UN Anti-Racism Day of Action

Event date: 
22 March 2014 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Event location: 
Parliament Square, London

For Woodcraft Folk members:
Woodcraft Folk supports the March 22nd Actions against Racism and Fascism

Update:

Meet 11.00 at Old Palace Yard (this is the green space opposite Parliament where they do all the TV interviews). Look for the London Region Woodcraft Folk banner. Brighton Woodcraft Folk are bringing their big parachute.

We want the parade to be fun, noisy and colourful. So let's do lots of singing, wear woodie costume etc. For more info or to offer help, contact richard_natfhe@hotmail.com. I will need some help stewarding, carrying the banner and a person or two for a Woodcraft stall in Trafalgar Square.
 


March 22nd is UN Anti-Racism Day, which commemorates the 1960 Sharpeville massacre when 69 peaceful demonstrators were shot by police in South Africa.

Across Europe racism and xenophobia, particularly in the forms of Islamophobia and hostility to immigrants, are being whipped up by the far right and anti-immigrant parties and groups and by sections of the media. Mainstream political parties and politicians are starting to tail-end these forces and to scapegoat immigrants. It is important that those working with children and young people stand up against this dangerous trend and encourage children and young people to put into practice Woodcraft Folk’s motto of ‘Span the World with Friendship’.

On March 22nd., Unite Against Fascism and the Trades Union Congress are joining groups across Europe in a Day of Action around two themes:

  • Stand up to Racism and Fascism
  • Celebrate Diversity and Multiculturalism

Woodcraft Folk is supporting these events and encourages all members to participate in them. If you're planning on going, join the Facebook event page.

Woodcraft Folk has a long and proud history, dating back to the 1930s, of opposition to racism and fascism and support for diversity and multiculturalism.

More recently our brothers and sisters elsewhere in Europe have been direct subjects of fascist violence. In September 2012 Vilmos Hanti, president of our Hungarian sister organisation Hungarian Childfriends and a leading Hungarian anti-fascist was viciously beaten and hospitalised by individuals associated with the far-right JOBBIK party. A children’s centre belonging to our German sister organisation Die Falken has twice been the subject of neo-Nazi arson attacks.
So participation in this event is also a show of solidarity for our brothers and sisters.

The main event is in London, where there will be a parade from Parliament Square (assemble by the Nelson Mandela statue) to Trafalgar Square followed by a Rally in Trafalgar Square. Assemble at 11.00.

The parade will celebrate diversity and multiculturalism and highlight the contribution of immigrants to many aspects of our communities. We want it to be colourful and noisy with lots of music, singing etc., so Woodcraft Folk should be able to make a contribution to this atmosphere.

There are also events currently in the early planning stages in Cardiff and Glasgow and we encourage our members in Wales and Scotland to participate in these events.

For more information from the organisers go to: www.standuptoracism.org.uk.
You should be able to find information as to who to contact in your area and about coaches to the London event.

Woodcraft Folk participation is being co-ordinated by Richard Kirkwood (Hackney WcF). Please contact him – richard_natfhe@hotmail.com - for any more information and with offers of help.
In particular we are looking for:

  • People to run a Woodcraft Folk stall in Trafalgar Square on the day
  • People to help co-ordinate a Woodcraft Folk group, lots of singing - suggestions so far include ‘Back of the bus’ and ‘If I had a hammer’ (in memory of Pete Seeger) , maybe a parachute, in the parade on the day
  • Lots of colourful Woodie stuff for the parade (wear Folk Costume of some sort)

This looks like being the biggest anti-racist event for many years. We want this to be like our participation in the anti-cuts protests only more so. Please let Richard know if you are coming so we can organise a meeting-point etc.