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The 40th anniversary of Rock Against Racism features on the cover of the September-October 2016 issue of Unity magazine, produced by UAF with the National Union of Teachers.
Student Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) aims to bring together students who want to confront racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
These demonstrations were about more than just solidarity with America’s black population. They were also about highlighting issues such as Stop and Search and deaths in police custody which disproportionately affect the black communities of Britain.
More than 200 local people demonstrated after a suspected racist attack in the town of Harlow in Essex in late August. Stand Up to Racism called the protest. Polish migrant Arkadiusz “Arek” Jozwik, a resident of the town, died from head injuries after he and a friend were attacked by a group of people on 27 August. The police told relatives that the attack started after the men were heard to speak Polish. Police arrested six teenagers on suspicion of taking part in the attack. They have been released on police bail.
The recent death of former professional footballer Dalian Atkinson has again highlighted the dangers of the increasing use of Tasers by police, particularly among black communities.
In these uncertain times it is vital that schools are safe places for all children and young people, free from the racism and negative language or attitudes which lead to bullying. Teachers should be congratulated for creating a culture and ethos that challenges harmful behaviour and ensures all parents and pupils are welcome and safe in school.