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full timetable for tuc backed conference, sat 27 feb: from covid19 to #blacklivesmatter – fighting for anti racist workplaces

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 07:09
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Racism and inequality have been at the centre of the COVID-19 crisis.

BAME frontline workers and communities have disproportionately suffered during the pandemic.

But despite the crisis the Tories have continued with the racist hostile environment.

Refugees, migrants and the Muslim community have been scapegoated throughout the crisis while deportation flights continue despite the Windrush scandal.

It’s no wonder that in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the US hundreds of thousands were involved in the Black Lives Matter protests in Britain.

Whether it’s the disproportionate use of stop and search against black communities or the ongoing disparities on safety, pay and conditions for BAME workers racism is a trade union issue.

In the US Trump may have lost but he has inspired the racist and fascist right internationally and they are still trying to grow.

In Britain the trade unions have been at the forefront of opposing attempts by the Far Right to re-organise and build support. In these difficult times we need to make a stand against the growth of racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism and any attempt to divide working people.

This event organised by Stand Up To Racism & the TUC will look at how we can build the fight against racism and inequality in our workplaces, decolonise our education system and strengthen links between the trade unions and the wider anti-racist movement.

Local public meetings (online) to build for 20 March global day of protest #WorldAgainstRacism #NoRacismNoFascism

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 04:41

Sheffield: Weds 24 Feb 7pm event details here
Join Zoom MeetingMeeting ID: 833 4712 2347Passcode: 437119

Merseyside: Thurs 25 Feb 7pm – event details here
This meeting will be held on zoomMeeting ID: 816 0642 8052Passcode: 689237

Tower Hamlets: Sat 27 Feb – event details here 

Oxford: Mon 1 March 7pm – event details here
Zoom meeting ID: 893 2241 2816
Passcode: 834221

Manchester: Mon 1 March 6pm – event details here 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vcuCgqD8uH9bumWb0A1KCYmkXadvtBEN6

Birmingham & Black Country: Tue 2 March event details here
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2521861437?pwd=ZThNODRjQi9GcnJ2ay9vSklCK2diZz09
Meeting ID: 252 186 1437Passcode: 003381 

Islington: Tue 2 March, 6.30pm – event details here 
 Zoom ID: 874-012-7970, Password: BLM
Zoom Room; 874-012-7970P/W BLM

Swansea & Cardiff: Fri 5 March event details here 

Hackney: Sun 7 March 5pm event details here
Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84703621165
Meeting ID: 847 0362 1165Passcode: 967537

Leeds & Kirklees: Tue 9 March 6.30pm
event details here 

#WorldAgainstRacism #NoRacismNoFascism trending on Twitter in Mobilising day as statues of slave traders are ‘sacked’

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 07:25
Anti racists get #WorldAgainstRacism

#NoRacismNoFascism trending on

Twitter in day of mobilisation as

statues of slave traders are ‘sacked’



Highlighting  UN Anti Racism Day international day of protest on 20 March

Today marked a ‘day of mobilisation’ by Stand Up To Racism and the TUC, with #WorldAgainstRacism and #NoRacismNoFascism trending number 3 on Twitter UK Politics.

Twelve trade unions – NEU, PCS, CWU, RMT, GMB, TSSA, ASLEF, BFAWU, EIS, Unite, Unison, and the Musician’s Union – and a whole host of anti racist activists, campaigners and local groups from all across Britain took to social media to build awareness and support for the 20 March UN Anti Racism Day of international coordinated protests, actions and online link up and solidarity. 

The day kicked off with Stand Up To Racism Glasgow activists making national news in their #SackTheSlavers action that saw three statues of men who profited from the slave trade and colonial repression “sacked” with giant cloth sacks, and anti racists, safely socially distanced, taking the knee and putting up #BlackLivesMatter and other anti racist slogans. 

Around the country, other actions included postal workers and NHS workers gathering, safely socially distanced, in their workplaces in uniform to stand with the day of mobilisation. 

In Bristol, Stand Up To Racism activists held a safely distanced banner unveil at the empty plinth where Coleston’s statue was removed.

In the wake of Priti Patel’s heinous attack on the Black Lives Matter movement, describing it as “dreadful” and deriding the #TakeTheKnee campaign, today’s day of mobilisation, and the fact that it was taken up so widely, was a clear rebuttal and a sign of the anti racist majority that we must mobilise to overcome the threat of racism, and stop the attempts by the far right and fascist forces to grow amidst the crisis. 

Stand Up To Racism encourages anti racists to join, get involved in their local groups, and support the 20 March global day of protest.

Join Stand Up To Racism here

Get involved – email us at info@standuptoracism.org.uk
 to find your nearest local group

In a workplace or trade union? Book up now for our trade union conference held jointly with the TUC on 27 February (online), From Covid19 to #BlackLivesMatter – Fighting for Anti Racist Workplacesbook your place here

Get organised now for the global day of protest on 20 March – see resources, and details of what you can do to get involved and promote it here

Weyman Bennett, co convenor Stand Up To Racism, said
“Anti racists will continue to both take the knee and build BLM. This divide and rule approach must be rejected by all who wish to keep our multi racial society flourishing.

“In words that could have come from various far right figures, Priti Patel’s rhetoric is both insulting and dangerous.

“It is particularly galling from a party that had covered up racism within in it’s own ranks. Johnson, calling Black people picanninies, watermelon smiles, and muslim women looking like bank robbers, which she has made no comment on.

“The powerful Black Lives Matter movement that erupted in rage at the murder of George Floyd and reverberated around the globe shows the scale of anti racism and potential for a mass anti racist movement that can turn the tide.

“On 20 March, the global day of protest for UN Anti Racism Day is a crucial day of solidarity that can help grow the anti racist movement everywhere.” 


 Ruby Hirsch, from Glasgow Stand Up To Racism, said
As Home Secretary Priti Patel calls Black Lives Matter protests ‘dreadful’ and sections of the media brand taking a knee as ‘divisive’, the anti-racist movement has been under attack.“We will not be silenced, we will continue to make noise and take action against racism.“Statues in this city that celebrate brutal racist colonialists who put down slave revolts are a symbol of how the legacy of slavery has never been properly addressed.“We want to break from this blood-soaked history of oppression and create a society that celebrates the lives of the slaves who revolted, not the Lords who violently tried to keep them down.”Masked activists visited three statues in the city, in a socially distanced and safe way, that celebrate figures involved in the legacy of slavery and colonialism to offer an alternative narrative. The website www.toppletheracists.org was used as a resource that highlights statues across Britain.Hirsch suggested, “Glasgow could celebrate in statue those who called for an end to the barbaric trade, such as the former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass who toured Scotland in 1846 speaking at large meetings to abolish slavery, instead of these racists.”



