euro final – the first time it has reached the final of an international tournament since its World Cup win in 1966 – the same Tory MPs now claim they support the England team. 

Opposing Jingoism and Nationalism

The jingoism and nationalism usually associated with the Euros and World Cup has reared its ugly head again. A loud minority of England fans have booed the national anthem of every team England has played. 

In London a family of Denmark fans were brutally attacked on bus after Wednesday’s semi final at Wembley. Xenophobia, racism, fascism and the far right should have no place in football. 

Whatever the result on Sunday’s final, we must reject racism and vehemently oppose violent attacks on Italy supporters or anyone else. We hope the passion and gusto with which the Italian team sings it’s national anthem will be duly applauded. 

We hope Raheem Sterling and co, the diversity of the team and its contribution to England’s achievement in Euro 2020 get the recognition they deserve. 

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MARCH 4 BLACK LIVES – Justice 4 Dalian Atkinson

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 08:55

‘March 4 Black Lives Justice 4 Dalian Atkinson’ demo is taking place on Friday 9 July at 2pm in Victoria Square Birmingham.

PC Ben Monk was convicted on 29 June for the manslaughter of former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson. Monk’s conviction is believed to be the first time in modern British criminal justice history that a UK police officer has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a black man, according to Inquest, which supports the bereaved following state-related deaths. This conviction is hugely significant because it is a product of the huge mobilisations of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Black Lives Matter mobilisations also influenced footballers taking the knee at matches and most recently England players taking the knee at their Euro 2020 matches.

Some campaigners are arguing that the 8 year sentence is unjust and too low for manslaughter. Join the demo to show your solidarity with Atkinson’s family who have experienced this terrible tragedy and have waited so long for justice.

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Stand Up To Racism Northwest Regional Conference: Full timetable – 4 July 2021

Sat, 07/03/2021 - 03:23
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Northwest Conference Stand Up To Racism and TUC Northwest

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Northwest Regional Conference

Hosted by Stand Up To Racism, and sponsored by the northwest TUC

Conference will be online.

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1pm-4pm, Sunday 4th July



Opening session. (1pm) – 
Black Lives Matter


Interactive workshops. (2pm- 2.50pm)

  1. Racism and the Criminal Justice System
  2. Decolonising Education
  3. Disproportionate impact of Covid and Racism


Final plenary (3pm) The fight against racism today
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Speakers at Conference include:

Elise Bryant from the USA Black Lives Matter movement, Elise Bryant is president of the Coalition of Labor Union, actor, theatre director & singer, a labour union activist, teacher, and civil rights leader

Shirin Hirsch, will talk about the Moss Side ‘rising’ of forty years when youth fought back against police violence and racism. Shirin Hirsch is a historian, and author In the shadow of Enoch Powell

Pete Middleman, speaks for the Northwest TUC who are co-sponsors of this Conference. ‘As well as opposing racism and fascism the TUC are also opposed to the racism that underpins why black, Asian, and people from minority ethnic communities experience a significantly disproportionate impact of Covid on their lives’

Pinar Aksu and Mohammed Asif, are Anti-deportation protesters who were at the heart of the resistance that stopped Priti Patel’s deportation squad at the Polloksheilds, Glasgow last month

Chantelle Lunt, founder of the Merseyside Black Lives Matter Coalition, whether it is marching against the Tories or for Trans rights, Chantelle is always at the heart of the struggle to make

Keziah Major, the Northwest manager of Show Racism The Red Card: ‘The Black Lives Matter movement was and is a cry across society for fundamental change. Show Racism the Red Card supports this cry and those who Take The Knee in solidarity with it.’

