Stopping the Nazi BNP in 2010 Unite Against Fascism – National Conference 2010 Saturday 13 February 2010
9.30am – 5pm
Margaret Hodge MP* Dawn Butler MP* Kay Carberry (TUC)* Billy Hayes (CWU)* Christine Blower (NUT)* Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (journalist)* Michael Rosen (writer and broadcaster)* Wes Streeting (NUS)* Edie Friedman (Jewish Council for Racial Equality)* Dr Abdul Bari (Muslim Council of Britain)* Weyman Bennett (UAF & Anti Nazi League)* Sabby Dhalu (UAF & National Assembly Against Racism)* Martin Smith (Love Music Hate Racism)* Riz Ahmed (actor and MC)* Jerry Dammers (The Specials)* Itch (King Blues)* Kid British… and many more
|The election of two members of the fascist British National Party to the European parliament in 2009 threatens to normalise the presence of the BNP in politics. The fascists will use their foothold to push their bigotry in the media and whip up race hatred on our streets, as we have seen with Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question Time. They will also use their European gains as a springboard for this year’s local elections and general election. Nick Griffin has recently announced that he is to stand in Barking, East London, where they already have 12 Nazi BNP councillors and there is a threat they could take countrol of the council if they gain more seats in these local elections.
Neverthless, it is clear that the BNP’s electoral breakthrough in 2009 was acheived on the basis of low voter turnout. The vast majority of people are totally opposed to the politics of the BNP and we have to draw them into the active anti-fascist movement in ever greater numbers.
We have also seen an upsurge in racist demonstrations organised by right wing football hooligans with links to the BNP. These have been targetted at the Muslim community, and in many ways are a product of the BNP’S electoral gains. This anti-Muslim racism should also be seen in the wider context. The worrying results from the Swiss referendum on the banning of minerets shows how quickly forms of racism can develop into wider commonsense opinion when not challenged.
UAF has organised successful counter protests bringing together black, white and Asian people in solidarity with Muslims and against the racists who seek to divide us.
A huge amount of anti-fascist activity took place in the run-up to the 2009 elections and the fascist vote was held back in many areas of the country. We must step up the campaign to stop them. We must do all we can to alert communities to the BNP threat and mobilise the vote against them.
|Unite Against Fascism has called this conference to further build and organise the campaign base necessary for these elections.
The event will bring together sections of society that oppose fascism including trade unions, Muslim, Jewish, Christian and other faiths, black, Asian, lesbian, gay and disabled communities and will allow us to come together to discuss strategies that have been successful in defeating fascism and organise activity across the country to stop the BNP in these elections. There will be a number of workshops and debates.The event will also be an organising conference for the Love Music Hate Racism Carnivals taking place in key areas across the country.
Last year’s conference was extremely successful with over 500 people attending the conference. We urge you to join us in stopping the BNP in 2010.
“The world is a dangerous place to live in; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” – Albert Einstein. Refugee to Britain from the Holocaust in Nazi Germany
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