Woolwich: motion for union branches

May 30, 2013 at 11:53 pm (anti-fascism, Anti-Racism, AWL, Civil liberties, class, Human rights, humanism, islamism, Jim D, murder, solidarity, unions, workers)

Model motion for union and Labour Party branches,  drawn up by the AWL:

Unite against the EDL and Islamism: defend civil liberties

This ****** condemns:
1. The murder of off-duty soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich on 22 May.
2. The reactionary politics of Islamism, in this case extreme, ultra-violent Islamism, which seems to have inspired the killing.
3. The ramping up of racist hostility towards Muslims, from abuse and harassment in the street to the firebombing of a mosque in Grimsby to demonstrations by the English Defence League and British National Party. According to the interfaith group Faith Matters, on 30 May there have been 201 anti-Muslim incidents since the murder, a 15-fold increase.
4. Possible attacks on civil liberties, including reviving the Communications Data Bill, which would allow police and security services access to all electronic communications.

1. That the main threat posed by Islamism is directed against working-class organisations, women, LGBT people, atheists and secularists, dissidents and critical-minded people in Muslim countries and some communities in the UK.
2. That acknowledging that British foreign policy has created conditions which help Islamists to grow should not mean failing to condemn Islamist politics.
3. That opposing the racist backlash and attacks on civil liberties must be top priorities for the labour movement.
4. That this is a wake up call – if the left and labour movement cannot build a force in working-class communities capable of appealing to the angry and dispossessed, then reactionary ideas like Islamism and nationalist racism will continue to spread.

1. To issue a statement based on this motion.
2. To support and publicise protests against the racist and fascist threat, and oppose attacks on civil liberties.
3. To contact local Muslim organisations and mosques to offer support in defence against racists and the far right.


  1. Mike Killingworth said,

    It’s far too short.

  2. Kellie said,

    Or: That acknowledging that British foreign policy has been cited as justification by Islamists should not mean failing to acknowledge that extreme ultra-violent Islamism has created conditions that help justify British foreign policy.

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