Monthly Archives: April 2018

Protest against the FLA in Manchester

On Saturday 19 May, the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) has said they will demonstrate in Manchester. They want to exploit the anniversary of the tragic bombings at Manchester Arena.  The FLA claims it is an organisation of football fans, yet they’ve called their protest on the same day as the FA Cup Final and the Royal Wedding!

We believe there is a real danger that the event could open the door to far right groups, that want to promote racism and Islamophobia.  The FLA linked up with an Islamophobic group, Veterans Against Terrorism (VAT), for a march in Edinburgh in November 2017. The FLA claims to be against all extremism but in recent months it has had far right speakers on its platforms and promoted Islamophobic events such as an intimidating march by far right extremists against the East London mosque in Tower Hamlets.  As exposed in the Observer newspaper, far from opposing extremism the FLA’s closed Facebook page continually sees racist and Islamophobic posts, also posts targeting the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott in the wake of concerns she raised about the group.

We call on all people of good will to stand together in Manchester against all forms of racism and Islamophobia.  We believe that football is for all, women and men, black and white, LGBT and straight, people of all religions and none.  Stand Up to Racism will be working on 19 May to ensure that there is the biggest possible mobilisation to bring a message of unity and opposition to racism and Islamophobia onto the streets of Manchester.

Join the counter-protest – 11am, St Peters Square [note new location], Manchester, Saturday 19 May

fb event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2001642030103263/

In Leeds we have organised transport for people to go over on 19 May – please book your ticket on the coach which leaves West Yorks Playhouse at 8.30am – tickets £10/£5 via this eventbrite here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/manchester-demo-dont-let-the-racists-divide-us-oppose-the-fla-leeds-transport-tickets-45842754914

Other events

Keep Racism out of the local election – we are holding stalls in the run up to local elections to say keep racism out of the election – contact us for more details.

Saturday 5 May – Leeds May Day rally organised by the TUC – Leeds Stand Up to Racism will have a stall as usual meet 11am Leeds city art gallery on Headrow.

 

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Join the Migrants Make Our NHS bloc on Saturday 14 April in Leeds

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As well as privatisation, cuts and closures, there is a major threat facing the existence of the NHS.

The government is pursuing a hardline anti-immigrant agenda, targeting the right of people born abroad to live work in the UK.

Not only did migrants help build the NHS, but the NHS would not be able to function day to day without the thousands of staff from the EU and around the world that work every day to save people’s lives.

Join us on Saturday 14 April on the Leeds March for the NHS to send a message to Theresa May, Jeremy Hunt and Amber Rudd that we need our NHS and the people who make it work!

Satuday 14 April – Leeds Keep Our NHS Public March for the NHS – 11.30 am Leeds Art Gallery – Victoria Gardens – Stand Up to Racism with have a bloc on this to challenge racist lies about the NHS crisis and saying ‘Migrants make our NHS’ – meet 11.15 Leeds City Art Gallery – fb event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/251661758712928/

The NHS is in crisis. The press and politicians tell us it’s migrants who are to blame. We’re told that ‘health tourism’ and immigrants are draining the NHS. The reality is it’s Tory cuts and austerity that have decimated our health service. Migrants make the NHS. Since its inception, migrant workers have played a crucial role in the health service as doctors, workers, nurses, cleaners and more.

Action meeting 

Tuesday 10 April. 6.30pm, Laidlaw library cafe, Woodhouse Lane – Next Leeds Stand Up to Racism action meeting – all welcome
https://www.facebook.com/events/128531991321894/