Anti-Trump solidarity: Petitions, Marches and Other Actions

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We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. We all share the same basic values.
Kofi Annan

Surfing the web the other day I came across an article about JK Rawling the author of Harry Potter. It seems that all of us have a strong opinion about Trump and do not hesitate to express it as did JK Rawling even if doing so means upsetting her fans.

J.K. Rowling’s Twitter feud with Trump supporters is so bad she’s now fighting some of her fans
Read More:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/03/j-k-rowlings-twitter-feud-with-trump-supporters-is-so-bad-shes-now-fighting-some-of-her-fans/?tid=hybrid_experimentrandomuk_1_na&utm_term=.f7ab0a858480

As a UK citizen you can be told it is not your concern, but this is most certainly not true of course, Trump’s actions as president of the US affect us all worldwide. But even if his actions affected only residents of the US it is still the business of everyone as we all share the same humanity. It should be everyone’s concern regarding the afflictions that befall other people regardless of their race, location, politics or any of the other divisions we use to segregate one another.

As J.K. Rawlings rightly says “When a man this ignorant & easy to manipulate gets within sniffing distance of the nuclear codes, it’s everyone’s business.”

The world is in turmoil there is no doubt about that, in the US a man unsuitable for the position of president now for all intents and purposes is the most powerful man in the world. Though I have to say frankly that China most likely does not see it that way.

From time to time I will publish a selection of actions you can take in protest to Donald Trump and his administration.

Below are actions worldwide, and in the UK in opposition to Trump. Please take as many of the actions below as you can, there is something suitable for everyone. Every signature on every petition is a form of protest. Not all of us can attend marches but if you can please do so, we should not allow the momentum to subside, we must not become complacent, our very lives, the lives of future generations, other species and the earth itself may depend on what action we take now .

Marches

PLEDGE TO MARCH AGAINST TRUMP’S VISIT TO BRITAIN

“Donald Trump’s presidency is turning out to be every bit as dangerous and divisive as we feared. The rhetoric of his campaign, and his early executive orders, have sparked a wave of fear and hatred. Those who are often already marginalised and discriminated against – particularly Muslims – have been particular targets for Trump.

Read More and make the pledge to attend a mass march against Trump to “oppose this state visit to the UK and commit ourselves to one of the biggest demonstrations in British history, to make very clear to our government, and to the world, this is not in our name.”

https://www.stoptrump.org.uk/

Petitions – Please sign and share the following  3 petitions

1) Tell the EPA: Attacking Clean Air Standards is the Wrong Move

“President Trump has taken direct aim at one of our most critical public health and climate protections: Clean Car Standards. This EPA initiative takes aim at the greenhouse gas pollution from America’s tailpipes—emissions responsible for about one-third of our total climate pollution.”

Don’t let this administration unravel the crucial progress we’ve made. Tell EPA Administrator Pruitt: Hands off the Clean Car Standards—and all climate pollution limits.”

Please read more, sign and share:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/208/792/322/?z00m=28958977

2) This is really nine petitions against Obamacare repeal

“Here are nine petitions to protest the Obamacare repeal if you want it to stay.”  Please note that the second petition on the list from Change org is closed

https://www.bustle.com/p/9-petitions-against-obamacare-repeal-that-will-carry-your-voice-straight-to-republicans-30867

Trumps health care plans will hit the poor the hardest. Surprise Surprise who would have guess it. America your president is not working for you – unless you are rich that is!

Donald Trump has blithely said he knows his healthcare plan will hurt poorer Americans the worst.

The president said “yeah” as he nodded along during a Fox News interview on Thursday as host Tucker Carlson noted problems with the plan he is mooting to introduce, replacing Obamacare. The less well-off were most likely to vote for him.

During Wednesday’s interview, Carlson said: “A Bloomberg analysis shows that counties that voted for you, middle class and working class counties, would do far less well under this bill than counties that voted for Hillary.”

Trump said: “Oh, I know. I know.”

Read More: Donald Trump Glibly Acknowledges His Healthcare Plan Will Hit The Poor the worst

3) Demand Donald Trump be banned from entering Canada for promoting hate propaganda

We, the undersigned concerned Canadians, demand that Donald Trump be prevented from entering into Canada due to his widespread and well-documented hate propaganda against a number of minorities in Canada in direct violation of Canadian Criminal code section 319.

Please read more and sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/504/652/644/demand-donald-trump-be-banned-from-entering-canada-for-promoting-hate-propaganda/

Please sign the Pledge

Stop Hate Dump Trump

Please speak out, show your solidarity by signing the following pledge

We believe Trump is a grave threat to democracy, freedom, human rights, equality, and the welfare of our country and all our people.

We have witnessed Trump inciting hatred against Muslims, immigrants, women, the disabled. We have seen him evidencing dangerous tendencies that threaten the bedrock of democracy: unleashing a lynch mob mentality against protestors, calling for the expulsion of Muslims from the country, bullying, and fear-mongering.

History has shown us what happens when people refuse to stand against hate-filled leaders.

We pledge ourselves to speak out in every way possible against the politics of hate and exclusion he represents.

