October 1 marks the start of Black History Month. First celebrated in London in 1987, this year is the the 32nd Black History Month in the UK. It aims to shine a spotlight on the achievements, lives and contributions of Black Britons that are all too often hidden and neglected.
Each year there is a different focus and this year is all about celebrating inspiring Black women. This could be figures from history, important Black women in the news today, as well as our families, our friends, our colleagues and union comrades - all those women who paved the way for future generations and the women who continue to inspire us today.
Events are taking place all around the UK. To to find out more about what is happening in your area visit blackhistorymonth.org.uk
As well as celebrating Black history, this is an important opportunity to show solidarity with friends, colleagues, neighbours and communities who continue to experience discrimination because of the colour of their skin.
Race hate crimes make up three quarters of all reported hate crimes in the UK. Over the last few years there has been a spike in racist attacks and far-right activity across the UK. In fact the police recently said the far-right is the fastest-growing terrorist threat in the UK.
The rise of populist leaders has emboldened racists not just in the UK, but across Europe. Far-right activists have been mobilising in our streets and online, often seeking recruits in communities which have suffered years of neglect and under-funding.
But they do not represent working people in Britain.
Usdaw reps have always been at the forefront of the struggle against intolerance, challenge prejudice and standing up for those at the sharp end.
Usdaw is marking Black History month by standing ‘Together Against Hate’ in solidarity with all members who experience racism to say ‘Not in my name, not in my workplace, not in my community’.