Stand up to Racism

Stand up to Racism and MEND say - register to vote now; use your vote against racism

Stand Up To Racism is working with Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) to encourage get people to register to vote before the deadline expires for voter registration in the general election at 11.59pm on Monday 22 May.

We are jointly producing a tens of thousands of leaflets asking people to 'register now, use your vote against racism'.

We know that whatever the polls say the outcome of this election could be tight with votes amongst BAME communities and young people crucial.

Some parties are peddling the same old lies about immigration. They are pointing the finger at migrants for over stretching services and driving down wages.

Stand Up To Racism and MEND want to encourage every anti-racist to register to vote and to vote against racist policies on 8 June.

 

On Friday we are asking groups to leaflet mosques, colleges, gigs and transport hubs to encourage voter registration.

Some groups will set up stalls in marginal constituencies where a few votes either way could make the difference.

Order our 'register now' leaflets ahead of next Monday's voter registration deadline, bulk copies (£10 - 1000, £5 - 500) from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the 'Keep racism out of the election' statement here signed by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Dr Shazad Amin, CEO MEND, Kevin Courtney (NUT), Mark Serwotka (PCS), Tony Kearns (CWU) and many more. Sign the statement here

Finally, this campaign will need money! Please give whatever you can afford below - the more resources we have, the bigger out impact on the campaign.

Statement:

The snap election called by Theresa May for 8th June raises the serious prospect of a further rise in racism. Hate crimes soared by 41% following last year's EU Referendum, and much of the same toxic scapegoating which fueled this rise now threatens to dominate the General Election.

Since the financial crisis, migrants and refugees have repeatedly been blamed for the effects of economic stagnation and austerity. In fact, migrants play an indispensable role in society and the economy, staffing crucial public services and contributing through the tax system.

In the wake of Donald Trump's Muslim Ban and a shocking rise in anti-Muslim hate crime fuelled by the far-right and sections of the press, Islamophobia must also be challenged at every point in this campaign.

There is no place for racism and scapegoating in our political discourse. We call on all political leaders, media outlets, candidates and campaigns to refrain from the scapegoating of migrants and refugees and take responsibility for halting the rise of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

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Signatories include:

Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary

Mark Serwotka, PCS General Secretary

Tony Kearns, CWU Acting General Secretary

John Mcdonnell, Shadow Chancellor

Diane Abbott, Shadow Home Secretary

Shahrar Ali, Green Party Home Affairs Spokesperson

Dr Shazad Amin, CEO, Mend

Rabbi Lee Wax, New North London Synagogue

Alan Gibbons, Author

Claude Moraes MEP

Rushanara Ali, Lab: Bethnal Green & Bow

Heidi Alexander, Lab: Lewisham East

Ronnie Campbell, Lab: Blyth Valley

Alex Cunningham, Lab: Stockton North

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