Peta Bulmer, has been on strike at Liverpool University, the UCU is fighting to defend jobs, and for the decolonisation of the curriculum

Anna Rothery, long time anti-racist campaigner, helped keep the northwest a ‘fascist free zone’, a fighter for Justice for the Windrush generation, Anna is a Liverpool councillor

Lamin Touray, from Hulme Manchester where they ‘Took The Knee’ every week for a year, an actor Lamin helped with a play about the black boxer and anti racist campaigner Len Johnson

Julia Mwaluke, front line care worker Julia has been fighting for worker safety and against racism and low pay, she has just been elected to the National Executive of the Unison union

Mohammed Shafiq, ‘We took on the narrative of the far right, over Islamophobia and antisemitism. The northwest is a fascist free zone’, Mohammed is chair of PCS Black Members Committee, ‘may the vision of George Floyd live on in the work that we do in the weeks to come. Now is the time for action’

Clare Moseley, Care4Calais was founded by Clare Moseley to support refugees seeking asylum; ’In these desperate cases, the lack of a safe, alternative pathway is making a dangerous trip in an unsuitable boat the only viable alternative’

Dawn Taylor, the NEU campaigned for the teaching of ‘Britain’s colonial past to be part of the UK’s compulsory curriculum’, Dawn represents the union executive in the northwest

Karen Reissmann, campaigner who was fined £10,000 for organising a NHS Pay demo, Karen says ‘you are more likely to be treated by a migrant than be behind a migrant in a queue for health care.’

Weyman Bennett, is the National Co Convenor Stand Up To Racism

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PRESS RELEASE: Anti racists celebrate German teams decision to #TakeTheKnee with England

Tue, 06/29/2021 - 08:19

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Anti racists celebrate German teams decision to #TakeTheKnee with England

Anti racists are celebrating the decision of the German team to #TakeTheKnee against racism and in solidarity with the England team at today’s Euro 2020 clash.

England have faced booing from a minority of so called ‘supporters’ for making the antiracist statement at international games.

The British government has defended the ‘right’ of this minority to attack the team despite Wales and Scotland also taking the knee and the vast majority of supporters backing the players. 

England’s players have knelt before each of their three group stage games in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and against racial injustice.

German manager Joachim Low said “We stand for all these values and think it’s right to stand up for such values.”

Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism co convenor, said

“Despite the intense rivalry between the two teams the solidarity being expressed by the German players is fantastic. It’s great that they are taking this action together racism.”

Sabby Dhalu, Stand Up To Racism co convenor, said

“We’re delighted both England and Germany will be taking the knee in opposition to racism this afternoon, especially in light of intense pressure against this. During the Euro 2020 tournament we’ve seen racist demonstrations by Hungary fans against taking the knee backed by its far right government.

“France did a u-turn on the issue, after giving a commitment to take the knee the team conceded to pressure from the far right #BoycottEquipeDeFrance campaign and decided against taking the knee. So it’s all the more significant that both England and Germany will be taking the knee. We hope fans of both applaud the players.”


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PRESS RELEASE: Anti-racists slam Home Secretary’s defence of England fans booing take the knee as deliberate distraction from covid crisis & giving succour to far right

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 08:33

Monday 14 June 2021

Anti-racists slam Home Secretary’s defence of England fans booing take the knee as deliberate distraction from covid crisis & giving succour to far right

Anti racists have criticised Home Secretary Priti Patel for stating England fans have a right to boo the England team taking the knee. Campaigners say the intervention is deliberately timed to distract from the government’s delaying of covid unlocking and an approaching third wave. 

The Home Secretary’s intervention comes after England won a historic victory over Croatia yesterday. The majority of fans applauded the England team for taking the knee before kick off. 

Outside Wembley stadium a tiny group of far right activists demonstrated against taking the knee. Campaigners say Patel’s statements are giving succour to the far right who are using football to build support. 

Sabby Dhalu, Stand up to Racism Co-Convenor said: 

“After England’s historic victory in winning an opening match against Croatia at Euro 2020, the majority of fans applauding England players taking the knee and a pathetic protest by the far right at Wembley Stadium, Priti Patel’s agenda is clear. This issue was settled yesterday. It is no accident that Patel’s intervention coincides with news that full unlocking of economy will be delayed. Patel is putting the taking the knee back on the agenda to distract from the emerging Covid 3rd wave and the government’s appalling handling of the crisis. This dangerous intervention will encourage the far right. We urge fans to get behind the England team, applaud the team and sign our statement.”

