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Merseyside: Working to stop BNP

Issue No. 1869

MERSEYSIDE TUC organised a conference last Saturday to build a campaign against racism and fascism. Some 50 people attended the Merseyside Against Racism and Fascism foundation conference, including representatives of the PCS, Unison, Amicus and TGWU unions. Delegates agreed to launch the Merseyside Coalition Against Racism and Fascism to fight against the Nazi BNP in the area.

We are going to start leafleting and working with youth groups and unions. We aim to stop the BNP from winning seats in Merseyside. We are also going to build links with the two football clubs in the city-Liverpool and Everton.

Next meeting on Saturday 4 October, 10.30am, Trade Union Centre, Hardman Street, Liverpool.


AT A bail hearing on 11 September Bushra Sharif and her three children aged seven, six and one were bailed from Dungavel Detention Centre to the home of a charity director for £100. This judgement follows a 2,000-strong demonstration, the biggest ever outside a British refugee detention centre. Protesters demanded that the prison camp is closed down and its detainees released into the community. Last week a mother and child were released to the home of Scottish Socialist Party MSP Rosie Kane under similar bail conditions.

Aamer Anwar, the refugees' lawyer, and the Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees paid the bail and vowed that they would continue to attempt to bail those imprisoned. Several trade unions sent their banners in support of a picket of the bail hearing.
MARGARET WOODS, trade union organiser for Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees. For more information phone 0141 946 7887.


OVER 80 people attended the launch of Middlesbrough Against the BNP last week. The meeting was backed by the CWU, TGWU, GMB, Natfhe and Unison unions. Speakers included Kevin Rowan, the TUC's regional secretary, and Ray Mallon, who is Middlesbrough's elected mayor.

People at the meeting agreed to set up meetings across Teesside to launch anti-BNP groups and began planning an anti-fascist carnival next year.

Yarls Wood

THE GOVERNMENT plans to reopen the Yarls Wood refugee detention centre on 28 September. The local SADY campaign has called for a demonstration starting from St Paul's Square, Bedford, at 12 noon and marching to the centre. Protesters attending the 27 September Stop the War Coalition demonstration are urged to stay over so that they can join the Yarls Wood protest the next day.

Public meeting, Thursday 25 September, 7pm, Upper Hall, University of London Union, Malet Street.

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Sat 20 Sep 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1869
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