Category Archives: Anti – Fascist

Emergency Protest Tomorrow Protest Trump’s racist Britain First tweets – No state visit!

5.30pm, Friday 1 December
US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ

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 Battle of Cable Street: Working class struggles against fascism

The Battle of Cable Street is the fourth in the London, East & South East Region of the TUC’s series of books celebrating the Region’s fighting history.

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.

 

Fascist Britain First not wanted in Bromley!

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!

CONFRONTING THE RISE OF RACISM, ISLAMOPHOBIA & ANTI-SEMITISM

SAT 21 OCTOBER 2017
THE LIGHT, FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, LONDON
sutuNow is an urgent time for anti-racists to organise. We need to defend refugees and migrants, oppose Islamophobia and Antisemitism and stop all racist scapegoating.
Theresa May continues to use the future of millions of EU nationals as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations. The tragic aftermath of the terror attacks in Manchester, Westminster and at London Bridge has led to a ramping up of Islamophobia with May arguing that “enough is enough” in the face of “Islamic extremism”.
It’s this kind of scapegoating of the Muslim community alongside the rantings of the right wing press that open the door to attacks like the terrorist assault on Finsbury Park Mosque. In such a heated atmosphere and with UKIP trounced in the general election sections of the far right want to seize the time and take to the streets, using Islamophobia to win support.
In the US, Trump’s attacks on migrants and Muslims have opened the door to the far right. At Charlottesville we saw fascists marching with torches, swatikas and confederate flags and Heather Heyer murdered. There has been a brilliant response by anti-racists in the US since the Charlottesville events.
In Europe, the far right look to replicate the growth of the likes of Marine Le Pen and the Front National in France. She has developed a movement centred on Islamophobia and opposition to immigration. The combination got her into the final round of this year’s French Presidential elections.
The ongoing reality of institutional racism in Britain has been highlighted by the horrific death toll at Grenfell Tower. The Tories won’t even grant a full amnesty to survivors and their families are undocumented migrants.
The deaths after contact with police of Edson DaCosta, Rashan Charles and Darren Cumberbatch are recent examples of how black lives don’t seem to matter to the forces of law and order.
It’s an urgent task to build a mass anti-racist movement in Britain. To build a united movement we must build opposition to racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism in every workplace, every community and on every college campus.
Come to the conference and join the debate about how we build the anti-racist movement.
Speakers 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, Lowkey rapper, Shahrar Ali Green Party Home Affairs spokesperson, Talha Ahmad Muslim Council of Britain Treasurer, Maurice Wren Chief Exec Refugee Council, Esa Charles, Father of Rashan Charles, Moazzem Begg former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Clare Mosesley Care4Calais founder.

Love Carnival Hate Racism

6da3e909-3b1c-41ad-b8e6-614b256fd2b9This weekend’s Carnival is set to be a massive celebration of London’s diversity and tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower Disaster.

As well as supporting Love Music Hate Racism’s procession, Stand Up To Racism will be at carnival getting the anti-racist message out – if you’d like to help out at our stall, join us on from 12noon on Monday 28th August Cambridge Gardens (W10 6JD) just up from Ladbroke Grove tube station, or email us at info@standuptoracism.org.uk
And to get involved with LMHR’s procession on Sunday 27th, get along to the Love Music Hate Racism carnival pre-meet 7pm Thursday 24th August at Maida Hill Place, 2-4 Fernhead Road, London W9 3ET. You can book your place in the procession, pick up and customise your t-shirt and find out details for the day. See event page here

Confronting The Rise In Racism 2017

sutuLast 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.

Book here.

Charlottesville – a terrible warning – UAF statement

UvA-studentsThe death of Heather Heyer and the assault on anti fascists in Charlottesville at the hands of James Fields is the shocking result of Donald Trumps America.

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.

More here.

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Stand Up To Trump Protest – No To War, No To Racism

Stand Up To Trump Protest – No To War, No To Racism
Saturday 19 August | 12:00-13:00
US Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square
W1A 2LQ London

Organised by: Stand Up To Trump »

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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.

Unite Against Fascism: THE BATTLE OF LEWISHAM 1977 – 40 YEARS ON

darcushowe77Forty years ago this August, thousands of anti fascists and locals from South East London stopped the fascists of the National Front from marching.  The National Front hoped that by demonstrating in Lewisham – an area with a high proportion of Afro Caribbeans – they would further intimidate minorities. The fascists, however, were to receive a rude awakening. The victory was critical in beating back the rise in racism and fascism. Saturday 13th August, 1977 helped set back the fascists for a generation.

The far right had become, pre Lewisham, mainstream in the media, in political life and often, in popular culture. In 1977, the National Front received over 100,000 votes in London elections.

The historic day in Lewisham, itself, saw trades unionists, socialists, Labour Party members, and crucially, many people from Lewisham itself, come together to say enough is enough.

Up to 10,000 people joined in to oppose the NF. All the fascists possible routes were continually blocked, NF banners were burned, and Bob Marley was played. The counter demo became a great example of black and white unity.

Nazi organizations such as the NF, believed that they could build a mass movement based upon racial prejudices and racist violence. They were wrong, and they were defeated.

Ted Parker who took part in the battle, mentions, “Thereafter the NF never again posed a serious political threat. Lewisham led directly to the formation of the Anti Nazi League (ANL) which, together with Rock Against Racism (RAR), and nowadays Love Music Hate Racism mobilised hundreds of thousands in collective expressions of solidarity between those of differing cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Organised racism was marginalised for the next quarter of a century”

Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Against Racism will be part of organising;

Eyewitness accounts and archive footage, including,

– How we defeated the Nazi National Front & built the Anti Nazi League

– The fight against the fascists today

Weekend events on Saturday 12th August/Sunday 13th August; in Lewisham.

Details and Facebook event pages here, https://www.facebook.com/UAFpage/photos/gm.133868667158866/10154541652065814/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/LMHRNational/photos/gm.1934749313408164/1901761653421730/?type=3&theater

Greece Solidarity Campaign Marking 50 years since the Military Coup in Greece – 28th April

6c55655d-eae3-4bee-8727-4e69aaa72468Never Again! Marking 50 years since the Military Coup

Friday 28th April at 6pm at Unite the Union (Diskus Room), Holborn, London.

  • Speakers from Greece and from those who occupied the London Greek Embassy in solidarity with the Greek resistance to the military coup.
  • The Theodorakis songs banned under the dictatorship sung by Iris Mavraki
  • Greek food

More information on the Greece Solidarity website at http://greecesolidarity.org/?page_id=458 or find the event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1078080332297972/?notif_t=plan_edited&notif_id=1491426235340430

Greece Solidarity Fund-Raising Dinner

Friday May 13th 2016 7.30pm       

Fabulous buffet dinner, live bouzouki music, a raffle.  Reports from the latest GSC delegation to Athens.

Cypriot Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green N22 5HJ

Tickets £30.00.  Book your tickets now! Book a table  greecesolidarity@mail.com

Send cheques for ‘Medical Aid for Greece’, to Greece Solidarity Campaign, Housman’s Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX.

Pay direct: to Medical Aid for Greece A/C 20307259  Sort Code 60-83-01  

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