Friday 8 November 2013

Stand up to racism and fascism rally and demo 22 March 2014 marking UN Anti-Racism Day

■ No to scapegoating of immigrants ■ No to Islamophobia ■ Yes to diversity

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


Speakers: Diane Abbott MPJerry Dammers, Mohammad Taj TUC President,  Ava Vidal Comedian

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Visit the Stand up to racism website it has full details of travel to London from around the country, a full list of signatories to the statement and you can download the latest leaflet and poster:


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.

Initial signatories and supporters include: Initial signatories and supporters include:

Diane Abbott MPPeter Hain MP Glenda Jackson MP Ian Lavery MP Jessica Morden MP Toby Perkins MP Emily Thornberry MPJean Lambert MEP Vice President of the European Parliament Anti-Racism Intergroup •Claude Moraes MEPAkel BritainANTARSYA HBAzad Ali ENGAGE Head of Community Development & Engagement • Anas Altikriti CEO The Cordoba Foundation • Associazione Nazionale Partigiani d’Italia (ANPI London branch)Shazia Arshad Enough Coalition • Richard Bagley The Morning Star Editor • Cathy Bayton Chair Dudley General Branch of Unison • Lee BarronMidlands Regional Secretary
Communication Workers Union • Morris Beckman 43 Group Co-Founder •Marissa Begonia Justice for Domestic Workers • Natalie Bennett Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales • Christine Blower NUT General Secretary • Dr Mary Bousted ATL General Secretary • John Campbell Yorkshire UAF • Circolo Radio Londra – Sinistra Ecologia e Libertà UK branchBarbara Cohen Discrimination Law Consultant • Bob Crow RMT General Secretary • Manuel Cortes TSSA General Secretary • Euan Davidson President Aberdeen Liberal Youth • Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre • Cllr Dan De’Ath Plasnewydd •Eddie DempseyRMT Paddington No1 Branch •Dudley Trades Council • Ronnie Draper Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union General Secretary • Abdullah Faliq Islamic Forum of Europe • Jake Ferguson Chief Executive officer Hackney CVS • Liz Fekete Institute of Race Relations Director • Larry Flanagan Educational Institute of Scotland General Secretary • Don Flyn Director Migrant Rights Network • Glyn Ford Labour MEP Candidate South West England & Gibraltar • Edie Friedman Executive Director, Jewish Council for Racial Equality • Gerry Gable Editor Searchlight • Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition Convenor • Alan Gibson Joint Sec. Hackney TUC • Steve Gillan POA General Secretary • Jessica Goldfinch Progressive Jewish Community of East Anglia Frances O’Grady TUC General Secretary • Greece Solidarity CampaignChris Greenwood Founder & Curator, Red Line Artworks •Hackney Refugee Forum Halkevi Kurdish & Turkish Community Centre Dennis Hambridge Global Human Rights Activist • John Hannett USDAW General Secretary • Steve Hart Unite the Union • Billy Hayes CWU General Secretary • Zita Holbourne Black Activists Rising Against The Cuts National Co-Chair / PCS NEC • Kate Hudson CND General Secretary • Sally Hunt UCU General Secretary • Fevzi Hussein Embargoed! Chairperson • Sarah Isal European Network Against Racism Sylvia Ingmire Co-Ordinator / CEO Roma Support Group • Owen Jones Writer and journalist • Chris Keates NASUWT General Secretary • Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary • Bruce Kent VP Pax Christi • Dilowar Khan East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre Executive Director • Aaron Kiely NUS Black Students’ Officer • Mohammed Kozbar British Muslim Initiative • Hugh Lanning Unite Against Fascism Vice Chair • Jon Lansman Left Futures Editor • Lewisham Anti-Racist Action Group Lewisham TUC Max Levitas Cable Street Veteran • Tom Machell Prospect CMD Sector Executive (PC) • Paulette Mengnjo, chair of NCADC – Right To Remain Len McClusky Unite the Union General Secretary • Gloria Mills TUC Race Relations Committee Chair •Lesley Mercer CSP Director of Employment relations and Trade union services • Gay Moon UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) Chair • Rhetta Moran NUJ / Justice for Bolton • Gerry Morrissey BECTU General Secretary • Jock Morris Chair Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees• Movement Against XenophobiaFarooq Murad Muslim Council of Britain Secretary General • Steve Murphy UCATT General Secretary • Rob Murthwaite UCU London Region Equalities Officer {PC} • Middlesex Anti-Racist Action • Canon Barry Naylor Hon President Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (UK)- Chair of Global Council of International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Chris Keates NASUWT General Secretary •  National Union of StudentsGed Nichols Accord General Secretary • ParikiakiCllr Deniz OguzkanliHackney • Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah UK Black Pride Executive Director • Lord Herman OuseleyGlenn Page Plaid Cymru Youth Director of Policy and Campaigns • Palestine Solidarity Campaign Mike Payne GMB Regional Political Officer Wales & South West Region • Peoples Assembly Against Austerity Rex Phillips NASUWT Wales Organiser • Dave Prentis UNISON General Secretary • ProdeftikiCllr Ian Rathbone Hackney • Habib Rahman Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants Chief Executive • Andy Richards Regional Secretary Unite Wales • Refugee Workers Cultural Association Belinda Robertson Regional Womens and Equalities officer Unite Wales • Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary • Linda Shampan Jewish Socialist Group • Leon Silver East London Central Synagogue President & Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum Steering Group Member • Balwinder Rana Sikhs Against The EDL • Varinder Singh The Turban Campaign Director • The Sikh Federation UKLorna Soloman Homerton Hospital And Community services UNISON • Branch Committee, CWU South Central Postal Branch Michelle Stanistreet NUJ General Secretary • Andy Stone NUT Rep, Francis Xavier College • Mohammad Taj TUC President • Union of Cypriots in Britain Martin Sleath UNISON Notts County Jt Branch Secretary • Martin Timpson Merseyside Stop the War • Ava Vidal Stand up Comedian • Rabbi Lee WaxMatt Wrack FBU General Secretary • Mick Whelan ASLEF General Secretary • Maurice Wren The Refugee Council Chief Executive • Salma Yaqoob Weyman Bennett and Sabby Dhalu Unite Against Fascism Joint National Secretaries

