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United action can stop the BNP

by Weyman Bennett, joint secretary, Unite Against Fascism
Issue No. 2024

The Nazis of the British National Party (BNP) are taking advantage of the racist atmosphere against Muslims to attempt to widen their influence. But Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism are doing everything they can to stop them.

The BNP took 11 council seats in Barking and Dagenham, east London, in the local elections in May.

Unite has organised a black history day school in the area this Saturday, with support from the GMB union and South East Region TUC.

The school runs from 12pm to 4pm at the Rush Green campus of Barking College.

Speakers include local MPs Jon Cruddas and Margaret Hodge as well as Jack Dromey, deputy general secretary of the T&G union, and Drew McConnell from the band Babyshambles.

And this Sunday in Dudley in the West Midlands, Unite and the local Muslim community will hold a protest against the BNP’s attempts to oppose the building of a new mosque.

The protest starts at 2pm at the site of the proposed mosque on Black Acre Road in Dudley.

On Wednesday 1 November, BNP leader Nick Griffin goes back to court in Leeds. Join the protest against the BNP outside Leeds Crown Court, Oxford Row, from 9am.

At 10.30am in Leeds that day there will be a public signing of a unity against racism and fascism statement by trade unionists, faith and community leaders.

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Sat 28 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2024
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