Monday 24 October / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro, 5-7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD
Our friends in Cambridge Stand Up to Racism will hold a public meeting next week where Zak Cochrane (Stand Up to Racism), Lewis Herbert (Cambridge Labour Party, leader of Cambridge City Council), and Sharon Kaur (co-convener of Cambridge Green Party) will be among those to explain why, after the referendum vote that Britain should leave the EU, we still say that migrants are welcome here.
Since the vote, there has been an alarming spike in the number of reported incidents of racist harassment. Verbal abuse, graffiti, and stickers have spread alongside physical attacks, in the most terrible of which an unborn child has been killed in Milton Keynes and a man in Harlow.
In the same period, tens of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in support of refugees, and millions more have donated money and goods. However racist views are given publicity and encouragement by the media, and by the political forces which thrive on division and prejudice.
We know that people face problems with housing, education, healthcare, and employment, but none of these are the fault of immigrants and refugees. We join those who stand up to racism, and work together to build a fairer world.
(We've borrowed above from the organizers' publicity materials.)
[Updated with new venue on 24 October.]