Racism

The militarisation of our borders has a direct impact on people of colour both abroad and in the UK. When society makes a distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ migrants, this affects the lives of people of colour – those society and the state deem ‘good’ and ‘bad’ – those seen as worthy of dignity, and those not. People fleeing conflict who arrive in the UK face risk of raids, detention centres and deportations under Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’. The direct links between the arms trade and racism are clear.

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A group of people stand with banners saying 'BDS is here to stay' in front of red smoke

Security & Policing: the public face of an increasingly repressive nation

7 March 2016
The government is capitalising on public fear to hold back peaceful dissent in the UK and deepen its ties to repressive regimes around the world. In liberal-democracies like the UK, conservative state powers face a potential barrier: how can they advance militarist agendas, and hold back effective protest movements that challenge their power, whilst still...

Day 5: Freedom of movement for people NOT weapons

11 September 2015
On Friday, our day of action brought together numerous groups to show solidarity with refugees and to explore the links between the arms trade, migration and institutional racism.  In the wake of the current crisis in Calais, we wanted to show its unacceptable that instead of welcoming refugees, our government is welcoming arms dealers – the...
A black person with short hair, a grey t shirt and grey jeans speaks into a microphone in front of a banner which reads "Refugees welcome not arms dealers"

Migration and institutional racism: statement by Black Dissidents

11 September 2015
Speech read by a member of Black Dissidents during the ‘Free Movement for People, Not Weapons’ day of action Responsibility of the trade of arms falls on the entire G8, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the United States. It is no surprise that these countries facilitate the movement of people freely, the...
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Free Movement for People, not Weapons!

7 September 2017
All day
ExCeL east entrance, Royal Albert Way London