Saturday 23 March, 1pm, Littlemoor Estate, Weymouth (meet at St Francis Church, Merredin Close, Weymouth DT3 6SB – next to Littlemoor Road, A353).
The fascist organisation Britain First is standing in local elections in Weymouth. Stand Up to Racism asks you to join us in leafletting Littlemoor Estate, part of the Littlemoor and Preston ward. This initiative is supported by St Francis Church.
Nazis in Weymouth? We say No!
There has been great concern in Littlemoor about leaflets distributed by Britain First. The leaflets ask for votes in the local election: they don’t say that Britain First is an organisation led by people convicted of serious crimes. Last year its leading members were jailed for harassment and abuse, and Facebook closed its online page for carrying “hate speech”.
In 2016 MP Jo Cox was shot and fatally stabbed in Yorkshire. As he murdered her, Jo’s killer Thomas Mair shouted: “Britain First”.
The Nazis of an earlier era blamed Jews for society’s ills: Britain First blames Muslims and other minorities. Britain First has a long record of invading mosques and threatening Muslims. It’s this that encourages violence like the murder of 50 women, men and children at prayer in New Zealand – an abhorrent crime. Like the Nazis of old, Britain First sows suspicion and hatred.
Weymouth suffers from low wages, high prices, and continuous cuts to our hospitals and schools. This is the result of years of government “austerity”. But instead of putting the blame where it belongs the new Nazis target Muslims and migrants. Where would we be without people from all over the world who provide the skills for our NHS? Doctors, nurses and other health workers play a vital role keeping us safe and well. We say that they are welcome here.
Where is Britain First when we campaign in Weymouth against poverty wages and rogue employers who won’t pay the National Minimum Wage? Where are they when we fight against education cuts and to save Portland Community Hospital? Britain First hasn’t been seen in these campaigns – but now it wants our votes and to divide and weaken our communities. Let’s stand up to the racists!
Stand Up to Racism – Dorset