Student walk out 20 February – stop Trump, defend migrants
A national day of action has been called against Trump on the day the petition against his state visit is discussed in Parliament. NUS President Malia Bouattia has put a call out for student walk outs across the country, and Student Stand Up to Racism is supporting this call. We’re encouraging students to organise protests, stunts or mass leafletting on your campus on this day.
Confirmed walk outs so far include:
- Bristol – facebook event here
- Kingston – facebook event here
- Manchester – facebook event here
- Queen Mary’s – facebook event here
- Sheffield Hallam – facebook event here
Hertfordshire, UCL, Essex and others are making plans for a day of action on their campuses. If you want to set something up on your campus, please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org
The movement against Donald Trump’s racism and bigotry has had students at the heart of it – from those in the US who have stopped the alt-right speaking on campuses, to the students here in the UK who have marched against Theresa May’s Islamophobia.
Student Stand Up to Racism brings together all students who want to fight racism, Islamophobia & antisemitism on campus. Over the past year we’ve organised convoys to Calais, student blocs on protests and have launched a pamphlet against Prevent.
In the coming weeks there are two crucial dates for students to mobilise for:
- Day of Action against Trump on 20 February: A national day of action has been called against Trump on the day the petition against his state visit is discussed in Parliament. NUS President Malia Bouattia has put a call out for student walk outs, and Student Stand Up to Racism is supporting this call. We’re encouraging students to organised protests, stunts or mass leafletting on your campus on this day.
- Student bloc on #MarchAgainstRacism – A student bloc has been organised for the March Against Racism on 18 March. Students from outside of London are organising coaches on the day, and London campuses are organising day of mass leafletting.
Please get in touch if you want some help mobilising for these two events – contact us at email@example.com
Student Stand Up to Racism is organising a student coach on the Stand Up to Racism winter convoy to France to show solidarity with refugees. Those in the camp in Calais have seen their homes demolished and face racism from Marine Le Pen and the Front National. We say these refugees should be let into Britain.
We’re encouraging students to raise money and donations in your workplaces, universities and communities to take over to refugee camps in France on 10 December. Once in Calais, we’ll be holding a meeting with volunteers on the ground, refugees, and anti-racists in France. We’ll also be helping out in the distribution centres.
We’ll be leaving London early on Saturday 10 December and will return late that night.
Unfortunately due to costs of the coach and the ferry, we’re having to charge £25 per seat on the coach. We encourage students to ask their student unions, UCU branches, local Stand Up to Racism groups to sponsor them for the trip, and to do a report back meeting on the trip. Please get in touch if you would like help doing this, or if you have any questions
To register your place, please message our facebook page or email studentstanduptoracism@gma
See the facebook event here
Plans for the autumn term
Student Stand Up to Racism aims to build a network of activists who can respond to racism on campus.
We’ve organised convoys to Calais, mass meetings on campuses and student blocs on protests.
At our recent organising meeting we agreed on the following anti-racist initiatives in the coming months:
- November (Islamophobia Awareness Week) – Student SUTR has organized a joint week of action with MEND against Islamophobia in education, starting on November 21st. We hope to have as many events as possible – panel discussions, SU events, MEND islamophobia exhibition, islamophobia workshops etc
- 19 November – SUTR bloc on UCU & NUS demo. Facebook event here
- 10 December – National day of student action in support of refugees, including student convoy to refugee camps in France. This should be accompanied by fundraising and political events in the lead up to Dec 10 to raise awareness for it.
- 27 January -2017 – Holocaust memorial day
If you want to get involved with Student Stand Up to Racism, or want to set something up at your university or college, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on our facebook page
Student Stand Up to Racism statement on the building of a wall in Calais
Build a wall, and whose going to pay for it?
The mindless politics of Donald Trump has arrived in Calais with Robert Goodswill announcing plans to build a £1.9 million wall to keep refugees out of the U.K.
This head in the sand response to the refugee crisis would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic.
Unicefs announcement that there are now 8 million child refugees and 50 million child migrants worldwide shows the scale of the crisis.
But rather than acting on Lord Alf Dubs amendment to allow unaccompanied child refugees into the UK Theresa May’s government chooses to put its faith in concrete and barbed wire.
Refugees are not an enemy to be kept from our ramparts. They are people who deserve our care and support.
Trump and May want to build walls but to tackle the refugee crisis and act as decent human beings we should be tearing walls down.
Naima Omar, Student Stand Up to Racism & Uni of Herts
Shelly Asquith, NUS Vice President Welfare
Shakira Martin, NUS Vice President FE
Patrick Tatarian; Beatrice Carey; Daisy Bow Du Toit; Haider Chaudry, Kingston Student Union Officers
Antony Hamilton, Student Stand Up to Racism & Uni of Herts
Nadia Sayed, Queen Mary University of London
Enaab Mohammed, Queen Mary University of London
Korkor Kanor, University of East Anglia
Richard Donnelly, Uni of Kingston
Chris Newlove, Uni of Kingston