17 March | London | March Against Racism - UN Anti Racism Day
March Against Racism - UN Anti Racism Day
Sat 17 March | 12:00
ASSEMBLE 12noon BBC Portland Place - nearest tube Oxford Circus - March to Whitehall
• Diane Abbott MP on the anti-racist alternative to the Tories’ damaging approach to migrants & refugees
• Gary Younge on Trump and the rise of the racist right
• Emma Dent Coad MP for Kensington, on why #Grenfell survivors need housing and justice now
• Claude Moraes MEP on the serious threat of the far-right in Europe
• Sally Hunt, TUC President, on trade unions challenging racism
• Kevin Courtney NEU Joint Gen Sec, on the vital role migrants play in the education system
• Roger McKenzie – UNISON Ass Gen Sec on defending the rights of migrant workers in public services
• Myriam Kane, NUS NEC on the role of students in the struggle against racism
• David Rosenberg, Jewish Socialist Group on the need for unity against racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism & the far right
• Talha Ahmad, Muslim Council of Britain on the shocking rise of Islamophobic hate crime
• Shahrar Ali, Green Party Home Affairs Spokesperson
• Gerry Gable, Searchlight Magazine
• Friends of the Earth speaker
• Sabby Dhalu & Weyman Bennett, Co-Convenors, Stand Up To Racism on building a powerful movement against racism
No To #Islamophobia & #AntiSemitism • #EUMigrantsHereToStay • Justice for #Grenfell • #BlackLivesMatter • #StandUpToTrump
Donald Trump's racist agenda is emboldening a vicous far-right, and Theresa May has announced he will be coming to Britain later this year. This event is a major opportunity to tell the government that Trump's racism is not welcome here.
In Britain, migrants and refugees are being scapegoated for the effects of austerity, while EU nationals are used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations.
The whipping up of anti-Muslim hysteria in the press has led to a dramatic rise in Islamophobic attacks in the wake of terror attacks in London and Manchester, with visible Muslim women the primary target.
Rampant institutional racism is being felt through a spate of deaths in police custody, the tragedy at Grenfell and systematic discrimination in employment and Hosuing.
Meanwhile In Europe, the rise of the Freedom Party in Austria, Front National in France and AfD in Germany are signs of a resurgence of the far right which requires a serious and coordinated effort to turn back.
If we are to defeat the rise of racism, we need a united movement of everyone who opposes it. The #MarchAgainstRacism is a chance to bring that movement together and show that we will not be silent. In the face of this historic challenge we need to make 2018’s march the biggest yet.
WHO ELSE WILL BE MARCHING?
As well as London, Cardiff and Glasgow, cities across Europe and the US will be taking to the streets. Last year demonstrations took place in Paris, Berlin, Athens, Amsterdam and Vienna to name just a few, and next year even more cities are set to join in, including a march in the US.
WHAT IS UN ANTI-RACISM DAY?
The UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was inaugurated in 1966 to commemorate the 1960 Sharpeville massacre which saw 69 anti-apartheid protestors killed and 178 wounded for taking to the streets against the regime’s racist pass laws.
In commemorating the massacre, the UN General Assembly called on all world states and organizations to participate in a program of action to combat racism and racial discrimination.