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JVL Statement in support of 9 December anti-racist protest

Assemble 11.00 a.m. at Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

At this time of rising right-wing nationalism and Brexit confusion, the threat of bigotry, intolerance and scapegoating of minorities is a challenge to the labour movement and all egalitarian community groups.

Stephen Yaxley Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, is a confirmed racist and fascist who is mobilising Islamophobic football firms on the streets while forging a viciously anti-refugee alliance with UKIP’s Gerard Batten.

Brexit will be the slogan for their intended march and rally in central London on Sunday December 9, but as David Rosenberg of the Jewish Socialists’ Group has explained, “the themes that will assert themselves will be open and blatant Islamophobia, coded antisemitism, vicious anti-left rhetoric and selective anti-establishment posturing.”

History teaches all too clearly where such movements can lead us. It also teaches us the means for resisting. A socialist-led Labour Party needs to be at the forefront of building a powerful movement capable of winning the battle against incipient fascism on the streets and the battle of ideas against racism and nationalism in our communities, workplaces, faith groups and organisations.

Jewish Voice for Labour is urging the broadest possible support for the unified anti-racist mobilisation that has been called for December 9.

We invite all JVL supporters to join us at the assembly point at Portland Place, London. W1A 1AA, at 11.00 am. That includes members who will be attending our national meeting later in the day.

We look forward to the opportunity to convey our message of solidarity to all present at the start of the protest.