ENDS

For quotes or details:
info@standuptoracism.org.uk



Thurs 18 Feb: TUC BACKED DAY OF MOBILISATION FOR UN Anti Racism Day 20 March global protest #NoRacismNoFascism

Sat, 02/13/2021 - 08:06

The TUC is calling on all unions, faith groups, community organisations and supporters in the anti racist movement to join a day of mobilisation on 18 February using the hashtag #NoRacismNoFascism across social media platforms to build support, awareness and participation as broadly and widely as possible for the global day of protest on 20 March.

Here are a number of things you can do to support the mobilisation:

  1. Add our custom made Facebook filter to your profile picture to build awareness for UN Anti Racism Day – web.facebook.com/profilepicframes/?selected_overlay_id=3845720698813328
  2. Download our poster, take a picture with it and tag us @Antiracismday‘ on Twitter using the hashtag #NoRacismNoFascism & #WorldAgainstRacism‘@Stand Up To Racism’ on Facebook, and ‘@Standuptoracismuk’ on Instagram.
  3. Invite your family and friends to our international rally on Saturday 20 March 5pm GMThttps://fb.me/e/fzdKReOfI

If you would like support and ideas for what you could do in your workplace (virtually or physically), college, street, community etc, please email us at info@standuptoracism.org.uk to find out what is happening in your area or for ideas of how you can support and join the day of action.

For trade union Stand Up To Racism supporters, the conference (online) on 27 February will be a crucial space to discuss, learn from and organise with hundreds of other trade union anti racist activists to fight for anti racist workplaces and to deliver strong trade union involvement for UN Anti Racism Day of protest on 20 March. See the line up, sessions and book your place here

PRESS RELEASE: Anti racists outraged at Patel’s attack on #BlackLivesMatter

Fri, 02/12/2021 - 10:10

Friday 12 February

Anti racists outraged at Priti Patel’s latest attack on the #BlackLivesMatter movement


 Stand Up To Racism is outraged and appalled by the latest attack by Home Secretary Priti Patel on the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Patel, who has called the protests “dreadful” is extremely out of touch with many who are part of the inspirational anti racist movement. 

The murder of George Floyd, horrifically caught on video last year, galvanised millions in the US and internationally. 

Footballers such as Marcus Rashford and Wes Morgan have been crucial to organising players constant taking of the knee in solidarity with BLM.

Patel’s remarks are reminiscent of Donald Trump. Her views will find favour with the far right and are a further illustration of this government’s attack on protesters. And her attack comes in the week that refugees continue to be treated appallingly in camps like Napier in Kent and Penally in Wales.

Sabby Dhalu, Stand up to Racism Co-Convenor said
“For the Home Secretary to describe Black Lives Matter protests as ‘dreadful’ and oppose footballers and rugby players taking the knee, it is absolutely appalling.

“This Trump style attack on Black Lives Matter should have no place in British politics. We have seen more leadership on tackling racism from sports players than the government. We need action on eradicating institutional racism in policing and other sectors – that would be the correct response to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.”


Weyman Bennett, co convenor Stand Up To Racism, said
“Anti racists will continue to both take the knee and build BLM. This divide and rule approach must be rejected by all who wish to keep our multi racial society flourishing.

“In words that could have come from various far right figures, Priti Patel’s rhetoric is both insulting and dangerous.

“It is particularly galling from a party that had covered up Racism within in it’s own ranks. Johnson, calling Black people picanninies, watermelon smiles, and muslim women looking like bank robbers, which she has made no comment on.

“The powerful Black Lives Matter movement that erupted in rage at the murder of George Floyd and reverberated around the globe shows the scale of anti racism and potential for a mass anti racist movement that can turn the tide.

“On 20 March, the global day of protest for UN Anti Racism Day is a crucial day of solidarity that can help grow the anti racist movement everywhere.” 


For more information, interviews and further quotes: info@standuptoracism.org.uk

PRESS RELEASE: World Against Racism & Fascism calls global day of protest, 20 March, UN Anti Racism Day

Thu, 01/28/2021 - 02:21

PRESS RELEASE… for immediate release

Thursday 28 January
 PROTEST FOR A #WorldAgainstRacism 
#NOracismNOfascism,

20/03/2021

  On Saturday 20 March 2021, World Against Racism & Fascism – an international coordination of anti racist movements – will come together for UN Anti Racism Day to oppose all forms of racism and fascism in a global day of action.

In Britain, the day of action is being called by Stand Up To Racism and the Trade Union Congress (TUC). Safely socially distanced actions where possible will be combined with international linked online actions, including a major global rally at 5pm GMT.

So far, 13 countries have already backed the call with actions planned for the day, with more movements joining.

Today, 28 January, across the world, anti racist movements are launching the call for the day of action on 20 March in a united statement.

Statement for 20 March 2021, UN Anti Racism Day:

United against all forms of racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism – United against the rise of fascism

We will come together again for a global day of protest on Saturday 20 March 2021 for UN Anti-Racism Day. Across many countries, World Against Racism & Fascism actions will take place against all forms of racism, fascism, Islamophobia and antisemitism, in opposition to racist scapegoating of refugees, migrants and ROMA communities, and in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Anti-racists will highlight the importance of our unity in the face of division, and stress that we must stand together to challenge the threat of racist populism, the far right and fascism. 

The Covid-19 Pandemic —combined with the failure of governments to properly protect their populations and the looming impact of a major economic crash— has created the situation where the most abhorrent forms of racism can thrive.

The disproportionate impact of the virus on black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, reflected in the starkly disproportionate deaths in these communities, has been a major feature of the pandemic. Refugee camps threaten to become a deadly trap for refugees due to the spread of Covid-19.

Alongside this, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has exposed the deep levels of institutionalised racism in society and sparked a global anti-racist movement in response. It has marked the biggest anti-racist movement ever and has spanned the globe in its reach, and preceded the defeat of Trump in the US elections in November.

In some countries, fascist and extreme right parties and organizations try to build through the mobilisations of the Coronavirus deniers. Conspiracy myths fuel antisemitic and racist prejudices.

As has been shown by anti-racist and anti-fascist movements in Greece, with the defeat and jailing of fascist Golden Dawn, and in Austria with the huge drop in the FPO’s vote, the key to driving back the threat of fascism and the far right lies in building mass, broad united campaigns to expose, oppose and defeat racism, fascism and the far right. 

On 20 March 2021, we are organising across the world to deliver many (safely organised socially distanced) demonstrations and other protest actions, that can show our unity and develop and build the anti-racist movement that is so critical to ensuring we oppose all forms of racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism and resist the rise of fascism and the far right. 

