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NorSCARF head to National Unity demo in central London

November 18, 2018

On 17th November NorSCARF members went by coach to London for the National Unity Demonstration against racism and fascism. According to official figures, 40,000 of us marched from Portland Place to Whitehall, with many people on the sidelines taking photos and placards to wave. At Whitehall, there were speeches and messages from numerous people, including MPs, trade union officials, and other campaigners. Whilst the mood was celebratory and positive, it was also one of determination and unity.

This march far outnumbered anything that the far right have organised this year. It shows that ordinary people will always come together to reject racism, and we’ll always beat it through solidarity and opposition to far right ideologies. To see more about the event have a look at the following link; https://www.facebook.com/StandUTR/

 

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November 12, 2018

Book your coach tickets for various locations in the West Midlands to the National Unity demo in London!
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-midlands-transport-to-national-unity-demo-against-racism-and-fascism-tickets-51769291344?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewevent

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKED;

The pick-up points and times for our coach are:

7.30 am
Stoke Minster, Glebe Street, Stoke, ST4 1LP

8.00 am
Stafford Railway Station, Station Road, Stafford, ST16 2AA

8.30 am
Abu Bakr Mosque, Wednesbury Rd, Walsall, WS1 4JJ

If you have booked through Eventbrite, you may have received a reply suggesting that the coach is leaving at 8.30 am. This refers to the last pick-up at Walsall: the pick-up time in Stoke is 7.30 (and in Stafford, 8.00).

You may also have received a confusing email from Birmingham SUTR. This refers to the Birmingham coach, not our coach, and can be ignored.

Please make sure you are at the pick-up points in good time, so that the coach can leave promptly.

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Leader of far-right German party AfD cancels speech at Oxford Union

November 4, 2018

Stand Up To Racism released the following statement;

Far right AfD leader Alice Weidel has announced she will not be speaking at the Oxford Union on November 7th. The cancellation comes following an outcry against the decision by the Oxford Union to invite her to speak.

Kate Douglas from Oxford Stand Up To Racism said “This is an important victory for anti-racists. We were expecting hundreds to join our protest, and the cancellation shows that anti-racists can make a difference if they organise and mobilise. The Stand Up To Racism campaign united campaigers, councillors, academics, trade unionists, students and Oxford residents, and drew the support of the local Labour MP. All oppose the Oxford Union giving a platform to a representative of a party that is deeply racist and has Nazi members. The AfD has built it’s fortunes on the racist scapegoating of Muslims, migrants and refugees and played a key role in neo-Nazis hunting migrants on the streets of Chemnitz. Already we face a sharp rise in racist attacks and didn’t want racism being fuelled here.”

500 counter-demonstrators humiliate fascists in Liverpool

November 4, 2018

A counter-demonstration called by Unite Against Fascism Merseyside and Liverpool Stand Up To Racism saw off around ten members of a North West based fascist group, before they’d even left the train station. The fascist group had planned a demo, but around 500 people from anti-racist groups, trade unions and others arrived to build an opposition presence. The counter-demo was supported by the Mayor of Liverpool – Joe Anderson – and ended in a celebratory march over to Liverpool’s main Lime Street station.

See pictures, footage and a report from the day here;

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/03/liverpool-runs-far-right-marchers-out-of-town

 

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/gallery/12-amazing-photos-show-how-15368039

‘Arrest after ‘racist and threatening’ letters sent to Stoke-on-Trent mosques’

October 29, 2018

According to The Sentinel, ‘racist mail’ has been sent to mosques across Stoke-on-Trent and a man has been arrested.

Read the full story here;

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/racist-threatening-letters-mosques-stoke-2157897?fbclid=IwAR0oeuttm5Rs7TNa4qYOOWcFGC83-s0H82gCFChMlM-KNI-gJcyKhXNTziY

 

NorSCARF members head to SUTR International Conference

October 21, 2018

On Saturday 20th October a delegation of NorSCARF members went to Stand Up To Racism’s International Conference in London.

The conference was attended by hundreds of people and included key note speeches by figures from across the world. The focus of the conference was to discuss how to counter the global rise of far right politics and ideologies, with key topics including Isalamophobia, antisemitism, the Windrush generation, Black Lives Matter, the refugee crisis, hate crime, Prevent, Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, and the far right in countries such as Sweden, Italy, Hungary, and France.

The key message that NorSCARF members came away with is that our campaigns against racism and fascism find success when we are UNITED! Working together is key to show that we reject far right ideologies and that ordinary people can stop them from growing if we join together in opposition!

Videos of conference speeches can be found via the following links, along with further information;

 

EDL Fascists Humiliated in Manchester

October 20, 2018

See reports about the EDL demo and counter demo here;

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/there-been-more-members-sugarbabes-15306865?fbclid=IwAR0g1Q7Qwby4C9JPOEFrGX2XBNsDcM82cHIRnGxXnipsBukRMVpCcfNe8Ak

http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=4773

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