Across the world, the far right is on the rise – from France to Germany and from Hungary to the US. In the UK, Brexit – an establishment project spearheaded by Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson – is threatening our jobs, rights and freedoms in the name of racist scapegoating. Far right street movements, emboldened by these victories, are descending on our cities, attacking trade unionists and bookshops and demanding a society ruled by hate.
We cannot afford to sit and watch – it’s time to act. In July, together with hundreds of thousands across the UK, we protested the visit of Donald Trump and the politics of hate and division that he stands for. Our The Left Against Brexit rallies have been packing rooms, bringing together hundreds of activists who refuse to accept the disaster of Tory Brexit.
We know that students can be at the forefront of fighting back against racism and bigotry. We also know that young people overwhelmingly support remaining in the EU and recent polls show two-thirds of undergraduates calling for a people’s vote on the terms of the Brexit deal. The 2017 General Election has shown that when young people mobilise, they can make a difference.
That’s why this autumn we will be touring universities with “Trump, Brexit and Fighting the New Far Right” – a series of events aiming to explore, understand and discuss how to tackle these challenges head-on. Talks from academics, politicians, trade unionists and local activists will be combined with discussion and practical organising of grassroots activity for the term ahead.
We are producing packs full of everything you’ll need to run a stall at your freshers fair – leaflets, posters, stickers, t-shirts and badges. Order your pack here.
We can also offer other support and ideas for things to do on your local campus – get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Trump, Brexit and Fighting the New Far Right
Look out for the announcement of our first events and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in holding an event or being involved.
18th August 2018