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
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
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:
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.