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Upcoming launch event for Anti-Racism Day

The UN’s Anti-Racism Day on 20 March will be preceded by an online launch in Hastings on 2 March organised by Hastings & District Trades Council. Nick Terdre reports.

Saturday 20 March is the UN’s Anti-Racism Day, which will be marked by a global day of action coordinated by World Against Racism & Fascism, an international coalition of anti-racist movements.

In Britain Stand Up to Racism and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have worked together to organise safe socially distanced actions where possible, combined with international linked online actions, including a major global rally at 5pm.

Next week posters showing a scene from a Black Lives Matter rally in Alexandra Park last year will go up along the seafront and across the town to publicise the day.

Hastings & District Trades Council has planned a local online launch event on Tuesday 2 March at 7.30pm with a diverse line-up of speakers. “The aim of the event is to bring people together to take action against all forms of racism, fascism, Islamophobia and antisemitism, in opposition to racist scapegoating of refugees and migrants and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement,” the trades council said.

The government’s hostile environment policy has prompted regular actions by refugee support groups in Hastings.

Proud history

“We have a proud history in Hastings of welcoming refugees and those seeking sanctuary from persecution to our town,” said Cllr Maya Evans from Voices for Creative Non-Violence. “By joining in with this worldwide day on 20 March, we plan to publicly demonstrate our commitment to eradicating all forms of racism, whether it be in schools, workplaces, on the street or in social gatherings.

“We want Hastings to be a welcoming and safe place for everyone to live, work or visit.”

The launch will be chaired by Anna Maria Nabirye and speakers will include:

  • Nadia Sayed of Stand Up to Racism
  • Wilf Sullivan, TUC race equality officer
  • Bella Fashola of RMT union
  • Dawn Dublin of Black Butterfly
  • Ethan, a former resident of Napier Barracks
  • Cllr Evans, Voices for Creative Non-Violence.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Register here.

Black Lives Matter rally in Warrior Square Gardens last June.

 

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Posted 16:32 Friday, Feb 26, 2021 In: Politics

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