Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1099/31281

From The Socialist newspaper, 2 September 2020

Black Lives Matter: Fighting injustice, fighting for our rights

  (Click to enlarge)

Cardiff: Racist system exposed

Protesters marched in Cardiff on 30 August, part of the wave of international solidarity for Jacob Blake after he was shot in the back by police in Wisconsin.

The protest also highlighted the case of Mercy Baguma, a Ugandan asylum seeker who was found dead in Glasgow next to her baby.

As demonstrators gathered, Socialist Party members started a street meeting to discuss how racism is used under capitalism to divide the working class and weaken its opposition to exploitation.

Campaigners for the family of Christopher Kapessa joined the march. Christopher tragically drowned in the Cynon Valley last year, but his death prompted no adequate investigation by the police.

Camilla Mngaza spoke powerfully about the treatment of her daughter Siyanda. She was jailed for four years for Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) after she defended herself in a racist physical attack.

The Socialist Party call for democratic control of the police by workers' organisations was very well received. Campaigners know that they must harness the anger of the movement to radically change the way society is run, or racist police violence will continue.

Ross Saunders

Wokingham: This is political

This was the first Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest organised in Wokingham. Speakers gave many personal accounts about the effects of racism. 200 people attended, including a significant number of black youth.

The Socialist Party was the only organisation to produce material. And we had an excellent response - lots of people wanted to know more and what needs to be done to build an effective campaign to smash racism.

But we were disappointed that two of our black members taking part were not allowed to speak because they were "too political" in the opinion of the organisers. This fight has to be political - to take on the system that leaves black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers four times more likely to die from Covid, and hit hard by austerity and the housing crisis.

For the BLM movement to develop, we need a democratic and inclusive debate about what we are fighting for and how we are going to achieve it. A united working-class movement involving the trade unions, fighting for socialist policies of jobs and homes not racism, has the potential to do this.

Nick Chaffey

Liverpool: Fighting for BAME workers, fighting for everyone

On the Black Lives Matter protest on 22 August, even 13 and 14-year-olds were picking up our placards and signing up to come to our youth meeting. To win the demands of the movement, we need to be organised around a programme to tackle racism.

The unions must fight for the whole workforce, including BAME workers - for better pay, terms and conditions and against racism. The struggle for decent living conditions - jobs, homes, youth centres, libraries and a public NHS, need to be taken up by the unions.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 2 September 2020:


News

Tory schools chaos - unions must fight for safety

Eviction ban extension not enough: make it longer, forgive the arrears!

Don't blame asylum seekers for Tory cuts

News in brief


Disability and Covid

Capitalism cause of disproportionate disabled deaths and isolation


No going back series

Welfare after Covid-19


Workplace news

Demand a fightback from the TUC and unions

Tate strike: "Coronavirus - no reason to fire us!"

B&Q worker reinstated: Organised response successfully challenges unfair dismissal

West Midlands journalists strike against pay and job cuts

Support Ikea workers - reinstate Richie Venton

London bus drivers poised for strike action


Join the socialists

Socialism on the rise


International

Fight racism, Trump and capitalism

Mass protests in Israel demand Netanyahu's resignation

Trotsky online rally - watched across the world


Campaigns

No Covid penalty on our future

Black Lives Matter: Fighting injustice, fighting for our rights

Nottingham: Socialists and anti-racists oppose right-wing march

No to polluting incinerator, dumped in working-class Edmonton

Scrap hospital parking charges

Liverpool: Support 15% pay rise for NHS

Lincoln: Save Drill Hall

Fundraising: An example to follow


Reviews

TV: Once Upon a Time in Iraq

Manctopia: billion pound property boom


 

Home   |   The Socialist 2 September 2020   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Black Lives Matter:

triangleRemembering Mohamud Hassan - continuing the fight against police brutality

triangleSocialist Party Black and Asian caucus

triangleSham inquiry into 'progressive extremism'

triangleBiden, Labour, and the need for a new mass workers' party

triangleJustice for Mohamud Hassan!

Black:

triangleLatest podcast - How can we fight racism and capitalism today?

triangleBlack Workers' Charter: A programme to fight racism

triangleSocialist Party Black & Asian members' meeting

triangleNew Cross Gate fire 40 years ago

Racism:

triangleTV review: Red, White and Blue

triangleMangrove: When the black community made a stand against state racism

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Socialist:

triangleLiverpool Labour meltdown - Fight for socialist policies

triangleGetting the Socialist out in lockdown

Police:

triangleJustice for Moyied Bashir

BAME:

triangleVaccine algorithm can't solve capitalist inequality

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

26/2/21

Lockdown

Getting the Socialist out in lockdown

25/2/21

TUSC

President of 'big four' Labour-affiliated trade union joins TUSC committee

24/2/21

South Wales

Justice for Moyied Bashir

24/2/21

Asylum

Tories admit guilt for asylum seeker neglect

24/2/21

Bus

London bus dispute against low pay, pay cuts and longer hours

24/2/21

HM Revenue and Customs

HMRC: Divisive pay deal leads to expulsions

24/2/21

Socialist Students

Socialist Students conference - postering

24/2/21

Sussex

W. Sussex children's centres on the chopping block

24/2/21

British Gas

GMB members continue fight against 'fire and rehire' in British Gas

24/2/21

Liverpool

Liverpool Unite branch supports 'no cuts' budget strategy

24/2/21

TUSC

Scottish TUSC election campaign launch

24/2/21

Coventry

Coventry success building subscriptions

24/2/21

Nottingham

Save John Carroll Leisure Centre

24/2/21

TUSC

Keep the fighting fund rushing in for a TUSC stand in May

24/2/21

Tories

Tories target universities in free speech shakedown

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999