Kent Anti-Racism Network Conference – Saturday 21st May

Old Sessions House– Canterbury Christ Church College, North Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury, CT1 1QU

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kent-anti-racism-network-conference-tickets-24453320540

 

Kent Anti-Racism Network will be hosting their first Conference in Canterbury in May 2016. We aim to bring together anti racists, refugee and migrant support groups and anti fascists across Kent and beyond to discuss how we can build a vibrant and inclusive movement. We want those with experience and practical skills to share with us.

There will be discussions on opposing racism and fascism such as that on ‘How do we oppose the Nazis in Dover’ with Weyman Bennett from Unite Against Fascism and a speaker from London Anti-Fascists, chaired by a local Dover resident. Among the workshops and debates hosted at the conference will be a session to ‘know your rights at demos’ hosted by Green and Black Cross, a session on mass direct action hosted by Brighton Anti-Fascists and a session on the criminalisation of protest hosted by Defend The Right To Protest.

Anindya Bhattacharyya will be speaking on the rise of the far-right in Europe. Betty Joseph, chair of Race Relations Committee at SERTUC is speaking at our opening session and Wilf Sullivan from the Trades Union Congress will be speaking at the Austerity and Racism session. Students not Suspects have confirmed they are hosting a workshop and Amina Mangera a veteran of the battle of Lewisham is speaking at the session ‘from Lewisham to Walthamstow – how the fascists were beaten’.

Across Europe we are seeing the rise of the far-right. Refugees are being treated as criminals or non-humans by the EU, Britain and elsewhere. They have been facing ferocious physical attacks and are vilified by the mainstream media and being used to justify closing borders and enacting emergency legislation. Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are also on the rise.

In Britain the far-right have splintered but hardened their views – now openly calling for violent repatriation. They are focusing their street movement primarily on violence against anti-racists and anti-fascists, trade unions and the organised working class. For them, Dover’s White Cliffs has become the symbolic location for ‘defending Britain from the invaders.’

However, there has been an outpouring of support and solidarity for refugees across Europe and the UK. Anti fascists and anti racists are mobilising in ever larger numbers to defeat the fascists on the streets. Many organisations are coming together to take on racist myths in their workplaces, their communities, schools and elsewhere. We need to focus on this and come together to discuss how we can strengthen our movement. There will be meetings, workshops and stalls hosted by a wide spectrum of groups and organisations to discuss how we can win.

Join us in Canterbury on Saturday!

 

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kent-anti-racism-network-conference-tickets-24453320540

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1709411472663886/

 

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