Wednesday 4 February 2015

Register Now! New speakers for UAF Conference 21 Feb

Unite against racism and fascism UAF national conference
9.30 – 4pm Saturday 21 Feb 2015, TUC Congress House, Great Russell St, London
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road

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Speakers announced:



9am onwards: Registration

10.20–11.30am: Choice of the following four sessions

a) Mobilising against the far right and fascist street movements across Europe

Chair: Weyman Bennett UAF; Christine Bucholz MP Die Linke (Germany); Martin Lynch Black Country UAF; Petros Constantinou KEERFA; Sabby Dhalu UAF

b) War, Torture and Islamophobia – Defend Civil Liberties

Chair: Judith Orr Officer, Stop The War; Speakers: Shahrar Ali Deputy Leader Green Party; Lindsey German Convenor Stop the War; Mohammed Kozbar VP Muslim Association of Britain; Hamja Ahsan Free Talha Ahsan Campaign; Louise Christian Human Rights Lawyer

c) Opposing Austerity, racism and scapegoating immigrants

Chair: Aaron Kiely NUS NEC; Speakers: Jeremy Corbyn MP; Sam Fairbairn People’s Assembly Against Austerity; Mick Burke Economist; Eileen Short Defend Council Housing

d) Never again – 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Chair: Margaret Woods UAF Auschwitz Delegation; Speakers: Gerry Gable Editor Searchlight; Colette Levy Hidden child refugee from Vichy France

11.30–11.45am: Break

11.45am–1pm: Plenary

After Copenhagen, Chapel Hill and Paris attacks:
Uniting Against Islamophobia,
anti-Semitism & Fascism in Europe

Chair: Sabby Dhalu UAF

Speakers: Nasos Iliopoulos Syriza Central Committee (Greece); Marwan Muhammed OSCE; Christine Bucholz Parliamentary Member Die Linke (Germany); Colette Levy Hidden child refugee from Vichy France; Owen Jones Award-winning journalist; Claude Moraes MEP; Victoria Brittain Writer and journalist;Billy Hayes CWU General Secretary; Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary; Weyman Bennett UAF

1–2pm: Lunch

2–3.30pm: Choice of the following four sessions

e) Black lives matter: campaigning against institutional racism

Chair: Brian Richardson UAF; Janet Alder Justice for Christopher Alder; Marcia Rigg Sean Rigg Justice and Change Campaign; Maz Saleem Justice for Mohammed Saleem

f) Keep racism out of the general election – no scapegoating immigrants

Chair: Wilf Sullivan TUC; Zita Holbourne PCS NEC & BARAC; Saira Grant Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Don Flynn Migrant Rights Network; Sabby Dhalu Stand up to Racism

g) Stand up to UKIP

Chair: Denis Fernando Rainbow Coalition Against Racism; Steve Hart Unite the Union; Laurentiu Dumitru Alliance Against Romanian and Bulgarian Discrimination; Jo Cardwell Stand up to UKIP

h) Je ne suis pas Charlie: incitement of hatred and Islamophobia is not freedom of speech

Chair: Phil Turner NUJ; Nadia Henni-Moulai Journalist, author and Huffington Post columnist (France); Azad Ali MEND; Jude Woodward UAF

3.30-4.45pm: Plenary

Celebrate diversity: stand up to racism

Chair: Jude Woodward Assistant Secretary UAF

Diane Abbott MP; Emily Thornberry MP; Ken Livingstone;
Talha Ahmad National Council member, Muslim Council of Britain; Lutfur Rahman Mayor of Tower Hamlets; Petros Constantinou KEERFA (Greece); Francis Duku Show Racism The Red Card; Simon Woolley OBV; Lee Jasper BARAC


Click here to register now:

Registration type
Name of Org. (If delegation)


Black Lives Matter! Challenging racism in the police and beyond

After the Paris shootings: unity against Islamophobia and anti-semitism

Commemorating the Holocaust: the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Freedom of expression versus incitement to racial hatred

Stand up to UKIP: how do we stop UKIP?

The rise of Le Pen and Euro fascism – is this a repeat of the 1930s?

War, torture and Islamophobia

Austerity & economic decline – no to scapegoating immigrants

Stand up to Racism: building the UN Anti-Racism Day demo 21 March 2015

Opposing islamophobia, the EDL and fascist street movements

Celebrate Diversity – Love Music Hate Racism


This year far right and fascist groups advanced across Europe. The whipping up of racism against immigrants, black communities, increased Islamophobia and Antisemitism has been its cutting edge. The racism of UKIP has been mainstreamed and looks set to worsen with major parties launching a war to outbid each other on attacking immigrant rights. The recent cuts to search and rescue operations for refugees in the Mediteranean epitomise how chilling this agenda has become. The revelations of spying on families of those murdered in racist attacks correlates with the injustice felt around the world following the deaths at the hands of the police of Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and other black people in the US.

UAF played a leading role in electorally defeating Nick Griffin in his MEP seat this year but we cannot be complacent. The far right violent EDL continue to target the Muslim community and are mobilising around the country. This conference is a timely opportunity to discuss the way forward for challenging racism and fascism, bringing together the trade unions, faith and black communities, anti-racist and anti-fascist activists, LGBT representatives, students and young people for this major anti racist and anti fascist annual conference.

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