Category Archives: Anti – Fascist
- Refugees & migrants welcome
- Defend EU nationals rights & freedom of movement
- Don’t let the racists divide us
- No to racism, Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism
The Tories are trying to use EU nationals as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. Migrant workers, refugees and Muslims are constantly being scapegoated by politicians and the right wing press. We are repeatedly told that migrants and refugees are to blame for undermining wages and overstretching public services when in reality austerity is to blame.
Black and Asian people face constant discrimination in employment and the everyday reality of institutional racism. Working class communities must stand united together. But the Tories, much of the media, UKIP and the far right have all set out to divide us.
The trade unions are the bedrock of the anti-racist movement. We want to build on the great work that the trade unions are doing. Come to the conference and join in the debate about how we give confidence to anti-racists in every workplace.
Stand Up To Racism has called a protests against Donald Trump’s re-tweets of the fascist Britain First’s Islamophobic tweets that have shocked the world and his subsequent defence of them which attempted to justify anti-Muslim hate.
Trump’s presidency has been marked by a series of disgusting racist outbursts from his “Muslim ban” to his equating fascists and anti-fascists at Charlottesville, despite the death of Heather Heyer.
Only this week Trump was making offensive comments while speaking to Native American veterans. Now he has offered support for the views of a group made infamous by the use of their name by murderer of Labour MP Jo Cox.
Britain First are a fascist organisation with a history of Islamophobia and hate crime. Thomas Mair, who murdered Jo Cox, shouted ‘Britain First’ before he commited the terrible act. By retweeting Britain First, trump is legitimising this racism and Islamophobia. We can not let this go unopposed
Join us outside the US Embassy to say no to Trump, no to racism, no to a state visit!
The Cable Street battle has gone down in history as a fine example of working class solidarity, working class organisation, and working class success.
The leaders of the response to Mosley’s Fascists’ intent to march through their East End community, and to the state’s intent to facilitate it, drew together the many people and cultures of their neighbours, as well as winning the support of the politically aware to ensure that the Fascists did not succeed.
Of course, this did not happen in a vacuum and the book includes context pieces that chart the background to this East End area, the rise of Fascism across Europe, as well as the world economic situation and the Spanish Civil War and Second World War wars that followed.
And finally we look at the state of far right politics today, knowing that Fascism lurks ready to utilise the continued poverty and hardship facing many people by offering easy and fake scapegoats.
As ever there are many books published that offer a detailed and referenced history of Cable Street. We do not intend to compete with them, rather to offer an accessible entry to the wider issues of the moment.
The Battle of Cable Street was written by Peta Steel and is published by SERTUC. You can download it here, or printed copies are available, price £2, from the office:
London, East & South East Region, TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Send cash or a cheque payable to SERTUC.
Unite Against Fascism has called a demonstration against the fascist group, Britain First, marching in Bromley, London, next Saturday, November 4th. A number of other organisations are backing the call and mobilising. They include Disabled People Against Cuts, Stand Up To Racism – South East London, Lewisham Islamic Centre, Greenwich & Bexley TUC, Bromley Momentum, and Bromley TUC. Details of the counter protest are here, https://www.facebook.com/events/109217616475111/?active_tab=about
Britain First, this weekend, joined a fascist split from the EDL, the ‘Stoke Infidels’, as they demonstrated their Islamophobia, in the Potteries. (Earlier in the day, the anti fascist group, NORSCARF, held a successful, Root out all Racism, event. Anti fascists went from that to oppose the fascist, lash up The leader of the local council joined anti fascists, who managed, at short notice to outnumber the extreme right).
Britain First have called their hate march in Bromley due to the notorious leaders of this group having to sign on at the local police station, weekly. Golding and Fransen, the two who have to sign on, face charges resulting from their history of Islamophobic and racist provocations.
Ludicrously, they claim they are ‘being persecuted’ for a cause; in reality, they are racist bigots.
Britain First split from the Nazi BNP. However, their fascist politics are clear. Only recently did they try, but fail to have a noxious, anti Semitic priest speak at one of their hate rallies.
Members interchange membership with other fascist groups and their thuggery is known. They are banned from going near mosques due to their threatening behaviour at a number of such places of worship.
Bromley people do not wish such fascists to come.
We ask that you support UAF’s and others call to come out and oppose such far right thugs.
Please invite friends to the event and spread the word. The far right internationally, are growing, and in Britain, they look to emulate the likes of Le Pen and Golden Dawn, for instance. We have thus far knocked back the BNP and EDL to a mere shadow of themselves, but scattered, far right forces are looking to regroup. We must remain on guard!
Last year’s conference: Confronting The Rise In Racism saw the birth of a new movement as over 1500 people joined Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Alf Dubs and leading figures from a broad range of campaigns and organisations to pledge to unite against the rise in racism.
Following the election of Donald Trump, threats from the far-right in Europe and a prolonged wave of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism as well as the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing refugees, 2017’s conference will be a crucial opportunity to come together to discuss strenghtening our movement and taking on the challenges that confront us in 2017.
Speakers already confirmed include:
Kevin Courtney NUT Gen Sec, Dave Ward CWU Gen Sec, Kate Osamor MP Shadow DfID Secretary, Catherine West Labour MP Hornsey and Wood Green, Claude Moraes Labour MEP, Shahrar Ali Green Party Home Affairs spokesperson, Talha Ahmad Muslim Council of Britain Treasurer, Maurice Wren Chief Exec Refugee Council, Moazzem Begg former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Clare Mosesley Care4Calais founder.
Trump’s failure to condemn the assault by American fascists, on a day that saw armed militias dominating the town and black people beaten in the streets, is truly shocking.
Weyman Bennett from Unite Against Fascism said: ‘In scenes reminiscent of the most violent days of the civil rights movement the ‘Alt-Right’ took to the streets to ‘make America great again’ by beating demonstrators and expressing their support for White Supremacy’.
Brian Richardson from Unite Against Fascism said: ‘The death of Heather Heyer was a terrorist attack but Trump’s failure to act shows that anything that fails to fit with his Islamophobic and racist agenda is simply ignored’.
Trump’s statements have given confidence to the fascist right in the US. Charlottesville is a terrible warming to anti racists everywhere that we have to stand up against bigotry where ever it raises its head.
Stand Up To Trump Protest – No To War, No To Racism
Saturday 19 August | 12:00-13:00
24 Grosvenor Square
W1A 2LQ London
Stop the War is supporting Stand up to Trump coalition’s protest from 12-1pm this Saturday at the US Embassy. The protest has been called in response to Donald Trump’s threats that he will unleash a nuclear war in North Korea and military action against Venezuela, as well as in reponse to his bigoted and divisive rhetoric which has encouraged far-right extremist violence.
The US and South Korean militaries are due to commence a new set of exercises on August 21st which can only greatly increase tensions and the threat of open conflict. Last year, Britain for the first time sent four RAF Typhoon aircraft to take part in military exercises in the area alongside the US and South Korean military.
Donald Trump and his national security adviser General McMaster have both stated that the “nuclear option” is on the table. Given the destructive potential of the nuclear arsenals on both sides, the ‘nuclear option’ would lead to a terrible war with enormous casualties.
Immediate steps to de-escalate are needed on both sides. The protest will include a demand that Theresa May rules out committing any British armed forces to the Korean Peninsula. Britain should instead apply pressure on the US government to end the ratcheting up of tensions and to pursue a political solution to the crisis.