|Anti racists get #WorldAgainstRacism
#NoRacismNoFascism trending on
Twitter in day of mobilisation as
statues of slave traders are ‘sacked’
Highlighting UN Anti Racism Day international day of protest on 20 March
Today marked a ‘day of mobilisation’ by Stand Up To Racism and the TUC, with #WorldAgainstRacism and #NoRacismNoFascism trending number 3 on Twitter UK Politics.
Twelve trade unions – NEU, PCS, CWU, RMT, GMB, TSSA, ASLEF, BFAWU, EIS, Unite, Unison, and the Musician’s Union – and a whole host of anti racist activists, campaigners and local groups from all across Britain took to social media to build awareness and support for the 20 March UN Anti Racism Day of international coordinated protests, actions and online link up and solidarity.
The day kicked off with Stand Up To Racism Glasgow activists making national news in their #SackTheSlavers action that saw three statues of men who profited from the slave trade and colonial repression “sacked” with giant cloth sacks, and anti racists, safely socially distanced, taking the knee and putting up #BlackLivesMatter and other anti racist slogans.
Around the country, other actions included postal workers and NHS workers gathering, safely socially distanced, in their workplaces in uniform to stand with the day of mobilisation.
In Bristol, Stand Up To Racism activists held a safely distanced banner unveil at the empty plinth where Coleston’s statue was removed.
In the wake of Priti Patel’s heinous attack on the Black Lives Matter movement, describing it as “dreadful” and deriding the #TakeTheKnee campaign, today’s day of mobilisation, and the fact that it was taken up so widely, was a clear rebuttal and a sign of the anti racist majority that we must mobilise to overcome the threat of racism, and stop the attempts by the far right and fascist forces to grow amidst the crisis.
Stand Up To Racism encourages anti racists to join, get involved in their local groups, and support the 20 March global day of protest.
Join Stand Up To Racism here
Get involved – email us at email@example.com to find your nearest local group
In a workplace or trade union? Book up now for our trade union conference held jointly with the TUC on 27 February (online), From Covid19 to #BlackLivesMatter – Fighting for Anti Racist Workplaces: book your place here
Get organised now for the global day of protest on 20 March – see resources, and details of what you can do to get involved and promote it here
Weyman Bennett, co convenor Stand Up To Racism, said
“In words that could have come from various far right figures, Priti Patel’s rhetoric is both insulting and dangerous.
“It is particularly galling from a party that had covered up racism within in it’s own ranks. Johnson, calling Black people picanninies, watermelon smiles, and muslim women looking like bank robbers, which she has made no comment on.
“The powerful Black Lives Matter movement that erupted in rage at the murder of George Floyd and reverberated around the globe shows the scale of anti racism and potential for a mass anti racist movement that can turn the tide.
“On 20 March, the global day of protest for UN Anti Racism Day is a crucial day of solidarity that can help grow the anti racist movement everywhere.”
Ruby Hirsch, from Glasgow Stand Up To Racism, said
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