Nearly 200 people packed the Finsbury Park Mosque to attend a brilliant launch public meeting of Islington Unite Against Fascism (UAF) on Wednesday of last week.
The vibrant meeting, Celebrate Diversity, Defend Multiculturalism, Oppose Islamophobia and Racism, was dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Holocaust.
Speakers included Labour MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry, council leader Catherine West, Imam Ahmed Saad from Finsbury Park Mosque, Hassan Mahamdallie and Weyman Bennett, joint national secretary UAF.
The meeting was supported by Islington NUT, Islington Trades Council, Islington Hands Off Our Public Services, Finsbury Park Mosque and Muslim Welfare House.
Speakers emphasised how Islington was a vibrant multicultural, multiracial community with a tremendous history of standing for equality, and of fighting and winning against the fascists and racists.
Hassan talked about how we have always had to fight to defend multiculturalism and that the real divide in society is between rich and poor.
Jeremy Corbyn emphasised that the lessons to winning against the fascists and in the past was to be united and to respect each other.
Weyman spoke about the need to oppose the British National Party and English Defence League. He also urged everyone to join UAF and attend the national conference on 25 February.