Le Pen – Never Again! Keep Racism out of the Election here!
Join the Leeds Stand Up to Racism Anti-Racist Bloc on Leeds TUC May Day March to say refugees and migrants welcome in Britain.
Saturday 29 April – meet 11am Victoria Gardens, Leeds City Art Gallery.
The snap election called by Theresa May for 8th June raises the serious prospect of a further rise in racism. Hate crimes soared by 41% following last year’s EU Referendum, and much of the same toxic scapegoating which fueled this rise now threatens to dominate the General Election.
Since the financial crisis, migrants and refugees have repeatedly been blamed for the effects of economic stagnation and austerity. In fact, migrants play an indispensable role in society and the economy, staffing crucial public services and contributing through the tax system.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban, the danger posed by the fascist Front National and Le Pen in France, and a shocking rise in anti-Muslim hate crime fuelled by the far-right and sections of the press here, Islamophobia must also be challenged at every point in this campaign .
There is no place for racism and scapegoating in our political discourse. We call on all political leaders, media outlets, candidates and campaigns to refrain from the scapegoating of migrants and refugees and take responsibility for halting the rise of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
Sign the petition here
For more resources etc please see here:
We will be planning other days and action and events locally to counter racism in the run up to the election – see below – for more info contact us email firstname.lastname@example.org @SUTRLeeds
Edited to add:
Keep Racism Out of the Election Leeds SUTR leafletting and stalls:
Wednesday 10 May – Leeds Train Station
Saturday 13 May – Leeds Briggate
Saturday 20 May – Leeds Briggate
Saturday 3 June – Love Music Hate Racism gig with David Rovics and others – Fox and Newt pub, Burley Road, Leeds as part of wider event organised by Leeds TUC and the Ford-Maguire Society that day: