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Building the movement to #StopBrexit MFJ One Day Conference
Sun 26 March 2017, 10:30 – 17:00 BST
Following on from MFJ's 2 day conference at the end of January, successful #StopTrump #Stopbrexit walkouts & march on 20th February and the likely triggering of Article 50 before the end of March; this one day conference is a chance to get together and discuss where we are at and where we need to be in terms of building a new youth-led movement to #StopBrexit.
International Speaker: Shanta Driver, National Spokesperson for BAMN.com (Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary) BAMN is MFJ's sister organisation in the US.
Brexit = Racism, Immigrant-Bashing, Poverty & Repression - Build the movement to STOP BREXIT!
Stop the racist scapegoating of immigrants! Stop deportations! Open the Borders of Britain & Europe! Stop the rise of Fascism & the Far-Right!
Movement for Justice (MFJ) is building a movement to STOP BREXIT because that is the biggest threat to all our futures, wherever we were born and however long our families have lived in Britain. Brexit is the biggest attack on immigrants, refugees and international students, on black, Asian, Muslim and other minority communities, and on youth of all races since World War Two, 70+ years ago. It is Britain’s equivalent to Donald Trump being elected as President of the USA, and there is no more chance of a non-racist Brexit than there is of Trump being non-racist, non-sexist or honest.
The MFJ conference on Sunday 26th March is for everyone who wants to build that movement and fight for a better, hopeful, integrated future in a society that is based on equality and meets the needs of ALL. It is for everyone who wants to build a real, fighting alternative to the cynical lies, lame excuses and racist scapegoating we get from the politicians who have brought the country to its greatest crisis for over 100 years. We are many, we are strong when we come together in action, we have the most to win and the most to lose because we have our whole future ahead of us, and we will fight by any means necessary. Join us at the Conference to discuss and prepare how we build this movement and Stop Brexit.
We CAN Stop Brexit because it is an unstable, high-risk policy that has divided the rich and powerful. Everything to do with Brexit is still up in the air and undecided. All political and economic issues are in flux because Brexit is now the CENTRAL issue in the UK; it dominates and shapes everything. The powers-that-be are in a state of perplexity where no-one, in any party, has any clear plan. That is why Theresa May demanded a blank cheque to go ahead with Brexit negotiations without any public discussion. Labour MPs rolled over and gave her what she wanted because they were not prepared to stand up for the free movement of people or say the Brexit is racist. That has not settled anything, however.
That means that our movement – a movement of and for the poor and oppressed, based in our communities, schools, colleges, on our campuses and in our workplaces – can change the balance of forces in our society and de-rail the Brexit project. In fact, the ONLY way we can build a mass anti-racist and anti-poverty movement is through fighting to Stop Brexit.
An international movement
We are not fighting to Stop Brexit because we idealise the European Union. The EU has imposed hardship and poverty on tens of millions of people in Europe, it has brought Greece to its knees, let thousands drown in the Mediterranean, built fences and walls and sent refugees back to death and destitution, and exploited poorer countries around the world – and British governments, including Theresa May, have been among the biggest drivers of these policies within the EU. We fight to stop Brexit because it, along with racist and fascist movements across Europe, and Trump and his allies in the US, represents the biggest threat of mass racist persecution, dictatorship and war since the 1930s.
The EU is in a fundamental crisis, with or without Brexit, and there is no going back to the ‘business as usual’ of the old EU. Our movement must become an international movement to Open the Borders of Britain and Europe and unite youth, immigrants and the poor and oppressed across Europe to win a future of hope, justice and equality for all. is fighting for a different future for Europe just as we are fighting for a different future for Britain.
We can take inspiration from the youthful, integrated mass movement of resistance that has sprung up in the US from the moment Trump was elected and has continued to grow – not waiting for a word from Obama or Clinton or the Democrats, but marching in their millions, walking out of schools and colleges, shutting down great cities and the rallies of Trump’s fascist supporters, occupying airports, establishing sanctuary cities and campuses, and organising against immigration raids.
Our conference will hear a report on the lessons of that ongoing movement from Shanta Driver of MFJ’s American sister organisation, BAMN (By Any Means Necessary).
Racism and poverty
The present political system and big business have no hopeful, prosperous future in store for us. Their only policy is to protect the profits of the rich and powerful in a time of economic crisis and uncertainty, by imposing greater poverty, burdens and insecurity on poor, working class and struggling middle class people of all races. The attacks on public education are part of a policy to drive down our hopes and ambitions: that is behind May’s plan to bring back Grammar Schools for the few, with selection at 11+. Racism, immigrant-bashing and anti-Muslim prejudice are the weapons they use to divide us and impose that dismal future.
Farage, Trump, Le Pen etc. have used this situation to build mass support on the basis of racism among middle class and working class white people who feel (and in fact are) betrayed, disadvantaged and alienated, and mobilise them to suppress and attack immigrant, black, Asian, Latina/o, Muslim etc. communities, and especially the youth of those communities – to take away their rights and freedoms. That is not ‘democratic’ – it is the road to fascism and tyranny.
That is why MFJ says that fighting racism and fighting poverty are not separate struggles, and we can’t possibly win either of those fights separately or at the expense of the other. We have to fight racism in order to build a united, powerful movement against poverty and austerity. We can build that movement because our struggle can inspire millions who – unlike the ruling class - do not have any real, material interest in racism and need to fight against the current economic system.
That is our struggle and the fight to Stop Brexit is now the key issue. Join us at our Conference, 26th March. We will...
Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.