With the current climate of volatile politics locally and internationally, we need to mobilise our communities.
We have Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and other right wing politicians. If you’re not white, you’re not supposed to belong.
Anyone who believes in justice, should come out because we have to oppose our right wing government.
And it is important for people to come together as one and to defend humanity.
The 21 March is an international day against racism—the key is to remind people and raise awareness.
Labour councillor and mayor of Islington, north London
We are a country run by a racist leader—Boris Johnson—and there is no doubt about it.
It’s obviously a green light for racists when you have a prime minister saying Muslim women look like bank robbers and letter boxes. My mother, wife and sister do not look like bank robbers, my mother, wife and sister do not look like letter boxes.
Johnson says that black people have “watermelon smiles”.
And one of his advisers, who quit the government last month, says that black people have lower IQs.
When running for the Conservative leadership, Johnson promised that he would hold an inquiry into Islamophobia in his party—and we’re still waiting.
Boris Johnson is openly racist, misogynist and anti-immigrant. We have to stand together and fight racism—it doesn’t matter if you’re from eastern Europe, a Muslim, Jew or Christian or of no faith.
Mohammad N Asif
Chair of the Afghan Human Rights Foundation and founder of the Scottish Afghan Society
My partner Christopher was almost deported to Jamaica on a charter flight and is still in Harmondsworth immigration removal centre.
I’m speaking at meetings, doing stalls and have got a Go Fund Me page online to raise money for the campaign.
The stalls have been fantastic, with lots of people signing the petition.
You see that the Tories are not just going for black people, but others like European Union (EU) migrants.
We met a lot of people from the EU who are worried, stressed and upset about immigration.
When you really look back at everything Chris has gone through, you think they want Britain to be only British.
But it’s not just British people who make up this country, it’s all other cultures.
They are victimising black people and I have to look at my child and say, ‘I didn’t want that to happen to my son’.
Campaigning to free her partner Christopher
It is critically important that we oppose the organised racist offensive by Boris Johnson and the Tory party.
This is a step change.
He’s borrowed the populist clothes of Nigel Farage to camouflage his nasty ruling class politics.
Out of the 21 March demonstrations, there has to be a renewed sense of unity and of building a movement against racism.
We need it to defeat deportations, the attacks on refugees and migrants, and importantly to send the message that divide and rule will not win.
The deportations are a new battleground for who belongs and who will be othered and we have to reject these politics.”
Stand Up To Racism co-convenor and leading member of the Socialist Workers Party
We were all very shocked by the Windrush Scandal, but not very much seems to have changed.
The government is ramping up racism all over the place, particularly in the NHS.
In Barts Heath NHS Trust in east London, we’ve been campaigning against charges for migrants.
Everyone should be eligible for free healthcare.
But it’s also deterring people who are eligible because of the message it’s sending out, and you’re seeing racial profiling of people.
We found out that one in 20 women who had a baby at Barts were invoiced for maternity care in 2018-19. That can’t just be women who they know are not eligible for free care, just any woman that didn’t engage in their process.
The blame lies with the government. It’s clearly not about saving money—it’s about racism and charging all of us for care eventually.
East London GP and campaigner against NHS migrant charges
I think the rise of racism is going to be one of the major things that progressives have got to challenge.
Therefore the biggest possible mobilisation for the march is essential.
We’ve got to send a signal to the government and all those who peddle division that we are mobilising to welcome people into this country and to stand against racism.
PCS union general secretary
Minorities in Britain are becoming increasingly isolated and threatened by the rise of the hostile right.
This government, with its damning treatment of the Windrush Generation and shoddy treatment of EU migrants, has played directly in to this divisive and harmful narrative.
We should all take a stand for the progressive, open, welcoming society we all believe in, where people are welcomed regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religion or sexuality.
It’s absolutely vital to take a stand because we are seeing a massive rise in the right wing, tipping toward fascism.
We’ve got a prime minister who has made genuinely racist remarks, and that allows racism to proliferate through society.
So every man, woman and child should be on the 21 March demonstration. We were involved in the anti-Trump demonstrations, making an effigy of him, and we’ll be making a Boris Johnson one for this one.
Labour Party and Stand Up To Racism activist in north London