Oxford Town Hall 7p.m.
- Roger McKenzie - UNISON Assistant General Secretary
- UCU striker
- Becky Boumelha – Oxford Labour BAME
- Weyman Bennett – Co-convenor Stand Up To Racism
- Jess Derwent – Reporting back on recent Calais refugee trip
- Cheryl Briggs - joint Chair Oxfordshire Green Party
We are facing a massive rise in racism in Britain and across the globe. Migrants and refugees are being scapegoated for the effects of austerity, while EU nationals are used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations.
The whipping up of anti-Muslim hysteria in the press has led to a dramatic rise in Islamophobic attacks in the wake of terror attacks in London and Manchester, with visible Muslim women the primary target.
Rampant institutional racism is being felt through a spate of deaths in police custody, the tragedy at Grenfell and systematic discrimination in employment and Housing.
Trump’s Muslim ban, his racist ‘wall’ project and equivocation over white supremacist and fascist marches have led to a climate of racism and fear across the US. Theresa May is endorsing Trump's bigotry by hosting a state visit for him later this year.
Meanwhile In Europe, the rise of the Freedom Party in Austria, Front National in France and AfD in Germany are signs of a resurgence of the far right which requires a serious and coordinated effort to turn back.
If we are to defeat the rise of racism, we need a united movement of everyone who opposes it. Join us in discussing how we can confront the rise in racism and hopw we can mobilise the biggst numbers for the national March Against Racism on March17 when people across Europe will be standing up to racism and fascism.
Free entry (best to book though - see below)
7 pm - 10.30pm East Oxford Community Centre
Organised by UNISON County branch and Oxford Love Music Hate Racism with support from Oxfordshire UNISON Health branch
Wheelchair access/All welcome/
Booking recommended by Saturday 10 March.
Contact: Debbie Hollingsworth
This demonstration will take place on UN anti-racism and is part of an international response to mainstream politicians and far right groups stoking racism for political ends. Oxfordshire UNISON Health branch has already booked one coach to go and there will be more.
Last year we 30,000 people marched against racism in London, alongside tens of thousands more in Glasgow, Cardiff, and across Europe. This year we'll be joined by anti-racists in the US protesting against Trump's racism. Join us to put pressure on our government to stop the racist scapegoating that is driving up racist attacks and making it easier for the far right to organise. Book your free seat online here.