email name/position/organisation to to add your name to the list of supporters of the Stand up to racism and fascism statement


So far transport has been booked from the cities below. Please contact the UAF office or your local group to reserve your place or for more details.


• Birmingham: 07534 246158 – Please call for details
• Black Country: Dudley – Leaves from main site – Dudley College – 8am,
• Chesterfield/Matlock – 07423672544 tickets £10/5
• Stourbridge – Leaves from 8.30am at Lye Cross
• Woverhampton –  Leaves from Falklands St Coach  station -8am – • Walsall 07974 131966
• Bristol 07855 139940 – Leaves from Bus Stop on Anchor Rd and from University of the West of England, Frenchay campus
• Coventry – Leaves 8.30am from Coventry Swimming Baths,  Fairfax St – contact 07732 030231 for details
• Cambridge: Contact – Leaves 9.30am,  Queens Rd, The Backs
• Lancaster: 07507 373609
• Leeds: 07900 324479 – Unite/Unison Joint Coach
• Leicester: 07504 299373 – Leaves 8.30am, opp Sainsburys,  Humberstone Gate
• Liverpool: 07507 373609 – Joint Union coach
• Manchester: 07903 586191 – Leaves 6am, Chorlton Bus, opp Bus Station, e mail –
• Norwich: 07717 504 210
• Nottingham: 07834 364529 – Leaves 8am from Theatre Royal, Royal Centre
• Oxford: or 07503169657 or – Leaves 9am from St Giles – Headington – opp Post Office, leaves 9.15am
• Portsmouth: 07954 218281 – Leaves 8.15am From The Head, 8.45am from Northern Rd, Cosham (opp Police Station)
• Sheffield: – 7am from Paternoster Row, City Centre
• Sussex University  – Contact  0777092 3809 for details

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