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How we built a local UAF group in Leicester

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Dave Wainwright, of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) in Leicester, explains how they built a local group
Issue 2268
Leicester UAF on Saturday
Leicester UAF on Saturday’s demonstration in east London

‘It started when we booked a minibus to join the protest outside the British National Party’s (BNP) fascist rally at Codnor in Derbyshire in 2009.

We set up an email account, and ran stalls in town. After a year we were holding small meetings at people’s houses.

So when the EDL said it was coming to Leicester, we were in a position to set up an organising meeting.

We emailed every councillor and every faith group.

We met lots of people. Quite a few Muslims got involved, and two Labour councillors support us, as do the Leicester City football team supporters’ group.

Now we meet once a month. We have a banner. We make our own leaflets. Our website has been useful for getting donations and meeting local activists.

When the BNP held a conference in Leicester we made placards for a flash demo—“BNP: Coalville hates you. F**k off.” It got into the local paper and attracted a lot of attention.

We need local UAF groups in every town and city, for what happens in the weeks and months after demos.

The EDL has started organising flash demos, so we need something in place. Local groups just have to find contacts.’

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