Monthly Archives: June 2018

Standing Up to Trump in Leeds

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Stand Up to Trump

The warmongering racist sexist bigot US President Donald Trump is set to come to the UK on 12-14 July 2018 – we need to organise to give him the welcome he deserves!

TRUMP TEACH–IN: WHAT MAKES DONALD SO DANGEROUS?

Thursday 5 July 7pm Leeds University Business School – Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre G.02. Organised by Leeds Stand Up to Trump and Leeds University UCU with speakers inc. Prof Richard Seaford (British Committee for the Universities of Palestine) on Trump and Palestine, Kathy Saemian (Iranian activist) on Trump’s war plans for Iran, Prof Gary Dymski (Leeds) on ‘The Contradictions of Trumpean Economics’ and Sam Kirk (Leeds Stand Up to Racism) on Trump’s racism and the growing threat of the international far-right and Dr Diane Nelson (Leeds) on Trump and the environmental crisis.

KEEP LEEDS FASCIST FREE 

Saturday 7 July – Rally and March to Celebrate and Defend Multicultural Leeds – meet 12.30 Leeds in front of Town Hall steps, Headrow, LS1 3AD for more info see here:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/259323607968184/

https://standuptoracism.wordpress.com/2018/06/16/fascist-edl-not-welcome-in-multicultural-leeds/

LEEDS TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP PROTESTS

Thursday 12 July – meet 5pm Leeds City Art Gallery / Victoria Gardens LS1 3AA

https://www.facebook.com/events/465417600585195/

and Friday 13 July – meet 5pm Leeds Dortmund Square off Headrow

https://www.facebook.com/events/194517081187143/

LEEDS COACH FOR LONDON NATIONAL DEMO TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP

Friday 13 July – leaving Leeds 8am – tickets £9-27

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/together-against-trump-protest-13th-july-leeds-coach-tickets-47106090585?aff=efbevent

For more information on above find ‘Leeds Stand Up to Trump’ on fb or twitter @LCAW1

Leeds Stand Up to Trump are also campaigning so that Leeds City Council declares Leeds a Trump free zone – please sign the petition here:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/make-leeds-a-trump-free-zone

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Celebrate and defend multicultural Leeds on Saturday 7 July

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Celebrate and Defend Multicultural Leeds – Don’t Let the Racists Divide Us – Keep Leeds fascist free 

On Saturday 7 July supporters of Tommy Robinson plan to return to Leeds to whip up division and spread racism and Islamophobia. What is left of the fascist EDL will be joined by extremists from other splinter racist and fascist groups.  Join Leeds Stand Up To Racism and Leeds Unite Against Fascism in central Leeds in opposing the politics of hate and fear and to send a message they are not welcome here – meet 12.30pm Leeds Town Hall steps, Headrow LS1 3AD on Saturday 7 July – see the fb event here:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/259323607968184/

This rally and march now has the support of Yorkshire and Humber TUC and many local and regional trade unions.

7th July Flyer Final version

Campaign statement 

Fascist EDL not welcome in multicultural Leeds – Don’t let the racists divide us

The racist and fascist English Defence League (EDL) is getting ready to march through Leeds on Saturday 7 July in support of their jailed ex-leader Tommy Robinson.

On 1 June 3-400 racists and fascists marched through Leeds in defence of Robinson chanting ‘Muslims off our streets’.

Just days later, on 5 June, the Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque and the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara in Beeston were targeted in horrific racist arson attacks.

In response to this, over 150 people joined a ‘Beeston Together for Peace and Unity’ vigil called by local Stand Up to Racism activists in Cross Flatts Park, and then walked to the Mosque and the Gurdwara to show solidarity.

On Saturday 9 June a pro Tommy Robinson demo in London saw around 15,000 far right activists take to the streets.

The demonstration to defend ‘free speech’ saw anti-racists and the police attacked and Robinson supporters giving the Hitler salute in Whitehall.

It is symbolic that the EDL are now planning to march on 7 July in Leeds. It is the anniversary of the terrible tube and bus bombings in London in 2005. In the immediate aftermath racists and fascists tried to exploit the tragedy to whip up racism in Leeds.

The atmosphere created by the far right and Robinson supporters is toxic. Whenever fascists march and mobilise; violence and racism follow in their wake.

Robinson and his supporters have been attempting to build the kind of mass far right street movements that we have seen across much of Europe.

They have been using Islamophobia as a tool to build support, particularly in the wake of the London Bridge and Manchester terrorist attacks.

The last year has seen the growth of the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) and the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA).  They have brought thousands onto the streets. Increasingly they have been linked both to UKIP and also to Tommy Robinson and the fascist right.