Please sign and share
http://www.stophatedumptrump.com/

Sign the Global Open Letter to Donald Trump

The world rejects your fear, hate-mongering, and bigotry. We reject your support for torture, your calls for murdering civilians, and your general encouragement of violence. We reject your denigration of women, Muslims, Mexicans, and millions of others who don’t look like you, talk like you, or pray to the same god as you.

Add your voice to the open letter below to join the resistance

Read more and please sign and share.
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/president_trump_letter_loc/?pv=552&rc=fb

Already there are over 5 million signatures, the level of response is amazing, it restores your faith in humanity. Millions of us reject all the hate spewed forth from the mouth of Trump and his cohorts.

Each week care2 has a new resistance page:

Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action Mar. 20-26:
http://www.care2.com/causes/weekly-resistance-how-to-take-action-mar-20-26.html check every week for further actions. This page will soon be out of date. 

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It seems that so many people manage to mention Trump whenever possible, which shows the impact, sadly negative, which he has on so many people’s lives.

These Puppies Will Make You Forget Who the President Is
http://www.care2.com/causes/these-puppies-will-make-you-forget-who-the-president-is.html

Take Action Against the Latest US Travel/ Muslim Ban

http://izquotes.com/quote/246074 Poem engraved on a Bronze Plaque mounted inside the statue of Liberty’s pedestal.

There are are several petitions and other actions you can take further down. Please take as much action as you can.

He doesn’t give up does he. No matter what the courts decide nor the vast outpouring of public concern and protest the Trump administration is determined to continue with its anti Muslin agenda. The Travel/Muslim ban was reinstated March 6th with yet another in a long line of executive orders. It has some changes – but basically it has the same effect.

“Despite a few modest revisions, there is little to indicate that the order signed today is different in intent. Trump’s own surrogates have publicly stated that it is intended to be effectively identical to the much-derided order signed in January. Steven Miller, a senior adviser to the president, described it as “the same, basic policy outcome for the country.”

Read More:
Intent of Trump’s New Executive Order is Basically Identical to His Original Muslim Ban.
https://theintercept.com/2017/03/06/intent-of-trumps-new-executive-order-is-basically-identical-to-his-original-muslim-ban/

Also

Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 Is Just as Inhumane — and Even More Frightening

“The Trump Administration’s new Muslim ban is like a badly graded term paper. The first version was a mess. The revision is longer and better presented. But the thesis is still the same: Enshrine a cruel indifference to refugees and anti-Muslim prejudice into law and call it counterterrorism.

“Although much is being made of the “scaled back” ban, that’s a misnomer. This second ban still decimates the country’s refugee admissions program, shutting it down for four months and leaving thousands of refugees stranded. Refugees who were poised to come to the U.S. after spending years going through intensive vetting — who sold their few belongings, said goodbye and set their sights on a better future — will be left with no option but to return to perilous situations, including in refugees camps and war zones.”

Read More
https://time.com/4692814/trump-travel-ban-muslims/

Contrary to the Trump administration’s propaganda:

Trump’s Updated Muslim Ban Won’t Protect Americans

“The bottom line: This order won’t protect Americans from the risk of terrorism. In fact, it may increase the risk of terrorist attacks. A new Muslim ban will condemn untold numbers of refugees to death as they scramble for entry to the West, as well as undermine America’s status on the global stage.”

Please read more and sign the petition at the end of the article:
http://www.care2.com/causes/trumpshttp://www.care2.com/causes/trumps-updated-muslim-

Check out the following link from the above article if you have not already done so.
“ACLU’s side-by-side comparison of the original policy and the most recent ban.”

https://www.scribd.com/document/341097259/ACLU-Trump-s-travel-ban?secret_password=oz7P4PTKw44pCkgfCADg#from_embed

The new immigration executive order is still a Muslim Ban

Take Action

Stand against Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’

This is a petition

TO: The CEO’s of Disney, IBM, Walmart and the Trump Administration’s 16 other corporate advisors

Publicly demand that President Trump rescind his immoral and illegal immigration policy and end your collaboration with his dangerous administration

Read More and please sign the petition

https://actions.sumofus.org/a/stand-against-trump-s-muslim-ban

Please sign Amnesty international’s petition to stop the ban

IT’S BACK ON. FIGHT TRUMP’S MUSLIM BAN.

We’ll fight this new ban with everything we’ve got, just like we did last time. Take action now – tell President Trump to stop this ban and to protect human rights”

Please click the link below and add your name:
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

US citizens please send a message to your senators:

From American Civil Liberties Union  ACLU

SENATORS: OPPOSE NEW MUSLIM BAN
https://ssl.capwiz.com/aclu-action/issues/alert/?alertid=75062626&type=CO&ms=web_170306_immigrantsrights_religiousliberty_nationalsecutiry_muslimban2

Petition

Trump: Don’t Ban Immigration from Muslim Majority Countries!

“Newly elected President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to understand the foundation upon which the USA was founded. We are a nation of immigrants and our welcome of “Give us your poor, your tired and your hungry” is the hallmark of our country. It’s what the world admires most about us. However, President Trump is throwing that all away with a promise to ban immigrants from Muslim majority countries. This goes against the grain of our democracy!”

Read more and please sign the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/534/215/981/trump-dont-ban-immigration-from-muslim-majority-countries/

To be frank I rather think petitions to Trump will fall on deaf ears. Nonetheless they are worth signing as an indication of how US citizens and people world-wide consider these unjust polices. Petitions are also a way of voicing your protest, so please sign and share.

