Stand Up to UKIP

UKIP are holding a meeting in Hove on Tuesday 13th. May, where their two SE MEP candidates are due to appear.

Previous meetings in Brighton & Hove have been met with sizable and vocal protests. Lets make Tuesday no different.

Their meeting is at Ralli Hall, diagonally opposite Hove train station, and we are meeting at 6.30 pm.

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We are deeply concerned by the rising level of support for UKIP, shown in recent elections and opinion polls.

UKIP is a far-right populist party. It is similar to far-right populist parties across Europe — such as Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) in the Netherlands — and the Tea Party movement in the US.

Like these parties, UKIP stirs up racism and reactionary views. It scapegoats immigrants, blaming them for the economic crisis, unemployment and lack of housing.

UKIP has also targeted Muslims, LGBT people and other minority communities. It attacks our multicultural society.

It encourages a racist and reactionary current of public opinion that threatens black and Asian people, Jewish people, Eastern Europeans, LGBT people and others.

The problems we confront are not due to immigration, our multicultural society, equal rights, or the influence of supposedly ‘alien’ ideas or culture.

The bankers and their rich City friends are to blame for the economic crisis and austerity. Creating division and hatred in our communities will make life worse for everyone.

We believe people of goodwill must come together to stand up to UKIP and say no to its racism and reactionary ideas — regardless of our differing views on Europe or other political issues.

If we do not, there is a danger that UKIP will grow in influence. This will give increasing legitimacy to its racist scapegoating, which in turn will have an impact on mainstream politics.

Such a climate of racist and reactionary ideas also creates a fertile breeding ground for fascist organisations, such as the British National Party and the English Defence League.

We call on all those who reject racism, scapegoating and xenophobic nationalism to join us in campaigning against UKIP. Let’s say no to racism and stand up for our multicultural society.

Brighton Unity Statement against the March for England 2014

ImageLast year, around 1500 Brighton residents from different backgrounds came out in unity to show the racist MfE that they are not welcome in brighton. Below is a Unity Statement against the March For England signed by various Brighton groups and trade unions. We welcome support from all groups and individuals who want to sign up to the statement. To add your organisation just email brighton@uaf.org.uk

Brighton is a brilliant and vibrant city where many people of different cultures, backgrounds, abilities and faiths come together. It has a positive and unique character which its residents enjoy and embrace. Brighton people live here in the knowledge that they will be valued and that the things which make each individual different are celebrated here – not despised. We take great pleasure and pride in being surrounded by humanity in all its exciting diversity.

Because of this it is very saddening to discover that the far right group March for England, which is a division of the violent and racist organisation the English Defence League, is to march in Brighton (on April 27 2014). In previous years, participants in the March for England have made Nazi salutes and shouted homophobic, sexist and racist abuse at passers-by.

When groups like this come to Brighton it is because our multicultural city in all its diversity proves that their own doctrine of hate is wrong, and they want to damage our unity. That is why we stand together: black, white and Asian; people of all faiths and of no faith; trade unionists; people of different political persuasions; University, school and college students; people of all abilities; whatever our sexuality.

In Brighton we all stand together. And when someone tries to threaten our community we must stand together even more firmly and join the counter demonstration on 27th April, meeting at 11.30am at the bottom of West Street.

Caroline Lucas MP

Brighton and Hove Unite Against Fascism

Stop the March for England

Brighton Trades Council

Brighton and Hove Unison

Brighton University UCU

Brighton and Hove NUT

University of Sussex Students Union

Nancy Platts, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven

Dr. Peter Kyle, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hove & Portslade

Purna Sen Labour parliamentary candidate, Brighton Pavilion

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Phélim MacCafferty, Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide

Sussex Partnership Unison branch

Sussex LRC

Councillor Warren Morgan, Labour and Co-operative Councillor for East Brighton, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group

Geoffrey Bowden, Green Party Councillor for Queen’s Park

Ruth Buckley, Green Party Councillor for Goldsmid

Lizzie Deane, Green Party Councillor for St Peter’s and North Laine

Ben Duncan, Green Party Councillor for Queen’s Park

Chris Hawtree, Green Party Parliamentary candidate Hove and Portslade

Rob Jarrett, Green Party Councillor for Goldsmid

Davy Jones, Green Party Parliamentary candidate Brighton Kemptown

Mike Jones, Green Party Councillor for Preston Park

Leo Littman, Green Party Councillor for Preston Park

Lisa Murray, Chair Brighton Hove Green Party

Phélim Mac Cafferty, Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide

Alex Phillips, Green Party Councillor for Goldsmid

Steph Powell, Green Party Councillor for Queen’s Park

Bill Randall, Green Party Councillor for Hanover and Elm Grove

Sven Rufus, Green Party Councillor for Hollingdean and Stanmer

Sue Shanks, Green Party Councillor for Withdean

Ollie Sykes, Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide

Liz Wakefield, Green Party Councillor for Hanover and Elm Grove

Pete West, Green Party Councillor for St Peter’s and North Laine

 

 

M22 UN Anti-racism day

Over 6,000 people crowded into Trafalgar Square on Saturday 22nd March, after a lively and vocal march from Parliament Square, in a fantastic display of solidarity with anti-racist activists across the world.

