Friday, 20 January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day events

Oxford TUC and Oxford Unite Against Fascism are holding several events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

27 January 2017 Holocaust Memorial Day 'Never Again'  educational exhibition

Day long educational exhibition in the Long Room, Oxford Town Hall, 9 am - 6.30 pm.

Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1945 when Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. They found thousands of emaciated survivors, and the smouldering remains of the gas chambers and crematoria – the Nazi attempt to destroy evidence of their crimes against humanity.

The Holocaust fundamentally challenged the foundations of civilization and serves as a warning of the horror that fascism can unleash. The magnitude of the Holocaust, planned and carried out by the Nazis, must be forever seared in our collective memory. The Nazis "Final Solution" saw the extermination of 6 million Jews in an attempt to ethnically cleanse Europe of all Jews. The terrible suffering of the many millions of other victims of the Nazis has left an indelible scar across Europe as well.

Selfless sacrifices of those who defied the Nazis, and sometimes gave their own lives to protect or rescue the Holocaust's victims, must also be inscribed in our hearts.
Today the heirs of the Nazis are still seeking power. Antisemitism remains with us and today's nazis seek to stir up racist violence against new targets — Muslims, migrants and refugees.

We must never forget that the logical conclusion of unchecked racism was the death camps and we must unite to say "Never Again".

On Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January 2017 there will be a “Never Again” educational exhibition in Oxford Town Hall to commemorate the devastation of the Holocaust and remind us why we need to counter racism and intolerance today.

The exhibition will comprise of a series of displays of text and pictures that will take up the following themes:
  • The extermination of 6 million Jews and 7 million other people deemed “undesirable” by the Nazi regime.
  • The victim groups and the ways they were scapegoated and marginalised including legal forms of exclusion
  • The development of mass extermination and death camps
  • The driving forces behind the holocaust
  • Fascism today and its modern targets.
  • Similarities with today and the 1930's
  • Resistance to fascism and racism
This event is organised by Oxford Stand Up To Racism as part of a national campaign to challenge all forms of racism and to help build the Europe-wide anti-racist protests on UN anti-racism day on March 18.
4 February 2017 - Stand Up To Racism Trade Union Conference

This conference is aimed at Trade unionists and workplace activists to help them to challenge racism in the workplace and to mobilise worklplaces and unions for 18th March demonstration. The conference will be addressed by Kevin Courtney general Secretary NUT.

The themes of the day are:
  • Defend our EU workmates and make sure their rights are maintained after Brexit.
  • Oppose attempts to blame migrants for falling wages and the slashing of our public services.
  • Arm trade union activists with the arguments they need to defeat racist ideas in the workplaces.
  • Build the biggest possible turn out by trade unionists on the Stand Up To Racism demos in London and Glasgow (backed by the TUC) on 18 March 2017.

Tickets £3.78 – £9.08 depending on income.

Register online.

18th March 2017 - Stand Up To Racism National Demonstration

Supported by the TUC. Central London

Oxford coach free to supporting unions £10/£5 all others. You can book your seat on the Oxford coach online.

Amid a vitriolic atmosphere of anti-migrant hysteria following the EU referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017 in order to “have the freedom to choose the way we control immigration.”

In a situation where migrants, Muslim women and anyone considered to be ‘foreign’ are being attacked on a daily basis and refugees are being abandoned by Britain and Europe to destitution, drowning and exploitation, there has never been a more important time in recent history to stand up to racism.

On March 18th, let’s to make the Stand Up To Racism demonstration for UN Anti-Racism Day the biggest yet, to show that Theresa May does not speak for us when she blames migrants and refugees for the problems cause by austerity and the financial crisis, and that we are united against racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

Over the past 4 years, Stand Up to Racism has organised protests in defence of migrants and refugees. At our recent conference, 1,500 participants – including Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Lord Alf Dubs and others – launched a mass anti racist movement. Join us in London in March 2017 to stand up to racism together.

More details tbc
Organised by Stand Up to Racism

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