We can’t let racists and fascists march through our city without facing mass opposition from the anti-racist majority. We are that majority and we recognise the threat of this resurgent racist and fascist movement on the streets.

We cannot allow Robinson, a violent racist, to become a focus for a new far right street movement.  It is more important than ever that our proudly multicultural and multi faith city continues to stand united and sends the EDL and the DFLA and their supporters a message that they are not welcome here.   We support the mobilisation initiated by Leeds Stand Up To Racism and Leeds Unite Against Fascism of those opposed to racism and fascism on 7 July.

Endorsed by: Richard Burgon MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Justice); Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary; Bill Adams, Yorkshire and Humber TUC regional secretary; Jane Aitchison, President Leeds TUC and Labour Prospective Parliamentary candidate Pudsey; Ikram Butt, former England Rugby League International and founder and CEO of British Asian Rugby Association; Tosh McDonald, President ASLEF; Cllr David Jenkins; Cllr Kevin Ritchie; Leeds Local Government Branch UNISON; Leeds University UCU; West Yorkshire NAPO; Leeds City College UCU; Leeds Hope Not Hate; Racial Justice Network; West Yorkshire MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development); Central and Outer Leeds Green Party; Neil Derrick, Yorkshire and Humber GMB regional secretary, Andrew Aldwinkle and Rachel Dix, GMB Yorkshire regional organisers; Ann Cruse-Stoddart and Mick Hooson, convenor and chair of West Yorkshire NAPO respectively; Simon Elliot on behalf of PCS Yorkshire and Humber regional committee and Marion Lloyd, PCS Yorkshire and regional Chair; Isobella DeMartino, chair, Leeds Coalition Against the War; Leon Fleming, playwright; Marvina Newton, founder of Black Lives Matter Leeds; Karen Reay – Unite Regional Secretary; Nita Sanghera, UCU Vice President; Darren Smith and Daniela Prataviera (Leeds Language Academy); Jennie Appleyard; Jackie Baker, NUT NEC; Andy Bateman, UCU and Counsellor, Mandy Brown, UCU NEC; Lynne Chamberlain, secretary Greenwich and Bexley TUC; Hazel Danson, NUT NEC; James Dean, UNISON, Jess Edwards, NUT NEC, Dr Karen Evans, Laura Jane Fisher, Wakefield NUT Young Teachers; James Fraser-Currie; Dennis Gibbons, Leeds NEU NUT Treasurer;  Sally Harris, UNITE Community; Simon Hewitt, UCU; Mandy Hudson, NUT NEC; Kauser Jan, NEU and assistant headteacher; Steve Johnston, Leeds TUC treasurer; Simon Jones, NUT NEC; Gawain Little, NUT NEC; Gary Kaye, trade union activist and Leeds Utd supporter; Daniel Kebede, NUT NEC; Sally Kincaid, joint secretary of Wakefield and District NEU; Roger King, NUT NEC; Liz Kitching; Martin Knight; Gerry Lavery, Unite Community Leeds and Wakefield (pc); Toby Mallinson, joint secretary of Sheffield and District NEU; Kate Mayer, GMB; Jo McNeill, UCU NEC; Laura Miles, UCU NEC; Brian Mulvey, UNISON; Dave Muritu, UCU NEC; Ian Murch, NUT NEC; Simon Murch, NEU NEC, Patrick Murphy, NUT NEC; David Paine, UCU; Annette Pryce, NUT NEC; Louise Regan, NUT NEC and Past President; Peter Shaw, Leeds TUC and UNITE; Stefan Sims, NUT NEC; Namibia Tobias, teacher; Rebecca Townesend; Waqas Tufail, Leeds Beckett UCU; Jade Unal; Kerry Unal; Nick Wigmore, NUT NEC; Amanda Wignall; and many others.

[To add your name / organisation to this statement please email sutrleeds@gmail.com ]

Beeston stands united against racism

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Many thanks to the over 150 or so people who came today (Sunday 10 June) to support the inspiring Beeston together for peace and unity community vigil organised by Leeds Stand Up to Racism to show solidarity with those targeted by the firebombings of the local mosque and Sikh temple. You can read a report of the vigil and messages of solidarity from a wide range of people from across the local community it got here in South Leeds Life and more images of the vigil on the event facebook page.

