Rally and Demo marking UN #Anti-Racism Day

The rally and demo called for 22nd March by UAF and the TUC, supported by many unions, community organisations, migrant and muslim organisations will be the biggest anti-racist event for many years.

See below for UAF statement. For further information go to: www.standuptoracism.org.uk

Islington UAF is organising for this event and we hope that you will join us on the day and help us build support for the event. On the day there will be a parade celebrating diversity, multiculturalism and the contribution of immigrants to our communities. It will be child-friendly and, we hope, noisy and colourful.
Before the event Islington UAF will be doing a number of things:

Friday 7th. March: leafleting at Finsbury Park.

  • 12.45 Meet Finsbury Park mosque (St Thomas Street)
  • 5.00 Meet Finsbury Park Tube (Bus station exit  at Seven Sisters side)

We also hope to organise leafleting at other local tube stations. Any volunteers?
Saturday 15th. March: demo and leafleting Chapel Market

  • 12 noon Meet Angel Tube

There are also events in Hackney:

  • Cavalcade to build M22 assembling at 11.00am on Saturday 1st March 2014. Starts from Car Park at Topps Tiles, 92 Stamford Hill, London N16 6XS (opposite the Morrison’s)
  • Public Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at the Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, E5 0PU with Diane Abbott MP, Weyman Bennett (Unite Against Fascism) and Billy Hayes (general secretary Communication Workers Union)

Please join us and help to make March 22nd. a big step forward in the fight against Racism and Fascism.
If you would like leaflets please contact us.
Richard Kirkwood
Co-Chair Islington UAF

Rally and Demo marking UN Anti-Racism Day
11am, Saturday 22nd March 2014
Parade from the Mandela Statue in Parliament to rally at Trafalgar Square

A day of action against racism has been called for across Europe to coincide with the marking of UN Anti-Racism Day in 2014, with eyes on the European elections in May.

Already in most European countries parties of the right, centre and even the traditional left are allowing the terrain of these elections to be dominated by racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and the scapegoating of minorities – Muslims, immigrants, Roma, Black and Asian communities.

Across Europe the fascist and populist racist right are on the rise. From the violent Golden Dawn in Greece, the anti-Roma Jobbik in Hungary, the Islamophobic Freedom Party of Geert Wilders in the Netherlands to the success of the Front National in France, these currents are encouraging hatred, fear and prejudice in a frightening wave across the continent.

In Britain the far right is hoping for gains in the Euro elections. The British National Party (BNP) is seeking the re-election of Nick Griffin in the North West and Andrew Brons is seeking re-election in Yorkshire and the Humber. The mainstream political parties look set to capitulate to UKIP in their calls for draconian ‘anti-immigration’ policies and promoting a ‘Little Englander’ anti-foreign, anti-Europe mentality.

The ‘go-home’ vans sent out by the Home Office over the summer are a sign of things to come. Hostility is already being stirred up towards Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers who will be able to work here from January.

Such campaigns simply whip up racism in general and induce a ‘blame game’ for falling living standards and squeezed incomes that falls on visible minorities in stepped up discrimination, institutional racism, abuse and violence.

This all encourages currents like the English Defence League, which turn their Islamophobic prejudices into real attempts to terrorise the Muslim population – attacking Mosques, assaulting veiled women, insulting religious sensitivities with vile slogans and throwing pigs’ heads, and organising intimidating marches into Muslim communities.

Following the rising violence of Golden Dawn and the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, (also known as Killah P), the Greek anti-fascist and anti-racist movement has proposed that next year’s UN Day Against Race Discrimination on March 21/22 should be the focus for actions against racism and fascism across Europe.

While there is a real threat that openly racist parties may win the 2014 Euro-elections in some countries, this can be prevented by the widest possible unity against them and the mobilisation of the broadest progressive forces.

Unite Against Fascism has therefore initiated this call for a demonstration and rally to Stand Up to Racism in London on Saturday 22nd March. We endorse this proposal and call on all those of goodwill to join us in a riposte to the rise of racism, to show that migrants are welcome and demonstrate our confidence in a future free of scapegoating and hatred.

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