Cambridge launch of Stand Up to Racism

Monday 2 November / 7.45 p.m. / Bateman Auditorium, Gonville and Caius College, Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TA

The Cambridge People's Assembly is one of the local supporters of this new campaign, founded to challenge the racism that has deformed British politics as the major parliamentary parties have adopted the demons of the rightwing press: asylum seekers, Muslims, and now immigrants in general.

Immigrants have been made prominent scapegoats for austerity (see the notes we've published from a member's diary) in a fantasy with real consequences. The last year saw a sharp rise in the number of reported incidents of racist harassment and violence in Britain, and when the refugee crisis in Europe began to press harder again this summer, the government's response was only to tighten border controls and drop more poison in our ears (the prime minister spoke of 'swarming', the foreign secretary of 'marauding migrants').

Speaking at Monday's meeting are the activist Weyman Bennett, the storyteller Glenys Newton, the writer Shahida Rahman (author of the novel Lascar), and others from local political, trade union, student, and community organizations.

[Updated with details of speakers on 30 October. Corrected on 3 November: we had mistakenly said that Glenys Newton represented the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign.]

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  • commented 2015-11-03 17:15:02 +0000
    Thanks Stefan. Please excuse our mistake. We’ll correct the post now.
  • commented 2015-11-03 13:36:45 +0000
    Please note: There appears to have been a miscommunication. Glenys Newton is NOT a representative of the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign.

    Stefan
    Coordinator, Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign

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