Oxford Stand Up To Racism activists will be taking to the streets in the coming weeks to build public support for the following events to build the kind of anti-racist movement we need to challenge the racist scapegoating of Muslims, migrants and refugees.
- January 18th - Stop Trump Oxford protest planning meeting
- January 20th - 27th "Never Again Exhibition" to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Oxford
- February 3rd - SUTR 'Migrants Make our NHS' bloc on 'Fix It' - NHS winter crisis emergency march
- February 10th: Stand Up To Racism Trade Union Conference
- February 10th - 11th - Calais Refugee Aid Trip
- February 26th - protest against racist Trump's visit
- March 1st - Oxford Stand Up To Racism rally to mobilise for national demo
- March 17th: March Against Racism, London, Glasgow, Cardiff, across Europe and in the US.
Thurs 11th January 8.15am Leafleting at County Hall, New Rd
Friday 12th January 5-6pm Tesco, Cowley Rd
Saturday 13th January 1-2pm 1-2pm SUTR stall, Carfax Tower
Monday 15th January 8.15am Oxford City College, Oxpens
Tues 16th January 12 - 2pm SUTR stall Carfax Tower
Weds 17th January 8.30 -10am Oxford Rail station
Thursday 18th January 1pm BMW, Garsington Rd
4-5pm Central Library, Westgate
Friday 19th January 12-1pm Oxford Central Library, Westgate 5-6pm SUTR stall, opp Waterstones, Cornmarket
Saturday 20th January 10-11am SUTR stall Carfax Tower (to encourage people to attend opening ceremony at 11am)
Oxford Town Hall 7 p.m.
Planning meeting to build the Oxford protest against Trump's visit on 26th Feb. Campaigners from the anti-racist, women's rights, LGBT, climate and anti-war movements invited. Called by Oxford Stand Up To Racism. Supported by Oxfordshire UNISON Health branch, Oxford Palestine Solidarity, Oxford Peoples Assembly.
Long Room, Oxford Town Hall, OX1 1BX
Daily 10 am - 6pm (closes 5 p.m Saturday and closed Sunday)
Email for a supply of colour flyers for display. View colour flyer
Throughout the event there will be guest speakers invited from Jewish, Muslim, Roma, LGBTQ, Women, disabled communities, Trade unionists and the Labour movement.
- Saturday 20th January, 11 a.m. opening ceremony with Jean Fooks Lord Mayor of Oxford
- Monday 22nd January, 5.15pm “LGBT oppression and the Holocaust” - Matthew Callow, Chair Oxford Unite Health
- Tuesday 23rd January, 5.15pm “Women under fascism” - Debbie Hollingsworth, Oxford Women’s Network
- Wednesday 24th January, 5.15pm “Roma & the Holocaust,” - Roma Support Group invited
- Thursday 25th January 12.15pm “Oppression of disabled people under fascism,” - Oxford City Councillor invited
- Thursday 25th January 5.15pm “Resistance Against Fascism – Then and Now” - Russ Chandler, UAF member who attended recent UAF/LMHR educational trip to Krakow & Auschwitz
- Friday 26th January 5.15pm “Trade unions & fascism” - Pol O Ceallaigh President Oxford & District Trades Council
- On Holocaust Memorial Day, Saturday 27th January at 1pm Alison Ryde, President Oxford Jewish Congregation and others will be speaking at the event.
Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1945 when Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. They found thousands of emaciated survivors, and the smouldering remains of the gas chambers and crematoria – the Nazi attempt to destroy evidence of their crimes against humanity.
The Holocaust fundamentally challenged the foundations of civilization and serves as a warning of the horror that fascism can unleash. The magnitude of the Holocaust, planned and carried out by the Nazis, must be forever seared in our collective memory. The Nazis "Final Solution" saw the extermination of 6 million Jews in an attempt to ethnically cleanse Europe of all Jews. The terrible suffering of the many millions of other victims of the Nazis has left an indelible scar across Europe as well.
Selfless sacrifices of those who defied the Nazis, and sometimes gave their own lives to protect or rescue the Holocaust's victims, must also be inscribed in our hearts.
Today the heirs of the Nazis are still seeking power. Antisemitism remains with us and today's nazis seek to stir up racist violence against new targets — Muslims, migrants and refugees.
