Photo: Guy Smallman

A racist offensive is sweeping Europe, with governments and the right-wing media using migrants, refugees and Muslims as scapegoats for an economic crisis and wars they did not create.

The racist tide will only be driven back by anti- racists standing up and confronting it. From Germany to Greece to the USA, people who want a society free from racism are saying no more. People are taking to the streets in large numbers to oppose racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and to say migrants and refugees are welcome here.

On 8 October 2016, our inaugural Stand Up to Racism national conference drew together over 1,600 anti-racist activists and was addressed by Jeremy Corbyn MP, Diane Abbott MP, Lord Alf Dubs, Malia Bouattia and many more.

On 18 March 2017 over 30,000 people from across Britain took to the streets in London, Glasgow and Cardiff to say Refugees are Welcome Here and mark UN anti-racism day. Students and trade unionists, people of all faiths and none, migrants, musicians, teachers, pensioners and parents, took to the streets to make a defiant stand against racism.

Together we showed unity in the face of racism. We will be back next year for another huge demonstration against all forms of racism. Unity is our strength so we cannot let racism divide us.

We are the majority and we will stand up to racism.