Written by Oxford UAF
Respect to Oxford UAF supporters out today building the anti-fascist march next Saturday. They faced harassment from larger numbers of EDL members who were out in force to build their racist march.
Thanks to members of the public who rushed to the UAF stall in support.
Today's events show that the EDL are serious about building locally, having toured town this morning handing out their hate leaflets. This surge in EDL activity and their confidence to harass anti-fascists demonstrates that anti-racists and anti-fascists in Oxford need to mobilise in the run up to the demonstration and beyond to ensure we are always the majority.
Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 15:01
Written by Oxford Unite Against Fascism
Over 120 individuals and organisations have signed an open letter launched by Oxford Unite Against Fascism condemning the decision by the English Defence League to call a national demonstration in Oxford following the jailing of a group of men for sexual exploitation of children. Local councillors, trade union branches and trade union activists, and concerned citizens are included in those who accuse the EDL of exploiting the suffering of victims of abuse in an attempt to stir up race hatred against the Muslim community.
The EDL is a violent racist organisation that is always seeking to demonise Muslims. Now it wants to cynically exploit the terrible suffering of abused children in Oxfordshire to attack Muslims, stating it wants to "keep a blowtorch on the Oxford Muslim community". The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre reports that child sexual exploitation is not confined to one community, age, demographic, social status or gender. We can't allow the EDL to turn the failure to protect children from sexual exploitation into a racist campaign to advance the EDL's fascist politics.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 17:59
Written by Sonia Gable
It is near impossible to understand how, in today’s Britain, teenage girls can abandon all freedom and voluntarily submit themselves to slavery. For that is what the girls who travel to Syria to join IS have done. They are not going to be fighters, but submissive wives, with no choice whose wife they become, confined at home, required to obey every command of their husband, and facing an uncertain future should their husband get killed. Even in the warped worldview of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS), there is no glory for women, only for the men whom they must serve.
Some will say that these girls are driven by their faith. It is true that faith can inspire and give people the strength to do great things, but faith in the God of Abraham, who is love, must lead to doing good in the world, not to supporting killers and those who are now wreaking destruction on civilisation and heritage. The girls who go to Syria, and indeed the men also, are not impelled by faith but are brainwashed. They remind me of the three Maoist women who were held as slaves in Lambeth for thirty years by the man known as Comrade Bala, a former leader of a small Maoist group in the 1970s.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 00:12
Written by Searchlight
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:45
Written by Oxford Unite Against Fascism
We condemn the decision by the English Defence League (EDL) to come to Oxford on Saturday 4th April to exploit the suffering of Oxfordshire victims of child sexual exploitation to further its own selfish ends. This is not the first time that the EDL have tried to take advantage of the suffering of exploited children. They previously tried to use the abuse of children in Rotherham to stir up hatred against Muslims.
Sexual exploitation is an appalling crime, but it is not linked to ethnicity or religion. As the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre point out, ‘Child sexual exploitation is not confined to one community, age, demographic, social status or gender.’ We support and seek justice for all victims of sexual exploitation regardless of their social or ethnic background.
The EDL is a racist group dedicated to attacking Asian people and Muslims. Islamophobia – bigotry against Muslims – is as unacceptable as any other form of racism. Today they threaten Muslims, tomorrow it could be Jewish people, Hindus, Sikhs, black people, LGBT people, Travellers or East Europeans.
Thursday 7pm 26th March, Oxford Town Hall.
Weyman Bennett UAF Joint national secretary
Megan Dobney - Regional secretary SERTUC
Institute Race Relations speaker
Michele Paule – Labour City Councillor
Ruthi Brandt – Green City Councillor
Imam – Oxford Central Mosque Committee
Mohammed Abassi - Mayor of Oxford – invited to Chair
Demonstrate Saturday 4th April - assemble 11am Carfax Tower
Supported by Oxford & District Trades Council; Ruskin UCU
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Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2015 22:40