National Chair / Co-founder; Zita Holbourne
Established 2010, grassroots campaigning org against racism, injustice, adverse impact of austerity on black communities, for migrant / refugee rights. UK based but our focus is both o UK and globally.
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Facebook group: Black Activists Rising Against Cuts
page: BARAC UK
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Tuesday, 16 October 2018
We Stand With our sister Cecile Kyenge MEP
We Stand With our sister Cecile
Kyenge is an Italian MEP. Over a prolonged period, she has been subjected to
horrendous racist abuse, misogyny and threats by those who say she should not
be a politician in Italy or in Europe.
Some of this
abuse has come from other politicians and political parties. Northern League senate
vice-president Roberto Calderoli likened her to an orangutan and said she
should not be involved in Italian politics but ‘should do politics in her own
country’. There have also been calls for
Cecile to be raped. She has had bananas thrown at her.
Cecile has a
legal case naming ten Italian politicians because of their abuse.
of Northern League, Now Deputy Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Salvini, has compared
African migrants to slaves and Northern League has ordered a process to expel
undocumented Roma people from Italy.
town in Italy has denied school meals and bus services to children of migrant
families, applauded by Salvini who has also blocked NGO rescue ships from
Italian ports and has made a proposal that would force what he calls “little ethnic
shops” to close by 9pm, targeting Asian shop owners.
I was part of a European wide trade union delegation visiting Palermo, Sicily
to bring a message of solidarity with refugees
one of several support centres for migrants, providing shelter and training.In the same week a decree drafted by Salvini
was approved outlawing the type of support centre we visited and also abolishing
humanitarian protection for those not eligible for refugee status amongst other
plans targeting migrants.
As a result
of the direct attacks on her and hostile policies and actions targeting
migrants and refugees by Northern League, Cecile has expressed the view that
they are racist. In response Matteo Salvini is now suing Cecile for defamation.
on Cecile in suing her for speaking out about racism is an attack on us all, it
is an attack on equality and on human rights and it is an attempt to legitimise
racism and silence voices opposing it.But
it is also a direct attack on Cecile because she is a black, migrant woman.
We know first-hand
women politicians, campaigners and activists face horrific abuse because of
their race and gender and we recognise
that all have a responsibility to stand up to it. We condemn the horrific abuse
and harassment of our sister Cecile and we offer our whole-hearted solidarity
and support. We thank Cecile Kyenge for her
courage and determination and for speaking out for all of us.
encourage people to sign
the petition in support initiated by
Operation Black Vote.
Holbourne; Co-founder & National Chair;
On behalf of
Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) UK