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A large number of suggested actions from Care2 against Trump and his administration’s agenda. Seemly each week there are a new set of actions and information along with a News Letter.

Learn How you can get involved and speak out this week.

Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action Mar. 6-12

“The 45th President of the United States has passed his 45th day in office, but Americans aren’t taking it lying down. There’s lots to do this week, from contacting your legislators about issues that matter to you to hitting the streets on International Women’s Day. Join the resistance!

And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to keep up with the latest.”

Read more:
http://www.care2.com/causes/weekly-resistance-how-to-take-action-mar-6-12.html

 

 

Join Demonstration to Save the NHS: 4th March

The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it
Aneurin Bevan

Please join National Demonstration to save our NHS. 

If you are seeing this notification for the first time I know this is rather short notice, but if at all possible please try and support this demonstration. There are also other suggested actions you can take further down. 

IT’S OUR NHS NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION March 4th

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“JOIN US SATURDAY 4 MARCH, 12:00pm TAVISTOCK SQUARE, MARCH TO PARLIAMENT 

Click the following link for more details including route map and transport information. Also Flyers and posters to download.

http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/our_nhs

Visit the Peoples Assembly’s home page for further information:

http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Celebs, MPs, Trade Unions, Campaigns join biggest NHS demo in history

Other Actions you can take to help ensure the continuation of the NHS

Keep our NHS public (KONP)
https://keepournhspublic.com/ Suggested actions include joining KONP or a local KONP group, donations,

Sign a petition

Please sign and share the following petition by the People’s Assembly.

URGENT: provide sufficient funding to the NHS NOW!

  • For a fully funded, publicly owned NHS & social care service.
  • No cuts, no closures, no privatisation.
  • End the pay restraint for NHS staff.
We must fight to save the NHS from destruction. The threat is real. It is happening now. Hospitals, GPs, mental health, ambulance and community services are on their knees.

The Red Cross has just declared the impact of the underfunding of A&E wards as a humanitarian crisis. Wards are full because sick people cannot be sent home with no care as they will die. But social care has been cut so home care is rare. People are dying as they wait for a hospital bed. This is an emergency.”

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/120/484/374/
 – Please share widely.

Write to your MP and or the PM.

Contact your MP :http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Contact the PM Teresa May: http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mrs-theresa-may/8

Save Our NHS guide to lobbying

Lobby your MP – top tips on what to say and how to say it
http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcampaigns/unite4ournhs/saveournhslobbyyourmp/saveournhsaguidetolobbying/

Since its inception in 1948 the NHS has been the envy of the world, it is the only fair way to ensure that everyone regardless of income gets access to treatment.  But it is under threat from privatisation.

We have to save our NHS from being destroyed by the policies of the conservative party who would prefer a private health care system similar to the USA, and we know don’t we how awful and unfair that would be. We do not want our health to depend on how much money we have, whether we can afford insurance or whether the insurance company would wriggle out of paying for our treatment should the need arise.

This concerns us all. Please take as many of the suggested actions above. If you can, please join the Demonstration on March 4th and help to make it the biggest NHS demo in the history.

Related Links
We Stand United With NHS Staff And Patients
“By refusing to properly fund the NHS, the government is making a clear statement of its values, argues Sarah Carpenter“.
https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-573b-We-stand-united-with-NHS-staff-and-patients

NHS Support Federation
http://www.nhscampaign.org/

 

The Tory Government is no Longer Accepting Disabled Refugee Children Escaping the War in Syria

Just when you think this government could not get more callous, more cruel, more indifferent.

The Tory Government is on longer accepting disabled refugee children escaping the war in Syria and elsewhere because it says it cannot cope with their needs.

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According to the following article in the Independent the Government’sVulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme, which is supposed to rehome 3,000 children with their families from countries including Syria, Libya, Yemen and Iraq, is not accepting young people with complex needs, including disabilities and learning difficulties.”

Shantha Barriga, director of Human Rights Watch’s disability rights division, said: “Shutting the door on vulnerable children is an affront to British values.

“People with disabilities endure unimaginable hardship during conflict, and many faced huge hurdles in escaping the violence. That the UK now says it’s not prepared to accept refugees with disabilities is unthinkable.

“It’s an indefensible decision and blatant discrimination. The UK is not simply lacking ‘suitable accommodation’ in this case, but seems to be lacking political will.”

Read more:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disabled-child-refugees-uk-suspend-entry-home-office-resettlement-unhcr-united-nations-lord-dubs-a7571451.html

So many of the comments following the above article are just appalling, how people can say such things so openly, particularly when it concerns the welfare of children is shocking, their selfishness and bigotry is so palpable.

Shame on the government, a new low even by Tory standards. The UK is one of the richest countries in the world, of course we can care for these disabled children. It is just that the government does not want to, they would rather give tax concessions to corporations. The Tories have no humanity, no compassion. These long suffering and very vulnerable children should be taken in and given refuge, we are more than able to provide the care these children need here in the UK as we are the care that our own disabled children and adults need but which they are often denied .