Signed,
World Against Racism & Fascism

 

Movements that have signed the call so far:

QUOTES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Weyman Bennett, co convenor Stand Up To Racism (Britain), said 

“In Britain our government has presided over a murderous catastrophe in its handling of the covid19 pandemic, with the 100,000 mark officially reached this week for how many have died. The disproportionate deaths among black and ethnic minority communities is horrifyingly stark. This has exposed the deep institutional racism at the heart of the political system, which has been further blown open by the historic #BlackLivesMatter movement that burst out of the US and sparked a powerful global anti-racist movement. In Britain, the fascists and far right have been pushed back by mass campaigning, but the intensification of state racism and the ‘hostile environment’ pursued by Johnson’s cabinet provides the ground for these forces to grow. 

“UN Anti Racism Day and the coordinated action by many countries and movements comes at an intense, deeply polarised moment for anti racists across the globe. Here in Britain, Stand Up To Racism is jointly calling the day of action alongside the Trade Union Congress (TUC). We need to come together in a powerful show of anti racist strength and unity in an important day for building a world against racism and fascism”.

Sabby Dhalu, Stand up to Racism Co-Convenor said

“A magnificent wave of anti-racism spread across the globe with the Black Lives Matter movement. This movement and the mobilisation of the black vote defeated the world’s number one racist. 

“There has never been a more important time to mark UN Anti-Racism Day. Join us on 20 March 2021 and let’s fight for a world without racism.”

Elise Bryant & Virginia Rodino, United Against Hate (US) said

“We face enormous threats from a growing white supremacist and far right movement, as witnessed in attacks on oppressed minorities and the invasion of the US Capitol. It seems Trumpism will unfortunately not end with the Trump presidency. But they are the minority. There is an urgent need to come together now to stop the rise of racism, fascism, and hate. We will be standing up on March 20th, marking the UN Day for the Elimination of Racism, and send solidarity, peace and love to all the international movements against racism and fascism.”

Petros Contantinou, KEERFA movement United Against Racism & Fascist Threat, said

“In Greece the antifascist movement defeated the neonazis of Golden Dawn. On 7th of October the decision of the court was that they are a criminal organization and their leaders who were organizing racist and fascist attacks against migrants, Roma, trade unionists were sent to prison.

“Now, faced with racism, camps in islands like Moria and closing of the borders of Europe, we stand in solidarity with refugees and say clearly and loudly: They are welcome, there is space, shelter and work for all! 20 March is our day to say no to racism, never again fascism!” 

David Albrich, Plattform für eine menschliche Asylpolitik (Austria), said

“We face alarming news in Austria – next Sunday there will be a massive (likely 10-20,000) rally of COVID deniers and neo-Nazis in Vienna. This time the main speaker is Herbert Kickl, the “propaganda minister” and former minister of interior of the fascist Freedom Party (FPÖ). The FPÖ is officially mobilising its base to the rally. Kickl said: “I’m going to leave the confines of the parliament walls and participate in the Corona demonstration on Sunday.” They obviously see it as an opportunity to form a fascist street wing. Events in Washington DC and the Netherlands confirm their analysis.

“We, the “Plattform für eine menschliche Asylpolitik” (Platform for a humane asylum policy) make the argument for a broad united front involving all anti-racist, anti-fascist and progressive democratic forces. A key challenge for anti racists in many countries is how we can fight effectively against the threat posed by racist division and rightward movements, and to oppose attempts by fascists and the far right to capitalise. KEERFA in Greece is showing us the way forward. UN Anti Racism Day of action and the international network organising around it are critical to this.”

Christine Buchholz, Aufstehen gegen Rassismus (Germany) said

“Racist hostilities and violence have also increased drastically in Germany. Those who ammunition the perpetrators with racist hate speech are also sitting in parliaments in Germany. Stopping the AfD and bringing down its völkisch-national, anti-democratic policies is the goal of Aufstehen gegen Rassismus. Our alternative is solidarity! Especially in the pandemic.

“That is why we are participating in the activities for the International Day Against Racism in Germany and worldwide and call for diverse actions against agitation, exclusion, stigmatisation, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-roma-hatred and every other form of racism. No to the agitation against scapegoats of Nazis and racists!”

Andy Zebrowski, Zjednoczeni Przeciw Rasizmowi (Poland), said

“In Poland the fantastic, widespread demonstrations for women’s abortion rights have undermined support for the extreme right. Fascists have tried – unsuccessfully – to physically disrupt them. Increasing numbers of people can see what a threat these brutal fascists represent. Meanwhile the government boasts that for years it has not allowed refugees into the country – its racist propaganda leads to violent attacks on ethnic minorities.

“Every success for fascists and racists in one country strengthens them in others, every defeat weakens them. That is why an international response to racism and fascism is so vital. Join the day of action on March 20!”

#6000 Sardine said

“Italy is a gateway to Europe. At this time of political uncertainty, with the ongoing government crisis, the threat of new elections that could bring to power one of the most fascist right-wingers in Europe that despises and hates migrants.

“Italy plays a key role in managing migratory flows from Africa, and the country’s domestic policy risks having powerful effects both for the Mediterranean and for all European countries. Migrants are people. We want to put respect for humanity and people before belonging to a nation, or worse, their skin colour.

“Fascists and racists all over the world are in solidarity with each other to increase social and ethnic inequality and discrimination. The time has come to stop this with equal, if not greater, force and unite together to show that being human is more important than anything else. The only door to close is the one that fascists and racists want to go through to make themselves eligible. That is why we will be part of the march on 20 March”.

Maria Dantas, Unity Against Fascism and Racism (Catalonia)/ Brazilian Women Against Bolsonaro / Spanish Congress MP, said

“I remember the horrible things I heard and saw in Brazil that made possible the rise of the far-right president Bolsonaro. That is now spreading everywhere, most recently with the growing far-right parties in the Spanish state and Portugal. It is not a coincidence, but a political project. We need a united international struggle against this global threat. So Barcelona and many other cities here will join the 20 March protests”.

Serena, Mediterranea Saving Humans & 6000 Sardine (Barcelona), said

“The last elections in Spain have shown that Vox (populist Alt-right party) is gaining votes and growing in the public discourse. From Barcelona there is growing concern about the upcoming elections for the Catalan government on 14 February. 

“We know that the hand and head that moves this right-wing movement spawns from a central point and that is growing like an octopus, expanding through social media taking advantage of people’s fears. If racists unite, we must be also be united and organised and show that we will not let it take our streets, we will not back down. On March 20 we call on everyone to demonstrate! Against racism, against fascism: ¡No pasarán!”

Rita, (Portugal) said

“Forty seven years ago in Portugal we celebrated the end of the dictatorship. Taking into account that it was not so long ago, we learned to identify all the actions that foresee this replica, one in particular has been the Fascist Party, which is now the third political force, is an extreme right-wing party with a parliamentary seat, which has gained its popularity through the persecution of minorities. We are united here to say: NÃO PASSARÃO! OPRÉ ROMA!”

