Stand Up To Racism
Started 2 petitions
Implement the Lawrence Inquiry recommendations
25 years ago, on 22 April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was brutally murdered by a gang of racists. In the same borough Rolan Adams in 1991 and Rohit Duggal in 1992 were also murdered. Since Stephen Lawrence’s murder there have been around 90 racist murders, including Ricky Reel, Anthony Walker, Surjit Singh Chokkar, Mohammed Saleem and Mushin Ahmed. For some justice has been done, but many of these families have received partial or no justice. Only two men were convicted for Stephen Lawrence’s murder and one for Rolan Adams and Rohit Duggal, when many more were involved in the attacks. No one has been brought to justice for Ricky Reel, Surjit Singh Chokkar and many other families. A heroic campaign for justice by Stephen Lawrence’s family led to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry by Sir William Macpherson - a landmark in the campaign against racism. However the majority of the 70 recommendations in this report are yet to be implemented. In light of growing concern about the number of deaths of black men in police custody, stop and search and the horrific treatment of Windrush families, its time to put institutional racism and the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry back on the political agenda. We call on the government and police to implement the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry recommendations.
Take immediate action against Romford Conservatives for whipping up racism
Racism Out Of The Local Elections Recently a leaflet was distributed by the Conservative Party in Romford warning that if residents didn't vote Conservative, Romford would "increasingly look like an inner city area", a "London crime wave" would take place and that Havering would resemble "boroughs like Hackney, Newham, Camden and Barking rather than a traditional parts of Essex". It also contained several warnings about the area being "ruled by Mayor Khan". As well as being a racially charged attack on Sadiq Khan, this leaflet is a racist slur against the diverse communities of Hackney, Newham, Camden and Barking. Without using the same explicit language, the leaflet uses precisely the same scare tactics of the General Election of 1964, when the Tory Party distributed leaflets stating "If you require a coloured for a neighbour, vote Labour, if you are already burdoned with one, vote Tory". These racist, dog whistle tactics should have no place in the local elections. Nor should any pledge to create a "Hostile environment for immigrants", or to blame migration for the effects of austerity, as Theresa May has on several occasions. We, the undersigned demand Theresa May and Conservative Campaign Headquarters issue a statement condemning this leaflet, apologising for using racist and anti-migrant rhetoric, and stating what action will be taken against local parties that use racism to win votes.