Sadly we do not take care of disabled people already living in this country. In both cases it is not the lack of finances or the inability to provide for disabled people whether refugees or otherwise, it is simply that the government do not want to do so. With cuts in services and to benefits life is a struggle for disabled and sick people here in the UK. This latest decision to deny access to the UK for disabled refugee children confirms the government’s callous uncaring attitude to disabled and sick people.

Not only the government of course it seems that as a country we have become less caring, ignoring the plight of others with callous indifference even outright hostility, not only of people from other countries but at home also. So few have stood against the government’s assault on disabled people, the cuts in  benefits and services which have left disabled people struggling, making already difficult lives more miserable.

If we – as a nation – get used to being mean-spirited to refugees, then we will end up being increasingly mean-spirited to others ‘closer to home’.  The ‘not my problem’ mantra will turn into a habitual mindset, which will eventually include (or exclude) all of us.

The above comment on the independent article sums this up nicely. It is one of the very few supportive compassionate comments.

Also the UK the UK government announced it will end a scheme that allows unaccompanied child refugees to come to the UK.

Action you can take – petition, tweet, send e-mails/letters

Stand up for the right of unaccompanied child refugees to seek a safe home in the UK.

Please sign petitions and take the other actions below, while they do not specifically relate to disabled refugee children they nonetheless concern refugee children the UK had previously promised to allow entry in the UK

Petition

UK: Don’t abandon Syrian child refugees

“The Syrian war has left thousands of children without a family. Alone in the world, carrying the trauma of the horrors they have been through, many of these children still have nowhere safe to call home. Please sign this petition to demand that the UK government honour its pledge to give sanctuary to 3,000 Syrian child refugees.

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/711/816/620/uk-dont-abandon-syrian-child-refugees/

Please read the following from   Global Citizen and take the suggested actions

“On Wednesday, our government announced it will end a scheme that allows unaccompanied child refugees to come to the UK.

I believe this is shameful – and requires immediate public outcry. Click here to send a tweet to Home Secretary Amber Rudd calling for reversal of this decision.

The scheme was devised by a former child refugee – Alfred Dubs – who was rescued from the Nazis and brought to London as a 6-year-old by the ‘Kindertransport’ in 1939. He now says he owes his life to Sir Nicholas Winton, who started the scheme.

We are not talking about terrorists. We are talking about children who are alone, with no family, home, or safe place to go. If we, as one of the richest countries in the world, cannot find the compassion to help, who will?

I believe Britain is better than this. If you agree, click here to tweet Amber Rudd calling on her to keep this scheme running and allow unaccompanied child refugees a safe home in the UK.

With hope,

Zoe and the Global Citizen team

PS. Not on Twitter? Click here to write a letter to a refugee instead.

There are just 3000 children, a small number.

Write to Amber Rudd and Teresa May voicing your concerns about the abandonment of lone refugee children along with the UKs’ recent rejection of disabled children. Both shockingly shameful acts. Please be polite. I know it makes those of us who care about others very angry, we cannot understand the cold indifference to suffering, particularly to vulnerable children, which of course all children are whether able or disabled.

You can contact Amber Rudd here:
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/amber-rudd/3983

You may wish also to send your comments to Teresa May:
http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mrs-theresa-may/8

Related Link

50,000-name petition against the scrapping of asylum scheme for child refugees is delivered to Downing Street

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/50000-name-petition-against-scrapping-9800408  It is so good to see that many people care about this grave social injustice.

Join March Against Racism

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“There is a link between inflammatory statements by politicians and racist attacks and hate crimes on the street. There has been a rise in such crimes in Britain, following the EU referendum and a similar pattern has emerged in the US. Now is the time for people of goodwill to unite and stand up to racism.”
Diane Abbott 

Please join the following national demonstration on 18th March 2017 

National demonstration: March Against Racism March 18 2017, UN Anti-Racism Day London, Glasgow and Cardiff

National Demo- Refugees and Migrants Welcome – Stand Up To Racism, Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism

Amid a vitriolic atmosphere of anti-migrant hysteria following the EU referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017 in order to “have the freedom to choose the way we control immigration.”

In a situation where migrants, Muslim women and anyone considered to be ‘foreign’ are being attacked on a daily basis and refugees are being abandoned by Britain and Europe to destitution, drowning and exploitation, there has never been a more important time in recent history to stand up to racism.

Read more – includes details of march and public transport information.

http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/national-demo-refugees-migrants-welcome-stand-racism-islamophobia-anti-semitism/

Check Twitter and facebook for more action ideas and notifications

https://twitter.com/antiracismday?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/events/1092335410814754/

“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.”
Fred Hampton

Since Brexit and Trump’s election there has been a marked increase in racism, or at least these two events have given racists leave to openly display their hatred. Since last year racists have been emboldened as a result of these occurrences, particularly the US elections.  Unless we speak out, as a result of the hateful rhetoric and the actions of Donald Trump and others both in the USA and here in the UK there could well begin the normalisation of racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-immigrants, anti-Muslim, even anti-Semitism and hatred for refugees despite their obvious plight and the enormous suffering they have endured.

With the election of Donald Trump racists the world over now feel encouraged; their hatred, prejudice and bigotry inflamed, now sanctioned by the most powerful man in the world, the president of the US. Trump used people’s prejudices and hatred to secure his election victory inciting hatred towards Mexicans, black people, immigrants and Muslims.

