Stand Up To Racism calls on everyone to organise in their communities, workplaces and colleges to intensify resistance to the 'hostile environment' and the racist agenda of Johnson's Tory party
From the moment the exit polls suggested the likelihood of a Tory majority, Stand Up To Racism was stressing the importance of intensifying the resistance.
Boris Johnson’s election follows the same trend in the US and many European countries of populist votes propping up racist right wing governments, and is the product of a deeply polarised situation.
Through the Tories' deliberately engineered 'hostile environment', they have pushed racism systematically as an explanation for the attacks they have consistently barraged working class communities with. Yet we must not forget that millions are opposed to racism, and that we have a proud tradition of anti racism in the history of Britain.
We must now prepare to build a movement against a Prime Minister who has used racist and dehumanising language to describe Muslim, African and Caribbean communities, and the racist policies that will almost certainly accompany the forthcoming attacks on living standards for working people.
Boris Johnson has a track record of bigotry. He is refusing to apologise for describing Muslim women as looking like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”. Islamophobic incidents went up by 375 percent in the week after he made these statements. Nor did he apologise for calling black people "piccaninnies with watermelon smiles."
These comments are part of an ever growing list of racist comments Johnson has made and defended that have caused widespread shock and outrage.
The government’s Windrush scandal led to misery for thousands of black Britons who arrived decades ago. People were deported, denied NHS care, and lost their job as part of a deliberate “hostile environment” which Johnson’s government is set to continue.
Stand Up To Racism has consistently organised mass anti racist resistance. We were at the heart of pushing back the threat of the far right in this country, and we need your support urgently to continue to mobilise effective resistance to racist Johnson and the rise of racist populism.
Johnson's dogwhistle racist politics are dangerous - including when he congratulates openly antisemitic leaders such as Victor Orbàn, - he is giving legitimacy to every racist, every Islamophobe, every antisemite, and emboldening those who want to enact hate crimes.
We will be organising, in unions (see more on and download model motion for our 8 February Trade Union Conference) in communities, and in colleges, to build and strengthen the anti racist movement - we need your support, please give generously!
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Pass this model motion support Stand Up To Racism's Trade Union Conference: Sat 8 Feb
After Boris Johnson’s election...
• Opposing the 'hostile environment’
• Challenging the rise of the racist right
12 - 4.30pm, SOAS (Brunei Gallery), Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Speakers so far include:
Margaret Greer, Unison national race equality officer
Wilf Sullivan, TUC race equality officer
Daniel Kebede, NEU NEC
Riccardo La Torre, FBU Eastern regional secretary
• Challenging racism in the workplace
• Mobilising for mass protests on 21 March
(UN anti-racism day)
• Building anti racist education
• Fighting the ‘hostile environment’ in the NHS
• Love Music Hate Racism: culture and the anti racist movement
• Solidarity with refugees
• Anti racist reps training: five arguments every rep needs to know
• How we pushed back the far right, and understanding the threat (includes report on Auschwitz trip)
• Challenging Islamophobia in the workplace
On 21 March 2020, for UN Anti Racism Day, Stand Up To Racism is organising major marches in London and Glasgow as part of a global #WorldAgainstRacism coordination where demonstrations will take place all over the world, including across the US and Europe where the far right is on the rise. Book your seats on the Oxford coach to the London march online here.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved with any of these campaigns.