Donald Trump, the Republican Presidential candidate who ran the most racist election campaign in generations has been elected President of the United States.
As well as calling on a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US, Trump has a long history of racist outbursts. He has said ‘laziness is a trait in blacks’, described Mexican immigrants as ‘criminals’ and ‘rapists’, and condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter activist at one of his rallies.
He has also said women should be “punished” for having abortions, and chillingly sought to downplay the severity of sexual violence, dismissing boasts of sexually assaulting women as ‘locker room talk’.
The effects of a Trump presidency is set to be felt all over the world as racism and sexism is normalised through the voice of one of the most powerful and visible figures in the world.
Meanwhile here, amid a vitriolic atmosphere of anti-migrant hysteria following the EU referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017 in order to “have the freedom to choose the way we control immigration”. In a situation where migrants, Muslim women and anyone considered to be ‘foreign’ are being attacked on a daily basis and refugees are being abandoned by Britain and Europe to destitution, drowning and exploitation, there has never been a more important time in recent history to stand up to racism.
Leeds No to Trump – No to Racism Protest – Saturday 12 November, 1pm, Dortmund Square (called by Momentum – https://www.facebook.com/events/782474395224940/ )
Some upcoming events / dates for diary
Leeds Stand Up to Racism meet the first Tuesday every month at 6.30pm, Leeds UNISON, 160a Woodhouse Lane (opposite the Fenton) – next meeting Tuesday 6 December – all welcome. Leeds Students’ Stand Up to Racism also have regular meetings.
Winter aid day of action for Calais Refugees – Saturday 10 December 2016
We plan to have an action at 12noon outside the Bodyshop on Briggate that day with a ‘Santa’ theme and also hopefully a gig that evening to raise money.
Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January 2017 – Never again! More than six million Jewish people and millions of others were killed by the Nazis. We are planning an event for this day
SUTR Trade Union Conference/Unite Against Fascism Annual Conference – February 2017 Conference aimed at Trade unionists and local groups to mobilise for 18th March demonstration and plan national antiracist activity in the trade union movement.
One Day Without Us – 20 February 2017 – Migrant Workers strike and solidarity day
UN Anti-Racism Day – Saturday 18 March 2017 – National demonstration organised by Stand Up to Racism and the TUC in London –
In Leeds we are planning to once again organise coaches down to make this Anti-Racism Day demonstration the biggest yet, to show that Theresa May does not speak for us when she blames migrants and refugees for the problems cause by austerity and the financial crisis, and that we are united against racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org @SUTRLeeds
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