We say that the fascist Tommy Robinson is not welcome in Leeds ever again – please sign this petition and spread the word!
Sunday 5 August – Leeds Pride – Join Leeds Stand Up to Racism and LGBT+ Against Islamophobia at Leeds Pride – join us to say ‘no to Islamophobia, no to homophobia, refugees welcome!’ Meet 11am Leeds City Museum steps, Millennium Square
Saturday 25 August – York Stand Up to Racism Protest against UKIP and the DFLA in York – assemble 11am Parliament Square York
Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August – Leeds Black Music Festival and Leeds West Indian Carnival, Potternewton Park – we have a Stand Up to Racism stall and will be selling Love Music Hate Racism T-shirts – come and find us and help out for an hour or so if possible- contact us on fb for more info.
Tuesday 4 September – Leeds Stand Up to Racism forum – how do we stop the rise of the racist and fascist right?
4 September – 6.30pm, The Rosebowl, Portland Crescent LS1 3HB – all welcome
22 September – Birmingham Stand Up to Racism Protest at UKIP’s national conference –
Saturday 20 October – Stand Up to Racism International Conference, London
Leeds SUTR have organised some transport down – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info – and there is a model motion for trade union branches here:
Tommy Robinson supporters intimidate a Unite member on the 14 July in London
In London on 14 July some 6,000 racist and fascist supporters of Trump and Tommy Robinson rallied – and were met with a 3,000 strong counter-protest organised by Stand Up to Racism and Unite Against Fascism. After the far-right “Free Tommy Robinson” demonstration heard a range of Islamophobic speakers spread anti-Muslim bile in Whitehall, Trump and Robinson supporters went on the rampage, harassing a Muslim woman bus driver and attacking a senior trade unionist, Steve Hedley, deputy general secretary of the RMT, who had spoken on the anti-racist counter-demonstration. At our meeting following this attack, Leeds Stand Up to Racism sends the following message of solidarity to Steve Hedley:
‘Leeds Stand Up to Racism sends solidarity greetings to Steve Hedley, deputy general secretary of the RMT union, and other RMT activists who were violently attacked by fascists after protesting against a mobilisation of Tommy Robinson supporters. Those Tommy Robinson supporters also intimidated a Muslim woman driving a bus in London, among others on the day. In Leeds we have seen what Tommy Robinson supporters mean by ‘free speech’ when a Free Tommy Robinson march on 1 June this year was followed just a few days later by racists arson attacks on a local Mosque and Gurdwara. We also remember the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox by a fascist in 2016. Whenever racists and fascists mobilise on the streets to whip up hatred and peddle their hate speech, violence and racist attacks inevitably follow – and the unprovoked attack on the RMT leadership shows clearly that their targets include trade unionists and labour movement activists as well as those from minority faith communities. We pledge to stand together and redouble our efforts to build the kind of mass movement that can turn the tide on the racists and fascists.’
If June was a dark month for Leeds, with two mobilisations of hundreds of racist and fascist supporters of jailed fascist Tommy Robinson in the city, and a local mosque and Sikh temple firebombed by racists – July showed clearly what sort of city Leeds really is.
On Saturday 7 July around over 700 anti-racists and anti-fascists took to the streets to massively outnumber 100 or so members of the fascist ‘Yorkshire Patriots’ – for a report of the day see here, while a journalist also reported on the Stand Up to Racism mobilisation on the day here.
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Richard Burgon MP addressing the Stand Up to Racism rally on 7 July in Leeds – Hilary Benn MP also spoke while we recieved a message of support from Fabian Hamilton MP. Other speakers including local trade unionists, members of faith communities and anti-racist campaigners. There was also a great mobilisation by Wakefield Stand Up to Racism on the same day, where 250 anti-racists humiliated about 20 members of the fascist National Front.
On the march in Leeds on 7 July
A few days later there were two rallies against the world’s number one racist Donald Trump in Leeds, organised by the Stand Up to Trump coalition in solidarity with the national ‘Together Against Trump’ protests, which Leeds SUTR were part of – and 50 people also travelled down to London on the Leeds Stand Up to Trump coach.
On 12 July 50 or so people rallied just as Trump flew into the country.
Kauser Jan of Leeds NEU addressing the mass Leeds Against Trump rally on Friday 13 July in Leeds – 1,500 people marched around Leeds that evening – while 250,000 rallied in London and thousands took to the streets up and down the country
Part of the mass march in Leeds on 13 July against Trump – ‘this is what democracy looks like!’
The protest on 7 July in Leeds and the mass Trump protests both locally and nationally show the potential to build a mass united anti-racist movement that can turn the tide back against the racist offensive coming from the top of society – from the likes of Trump and also May, responsible for the ‘hostile environment’ policy which led to the Windrush scandal – and also the fascists like Tommy Robinson who are emboldened by Trump and May who are trying to build a street movement in Britain. If you want to help us build such a movement in Leeds please get in touch with us – and join Stand Up to Racism nationally here.