9th August Solidarity with Bookmarks.
The Coordinating Committee of the UCU at the University of Brighton offers its support to Bookmarks and its staff in the wake of the attack on its premises.
An attack on a trade union and socialist bookshop during its opening hours is a sign of the increasing confidence of a growing racist far right which has been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump and the Tories’ ‘hostile environment’ towards immigrants.
They will be encouraged also by Boris Johnson’s positioning of himself as an Islamophobe with his recent statement ridiculing the burka and the niqab.
We condemn the attack on Bookmarks in the strongest terms and urge the trade union movement and anti-racists to unite to in an urgent effort to halt the growth of organised racism and push back against this threat to our movement.
UCU Coordinating Committee, University of Brighton
For more details of the attack and a solidarity event on the 11th August see here
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