Lene Junker, United against Racism and Discrimination (Denmark) said

“In Denmark we fight for equal rights for minorities, especially the refugees who are scapegoated by the Socialdemokratic government and right wing parties. Denmark is the only country, that now wants to send Syrian refugees back to torture and and repression by withdrawing the   residence permit of 900 Syrians.

“The racist Danish People’s Party is falling apart and very weak. But most of their policies have been adopted by the mainstream parties, so we are still up to the same racist policy such as the “ghetto laws”. At the same time a new ultra right party is growing and gaining up to 10% in the opinion polls.

“On March 20th we are drawing together antiracists, ethnich minorities, trade unions and friends of refugees to demonstrations in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense.”

Tanja Vasic, Minority Initiative, (Serbia) said

“There are daily cases of racism and violence against Roma throughout Europe. We believe in the readiness of citizens and institutions across Europe to tackle discrimination and racism, and we hope that the solidarity inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement will address anti-Roma racism in Europe, improving the daily lives and status of Europe’s most discriminated people – Roma”.   

United Against Racism and Fascism – New York City (US) said

“The riot at the Capitol revealed to the world the threat of the violent far right in America, and their links to the state. Trumpism will continue beyond Trump, and parts of the right here have an eye on LePen in France and similar parties. 

“But UARF-NYC has worked with other New Yorkers to kick Proud Boy rallies out of town. And the explosion of Black Lives Matter have galvanized millions in the fight against racism, and echoed across the world. 

“We know the international right has coordinated, not just sharing conspiracies on-line. American Neo-Nazis have traveled to meet their counterparts in Europe, and trained together. That’s another reason why international solidarity is important for the anti-fascist majority around the world. We will join you in action on March 20th.”


For more information, interviews and further quotes:

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Never again – holocaust memorial online event, JAN 26

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 08:02
Date: Tuesday 26 January
Time: 6pm

In the Holocaust, the Nazis murdered over 6 million Jewish people. Millions of others were killed including Roma, LGBT, black people, socialists, communists, disabled & non Jewish Polish and Russian.

The Holocaust shows the reality of fascists, with vicious racist ideas, in government.

We recently saw a now arrested Trump supporter, rioting at the US Capitol  with a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ Sweatshirt. That image shocked millions and is a stark reminder that in America and much of Europe, open nazi ideology is pervasive.

The theme of #HMD2021 is ‘into the light’, very fitting in such times of COVID-19.

We hope this plays a small part in bearing witness to the Holocaust and hope that you’ll be able to join us on Tuesday January 26th at 6pm. FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Support the Colston 4 – online event January 25th

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 07:31

The four people charged with criminal damage for removal of the Colston Statue have their first court hearing on 25th January at Bristol Magistrates Court.

If you are glad that Colston is no longer on a pedestal in Bristol, join the online event to show them your support. There will be a teach in and an 8 minute of silence at 9.45am to remember the 84,500 people whose kidnap and enslavement Colston helped to fund & organise during his time with the Royal Africa Company. As well as taking time to commemorate the enslaved whose many rebellions brought about abolition.

Given the ongoing risks from the new variant of Covid-19, people should not attend protest at the magistrates court in person but to do so virtually instead.

Between 9.30am and 10pm on Monday 25thm campiagners are asking for peopel to show their solidarity via photos and posts on their social media using #GladColstonsGone, saying why you’re glad Colston’s statue is no longer on our streets.

facebook event

Don’t let the Tories divide us: No to scapegoating – SUTR WORKSHOP

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 07:17
Register here now

Sunday 24 January – 14:00pm

This will be a participatory workshop with break out rooms as part of the People Before Profit National Activist Meeting: Fighting for safety, jobs and survival.

Speakers include:
Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Labour MP
John Puntis, co-chair of Keep Our NHS Public speaking on government’s attempts to blame the public for the crisis
Rob Punton, Disabled People Against Cuts
Stand Up to Racism speaker

Other workshops:

Fighting redundancies

Fighting for climate jobs

Defending services, fighting austerity and opposing the pay freeze

After the schools revolt: Resistance in schools, colleges and universities

Campaigning for welfare and housing

COVID-19 – the battle for safety at work

This is part of the National Activist Meeting, more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/739262583359797/

‘Stopping the virus: It doesn’t have to be this way’ – online meeting on 24 January 12noon

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 06:43

This government’s handling of the pandemic has been nothing short of disastrous and the outlook is clearly deteriorating once more. There has been a steadfast refusal to learn from the success of other countries in suppressing the virus.

Instead, we have one of the worst death tolls in the world on a per capita basis. The attempt to ‘put the economy first’ has also been an unmitigated disaster as hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs and international forecasters forecast that we will also have the worst economic slump of any major economy.

There is already a huge toll in terms of lives, livelihoods, living standards and in every aspect of social life. The burden of the pandemic has been borne extremely unevenly, with Black and Asian people, disabled people and the elderly and poorer communities all suffering badly.

The demand from the Zero Covid Coalition is that the government adopt a Zero Covid strategy, learning from the great success it has had in in other countries.

To do this, they are uniting all those who want more effective action from the government.

Join the meeting to hear from a broad range of speakers, from political leaders at local and national level from a range of parties, to trade unions, campaigners, senior medical and scientific professionals and representative bodies.

Confirmed Speakers:

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Diane Abbott MP

Howard Beckett , Unite the Union

Richard Burgon MP

Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Ben Chacko, editor of the Morning Star

Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet.

Jo Grady UCU

Dr Coral Jones – Doctor’s in Unite + Socialist Health Association (London)

Keith Venables Health Campaigns Together

Lawrence Davies – Belly Mujinga Campaign

Sabby Dhalu – Stand up to Racism

Pascale Robinson – We Own It

Zita Holbourne – PCS and BARAC UK

Ramona McCartney – People’s Assembly Against Assembly

Karen Reissmann – People before Profit

Fire Brigade Union

Dr Emma Runswick – Zero Covid

Sian Errington – Arise

Sonali Bhattacharya – Momentum

Larissa Kennedy – National Union of Students

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Fighting for anti-racist workplaces – Stand Up To Racism & TUC conference:27 February

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 04:09

BOOK UP HERE

Racism and inequality have been at the centre of the COVID-19 crisis.

BAME frontline workers and communities have disproportionately suffered during the pandemic.

But despite the crisis the Tories have continued with the racist hostile environment.

Refugees, migrants and the Muslim community have been scapegoated throughout the crisis while deportation flights continue despite the Windrush scandal.

It’s no wonder that in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the US hundreds of thousands were involved in the Black Lives Matter protests in Britain.

Whether it’s the disproportionate use of stop and search against black communities or the ongoing disparities on safety, pay and conditions for BAME workers racism is a trade union issue.

In the US Trump may have lost but he has inspired the racist and fascist right internationally and they are still trying to grow.

