Over on The Multicultural Politic blog, Justin Baidoo reports on how he and other anti-fascists chased off BNP leafleters outside Su
Justin Baidoo, a trade union and socialist activist in South London, is standing for Unite Against Fascism assistant secretary at the UAF conference on 25 February. He spoke to Solidarity.
Around 80 people turned up to a city-centre protest staged by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) in Glasgow on 4 February.
South London anti-fascist and socialist Justin Baidoo is standing in a Unite Against Fascism election for Assistant Secretary.
The Pilgrim Pub, 34 Pilgrim Street, L1 9HB Liverpool, United Kingdom
The history of Fascism in Europe is taught in school as if it was some kind of one-off, an aberration of mystical, unspeakable evil that will never be repeated.
Hundreds of hours of TV and in classrooms is spent pouring over details; the horrors of the Second World War, ...the concentration camps, and the Holocaust. However in terms of any real explanation for how these events came to happen in a modern, literate, industrialised society, we get little which goes beyond superficial study of the personalities; everything from the childhoods to the sex lives of the leading individuals.
Marxists seek to understand the world and the actions of people in it scientifically. Fascism grew out of a specific historical context: The aftermath of the First World War and the greatest crisis of capitalism in the 20th century.
Join Merseyside Workers’ Liberty for a discussion of how Fascism developed in war-exhausted and crisis-ridden Italy and Germany, how the powerful workers’ movements in those countries were politically disorientated and smashed, and what lessons our movement can draw from that experience in order to fight the likes of the BNP and EDL today...
Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/354771374543818/
The Lucas Arms Pub, 245a Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8QZ
Room G8, Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Street (off Brick Lane)
Following the mobilisation against the EDL's protest in Tower Hamlets, how can we build an anti-racist movement that can confront the far-right in the streets and provide socialist political answers to the issues that allow them to grow?
An open branch meeting of North East London AWL: all welcome.
Wilberforce building, University of Hull
The British National Party is in disarray and the English Defence League is consumed by infighting. Nonetheless, the far right in Britain is much stronger than it was only a few years ago, and the conditions which allowed it to grow - crisis, cuts, betrayal of the working class by the trade union and Labour leaders - are still present in spades.
Is it right to call the BNP and EDL fascist? What exactly is fascism, from a Marxist point of view, and how do we fight it? Is the strategy pursued by campaigns like Hope Not Hate and Unite Against Fascism, of working for the "broadest possible" anti-fascist "unity", the right one? What is the relationship between anti-fascism and class struggle?
More info: 07791 249 733 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Unite House, 128 Theobold's Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN
Public meeting with guest speakers Pragna Patel from Women against Fundamentalism and the Stop Racism and Fascism Network.
Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester
Follow up meeting from conference organised by Nottinghamshire Stop the BNP to launch labour movement-based anti-fascist network. Facebook group here.