On February 26, 17-year old Trayvon Martin was murdered in cold blood. He was unarmed. His only crime was being young, black, and wearing a hoodie.
On the 1st and 2nd of November 2011 the Socialist Party along with several other groups held 2 days of demonstrations outside the industrial tribunal of ex BNP employee Marion Thomas
In 1939, Billie Holiday sang of blacks hanging from trees in the protest classic “Strange Fruit.” Since then, the means of racist execution have changed from extra-legal lynching to cold and calculated state murder
This week is the 75th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War, on 18 July 18. We mark this hugely important event in world history with an article first published on socialistworld.net in 2009.
Anti-racism campaigner calls for community to stand together against racism
The appearance of racist graffiti on homes of migrant workers in the Holylands area of South Belfast has been condemned by an anti-racism campaigner.
Paddy Meehan, who organised a community solidarity protest against attacks on Romanian families in South Belfast in 2009, claimed
“Several homes have been targeted with racist graffiti in the Holylands area. Swastikas and slogans such as ‘Pakis Out’ are aimed at intimidating migrant workers and ethnic minorities in the area. If these racists are allowed to continue this unacceptable behaviour people will begin to fear for their safety.
Constant stigmatisation of Muslim population
On 29 April, Belgium’s lower house of parliament voted for a law that would ban women from wearing the full Islamic face veil in public – the burqa (a loose garment, usually with veiled holes for the eyes, worn by Muslim women ). The law now goes to the Senate. If passed, the ban would be the first move of its kind in Europe. If the ban is eventually passed, women who defy it will be subject to fines of 15-25 euros and even 7 days in prison.
Anti-racism campaigner calls for united action
Local resident and anti-racist activist Paddy Meehan condemned last night’s attacks in the Village area of South Belfast.
Mr. Meehan called for “an immediate end to all sectarian attacks against Protestant homes and Catholics living in the Village. It is important that local communities unite, across the sectarian interface, to stop all attacks. Communities must stand up and isolate racists and sectarians on both sides.”
New bill would have criminalised residents protesting against racist attacks on Romanian families last June
The draft ‘Public Assemblies’ Bill under discussion by the Assembly Executive has been branded a ‘disgrace’ by local anti-racist campaigner and South Belfast Socialist Party spokesperson Paddy Meehan.