Anti-racism and British students

This video from Britain says about itself:

An interview with Stephen Lawrence’s mother Doreen Lawrence

Dec 19, 2012

Doreen Lawrence has had a memorable year. Her 2012 began with the conviction of two of her son’s killers in January. In the summer she led out the Olympic flag and the year ends with her making plans to mark the 20th anniversary of her son’s death. She talks to Hugh Muir about her efforts to keep the Stephen Lawrence trust going and to maintain pressure to convict the other men involved in his murder.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

NUS leaders condemned for blocking anti-racism motion

Friday 10 May 2013

by Our News Desk

Anti-racists slammed National Union of Students leaders today for rejecting proposals to fight discrimination and fascism.

The NUS’s executive council shot down a motion calling on it to “actively challenge racism, Islamophobia, anti-semitism and fascism” in an eight to 11 vote on Thursday.

If passed, the motion would have committed the union to a massive student voter registration drive in a bid to unseat fascist Euro MPs Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons.

NUS president Liam Burns was among those who opposed the motion, as it mandated the union to work with Unite Against Facism (UAF).

Opponents cited the involvement of the Socialist Workers Party, which is currently embroiled in a rape scandal.

But black students officer Aaron Kiely labelled the decision “absurd” in the week that “Ukip make a breakthrough in the local elections and the government announces a new immigration Bill aimed at ramping up racist scapegoating.”

Mr Kiely, who proposed the motion, said the fact that Doreen Lawrence, mother of racist-murder victim Stephen, is honorary president of UAF should have given NUS members confidence to work with the organisation.

Labour MP Diane Abbott said: “I completely condemn the rape scandal that has tainted the SWP leadership.

“But I am still in general support of the good anti-racist work of the UAF.”

And UAF national secretary Sabby Dhalu told the Morning Star she was “deeply concerned” about the vote when “students and young people face some of the most violent manifestations of racism.

“With the far-right increasingly targeting campuses, and with this being the 20th anniversary of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence, this vote sends the wrong signal.”

Britain’s Queen’s speech: Anti-immigrant rhetoric in support of austerity: here.

3 thoughts on “Anti-racism and British students

  1. Tory attempts to distance himself from racist group

    Thursday 08 August 2013

    A Tory backbencher attempted to distance himself yesterday from a right-wing group that apparently suggested black Britons should “return to their natural homelands.”

    Jacob Rees-Mogg was guest of honour at the annual dinner of the Traditional Britain Group in London in May.

    But the MP said he was not a supporter and had been “shocked” by comments on the group’s Facebook page.

    One post condemned the peerage recently awarded to Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen.

    The post said: “It is a monstrous disgrace that this Lawrence women, who is no friend of Great Britain, and who is totally without merit, should be recognised like this or in any other way.”

    “In fact she, along with millions of others, should be requested to return to their natural homelands.”

    Mr Rees-Mogg admitted that he had been warned about the group before attending but was assured by the organiser of the dinner that claims it was a racist organisation were part of a smear campaign.

    An open letter to @grantshapps from @JonAshworth: will you suspend Traditional Britain from the Conservative Party?


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