UAF newsletter 28 January 2014, Jobbik – nowhere to run – nowhere to hide!

On hearing that Jobbik’s leader, Gábor Vona intended to come to London to drum up support for his party and meet representatives of the BNP on Sunday 26 January, UAF immediately called a counter protest.

For those that don’t know Jobbik is currently Hungary’s third largest party with 43 MPs and 3 MEPs. It is hoping to expand its political base in the European and local elections which are going to be held in May. Jobbik is a violent Nazi party whose propaganda is full of anti-Semitic and anti-Roma bile. It has a paramilitary wing, which has attacked, maimed and in some cases killed minorities.

At short notice, over 200 UAF and anti fascist protestors gathered outside Holborn tube station, Jobbik’s redirection point. The police refused to allow the Jobbik supporters out of the tube station. Meanwhile activists found, the three venues Jobbik had booked (all under false names) and persuaded the management to pull the venues.

Finally around 70 Jobbik supporters gathered outside in Hyde Park and held a very short rally in the rain.

Sunday’s protest sent a clear signal to our Nazi’s here and across Europe, if you try to meet and spread race hate, we will oppose you.

 22 March – support for the protest grows

A day of action against racism has been called for across Europe to coincide with the marking of UN Anti-Racism Day in 2014. This day of action will also act as the launch pad to stop the racists winning electoral success in the Euro elections.

In support of this European wide initiative, Unite Against Fascism is helping launch the day of action here in the UK. It along with a large number of trade unions, political, community and religious groups has called a Stand Up to Racism Rally and Demonstration. The details are:

11am, Saturday 22nd March 2014

Central London • Demonstration assembly point tbc

Support for the protest is growing. The TUC met last week and gave the protest its full support. We are also very pleased to announce that the Associazione Nazionale Partigiani d’Italia  (ANPI London branch) has also agreed to support the rally and will be bringing a delegation and banner. The ANPI is an organisation of former partisans, fighting against fascism and the Nazi occupation of Italy between 1943 and 1945 in Italy.

Over 20 activists attended the Hackney-planning meeting for the 22 March protest last week. They included the branch secretary of Clapton bus garage, representatives from the NUT, Kurdish and Turkish community groups. Also present were two representatives from the trades council, one from People’s Assembly and a Labour councilor. The meeting agreed to hold a public meeting on 12 March, a cavalcade to publicise the protest on 22 March and stalls across the borough. They are producing and funding an advert publicizing the 22 March for their local newspaper. Over 15 union branches backed the 22 March last week alone.

Please go to the UAF website to download 22 March publicity or for regular updates. Also please let the  UAF office know what activities your group is planning.

0208 971 7426 or info@uaf.org.uk

Transport

 So far transport has been booked from the cities below. Please contact the UAF office or your local group to reserve your place or for more details.

  • Birmingham: 9am  (07534 246158).
  • Black Country: Dudley – 8am, Main Site, Dudley College, Stourbridge – 8.30 am Lye Cross, Woverhampton – meet – 8am, Falklands St Coach Station, Walsall – 8.30 am (07974 131966).
  • Bristol 07855 139940
  • Cambridge: 9.30 am, Queens Rd, (The Blacks), Cambridge. Contact uaf@googlemail.com
  • Lancaster: 07507 373609
  • Leeds: 07900 324479
  • Leicester:  8.30am opp Sainsburys, Humberstone Gate (07504 299373)
  • Liverpool: 07507 373609
  • Manchester: 07903 586191
  • Norwich: 07717 504 210
  • Nottingham: 07834 364529
  • Portsmouth: 07954 218281
  • Sheffield:  info@sheffielduaf.org.uk

Initial signatories and supporters include:

TUC • Diane Abbott MP • Peter Hain MP • Emily Thornberry MP • Claude Moraes MEP • Morris Beckman 43 Group Co-Founder • Natalie Bennett Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales • Christine Blower NUT General Secretary • Dr Mary Bousted ATL General Secretary • John Campbell Yorkshire UAF Bob Crow RMT General Secretary • Manuel Cortes TSSA General Secretary…

To pledge your organizations support for the 22 March rally and to order publicity for the event:

 On the campaign trail of the Nick Griffin must go campaign

UAF supporters were out campaigning across the North West at the weekend, as part of UAF’s Nick Griffin Must Go campaign to stop the re-election of the fascist BNP leader as a North West MEP at the 22nd May European Elections.

