Swansea Stand Up to Racism Press Release
Lord Peter Hain, Geraint Davies MP, Mike Hedges AM and Swansea Stand Up to Racism unite to counter racism caused by COVID 19 epidemic.
* Statement also signed by over scores of councillors, musicians, trade unionists and representatives of community groups.
* Statement given added urgency by recent racist incidents in Swansea.
“They called me f**king Chinese… I haven’t been treated like that before in my life time. Disgusting! … Can’t believe it happens in Swansea” – victim of incident in Swansea shop
“I stand in solidarity with BAME communities at this very unpredictable and difficult time” – Geraint Davies MP
“I am very happy to add my name to this statement” – Lord Peter Hain
Swansea Stand Up to Racism, along with MP Geraint Davies, AM Mike Hedges and Lord Peter Hain, have issued a statement against the racist scapegoating which has occurred in the current Covid19 crisis. In so doing, we want to challenge the racist abuse of people of Chinese origin that has been reported in a few local shops, the Islamophobic misinformation that has been circulated in some areas and all prejudice against migrants and minorities. Far from being to blame for the current situation, those of BAME and Migrant backgrounds are actually bearing its brunt, and are much more likely to die than others, due to their essential role in our public services, and the fact that they are not being provided with sufficient PPE or testing. The wide support for the statement shows that the vast majority of Swansea people value diversity and abhor prejudice. We intend to go on from this to organise a public online meeting with local public figures, community groups and other interested organisations to continue our efforts to stand up to racism.
The statement reads
“We stand in solidarity with BAME communities at this very difficult time. The current crisis risks bringing an increase in racist incidents, particularly against Muslim and Chinese people, as scapegoats are sought for the epidemic. Far from being responsible for spreading the virus, BAME people have been at the forefront of fighting it, and these communities are suffering disproportionately. We call on the government to take seriously their responsibilities to keep these vital workers safe. The best way to defeat COVID 19 is for us all to work together; to do this the government should lift the hostile environment which makes such cooperation more difficult.”
Swansea Stand Up to Racism
Lord Peter Hain, Geraint Davies MP, Mike Hedges AM, Councillor Louise Gibbard – Dunvant Ward (Personal Capacity – PC), Cllr Gloria Tanner – Mynyddbach ward (PC), YenYen Lai, Trustee of Chinese In Wales Association, Cllr Peter Black Lord Mayor of the City and County of Swansea (PC), Chris Evans, Swansea and Gower Green Party chairperson and Parliamentary candidate, Julie James AM for Swansea West , Cllr Alex Harris – Rest Bay ward Porthcawl and Treasurer of Bridgend Green Party, Kevin Child – Director Student Services Swansea University, Zoe Gealy – engagement officer for the National waterfront museum, Deb Wozencraft Member Pioneer Co-ordinator with the Co-op Group, Gordon Gibson – Chair of Swansea West Constituency Labour Party, Louise Sian Gibbard – secretary of Swansea West Constituency Labour Party, Damon Peters – CWU Rep, Swansea Parcel Force, Sunil Patel – Show Racism the Red Card, Tamasree Mukhopadhyay OBE KIRAN, Rocio Cifuentes – Chief Executive of EYST Wales, Kay Denyer – Race Council Cymru, Shahien Taj OBE – Henna Foundation, Maria Mesa – Women connect first, Matthew Shephard -Communications Officer, Swansea Council UNISON, Charlotte Davies – Business & Communications Director at Swansea MAD, Martin Chapman – Co Environment Officer Swansea