The Liberation Movement’s online event runs from 7pm GMT 21 March and is free to attend
The Liberation Movement is holding a landmark event tomorrow evening featuring an international cast of speakers discussing the formation of a ‘new resistance movement. The event will mark the UN’s Anti-Racism Day and the anniversary of the brutal Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa that saw at least 69 black people murdered by state police, including some shot in the back as they fled – and which helped pave the way for the South African resistance movement that ultimately saw black people liberated from apartheid.
Deborah Hobson, who will host and moderate the webinar, said:
The public lynching of unarmed Black man George Floyd by a white US police officer sparked worldwide Black Lives Matter (BLM) mass youth-led demonstrations. After America, Britain had the biggest.
In Bristol, protestors tore down the statue of a 17th century slave trader in an iconic act of white solidarity. BLM demanded not just an end to police brutality and deaths of Black people in custody but also the decolonisation of education and culture, an end to the systemic racism denied by the British government and reparations for slavery.
The Liberation Movement wants to keep this momentum going as a grassroots, youth centred anti-racist initiative supported by community groups, trade unions and faith groups.
While mass movements press for positive change, the UK Establishment is busy trying to drive the country backwards with the Tory government pushing the Nationality and Borders Bill through parliament, which could take away at a stroke the nationality of citizens, particularly those of African, Asian or Caribbean origin and other people of colour, along with Muslims and Jews.
The so-called elites are also attempting to eviscerate citizens’ right democratic right to protest, giving police the power to ban demonstrations and making ‘inconvenient’ protests punishable by up to ten years imprisonment.
Tragically for the nation, there is little sign of genuine opposition from Keir Starmer’s Labour, making the need to mount effective non-parliamentary resistance all the more urgent.
The webinar starts at 7pm on Monday 21 March, with tickets available here. Socialist Telly’s Skwawk Talk programme will not run tomorrow night to avoid a clash with this important event.
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