REPORT: South Yorkshire Stand Up To Racism summit

The South Yorkshire Stand Up To Racism summit took place on Saturday 13 May at the Umix centre in Sheffield.

It was opened by a fantastic rally with Mohammed Taj from the TUC gen council, Pride Agbor who is a trustee for Sheffield City of sanctuary and who was recently reprieved from deportation (after a massive campaign in Sheffield) Shahad Abris from MEND and Weyman Bennett from Stand Up To Racism.

Brian Steel a Rotherham labour council and Moazamm Begg from CAGE also spoke.

 

They addressed a packed plenary of well over 100 attendees.

The summit then brow into 4 workshops on solidarity with refugees, Islamophobia and Prevent, Defending Freedom of movement and Combating the rise of the far right in Europe.

 

These workshops reported back to the final session which was addressed by Natalie Bennett from the Green party on keeping racism out of the general election and the tasks for anti-racists moving forward.

The summit made a series of decisions:

·                  To raise money for solidarity with refugees and link up with the voyager project and specifically to fight all deportations.

·                  Get local politicians to sign the Stand Up To Racism “Keep Racism Out of the Election” and to work with MEND on encouraging voter registration at local mosques this Friday (19 May).

·                  To join the mass education demonstration against school cuts in Sheffield on the 20 May and have a Stand Up To Racism stall.

·                  Continue to oppose Trumps state visit.

·                  To work with MEND and local trade unions to educate and ensure people know their rights around prevent and organise a meeting to with local trade unions and the Muslim community to galvanise opposition.

·                  To campaign for European nationals right to stay and to defend their rights in the UK.