National Unity Demonstration Against Racism and Fascism on 17 November

Brazilians protest against the election of Jair Bolsonaro and demand respect for democracy. Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/EPA

JVL Introduction

JVL supports the call by trade union leaders, MPS and others for support for the 17 November National Unity Demonstration Against Racism and Fascism.

Join us there in the Jewish Bloc at noon.

Bolsonaro and the rise of the far right

Members of parliament and others call for unity against the threat posed by the global rise of racism and fascism

The election of Jair Bolsonaro (Report, 29 October) marks an extremely serious point in the rise of the global far right. It came a day after the shocking antisemitic attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, in which 11 people were killed (Report, 28 October).

Notorious for his attacks on women, black and LGBT+ people, Bolsonaro declared that “leftists will have to leave the country or go to jail”. He said “these red outlaws will be banished from the homeland”, and declared refugees “the scum of the earth”.

The alt-right is supporting far-right groups in Europe, North America and Latin America, including support for Bolsonaro in Brazil. In Britain, a violent, far-right street movement has emerged, mobilising the biggest numbers in decades. It is receiving political and financial support from Donald Trump’s former chief of staff Steve Bannon and far-right figures across Europe.

The impact of neoliberalism and austerity, and cuts on our working-class communities, has driven the growth of the far right. Racism and fascism are a threat to us all.

We are the many. They are the few. We can drive back this movement. Trade unions, the labour movement, liberals, socialists, Christians, Muslim, Jews, African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American, LGBT+, disabled people and all those opposed to the far right and fascism must unite against this. That is why we are urging the biggest, broadest possible turnout at the National Unity Demonstration Against Racism and Fascism on Saturday 17 November.

Diane Abbott MP
John Mcdonnell MP
Kate Osamor MP
Richard Burgon MP
Alf Dubs House of Lords
Rabbi Lee Wax
Shami Chakrabarti
Mark Serwotka PCS general secretary and TUC president
Tim Roache GMB general secretary
Kevin Courtney NEU joint general secretary
Liane Groves Head of Unite Community
Roger Mckenzie Unison assistant general secretary
Harun Rashid Khan Muslim Council of Britain secretary general
Tom Robinson Songwriter & broadcaster
Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett Stand Up To Racism co-convenors
Steve Hart Unite Against Fascism chair
Francisco Dominguez Brazil Solidarity Initiative
Luciana Bazuk Brazilian Workers party (PT), London
Laura Pidcock MP
Marsha De Cordova MP
Dan Carden MP
Emma Dent Coad MP
Catherine West MP
Chris Williamson MP
Ian Lavery MP
David Lammy MP
Lord Peter Hain
Claude Moraes MEP
Julie Ward MEP
Unmesh Desai London AM
Manuel Cortes TSSA general secretary
Mick Whelan Aslef general secretary
Ronnie Draper BFAWU general secretary
Ian Lawrence Napo general secretary
Tony Kearns CWU senior deputy general secretary
Ian Hodson, BFAWU national president
Michael Rosen Poet
Thurston Moore Musician
Louise Raw Author
Alan Gibbons Author
Ged Grebby Show Racism The Red Card chief executive
Simon Woolley Operation Black Vote
Nara Filippon Coordinator of Comite Lula Livre UK – Free Lula
Mohammed Kozbar Finsbury Park Mosque
Shazad Amin Mend CEO
Dr Anas AlTikriti The Muslim Association of Britain
Reverend Steven Saxby
Reverend Canon Joabe G Cavalcanti
David Rosenberg Jewish Socialist Group
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah UK Black Pride executive director
Myriam Kane NUS NEC
Cllr Claudia Webbe Labour NEC member
Shahrar Ali Green party home affairs spokesperson
Artin Giles London Young Labour chair
Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition
Asad Rehman War on Want executive director
Ramona McCartney People’s Assembly Against Austerity
Kate Hudson CND
Salma Yaqoob
Ben Chacko Morning Star editor
Daniel Kebede Anti-racism activist
Balwinder Rana Sikhs Against The Far-Right
Luke Daniels Caribbean Labour Solidarity president
Professor Cecile Wright
Bruce Kent