UPDATE: Great demo last Friday. A few too many speeches before headed off for my liking, but this one from Sisters Uncut was well worth the wait. She had the crowd all ready to roll! Speakers from Sisters Uncut at demonstration for Migrant Rights, Altab Ali Park east London. 24th June 2016.
DEMONSTRATE: against racism, for migrant rights, against fascist violence – on the day after the EU referendum Altab Ali Park London E1, 6pm 24 June
The EU referendum has unleashed a torrent of racism. Migration has been attacked and scapegoated by both campaigns — with Leave stoking up bigotry against immigrants and Remain responding by capitulating and echoing that bigotry.
This tone of anti-immigrant politics has not been set by the far right. It comes from the mainstream parties and the mainstream media, who have spent 20 years insisting that immigrants are a “problem”. The UKIPs of this world just clean up in their wake.
Our ruling class has opened a Pandora’s box of racist rhetoric around migrants and allowed a space to open up in groups and individuals influenced by fascist ideology. Far-right political violence is becoming increasingly commonplace. The fascist riot earlier this year in Dover and the assassination of pro-migrant Labour MP, Jo Cox, are symptoms of this drift.
We need to take a stand against this — whatever the result of the referendum this Thursday. Migrant or non-migrant, we stand together as friends, lovers, work colleagues and members of our communities. Together we keep our collective wheels turning: we stand side-by-side and share our lives.
We will not allow a wave of xenophobia and racism to threaten our lives and wellbeing. Join us on the day after the referendum vote to show solidarity with all migrants and defiance in the face of racism – whether it comes from the far right or the “civilised” ruling class.
24 June 2016
Assemble 6pm Altab Ali park
March to News corp HQ by the shard
Co-called by: Movement for Justice, rs21, London Antifascists, Jewdas
Supported by: Brick Lane Debates, National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC), Right to Remain, Radical Assembly, Clapton Ultras, the Antiuniversity., English collective of prostitutes, sex workers open university, lesbians and gays support the migrants, Razem Londyn, London Anarchist Federation, Kent anti-racist network, dywizjon 161, colectivo anticapitalista Londres and Plan C London