An Invite From London

30 08 2013

Tower Hamlet residents and anti-fascists host a community gathering prior to EDL Counter-mobilisation on 7th September

Event: An evening of Resistance to Fascism and Racism in the East End
Date: Saturday 31st August, 6pm – 12am
Location: The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage St (off Brick Lane), London E1 5LJ

On Saturday 31st August, the Bengali, Jewish, English, Irish and other varied communities of London’s East End will come together to celebrate and discuss working class resistance to racism and fascism, both past and present.

The event called “An evening of Resistance to Fascism and Racism in the East End” is organised by the national Anti-Fascist Network (AFN) and is taking place near Whitechapel’s famous Brick Lane. It will run from 6pm to 12 midnight at The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage St (off Brick Lane), London E1 5LJ. Entry is free though donations will be welcome.

There will be distinguished speakers such as Daniel Trilling, author of “Bloody Nasty People”, a profile of the British National Party; Julie Begum, founding member of Women Unite Against Racism; and Max Levitas, a veteran from the Battle of Cable Street. Participation, ideas and argument from the audience is very much encouraged.

Natasha Weldon, a spokesperson for the AFN, said:

?This event is an important warm-up to AFN’s counter-mobilisation in Altab Ali Park to oppose the EDL from 11am on September 7th. This is our community and we will come out in force to defend it. Racism is not welcome is East London, and we will make sure that the EDL will not pass.?

So expect film, food and lively debate as reflections from previous struggles will be put forward to inform the upcoming mobilisation against the English Defence League’s march to Tower Hamlets on Saturday 7th September. All anti-racists and local community members are welcome but EDL members clearly will not be.

After the discussion, music will be provided with a DJ set by Asian Dub Foundation member Pandit G.

Since the murder of Lee Rigby, Tommy Robinson and the EDL have seen their support and media profile surge dramatically. This unprecedented coming together of various anti-racist campaigners, activists and community members demonstrates the strength of opposition the EDL will face on the 7th of September.

For more information see

The event is also on Facebook:

Or contact the AFN on

Join the Anti-Fascist Network bloc at Tower Hamlets

20 08 2013


Colour leaflets are now being distributed across London, plus stickers with the design below – pick either up from Freedom bookshop. Why not add your local meet up and contact details and print a few up? You can download pdfs below. Versions in Bengali, Urdu, Eritrean, Somalian, Ethiopian and Polish available shortly. Spread the word and tell all your mates to come and make it the biggest show of strength against the EDL!

Plus here’s some handy web banners and images:






Sticker design:



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STOP EDL presents: resistance to fascism and racism in the East End

20 08 2013


Brilliant event organised by London Anti-Fascists in the run up to the Stop EDL demo in a few weeks.

6pm ’til midnight, Sat 31 Aug
Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

Free entry / donations

Speakers * Discussion * Food * Organising * DJ’s
Max Levitas
veteran of the battle of Cable St (tbc)
Lousie P on 100 Years of Anti-Fascism
Pandit G from legendary Asian Dub Foundation is speaking and playing a DJ set
Daniel Trilling, author of “Bloody Nasty People”
Julie Begum, founder member of Women Unite Against Racism

A chance to debate, discuss, organise and socialise for the whole community.  Get in touch if you want to bring your kids and are interested in using the kids space for this event.

EDL in Tower Hamlets – one month to go

5 08 2013

One month to go and it is time to get mobilising for the biggest turnout possible against the EDL in Tower Hamlets.

The racists are mobilising nationally to descend on London’s East End but they won’t get to intimidate people and parade their hatred through the streets unopposed.

So what arekeep britain tidy - EDL swastika1 you going to do? On the day we’ll do everything we can to disrupt their plans. As ever, numbers on the street are critical and the most important thing is to show up and bring as many friends, neighbours and colleagues with you. If you can sort transport from elsewhere in the country all the better.

