‘Hope not Hate’ Sets up its Group in Glasgow
By Hamid Rasheed
L to R:
Matthew Collins HnH, Vicky Burns STUC, Richard
Leonard GMB, Muzafar Hussain STUC Black Workers, Cllr
A foundation meeting of the ‘Hope
not Hate’ Campaign
on 20 September 2012 proved successful in setting up a local
group in Glasgow, with a resolve to counter racism and fascism
took place at the STUC building at 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow.
Despite bad weather, the meeting was actively participated
by the trade union members, community groups, and members of
the civil society.
The meeting was chaired by Richard Leonard Regional Political
Officer of GMB Scotland. This interactive meeting provided
an opportunity for those present, to listen and ask question
to a panel of esteemed speakers. The speakers list included,
Glasgow City Councillor Bill Butler, Muzafar Hussain Vice Chair
STUC Black Workers Committee, Vicky Burns Campaign Manager
for Show Racism the Red Card Campaign, and Matthew Collins
of the ‘Hope not Hate’ campaign.
Muzafar Hussain: Spoke about “Institutional Racism and
Football based sectarianism”. He expressed, as a teacher;
he believes that no Child is racist or fascist. He said: “It
is important to educate our youth to understand that there
should be no room for racism and sectarianism in Scotland.”
Vicky Burns, acknowledged that there is racism in Scottish
Society and her organisation engages publics via Football to ‘Show
Racism a Red Card’. She said: “Our annual Fortnight
of Action takes place in Scotland and Wales from 12th - 31st
October, 2012, with an aim to encourage anti-racism actions.
The event encourages participation from all sections of communities
to celebrate diversity and tackle racism.”
Matthew Collin’s key note speech was a personal testimony
and a political overview of the situation. He said: “The
Far right is rising, the English Defence Leagues and the Scottish
Defence League are the new face of old the fascist BNP. Polls
suggests shift in public attitudes towards the need to shape
Anti-Immigration Policy. However, it is not the presence of
asylum seekers / refugees, but it is Poverty that breads Racism”.
Never have we been beaten by hate based policies of the Far
Right; its time to build resistance in the community to counter
Racism and Fascism”, he insisted.
Councillor Bill Butler urged that this is time to organise
and tackle fascist racist on the streets, “we should
not give the any space or a platform to organise and promote
messages of hate”. He expressed, that he aims to move
a motion in the Glasgow City Council, to raise awareness to
keep fascist racists off the Streets of Glasgow. He said: “Its
time to educate and engage our communities to keep Scotland
free of racism and fascism. Expressing his disappointment about
dawn raids on Refugees and Asylum Seekers, he said things have
improved, but lots need to be done – to curb racism and
fascism. Education is the key – Racism and Fascism is
not acceptable in Scotland.
A question and answer session followed the speeches. In response
to a question about the need to set up a group; the message
from the panel of speakers was clear, that with the rise of
racism and racism; we are left with no choice apart from setting
up a local ‘Hope not Hate’ Campaign group, to actively
counter Racism and Fascism in Glasgow and Scotland.
In response to a question about constraints, the panel of
speakers acknowledged, that the threats such as a rise of far
right groups like the English Defence League and the Scottish
Defence League; funding cuts and changing public attitudes
towards in Anti-Immigration policy are a few of the many constraints.
However, the panel was unanimous in stating that far right’s
politics of hate can be countered with messages of hope.
The meeting was sponsored by Neil Findlay MSP (Lothians),
Drew Smith MSP (Glasgow),
Elaine Smith MSP (Coatbridge & Chryston), Bailie Liz Cameron
(Glasgow City Council)
Hope Not Hate Greater Glasgow Group Founding Meeting
THURSDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
STUC, 333 WOODLANDS ROAD, GLASGOW, G3 6NG
(5 minutes FROM KELVINBRIDGE UNDERGROUND STATION)
Click here for PDF flyer with full details
Updated 17 September 2012
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