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We have organised a coach (and can get more if tickets sell out) to go to MFJs demonstration at the Labour Party Conference. Coach will leave at 9am sharp from York Way, alongside Kings Cross Station.

If you are a wheelchair user let us know and we can make provision in the coach. If you have any other accessibility questions please email mfj@ueaa.net

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Put FIGHTING RACISM back on the Agenda: Anti-Racist Rally & March for Immigrant Rights at Labour Party Conference


For everyone fighting this country’s hostile environment of racism that has got worse since the Brexit referendum, for everyone who wants to end the racist scapegoating of immigrants, who recognises the profound connection between racism and poverty in Britain that was glaringly exposed by the crime of Grenfell Tower, who is fighting for justice and respect as a migrant worker, Muslim, asylum seeker or international student, or seeking justice for victims of racist police killings – You need to be part of the march and rally called by Movement for Justice (MFJ) at the Labour Party Conference and fight to break Labour from the scapegoating of immigrants, the demonisation of the Muslim community, and all the policies that create a hostile environment of racism in the UK, and demand that Labour defends the free movement of people and joins the ANTI-RACIST fight to Stop Brexit.

Reverse the Hostile Environment of Racism in Britain
Bring Down the Government!

Stop Scapegoating Immigrants – Defend the Free Movement of People – No New Immigration Controls – Amnesty for All Undocumented Immigrants

Racism drove Brexit & Brexit is driving Racism - STOP BREXIT!

Unite the Struggles against Poverty and against Racism & Anti-Muslim attacks

The future direction of our lives is being shaped and re-shaped daily by the deepening political crisis of Brexit, which is at the heart of the concerted attack on immigrants and established immigrant communities. In this volatile situation history can be changed and Theresa May’s fragile government can be defeated by an organised, integrated, youth and immigrant led mass movement of and for the oppressed, that is independent of the established political system and does not rely on what the Labour Party does in Parliament or in government.

We need to build this movement because the whole history of struggles to overcome oppression shows that they are won by the oppressed asserting our own power in action. Our hopes for an integrated, progressive future depend primarily on the young generation that is stepping forward, seeing the deep interconnection of fighting racism and poverty, with the fewest illusions in the decisions that politicians and corporations make above, around and without us.

The growing movement and the crisis in the Labour Party
The last two years have been a time of rapid change and growing divisions: we have seen Brexit and the election of Trump – and we have seen the growing movement of immigrants/refugees pulling down the fences and opening the borders of Europe & Britain to solve real & urgent problems created by war, poverty and tyranny, the mass movement of youth & students that secured Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader, the growing movement of migrant workers fighting low pay and racism, and the rapid growth of the integrated, youthful movement led by MFJ to shut down Yarl’s Wood and all detention centres.

During the General Election campaign thousands of Corbyn’s young supporters - many of whom are part of the struggles for immigrant rights, against racism etc. poured into communities across the country, engaged with voters and made Labour’s popular campaign against austerity their own. The impact of this integrated, youthful movement changed the character of the election, inspiring millions of voters to put aside anti-immigrant prejudices and vote for Labour to defeat May’s government, whose policies are the cause of poverty.

Since the start of the year, however, all of us who have experienced and fought against the hostile climate of racism have had to respond to Corbyn’s support for Brexit and ending free movement of people between the UK and EU. MFJ and activists in the student movement and Labour movement have taken up this fight, which has won growing support inside the Labour Party before and since the election. MFJ has called this demonstration at the Labour conference to build this movement and bring it together.

The impact of all our struggles has been seen now, following the shock of Corbyn’s statements in a TV interview on 23 July, when he recycled the old lies that immigrants are to blame for low pay and insecurity, and that stopping immigration will solve those problems – speaking of “The wholesale importation of underpaid workers from central Europe in order to destroy conditions” for British workers, and of low paid workers brought here “In order to dismiss an existing workforce in the construction industry.” Now a large group of Labour Party and trade union activists has launched the Labour Campaign for Free Movement, initiated by two black Labour MPs, David Lammy and Clive Lewis. They say in their statement:

“Migrants are not to blame for falling wages, insecurity, bad housing and overstretched public services…
“A system of free movement is the best way to protect and advance the interests of all workers, by giving everyone the right to work legally, join a union and stand up to their boss without fear of deportation or destitution.
“… We need to tell the truth about who and what is to blame for the crisis: an unaccountable elite who have run the economy in their own narrow interests. Ending free movement would be counterproductive to achieving all of this.”

MFJ welcomes this statement. It is a victory for our growing movement.

It is time for Labour to ditch forever the Party’s long history of sacrificing the interests of immigrants, sacrificing the rights of people in the colonies, and treating the struggles of black and Asian workers & youth in the UK as secondary issues.

Fighting racism is not a ‘choice’
Fighting racism is not a ‘choice’ for us; it is a life-and-death struggle. Talk is cheap; our real situation demands clarity and action. We reject Labour’s current coded racism of ‘managed immigration’. We are fighting to maintain the free movement of people, end the vicious circle of ever more inhuman immigration laws, shut down every detention centre, end the anti-Muslim Prevent strategy and reverse the hostile environment policies that criminalise immigrants and asylum seekers, make our health service, schools and homes a front line for immigration controls, and foster racist prejudice & discrimination throughout society. We demand an unconditional Amnesty for all undocumented immigrants & asylum seekers, many of whom have lived in limbo for decades.

And we call on the Labour leadership to recognise what its young, black, Asian & Muslim supporters understand, that Brexit is a nationalistic, anti-immigrant, scapegoating project, and FIGHT TO STOP IT.

Why this fight matters
Corbyn has committed to Brexit and ending free movement because, like most Labour politicians, he wrongly believes poor and working class white voters are so tied to racist prejudice that it can’t be overcome. That means Labour, under their leadership, is failing to be a voice for the youth, immigrants and black, Asian, Muslim and Latinx communities who are the most dynamic force for change in Britain.

The reality is that there cannot be an effective, united struggle against poverty and austerity on that basis.

Racism and immigrant-bashing are the most important weapons of the rich & powerful to weaken and divide the poor, working class and oppressed. Racism manipulates the hopes and loyalties of citizens, and allows politicians of all parties to impose cuts and increase poverty. Brexit is the product of these policies. We can’t build a successful movement against poverty by avoiding the issue of racism.

MFJ is demonstrating at the Labour conference because a serious anti-racist fight in the Labour Party against Brexit, a fight to ditch all anti-immigrant policies and reverse the hostile environment of racism, will increase the confidence and hope of millions and greatly boost a mass movement that will change the balance of social forces in favour of the poor and oppressed. Thousands of hopeful young Labour activists who are part of the growing movement against racism and poverty are taking up that fight. MFJ calls on them to join the rally on 24 September.

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