Assemble 10 AM Bonn Square, Tuesday 23rd August (there are plans for similar events in Botley and Didcot later in the day - please contact us for details)
Please invite friends and share the event on facebook and twitter
Please sign and share the statement of support for LGBT communities and opposition to the far right's attempts to divide us.
The far right groups like the Nazi Patriotic Alternative are trying to whip up hatred against the LGBT+ community in Oxfordshire. They are attempting to intimidate parents and children who have booked to attend story-telling sessions at local libraries featuring drag queen Aida H Dee by picketing the libraries.
They have targetted Oxfordshire library events on 23rd August and their bigotry must not go unchallenged.
Drag Queen Story Hour is an international movement aimed at inspiring creativity and a love for stories in children. It aims to show the world that being different is not a bad thing, by providing imaginative role models for children to look up to. Aida H Dee has told the BBC her performances aimed at 3-11 year olds have no sexual language and explained Aida is supposed to be a positive LBGT+ role model for children.
At a time when a survey by “Just Like Us” showed that 55 per cent of LGBT+ 11- to 18-year-olds are anxious about their mental health on a daily basis (in comparison to 26 per cent of non-LGBT+ people) we welcome the attempts by local authorities to address this by hosting Drag Queen Story Hour, often as part of local Pride events.
We condemn the attempts by some on the far-right to foster the pernicious myth that drag is a kind of “child grooming” or in some way sexual, leading to accusations of paedophilia.
We remember how the Nazis sent 10-15 thousand men accused of homosexuality to concentration camps. We remember the bombing of the Admiral Duncan gay pub in London by a neo-nazi terrorist.
The far-right have always tried to associate the LGBT+ community with paedophilia while overlooking some very real scandals in the upper echelons of the church and government.
Their attempts are especially damaging at a time when transgender rights are under attack as part of culture wars, the government has backtracked on its proposal to ban transgender conversion therapy, and cutbacks are denying young people with gender dysphoria the support they need.
Therefore we encourage all groups and individuals irrespective of race colour or creed to stand firm against the bigots and support local counter-protests against attempts to shut down “Drag Queen Story Hour” and say fascists and bigots are not welcome in Oxfordshire on August 23rd.
After the first planned deportation flight to offshore detention in Rwanda was stopped on 14 June under pressure of legal challenges and mass protest. On this day, the legal challenge to determine whether the Tories' Rwanda policy is lawful, led by Care4Calais and the PCS union, will be back in court on Monday 5 September, the first day in a five day hearing.
A major protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice go ahead on the day. This has been called by the TUC, Care4Calais and Stand Up To Racism and is backed by 12 trade unions, Refugee Council, Amnesty International UK, and a host of other refugee rights organisations, campaigns and faith groups.
In London: Stand Up To Racism, Care4Calais and TUC are asking on every local SUTR group, trade unions and supporting campaigns and individuals to bring delegations with banners to the Royal Courts of Justice (Strand), and to put out the call for volunteers to help with stewarding on the day.
There will be a presence from 9am, the key time is the rally from 1pm to 2pm. We need help with stewarding - and ask for volunteers 8.30am to 12 noon / 12.30pm - 3pm.
Outside of London: SUTR, Care4Calais and the TUC are calling on calling on SUTR groups, unions and campaigns to take part with online, workplace and local actions. Use the #StopRwanda poster to take part and share online. if you would like to hep organise a local event please contact us
Resources for #StopRwanda
- The original letter to unions, which went out nationally, can be used at a local level. It is available and shareable HERE
- Model motion has been updated accordingly, and can also be copied and adapted HERE
- Updated graphics, the #StopRwanda poster, and PDFs for leaflets will continue to be updated HERE in this shareable Google folder. These can be used to publicise the actions.
- Here is the #StopRwanda poster with logos.
- The downloadable PDF for the updated leaflet will be available shortly HERE
There is widespread support for the campaign, which got #StopRwanda trending at #3 on UK trends during the Twitterstorm on 19 July. Every SUTR group should be doing what it can in the coming weeks to draw in the broadest networks of contacts to mobilise for, and take part on, the day with evening protests in towns and cities outside London on Monday 5 September. Please make sure you add 'Stand Up To Racism' as a co host for any SUTR group's local protest, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or to find your nearest protest outside London.
Book now for Stand Up To Racism’s International conference on Saturday 15 October
Stand Up To Racism International Conference
In Britain we are seeing a government determined to use scapegoating and divide and rule to deflect from political and economic crisis.
The Hostile Environment, the Rwanda Plan and the Nationality and Borders Act - which fundamentally attack the rights of refugees and threaten the nationality status of 6 million people - are fanning the flames of racism.
Immigration raids, deportations, denials of institutional racism and the use of Islamophobia are a daily reality.
Amidst the pandemic, increasing wars and climate chaos are leading to more refugees thrown into crisis, who then face racist hostile environments by governments when fleeing for their safety.
Internationally the rise of racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism goes alongside the growth of the racist and fascist right. The recent French presidential elections, where fascist Le Pen increased her vote and we saw a rise in the overall far right vote including support for Eric Zemmour, have come as yet another warning sign capturing the dangers when we don't mobilise a mass movement to oppose racism, the far right and fascism.
We have have to build resistance and fight to create a mass anti racist movement.
Register now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/366717721577
and support your local group
To maintain the campaign against the rise in racism and fascism we need regular support to cover costs of meeting venues, leaflets, coach hire, speakers expenses and many other campaigning expenses. Please consider making a regular commitment of £2 a month or more if you can afford it) to help halt the growth of racism and the far right. You can donate via Paypal using the email email@example.com or PayPal.Me/OSUTR