Monthly Archives: April 2017

Keep Racism out of the Election

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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:

http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/keep-racism-general-election/

Anti-racists condemn UKIP for manifesto pledge to ban the burka
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has announced that his party will campaign to ban the burka. Campaign group Stand Up to Racism have condemned the move, stating that this confirms that Ukip is determined to inject even more racist poison into the election debates.
News also came today that a Ukip council candidate in Scotland has called for the guillotine, castration and flogging to be used as forms of punishment.
Sabby Dhalu, Stand Up To Racism Co-Convenor said:
“In France the restrictions on what women can wear helped to fuel the racist atmosphere that boosted Marine Le Pen. We hope that all election candidates will sign our pledge to keep racism out of the election.”
Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism said:
“Ukip is thrashing around for a way out of its crisis and, as usual it is looking for scapegoats. This campaign will mean more attacks on Muslims – in particular Muslim women – and more hatred and division”
Leeds Stand Up to Racism Activist Meeting
Tuesday 6 June – 6.30pm Leeds UNISON, Woodhouse Lane (opp Fenton) – all welcome

 

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 sutrleeds@gmail.com @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:

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Standing united against racism

The last couple of weeks have been busy ones for Leeds Stand Up to Racism, as can be seen from the activity we have helped to organise below – but we need to build a stronger anti-racist movement in Leeds for the challenges ahead – please see the upcoming events below and get involved!

On the 30,000 strong national March against Racism on 18 March in London

Leeds Unity vigil on Friday 24 March co-organised by Leeds SUTR jointly with MEND in Leeds after the Westminster attacks that week.   

On the magnificent Yorkshire March to Fund the NHS on Saturday 1 April 

Where next? Some upcoming events

Leeds Stand Up to Racism meeting – all welcome – Tuesday 4 April, 6.30pm, Leeds UNISON offices, Woodhouse Lane (opposite Fenton) – get involved in helping build the anti-racist movement

Leeds Stand Up to Trump meeting hosted by Leeds Coalition Against the War – Wednesday 5 April, 7pm Leeds Civic Hall all welcome – get ready to help build the biggest protest in British history!

Saturday 29 April – Leeds Stand Up to Racism stall at Leeds TUC May Day march – meet 11am Victoria Gardens, Leeds City Art Gallery.


Leeds Stand Up to Racism meeting
 – Tuesday 9 May – 6.30pm, Leeds UNISON offices, Woodhouse Lane (opposite Fenton)

Plus:

 Please sign the statement demanding full rights for EU nationals post-Brexit 

As Theresa May invokes Article 50 the Tories are attempting to use the future of EU migrants as a bargaining chip and attack their rights.

EU migrants are a crucial part of the fabric of society – contributing significantly to the economy, and staffing crucial public services. We need to unite in defending their rights to stay.

Please sign and share our statement demanding full rights for EU nationals here