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Stoke Central by-election

January 19, 2017

Following the resignation of sitting MP Tristram Hunt, there will be a by-election for the new Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central.

Racist UKIP have set their sights on taking the seat and appear set to throw considerable weight behind the campaign. It’s being reported that they are due to announce that party leader Paul Nuttall will be their candidate. Click here for reasons to oppose Paul Nuttall and UKIP. 

We have to do all we can to prevent a UKIPs anti-immigrant message winning out.

What you can do

Use your vote to keep UKIP out

If you live in Stoke-on-Trent Central the most important thing you can do is use your vote against UKIP.

In order to do so, you must be registered to vote and If you are not you can do so by following the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/registertovote

(please make sure you do so soon to ensure you beat the cut-off date)

Encourage others to vote

If you have family, friends or colleagues living in Stoke-Central please make sure they are registered to vote and encourage them to use their vote against UKIP

Join us on one of our anti UKIP campaign days

NorSCARF, in conjunction with Hope not Hate has organised our first day of action on Saturday 21st January at 11pm. As the candidates are yet to be announced and voter registration is still open, for this weekend, we have decided to focus our efforts on voter registration targeting one of the wards with the lowest percentage of residents registered to vote.

We will be split into two teams, one to knock on doors and encourage voter registration and one to deliver this leaflet door to door.

If you can help either on Saturday or one of our future sessions, please contact us for details via norscarf@yahoo.co.uk or via the website here

Use social media

Please use social media for the following:

-share the link https://www.gov.uk/registertovote and encourage residents of Stoke Central to vote

-share information on anti UKIP leafleting sessions such as the one this weekend.

-share articles and information exposing the true face of UKIP

Please do what you can to STOP UKIP IN STOKE

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Reasons to oppose Paul Nuttall and UKIP

January 19, 2017

He wants to privatise the NHS

In blog posts on his website, which he has since deleted but exposed by , he called for the NHS to be privatised.

“I would like to congratulate the coalition government for bringing a whiff of privatisation into the beleaguered National Health Service,”

“I would argue that the very existence of the NHS stifles competition, and as competition drives quality and choice, innovation and improvements are restricted.

“Therefore, I believe, as long as the NHS is the ‘sacred cow’ of British politics, the longer the British people will suffer with a second rate health service.”

When challenged on this, whilst appearing on the Andrew Marr show his response was “Nothing should be a sacred cow in British politics.”

He denies climate change

He claims that climate change is a “hair brained theory” and “a money led scam”.

On his website he claims “Figures used to ‘support’ the idea of climate change have been shown to be false and manipulated to meet a pre-made conclusion in order to secure funding,”

“I think we all need to be assured about the credibility and motivation of scientists onboard the global warming wagon.”

He wants to ban the Burqa

In an interview with the Express he claimed “Should we follow this and ban the burqa in this country? Yes.”

“The law should be clear – either you are allowed to express your religious beliefs at all times, or you accept that there are some occasions where these are restricted. Face coverings should be banned in any public building.”

He wants to give a huge tax cut to the rich

He advocates a flat rate of 31% for all taxpayers, claiming  “I think that is fair, and we all pay the same rate”

This would lead to a massive tax cut for the rich, and see millionaires paying the same rate as those on the minimum wage.

He is anti-abortion

In a interview on SKY news he stated his desire to hold a referendum on reducing the legal period for abortions and is in favour of limiting abortions to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

See our post on what you can do to oppose Paul Nuttall in the upcoming by election in Stoke Cental

Black Lives Matter protest closes London City Airport runway

September 6, 2016
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Black Lives Matter protesters have occupied a runway at London City Airport this morning causing disruption resulting in the closure of the runway.

Black Lives Matter UK issued a statement which read: “This action was taken in order to highlight the UK’s environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally.”

More information can be found in this article on the Independent

Food desperately needed for refugees in Calais

September 6, 2016
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Charities are warning that they no longer have enough donated food or money to feed the rapidly growing population of refugees in the camp in Calais, with supplies running out on a daily basis and refugees and migrants reporting they are going hungry.

A collection has been arranged in Stafford with all items donated being taken by van directly to Calais.

If you can donate any of the items listed, please get in touch with the organisers (details below)

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Polish community standing up to post-Brexit racism

September 5, 2016
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Shared from Al Jazeera

Racism has been on the rise since the Brexit vote. This is how the Polish community responded after a man was murdered in a suspected hate crime.

