Tens of thousands are expected to participate in a nation-wide day of action called by the Stop Tump coalition this Monday, called to coincide with a parliamentary debate of a 2 million-strong petition calling for Donald Trump’s state visit to be cancelled. Protests will have a special focus on migrants’ rights.
The day will also witness dozens of actions coordinated by One Day Without Us, a movement set up to celebrate the contribution of immigrants to British society and campaign for migrants’ rights. Campaigners hope to draw the links between the policies of the Trump administration and the rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment in the UK.
Fizza Qureshi, from One Day Without Us said: “Donald Trump’s animosity towards migrants and muslims has shocked the world. But it should also shock the world how migrants and refugees in the UK have also been scapegoated. They have just scrapped the Dubs Agreement, and are refusing to give any guarantees to the 3 million EU nationals living in the UK, whilst creating a hostile environment for undocumented migrants. Migrants are not a drain on our society, and not bargaining chips in negotiations – they are people with lives, who make a huge contribution to Britain.”
Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: “The planned state visit should clearly be cancelled – and the invitation binned. It’s no wonder that almost two million people have signed a petition against the visit, and I’m proud that so many of my constituents have joined that call. On Monday evening I will be joining thousands of others in calling out Trump’s islamophobia and racism – and making clear that we expect our Government to stand up to bigotry, not meekly back away from confronting it.”
Emma Rees, National Organiser for Momentum said: “Monday’s national day of action shows Britain at its best, as tens of thousands of people across the country will come together to stand up for our values of humanity and compassion and defend the rights of women, migrants and refugees. The politics of hatred and division have no place in the UK.”
Asad Rehman, from Friends of the Earth, said: “On Monday, Parliament will debate one of the largest public petitions in history demanding that Donald Trump’s agenda of climate denialism, bigotry and division not be given the red carpet treatment by Theresa May. The Prime Minister would do well to listen to those voices and ensure she is on the right side of history and decency.”
Shastia Aziz, from the Everyday Bigotry Project, said: “Post Brexit hate crime has risen and the type of vicious racism that was once skimming under the surface is now fully mainstreamed. Bigotry in all its forms must be urgently challenged. Migrants, refugees and Muslims are a part of the UK’s diverse history – the attacks and scapegoating of the most vulnerable is a disgrace.”
Zoe Gardner, from the campaign group Another Europe is Possible, said: “All over the country, people are refusing to stand silently by while walls are built, whether in Calais, or America. We reject Trump’s Muslim ban and his refugee ban, and also May’s decision to abandon lone refugee children in Europe. The forces of reaction around the world seek to divide us, but we know that all our communities are stronger when we stand together.”
Singer Paloma Faith said: “I’m backing the protests because I believe in human rights and compassion and Trump evidently does not.”
Asma Bhol, from Sisters Uncut and the Inclusive Mosque Initiative said: “Now is the to stand up against bigotry, racism, islamophobia, homophobia and discrimination. This is our country and our world, and we will not allow misogyny and xenophobia to win. We will never stop fighting for the minority, marginalised and unheard.”
Zita Holbourne, PCS Vice President and Black Activists Rising Against the Cuts, said: “Silence in the face of discrimination normalises it. It is essential that we mobilise in opposition. At a time when racism and xenophobia are deepening, we are proud to take part in Monday’s day of action, we stand united against all forms of racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, misogyny and homophobia”.