Speakers include: • Trevor Prescod MP (Barbados) • Cornelia Kerth, Association of Persecutes of the Nazi Regime/Federation of Antifascists (Germany) • Martvs Chagas, former Minister for Racial Equality (Brazil) • Marwan Muhammad, Former Director of Collective Against Islamophobia (France) • Sandor Szöke, Roma civil rights campaigner (Hungary) • Elise Bryant, Coalition of Labor Women President & United Against Hate (US) • Petros Constantinou, KEERFA (Greece) • Anum Qaisar-Javed MP • Shavanah Taj – General Seretary TUC Wales • Mohammad Asif, Director Afghan Human Rights Foundation • Zoe Reed, Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding • Ulrike Schmidt, Amnesty International • Nahella Ashraf, Stand Up To Racism • Sabby Dhalu, Stand Up To Racism
When Boris Johnson rolled out the red carpet for the far-right Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán earlier this year, it was clear that he saw no problem in normalising an antisemitic, Islamophobic, anti-LGBT, anti-roma authoritarian who is ruling by decree.
This, along with the resurgence of Le Pen in France as well as Macron’s own racist actions, statements by Jair Bolsonaro that he intends to rule Brazil even if he loses next year’s elections, is one of many signs that although Trump is no longer US President, the racist right remains a major international threat.
This international plenary will hear speakers from across Europe including Sandor Szöke, (Hungary), Martvs Chagas (Brazil), Marwan Muhammad (France), Cornelia Kerth (Germany) and Petros Constantinou (Greece) on their struggle against racism & the far-right in their countries.
The global Black LIves Matter movement is fighting, and in some areas winning on key issues such as racist policing, reparations and decolonising education. We’re delighted that Trevor Prescod, an MP from Barbados will talk about the struggle of Caribbean countries for reparations, including those owed by Conservative MP Richard Drax. Elise Bryant, Coalition of Labor Women President will bring sollidarity from the US Black Lives Matter Movement.
The humanitarian situation facing refugees, especially those fleeing Afghanistan is at the centre of all our thoughts, and Mohammad Asif, Director Afghan Human Rights Foundation will talk about the importance of fighting internationally and especially in Britain for refugees to be provided safe haven.
Following the rise in racist attacks since the start of COVID-19 including the horrific far-right terrorist attack in Atlanta this year in which 8 people were killed, Zoe Reed from the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding will join the session to discuss working across communities and the labour movement to join the struggle against the rising wave of hate crime against Chinese, East and South-East asian communities with the fight to stop the tide of racist, Islamophobic, antisemitic and anti-Roma hate crime.
We’re also joined by leading anti-racists in Britain such as Bell Ribeiro Addy MP, Shavanah Taj (Wales TUC Gen Sec), Anum Qaisar-Javed MP, & more to discuss how those in Britain can link up with international movements.