Katy Jalili recently attended Shut Down YarlsWood – END detention Demonstration
MFJ are holding another demo in December. You should go!
Build the mass protest at Yarls Wood, to unite the movement of people WITH AND WITHOUT citizenship, fighting racism and bigotry. We fight to win. We speak the plain truth about racism because that is how we inspire the movement and break the divide-and-rule that obstructs the poor, exploited and struggling classes of society.
The demo’s lead by MFJ at Yarl’s Wood and at Harmondsworth / Colnbrook have been the most powerful expression in Britain of recent years of a collective, optimistic, movement for a better society, starting with fighting back against the racist scapegoating of immigrants. Our protests are building the anti-racist pro-immigrant movement which must grow fast. The detention centre demo’s
– provided a platform for detainees to show their resistance inside, build on it and spread their impact
– won victories including End Detained Fast Track, and the first reductions in the detention system (two centres shut down), and renewed the confidence of the movement against detention
– brought together people of all genders, sexualities and of all levels of immigration status, which is a basis of organisation that must continue.
– Yarl’s Wood and detention is exposed to more people than ever, who are responding by getting involved in the movement.
We inspired the first transnational protest that saw demo’s at EVERY detention centre in Britain, plus many across Europe on May 7th.
We are at a crossroads, facing the dangers of an emboldened far-right across Europe. We are already seeing reactionary attitudes having more confidence: racism, xenophobia, sexism, anti-Muslim and anti-gay sentiments. It is increasingly more obvious that we have to fight beyond the usual routines.
We cannot rely on ANY of the political parties to take the path towards real equality and dignity. Across the political spectrum politicians have been too prepared to either directly BLAME immigrants and the Muslim community for all the problems, or to SIT BY in silence. The choice before us is whether or not we mobilise the power of the oppressed to assert it’s will, end the policy of racist scapegoating, and build a movement strong enough to end austerity and for the first time put the needs of the masses before profit and war.