Hundreds join vigil after mural of Marcus Rashford disfigured with racist abuse.
OXFORD TAKE THE KNEE IN SOLIDARITY WITH RASHFORD, SAKA, AND SANCHO
6 pm Thursday 15th July Assemble Bonn Square
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Boris Johnson and Patel supported and encouraged racist bigots to boo Englands players taking the knee. So when racists attack England's black players this is a direct consequence of their egging on of those foul racists to demonise and scapegoat. This isn't about football and a penalty shoot-out, this is about racism and a toxic atmosphere pushed from the top. Oxford has a proud history of rejecting racism: come and show your support for those black England players vilified by the racists.
Following racist abuse towards Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, anti-racists wholeheartedly agree with Gary Neville’s statements to Sky News this morning, calling out the government’s role in encouraging racism.
On Monday the former Manchester United Star told Sky News:
“The taking of the knee was ridiculed by our top ranking government officials. So when we get racist abuse after a football match at the end of a tournament, I expect it. Because it exists and it is actually promoted by the Prime Minister. I knew as soon as Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Sako missed last night, I knew we would be waking up to stories of racist abuse.”
In addition to racism towards Rashford, Saka and Sancho, video footage is circulating on social media showing England fans violently attacking, African, Caribbean and Asian England fans and Italy supporters. This follows violence towards Denmark fans on Wednesday.
As Neville says, it is not a suprise. The government have fuelled an environment where racists feel emnoldened to inflict abuse and attacks in a jingoistic fervour. We need to keep at building a strong and vocal anti racist current on the terraces, in our workplaces and in our communities. Well done to the players who have stood up to lend their influence to this urgent task, and solidarity with them as they face vile and infuriating racism that does not reflect the majority mood.
Oppose the asylum bill: How to beat the racist new plans for immigration (online meeting)
6 p.m. Monday 19th July
The deeply moving mass community action in Pollokshields, Glasgow, on 13 May, that stopped a home office enforcement van driving off with two neighbours who had been taken from their home in a dawn raid, was an incredible inspiration and was celebrated by anti racists across Britain and internationally.
This national online meeting on 19 July aims to bring together all the many organisations and campaigners who are doing brilliant work around justice and solidarity for refugees and migrants targeted by racist policy, and to discuss what the new legislation will mean, and how we can organise to oppose the new plans for immigration.
The government’ New Plan for Immigration, announced in March 2021, is as brutal as it is racist. It heavily targets asylum seekers. While claiming to ‘increase the fairness and efficacy of our system so that we can better protect and support those in genuine need of asylum’, in reality it is designed to tear up the protections offered by the Refugee Convention.
Diane Abbott MP
Bell Ribeiro Addy MP
Chris Stephens MP
Clare Moseley, Care4Calais
Wilf Sullivan, TUC Equality Officer
Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary
Pinar Aksu, Human Rights Campaigner, Glasgow and others from refugee campaigns including Pollokshields, Penally & others
Challenging the legacy of colonialism in Florence Park
Anti-racists in Florence Park have launched a project to challenge the colonial history of local street names. they are seking funds to produce materials to educate people in a critical recognition of those parts of their community inheritance which represent the ideologies of British Colonialism. If you would like to know more or make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/florenceparkhistory
Stand Up To Racism International Conference
11 A.M. - 4 P.M. SATURDAY, 16 OCTOBER
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