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National Conference: Confronting The Rise in Racism – Saturday 21 October 2017

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Speakers include: Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary • Kate Osamor MP, Shadow DfID Secretary • Lowkey, Rapper • Esa Charles, Father of Rashan Charles • Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, Finsbury Park Mosque • Kevin Courtney, NEU Joint Gen Sec • Dave Ward, CWU Gen Sec • Roger Mckenzie, Unison Ass Gen Sec • Catherine West, Labour MP Hornsey and Wood Green • Claude Moraes, Labour MEP • Shahrar Ali, Green Party Home Affairs spokesperson • Salma Yaqoob • Myriam Kane, NUS NEC • Harun Rashid Khan, Muslim Council of Britain General Secretary • Talha Ahmad, Muslim Council of Britain Treasurer • David Rosenberg, Jewish Socialist Group • Azad Ali, MEND • Aman Ali, MEND • Maurice Wren, Chief Exec Refugee Council • Petros Constantinou, KEERFA (Greece) • Noam Devey, Show Racism The Red Card • Clare Mosesley, Care4Calais founder • Kate Hudson, CND Chair • Murad Qureshi, Stop The War • Hugh Lanning, Aliiance for Free Movement • Barbara Ntumy • Sam Fairbairn, Peoples Assembly • Gerry Gable, Searchlight • Canon Stephen Saxby, St Barnabus Church • Sabby Dhalu & Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism

This summer has seen the fight against racism and fascism take on new dimensions.

A fascist mobilisation in Charlottesville, which led to the death of anti-fascist campaigner Heather Hayer, was met by a shocking response by US President Trump who claimed the press treated the far-right protesters “absolutely unfairly” and blamed the violence on “both sides”. Vigils for Heather Hayer have been taking place across the country. This Saturday a protest has been called at the US Embassy in condemnation of Donald Trump.

In Britain a viciously Islamophobic campaign led by the Sun newspaper to attempt to racialise the crucial fight against sexual abuse has been met be a wave of opposition including a letter signed by over 100 MPs criticising the newspaper’s use of Nazi-like language in portraying “The Muslim Problem”.

Alongside a new spike in deaths in police custody, threats from the far-right in Europe and a prolonged wave of hate crimes as well as the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing refugees, Confronting The Rise in Racism 2017 is a crucial opportunity to come together taking on the challenges that confront us.

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