In Britain the trade unions have been at the forefront of opposing attempts by the Far Right to re-organise and build support. In these difficult times we need to make a stand against the growth of racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism and any attempt to divide working people.

This event organised by Stand Up To Racism & the TUC will look at how we can build the fight against racism and inequality in our workplaces, decolonise our education system and strengthen links between the trade unions and the wider anti-racist movement.

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW, SHARE AND INVITE VIA THE EVENTBRITE HERE

Model Motion: Support 20 Mar UN ANti Racism Day 2021 & 27 FEb SUTR Trade Union Conference

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 04:16

MODEL MOTION:

This branch/region/committee notes

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to starkly disproportionate BAME deaths. This, and the inspiring #BlacklivesMatter movement in the wake of the racist murder of George Floyd by police, has exposed on a mass scale the deeply institutionalised racism in society. Meanwhile, Johnson’s government have turned in moments of crisis to an intensification of the racist scapegoating of refugees and migrants

This branch/region/committee believes

Our trade unions are critical in organising the mass anti racist movement we need to challenge every instance of racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism, and opposing the threat posed by divisive racist in our communities and workplaces, the far right, and fascism

This branch/region/committee resolves

  • To affiliate to Stand Up To Racism

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  1. Make a BACS payment to: Stand up to Racism, Sort code: 60 83 01, Account number: 2036 6698, and then email us at info@standuptoracism.org.uk to inform us of your affiliation, the payment of your fee, and to request a receipt which we will then provide by email
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  • To support the Stand Up To Racism TUC backed national day of action for UN Anti Racism Day on 20 March 2021, in conjunction with the #WorldAgainstRacism international coordination of anti racist movements protesting on the day
  • To support the Stand Up To Racism TUC backed Trade Union Conference (online) on 27 February 2021, and send ……… delegates to attend

Voices from the US: Opposing Trump, the far right & fascism, building the anti racist resistance

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 10:36

Contributions by US anti racist activists Iannis Delatolas, United Against Racism & Fascism NYC, Virginia Rodino, United Against Hate, Convenor / Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO and Sean Cumming, DSA Unemployed Workers’ Council, in the aftermath of the horrifying events at Capitol Hill in Washington DC, 6 January 2021

Video by Iannis Delatolas

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Article by Virginia Rodino

In September, a draft report by the US Department of Homeland Security surfaced, identifying white supremacists as the biggest threat to national security. It read that “white supremacist extremists – who increasingly are networking with likeminded persons abroad – will pose the most persistent and lethal threat” to the United States.

On Wednesday 6 January, we saw that analysis play out in the nation’s capital as these extremists penetrated appallingly thin lines of security, violently rushing nearly all of the 535 members of the US Congress as well as vice president Mike Pence. 

In addition to the videos showing officers stepping aside, taking selfies, and seemingly ushering white nationalists into the building they were supposed to guard, it is plainly recorded across social media that Trump’s far right supporters openly planned for weeks the violent protest we witnessed yesterday, forewarning they would be bringing weapons, and physically and verbally threatening members of Congress on their social media channels.

It is impossible to imagine that hundreds of armed black men forcibly entering the US Capitol, rushing the entire membership of our legislative branch of government, screaming their intent to physically harm people, smashing and stealing property and physically assaulting the police would have been treated with the same level of  temperate light-handedness and at times convivial cooperation. It is also impossible to think that climate justice, anti-war, racial justice or globalization protesters could have so openly discussed their tactics and intent without having been stopped well in advance through arrest and imprisonment, as well as met with impenetrable National Guard and militarized police force on the streets.

In response to last week’s violence by white nationalists, Biden and McConnell, unions and big business, civil rights organizations and Republican governors have condemned the violence and Trump’s instigation of the insurrection.

Unfortunately, the malignant roots of white nationalism and fascism are much deeper and older than the Trump Administration and its racist goading.

Over the past several decades, rather than enacting policies that focus on employment and economic stability in order to decrease inequality and fuel economic growth, the US government chose a path of imposing austerity measures, focusing on inflation rather than unemployment and rolling back regulations while massively cutting social spending. These austerity measures continue to land hardest on those who most need government help — the working poor. The only people who benefit from pushes for austerity are the already hyper-rich. The rest of us simply fall deeper into economic insecurity and frustration. These very real fears and material experiences of millions of Americans have become the fertile ground for the right-wing populist sentiment that the Trump Administration has sowed, deliberately misdirecting blame on immigrants and people of color rather than destructive fiscal and economic policy that only benefits the very rich.

While we know that these organized white nationalists, neo-Nazis and fascist gangs have been emboldened throughout Trump’s presidency, we also know that there were 7,000 anti-Semitic attacks under Obama, and that there was a rise in hate crimes against ethnic minorities after his election, with white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Council of Conservative Citizens being flooded with new members. 

What we also know is that income inequality is the most significant determinant of hate crimes and hate incidents. Because a Biden Administration lacks a political platform that will address systemic income inequality and will only re-establish the status quo from four years ago, we can unfortunately expect that attacks on immigrants, Muslims, Jews, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ communities will continue. A streaming Trump media channel where hatred and lies can go unchecked for millions of viewers are also ominous indications that Trumpism will unfortunately not end with Trump out of the White House. 

Fascism is a movement of despair, a movement primarily of the working classes as they are squeezed in times of crisis and do not believe they can improve their economic conditions. Fascism is dangerous because it is a popular movement. It is often led by people who are not wealthy or members of the ruling class. In times when the economy is stable and in a boom, the fascists are under their rocks and pushed to the fringes. It is during times of crisis where these tiny normally insignificant groups can come into the light, begin to publicise their ideas on a wider scale, and win over other right wing currents in our society. At the same time, they begin to build up physically fighting organisations to break up progressive working class movements like the movement for black lives, and will move onto strike-breaking and attacking workers’ meetings. Fascists use racism as a very ripe breeding ground to divide our communities and our class. We have seen this on the streets of America, in state houses, and in the Halls of Congress.

Fascist movements, however, are only tenuously and poorly organized, and have a very fragile structure. The working class is the counterforce that can far outmaneuver and overpower their groups. It is our ideas that must win over the millions of Americans who are in crisis, who don’t feel they have anywhere to turn, who don’t have unions and have been left behind. They are potential recruits for the hateful elements in our society. Our ideas of equality, of justice, in our workplaces, our schools, our families our ecological environment – these are the ideas that millions of Americans who have been left in the cold and whose suffering is still unfortunately only going to increase as we battle through this pandemic, these are the ideas that Americans must believe are the ultimate solution, and not the hateful ideas peddled by the fascists.

Our ideas will win out because they are tied to the real experiences of the working class. To help spread these ideas in the US, United Against Hate, a broad coalition of groups and individuals, is dedicated to building a permanent movement to protect democracy by bringing together a broad, active resistance against violent racist and far-right groups and the threat of fascism in the United States. 

