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The Socialist 8 July 2020 |
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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.