Former footballer Shaka Hislop, poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Mike Rosen, Unite the Union General Secretary Len McCluskey, Unison General Secretary Christina McAnea, Diane Abbott MP, John McDonnell MP were among the signatories of a statement condemning the far right protest yesterday at Wembley Stadium against the England team taking the knee. The protest was promoted by Steven Yaxley-Lennon AKA ‘Tommy Robinson’ and others on the far right. 

The statement urges fans to applaud the players when they take the knee: 

“We reject racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and attempts by the far right to use football to build support. We stand in solidarity with all teams who choose to #TakeTheKnee in support of #BlackLivesMatter and in opposition to racism. We call on all fans to show their solidarity with their teams taking the knee before kick off by applauding the players.”

The statement also slams the Tories for failing to take a stronger line against fans booing England footballers when taking the knee.”

Weyman Bennett, Stand up to Racism Co-Convenor said:

“Players are being condemned for opposing racism and saying that Black Lives Matter. It’s not the #TakeTheKnee that is divisive but those that boo this clear statement of anti-racism.

“Boris Johnson should have been as clear and unrestrained in his support for the players and the team’s anti-racist statement as England’s manager Gareth Southgate has been. Just as with his misleading comments about the Churchill statue last summer Johnson is giving succor and confidence to the far right, and to leave nothing in doubt, Priti Patel’s disgraceful comments today have made crystal clear that this goverment would unequivocally rather give a green light to the danger and division of racism in the terraces and in society than miss an opportunity to attack the anti racist movement.”


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Statement signed by politicians, union leaders and campaigners opposing the booing of players’ #TakeTheKnee & government failure to act

Sun, 06/13/2021 - 02:50

We express our solidarity with those teams who show their opposition to racism by taking the knee at Euro 2020. We believe Boris Johnson should have forcefully condemned the booing of England players by a small minority of so-called supporters.

Johnson’s statement said he “fully respects the right of those who choose to peacefully protest and make their feelings known” and “on taking the knee, specifically, the prime minister is more focused on action rather than gestures’.

Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith repugnantly compared taking the knee to England footballers performing the Nazi salute during a 1938 match with Germany. Another Tory MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire has stated he will boycott England games because of Take The Knee. Johnson failed to condemn these MPs which is giving succour to the far right.

A host of right wing figures including former UKIP leader Nigel Farage & former actor and right wing politician Lawrence Fox have joined in the attacks on the players, England’s manager Gareth Southgate and BBC pundit Gary Lineker who has publicly opposed the booing and supported the teams anti-racist stance.

Now videos are circulating calling for protests against taking the knee at Wembley stadium coinciding with England’s first game against Croatia on Sunday. These videos are being promoted by convicted criminal Tommy Robinson and others.

We reject racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and attempts by the far right to use football to build support. We stand in solidarity with all teams who choose to #TakeTheKnee in support of #BlackLivesMatter and in opposition to racism. We call on all fans to show their solidarity with their teams taking the knee before kick off by applauding the players.

Signed,

Diane Abbott MP

John McDonnell MP

Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Richard Burgon MP

Claudia Webbe MP

Zarah Sultana MP

Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive of the PFA

Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union

Christina McAnea, General Secretary of UNISON

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of NEU

Dave Ward, General Secretary of CWU

Shavanah Taj, General Secretary of WTUC

Shaka Hislop, Honorary President of Show Racism the Red Card

Mike Rosen, Poet & Writer

Mick Lynch, General Secretary RMT

Mick Whelan, General Secretary of ASLEF

Lord Hain

Baroness Blower

Sabby Dhalu & Weyman Bennett, co-convenors Stand Up To Racism

Patrick Vernon OBE, social commentator and Windrush campaigner

Mohammed Kozbar, Chairman Finsbury Park Mosque

Raghad Altikriti, Muslim Association of Britain President

Anas Altikriti, CEO of The Cordoba Foundation

Azhar Qayum, CEO of MEND

Daniel Kebede, Senior Vice President of National Education Union

Jane Loftus, President of CWU

Gloria Mills, TUC Race Relations Committee chair/ Unison National Secretary & Head of Equality

