Oxford Stand Up To Racism organising meeting
Tuesday 10th September 7-8 pm RESTORE Building, Manzil Way, East Oxford, OX4 1YH
This meeting is to plan activity over the coming months to challenge the 'hostile environment' If you would like to help build a mass movement against racism come along.
Stand Up To Racism has launched a statement for a major campaign to defend EU migrants rights in the wake of a racist attack by Boris Johnson's cabinet, signed by Diane Abbott, Alf Dubs, several trade union leaders, MPs, MEPs, local politicians, faith group leaders and anti racist activists
See the Guardian letter HERE
Sign the statement online HERE
Download the statement as a petition HERE to use in workplaces, colleges and communities
This week we've witnessed a spectacular pace of events unfold, with Boris Johnson proroguing parliament, losing a vote against him over his plans for a Tory No Deal Brexit, and expelling 21 Tory MPs for defying the whip and voting with the opposition.
For all who are horrified to see this hard racist in Number 10—who is following in the footsteps of Trump and deliberately launching a vicious intensification of the 'hostile environment' and racism—it has been uplifting to see tens of thousands taking to the streets to get him out of office and to oppose the Tories. Stand Up To Racism has joined demonstrations, such as the People's Assembly protests at parliament and around the country, outside Downing Street as Johnson made his announcement last Wednesday, and at the Home Office last night to challenge his shocking attack on over three million EU migrants living in Britain.
We say, whether you voted Leave or Remain, it is urgent that we unite to oppose all racist division, Islamophobia and Antisemitism, challenge the ‘hostile environment for migrants and refugees, and build a mass campaign to defend EU migrants whose rights are under attack by Johnson's Tory cabinet.
It is clear that Boris Johnson is using his office as prime minister to go on the offensive in intensifying the 'hostile environment' and is also pushing a level of racism from the heart of the establishment that aims to turn the clock back, normalising racist rhetoric.
That’s why Stand Up To Racism has launched this statement, signed by Diane Abbott, Alf Dubs, several union general secretaries, MPs and MEPs, faith groups and anti racist campaigners, to defend EU migrants’ rights.
Sept 20 Climate strike - climate refugees welcome here
Assemble between 11 am and 2 pm in Broad St
In the last six years, over 140 million people were forced to move because of climate and weather related disasters: droughts, harvest failures and devastating storms. We know that last year 24 million people were displaced by weather related disasters like floods and hurricanes. Now a leaked UN report on the impact of sea level rises when global warming passes 1.5C above preindustrial levels indicates a a rise in the total number of refugees to 280 million people as low level areas are flooded. It is essential that as part of the inspiring and growing mass global movement for the climate, anti racism and defence of refugees and migrants is at its centre.
As millions are displaced, they face the deliberately engineered and so called ‘Hostile Environment’ in Britain, and disgustingly racist anti-migrant and refugee policies from the US, Australia, and across Europe. Trump is the world’s no.1 climate change denier, and he is the world’s no.1 racist. He uses his office to givr credence to a dangerous ideology, fanning the flames of the far right and fascist terrorists. Boris Johnson has rejected climate science more than once despite promising to lobby Trump to do more about climate change.
The bold fight by campaigners from Greta Thunberg to Extinction Rebellion and the #YouthStrike4Climate has been deeply inspiring. We need anti racism to be at the centre of this new movement, and we need to organise to oppose all forms of racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism, and the rise of a dangerous far right.
We say loud and clear, climate refugees welcome here! Solidarity with the 20 September climate strike! Join us in Broad St to campaign against a racist response to climate refugees. Email us if you can help.
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: 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
• 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
31 October - 4 November: Unite Against Fascism educational trip to Auschwitz