We MUST Build A Mass Movement Against The Far Right

From 'Stand Up To Racism' - And we concur with every word.

We are witnessing an alarming growth in the threat posed by the Far Right in Britain.

The release of Tommy Robinson from prison has further boosted their confidence. Senior Tories like Boris Johnson launching attacks on Muslim women will only increase Islamophobia and further encourage these forces.

And the attack by Far Right activists on Bookmarks Socialist Bookshop is a sinister and threatening development.

Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism have been at the centre of mobilisations against this growing movement, most recently calling a successful 3,000-strong counter protest against a “Free Tommy Robinson” event in central London on 14 July, where we were also joined by the Love Music Hate Racism campaign. (See SUTR’s statement signed by thousands, including Diane Abbott, John McDonnell, Len McCluskey of Unite and Dave Prentis of Unison, calling for a counter protest on 14 July)

Stand Up To Racism was launched following the 50,000 strong refugee solidarity demonstration in 2015. Over 1,600 people attended its founding conference in 2016 which was addressed by Jeremy Corbyn. Diane Abbott is the president of Stand Up To Racism and it has the support of a large range of trade unions, including Unison, Unite, NEU, PCS, CWU, Aslef, UCU, FBU, BFAWU and others.

Stand Up To Racism has for some time been calling for the broadest unity to challenge the far right wherever they mobilise or raise their heads.

The founding members of the Anti Nazi League and Rock Against Racism are all integral to Stand Up To Racism currently. We therefore welcome the call by John McDonnell, Labour’s shadow chancellor, for a mass movement in the spirit of the ANL. We have a long tradition of opposing racism and fascism, antisemitism and Islamophobia. We beat the National Front in the 1970s, defeated the British National Party and broke the English Defense League. Now we have to face even bigger challenges and must unite to defeat the far right and Nazis.

We ask EVERY Anti-Racist to ...