Armley Statement – Leeds Stand Up to Racism
We wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those affected by the assault on the Polish man in Armley’s Alliance Street on Friday. The 28 year old man was seriously injured by up to 20 youths. This attack comes as this month commemorates the deaths near Skipton of 7 Polish airmen who died in 1943 resisting the Nazi war machine.
There is an ongoing police investigation regarding the incident and the motives and details are still yet to fully emerge. Some of the media coverage of the incident has been sensationalist and irresponsible. We do not wish to add to the speculation surrounding the incident itself.
However, it is clear that following the incident, particularly in light of the media coverage, many of Leeds’s migrant community feel vulnerable and unwelcome, especially after the attacks in Harlow ending in the tragic death of Arkadiusz “Arek” Jozwik.
We therefore must make it absolutely clear that Leeds is a proud multicultural city and the home of many principled anti-racists. We saw this with last months magnificent Chapeltown Carnival. We see this with the More in Common event 10 days ago in commemoration of the tragic death of Jo Cox MP. We saw this with the recent Black Lives Matters rallies over the summer. We saw this with the amazing generosity shown to the many convoys to the Calais refugee camp. And we have seen this with the large delegations we take every year to the annual Stand up to Racism March in London on UN Anti-Racism Day.
But there is still work to be done. Sadly there has been a rise in reported hate crime in recent months and this must be challenged. The blame lies with the constant scapegoating of immigrants by politicians and the mainstream media. This is why we also have to challenge the hypocrisy of the establishment who peddle hate and then wring their hands when tragic events happen.
We say that migrants are not to blame for the problems we face in Leeds or nationally. Migrants did not cause the global financial crisis, migrants did not cut local government funding to Leeds and migrants did not cut funding to our NHS. These problems were caused by greedy financiers and corrupt politicians.
This is why we are Rallying in Briggate on Saturday 17th September (outside the body shop) from 12.00 in support of Refugees and Migrants. Please join us and support:
Refugees and Migrants are welcome in Leeds.
Statement signed so far by:
Greg Mulholland MP, JUST West Yorkshire, Leeds Hope Not Hate, Amnesty International Leeds, Cllr. David Nagle, Cllr. Alison Lowe, Cllr. Kevin Richie, Cllr. Alice Smart, Cllr. Alex Sobel, Cllr. Patrick Davey, Cllr. Helen Hayden, Cllr. Jane Dowson, Cllr. David Blackburn, Jane Aitchison (President Leeds Trades Union Council), Leeds Green Party, Asgar Khan (CWU Amal No 1 BranchPolitical Officer), Dave Williams (FBU Brigade Secretary West Yorks), Ian Stephenson (Yorkshire Regional Sec. NUT), Louise Regan (Senior Vice President NUT), Sally Kincaid (Wakefield NUT Divisional Secretary), Brian Mulvey (Vice-President Leeds Trades Union Council), Patrick Murphy (Leeds Div Sec & NUT National Executive), John Davies (Secretary Leeds Trades Council), Lesley McGorrigan (UCU National Executive), Steve Thompson (Leeds Sec. NASUWT), Steve Johnston (Leeds Trades Union Council), Marvina Newton (Black Lives Matter), Dr. Christian Hogsbjerg (University of Leeds), Kevin Pattison (CWU), Ros Campbell (UNITE), Victoria Jaquiss FRSA, Kate Mayer (Secretary, Leeds Stand Up to Racism), Laura Miles (UCU retired), Caroline Thistlethwaite (Unite Community Leeds), Alex Claxton-Mayer (Students Stand up to Racism), Alasdair Beal, Michael Blackwell (UNITE retired), Peter Shaw (UNITE construction), Andy Stafford (UCU Rep. University of Leeds), Stacey Booth (GMB and Armley resident), Patrick Hall (Leeds Trades Council), Paul Belbin, Remi Salisbury (UCU, Leeds University), Grace Roberts (University of Leeds), Ray Brown, Rosanne Marsden, Joe Hughes (Bloc), Leda Prest, Jamal and Karren El Kheir, Karen Renshaw, Stuart Gibson, Ally O’Riordan, Sue Mills, Dr. Sarah Waters (University of Leeds), Helen Barnes, Gogliola Sulis, Prof Cecile De Cat, Dr Richard Hibbitt (University of Leeds), Juan Munoz-Lopez, Toby Chelms (Youth Anthems), Sheila Hall, Kauser Jan (Ass Head Bankside PS), Ann Callarman, Andy Lee (Central Sec CWU), Mike Davies (Chair, Alliance for Green Socialism), Warren Smith, Gill Scott, Stephanie Evans (Armley Resident), Dr Rasha Soliman (University of Leeds), Olivia Santovetti (University of Leeds), Umit Yadiz, Mary Black (We are Wakefield), Simon Brett (Branch Sec Revenue 7 Customs (pc)), Dr David Pattinson (Leeds University), Dr David Frier (Leeds University), Dr Rashry Soliman (Leeds University), Dr Barry Heselwood (Leeds University), Prof Richard Cleminson (Leeds University), Dr Elizabeth Pender (Leeds University), Dr Owen Hodgkinson (Leeds University), Alexandra Francis, (artist). Rosie Atkins, Susan Talbot (Social Work Activist Network), John McDermott (Social Work Activist Network), Nicola Pullan, Catherine Davies, Jo James (Mill Hill Chapel), Simone Lomartire, Dr Robert J Miles, Kelli Zezulka, David Zezulka, Dr Elizabeth Pender (University of Leeds), Hannah Rossmorris, Charles Stones, Sequoyah De Souza Vigneswaren, Maddy Andrew, John Coleman, Leeds Unite Against Fascism, Diane Buoke, GMB, Georgina Baker, NHS, M Ryan, Launer Lewn Manor, Green Party, Rebecca Jarman, Aiden Chelinski, Jo Holohan, Adele Beam, Mary Armitage, C Wood, Mihnea Tudor Conteanu, Robert King, Sue Ashdown, Nicola Chapman, Sally Lusworth, Mick Ward, Pauline Neal, Nichola Samson, Jihash Pata, Liz Hubbard, C Bond, K McArthur, K Papaioannoce, L Mortimer, S Burn, Rebecca Shoemaker, Ben Brown, Charlotte Howcroft, Becki Howcroft, Emily O’Brien, Albert Chelinski, Lea Benge, Ash Woodham, Pablo Kent, Athina Arampatu, Richard Horner, Molly Horner, Holly Pooley, Louis Ward, Leoni Sinater-David, Drusila Long, Unison, Pauline Bailey, Unison, Lin Newton, Unison,Rachel Wall, Ginnette Clark, Jane Turner, Mic Tyler, Cate Temple, Georgette Lutterworth, Helen Nuttall, Jemma Stern, Dorothy Drayton, Jess Dine, Robyn Summer, Henry Grant, Lee Duce, Dr Jim House (University of Leeds),
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