Council Unison, Ann Cooke Member of St James Church Uplands and Churches Together Swansea, Karen Williams, Learning and Development Officer, Carmarthenshire Unison(PC), Nimisha Trivedi – Carmarthenshire Unison International Officer, Dafydd Williams – Secretary and Vice-chairman of Swansea West Plaid Cymru, Dr Geraint Havard, Plaid Cymru Swansea East assembly and parliamentary candidate, Lauren James – Wales Green Party Deputy Leader, Les Woodward – former National Convenor Remploy Trade Union Consortium,Cllr Lesley Walton Townhill Ward, Swansea, Claire Thomas Policy and Research officer Bevan Foundation. Pete Northcott Volunteer skipper on Copper Jack, operated by the Swansea Community Boat Trust, Cllr Peter Jones, Cllr Mo Sykes, Jenny Roberts,
Helen Love – musician, Patrick Jones- poet, Tim Evans – Live Poets Swansea, Rhoda Thomas -Live Poets Swansea, Richard Rose (R*E*P*E*A*T Records Swansea), White Riot (band), Rhys Underdown (Bandicoot – band), Billy Pip Stillman (Bandicoot – band), Tom Emlyn (News from Nowhere – band), Kaz and Allen Chambers – Creature Sound music venue Swansea, Heather Booker – author, Sam Walters – musician, Two Til Twelve (band), The Sandinistas (band), Swanscene Magazine, Hywel Griffiths – King Goon (band), Samantha Mansi (poet), Hayley Paultyn – musician, Heather Booker – poet, Carwyn Mogford and Deiniol Lewis – DTT (band), Jangly Mark – singer
Wendy Smith, Sarah Kostromin, John Angle, Rhiannon Wall, Bin Li, Sarah Coles, Sammie George Mulcahy, Emma Breeze, Alexandra Sardani, Julie Hurst, Rae Osborne, Chelsea Hishon, Gareth Hicks, Helen Snooks, Ben Evans, Jill Oke, Hannah Buddle, Anna Thomas, Nikki Nain, Lesley Marshall, Natalie Bowden, Chris Poote, Claire Sinnott, Sian Denty, Pamela Dineen, Patience Bentu, Gloria Owens, Eifion Lewis, Gracie Richards, Gracie Jones, Sally McDonald, Jose Hernan Cifuentes, Rhiannon Lewis, Thomas Jaynes, Anna Barratt, Joolz Stewart, Juliette Georges, Laura Crawley, Gareth Burn, David Toft Chair of Autistic Spectrum Employment Support CIC, Nathan Laurence, Margaret Woods, Pete Northcott, Yotin Wallace, David Cardwell, Julia Macaulay, Amelia Loxton, Clary Sage, Jules Fielding, Sam John Murphy, Gareth Thomas, Hilary and Tom Jenkins, Andy Rees, Sue Hagerty, Alison Richards, Elynedd Dyton, Charlotte Davies, Chris Russell, Helen Lynch, William T George, H. Sisuvie, Christian Sayers, Iesha Llewellyn, Lisa Marie Mcknight, Kate Mayer, Gonzalo Silvestre, Fran Goodman, Lynne Emilivna, Dawn Barton, Nerys Craig, Pete Harding, Alison Bennewith, Jules Fielding, Rebecca Lowe, Julie Jones, Sabina Price, Gaynor Sullivan, Moira Connell, Kathy Oakwood, Megan Sampson, Neil Watkins, Neil Watkins, James Andrews, Fred Fitton, Roshina Ilyas, Jessica Pitman, Kemba Hadaway–Morgan – Social Worker, Jimmy Wingman, Julia Davis-Coombs, Peter Jones, Patricia Jones, Vrsam Basha, Justin Andersen, Vanessa Howard, Tony Beddow, John Dickinson, Andrea Stewart, Jane Elliott, Julie Winter, Cari Jones, Hannah Lawson, Anne Roszkowski, Sally Woodward, Paul Elliott, John Pitans, Se Yor, Moses Hookway, Rhiannydd Burn Andrews, Robin Kilvington, Tanya Rees, Emily Reed, Jackie Cooper, Sarah Ayres, Rajmin Begum, Derek J Beaver, Sian Jones, Kathy Jones, Efa Ashman, Angie Squires, Seren Davies, Erica Thomas, Gail Nicholas, Cindy Athena Jenkins, Emma Gwynnett-Davies, Sam Edwards, Deb Wozencraft, Rachel Beckett, Sarah Moghaddam, Maripaz Felton, Jennifer Williams, Melanie Tulaya Edwards , Brian John Smith, Ceri Deane Richardson, Kelly Wearing, Suzy Richards, Melody Chan, Laura Picand, Fiona Williams, Izzy Guest, Diane Jamez, Debra White, Rachel Beckett, Ceri Davies,, Sandra Richards, Hayley Purcell, Oliver Flatt-James, Sara Faye
April 17th 2020
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