We've been offline - welcome back

Queuing for renewal of residence permits, Turin

The SACC website has been offline since June for technical reasons. We apologise for being unable to resolve the problem quickly. SACC is run by volunteers and we lacked the time to do so.

Now that we're back, we'll continue to monitor and oppose attacks on civil liberties carried out in the name of countering terrorism. We'll also continue to monitor and oppose racism linked to the so-called "war on terror", whether it's the state racism of laws and policies that target particular communities, or the racism of far-right groups and reactionary social attitudes stimulated by state racism.

Ethnic minority communities are being criminalised and marginalised by the hostility and suspicion directed towards them by the state and sometimes also, regrettably, by neighbours, work colleagues and sections of civil society. Placed on the defensive, minorities are disadvantaged in their efforts to participate in political life. Without their full and equal participation, all of us are impeded in our efforts to participate constructively in the political life of our multi-racial world. Deformed by racism, society is easily led into acquiescence in the militarised and colonialist relationship that our rulers seek with much of the rest of the world, and perhaps, in the end, also into tolerance of fascism. 

Fighting back against the disempowerment and criminalisation of minority communities is an indispensable part of the struggle for a decent and viable future for all of us, whether you are trying to build that future from socialism or enlightened capitalism, from faith or from secularism. That's why the SACC is required by its constitution to "operate in a way that recognises and respects the diverse views on political, social and religious matters that may be held by those who support its aims."

The purpose of this website is to help with the fightback. If you have news from the front line, please contact us. If you can donate to SACC, please do so. If you aren't on our email list, please subscribe (free).

Our annual Islamophobia conference, organised jointly with the Islamic Human Rights Commission, will be held in Edinburgh on Saturday 15 December 2018. Details are still to be finalised.

In the meantime we'll be working to keep this website up to date, including developments that we've missed in recent months. So check back soon.

Photo: Queuing for renewal of residence permits, Turin. © Mike Dotta / Shutterstock.com