WF Trades Council last night was angered at the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police officers in the United States.
We expressed our solidarity with our brothers and sisters in America facing racist state oppression and violence.
We supported an impartial, public inquiry into the disproportionate number of BAME people dying of Covid-19.
We agreed to protest while protecting ourselves and one another from Covid-19.
At 6.30pm on Wednesday 3rd June, express your anger and solidarity. Choose the option that is safest for you, or do both:
• Meet with 5 or fewer friends at a location you can walk or cycle to, for a socially-distanced protest of 6 or less people. Bring a banner or placards saying ‘Black Lives Matter’. Adhere to social distancing of 2 metres from those not in your household and please wear a mask.
• Protest at your front door or from your window, with signs saying ‘Black Lives Matter’.
Make a lot of noise! Shout your solidarity with those protesting against state racism and violence.
Photograph or video your protest, and upload to this Facebook page, as a digital document of this borough-wide show of solidarity.
This will be a digital record of Waltham Forest’s stand against state-sponsored racism.
We passed the following motion:
Justice for George Floyd
Build a mass movement to smash racism
- Solidarity with the protesters. Defend the right to protest
- Build a united struggle for jobs, homes and a future for all. Make the 1% pay for the crisis
- No more racist killings – jail the killer cops. Fight for working class democratic control of policing
George Floyd’s death has ignited major protests throughout the US and in many countries – with thousands and thousands of youth spontaneously pouring onto the street in fury against police racism, brutality and murders.
George Floyd’s death comes after many killings of black people by police and right-wing forces. It also comes during the Covid-19 pandemic which has already claimed the lives of over 100,000 people in the US. In the US, black people have been dying from the pandemic at three times the average rate. Over 40 million are now unemployed, with figures still rising, and black workers and youth hit disproportionately hard.
The recent riots are an explosion of anger at all of the problems and violence Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people face. The state and the police further escalated the conflict by firing rubber bullets, flashbangs, and tear gas to disperse initially peaceful protestors.
On the other hand, we are starting to see solidarity by trade union members as they stand with protesters against police repression. For example, the bus drivers in Minneapolis and New York refused to transport arrested protesters for the police.
The outrage displayed in these riots can be organised into a powerful movement if given structure and a programme to unite behind.
This trades council calls:
- for an immediate end to the police and military intervention on the streets.
- We defend the right to protest.
- Democratic and accountable stewarding and management of protests with the involvement of trade unions and the community can keep protesters safe and make the political message clearer.
Support the #BlackLivesMatter protests
- Wednesday 3rdJune, 1 pm at Hyde Park
- Saturday 6thJune, 1pm at Parliament Square
- Sunday 7thJune, US Embassy
Call a local protest next week for those are not able to travel.