The aftermath of the UK’s EU referendum has also resulted in a sharp rise in racism including hate crimes ranging from verbal abuse to violent attacks. Such attacks have focused on Polish immigrants and Muslims, one pregnant Islamic woman lost her baby as a result of one such attack  and many Polish people have been the focus of racist motivated abuse and violence.

In both cases the flames of racism have been fanned by politicians. In the USA immigrants have been used as scapegoats. Trump’s campaign rhetoric portrays a country under siege from refugees and immigrants, particularly Mexicans and Muslims.  To stir hatred he slanders Mexicans as “rapists” and “murderers,” threatening to build a wall and imposes the Muslim ban. The conservative government has used a similar tactic to distract from the financial crisis and their failing economic policies blaming immigrants and refugees for many of the ills that have befallen this country as a result of the Tory policies of Austerity. Encouraged and baited by the government and the media many people now blame immigrants for the shortage of housing, long NHS waiting lists and job shortages to name just a few of the many grievances for which immigrants have been scapegoated. I consider that many people voted to leave the EU simply as a result of their zenophobic/racist attitudes. The UK was once a more tolerant society who stood up for the underdog, we had a reputation for lack of racism and other prejudice. Sadly so much has changed. I like our multicultural society, the presence of other cultures enriches our own. We are, after all said and done, one species, one race, the human race.

Please attend the March on the 18th March we must never allow the current climate of racism and other prejudices to become acceptable.

More anti racist quotes

“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Joseph Fort Newton

“Forty-two years after Dr. King was murdered, we are still a nation of inequality. People of color, women, gays, lesbians, and others are still treated as second-class citizens. Yes, things have changed but we have still not achieved equality among all humans. And nonhuman animals continue to be chattel property without any inherent value.”
Gary L. Francione

“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.”
Thurgood Marshall

We all have no choice but to do better.

The world is in turmoil, the rise of right-wing political agendas, bigotry, rampant racism,  anti-Muslim, anti-Semitism
ant-migrants, anti-refugees, homophobia, sexism … I have I missed anything, it seems that everyone hates everyone else. It has to stop, we need one world, one race, the human race.

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Keep in mind it is not only over in the USA and here in the UK but also in the rest of Europe that we need to be concerned about the rise in racism and other prejudices.

It’s not just Trump’s US. Anti-Muslim hate threatens Europe too

The Islamophobic ideologues at the heart of the new US administration have allies on this side of the Atlantic. We must all fight the spread of their divisive lies
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/02/trump-us-anti-muslim-hate-europe

8 Surprising Facts About Migration the Tabloids Don’t Want You to Know
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/facts-migration-immigration-impact-uk-tabloids/

Blaming immigrants and a tolerant society
http://www.economicshelp.org/blog/23292/labour-markets/blaming-immigrants-and-a-tolerant-society/

Muslim-Mexican scapegoats in Trump’s America: Voices
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/02/01/muslim-mexican-scapegoats-trumps-america-column/97309202/

Brexit: Surge in anti-immigrant hate crime in areas that voted to leave EU
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/brexit-hate-crime-racism-immigration-eu-referendum-result-what-it-means-eurospectic-areas-a7165056.html

Credit: Racism quotes from Good Reads http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/racism

One in Four People in The UK Live in Substandard Housing

Again this is another delayed blog post which was written back in October last year, however as before in such matters little has changed.

Other than being homeless there can be few things in life more depressing than living in substandard housing, yet here in the sixth richest country in the world the UK one in four people spend most of their time in cramped unhealthy and unsuitable homes. It seems even worse when the people concerned are elderly, like the couple in the video included in the article below, or children.

“More than four in 10 homes in Britain do not reach acceptable standards in areas such as cleanliness, safety and space, housing charity Shelter says.

Shelter’s new Living Home Standard considers affordability, neighbourhood, decent conditions, stability and space.

It said affordability was the biggest problem, and people should “live and thrive” in homes, not just “get by”.

The government said housing was an absolute priority and its affordable housing budget was doubling.”

Continue reading
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37655908  – Please be sure to watch the video

The government’s idea of affordable homes leaves much to be desired. With low wages it is difficult to save a deposit never mind the repayments. Below is an example of what you might be expected to pay for the least expensive properties  in the northeast usually considered one of the cheapest locations. Though you can find cheaper there may be a lot of work required to bring it up to standard.

Last year the average price of a house or flat in the North of England was £123,914
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36656134  –  A deposit of 5 or 10 percent is usually required.

I don’t have exact figures as it is very complicated but a house with the price of £99.950 you will need a deposit of £4,998 and keep in mind houses that cheap which are worth buying are few and far between.

A deposit of nearly five thousands pounds is hardly affordable, it is not easy to save that kind of money on a basic minimum wage while paying high rent in the meantime. Apparently affordable housing includes rented property… Where I would like to ask? Where is there a house or a flat that is really affordable. Even social housing is not affordable and takes a huge amount of your income, as for the private sector with an average rent of £764 a month, private rent is unaffordable for those on a low income and is furthermore  insecure. Rents in general are expensive, even more so in certain areas of the country, London in particular

Rents continue to rise across the UK and in London

Latest figures show average rent outside London rose to £764 a month, while within the capital it hit £1,543
https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/may/05/rents-continue-rise-uk-london

House prices are ten times the average wage

According to the following article house prices are 10 times the earning of people in England and Wales

Rising house prices drove the cost of buying a home in England and Wales to more than 10 times the average salary in over a third of local authority areas, official figures show.

