How to beat the racists

A programme to beat the racists

Submitted by AWL on Thu, 23/03/2006 - 16:19

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty fights for the following programme among socialists and activists in the trade unions, the Labour Party and the Socialist Alliances.

We advocate they fight against capitalism and for a workers’ government. Only by providing positive working-class solutions to the racism and poverty which capitalism breeds can the labour movement unite workers regardless of race and stop the fascists’ attempts to scapegoat black people, asylum-seekers and others.

Immigration: their lies and our replies

Submitted by AWL on Thu, 23/03/2006 - 16:14

1. Britain is a "soft touch" for asylum seekers

But who could reasonably think that asylum seekers living on 70% of income support, paid in vouchers, while being forcibly “dispersed” to areas where few people speak your language, housed in accommodation no-one else will touch and being prevented from working, means Britain is a “soft touch"?

Britain is regarded as a mean and inhospitable place by many of the world's most vulnerable people. And that is a national disgrace.

2. Britain is being “flooded" by asylum seekers and immigrants

Police injustice UK

Submitted by AWL on Thu, 23/03/2006 - 16:12

By Alan McArthur

Police lawyers have been strong-arming cinemas to stop them showing Injustice, a powerful new documentary on deaths in police custody which exposes corruption and cover-up at every level of the criminal justice system.

The film names officers responsible for deaths in custody and calls for them to be tried for murder. It follows the families of the dead through their attempts to establish the truth, documenting how, time and again, they meet a wall of official secrecy.

Mumia Abu Jamal

Submitted by AWL on Thu, 23/03/2006 - 16:09

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a former Black Panther and an award-winning journalist. Mumia has been on death row since 1982, after he was wrongfully sentenced for the shooting of a police officer.

New evidence, including the recantation of a key eyewitness as well as new ballistic and forensic evidence, points to his innocence.

For the last 19 years, Mumia has been locked up 23 hours a day, denied contact visits with his family, had his confidential legal mail illegally opened by prison authorities, and been put into punitive detention for writing his book, Live From Death Row.

Solidarity with the Roma

Submitted by AWL on Thu, 23/03/2006 - 16:08

By Cathy Nugent

During 2000, hysterical media debate about asylum seekers targetted gypsies, specifically Roma people from eastern Europe.

The Roma people share the same roots, but are made up of many culturally diverse groups world wide. Not all gypsies are Roma. Roma asylum seekers in Britain are generally fleeing from persecution in the Balkans and eastern Europe.

The police after Macpherson

Submitted by AWL on Thu, 23/03/2006 - 16:00

By Sacha Ismail

Anyone who has reported a robbery to the police knows how ridiculous the claim that they exist to stop crime is.

The police do not exist to deal with the social problems bred by capitalist society, but to defend capitalism itself. That means that they are also defenders of the racism which the system breeds. It is no accident that so many police officers are themselves virulent and active racists, or that the police force has a serious problem with “institutional racism".

Workers can unite, do unite

Submitted by AWL on Thu, 23/03/2006 - 15:58

By Jim Denham

Even in the midst of bitter industrial struggles, it is not uncommon to hear white trade unionists expressing racist views.

In the 1970s the National Front could boast a number of shop stewards among its membership — including in the British Leyland Longbridge plant, then the largest and arguably best organised factory in Britain.

What is fascism?

Submitted by AWL on Thu, 23/03/2006 - 15:57

In order to beat the fascists we need to understand what they are — what fascism has been, and what it is now. Daniel Murphy outlines the arguments.

The first fascist regime came to power in Italy in October 1922 under Benito Mussolini.

A more virulent form followed in Germany — Adolf Hitler’s National Socialists (Nazis for short). Hitler ruled from 1933 until the defeat of Germany at the end of the World War Two.

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