Racism and Islamophobia is growing across Europe including Britain-in this time of cuts and austerity finding scapegoats is no surprise-see quote from Ken Livingstone below.
University staff and Students are playing a leading role in the growing anti-cuts movement and now is also the time to come to hear from and discuss with prominent activists from the sharp end of progressive campaigning against racism and Islamophobia at Goldsmiths College next week on the theme
Fighting racism and Islamophobia today: Defend our rights, celebrate diversity
even if you cannot come please help circulate information on this important discussion
Final line up of speakers for discussion at Goldsmiths
Sara Halimah, Federation of Student Islamic Societies
Asma Meer, Muslim Women’s Support Project
Denis Fernando, One Society Many Cultures
Stuart Curlett, Unite Against Fascism
Chair: Bindz Patel, President Goldsmiths Student Union
Organised by Goldsmiths Student Union and Lewisham Anti-Racist Action Group(LARAG)
Wednesday 1st December 4pm-6pm Goldsmiths Student Union, Dixon Road, SE14
Leaflet with more info on event here http://www.naar.org.uk/larag/
We will be leafleting students in Goldsmiths from 12 noon-2pm next Tuesday 30th November-if you can help leaflet then or any other time or put up posters please reply to this e-mail
Ken Livingstone has said: Join us at the One Society Many Cultures Conference on 11 December
The economic downturn and deepest cuts to public services in decades will not only do enormous harm to our society. It is also creating fertile conditions for reactionary ideas to thrive.Across Europe we are already witnessing a frightening rise of racism. There is a constant drumbeat of bashing immigrants and, in particular, the Muslim communities. The expulsion of Roma during the summer in France underlined just how repulsive the climate is becoming .Much of this intolerance is being inflamed by mainstream governments who, in part, seem determined to deflect attention and blame from the recession.
A particular focus of much of the scapegoating is on bans to prevent the wearing of religious clothing and other forms of religious expression.
This atmosphere emboldens the far-right. Violent protests against mosques and other religious centres are becoming more common.
In this country, the EDL’s attempt to demonstrate in multicultural areas with large Muslim populations, like Tower Hamlets, and protests outside mosques takes us back to when fascist thugs marched against Jews and their places of worship in the 1930s.The only possible meaning of such protests is to intimidate all Muslims and denigrate Islam — a religion followed by more than a billion people. Such demonstrations are aimed at creating violent disorder.
This scapegoating needs to be challenged head on. While posing a particular threat to Black, Asian and Jewish communities, this climate also undermines the values of freedom of thought, conscience, religion and cultural expression which allow us all to live our lives as we wish.These universal rights form the basis of a liberal, open, diverse society. To allow these rights to be threatened or attacked for any one group in our society inevitably undermines their universality for the whole of society.With that in mind, it is necessary for democrats, of all faiths and none, to come together to defend these fundamental freedoms, which are the cornerstones of liberal and democratic society. Join us at the One Society Many Cultures conference in December.
Challenging racism and Islamophobia
Register your place online today here
Saturday 11 December
Mary Ward House
5/7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN