THE FIRST ever Walthamstow festival took place this weekend in north east London. The themes of the festival were 'Peace on our streets' and 'Celebrate our cultural diversity'. The main stage saw some fantastic acts from across the world. There was a respect stage with a massive Love Music Hate Racism banner across the top of it, an urban peace stage, a dance stage and a comedy gig with Mark Steel and Shazia Mirza.
The brilliant thing about the festival was that it brought so many local people together. It was a real cross-section of our area-black, white, young, old, gay and straight-at least 2,000 had a good time.
At the end of the acts on the main stage, I spoke for the Anti Nazi League. I asked everyone to remember Awais Alam, who was murdered by racists, and to stand up to racism, the BNP and lying politicians who scapegoat asylum seekers. Everyone cheered when I said the slogan 'We are black, we are white, together we are dynamite.'
AROUND 1,000 people took part in an anti-racism festival in Stoke-on-Trent last Saturday. They heard acts including Spooks and Miss Black America. The day sent a message to the BNP, who are organising in the area, that their politics are hateful, violent and not welcome.