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Campaigners plan “march of millions” for Trump visit

• Reuters report Trump to visit UK in July
• “Together Against Trump” to take place on Saturday before or during any Trump visit
• Demonstration could be a “march of millions”, say organisers
• Organisers make link to Windrush scandal and say protest will challenge May’s “hostile environment”

An unprecedented coalition of anti-Trump campaigns has pledged to organise what could be a “march of millions” to coincide with Donald Trump’s visit to the UK. Campaigners hope to capitalise on widespread opposition to Trump. 4% of the population – or around 2 million people have said that they would “definitely” take part in protests against the visit.

The Stop Trump Coalition is a network of grassroots campaigns, unions, NGOs and politicians initiated by journalist Owen Jones in February 2017. Stand Up to Trump includes a range of campaigns against war, austerity and racism, as well as public figures who have pledged to mobilise against a Trump visit.

Both organisations have come together for a one-off national demonstration under the banner of “Together Against Trump”. The march will take place in central London on the Saturday before or during Trump’s visit, which is set to happen later this year.

A mobilising network for the demonstration – with local contact points in every part of the country – will spring into action as soon as a date is announced, organising local actions and coaches to London.

Shaista Aziz, from the Stop Trump Coalition, said: “Donald Trump and Theresa May are running scared of protest. Last year. hundreds of thousands took to the streets at barely a day’s notice in disgust at Trump’s Muslim Ban. If Trump actually comes to London, we could be looking at a march of millions. This won’t just be a movement against the President’s visit – it will become a movement against racism, anti-migrant bigotry, sexism, transphobia and far right politics in the UK”

“The Windrush scandal has shown this isn’t just about Trump. It’s also about Tory Britain. Our protest is an opportunity for millions to say, ‘enough is enough’.”

Maz Saleem, from Stand Up to Trump, said: “Donald Trump is an open racist and sexist, a volatile and dangerous character who seems set on taking the West into further wars. Together we will put on a massive united show of opposition to him if Theresa May goes ahead with plans for a visit.”

Stop Trump Coalition responds to news of October visit

• Trump visit rumoured to be ‘penciled in’ for 5 – 8 October 2018
• Stop Trump Coalition calls on Theresa May to ‘come clean’ on visit details
• Promises to bring hundreds of thousands onto the streets in protest at just ’24 hours notice’

Responding to news in the Sunday Times that Trump would visit the UK on 5 – 8 October, a spokesperson for the Stop Trump Coalition said:

“If Donald Trump visits in October he will get the reception he deserves: a carnival of resistance on the streets of Britain. This won’t just be a protest against the President’s visit – it will be a movement against racism, anti-migrant bigotry, sexism, transphobia and far right politics in the UK.

“By deliberately shrouding the visit in mystery Trump and May are desperately trying to disorganise the inevitable mass protests. It quite simply won’t work. We can bring hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets at just 24 hours notice.

“But the government should come clean on their plans. The secrecy shows how desperate they are to avoid protests.

“Don’t roll out the red carpet for this dangerous politician. Cancel the visit.”

Campaigners plan for Trump visit

Press release.

• Anti-Trump campaigns announce united mobilisation
• “Together Against Trump” to take place on Saturday before or during any Trump visit
• Demonstration could be a “march of millions”, say organisers

An unprecedented coalition of anti-Trump campaigns has pledged to organise what could be a “march of millions” to coincide with Donald Trump’s visit to the UK. Campaigners hope to capitalise on widespread opposition to Trump. 4% of the population – or around 2 million people have said that they would “definitely” take part in protests against the visit.

The Stop Trump Coalition is a network of grassroots campaigns, unions, NGOs and politicians initiated by journalist Owen Jones in February 2017. Stand Up to Trump includes a range of campaigns against war, austerity and racism, as well as public figures who have pledged to mobilise against a Trump visit.

Both organisations have come together for a one-off national demonstration under the banner of “Together Against Trump”. The march will take place in central London on the Saturday before or during Trump’s visit, which is set to happen later this year.

A mobilising network for the demonstration – with local contact points in every part of the country – will spring into action as soon as a date is announced, organising local actions and coaches to London.

