Speaking at the Stand up to Racism rally
Speaking at the Stand up to Racism rally

I was proud to take part in the Stand up to Racism rally this weekend.  With the far-right on the rise in this country and around the world, it is more important than ever that we stand together to say there must be no excuses for hate.

Here’s what I said at the rally:

“Latin America’s Caravan is Trump’s excuse for hate.

Go Home Vans was Mrs May’s excuse for hate.

Hostile Environment was Amber Rudd’s excuse for hate.

Indefinite detention of asylum seekers is Sajid Javid’s excuse for hate.

Ban on asylum seekers working is the Tory Government’s excuse for hate.

This week we celebrate 80 years since children from Germany were sent by train to safety to be fostered by families around the UK. It made a break from hate and gave children a future. Now it’s our turn to challenge the excuses culture and give our young people hope. Hope for a future devoid of hatred and promote a fairer society where each of us has a chance.

For a home.

For a job.

To be given protection and not to be detained indefinitely.

Let’s not forget that the 1951 Refugee Convention ratified by 145 State parties outlines the rights of the displaced and the legal responsibility for states to protect refugees. The Convention must be respected and protected.

Let’s turn our back on hate, war and persecution. Instead let’s stand up for peace, social justice and a chance for each of us to halt homelessness, destitution and welcome refugees just as people 80 years ago those children fleeing persecution and hatred were given a chance, let’s do it again today. Thank you.”

Huge crowds at the Stand up to Racism rally
Huge crowds at the Stand up to Racism rally
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