It is only through mass movement organizing that we can beat back the fascists and create a society without prejudices and inequalities.

Article by Sean Cumming

The scenes of a fascist mob storming the US Capitol have been seen around the globe. World leaders have condemned the violence and looting. To some it seemed like a farcical display of petty grievances, racism, and ill-informed anti maskers, bitter about Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden in the recent presidential election. While this is true on the surface, there is a danger in underestimating what we have seen in the last few days. While not a coup attempt, this was an organized uprising by right wing groups from across the United States.

Simultaneous attacks on State Capitols took place. Armed groups took over the Kansas legislative building and in Oregon the governor was forced to lockdown the capital. Five people were killed in the violence on Wednesday and many more injured (including Black Lives Matter activists and anti fascists). What we are seeing is perhaps the first act in an increasingly unified fascist movement in the US. The defeat of Trump may deprive them of a figurehead, but the racism and violence he has encourage will embolden the fascist elements in his far right coalition.

The federal government’s deadly mishandling of the pandemic and the economic crisis engulfing the US have seen a rise in fascist movements, from the Proud Boys to Patriot Prayer to Q-anon. These groups have increasingly come together to attack anti racist organizers, Black Lives Matter marches, and immigrant rights demonstrations.

The threat of fascism is real, we cannot ignore it or dismiss it. Trump received over 70 million votes in the election. This is a large pool of angry, predominately middle class, alienated people to draw from. The job of anti racists now is to strip away those who are put off by the violence of the past week from the hardcore fascists, and more importantly to look to the millions of people who voted against Trump, or did not vote, and unite them.

We saw on Wednesday that we cannot rely on the Democrats in power, the police, or the National Guard to protect us. We have to stand unified against fascism and racism now or face a terrible future. This may be more difficult now as the pandemic and economic crisis continue to fuel the resentment of the middle class.

The Black Lives Matter uprising and the significant (if small) actions by workers in solidarity show us a way forward. We must fight for a better world for all, while building an anti racist, anti fascist movement in defense of all those who are threatened by the growing far right. Trade unionist and community groups have in recent weeks been meeting to discuss forming United Against Hate as a way to unify all those opposed to racism and fascism across the US. This, we hope, will be a step forward in the fight.

Now more than ever We need a public Inquiry & Zero Covid Strategy

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 12:08
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE STATEMENT & SIGNATORIES & ADD YOUR NAME

With daily cases now over 60,000 and hospital admissions + deaths set to surpass April’s peak, Britain is now at the most serious point in this public health emergency. And with new restrictions in place but limited support and investment, thousands of people will now be faced with impossible choices between the health of their families and their livelihoods.

The disproportionate impact of this pandemic on BAME communities has been incredibly stark – from the ratio of deaths to the economic impact and the use of police powers against black communities.

This week Dr Augustine Obaro and  Dr Abdul-Razaq Abdullah became the 15th and 16th GPs to die from COVID, all bar one of whom have been from a BAME background. This pattern has been repeated across the medical and public service field, as well as in ICU units across the country.

This is no longer in the national headlines. And it needs to be.

From the incredible work of the NEU and others to force the government’s hand on school closures to the inspiring campaigns led by Marcus Rashford, we have seen during this crisis that campaigning works.

In November we launched a statement calling for a range of measures including a public inquiry on COVID disproportionate impact, an end to NHS charging for migrants and no recourse to public funds, and a strategy for Zero Covid including a fully functioning find, test, track and trace system led by local public health teams, plus lockdown measures that will both reduce the virus and provide proper support to communities.


These demands are more relevant now than ever. That’s why we are relaunching this petition calling for:

  • A public inquiry into the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities.
  • Immediate action to create a functioning test, track and trace system with funding given to local NHS public health teams.
  • The national lockdown including the physical closure of schools, colleges and universities to continue until deaths and infections have significantly reduced.
  • Proper financial support for communities including furlough to continue as long as necessary, more support for the self-employed and small businesses, and funding for schools, colleges and universities to support home learning.
  • The implementation of measures outlined in the Runnymede Trust / IPPR report on ethnic disparities including isolation pay support for those with no recourse to public funds and an end to NHS charging under the hostile environment.

Signatories to the letter include MPs and peers from 3 parties including MPs Diane Abbott, Kate Osamor, Dawn Butler, Chris Stephens (SNP), Liz Saville-Roberts (Plaid Cymru), Labour Peer Peter Hain, trade union General Secretaries including Unite the Union’s Len McCluskey, representatives of campaign groups including Stand Up To Racism, Muslim Engagement & Development (MEND), The Jewish Socialists’ Group, We Own It, Dr Siema Iqbal from AskDoc and many more.

Please add your name, and share widely to spread the word.

Help fund the fight against racism in 2021

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 08:55
CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO OUR 2021 FUNDRAISER CLICK HERE TO SET UP A REGULAR DONATION TO FUND OUR WORK

2020 has been a pivotal year in the fight against racism.

The global Black Lives Matter movement has shone a spotlight on the horrific levels of institutional racism in our society and sent a message that we are no longer willing to stand for it.

With your help, we want to make 2021 the year we make real progress on the campaigns that inspired so many thousands of people this year.

From action on disproportionate COVID impact to scrapping Section 60 stop and search, from challenging Islamophobia & antisemitism to defending refugee and migrant rights, we believe that with unity, determination and proper funding we can make serious inroads in the struggle against the racism affecting millions in our society.

From national online events and and campaigns to materials for local groups and initiatives, your donations are what will help drive our work in 2021, and help bring about the change that we need.

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What we’ve achieved in 2020

2020 has been a year unlike any other, and the COVID pandemic meant our #WorldAgainstRacism rally for UN Anti-Racism Day moved online. Thousands joined an international rally with Gary Younge and international guests to discuss the international fight against racism in the age of COVID; and unite around campaigns against racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and the far right, and in defence of refugee & migrant rights.


As the scapegoating of east-Asian communities led to a further rise in hate crime and it became clear the pandemic would lead to a massive humanitarian catastophe, we launched a campaign for Action Not Scapegoating on COVID19

And as stark evidence emerged the pandemic was disproportionately affecting BAME communities, we launched a campaign for and an independent public inquiry on BAME deaths alongside a major online rally bringing together medical professionals and frontline workers, faith and communnity groups, politicians and trade unionists around demands for an inquiry and immediate action.

This widely reported meeting and campaign helped build enormous pressure on the government, but the campaign for action & an inquiry is now more crucial than ever as the British Government seeks to attack communities for seeking to challenge institutional racism instead of recognising its own contribution to inequalities.

As the brutal and callous murder of George Floyd shocked the globe and launched a historic resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Stand Up To Racism immediately went to work to bring the broadest possible alliance in the UK behind the call for justice for George Floyd and to say Black Lives Matter, starting with a major online rally (above).