The London event was part of a day of action called by the UN to coincide with Anti-Racism Day, with demonstrations taking place in over 14 different countries, and was a great example of a united front against all forms of racism and fascism.

A great line up of speakers representing political groups, trade unions and religious groups, together with musicians and other performers created a strong spirit of solidarity and sent a clear message that intolerance and scapegoating will be opposed at every opportunity.  The sunshine and a wonderful atmosphere made for a great day!

The Brighton Unite Against Fascism banner was proudly displayed, alongside hundreds of banners from across the country, by a large Brighton contingent of trade unionist and student activists that travelled to the capital by coach and train. The coach was funded by local trades unions and UAF.  We call on all trade unionists and anti-racists to show the same solidarity on the 27th April and oppose MFE and stand up to their racism here in Brighton. Image

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Holocaust Memorial Day Film Screening of ‘Korkoro’

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5.30pm Monday 27th January 2014 10-11 Pavilion Parade, University of Brighton,

Korkoro, the Romani word for alone, is a highly acclaimed French language film about the little documented Porajmos, Romani Holocaust. Its story of French villagers that aided the escape of a group of Romanis was recorded by Romani historian, Jacques Sigot. French actors are joined by a trans-European cast. The film challenges the recurrent stereotypes “gypsies” and will, hopefully, help us reflect of the theme of the 2014 Holocaust Memorial Day: ‘journeys.’ http://www.hmd.org.uk/resources/theme-papers/take-step-hmd-2014 For more information about the film see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1495823/ Korkoro will be introduced with a short discussion about the persecution and prejudices against migrants, refugees and asylum seekers today.

Holocaust Memorial Day film showing of Korkoro is a joint Brighton University College Union (UCU) , Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Brighton Anti-Fascists event.

 

Day of Action against Fascism Saturday 12 October

Day of Action against Fascism Saturday 12 October

Bradford: Unite Against EDL
Liverpool: March Against Fascism

1. We are Bradford: Unite Against EDL
Saturday 12 October looks set to be a major day of action against fascism. The English Defence League (EDL) has called a demonstration in Bradford. Bradford has one of the largest concentration of Muslim communities in the country and was the scene of riots in 2001, after a growth in fascist activity in the area. In 2010 the last time the EDL targeted Bradford, we showed that it is possible to voice opposition to the EDL in a peaceful and dignified fashion. UAF and We Are Bradford have called a peaceful celebration of multiculturalism on Saturday 12 October.

We are Bradford : Unite Against the EDL
Assemble 11am Urban Gardens, Bradford

2. Liverpool: March Against Fascism

Meanwhile on the same day in Liverpool, UAF is supporting the March Against Fascism called by Unite the Union. Two years ago the EDL violently attacked the Unite the Union regional offices in Liverpool, and last year attacked PCS members whilst on strike in the region. The Euro elections will take place next year and Nick Griffin leader of the British National Party (BNP) is seeking re-election as an MEP in the North West region. We ask all members and supporters in the North West to mobilise for and attend this demonstration.

Don’t let the haters win – join the march against fascism
12:00-20:00 ASSEMBLE POINT: William Brown Street, Liverpool 3 at noon.

More details including coaches and leaflets:
http://www.unitetheunion.org/campaigning/events/march-against-fascism/

EDL not welcome in Tower Hamlets

The fascist English Defence League (EDL) has announced plans to demonstrate in East London on Saturday 7 September.

They have attempted to march in Tower Hamlets three times before. On each occasion trade unions, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, other faith, LGBT communities, local elected politicians and many more stood together and prevented them from entering the borough. Now more than ever it is crucial we stand together again. The EDL is trying to stir up racial hatred following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in May, we must not let them.

Wherever the EDL go attacks on Muslims and other communities occur. In June, a Muswell Hill mosque and community centre was burnt to the ground and ‘EDL’ was found painted on the walls.

In July, three mosques in the West Midlands were subjected to bomb attacks shortly before the fascists mobilised several hundred in Birmingham. We want to show that the EDL and their fascist ideas are not welcome in Tower Hamlets or any other part of London. We need a vibrant demonstration of multi-cultural East London.

Unite Against Fascism is urging all antiracists and antifascists to join a demonstration opposing the EDL on Saturday 7 September 2013. We must stop these racist street thugs from dividing our communities.

Leaflets available from: http://uaf.org.uk/2013/07/edl-not-welcome-in-tower-hamlets/

 

Travel arrangements From Brighton to be posted shortly and/or check B&H unite Against Fascism Facebook page