Analysis of median salaries and prices by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) underlines how the growth in house prices has outpaced the increase in earnings in recent years.

Between 2002 and 2015, prices have risen by 88%, but median earnings have increased only by a quarter. As a result, the median price paid by buyers across England and Wales rose to six times average salaries in 2015, up from just four times earnings in 2002.

Continue reading:
https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/oct/07/house-prices-10-times-earnings-england-wales-ons-property

The lady in the video  included in the BBC article above , sorry I can’t include the video here directly, says she doesn’t want to die there however she and her husband and others like them do not want to live there either.  My sister and brother-in-law lived in very similar accommodation, though there was an additional spare room the accommodation was cramped and dark, the radiator did not work, the housing association who owned the property did not bother to fix it. I recall a similar curtain dividing the tiny kitchen from the tiny living room. All the rooms were small with no access to a private outside area. I thought this was appalling,  which it was but for the couple in the video it is even worse, so claustrophobic.  No one should live in unfit accommodation. Space to live a full life is vital for well-being, to have room to participate in hobbies, to study, to work and to fulfill the need for privacy is essential, one of the reasons that the bedroom tax is a great social injustice.In an ideal society each person should have a room of his or her own, even children value their privacy. As a child I shared a room with my aunt and my sister , although this was some time ago now nothing much has changed it seems.

My present home has a huge problems with damp, a highly unsuitable living condition which is a significant detriment to health and wellbeing. Water running down your wall from October to March, and in recent years occasionally during the summer, is awful to live with as is the black mould that grows as a result, not only is it unhealthy it ruins your soft furnishings, your wood, your cloths, books and is so unsightly and smells just awful. If you ‘re not well it can become overwhelming to clean, it always returns and the black stain it leaves behind can only be painted over. Many homes in the UK are riddled with mould. It is expensive to fix. We do not have the finances to fix the problem so each year we have to face this on an ever-increasing intensity as the mould get worse with each passing year. There are no grants to help people to get this fixed, the cost of doing so is astronomical and the council loans are expensive

The photograph in the article below shows what it is like with black mould growing on the wall yet this is not mentioned in the substandard criteria, as you can see it is a significant detriment, no one in this wealthy country of ours should have to live with this sort of thing whether you rent your home or own it. Owning your home does not mean you ‘re well off, quite the contrary in fact. You struggle all your life to pay the mortgage subsisting on low wages and working long hours only to find that, even if by some miracle you manage to make your final payment, as you get older and have to subsist on a pension or you become sick or disabled or unemployed you cannot finance repairs such as a damp course or other damp proofing or roof repair all enormously expensive. Also if you get sick or disabled and cannot work you may not be able pay your mortgage and may end up homeless. Such is the insecurity of housing here in the UK.

Four in 10 British homes not up to standard, says Shelter
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/16/four-in-10-british-homes-not-up-to-standard-says-shelter

Also see

The Living Home Standard
http://www.shelter.org.uk/livinghomestandard

I suspect in a short while the dust will settle. This story got a brief mention on the BBC news but I had to track it down on the internet. Things will continue much as before and people will continue to live out their lives in miserable homes while others live well beyond their needs . Such shames our country and our society. We need to demand a fair standard of living, decent wages for everyone, regardless of the job we do – we all have to live, we all contribute, everyone’s work is important, everyone’s life is important and everyone should have a good standard of living . You would know how vital a shelf filler’s work was if people who filled the supermarket shelves went on strike, yet they get poor wages. This also applies to people who through not fault of their own either as a result of sickness or disability are unable to work. All regardless of circumstances should have decent housing.

Note this comment on the Guardian article above

“It’s time the government called a halt to all regeneration schemes such as the Winstanley York Road behind Clapham Junction where 600 council flats are to be demolished to make way for a couple of thousand luxury flats starting at £1m+.

Wandsworth Council is suggesting tenants on the Winstanley give up their secure accommodation decamp to privately rented accommodation in… Birmingham.”

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/london-families-offered-7000-move-9194790

This is happening all over the country, and especially in London. We’ve already had the Heygate, West Hendon and Aylesbury fiascos, with the Winstanley, Alton and St. Johns already underway in just Wandsworth alone.

Maybe a different topic but related. The very idea of moving people away from their secure council homes to private rented properties  is appalling. Besides the cost of moving would take much of the puny financial incentive, it is never easy moving to another part of the country where you do not know anyone or have any family.

The article says the policy is a form of social cleansing and gentrification

The policy has also been slammed as ‘social cleansing’ and critics claim it is a back door attempt to gentrify areas of London by moving out low income families. But supporters say the incentives are being used encourage pensioners to free up larger homes for families.

I am certain that moving to another part of the country is not a good idea for pensioners who need the support of friends and family. Why should anyone move to some pig in the poke like the couple in the BBC article simply because they are old. Suitable accommodation is a must for everyone with space to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. As people age and become less active they do not wish to be shut up in some cramped accommodation looking at the same four walls day after day, living in the same room in which you sleep. This is what it is like in purpose built homes for the elderly. In a village where I lived I knew an elderly lady who lived in council sheltered accommodation for single people which consisted of a tiny bed sit with room for just a chair a TV and a table, behind a curtain at the end of the room was the single bed. A tiny kitchen and bathroom was all that there was. There was no private outside space or even a communal garden.

