26 JANUARY 2013
@ St Johns the Baptist Church Hall,
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JG (map)
[[AN EVENT BY TYNESIDE COMMUNITY ACTION AGAINST RACISM]]
The global economic crisis has led to the working class in this country—and internationally—facing intensified reaction at the hands of the British state. The increasing levels of austerity at home, and military interventions abroad, are all part of this offensive.
Black and Asian people continue to be hit hardest; they make up a super-exploited section of the working class who are forced into the worst jobs and housing, have—in the case of many immigrants—restricted access to public services and welfare provision, and are detained in immigration prisons; to be deported at the whim of the government.
In order to divide and more easily oppress the entire working class, racism is used to justify the oppression of black people both in Britain and abroad and to scapegoat migrant workers and asylum seekers for the lack of jobs, housing, and services that result from the government’s attacks on all of us.
In this context, it’s more important than ever that we come together to discuss and educate ourselves about these issues and to organise against racism. Together we are stronger!
With plenty of time for discussion.
Sessions and speakers on:
12-1.30PM: RACISM IN WELFARE & HOUSING:
John Grayson will speak on the experience of asylum seekers in G4S housing. Tom Vickers will speak on how British welfare has reinforced racist immigration controls.
1.30-2.45PM: RACISM IN THE BRITISH IMMIGRATION SYSTEM:
Frances Webber will speak on the battle for migrant rights inside ‑and outside- of the courtroom. Raul Ally will speak on his personal experience of immigration detention.
2.45-4.30PM: RACISM & IMPERIALISM:
Hands Off Somalia will speak on British imperialist interests in Somalia and the consequences for both its population and for Somalia migrants in Britain. Toby Harbertson will speak on British support for Israel and Israeli state racism.
Immigration barrister for 30 years, campaigner with the Institute of Race Relations and author of Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights (2012, Pluto)
Researcher and member of South Yorkshire Migrant and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG), expert on the consequences of the transfer of asylum housing to British security multinational G4S
A leading member of TCAR who is seeking asylum from Somalia and has been living in the North East since he was 12 years old, and spent the summer of 2012 imprisoned in Morton Hall immigration prison in Lincolnshire
Supporter of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!, researcher, and author of Refugees, Capitalism and the British State: Implications for social workers, volunteers and activists (2012, Ashgate)
Middle East and North Africa correspondent for Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! who, in the summer of 2011, volunteered with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (which resists Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes)
HANDS OFF SOMALIA
An anti-racist, anti-imperialist organisation dedicated to opposing any corporate, political, or military intervention in Somalia by the British state and challenging the criminalisation of Somali migrants in Britain.