No to scapegoating immigrants, No to Islamophobia, Yes to diversity
Join the rally on Saturday 22 March 2014, 11:00
Join the UN Anti-racism day event -
Assemble at 11:00 in London to march
from Parliament Square to a rally at Trafalgar Square.
Speakers: Diane Abbott MP | Natalie Bennett, Leader, the Green Party | Christine Blower, General Secretary NUT | Jerry Dammers | Zita Holbourne NEC PCS and BARAC | Bruce Kent, VP Pax Christi | Jean Lambert MEP | Max Levitas, Cable Street Veteran | Gloria Mills, National Secretary Equalities, UNISON | Claude Moraes MEP | Farooq Murad, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain | Mohammad Taj, TUC President | Tommy Tomescu Alliance Against Bulgarians and Romanians Discrimination | Ladislav Balaz,, Europe-Roma | Grattan Puxon,, 8th April Movement | Ava Vidal, Comedian | Maurice Wren, Chief Executive, Refugee Council | Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett, Unite Against Fascism
UN anti-racism day
A day of action has been called across Europe on 22 March to coincide with UN Anti-racism Day. With eyes on the European elections in May parties in most countries of the right, centre and even the traditional left are allowing politics and the media to be dominated by racism and xenophobia. Islamophobia and anti-Semitism and the scapegoating of minorities – immigrants, Roma, Black and Asian communities – have become the norm. In Britain the fascist and far right are seeking gains, but there is an even greater immediate threat.
No to scapegoating immigrants
That is the increasing tendency of mainstream political parties to tail-end the right-wing, populist UKIP. They are out-vying each other in calls for draconian ‘anti-immigration’ policies and generally promoting a ‘Little Englander’ anti-foreign, anti-European mentality, most recently seen with the hostility and racism whipped up towards the projected arrival of Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers.
No to Islamophobia
In particular, it has become acceptable to promote fear and hatred of Muslim people and Islam as a religion. This racism creates a climate of Islamophobia, leading directly to more attacks on the Muslim population, including murder and violent attacks on mosques.
Remember Mandela – Yes to diversity
In remembering Nelson Mandela we too should cherish “the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and equal opportunities.” UN Anti-racism Day commemorates the victims of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, when 69 peaceful demonstrators against apartheid were killed by South African police forces.
Many organisations and communities have come together to call for this parade and rally. Join us in rejecting racism and showing that migrants are welcome. Let’s celebrate diversity by expressing our cultures and identities. Let’s demonstrate our confidence in a future free of scapegoating, racism and hatred.
Organised by: Unite Against Fascism, TUC
Sponsored by: CWU, GMB, NASUWT, NUT, PCS, UNISON, Unite
Supported by: MCB, Migrant Rights Network, UCU, NUS, Morning Star
Stand up to racism and fascism