And if you can get involved before the day email to say what you can do. Want to help with legal defence? Or join the working groups on publicity, mobilisation or networking? Have a particular skill or job you can take on? E.g. translating flyers, free printing, a mate who works at the EDL’s favourite coach company? Want to be sent stickers or flyers or electronic copies for you to distribute in your area? Be as specific as possible when you email. Updates and downloadable resources will be posted on this site so check in again before the 7th. See you on the streets.

Anti-Fascist Network

Oppose the EDL in Tower Hamlets

12 07 2013

Public meeting, Tuesday 30 July, 7.30pm
Scott Room, Oxford House, Derbyshire Road (off Bethnal Green Road), E2 6HG

The racist English Defence League plan to march through Tower Hamlets on Saturday 7 September: how can we stop them?

London Anti-Fascists, part of the national Anti-Fascist Network, are calling a mobilisation for the day that will aim to be mobile and fluid in order to disrupt the EDL’s plans as much as possible.

Join us for a public discussion on how to build that mobilisation, as well as discussion of the politics and tactics necessary to beat the EDL and other racist organisations.

The Anti-Fascist Network is a national network of local grassroots anti-fascist and anti-racist groups which fight the EDL, BNP, and other racist and fascist organisations on the basis of direct action and working-class politics.

For more info, see:

Stop the BNP! Oppose their march from Woolwich to Lewisham, Sat 1st Jun

30 05 2013

There’s fascist gatherings all over the bloody place this weekend, if your around London though take note!

A message From London and South London Anti-Fascists –

Battle of Lewisham, 13 August 1977 - 10,000 antifascists confront the NF march in a decisive battle against the far-right.

Battle of Lewisham, 13 August 1977 – 10,000 antifascists confront the NF march in a decisive battle against the far-right.

We are calling on all anti-fascists to oppose the BNP, who are planning to march from Woolwich to Lewisham, on Saturday June 1st.

We must come together to show that their racist ideology will be opposed on our streets and in our neighbourhoods.

More details to follow.

BNP Lewisham – poster

A5 flier – flyer

No right turn, oppose the EDL tomorrow! 2pm Downing Street, Westminster London

27 05 2013

re-post from London Antifascists…

No right turn – a call for a mass mobilisation against the reactionary right!

Since the brutal murder of soldier Lee Rigby by two men in Woolwich, the xenophobic and racist EDL have sickenly tried to exploit the atrocity for their own political agenda. Backed up by a compliant media that has over the past decade fuelled the perception of the wider Muslim population as complicit to terrorism. This attack has caused a serious racist backlash to anyone that’s considered to be Muslim so that has meant alot of Asian people other ethnic minorities throughout the country have been the victims of racial violence and we also saw openly racist speeches made at the Edl Newcastle demo.

The recent electoral gains by anti-immigration party UKIP and the shift to the right by the establishment parties, poses a danger on the little freedoms and democratic power we still have left. A population that is fearful of attack, who is suspicious, who are scared from cooperating with each other is the ideal scenario for those with real power over us to continue to their attack on our communities, services, incomes and lives.

London antifascists are calling for a mobilisation from all different communities to oppose the EDL demonstration at 3pm on Monday May 27th at Downing Street . Along with other anti-racist organisations we aim to put a stop to the growth of the EDL and their reactionary ideas.

Stand up against racism in the street, on transport, at work and school.

No right turn – antifascists now and always.

As ever we recommend you travel with a group and stay with that group. Be vigilant and mobile.

London Antifascists (Part of AFN), May 26, 2013

Fascist Attacks In London This Weekend

29 04 2012

After last weekend in Brighton those monitoring the fascists will have noticed they seem to have completely shifted their hatred from Muslims to the Left….Something some of us are quite pleased about. Showing their true colours at last, It’s very doubtful they will pick up any more support now, it’s more difficult to convince people that their friends and family may be ‘red scum’ than it is to go on about  Islam & Sharia law.

