Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) campaigners joined protests and rallies across Britain last week—from central London to small-town Devon.
Renfrewshire Council in Scotland rejected an application to build a new detention facility last Tuesday as 120 anti-racists protested outside.
Over 150 people joined a vigil in Torrington, North Devon, on Wednesday of last week in support of refugees from the Calais “jungle” camp who are staying nearby.
Racist groups have threatened to march against the refugees.
Defying the racists’ hate mail, independent mayor Margaret Brown held up the SUTR banner and addressed the crowd.
Eva Hamilton talked about coming to Britain as a refugee from Poland.
Some 50 people attended the second SUTR public meeting in Chesterfield last Thursday. Labour police and crime commissioner for Derbyshire Hardyal Dhindsa spoke about racist hate crimes.
The group is organising a Rock for Refugees gig on Sunday to raise money for refugee families who are coming to Derbyshire.
Up to 60 people also joined a SUTR meeting in Leeds on Tuesday of last week. Speakers included Bfawu bakers’ union president Ian Hodson and Labour councillor Alison Lowe from the Armley area.
Armley was singled out in Labour MP Rachel Reeves’ toxic speech against immigration.
SUTR activists also held a Love Music Hate Racism gig in Portsmouth on Sunday and a Stand Up For Refugees comedy night in Brixton, south London, on Monday.
SUTR groups held small protests against Donald Trump in Nottingham on Saturday and York on Sunday.
And around 400 people joined a demonstration called at just 24 hours’ notice outside the US embassy in central London on Wednesday.
“Racism is on the rise, but so is anti-racism,” said Zak Cochrane from SUTR. “We need to make our demonstration in London next March the biggest anti-racist protest in British history.”
Thanks to Dave Clinch, Jeannie Robinson and Simon Magorian
Stand Up To Racism activists' diary
- Saturday 26 November - Scottish TUC annual anti-racism march. Assemble 10.30am, Glasgow Green, Greendyke St, Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB
- Monday 5 December - No to Farage—Unite against Racism protest. Opposing Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s march on the Supreme Court. 12noon-3pm, Parliament Square, London SW1P 3
- Saturday 10 December - Winter appeal for refugees
- Friday 20 January - Protest at Donald Trump’s election
- Saturday 18 March - National demonstrations in London and Glasgow