The firebombings took place a few days after a march of racists and fascists in support of Tommy Robinson took place in Leeds – see the statement we put out here. In less than a months time the fascist EDL plan to return to Leeds on 7 July in support of their former leader Tommy Robinson – Leeds Stand Up to Racism in conjunction with Unite Against Fascism are organising a counter-protest against them – we cannot allow fascists to run rampage on our streets again leaving racism, violence and terror in their wake. Coming just after about 15,000 fascists took to the streets of London on 9 June – see the report here the need for the kind of unity against racism and fascism on display in Beeston today is critical – we urge people to get in touch with us for more information about how to build the biggest protest possible in Leeds against racism and fascism on Saturday 7 July – we have to organise to turn the slogan ‘¡No pasarán!– they shall not pass’ into a reality.

Fb page for the ‘Fascist EDL not welcome in Leeds’ counterprotest on Saturday 7 July organised by Leeds Stand Up to Racism and Leeds Unite Against Fascism:
https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/259323607968184/

Leeds Stand Up to Racism statement after racist arson attacks in Beeston

Leeds Stand Up to Racism statement after racist arson attacks in Beeston

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Both the mosque and gurdwara in Beeston were attacked with petrol in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday 5 June.  There were people inside both properties at the time. No to the politics of hate behind these attacks – we stand together

We condemn in the strongest terms the recent horrific arson attacks on two places of worship in Beeston – Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque and the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurdwara.

Leeds is a proud multicultural and multi-faith city in which people of all religions and none live happily side by side. The person or persons who carried out this shameful attack represent a tiny fraction of our population and their racist and hate filled ideology and behaviour is not welcome here or anywhere.

We believe unity in the face of such an attack is essential. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Muslim and Sikh brothers and sisters. We represent the anti-racist majority.

But following the scenes on Friday 1 June, where some 350 racists and fascists marched through Leeds city centre in support of the jailed Nazi Tommy Robinson openly chanting ‘Muslims off our streets’, the threat of a resurgent racist and fascist movement on the streets is ever present which is why we urgently need to mobilise the anti-racist majority to confront this new threat from the far right.  On Saturday June 2nd 1,500 ‘Democratic Football Lads Alliance’ supporters marched in Manchester chanting ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ and this Saturday 9 June they are marching in York, Newcastle and London. They are almost certain to return to Leeds again in the future.

The far right in the UK want to imitate the success of movements across Europe by pushing their Islamophobic ideology and portraying themselves as victims.  We are supporting the York Stand Up to Racism counter-protest this Saturday 9 June in York at 11am York Minster to say that racists and fascists marching for Tommy Robinson are not welcome in York or anywhere else – our slogan has to be the traditional anti-fascist slogan born out of the Spanish Civil War – ‘¡No pasarán!– they shall not pass’.

Leeds Stand Up to Racism;  Leeds MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development), Leeds Unite Against Fascism; Leeds Hope not Hate; Leeds Stand Up to Trump; Jane Aitchison (President Leeds TUC and Labour Prospective Parliamentary candidate Pudsey), Councillor Javaid Akhtar, Bill Adams (Yorkshire and Humber TUC regional secretary),  Headingley Green Party, Leeds University UCU branch committee; Penny Wangari-Jones (Racial Justice Network), Sally Kincaid (NEU and Beeston resident), Sue Clegg (Emeritus Professor, Leeds Beckett University), Waqas Tufail (Leeds Beckett UCU), Prof James Dickins (University of Leeds), Prof Steven French (University of Leeds), Prof Malcolm Povey (University of Leeds), Helen Gibson, Joanna Gilmore (UCU), Alaric Hall (UCU), Kate Mayer (GMB), Andrew Stafford (UCU), Qona Wright, Gigliola Sulis, Linda Petty, Melanie Ndzinga, Sam Hollings, Sue Talbot, Rasha Soliman, Maria Hussain, Amanda Barbedette-Green, Bex Cattran, Gabriele Zagel-Millmore, Andy Stafford, Jonathan Saha, Lata Narayanaswamy, Hanem El-Farahaty, Carolyn Edwards, Vivienne Anderson and many others.

If you would like to add your name / organisation to this open statement please email sutrleeds@gmail.com , message us via Facebook ‘Leeds Stand Up To Racism’, or message us on Twitter @SUTRLeeds

Edited to add: There is a Beeston together for peace and unity vigil this Sunday 10 June 2pm Cross Flatts Park to bring together people from all parts of our diverse community in a show of solidarity, peace and unity – please spread the word
https://www.facebook.com/events/187266428659893/

Edited to also add: The fascist EDL (‘English Defence League’) – or what is left of them – together with other fragments of the far right are marching in support of their former fuhrer Tommy Robinson in Leeds on Saturday 7 July – we have to mobilise the greatest numbers in opposition to say they are not welcome in our city –
https://www.facebook.com/events/259323607968184/