Shaista Aziz, from the Stop Trump Coalition, said: “Donald Trump and Theresa May are running scared of protest. Last year, hundreds of thousands took to the streets at barely a day’s notice in disgust at Trump’s Muslim Ban. If Trump actually comes to London, we could be looking at a march of millions. This won’t just be a movement against the President’s visit – it will become a movement against racism, anti-migrant bigotry, sexism, transphobia and far right politics in the UK”

Maz Saleem, from Stand Up to Trump, said: “Donald Trump is an open racist and sexist, a volatile and dangerous character who seems set on taking the West into further wars. Together we will put on a massive united show of opposition to him if Theresa May goes ahead with plans for a visit.”

Victory for campaigners as Trump’s visit delayed again

Donald Trump was set to visit the UK in February to open a new US embassy, but has pulled out. He claimed it is down to problems with the embassy but it is being widely put down to his fear of protests.

The visit had already been downgraded from a state visit to a ‘working visit’, but this did nothing to quell popular anger at Theresa May and her government rolling out the red carpet for Trump.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance. His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests.”

The Stop Trump Coalition remains committed to challenging the politics of Trumpism and all forms of racism and oppression, and to organising a mass mobilisation for any rescheduled visit by Trump.

Protest Trump’s visit: 26-27 February 2018

Put the date into your diaries: If Donald Trump attempts to sneak into the UK to open the US Embassy on 26/27th February 2018 and also pop into see Theresa May at Downing Street – he will be met by a million of us attempting a citizens arrest of him for incitement to racial hatred.

Join and share the Facebook event here.

Britain will greet Trump with our biggest ever carnival against hatred

by Owen Jones, from the Guardian, 12 Oct

Theresa May and the White House clearly think that downgrading his state visit will subdue our protests. Quite the opposite

Protest works. Cast your minds back to that distant political era otherwise known as January 2017. A racist misogynist megalomaniac had just celebrated his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States. Theresa May – overcome with hubris, but yet to be fatally wounded by her nemesis – gallivanted off to the White House and served us up a grotesque love-in with Donald Trump. Her offer of a state visit, an honour never even extended to some presidents, was a PR coup for an already deeply unpopular demagogue.

Then came Trump’s Muslim ban, and – with 36 hours’ notice – ten of thousands of us poured on to Britain’s streets in protest. Our message was not just solidarity with those targeted by Trump’s hatred. It was a rejection of xenophobia and racism at home and abroad – and a passionate rejection of May’s government subordinating Britain to the level of Trump’s poodle.

Ever since, it has been abundantly clear to the authorities that any visit by Trump to Britain will be met with a mass show of democratic force on the streets. With very little notice, Stop Trump and other campaigns will mobilise protests in every town and city in the country. Trump has the lowest approval ratings of any president since records began eight decades ago. He is loathed and ridiculed by tens of millions of his own people. For May to offer a full state visit to the lying, failing Trump – to use his own terminology – when her own authority has been shattered, would be political suicide. One recent poll suggested that 2 million Brits would protest a state visit. For Trump, too, it would prove an utter humiliation: the United States would see the citizens of their closest ally united with contempt and fury at their unfortunate ruler.

Even though my cat has more political nous than the UK government, that’s the conclusion they themselves have come to, and Trump’s visit has been downgraded. If they believe that will prove sufficient, and the protests will be called off, disappointment beckons. Any official visit – even one without pomp and ceremony – will be met with mass protests. For a start, Trump will try to use a visit to what is nominally his closest ally as an attempt to shore up his appalling domestic position. It will be nothing less than a political stunt by an increasingly cornered hatemonger.

Indeed, the downgrading of the state visit has left us scenting blood. It is clear that authorities on both sides of the Atlantic are rightly fearful about the response Trump will get. These mass demonstrations, of course, will go far beyond the personality of Trump.

They will represent a passionate rejection of anti-Muslim hatred, immigrant-scapegoating and refugee-bashing, not just in the US, but here in Britain, too. They will offer a reminder that powerful vested interests – including plutocrats such as Trump – should be blamed for our social and economic woes, not those fleeing foreign violence and persecution. They will promote feminism and women’s rights in defiance of a self-confessed harasser of women. They will champion the cause of trans rights against the transphobe-in-chief, who has singled out this minority to be excluded from the US military. They will advance the cause of saving the planet from a climate change crisis exacerbated by Trumpism. They will challenge the warmongering of Trump’s administration, which threatens the lives of tens of millions of people. And they will seek to unite progressives from either side of the Atlantic in these common causes. The mirror image of Trumpism will be on the streets.

