Last Saturday saw the EDL outnumbered by 400 anti-racists in Worcester. On the same day over 300 people came to the Oxford Love Music Hate mini-festival. Both of these events were a boost for our side. As well as a great night out people said they wanted to get involved in future anti-racist campaigning, including one teacher who wanted to buy hundreds of anti-racist badges for her pupils. If you would like to organise a Love Music Hate Racism event in your area email contact@
Are you going to see Blackkklansman this week?
Spike Lee's latest film has been described as an anti-racist roar to action against the far right. Many in the audience will support the fight against racism and the far right. If you are going can you help leaflet other people seeing the film before the showing to help build the national conference and Unity demonstration? If you can drop us a line by reply and we'll get materials to you.
We are also organising leafletting of the Oxford United ground to warn fans about the dangers the FLA/DFLA and Tommy Robinson pose. Again mail back if you want to help stop the far right organising on the terraces or if you can spare an hour to help on one of our street stalls.
On Saturday 13 October, the racist ‘Democratic’ Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) have organised a demonstration for bigots and Islamophobes in London. The DFLA have held islamophobic marches and rallies, and have supported fascist ex-English Defence League Founder Tommy Robinson. Previous events held by the DFLA have included Nazi salutes, racist abuse and violence. Don't let them march through London to spread their racism and hate. Stand Up to Racism and Unite Against Fascism have called a counter protest against them. Book seats on the Oxford transport here
Book seats on transport from Oxford here.
An international conference to discuss how we can confront the rise of racism and fascism. Hosted by Stand Up To Racism
Speakers include: Diane Abbot MP and John McDonnell MP.
Themes include: Donald Trump to Tommy Robinson: Halting the growth of the racist right • Opposing Islamophobia & Antisemitism • Windrush - Combating the Hostile Environment • Grenfell - unite against austerity and racism • Refugees Welcome Here
We are facing the biggest rise in support for fascism, racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism since the 1930s. Donald Trump's Presidency has emboldened the far right globally. The scapegoating by mainstream politicians of migrants, refugees and the Muslim community is seeming to make racist ideas more acceptable.
In many European countries racist and fascist parties have moved from the margins of politics into the corridors of power.
In Britain the campaign to “free Tommy Robinson”, the fascist ex-leader of the English Defence League has galvanised the racist and fascist right. They are organising with political and financial support from the US Alt-right, including Trump’s former chief of staff Steve Bannon and far right figures across Europe.Increasingly we’ve seen fascist mobilisations, coupled with violent attacks by fascists against anti-racists and trade unionists and also on the TUC’s official bookshop Bookmarks.
Rightly there is a debate taking place across our movement about how we combat the rise of the fascist and racist right both here and internationally. We urgently need to respond to this growing threat.
We are inviting all those who want to build a mass movement against the far right on the streets, in the workplaces, on the campuses and in our communities debate to the way forward to join us at our international conference on Saturday 20 October and build the national unity demonstration on Saturday 17 November. We will soon be announcing speakers including anti-racists and anti-fascists campaigners from the US, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Spain and Italy.
The demonstration is initiated by Stand Up To Racism, co-sponsored by Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism, and is supported by the TUC, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell amongst others. More details will follow.
The recent rise in attacks by the far right has created a real thirst for a mass anti-racist mobilisation in the spirit of the Anti Nazi League. Now is the time to take to the streets.
There is an urgent need to build a movement against racism and fascism.