Stand Up to Tommy Robinson supporters in York this Saturday 9 June

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On Friday 1 June around 400 people marched in Leeds, shouting support for Tommy Robinson. The slogan ‘Get the Muslims out’ was chanted by sections of the crowd.  Such vile racism shows the reality of those who are getting behind Robinson. His supporters also evade the fact that Robinson pleaded guilty to contempt of court, in Leeds.  The atmosphere whipped up by the far right and Robinson supporters is toxic. A few days after the ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ march in Leeds, a mosque and a Sikh temple in Beeston were attacked in the early hours of Tuesday 5 June in what police say are “hate crimes” – see the Leeds Stand Up to Racism statement  here

Now there is a ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ march in York on Saturday 9 June – join the York Stand Up to Racism counter-protest – Saturday 9 June 11 am York Minster, 1a Chapter House St, YO1 7HH York

Far right supporters of the Nazi Tommy Robinson have planned an event in York after his arrest for contempt of court in Leeds, assembling at the exact time and place of the York annual Pride march and festival starts from. Their bigotry and hatred has no place on our streets, and is totally at odds with York’s status as a city of sanctuary, acceptance and diversity. Please join with us, stand up to their racism and Islamophobia by making this the biggest anti-racist event York has ever seen.

Leeds Stand Up to Racism are organising transport over for this – contact us for more details.  ¡No pasarán!- They Shall Not Pass!

Leeds Justice for Grenfell Solidarity Vigil and Protest

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Thursday 14 June, 5pm Leeds Art Gallery (Victoria Gardens) – organised by Leeds Hands off our Homes with support of West Yorkshire FBU

https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/239465703475382/

On 14th June 2017 a fire tore through Grenfell Tower, a 24 storey council block in West London, home to over 400, mostly poor, tenants. At least 72 people died and over 70 suffered terrible injuries in a completely avoidable tragedy. Grenfell tenants had repeatedly spoken of a ‘disaster waiting to happen’, but warnings fell on deaf ears.

J4G and the Fire Brigades Union is calling on communities all around the country to come together on 14th June in solidarity with the survivors and to highlights the trail of broken promises left by the government:
50% of survivors and displaced families are still in emergency accommodation
300 tower blocks across the country are covered in the dangerous cladding used on Grenfell Tower
Building and Safety regulations are still not fit for purpose
a year on, the public enquiry has only just started
the Hackitt report has failed to ban combustible cladding for future buildings.

Grenfell was an avoidable tragedy created by 30+ years of political decisions to cut, deregulate and privatise across housing and public safety.

It cannot be allowed to happen again.
Never again must profit be placed before the lives of tenants
Tenants’ concerns must be heard, taken seriously and acted on.
Those responsible must be held to account.
Those who suffered must be rehoused permanently within their chosen community.

There must be Justice for Grenfell

On 14th June, please join us as we gather in solidarity with Grenfell survivors and campaigners.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/239465703475382/

Welcoming refugees to our schools and communities – Sat 9 June Wakefield

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Welcoming refugees to our schools and communities

Saturday 9 June, 10am-1.30pm Wakefield Town Hall 

Organised by Wakefield NEU and Wakefield SUTR 
Speakers include: Nola Ellen and Gulwali Passarlay

Nola will provide an introduction to key terminology relating to international new arrival children, the reasons why people flee their home countries and what the journey to safety may involve. It will give a basic overview of the asylum process in the UK.

  • The emotional impact of the pre, trans and post migration experience on children and young people.
  • The specific experiences and needs of refugee children in their own words.
  • The importance of building resilience and protective factors
  • Positive strategies to support refugee children to settle, integrate and reach their potential.
  • Good practice guidance on how to create welcoming and inclusive settings.
  • Information on refugee and related support services for children and families.

The second part of the training session will feature a personal testimonial from Gulwali Passarlay, an influential Afghan refugee who is a published author, TEDx speaker, and active campaigner for refugee children’s rights. Gulwali will share how he survived a terrifying year long journey to safety in Britain where he arrived as an unaccompanied asylum seeking child aged 13. Gulwali will talk about his experience of being age disputed, growing up in the care system, claiming asylum and transitioning into life in the UK. There will be time for participant question and answers with Gulwali.

We will also be launching the National Education Union welcoming refugee children to your school education pack.
There will be opportinities to find out what else you can do to support refugees in UK and abroad.

This course is aimed at: teachers and other school staff, social workers, foster and adoptive parents, youth workers, journalist and any others who work and/or support children and young people and newly arrived communities.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/welcoming-refugees-to-our-schools-and-communities-tickets-42908241706