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No to the (D)FLA

June 4, 2018

NorsCARF members made their way to Manchester on Saturday 19th May and again on Saturday 2nd June to oppose the FLA and the DFLA who claim to be against all extremism but have had far right speakers and been promoted by far right organisations and activists in recent months. They openly promote Islamophobic events. Stephen Christopher Yaxley (better known as ex. EDL leader Tommy Robinson) has attended DFLA demonstrations and was recently given a platform to voice his racist and often Islamophobic views. On Saturday 19th May the number of FLA demonstrators was not above 100 whilst antiracists accounted for approximately 350 counter demonstrators. The FLA were static whilst SUTR, UAF, NorsCARF and many local activists marched along a designated route, waving banners with a clear message NO TO RACISM, NO TO ISLAMOPHOBIA and NO TO THE (D)FLA. On Saturday 2nd June (probably fuelled by the recent arrest of Tommy Robinson) numbers were considerably more for the DFLA, approximately 1,500 to 400 antiracist activists. However, the message was clear and repeated regularly by the various Trade Union speakers,  Labour MPs, SUTR organisers and other ‘invited’ antiracist speakers. NO PASARAN. Against a backdrop of far right growing ambitions the message from both events is that we must ORGANISE and remain steadfast in our belief that we are right. It is crucial that we mobilise and counter the growing threat of this racist movement. The DFLA will be demonstrating in London Saturday 9th June to protest the incarceration of Stephen Yaxley (who is fast becoming their ‘political martyr’) Watch this space!

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No to the FLA

May 6, 2018

Don’t let the racists divide us.  Join the demonstration in Manchester on Saturday 19th May.  Meet at 11 am in Piccadilly Gardens.

Fascist BNP rear their ugly head in Stoke

February 14, 2017

We at NorSCARF thought our days countering the Nazi British National Party (BNP) in Stoke were long gone following our successful campaigning which led to their demise locally.

At their height the BNP had nine councillors on the city council and described Stoke as their “jewel in the crown” but persistent campaigning against their fascist ideology by NorSCARF, with help from amongst others Unite Against Fascism, led to them losing their final five seats in the 2011 elections. See more here.

The demise was compounded the following year when local leader Micheal Coleman was found guilty of racially aggravated alarm, harassment and distress for posts made on his personal website.

The defeat of BNP leader Nick Griffin in the 2014 European Parliament elections led to the almost complete collapse of the party. Griffin was kicked out, and their presence in Stoke completely vanished.

For the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election they have shipped in racist David Furness as their candidate. Fascist Furness, who is from London, is the BNP national press office and stood last year as their candidate to be the London Mayor.

The racism and islamophobia of Furness and current BNP leader Adam Walker is clear for all to see. To launch their  current campaign  Walker posted, alongside praise for fascist parties around Europe, this on their website – “Thanks to the BNP, Mass Immigration is now being recognised by the people for what it is; an orchestrated policy of national destruction by stealth, a genocidal attack on all white people both in the nations of Europe and across the globe, and a facilitator for mass murder, terror and rape.”

As part of Furness’ London mayoral campaign he stated  “I’ve been asked about ‘Islamophobia’ and explained that a ‘phobia’ is an irrational fear. Rational people are genuinely fearful of the hostility, violence and intolerance of Islamic extremists who have no intention of integrating, and are hell-bent on destroying our British way of life.”

We’ve shown it before and we’ll show it again – The fascist BNP are not welcome in Stoke.

 

 

Unity in Stoke – Protest held against UKIP’s hate and division

February 7, 2017

Around 80 anti-racists braved the cold and wet in Hanley last night to join a demonstration, called by NorSCARF, against a rally held by UKIP featuring Nigel Farage and Paul Nuttall at the Victoria Hall.

Earlier that day while on a walk around the centre of Hanley both Farage and Nuttall were greeted and shown what Stoke residents think of their message as they were pelted with eggs.

Despite the deteriorating conditions, protesters gathered to show that Stoke is a united city that will not be divided by those inside who look to use racist rhetoric to spread hate and division.

The protest was drawn to a close following a rousing speech from NorSCARF officer Jason Hill, reminding those in attendance that it was this very same venue that 75 years ago this September, was packed out with local workers to launch the Lidice shall live campaign. They met to donate to help rebuild Lidice, a tiny village in the Czech Republic that was destroyed by the Nazis on 10 June 1942.

Stoke has a proud history of taking a stand against those who look to use hate to divide our and other communities and we will continue to oppose UKIP as they look to do the same.

Find below a photo slideshow from yesterday.

Stop UKIP in Stoke – Join the campaign

February 2, 2017

Joint NorSCARF/Stand Up To UKIP mass leafleting

11am onwards – Sunday 5th February

Please join us this weekend for a mass leafleting against UKIP leader Paul Nuttall.

Following on from our successful leafleting sessions over previous weekends where we have focused on voter registration, this weekend we will be making a big push to spread the word that UKIP and there divisive messages are not welcome in Stoke.

Please come along and help.

For the details of the leafleting session please sign up here

 

Unity in Stoke – Don’t let UKIP divide us

6pm onwards – Monday 6th February

Paul Nuttall and Nigel Farage are holding an event at the Victoria Hall next Monday evening to spread their message of hate and division.
We, the people of Stoke-on-Trent, must send a message to Nuttall, Farage and UKIP that we are a united city which is proud of our diverse multicultural community.
Please join us at 6pm on Monday the 6th by the Unearthed memorial between the Bus Station and the Victoria Hall.
We must show that hate has no place in Stoke.

 

 

 

Press release: Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election

February 2, 2017
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NorSCARF, the North Staffordshire Campaign Against Racism and Fascism, today signalled its intention to campaign against the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in the forthcoming Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, scheduled for 23 February.
“UKIP’s candidate and leader Paul Nuttall does not care about the people of Stoke,” said Gary McNally, secretary of NorSCARF. “He is only interested in manipulating us for his own gain. UKIP is a party that whips up fear and hatred – and we don’t want them in Stoke.
“Nuttall wants to turn us against our neighbours by blaming migrants for all the problems in our society. Yet in reality UKIP policies would hit hard against working people from all backgrounds. Nuttall is on record arguing against the ‘very existence of the NHS’ and calling for a ‘free market’ health service.”
NorSCARF will be running a campaign across Stoke-on-Trent to remind people that they need to get out and vote if they want to stop UKIP’s toxic agenda of racism and privatisation.
NorSCARF is a grass roots organisation, established in 1977 to campaign against the racism of the National Front, it has continued to campaign against racist groups for 40 years.

NATIONAL DEMO- MARCH 18TH 2017

February 1, 2017
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National Demo- Refugees and Migrants Welcome – Stand Up To Racism, Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism

From http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/

Amid a vitriolic atmosphere of anti-migrant hysteria following the EU referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017 in order to “have the freedom to choose the way we control immigration.”

In a situation where migrants, Muslim women and anyone considered to be ‘foreign’ are being attacked on a daily basis and refugees are being abandoned by Britain and Europe to destitution, drowning and exploitation, there has never been a more important time in recent history to stand up to racism.

On March 18th, let’s to make the Stand Up To Racism demonstration for UN Anti-Racism Day the biggest yet, to show that Theresa May does not speak for us when she blames migrants and refugees for the problems cause by austerity and the financial crisis, and that we are united against racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism

Over the past 4 years, Stand Up to Racism has organised protests in defence of migrants and refugees. At our recent conference, 1,500 participants – including Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Lord Alf Dubs and others – launched a mass anti racist movement. Join us in London in March 2017 to stand up to racism together.

Transport details here

Organised by Stand Up to Racism – More details tbc

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