This country is now riddled with social injustice it hard to know where to start , I could rant on here indefinitely, it seems that poor people are shunted about from pillar to post at the whims of the wealthy, discarded when they are no longer useful or become an inconvenience.

Injustice of US Travel Ban / Muslim ban

“To defeat Trumpism will take an extraordinary popular resistance”
Owen Jones

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Petitions and other suggested actions further down.

Muslims, refugees, immigrants, caring people from all over the world stand with you. The above protest took place here in the UK, in Newcastle.  Also In Edinbergh,Cardiff, London  and other cities across the UK and worldwide

In London many many thousands took to the streets:
Donald Trump Protest Attracts Tens Of Thousands To Downing Street And UK Cities
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/30/donald-trump-resistance-protests-travel-ban-opposition?CMP=share_btn_tw

The world is in turmoil because of one man, extraordinary times indeed when one person can unleash so much misery and suffering on millions of people and plunge the whole world into chaos simply by signing a piece of paper. How is this democracy?   Trump signs these executive orders and they are simply carried out, though there is growing resistance such as the mayors of several big cites who have said they will defy Trumps Executive order that threatens to cut off federal funding to cities which offer protection to undocumented immigrants in their communities.

The travel ban affects refugees and people from Muslim-majority countries.

People from the following countries, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen have been banned entry into the USA for 90 days. The order also bans refugees from entry for 120 days and Syrian refugees have been banned indefinitely.

The consequences have been distressing in the extreme for anyone affected including legal residents

What you need to know about Trump’s travel ban

Is this a Muslim ban? Trump’s executive order explained
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/28/trump-immigration-ban-syria-muslims-reaction-lawsuits

The ban has torn families apart, unless you are personally affected you cannot imagine the misery and despair. Refugees who have already experienced so much horror in their lives must now live in dread and insecurity, the lack of compassion on this man’s part is astounding.

Here are the stories of some of those affected

Trump travel ban: people’s stories from US and around the world

“If I go back to Syria I have to join the army and I would have to shoot or be shot. I want to go to America to have a decent, safe life for my family, and be somewhere I can continue my studies and have a future. Now I feel offended because [Trump’s] decision is specifically targeting Muslims.

I used to think America was an open-minded country with an open-minded government; but now I’ve seen it’s a racist government, and I can’t raise my children in a racist society so I’m rethinking my decision. Trump’s order must be challenged.”

Mohammed: Syrian Refugee

Read more stories:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/29/trump-travel-ban-peoples-stories-from-us-and-around-the-world

‘I haven’t seen Dad in 11 years’: Teenager’s Iranian father blocked from coming to the U.S. for her 16th birthday – because of President Trump’s Muslim visa ban

Read More:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4170482/Donald-Trump-Muslim-travel-ban-US.html

The ban is shocking and inhumane. Furthermore it is sickening that our PM Teresa May did not speak out and condemn Trump’s actions. Unless we speak out all of us, including politicians, things will only get worse and these grave social injustices will be embedded in our society, normalised and unchallenged. We must keep up the momentum even if there is little we can do other than voice our opinion by signing petitions, writing letters and e-mail, making phone calls, tweeting, blogging and if you can, taking to the streets and joining any of the demonstrations worldwide, anything to protest this great social injustice.

Actions you can take

Take to the streets protest protest protest

It is astonishing how quickly huge numbers of people can be alerted to take part in demonstrations as a result of social media.Read How one woman’s Facebook post spurred massive airport protests after Trump’s Muslim ban

The following Hashtags may prove useful

For further information about demonstrations and protests check out the hashtag   set up by Owen Jones.  Also see  #trumpprotest    

Below are a number of petitions you many wish to sign relating to Trump’s ban on people from Muslim countries and other related issues.

Petitions

This petition to stop Trumps state visit has  at the time of writing 1,664,388  signatures just a couple of  days after it was launched

Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171928TrumpBan please keep signing to let the government know how we feel about this outrage. Unfortunately this petition may only be signed by UK citizens or people resident in the UK.

All the petitions petitions below may be signed by anyone world wide so please add your name and share.

Please add your name to the following :

From AVAAZ

Global Open Letter to Donald

“With the Muslim ban, Trump has shown that the worst fears about his Presidency are true.

This is the start. He’s threatening to tear down international agreements. He’s threatened to start a nuclear arms race. Didn’t believe it before? Believe it now.

And this is happening in all our countries. We must build the global movement to stop it. Over 3 million have already signed the open letter, below, from the world to Trump, and it’s been covered across major media. Today it becomes a symbol of resistance. Help it become an even more powerful message — forward it widely and sign below:

Dear Mr. Trump,

This is not what greatness looks like.

The world rejects your fear, hate-mongering, and bigotry. We reject your support for torture, your calls for murdering civilians, and your general encouragement of violence. We reject your denigration of women, Muslims, Mexicans, and millions of others who don’t look like you, talk like you, or pray to the same god as you.

Facing your fear we choose compassion. Hearing your despair we choose hope. Seeing your ignorance we choose understanding.