In Stockport, local councillors and the Secretary of Stockport NUT, ran a UAF-Nick Griffin Must Go leafleting session, which also included readings to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Ten people ran a stall in Lancaster on Saturday – including a City Councillor, and members of Lancashire NUT. Last Thursday, Griffin Must Go leaflets received a warm response after the City’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration. West Cheshire TUC focused on the campaign to kick out  Griffin at their stall in Chester, with UAF-Griffin  Must Go leaflets and posters.

In Bury, over ten people – including a local CWU steward and the Chair of Bury Trades Council – distributed Griffin Must Go leaflets. Barrow UAF’s Holocaust Memorial Day event featured readings of Holocaust Survivor testimony by local councillors and Trades Unionists, an update on the anti Griffin campaign, and film showings of Holocaust Survivors talking about their experiences.

In Liverpool, the UAF activity – which included members of Liverpool’s Irish community – received a great response, with many people signing the Griffin Must Go statement.

On the previous Saturday, Manchester City councillor Daniel Gillard was part of the UAF- Griffin Must Go leafleting session in the City Centre. On Friday 17th January, a Blackpool Nick Griffin Must Go meeting included speeches from local MP Gordon Marsden and Simon Blackburn, Leader of Blackpool Council.

To get involved contact: northwest@uaf.org.uk or 0750 737 3609.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY  –http://www.hmd.org.uk/ Uaf, as part of Holocaust Memorial Day, Uaf held or particapated in a number of events and meetings across the UK, eg in Wales, Scotland, Manchester. Here is a short report from one such, organised by London Metropolitan UCU and the University’s Unison and NUS branches.

A Moving and inspiring Holocaust Memorial meeting tonight, at East London’s London Met. campus, one of many of course, being held. Jews, Gentiles, some who had been on the recent UAF trip to Auschwitz and people from around the world all formed a wide ranging discussion. The horror of the Holocaust and today’s Nazis were themes which gave great poignancy to the many insightful contributions.

People were angry about jobbik’s appearance yesterday, but glad the Nazi’s were broadly and strongly opposed. Islamophobia and anti-Semitism were discussed for an understanding of how we undermine them. The March 22nd demo was seen as important in this context. There  looks set to be a good delegation from the college. People were also keen to go up to the North West, in May, to take part in the Griffin Must Go campaign. Well done to the organisers. A fitting meeting…Never Again!

UAF educational trip to Auschwitz

UAF will be holding a second educational trip to Auschwitz in the first week of June. The four-day trip costs £270. It is open to trade unionists, students and UAF activists who want to learn more about the Holocaust. There are only 40 places – for an information pack or to book your place please contact the UAF office on 0208 971 7426 or info@uaf.org.uk

Yorkshire and Humberside regional conference

details of the conference are as follows:

Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Conference

Saturday 8 February 10am to 1pm. Swarthmore Centre, Leeds, LS3 Speakers include:

Chair: John Campbell

Fabian Hamilton MP Bill Adams, TUC regional secretary Ratna Lachman, Director JUST West Yorkshire Eleanor Tunnicliffe, Labour Euro candidate Weyman Bennett, UAF joint national secretary

Money, Money, Money

 s you can see from the  newsletter, UAF has been out on the streets campaigning against the Nazi threat, here and abroad. Also our Auschwitz trip and school and college meetings help educate people of the horrors and dangers of fascism and racism.

Without your support and money we would not operate. Can you help, could you donate money towards our campaigns? If yes, please either send a cheque (made payable to Unite Against Fascism) to:

Unite Against Fascism

PO Box 68229 London SW1P 9WZ Or donate on line at: http://uaf.org.uk/join-donate/

  

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