As well as organising socially distanced events in towns and cities across the country in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, we launched the Take The Knee wherever you are  initiative at the start of June, inspired by Colin Kaepernick and protesters in the US taking the knee at demonstrations, to allow everyone to take action for justice for George Floyd during the lockdown. 

This had an enormous cultural impact, with thousands joining in on the #TakeTheKnee hashtag, coverage in all major newspapers and participation by fire brigades, hospital departments and celebrities. As the football season resumed on 12 June, the initiative helped encourage the Premier League to show solidarity with the international Black Lives Matter Movement by players taking the knee at the start of matches.


Following this, we launched a series of Open Forums to discuss the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement, and how we can work together to implement them.  Zoom Meetings on decolonising the curriculum and recognising Britain’s imperial legacy, fighting for action on policing and justice for those affected by police violence, and campaigning for action on disproportionate COVID impact took place with hundreds of activists and organisations across the country.

A key demand that came out of these meetings was to scrap Section 60, the power that allows police to stop and search people without a prior reason, that was used to harrass thousands of young black people during lockdown. Events took place across the country calling for section 60 to be scrapped, and the campaign continues.

As part of linking campaigns in Britain with the struggle in the US, thousands joined a meeting with Rev Jesse Jackson, Diane Abbott MP, Kwame Kwei-Armah and leading campaigners from the US & UK.


After a summer of campaigning on these issues, the Stand Up To Racism International Conference brought together leading anti-racists from across the globe with thousands of activists in two online rallies building unity on the key issues and a series of workshops on campaigning work to discuss how to make change happen.

November was Islamophobia Awareness Month, and in collaboration with MEND and others, local SUTR groups held #IAM2020 meetings to build unity against the rise in Islamophobia.

This was also the period when French President Emmanuel Macron launched a serious attack on the Muslim community, forcing the dissolution of the Collective against Islamophobia (CCIF) among other groups, cracking down on civil liberties and painting Muslims as extremists.

In response to this, Stand Up To Racism called a rally with Marwan Muhammed, former director of the CCIF, French Assembly Member Daniele Obono, and British politicians and faith leaders to raise awareness of this crackdown and build opposition to Macrons attacks, as well as discussing the fight against institutional Islamophobia in Britain, the US and other parts of Europe.


And linking up with groups such as All Black Lives UK , we organised events opposing attempts by Trump to undermine democracy, and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, including a protest outside the US Embassy the day after the US election.

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Let’s make 2021 the year of the anti-racist fightback

2020 has presented us with enormous challenges, but has also laid the ground for real advances in 2021. Planned initiatives and events in 2021 include:

Holocaust Memorial Day  in January, hearing from survivors and those who lost family in the Holocaust, saying with one voice Never Again, and pledging to defeat antisemitism, fascism, anti-Roma racism and all forms or racism & scapegoating.

UN Anti Racism DayNational Day of Action in association with the TUC, with a major international online rally and events in towns and cities across the country bringing together communities, trade unionists, councillors, MPs and cultural figures to show unity in purpose to oppose institutional racism, Islamophobia & antisemitism and call for the rights of refugees and migrants to be respected.

Building pressure to win the demands of the Black Lives Matter Movement including:

    • A stepping up of the campaign for action and an independent public Inquiry on the Disproportionate impact of COVID-19

    • A major campaign on Police violence and harrassment of Black People, including the scrapping of section 60 with partner organisations. (See here figures released in December on disproportionate use of force )

    • Campaigns to decolonise the curriculum and face up to Britain’s imperial and colonial legacy, in conjunction with trade unions such as the NEU, MPs, activists and partner organisations.

Initiatives to build solidarity with refugees and defend migrant rights, including forcing the Government to abide by international conventions, end detention, scapegoating and the inhumane treatment of refugees.

Working with fans groups, Show Racism The Red Card and others to challenge racism and the far right in football, and help footballers utilise their position to challenge racism in society.

Working to challenge the far-right including the rise of far-right terrorism, hate crime and organised online abuse.

Click here to donate to our 2021 fundraiser Click here to set up a regular donation to help fund our work

14 Dec Online Meeting: Unite against Islamophobia and Racism – Oppose Macron’s Attacks

Tue, 12/08/2020 - 04:11
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Event will be streamed live:
https://www.facebook.com/StandUTR/live
https://www.youtube.com/c/StandUpToRacismChannel/live        


Date: Monday 14 December 2020
Time: 6pm   

Speakers include:
• Diane Abbott MP • Marwan Muhammad, CCIF ( France) • Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP • Dilowar Khan, London Muslim Centre • Mohammed Kozbar, Finsbury Park Mosque • Aman Ali, MEND • Maz Saleem, anti-racist campaigner and daughter of Mohammed Saleem • Sabby Dhalu, co-convenor  Stand Up To Racism • Weyman Bennett, co-convenor  Stand Up To Racism

French President Emmanuel Macron has launched a major onslaught against Muslims – talking up ‘foreign influence.’ This included repression of organisations such as the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, the expulsion of over 200 Muslims and forcing the French Council of the Muslim faith to create a national council of Imams under government supervision – with the power to withdraw accreditation.   

Macron’s Islamophobia is encouraging Marine Le Pen and the fascist National Rally to increase their attacks – they are calling for the government to crack down even harder on the Muslim community and a ban on the Hijab.   

Thousands have fought back and mobilised to protest against police brutality on black communities and the removal of refugees.  

The Islamophobia of mainstream politicians opens the door to the far right.   We have to come together, unite to oppose the scapegoating of Muslim communities and oppose the rise of Islamophobia and racism.

Statement signed by politicians & campaigners demands urgent adoption of a Zero-Covid strategy & public inquiry on COVID BAME impact

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 05:18

PRESS RELEASE… for immediate release


Politicians, campaigners & Trade Union leaders demand the urgent adoption of a Zero-Covid strategy and a public inquiry on COVID-19 BAME impact 
 
A statement calling for urgent action on the disproportionate impact of COVID19 on BAME Communities has been released today, signed by over 40 MPs, Trade Union leaders, campaigners and community representatives.

Pointing to the fact “Recent figures show 38.3 percent of Covid patients admitted to intensive care in the second wave have been from BAME backgrounds despite making up around 15 per cent of the total population,” the statement calls for a public inquiry into disproportionate impact, a range of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the adoption of a ‘Zero Covid strategy’ to prevent future waves of the virus on the scale we are currently seeing.
 
The statement also condemns “the whipping up of racism towards BAME communities and refugees to scapegoat and distract from the government’s failed response to the virus and its dire economic ramifications,” and calls for the removal of barriers to healthcare and pay support for migrants which have exacerbated suffering during the pandemic.
 
