On Saturday 17th March, hundreds of thousands of people around the world came together to battle an issue which has plagued our society centuries: Racism.
Protests have been taking place for many years – after Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech shook the world, anti-racism marches and demonstrations have been continuing to challenge society and states of mind; especially challenging the Governments behaviour surrounding racism in the workplace, and how it treats the UK borders.
The “Stand Up To Racism” march took place in many cities across the globe – from Glasgow, to Poland. One of the larger demonstrations took place in London, with hordes of people, walking and chanting, from Oxford Circus, all the way to Parliament.
Among those people, were a group of our own students from The University of Wolverhampton Students’ Union. We spoke to one of the students present, Sam Ord- the Chair of the Socialist Workers Students’ Society [SWSS], about the experience:
“10 students from Wolverhampton joined us at the student block [in London] and a couple others were also in the protest. We held talks on the way down I spoke about Yarls Wood, Kieran Botts [Chair of the Society of Labour Students] spoke about Rock Against Racism and Love Music Hate Racism, we then had a discussion and shared ideas.
Driving past Grenfell really opened our eyes and made us realise how important this march was.
We lead the student block and marched from Portland place, past Piccadilly Circus and Downing street to parliament. Chants included "say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here" and "We're out here in the snow, Yarls Wood has got to go".
We then watched speakers such as Diane Abbott and Gary Younge. Labour students then split off to speak to other Momentum and Labour groups in the demonstration.
At the end of the demonstration Wolves SWSS student’s separated from Stand up to Racism and we showed solidarity with our friends currently occupying the octagon in Queen Mary University over pension and bursary cuts in support of the UCU strike.
This was all in support of UN anti-racism day. And to be fair I think we did pretty good managing to get those students to go all the way to London.”
A video posted online, shows a group of our students at the march: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/stand-up-to-racism-thousands-brave-freezing-weather-for-antiracism-demos-in-london-and-other-uk-a3792636.html
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