Hard copy of ‘Keep racism out of the election’ petition with signatories
Stand Up To Racism is launching a nationwide campaign to keep racism out of the general election. We are calling on parties and candidates to refrain from the scapegoating of migrants and refugees and take responsibility for halting the rise of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
We’re also encouraging activists to mass leaflet transport hubs, colleges, workplaces and public areas on Wednesday 10 May. You can find your nearest Stand Up To Racism Group on the homepage of the SUTR Website.
And you can join us on facebook and twitter throughout the campaign on the ‘#RacismOut of #GE2017’ hashtags to spread the anti-racist message and make it clear that will we not accept racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and anti-migrant rhetoric as a way of attempting to pick up votes.
The snap election called by Theresa May for 8th 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 fueled 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.
Sign the petition here
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
Dr Shazad Amin, CEO, Mend
Rabbi Lee Wax, New North London Synagogue
Alan Gibbons, Author
Claude Moraes MEP
Rushanara Ali, Lab: Bethnal Green & Bow
Heidi Alexander, Lab: Lewisham East
Ronnie Campbell, Lab: Blyth Valley
Alex Cunningham, Lab: Stockton North
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