Weyman Bennet co-convenor of Stand Up To Racism spoke at the Extinction Rebellion assembly in Whitehall at the opening of the October rebellion to issue a call for justice for climate refugees. See video
Fueled by Donald Trump’s presidency, racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism are on the rise. Hate crime and far right terror attacks are at epidemic proportions, and the racist and fascist right are experiencing the biggest growth in their support since the 1930’s.
In Britain, with the toxic nature of the debate around the deepening Brexit crisis, mainstream politicians have relied ever more on ratcheting up racist division and scapegoating, deliberately fostering a 'hostile environment'. We now have populist racists centre stage of politics, with “Britain’s Trump”, Boris Johnson, sitting as Prime Minister. Whether you voted Leave or Remain, we must unite to oppose their racist agenda.
Johnson described Muslim women who wear the Burka as looking like ‘letterboxes’ and ‘bank robbers’ and described black people as having ‘watermelon smiles’. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has built his career on scapegoating migrants and the Muslim community.And while fascist Tommy Robinson and far right UKIP have been marginalised through successful anti racist campaigning, Johnson and Farage’s politics of divide and rule, scapegoating refugees, migrants and Muslims will only embolden the racist and fascist right.
While thousands suffer as a result of the hostile environment, the Windrush scandal, institutional racism, the Grenfell disaster and the humanitarian crisis facing refugees--a Johnson government is only set to fuel the fire.
On Saturday 19 October anti racists and anti fascists from across Britain, Europe and the US will gather in London at this international conference. Come and join the debate about how we build an international movement against racism & fascism and how we drive back the populist racism of Johnson and Farage
Johnson, Trump & The International Far-right: How do we unite to defeat them?
International conference: Sat 19 October
International conference against racism, fascism, Islamophobia & antisemitism
10 – 4pm, Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ London
Speakers include: Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary & SUTR President, Gary Younge, Journalist • Miguel Roldan, Spanish firefighter • Louise Raw, author • Richard Burgon MP • Emma Dent Coad MP • Alex Mayer MEP • Claude Moraes MEP • Julie Ward MEP • Jean Lambert, Green Party • Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary • Kevin Courtney Joint General Secretary NEU • Tony Kearns Deputy General Secretary (postal) CWU • Jane Loftus, CWU Vice President • Nita Sanghera UCU Vice President • Anas Altikriti, Muslim Association of Britain • Ged Grebby, Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive • Mohammed Kozbar, Finsbury Park Mosque Chairman • Unmesh Desai, GLA Member, Labour, City and East London • Damien Gayle, Journalist • Ben Chacko, Morning Star editor • Rakhia Ismail, Islington Councillor • Gerry Gable, Editor/Publisher, Searchlight • Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism
Sessions include: • Challenging the rise of racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism • Windrush, Grenfell, deaths in custody - The fight for justice • Reporting racism - The media and the growth of racist ideas • Solidarity forever - Refugees and migrants welcome here • A coordinated international movement against Trumpism & the far-right • Love Music Hate Racism - culture & the anti-racist movement • Fighting Islamophobia in the age of Boris Johnson
Black History Month Stand Up To Racism & Love Music Hate Racism film showing - "Amazing Grace"
Asian Culutural Centre, Manzil Way, East Oxford, OX4 1GH
Bring and share a dish.
Q&A with Brian Richardson
From her time growing up in the home of a prominent African-American preacher to the end of her life, world famous singer Arethra Franklin was immersed and involved in the struggle for civil rights and women's rights. She provided money for civil rights groups, at times covering payroll, and performed at benefits and protests. When Angela Davis was jailed in 1970, Franklin told Jet: "Angela Davis must go free ... Black people will be free. I've been locked up (for disturbing the peace in Detroit) and I know you got to disturb the peace when you can't get no peace. Jail is hell to be in. I'm going to see her free if there is any justice in our courts, not because I believe in communism, but because she's a Black woman and she wants freedom for Black people". Her songs "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" became anthems of these movements for social change. This film showing will be a great chance to enjoy her music and discuss her contribution to the fight against racism.
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31 October - 4 November: Unite Against Fascism educational trip to Auschwitz