- Unite Against Fascism
Unite Against Fascism is an anti-fascist organisation in the
United Kingdomthat campaigns against far right-wingand fascistparties and groups in Britain, primarily the British National Party(BNP), which it identifies as the principal threat. Its aim is to "campaign with the aim of alerting British society to the rising threat of the extreme right, in particular the British National Party (BNP), gaining an electoral foothold in this country." [http://www.uaf.org.uk/aboutUAF.asp?choice=1]
The group was formed as part of a coalition between the
Anti-Nazi Leagueand the National Assembly Against Racism, the TUCand leading British unions such as T&G(now Unite) and UNISONin response to electoral successes by the BNP.
Its chairman is the former Labour Party
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and its joint secretaryship is shared by Weyman Bennett, the national organiser of the Anti Nazi Leagueand a member of the central committee of the Socialist Workers Party, and Sabby Dhalu, formerly of the National Assembly Against Racism(NAAR).
The organisation has signatories and members from across the political spectrum including MPs from all of Britain’s leading political parties and a number of members of the Labour cabinet. Other notable signatories include Holocaust survivor
Henry Guterman. [http://www.uaf.org.uk/aboutUAF.asp?choice=4]
At Unite Against Fascism's 2007 national conference, speakers ranged from cabinet minister
Peter Hainto Edie Friedmanof the Jewish Council for Racial Equality(JCORE) [http://www.jcore.org.uk/] and Dr. Muhammad Abdul Barifrom the Muslim Council of Britain, as well as figures from the major UK trade unions. [http://www.uaf.org.uk/news.asp?choice=70222]
Unite Against Fascism often organises large protests against the BNP including outside the trial of BNP leader
Nick Griffinand Mark Colletton race hate charges at Leeds Crown Court. Unite Against Fascism also jointly called the rally of over 1,000 people when Nick Griffin and holocaust denier David Irvingspoke at the Oxford Unionin November 2007 [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/farright/story/0,,2217589,00.html] .
The anti-fascist magazine Searchlight disaffiliated from UAF after an argument over tactics to defeat the BNP. [http://www.searchlightmagazine.com/index.php?link=template&story=146] [http://www.searchlightmagazine.com/index.php?link=template&story=135]
Although the organisation is anti-fascist, this does not mean that it is a left-wing pressure group. Members include the right-wing former Conservative MP Sir Teddy Taylor. [ [http://www.uaf.org.uk/aboutUAF.asp?choice=4 Unite Against Fascism - About the UAF, and how you can help stop the BNP ] ]
* [http://www.uaf.org.uk/ Unite against Fascism website]
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