Due to the urgency of the situation, the statement also supports “the call for schools and colleges to close and for universities to move online during the national lockdown” in order to bring down infections to a point where the lockdown could safely be lifted, alongside “Immediate action to create a functioning test, track and trace system with funding given to local NHS public health teams.
 
Demands are also made for “proper financial support for communities including furlough to continue as long as necessary, more support for the self-employed and small businesses, and funding for schools, colleges and universities to support home learning.”
 
Signatories to the letter include MPs and peers from 3 parties including MPs Diane Abbott, Kate Osamor, Dawn Butler, Chris Stephens (SNP), Liz Saville-Roberts (Plaid Cymru), Labour Peer Peter Hain, trade union General Secretaries including Unite the Union’s Len McCluskey, representatives of campaign groups including Stand Up To Racism, Muslim Engagement & Development (MEND) and We Own It, as well as faith and community representatives.
 
Sabby Dhalu, Stand up to Racism Co-Convenor said: 
 
“Despite the Black Lives Matter movement and the range of research into the disproportionate impact of Covid19 on BAME communities, and how other countries have eradicated Covid19, here the virus is spiralling out of control and still disproportionately impacting BAME communities. No progress has been made by the government to address institutional racism and the range of factors causing this. We demand immediate action: zero covid – a strategy to eliminate the coronavirus, as successfully implemented in many other countries, and a public inquiry like the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry into why BAME communities have been disproportionately impacted.” 
 
Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism Co-Convenor said:

“Disproportionate deaths of the black community is consequence of racism and deliberate negligence. Over 50,000 have died in the UK according to official government statistics, with the actual figure likely to be far higher. It is said that the dead have no tongues so the living must speak for them and demand justice. We want a full and open enquiry into disproportionate deaths and no cover-up. We will not rest until we get this “
 
Notes to Editors:
1. The statement and full list of signatories can be found here
2. Report on BAME ICU admissions with figures from Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre here
3. IPPR/Runnymede Trust report and recommendations here
 
For further quotes & information:
info@standuptoracism.org.uk 

Action on COVID disproportionate Impact – We need a public Inquiry & Zero Covid Strategy

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 04:02
CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR NAME Statement calling for inquiry into disproportionate impact on BAME & Zero-Covid strategy

We note with grave concern that despite the Black Lives Matter movement, COVID-19 continues to have a disproportionate impact on Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Recent figures show 38.3% of Covid patients admitted to intensive care in the second wave have been from BAME backgrounds despite making up around 15% of the total population.

A report into economic impact found 8% of BAME British and 10 percent of BAME migrant communities lost their job since the start of the COVID crisis, compared to only 3.3% of the white non migrant communities. BAME British communities were also 40% less likely than white British communities to benefit from employee protection such as furlough.

We condemn the whipping up of racism towards BAME communities and refugees to scapegoat and distract from the government’s failed response to the virus and its dire economic ramifications. This has led to an increase in racist attacks. Racially motivated offences accounted for three quarters of all hate crimes and increased by 4,000 in 2019-20.

In the UK in cumulative deaths per capita continues to be the worst of any major country and the 19.8 per cent GDP slump in the second quarter was worse than any other major economy.

We must reverse the alarming rise in coronavirus deaths, infections, and the economic slump. The only effective solution is for the government to aim for the elimination of the coronavirus – Zero Covid. This policy has been endorsed by the British Medical Association, Independent SAGE and others. Only then can we effectively restart the economy.

We strongly support the call for schools and colleges to close and for universities to move online during the national lockdown.

We call for:

  • A public inquiry into the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities.
  • The implementation of measures outlined in the Runnymede Trust / IPPR report on ethnic disparities including isolation pay support for those with no recourse to public funds and an end to NHS charging under the hostile environment.
  • Immediate action to create a functioning test, track and trace system with funding given to local NHS public health teams.
    The national lockdown to include the physical closure of schools, colleges and universities until deaths and infections have significantly reduced.
  • Proper financial support for communities including furlough to continue as long as necessary, more support for the self-employed and small businesses, and funding for schools, colleges and universities to support home learning.

Signed by

Diane Abbott MP
Kate Osamor MP
Dawn Butler MP
John McDonnell MP
Richard Burgon MP
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP
Zarah Sultana MP
Apsana Begum MP
Kim Johnson MP
Ian Byrne MP
Mary Foy MP
Ian Lavery MP
Claudia Webbe MP
Chris Stephens MP (Scottish National Party)
Liz Saville-Roberts MP (Plaid Cymru)
Lord Hain
Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union
Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary
Mick Whelan, ASLEF General Secretary
Ian Hodson, BFaWU National President
Daniel Kebede, Senior Vice President of National Education Union
Zita Holbourne, PCS National Vice President
Shazad Amin, CEO of MEND
Dr Shahrar Ali, Green Party Home Affairs spokesperson
Jacqueline McKenzie, Solicitor and Director of Centre for Migration Advice and Research
Dilowar Khan, East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre
David Rosenberg, Jewish Socilaist Group
Mohammed Kozbar, Finsbury Mosque
Mohammad Asif, Afghan Human Rights Foundation
Robina Qureshi, Positive Action in Housing
Lawrence Davis, Belly Mujinga case lawyer
Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett, Stand up to Racism
All Black Lives UK
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
Cat Hobbs, Director – We Own It
Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary
Lindsey German, Convenor Stop The War Coalition
Salma Yaqoob, Stop the War Coalition & NHS worker
Ben Chacko, Editor of Morning Star
Sonali Bhattacharyya, National Secretary Momentum (Personal Capacity)
Stafford Scott, Coordinator of Tottenham Rights
Ryan Colaço
Denis Fernando, Rainbow Coalition Against Racism

March 20, 2021: UN Anti Racism Day – National Day of Action

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 06:07

BLACK LIVES MATTER

NO TO RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA, ANTISEMITISM AND FASCISM

REFUGEES WELCOME, DEFEND MIGRANT RIGHTS

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On March 20, 2021, UN Anti-Racism Day, events will take place in cities, communities and online events around the world. In Britain, socially distanced protests will take place across the country, including Central London, and a national online rally will take place with speakers representing the broad alliance of communities and organisations that make up the anti-racist movement.

The growth of the Black Lives Matter movement has shone a fresh spotlight on the horrific levels of racism in Britain, the US and internationally, and played a major role in the defeat of Donald Trump, the world’s number one racist. This growing, powerful force has the potential to strike serious blows against racism and white supremacy. With the Coronavirus crisis intensifying, structural racism & health inequalities mean the epidemic is continuing to disproportionately impact BAME communities.

The British Government is disgracefully attacking and vilifying refugees and migrants to distract from its failings. It is also attempting to blame Muslim and other communities for spreading the virus, further fanning the flames of racism and putting even more lives in danger.

On March 20 2021 we will come together united against racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and fascism. We’ll stand in solidarity with refugees and migrants to send a powerful message to those in power that racism will be defeated.