May’s government is weak, shambolic and crisis-ridden. The last thing it wants or needs is mass protests on the streets. As soon as Trump touches down on British soil, this is what will happen. That is their choice. The biggest carnival against hatred this country has ever seen awaits. From LGBT rights to women’s rights, from workers’ rights to anti-racism, we already know that protest works. Both May and Trump deserve to learn this instructive lesson.

Celebration and discussion on next steps

The last several days have been inspiring. Young people turned out in unprecedented numbers to vote against a divisive agenda that threatened the most marginalised, not least migrants. Not only that, countless took to the streets to actively campaign for change.

Shortly after the remarkable election results, the Guardian indicated that Trump has postponed his state visit due to our protests. Reports are conflicted, and it’s not yet clear what the President’s next moves are regarding the visit, but what is clear is that people power has put the Right on the back-foot.

There will be a meeting at Housmans Radical Bookshop on Wednesday at 7pm, not only to celebrate these victories (there will be refreshments!), but also to discuss how we can continue to push back against the Right in the months ahead. Activists from Stop Trump and various other organisations will be attending. Everyone is welcome. Please do join us!

14th June, 7:00pm Housmans Radical Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9DY

Protest against Trump’s withdrawal from Paris agreement

1st June, 5:30pm Grosvenor Square, Mayfair W1A 2LQ

Our fears have become reality. Trump will be pulling America out of the Paris climate agreement, undermining our last chances of avoiding catastrophic climate change.

Stop Trump, the Campaign against Climate Change and other organisations are calling a demonstration tomorrow at 5:30pm outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square to oppose this disastrous decision. Here’s a link to the FB event page. Please click attend, invite friends and share widely.

World leaders have always put profit before climate. But Trump’s gang of Big Oil executives and climate deniers represents a uniquely existential threat to life everywhere. We not only have to reverse the tide on his regime, but also defeat the longstanding corporate agenda that’s leading us to climate chaos.

Tomorrow will mark the first demo in an escalation of actions against Trump’s regime and the complicity of our own government.

Public meeting: Is Fascism on the Rise?

16th May, Tuesday, 7pm, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST

There’s a rising tide of bigotry and hatred across the world.

Le Pen is a serious presidential contender in France. Geert Wilders’ islamophobic Freedom Party has pulled Dutch politics to the right. In Austria last year, the hard right Norbert Hofer narrowly missed becoming president. Donald Trump has become leader of the free world.

In a few weeks we have a general election. Those who led the Leave campaign will do everything they can to push for an extreme Brexit with all the racism and islamophobia that it entails. Theresa May has stolen UKIP’s clothes.

How do we make sense of all this?

The word fascism gets bandied about. Is it just casual abuse? Or is this really what is happening around the world? What is fascism?

Join us at the vibrant Bussey Building for a participatory discussion on these issues. We have a formidable line up of speakers:

Antonia Bright – Campaigner for Movement for Justice
Ash Sarkar – Journalist for Novara Media
Richard Seymour – Author (‘Against Austerity’ and ‘Corbyn’)
Neil Faulkner – Archeologist and author (‘Creeping Fascism’)

Most importantly, let’s discuss how we reverse this tide of hate and transform society from the bottom up. There will be plenty of time to meet Stop Trump campaigners and find out how to get involved.

New #MuslimBan, same old ‘naked Islamophobia’

Responding to the news that president Trump was relaunching a modified version of the controversial ‘Muslim Ban,’ a spokesperson for the Stop Trump coalition said:

“However much Trump and Tillerson fiddle with details such as the timing and list of countries of the Muslim Ban, it remains one of the most restrictive and repulsive pieces of legislation to be enacted in modern times. It is exactly this sort of naked Islamophobia that has provoked tens of thousands of people across the UK to take to the streets to show their disgust at the prospect of a state visit from President Trump.

“Trump’s refusal to accept more refugees displays a chilling inhumanity to some of the world’s most desperate and disenfranchised peoples. Sadly the UK government is mirroring this brutal policy through its refusal to accept any more child refugees by closing down the Dubs amendment. UK politicians should show their disgust at Trump’s shocking lack of compassion by redoubling our efforts to resettle those who are fleeing repression and war-torn countries.”