The amount of bullshit flying about in far right circles is as crazy as it gets, one report (from Casuals United) actually said that the MFE counter protesters “left the men alone and bottled the women and kids” – If anyone believes this shit they have serious problems, possibly even beyond fascism! We’ll put together an article all about the shit filtering out of the far right on this subject next week.

As expected it’s looking like an attempted revenge for being completely humiliated  in Brighton is starting to happen.  The report below  is from a re-post although other information from London Anti-Fascists suggests the Mob, possibly London EDL, was about 15 deep, so had clearly been organised before hand, with a separate gang targeting a stall in Central London (no violence reported). Unlike the fascists, and as terrible as it may be that 15 thugs can attack 2 paper sellers and hospitalise a pensioner in the process, lets not whinge and moan, lets get fucking organised!

This is a re-post from libcom, originally from

Reports on Twitter and elsewhere that one person (and possibly two people) needed hospital treatment today after extreme right wing thugs attacked a socialist stall in Lewisham town centre.

I didn’t see the actual attack, but it did not surprize me. As reported here yesterday, Unite Against Fascism had announced that an anti-BNP cavalcade would be starting out from Lewisham Clock Tower at 11 am. I was down there at 11 and there was no sign of the lorry, but there was a very obvious group of about 10 -15 fascists standing by Lewisham Food Market and closely watching what was going on at the Clock Tower. They had scouts posted on corners nearby presumably looking out for signs of the cavalcade.

I got a good look at one of them as she came away from the group and stood at the bottom of Lee High Road – a pasty faced woman with dyed black hair and an eyebrow piercing, wearing a black Paul’s Boutique coat with a yellow cancer charity daffodil. I think the rest were all blokes, mostly in their 20s or younger wearing various rain gear [can I just be clear that I don’t have a problem with eyebrow piercing or Paul’s Boutique – the description is included because it might help the victims identify their attackers, not to make any snobby point about EDL dress codes]

I tweeted ‘In Lewisham waiting for arrival of anti-BNP bus, ten or so moody looking possible BNP by clock tower’. After about half an hour it looked like the cavalcade wasn’t coming. I heard that the lorry had technical faults and so wouldn’t be coming to Lewisham, so I headed off.

As I was leaving I saw a couple of local Socialist Workers Party members on their way to set up their regular Saturday stall and warned them about the dodgy crew nearby. Fair play to them, they refused to be intimidated and went ahead as normal. Shortly afterwards they were attacked.

On Twitter the attack is being blamed on the ‘English Defence League’, but it’s difficult to say whether they were BNP or EDL or both. The EDL did post a crowing message on twitter (laughably comparing their opponents to ‘fascists’).

No doubt they will be boasting of their audacity in operating in a multi-racial area like Lewisham. Hardly an act of great bravery though for the cream of the master race to attack two people selling papers, one of them a pensioner.

Presumably Lewisham police were sheltering from the rain in their huge station opposite the scene of the attack. The perpetrators were present for at least 45 minutes before the attack, can’t believe that a group of young black men looking menacing in the same place would have escaped their notice.

Update (Sunday 29 April): two further witnesses have left acccounts in the comments –

– ‘I was there and helped one of the attacked men up. He must of been in his late 60’s and was punched to the ground.The other guy was headbutted and looked like he had a broken cheekbone. I offered to take them to the hospital but they opted for an ambulance. No police anywhere even though it was opposite one of the biggest police stations in Europe. They wasn’t just young, there was older guys in there 40’s with them too’.

– ‘I was there too. A group had gathered quite a while before and even though I had no idea of the planned meeting it was obvious they were up to something. Maybe 7 or 8 younger men plus an older man and the woman with Paul’s Boutique coat. After attack they left laughing. They hardly ran. Very surprised police did not come at all during this time’.

The older man who was attacked was apparently 74 years old (just to be clear the second person attacked isn’t a pensioner).