Croydon Community Against Racism 12 April

Croydon Community Against Racism

 Community organising meeting

Wednesday 12  April.  7.15 – 8.30pm

Croydon Community Centre

 5 – 9 Surrey Street, CR0 1RG

 Following Saturday’s demonstration of unity and solidarity with Reker Ahmed, the Kurdish-Iranian teenager savagely attacked in Croydon, this local community organising meeting has been called for all those interested in taking forward activity to defend and support refugees in Croydon, demonstrate community opposition to racist attacks and celebrate unity within our diverse and multi-cultural borough. It is supported by Stand Up to Racism which organised Saturday’s demonstration.

Saturday’s organisers thank ‘everyone who helped make Saturday so special. There was a lot of positive media coverage including BBC London, ITV and Channel Four news. The solidarity cards and collections will be taken to Reker later this week.’

A video of the demonstration can be seen at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-IH6e8KKmw

The Racism Context

The hostility to refugees has to be seen in the wider context of racism. We have not progressed as much as we might like to think which is why organisations like Stand Up Against Racism exist.

For a discussion see my talk ‘How far have we come? Slavery, Civil Rights & Contemporary Racism. What Can We Learn from British Black and Anti-Racist History?’ to the Ethical Society at Conway Hall in Holborn on Sunday 19 October, aimed at stimulating  debate

http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/how-far-have-we-come-slavery-civil.html

What is the Croydon community?

We also have to understand the nature of Croydon’s ‘community’, that it is made of a wide range of ‘communities’ mostly operating as silos with very little cross connect, living side by in parallel worlds.

See my discussion pieces at:

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/seminar-report-caring-children-combating-hate

https://thecroydoncitizen.com/politics-society/building-stronger-community-croydon

http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=community

http://historyandsocialaction.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/croydon-and-role-of-community-and.html

Should a CARD be set up?

Back at the end of 2014 there was discussion as to whether a Croydon Against Racism and Discrimination (CARD) campaigning group  could be set up. Its purpose would be:

(1)    to campaign against racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and hostility towards different migrant groups in Croydon.

(2)    to challenge organisations which foster racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia and hostility towards different migrant groups in Croydon.

(3)    to monitor the way in which Croydon Council implements its equalities and inclusion policy and those community organisations which adopt the Council’s policy as their own.

(4)    to monitor the way other public agencies implement their equalities and inclusion policies.

(5)    to monitor other forms of discrimination on the ground of sex, sexuality, age, faith and disability.

(6 )   to campaign for the positive merits of diversity and integrated mutely-culturalism.

It did not prove possible at the time to initiate this, and the idea slipped off the agenda. It may be something to discuss at Wednesday’s meeting.

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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