Stand Up To Racism has launched a statement (see below) with major political, trade union and faith community figures calling to keep racism out of the election. You can download a “hard copy” here general election sutr petition w signatories or sign online here.
Keep racism out of the election
The snap election called by Theresa May for 8 June raises the serious prospect of a further rise in racism. Hate crimes soared by 41% following last year’s EU referendum, and much of the same toxic scapegoating which fuelled this rise now threatens to dominate the general election.
Since the financial crisis, migrants and refugees have repeatedly been blamed for the effects of economic stagnation and austerity. In fact, migrants play an indispensable role in society and the economy, staffing crucial public services and contributing through the tax system.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ and a shocking rise in anti-Muslim hate crime fuelled by the far-right and sections of the press, Islamophobia must also be challenged at every point in this campaign.
There is no place for racism and scapegoating in our political discourse. We call on all political leaders, media outlets, candidates and campaigns to refrain from the scapegoating of migrants and refugees and take responsibility for halting the rise of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
Kevin Courtney, NUT general secretary
Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary
Tony Kearns, CWU acting general secretary
John McDonnell, shadow chancellor
Diane Abbott, shadow home secretary
Shahrar Ali, Green Party home affairs spokesperson
Shazad Amin, CEO, MEND
Rabbi Lee Wax, New North London Synagogue
Alan Gibbons, author
Claude Moraes Labour MEP
Rushanara Ali, Labour: Bethnal Green & Bow
Heidi Alexander, Labour: Lewisham East
Ronnie Campbell, Labour: Blyth Valley
Alex Cunningham, Labour: Stockton