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Love Music Hate Racism carnival can stop the Nazis

Issue No. 2096

One dark cloud looming over the elections on 1 May is the threat that the fascist British National Party (BNP) might grab seats on the London assembly.

But they can be stopped. The Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) carnival in Victoria Park, east London, on Sunday 27 April is the best chance for activists to get their message across to as many people as possible.

Marking the anniversary of the seminal Rock Against Racism carnival held at the same venue 30 years ago, the free carnival features acts such as The Good, The Bad and The Queen, Jay Sean, Babyshambles and Roll Deep.

The latest addition to the line-up is British reggae legend Dennis Bovell. The carnival will be filmed by Don Letts and video director Giorgio Testi. It will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 6 Music, and will also be broadcast later in May by Channel 4 and MTV.

The carnival is free of charge and relies on the workers' movement for funding. Anyone who supports its aims should send in a donation or take a collection round their workplace.

Teachers at Stoke Newington school in east London have raised over £400 for the carnival by systematically going round their staff room with a collection sheet.

For more details about the carnival and how to contribute go to » www.lmhrcarnival.com


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