Resisting Racism - press release
Monday 9 April 2012
Commenting after the debate on Motion 48, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;
“The NUT has worked for decades to combat racist and fascist groups in society. Our successes in routing the BNP in Barking & Dagenham and Stoke-on-Trent during the 2010 election show that a real difference can be made. This comes from a concerted effort by organisations and communities working together to promote and celebrate our diverse society.
“The contributions of NUT members to our political fund – set up to campaign against racist and fascist parties at election times – allows us to sponsor the vital work of organisations such as HOPE not Hate, Unite against Fascism, Show Racism the Red Card, Love Music Hate Racism and Kick it Out.
“Experience shows us that, when there is an economic downturn, it is black and minority ethnic communities in particular who bear the brunt and are scapegoated by sections of society. The NUT will continue to support campaigns to defend black communities and fight for the provision that is rightfully theirs.”