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Stand up to racism and fascism 21 March 2015
Organised by Stand Up To Racism.  Supported by UNISON, UNITE and PCS

- No to scapegoating immigrants
- No to Islamophobia
- No to anti-Semitism
- Yes to diversity - migrant are welcome here!

From Germany to Greece to Ferguson, people who want a society free from racism are saying "no more". People are taking to the streets in large numbers to oppose the racist Pegida movement in Germany and the Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn in Greece, and to protest institutional racism and police violence against Black communities.

People are outraged at the Islamophobic and anti-Semitic backlash after the Copenhagen and Paris attacks, and the mass media silence on the Chapel Hill shootings where three Muslim students were brutally shot dead, which caused so many to mobilise under the slogan ‘Muslim Lives Matter’. Immigrant communities are fed up with being wrongly blamed for an economic crisis they did not create.

David Cameron has often been leading the charge against migrants and Muslims whilst Nigel Farage’s UKIP has been whipping up bigotry.  Mainstream politicans stoking up racism against migrants and Muslims makes it easier for the far right to organise and recruit.

We need to strengthen to the anti-racist voice to challenge the racism coming from manstream parties and the far right.  The 3,000 people who turned out to protest against 400 racist Pegida supporters in Newcastle is a brilliant example of the kind of unity in action we need.

On UN anti-racism day people across the world will be taking a stand.  Last year over 10,000 people from across Britain people took to the streets in London – students and trade unionists, people of all faiths and none, migrants, musicians, teachers, pensioners and parents. And together we showed unity in the face of racism. A huge demonstration this year, just a month before the General Election will send a powerful message to all politicians.

Click here to book your seat on the Oxford transport today.  £12 waged/£6 unwaged

or email branchsecretary[at]ouh.org.uk

Transport is subsidised by Oxfordshire UNISON Health branch and branch members go free

Coaches leave:

St. Giles (outside Taylor Institute) at 9.30 am

Headington (opposite post office) 9.45 am

Sandhills (bus stop opposite park and ride) 9.50 am

 

21march2015 demo leaflet 1

 

EDL not welcome in Oxford - no to exploitation of victims of sexual abuse

Demonstrate Saturday 4th April - assemble 11am Carfax Tower

    No to the EDL exploiting the suffering of victims of abuse
    Justice for the victims
    Don't let the racists divide us.

 

Add your name to the open letter here

We the undersigned condemn the decision by the English Defence League (EDL) to come to Oxford on Saturday 4th April to exploit the suffering of Oxfordshire victims of child sexual exploitation to further its own selfish ends.  This is not the first time that the EDL have tried to take advantage of the suffering of exploited children.  They previously tried to use the abuse of children in Rotheram to stir up hatred against Muslims.

Sexual exploitation is an appalling crime, but it is not linked to ethnicity or religion. As the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre point out, ‘Child sexual exploitation is not confined to one community, age, demographic, social status or gender.’  We support and seek justice for all victims of sexual exploitation regardless of their social or ethnic background.    

The EDL is a racist group dedicated to attacking Asian people and Muslims. Islamophobia – bigotry against Muslims – is as unacceptable as any other form of racism. Today they threaten Muslims, tomorrow it could be Jewish people, Hindus, Sikhs, black people, LGBT people, Travellers or East Europeans.

Originally they had planned to hold a racist march in Brighton, but faced with overwhelming local opposition have decided to stir up racism and division in Oxford.

We urge people of goodwill to support the ‘EDL not welcome in Oxford’ statement and join the ‘Justice for the victims – We will not let the racists divide us’ demonstration on Saturday 4th April