Fascists have launched a series of attacks on trade unionists in Leeds over the last 20 or so years.
But having a rooted anti-fascist group in the city meant that there was always a network that could support people and organise against them.
Our Unite Against Fascism (UAF) group in Leeds meets about once a fortnight.
It doesn’t just organise big events that are planned in advance, such as demonstrations. It can also quickly mobilise people when racists attack.
If you don’t have a group in your area, there are some first steps you can take. Contact people you know—trade unionists, local activists, mosques and faith groups.
Tap into networks that are already there and get broad support.
Most trade unions have anti-fascist policies and many are already affiliated to UAF.
Your local trades council can be a key place to go to for trade union support.
Organise together to put on a public meeting and get speakers from all the groups to contribute.
We are also part of Love Music Hate Racism. This gives you a brilliant way to involve young people in resisting the fascists.