Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party




spotElection campaigns



spotSocialist women


spotYouth and Students

All keywords

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Asylum keywords:

Asylum (116)

Asylum-seekers (4)

Deportation (22)

Refugee (61)

Refugees (117)

Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1237)

Anti-fascist (561)

Anti-racism (704)

Anti-war (1488)

Asylum (211)

Black and Asian (394)

Children (377)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (201)

Education (3914)

Election campaigns (2448)

Environment (608)

EU (450)

Finance (99)

Food (270)

Health and safety (33)

Health and welfare (315)

Housing (1036)

Human Rights (380)

LGBT Pride (143)

Local government (2180)

Local services (3658)

Low pay (509)

Migration (56)

Nationalisation (145)

New workers party (467)

NHS (1842)

Pensions (701)

Post Office (222)

Poverty (573)

Privatisation (1017)

Public Services (1131)

Socialism (872)

Socialist (43)

Sport (196)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (90)

Students (1829)

The state (1368)

Transport (551)

TUSC (999)

Welfare rights (716)

Women (763)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8261)

Youth (1966)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity

Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 911, 27 July 2016: No compromise with Labour right

Search site for keywords: Sheffield - Solidarity - Black - Police - Racist - Racism - Demonstration - Detention - Immigration - Refugees

Sheffield demonstrates in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Sheffield Black Lives Matter demonstration 22 July photo Alistair Tice

Sheffield Black Lives Matter demonstration 22 July photo Alistair Tice   (Click to enlarge)

Will Hornett

On 22 July Sheffield's first Black Lives Matter demonstration, a large and vibrant march around the city centre took place, beginning and culminating in big rallies of about 1,000 people.

This demonstration follows a wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the country organised largely by young, black, working class people. These are in solidarity with the massive movement in the USA that has built up as a response to the racist murders of black people by the police.

In the US in 2015, at least 102 black people were murdered by the police. That is five times the rate of the killings of white people, also horrendous crimes in themselves. In Britain, there is a growing consciousness among young black activists, radicalised by the movement in the US, that the UK is not guiltless.

For example the high profile racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993, the investigation of which was marred by institutional racism and corruption, and most recently, the death of 18-year old Mzee Mohammed in police custody in Liverpool which is currently being investigated.

BLM demo, Sheffield, photo by A Tice

BLM demo, Sheffield, photo by A Tice   (Click to enlarge)

This demonstration highlighted the importance of viewing these racist attacks as part of a broader picture of the institutionalised racism, most immediately, of the police.

The point was made by several speakers however that this racism is embedded in more than just the police. It is embedded in the racist immigration services that make it much harder to migrate here as a person of colour than a white person. A system which detains hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers in detention centres like Yarls Wood, the vast majority of which are people of colour.

Also, cuts to local services in working class communities disproportionately affect people of colour because they are targeted at working class communities.

The organisers were clear that this is not the end, that there needs to be an extended campaign against racism, cuts, and austerity, and that this should become a movement as large and strong as we are seeing in the US.

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:


triangleTeachers strike in Sheffield

triangleSheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends

triangleSheffield trees campaigner sentenced to prison

triangleOrgreave campaigners' Halloween 'Death of Justice' march

triangleSheffield South Socialist Party: Trotsky's theory of permanent revolution


triangleTamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

triangleUnite day of action against blacklisting

triangleManchester Socialist Party: Solidarity meeting - hear from Manchester strikers

triangleNSSN meeting brings together workers in struggle


triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: Organising for socialist change

triangleThe "club no-one wants to be part of" - march by families of those killed in police custody

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: "You can't have capitalism without racism" (Malcolm X)


triangleIrish capitalist state: rotten to the core

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?


triangleRoyal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system


triangleBristol North Socialist Party: 'You can't have capitalism without racism' - was Malcolm X correct?


triangleLively student demonstration for free education could have been much bigger


triangleInterview: Refugee Rights Campaign


triangleThem & Us


triangleHundreds of torture victims wrongly detained