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40 years of resistance

NUJ’s event for UN Anti-Racism Day

TO MARK UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the NUJ's Black Members Council is hosting a webinar titled "40 years of resistance: From the Brixton uprisings to Black Lives Matter" - on Saturday 20 March.

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Speakers include George Ruddock, editor of The Weekly Gleaner - UK edition of The Gleaner newspaper for Jamaica and the diaspora, founded in 1834 - and former editor of UK African Caribbean weekly The Voice; Yvette Williams, campaign co-ordinator of the Justice4Grenfell; Lidiwe Tsele, veteran South African activist with the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania; and Vanita Banks, lawyer and chair of the National Bar Association Police Misconduct and Justice Task Force in the USA.

The webinar is from 2pm-4pm: register here.

UN Anti-Racism Day is a day later, on Sunday 21 March. The day remembers the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960, in which South African police opened fire on a peaceful demonstration against apartheid "pass laws" - killing 69 people.

This year's Anti-Racism Day has been given added significance by the murder of unarmed Black man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last summer and the global Black Lives Matter movement that followed.

This NUJ Black Members' Council event marks 40 years since the Black People's Day of Action, an unprecedented response to the 13 young black people killed in a fire that broke out during a house party in New Cross, south London, in January 1981. The fire is widely suspected to have been started by racists.

April 1981 saw nearby Brixton go up in flames, as youth fought back against the Met's Operation Swamp. This operation widely targeted Black men with mass stops and searches by units including plainclothes police and the notorious Special Patrol Group.

The event will include a short film by Brixton's Race Today Collective on the Black People’s Day of Action.

Chairing the webinar will be LFB's own Marc Wadsworth, chair of the NUJ Black Members Council.