Racist attacks have increased across Europe since the European Union (EU) referendum.
But the scapegoating of migrants and refugees by politicians and by the media has been happening for decades.
It is significant that racism is most prominent in areas with fewer migrants and refugees.
The Stand Up To Racism conference was important in providing people with the confidence to oppose the drive to make racism mainstream.
Marion O’Malley, North London
We need unity in action to combat the rise of the far right across Europe. That was the message to take away from the Stand Up To Racism conference.
The rise of the far right is being fuelled by politicians such as Ukip’s Nigel Farage and backed by the mainstream media.
We need to organise Stand Up To Racism groups in our schools as a matter of urgency.
Hannah, East London
I attended the Stand Up To Racism conference on behalf of the East London Teachers Association (NUT).
It showed me how important it is carry on the fight against the government’s divisive agenda as well the rise of fascism sweeping across Europe.
With collective action we can make a big difference.
Francoise, East London
your feature on the Battle of Cable Street (Socialist Worker, 5 October) pointed out that the anti-fascist slogan “They Shall Not Pass” was a translation from the Spanish workers keeping Francisco Franco out of Madrid.
Yet this is not the only international connection.
France had already seen anti-fascist agitation spill over into the biggest wave of strikes and occupations ever to hit the country.
Meanwhile, US workers in the tyre and car plants were perfecting “sit-down strikes”—factory occupations—which took off at the end of 1936.
This was all in the midst of the depression, and as the Nazis gained a stronghold in Germany.
Working class struggle in 1936 was not confined by the boundaries of nation states.
John Shemeld, Nottingham
It was disgusting to see Leeds MP Rachel Reeves’ comments about the city being a “tinderbox” of racism. Leeds has a proud history of fighting racism.
Just before the Battle of Cable Street, on 27 Sept 1936, fascist leader Oswald Mosley visited Leeds.
Some 1,000 fascists were met by a crowd of 30,000 anti-fascists who drove Mosley out of town.
Reeves should join the Leeds Stand Up To Racism group instead of whipping up racism.
Steve Johnston, Leeds
I was disappointed Socialist Worker said Jackie Walker, of Momentum, was “foolish and incorrect” in comments she made at a Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) meeting (Socialist Worker, 4 October).
She was suspended from membership of the Labour Party.
On the issue of a definition of antisemitism, the comment that she had not heard a “definition she could work with” was the definition that the JLM speaker gave. She does of course understand antisemitism.
The attack on Jackie is part of the witch hunt that the Labour right are attempting to use against Corbyn supporters. It is sad that Momentum nationally caved in.
Jackie has wholehearted support from Momentum activists. Socialist Worker should stand against the witch hunt too.
Jon Flaig, Kent
fascist band Bound for Glory were due to fly into Scotland this week to peddle their Nazism. But there are reports that campaigning has forced the event’s cancellation.
We remain watchful. Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and others spoke to music venues in Edinburgh and Falkirk, to ask them to check bookings.
We contacted officials in both cities to say there would be a mass protest against any such filth.
UAF Scotland has heard that the sound company booked to do the event, after realising they had been duped, cancelled their booking.
UAF Scotland will be vigilant in case fascists cobble together an event in an effort to save face.
Stephen McBroom, Edinburgh
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