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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 July 2020
Black Lives Matter - the fight is not over
Hundreds gathered for a Black Lives Matter protest on 5 July. Given it was the anniversary of the opening of the NHS, the protest started with a round of applause for the NHS, and all the healthcare workers on the front line of Covid.
Speeches focused on the need to have a decent healthcare system, the high number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people who work on poverty pay in healthcare, and the disproportionately high mortality rates of black women, particularly maternity deaths.
Another speaker urged people to join a trade union to fight racism in the workplace. Socialist Party members discussed with people about the need to build a mass united movement against racism, oppression and capitalism.
The upsurge in coronavirus in Bradford meant the protest on 4 July in Centenary Square was smaller compared to those that came before.
The protest was still home to a diverse impassioned crowd, showing the fight is far from over - a movement not a moment.
Almost all of those attending got a copy of our leaflet, and many took the Socialist Party's popular Malcolm X placards to hold.
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In The Socialist 8 July 2020:
Fantastic virtual NSSN conference: "Fight for our lives and livelihoods''
Homerton hospital workers deserve equal pay and conditions
Jobcentre reopening: only union struggle will put safety first
Southampton UCU: election victory for combative rank and file
Tower Hamlets council workers strike against wholesale attack on terms and conditions
Nottingham unions fight council job cuts
Fight for every job, fight for socialism
Tory NHS betrayal
Young people have no choice but to fight the system
Leicester: End the scandal of sweatshop labour
Covid pandemic and Northern Ireland - workers must resist the bosses' offensive
£1,600 less benefits if your job goes - while super-rich splash cash
Testing: Tories' £5bn gift to private sector
Johnson blames care workers for deaths
£3bn green pledge: not enough for climate or jobs
Poverty rises again - especially for BAME workers
Them and us
No going back
No going back: Nationalise social care!
The best place to start - join the Socialist Party
Trans rights protests oppose Tory backsliding
Black Lives Matter - the fight is not over
Hong Kong: The fight for democratic rights
Bangladesh: Stop closure and privatisation of Jute Mills
TV: The school that tried to end racism
Books that inspired me: The Fire Next Time
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