Scrap Britain’s imperialist immigration controls! RCG Scotland joins 19 March UN day against racism

On 19 March, Revolutionary Communist Group members and supporters from Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh and Falkirk participated in the Stand Up to Racism march at George Square, organised in coordination with the UN day against Racism. Our anti-imperialist contingent joined the thousands of people who took to the streets.

With our banners and open microphone, we called attention to the fact that racism and fascism cannot be fought without fighting immigration laws, imperialism and capitalism. Many young people around us joined our chants, raising a wide range of issues: the murder of Sheku Bayoh and Police Scotland's racism, the role of the SNP and Scottish Labour in enforcing racism and austerity, immigration laws which murder thousands of refugees in the Mediterranean and subject migrants in Britain to terrible conditions, and British imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa, which underlines all these issues. We say the movement of people is not the problem, imperialist intervention and racist border controls are responsible for the refugee crisis – No more blood for oil! Safe passage now!

We made sure to keep our microphone open, in contrast to the “official” microphone for MPs and campaign leaders used at the rally, where all the speakers were determined beforehand. We say that if you want to build a genuine movement against racism and against imperialism, your movement must be democratic, and this means having an open microphone to allow anyone against racism to speak.

Join us at our regular speak outs against Racism war and austerity across Scotland – open microphone, all anti-racists welcome.

Dundee - Saturday 21 May 12-2pm

Mary Brooksbank Memorial, Murraygate,

Glasgow Saturday 28 May, 11-1pm

Outside Primark, Argyle Street

Victory through Solidarity! FRFI joins protest at Edinburgh High Riggs Job Centre

G4S - Hands Off Claimants and Advocates!

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! Supporters from Edinburgh and Dundee responded to the call out from the Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty to defend welfare advocacy rights. 50 folks from diverse organisations: Dundee Against Austerity, Castlemilk Against Austerity, Class War, Scottish Unemployed Workers Network, Stand Up to Racism and Fascism, Drums of Resistance and anarchists stood together outside High Riggs Job Centre in Edinburgh to proclaim loudly that ‘An Injury to One is an Injury to All’ and ‘Advocacy is not a Crime!’

We were responding in numbers and noise to the physical exclusion of supporters of welfare claimants from the Job Centre. The security guards from G4S had prevented a claimant from bringing in their volunteer advocate to an interview a fortnight previously. This time around, with the protest going on as they went in, the claimant entered with the advocate without problem and received an apology from DWP staff for the illegal treatment. Victory!

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Safe Passage Now – Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle join European-wide protests for refugees


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On 27 February, Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! supporters helped organise protests on the streets of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Newcastle as part of a day of action which in 138 cities across Europe to demand safe passage for migrants fleeing war and oppression internationally. Europe has the deadliest borders in the world. Over 4000 lives were lost in 2015, avoidable, tragic deaths caused only due to the lack of safe legal migration routes.

In Glasgow around 60 people gathered in the heart of the city centre to stand in solidarity with those attempting the deadly journey across Europe’s militarised borders. The slogans of the protests – ‘conflict is the crisis’ / ‘movement of people is not the problem’ – sought to highlight the hidden truth of the so-called refugee crisis: that it is imperialist war and the racist response of European states to migration which is the real crisis, not the free movement of people. As one placard on the protest read: ‘Imperialism created refugees: Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya: Stop wars not people!’ One Syrian refugee spoke on the open sound system about his experiences facing soldiers, police and prison cells in the course of crossing ten borders to safety. As he told FRFI: ‘All I can say is the truth. But sometimes the truth hurts, and people don’t want to hear it.’

The protest was significant in being organised by independent activists, mainly from the Glasgow School of Art. The 27F protest was only the first action in what aims to become a growing group of people in Glasgow capable of furthering migrant solidarity and activity. Tear down the walls!

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Older folks stand up to SNP cuts

'This idea that the SNP are going to put an end to austerity is just nonsense.' Independent councillor for Montrose, David May. Angus Courier 18 December 2015.

After the SNP's Finance Minister, John Swinney, announced the Scottish budget settlement in mid December 2015, the SNP led Angus Council cut $6.5 million from its budget. Despite the SNP's false claims that it would protect the vulnerable in Scotland from 'Tory' austerity they have gone on to propose cuts that target the vulnerable directly.

However the older generations and their families of the small Angus towns have organised and fought back. From Edzell, Montrose, Fettercairn, Kirriemuir, Forfar and Brechin they have confronted SNP councillors who wanted to cut back the Tenant Support Officers that help older folks in their homes and Sheltered Housing. Laundry charges, critical for dealing with issues of continence, were to be raised and the frequency of the service reduced.

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Scotland RCG speak out against racism and war in Glasgow - 23 January

RCG Protest in Glasgow City from Amjad Ayub Mirza on Vimeo.

On 23 January RCG supporters from Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh and Newcastle gathered in Argyll street for a speak out against racism, war and austerity. The open mic saw activists from across the region condemn Britain’s current bombing campaign in Syria and racist immigration laws that are directly responsible for the deaths of refugees at the border. It has been estimated thatImperialist-led wars in the Middle East have been responsible for killing up to four million people in the last 25 years. This means that British imperialism has been involved in the deaths of 438 people every day – 18 every hour – for a quarter of a century! Meanwhile the continued onslaught of benefit sanctions, welfare cuts and rent hikes is pushing more people into poverty within Britain. The number of homeless households is now at its highest level since the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. Between July and September 2015 over 68,500 families were housed in emergency temporary accommodation, with a further 14,600 new applications for statutory homelessness. Whilst there is always money to bail out the banks and drop bombs in the Middle East and north Africa, the rotten system of British imperialism is determined to push the working class in Britain into ever worsening conditions, forcing people to accept low paid, zero hours contracts, maximising the profits.

The banks got bailed out! We got sold out! No more blood for oil! Hands off Syria!

Join us for our next speak out – open mic for all who stand against racism, war and austerity!

27th February 2016 Kirkgate, Leith, Edinburgh 12-2pm

Scotland Events coming up..

Get in touch with your local Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! group:

Glasgow; glasgow_rcg@gmail.com

Edinburgh: edinburghfrfi@gmail.com

 

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