PayPal is processing donations so that ex-English Defence League leader ‘Tommy Robinson’ can continue spreading his racist, islamophobic bile.

Robinson -- real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon -- is arguably the loudest, most violent anti-Muslim voice in the UK. Despite his recent jailing for contempt of court, he’s continued to receive financial support from across the world.

And he’s encouraging supporters to donate so he can continue to spread his dangerous messages of hate.

At a time when Muslims in Britain are suffering the highest number of hate incidents since 2012, PayPal is profiting off that hatred.

Tell PayPal: your platform should not be used to fund hate -- stop processing donations for Tommy Robinson!

PayPal’s acceptable use policy claims it forbids “the promotion of hate, violence, racial or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory”. But the fact that Tommy Robinson is cashing in with its services shows this policy isn’t being properly enforced.

We know a ban from PayPal will hit his movement hard. When PayPal deplatformed a Canadian far-right commentator, she claimed the move “effectively knocked me down at the knees”.

Let’s make PayPal do the same for Tommy Robinson.

PayPal: make good on your word. Deplatform hate groups like Tommy Robinson from your services!

There’s no denying that Tommy Robinson is the poster boy for the British far-right and he’s using that reputation to get financial support from across the world.

Just last month, his supporters staged a mass #FreeTommy rally in London supported by hardline US organisations to the tune of thousands. Worse, one of Trump's diplomats lobbied on Tommy Robinson’s behalf.

Tommy Robinson is also building ties with the islamophobic far-right across Europe. Since leaving the EDL, he founded the UK branch of Pegida, an anti-Islam group in Germany who whip up xenophobic hatred.

These groups need money to function and grow, so if we make this process as hard as it can be, we can cut off their financial lifeline.

If we win this, we won’t stop there. A win from PayPal will give us more leverage to pile pressure on other companies processing donations for any hate groups: Mastercard, Visa, and all credit cards giants helping the flow of money to the far-right.

Add your name so PayPal will stop doing business with Tommy Robinson

Pressure from members like you has already made PayPal block other hate groups from using its platform. Tens of thousands of SumOfUs members in France successfully pushed PayPal to stop processing payments for the violent French white supremacist group Génération Identitaire, which used the site to crowdsource money to sink refugee boats.

We’ve been so inspired by the sheer number of SumOfUs members who came together to reject Trumpism in July -- and the nearly 100,000 of you who are calling on Mastercard to stop doing business with hate group Britain First. This is our chance to keep working together and reverse the rise of hate-fuelled politics.

The far-right needs money to function


Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya men, women, and children have been murdered or forced from their homes by military troops and vigilante mobs, in a systematic campaign of mass shootings, rapes, house burnings, and beheadings.

We can not wait any longer for governments to act, so we’re taking a more direct route. We’re targeting the companies profiting from the murder and mayhem in Myanmar -- the high end jewelry retailers funding Myanmar’s military.

Cartier is one of those companies.

Tell Cartier: stop using conflict gems from Myanmar.

Myanmar produces over 95% of the world’s rubies and over 99% of the world’s superior quality jade. These gems are estimated to be Myanmar's third largest export, netting close to $300 million -- and that’s just the official figure.

The military controls a majority share of every gem mine, controls distribution of licensing and permits, and runs gem auctions in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, that raise hundreds of millions of dollars.

The U.S. and EU used to ban the imports of all gems mined in Myanmar, but those sanctions were lifted in 2016 and 2013.

In a perfect parallel, Cartier announced in 2007 that it had stopped buying “gemstones which may have been mined in Burma… until further notice.” The company’s boycott seems to have quietly ended with the introduction of the Tutti Frutti High Jewelry collection, in which Burmese sapphires, or non-red rubies, feature prominently.

This is outrageous, but it also gives us a clear and direct strategy. We will cut the money off.

If we can get Cartier to adopt a public policy of not sourcing gems from Myanmar, we will deprive the military from one of its main sources of income.

Tell Cartier: please adopt a policy of selling no conflict gems from Myanmar.

Tiffany & Co. has maintained its boycott of gems from Myanmar, but Cartier won’t follow suit. Cartier even co-founded the Council for Responsible Jewelry Practices in 2005, but in a hugely hypocritical move, gems from Myanmar are used in at least four of Cartier's new Tutti Frutti pieces.

Cartier is a world famous, leading brand that can more than afford to take an ethical stand. And if it says no to purchasing gems from Myanmar, we know that others will follow.

By not taking a stand, Cartier and other retailers like it are funding the Myanmar military. The same military that has been carrying out attacks on the Rohingya people. The same military that has been shooting people from behind as they flee.

Tell Cartier: please adopt a policy of selling no conflict gems from Myanmar.

340,000 Rohingya children are now living in dire conditions with limited access to food, water and healthcare in Bangladesh refugee camps, still traumatized by the atrocities they have seen. 12,000 more children are arriving every week.

When corporations are profiting from slaughter we have to say no. SumOfUs stands for people and planet before profit, and the distinction has never been clearer than it is now in Myanmar.

In the face of inaction and silence from Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and from governments worldwide, we’re taking our collective power to where we know we can make a direct and tangible difference -- to the companies who are currently funding and profiting from this persecution.

When corporations are profiting from slaughter we have to say no