Details of the suspected hate crime can be found on the following link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-37227313

UAF educational trip to Krakow & Auschwitz – November 3rd – 7th

September 3, 2016
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Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) are organising a trip to the Nazi’s Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
Given the alarming rise of openly anti-Semitic fascist groups and parties in much of Europe such as in Poland and Greece, UAF feels it essential to reaffirm and emphasise the need to expose today’s fascists.
We will be based in the historic city of Krakow. Until the Second World War, Krakow was one of the great Jewish centres in Europe. In March 1942 the Nazis ‘cleared out’ the ghetto and sent all the inhabitants to extermination camps. The story of the ghetto’s
liquidation and Plaszow concentration camp was made famous by Steven Spielberg’s incredible film Schindler’s List.
The purpose of the trip is to better understand the Holocaust and the Nazis. We also want to look at the Nazi threat today in Europe, such as Jobbik in Hungary, Golden Dawn in Greece, and others like the Front National in France.  Moreover, that the Austrian Presidency was nearly won by the fascist FPO party, shows the need to ensure that history is learnt from.
Alongside the trip to Auschwitz and to Birkenau death camp, the itinerary includes a guided tour of Krakow’s Jewish Quarter and ghetto, ending at the Schindler factory.
In the evening, we will hold meetings on ‘Understanding the Holocaust’ and ‘Fighting fascism today’. As in past years, some trades unionists are getting sponsorship and funding from their organisations to come. Ask your trade union/community group, student union,  if they may be prepared to make a contribution towards the trip. We are also looking to sponsor students to go on the trip. Please contact the UAF office for more information on this or for related enquiries.
Itinerary
Thursday 3 November
Arrive in Krakow. In the evening there will be a Welcome
meeting and a talk on ‘The rise of fascism across Europe’. Organisers will go for a meal, afterwards,  you may wish to come along.
Friday 4 November
Guided tour of the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz) and the
Krakow ghetto ending at the Schindler factory. Evening
meeting on ‘Understanding the Holocaust’. Organisers will go for a meal, afterwards, you may wish to come along.
Saturday 5 November
Trip to Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration camp. Free
time in the evening.
Sunday 6 November
Free day to visit Krakow.
Monday 7 November
Return to Britain.
Cost:
£220 waged or £160 student/unwaged.  Some twin bed rooms are available, so the cost here is  £190.
This includes a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter and Ghetto, lectures and the coach trip to Auschwitz.
You will need to book your own flights. Ryanair and EasyJet run daily flights to Krakow from several UK airports.
Ask your trade union if they may be prepared to make a contribution towards the trip.
Download booking form here

Confronting The Rise In Racism: Stand Up To Racism National Conference 2016

September 1, 2016
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WHEN  Saturday, 8 October 2016 from 10:30 to 17:30 (BST) Add to Calendar

WHERE  Friends Meeting House – London, NW1 – View Map

Speakers include: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour Leader, Diane Abbott MP, Lord Alf DubsKate Osamor MP, Journalist Owen Jones, Kevin Courtney NUT General Secretary, Claude Moraes MEP, Maurice Wren, Refugee Council Chief Exec, Colette Levy Hidden Child of Vichy France,Talha Almad Muslim Council of Britain, Mark Serwotka PCS Gen Sec, Sally Hunt UCU Gen Sec, Weyman Bennett and Sabby Dhalu Stand up to Racism.

A major national conference bringing together speakers, organisations and activists from anti-racist campaigns across Europe. The conference will examine the current struggle against racism in Britain and beyond such as the fight against Islamophobia and antisemitism, defending civil liberties and migrants rights and building solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.

The humanitarian crisis in Europe will also be discussed with the intention of developing an action plan for activists and organisations who want to campaign for more to be done for refugees.

Themes include:

    • From the US to Britain – Black Lives Matter
    • Prevent, the Extremism Bill and defending civil liberties
    • Brexit: Defend Migrant Rights & freedom of movement
    • Trump to UKIP – opposing right wing populism
    • Europe and the renewed threat of fascism & the far right
    • Refugees Welcome Here
    • Love Music Hate Racism
    • Austerity and the rise in racism

Invite your friends via the Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1113474992028415

To book tickets please follow the eventbrite link below
Book tickets via eventbite
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