Over two hundred people crammed into the overflowing Black Lives Matter workshop at the 1,600-strong national conference of Stand up to Racism. The organisation is being relaunched to step up the fight against the rise in racism. Kadisha Burrell (Kingsley Burrell Justice Campaign), Capres Turner (Black lives matter summer protest organiser), Gary McFarlane (Black Lives Matter Movement and NUJ Black Members Council) and US Black Lives Matter activist Sonja Patrick on video stream from Wilmington North Carolina spoke at the BLM workshop, which included a wide-ranging and lively discussion.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and newly appointed Shadow Hoome Secretary Diane Abbott also addressed the gathering. Next steps include the United Friends and Family Campaign march on 29th October and before then the fight to stop the demolition of the Calais camp is stepping up. On Saturday 15th October at 2pm a demonstration is taking place to demand that our uncivilised government does its humanitarian minimum and at the very least lets the unaccompanied children living in the Calais hell-hole into the UK. Children will disappear into the hands of traffickers if the camp is demolished without providing for the people there. The French presidential election candidate contenders are jockeying for position by competing to be the hardest on migrants and refugees. Help Refugee Children in Calais: Enact Lord Dubs Amendment Now! #DUBSNOW