Aamer Anwar, Human Rights Lawyer

Ben Chacko, Morning Star Editor

Lindsey German, Stop the War Convenor

Kate Hudson, General Secretary of CND

David Rosenberg, Jewish Socialists’ Group

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Geffrye Must Fall Protest – Diane abbott MP Statement

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 07:11

Stand Up To Racism Hackney has planned a protest outside the Museum of the Home as it re-opens, after the failure to follow the outcome of their own consultation and remove the statue of the 17th century slave trader, Robert Geffrye.

Labour MP Diane Abbott said, “The protests against the statue at the former Geffrye Museum are entirely legitimate and peaceful and I support them.  Robert Geffrye was a slave trader. Honouring his memory in this way is an affront to his victims and offensive to all of us who abhor slavery. 

The renamed Museum of Home should recognise the need for change and resist pressure from central government. It should remove the statue, just as the majority of residents said when they were polled.  Museums should be places of learning about our history, among other things.  Removing the statue should be an opportunity to highlight and learn from this shameful period of British history.” 

More information about the protests can be found here

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Anti-racist slam Boris Johnson’s failure to condemn the booing of England players taking the knee and for conceding to the far right

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 01:19

For immediate release…
Tuesday 8 June 2021

Anti-racists have condemned Boris Johnson’s failure to call out the minority of England supporters who have booed the team for taking the knee at the two recent international friendlies against Austria and Romania.

Johnson’s statement said he “fully respects the right of those who choose to peacefully protest and make their feelings known” and  “On taking the knee, specifically, the prime minister is more focused on action rather than gestures’. However these so-called actions include the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) which has been widely condemned by anti-racists who say that far from taking action against racism the CRED report concedes to racism.

Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith has rightly been under fire after comparing Take The Knee to England footballers performing the Nazi salute during a 1938 match with Germany.

Another Tory MP for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire has stated he will boycott England games because of Take The Knee. Neither MP has been condemned by Boris Johnson.

Now videos are circulating calling for protests at England’s first game at Euro 2021 against Croatia on Sunday – from 1pm at Wembley stadium.

These videos are being promoted by fascist thug Tommy Robinson.

A host of right wing figures including former UKIP leader Nigel Farage – who said ‘fans’ have a right to boo when players take the knee for Marxist BLM’.

Former actor and right wing politician Lawrence Fox joined in the attacks on the players, England’s manager Gareth Southgate and BBC pundit Gary Linekar who had opposed the booing and supported the teams anti-racist stance.

Weyman Bennett, Stand up to Racism Co-Convenor said:

“Players are being condemned for opposing racism and saying that Black Lives Matter. It’s not the #TakeTheKnee that is divisive but those that boo this clear statement of anti-racism’.

Boris Johnson should have been as clear and unrestrained in his support for the players and the team’s anti-racist statement as England’s manager Gareth Southgate has been. Just as with his misleading comments about the Churchill statue last summer Johnson is giving succor and confidence to the Far Right.”

Sabby Dhalu, Stand up to Racism Co-Convenor said:

“Albert Einstein said ‘The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.’ England players taking the knee in opposition to racism are good people saying no to the evils of racism and must be applauded.

Boris Johnson should have condemned abominable Tory MP’s attacking England players and comparing taking the knee to Nazi salutes, and those booing the footballers at matches. Johnson’s failure to do so is conceding to the far right with Tommy Robinson circulating details of a demonstration at Wembley stadium opposing the players taking the knee. The lesson of history is that racists and fascists must be robustly condemned and opposed.”


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