Black lives matter firefighters take the knee

I can't breathe

How many times have we had these chilling last words from innocent black victims? Desperately gasping for air, before dying at the hands of another. Perpetuated by the individuals and very institutions that are ‘sworn to protect’. For eight minutes and 46 seconds George Floyd and bystanders pleaded...

Executive Council statement

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Dear Brother/Sister Executive Council statement Please find below a statement from the Executive Council agreed at a meeting today. The killing of George Floyd and the fight against racism The FBU...
SUTR rally March 2019 credit Mark Thomas

Hate vs Hope: The threat of right wing nationalism

To mark Black History Month, Cameron Matthews, chair, black and ethnic minority members committee, explores the current context of right wing nationalism. “If you are silent in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Desmond Tutu. Across the globe we are seeing an...

Blair Peach - 40 years on

On the 23 rd April 1979, Blair Peach - a teacher, a trade unionist, a socialist and a father – was killed. Cameron Matthews , chair of FBU’s black & ethnic minority committee, pays tribute to his story and his fight against the far right. A 33 year old young man, Blair was a lifelong anti-...

Protesting against the politics of hate

On 16 March thousands of trade unionists and anti-racists will take to the streets of London, Cardiff and Glasgow to protest the politics of hate, writes Eastern Regional Secretary Riccardo la Torre. I and fellow firefighters will be joining them, continuing the Fire Brigades Union’s proud history...

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