We must never forget that the logical conclusion of unchecked racism was the death camps and we must unite to say "Never Again".
To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 there will be a “Never Again” educational exhibition in Oxford Town Hall to remind us of the horror of the Holocaust and remind us why we need to counter racism and intolerance today.
The exhibition will comprise of a series of displays of text and pictures that will take up the following themes:
● The extermination of 6 million Jews and 7 million other people deemed “undesirable” by the Nazi regime.
● The victim groups and the ways they were scapegoated and marginalised including legal forms of exclusion
● The development of mass extermination and death camps
● The driving forces behind the holocaust
● Fascism today and their modern targets.
● Similarities with today and the 1930's
● Resistance to fascism and racism
This event is organised by Oxford Stand Up To Racism as part of a national campaign to challenge all forms of racism and to help build the Europe-wide anti-racist protests on UN anti-racism day on March 17.
Reviews of last year's exhibition
“This is a truly outstanding exhibition: well organised, highly informative, thought-provoking, and a warning against current trends in British politics. I hope this exhibition will be shown in as many schools as possible.” - Avi Shlaim Emeritus Professor at Oxford
“Fantastic exhibition-really moving. Everyone should see it.” - Susannah Pressel Labour City and County Councillor
“Very powerful –the comparison between what happened in the 1930’s and anti fascist actions since, and the rise of fascism now – a clear reminder that fascism doesn’t disappear by itself, we must all stand up against it.” - Oxford City Green Councillor Ruthi Brandt
December and January saw our hospitals overloaded and unable to treat patients safely (23 hospitals declared the highest state of emergency - Black Alert) with tens of thousands of people facing delays for emergency treatment as ambulances queued outside full A&E departments unable to transfer patients. 50,000 operations have been cancelled to prevent the chaos turning into a catastrophe.
Migrants have been blamed for the growing crisis in the NHS, yet in reality it is an ongoing cuts and privatisation programme that is has left our NHS with too few beds and staff to treat people. Migrants healthworkers are an essential part of the NHS workforce yet the government has refused to grant rights to EU nationals coming to work in the NHS leading to a sharp decline in recruitment from the EU.
Join us in standing up against racist scapegoating of migrants, demanding full rights for EU workers and celebrating the role migrant workers play in keeping our NHS running.
Book seats on the Oxford coach to the national NHS winter crisis march here
March has been called by Health Campaigns Together and Peoples Assembly Against Austerity.
- Refugees & migrants welcome
- Defend EU nationals rights & freedom of movement
- Don’t let the racists divide us
- No to racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism
The Tories are trying to use EU nationals as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. Migrant workers, refugees and Muslims are constantly being scapegoated by politicians and the right wing press. We are repeatedly told that migrants and refugees are to blame for undermining wages and overstretching public services when in reality austerity is to blame.
Black and Asian people face constant discrimination in employment and the everyday reality of institutional racism. Working class communities must stand united together. But the Tories, much of the media, UKIP and the far right have all set out to divide us.
The trade unions are the bedrock of the anti-racist movement. We want to build on the great work that the trade unions are doing. Come to the conference and join in the debate about how we give confidence to anti-racists in every workplace.
Email us back if you would like to join the next refugee solidarity delegation to Calais or make a donation.
Donald Trump is expected to arrive in the UK on 26/27 February to open the new US Embassy in Vauxhall, London. We will be organising a wall of protest to oppose Trump's racism, sexism and bigotry. Trump is not welcome here!
In Oxford earlier this year 2,500 people united in support of Muslims, migrants and refugees targeted by Trump’s immigration ban. We want to mobilise on the same scale when Trump visits. See: https://www.facebook.com/
Follow national organising for the Trump protests: https://www.facebook.com/
Oxford Town Hall 7p.m.
This demonstration will take place on UN anti-racism and is part of an international response to mainstream politicians and far right groups stoking racism for poltiical ends. Oxfordshire UNISON Health branch has already booked one coach to go and there will be more.
Last year we 30,000 people marched against racism in London, alongside tens of thousands more in Glasgow, Cardiff, and across Europe. This year we'll be joined by anti-racists in the US protesting against Trump's racism. Join us to put pressure on our govwernment to stop the racist scapegoating that is driving up racist attacks and making it easier for the far right to organise. Book your seats online here.