Saturday saw over 40 protests across the Britain against the government's attempt to block a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement by handing the police more powers to set stringent limits on protests. At the same time they are ramping up racism by handing the police more powers to harass Black communities and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families. More protests are planned for May 1st.
This is part of a wider attempt to turn the tide against the anti-racist movement and escalate racism. This includes the production of the widely rejected CRED report that denies the reality of insitutional racism, and plans for a new racist immigration law. Anti-racists need to organise and mobilise on a much bigger scale to stop the government's attempts to deny racism while bringing in further measures to increase it.
Sign the Oxfordshire statement in opposition to the Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill here
Signatories include: Oxford Stand Up To Racism, Oxfordshire NEU, Oxford City UNISON, Oxford & District Trades Council, Oxfordshire Momentum, Oxford University Student Union, Rhodes Must Fall Oxford, Oxford Against Immigration Detention, Extinction Rebellion Oxford, It Happens Here campaign, Burning Pink Oxford, African and African Caribbean Kultural Heritage Initiative, Mothers 4 Justice Ubuntu, Help the World Oxford, Afrikan Heritage Community Association, One Justice, Kuumba Nia Arts, East Oxford Community Association, Collective Conversationz, Mandala Theatre Company, Oxford Migrant Solidarity, Oxford Worker Justice
Stop racist far right For Britain in the local elections on on the Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys estates
Far right and racist For Britain Movement is standing Lorenzo De Gregori as a candidate in the Northfield Brook ward in the Oxford City council elections, and in Leys ward in the County elections in May. He previously stood for the racist UKIP party in Berinsfield where he took 20% of the vote.
De Gregori is secretary of For Britain Oxfordshire whose facebook page is full of racist posts against Muslims and refugees. He has previously called for the freeing of fascist Tommy Robinson when he was jailed for contempt of court. For Britain is a party made up of disaffected racist UKIP members, Nazi thugs from the now failed BNP, plus alt right fanatics.
Oxford Stand Up To Racism will be delivering a leaflet door to door calling on people to use their vote to stop racist the far right For Britain in the elections. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help distribute the leaflet on the Leys estates or know people in the area who would be willing to help. Suggested times are 6pm on the following dates: Thursday 22nd April, Friday 23rd April Monday 26th April and 2pm on Sunday 25th April
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Institutional Racism: We Need Action, Not Denial
Monday 26 April - 6pm
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With Diane Abbott MP
Speakers include: Diane Abbott MP, President of Stand Up To Racism | Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP | Kehinde Andrews, Professor of Black Studies in the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University | Kevin Courtney, National Education Union (NEU) joint general secretary | Patrick Vernon, Social Commentator, campaigner and cultural historian | Natasha, co-founder All Black Lives UK
The recent report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) seeks to deny the existence of institutional racism and has been widely rejected. In the year following the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a pandemic that produced starkly disproportionate deaths in black and ethnic minority communities, denying institutional racism flies in the face of a wide range of evidence.
This meeting seeks to bring together a broad alliance against this report and will underline the call for a public inquiry into the disproportionate impact of covid on BAME communities.
Oxford Stand Up To Racism organising meeting
Tuesday 20th April 7 PM Zoom meeting ID: 836 3302 1072 Passcode: 805835
Open to all who want to build a mass movement against racism. Planning for the week of action around the anniversary of George Floyd's murder, plus Kill the bill protests, defending the right to protest, and countering the far right standing in local elections.
1 Year On - Justice for George Floyd #BlackLivesMatter Week of Action
Saturday 22nd May - 29th May
Plan include car and/or bike cavalcade. Community take the knee events and a march against racism.
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