January 21, 2021
From Stand Up To Racism (UK)

This government’s handling of the pandemic has been nothing short of disastrous and the outlook is clearly deteriorating once more. There has been a steadfast refusal to learn from the success of other countries in suppressing the virus.

Instead, we have one of the worst death tolls in the world on a per capita basis. The attempt to ‘put the economy first’ has also been an unmitigated disaster as hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs and international forecasters forecast that we will also have the worst economic slump of any major economy.

There is already a huge toll in terms of lives, livelihoods, living standards and in every aspect of social life. The burden of the pandemic has been borne extremely unevenly, with Black and Asian people, disabled people and the elderly and poorer communities all suffering badly.

The demand from the Zero Covid Coalition is that the government adopt a Zero Covid strategy, learning from the great success it has had in in other countries.

To do this, they are uniting all those who want more effective action from the government.

Join the meeting to hear from a broad range of speakers, from political leaders at local and national level from a range of parties, to trade unions, campaigners, senior medical and scientific professionals and representative bodies.

Confirmed Speakers:

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Diane Abbott MP

Howard Beckett , Unite the Union

Richard Burgon MP

Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Ben Chacko, editor of the Morning Star

Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet.

Jo Grady UCU

Dr Coral Jones – Doctor’s in Unite + Socialist Health Association (London)

Keith Venables Health Campaigns Together

Lawrence Davies – Belly Mujinga Campaign

Sabby Dhalu – Stand up to Racism

Pascale Robinson – We Own It

Zita Holbourne – PCS and BARAC UK

Ramona McCartney – People’s Assembly Against Assembly

Karen Reissmann – People before Profit

Fire Brigade Union

Dr Emma Runswick – Zero Covid

Sian Errington – Arise

Sonali Bhattacharya – Momentum

Larissa Kennedy – National Union of Students

Source: Standuptoracism.org.uk