As citizens of the world, we stand united against your brand of division.”

Add your name by clicking the link below, please share widely

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/trump_muslim_ban_letter_sgnr_rb/?bMsmGdb&v=87468&cl=11750357671&_checksum=c2a9a7a301209a04323eb45490e044ca6d06dcf7e7de0d94a689ea65e456a7cb

Over 3 million signatures already please help to reach the 4, million signature target and more.

Sign George Takei’s Petition: Stand Up for Muslims in the U.S.

“When I was just 5, my family was rounded up at gunpoint and forced from our home in Los Angeles into an internment camp. We were prisoners in our own country, held within barbed wire compounds, armed guards pointing guns down at us. It was an egregious violation of our rights under the U.S. Constitution, all in the name of “security.” During that time, fear and racism drove government policy, creating a living hell for over 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans, most of whom were U.S. citizens.

I have spent my life trying to ensure something like this never happens again. But dark clouds once more are gathering. A Trump spokesperson recently stated the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II “sets a precedent” for Trump to do the same today. And Trump continues to stand by his plans to establish a Muslim registry and ban immigrants from “certain” Muslim countries from the U.S. It starts with a registry, with restrictions, with irrationally ascribed guilt, and with fear. But we know well where it might lead.”

Please sign this petition to let the Muslim community know you support them and oppose any policy targeting them based on their religion or national origin. Help send a message to Trump and his ilk that this will never again happen in America.

Please read more and sign the petition

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/882/936/102/sign-george-takeis-petition-against-the-internment-of-muslims-in-the-u.s./

Contact the White House

Why not e-mail the White and make your protest

https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Or e-mail  Trump directly
https://www.donaldjtrump.com/contact

There is no justification for this ban, at least no ethical justification. Even considering the tragedy of 9/11 it is still extremely unlikely to die as a result of terrorism. You are more likely to die in the USA from lack of medical care, a situation that is set to get worse as Trump seeks to repeal Obama Care. It’s estimated there are between 20,000 and 45,000 deaths a year due to lack of health insurance. I am not saying that numbers count, for each person who died in 9/11 and other terrorist attacks and their relatives and loved ones it is of course a tragedy and if the death of anyone for any reason can be prevented all the better . But it is important to get a perspective. Under Trump more people will die because they cannot afford medical treatment than are likely to die as a result of terrorism.

According to an article in the Washington Post you are more likely to die from being Crushed by Furniture than from a terrorist attack:

“In the United States, an individual’s likelihood of being hurt or killed by a terrorist (whether an Islamist radical or some other variety) is negligible.

Consider, for instance, that since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have been no more likely to die at the hands of terrorists than being crushed to death by unstable televisions and furniture. Meanwhile, in the time it has taken you to read until this point, at least one American has died from a heart attack. Within the hour, a fellow citizen will have died from skin cancer. Roughly five minutes after that, a military veteran will commit suicide. And by the time you turn the lights off to sleep this evening, somewhere around 100 Americans will have died throughout the day in vehicular accidents – the equivalent of “a plane full of people crashing, killing everyone on board, every single day.” Daniel Kahneman, professor emeritus at Princeton University, has observed that “[e]ven in countries that have been targets of intensive terror campaigns, such as Israel, the weekly number of casualties almost never [comes] close to the number of traffic deaths.”

Continue Reading the  full article:

You’re more likely to be fatally crushed by furniture than killed by a terrorist
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/11/23/youre-more-likely-to-be-fatally-crushed-by-furniture-than-killed-by-a-terrorist/?utm_term=.6683cd427585

Also see

Syrian Refugees Are Not a Risk to America
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-james-clark/syrian-refugees-and-the-r_b_9111374.html

Trumps measures are extreme, cruel inhumane and should be vigorous protested.

While Trumps actions are shocking in the extreme, it is nevertheless heartening to see how many people care, how many people reject his policies of bigotry, hate and discrimination. Lets hope with enough determination Trump can be thwarted.

Keep in mind other damming executive orders which need to be vigorously challenged:

The approval of Dakota Access and Keystone Oil Pipelines.

Dakota Access Pipeline explained: What is it, why are people protesting it and what happens next?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/dakota-access-pipeline-facts-explained-pros-cons-protests-what-next-a7544451.html

“Donald Trump signs executive actions to push through Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines

Accompanied by his exclusively white staff, Trump signed the orders that will affect Native American land”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-push-forward-dakota-access-keystone-xl-pipelines-standing-rock-protest-executive-orders-a7543711.html

The Mexican Border wall

Every US household will pay $120 for the border wall if Mexico does not reimburse the cost
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-households-mexican-border-wall-president-donald-trump-mexico-enrique-pena-nieto-national-debt-a7550426.html

The wall is not only a detriment to Mexico but also to the environment and endangered animals

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/donald-trump-great-wall-mexican-border-damage-environment-insane-self-sabotage-wildlife-mexico-a7548861.html

Repeal of Obama Care ( Affordable care)

Poor, minorities, unemployed most likely to lose insurance if Obamacare is repealed
http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/20/14336470/obamacare-affordable-care-act-health-insurance-republicans-poor-unemployed-minorities

What would the impact be if the Affordable Care Act is repealed?
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/jan/05/what-would-be-impact-if-affordable-care-act-repeal/