Friday, February 26, 2010

Fascism and Anti-Fascism conference

Please note the details of this important conference and book your tickets as shown below. I have now agreed to speak and will be talking about the work of Kensington Remembers to commemorate and reflect upon Holocaust and Genocide while promoting positive acceptance of diversity.

Fascism & Anti-Fascism : Conference
9.30am – 5pm
Saturday 13 March 2010
School of Social Science, LJMU, 68 Hope Street Liverpool

Organised by Merseyside Unite Against Fascism & Love Music Hate Racism in partnership with the Anthony Walker Foundation hosted by School of Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University. Supported by Liverpool Guild of Students.

In June 2009 the fascist British National Party (BNP) gained its first two seats in the European parliament with Nick Griffin elected as MEP in the North West. This election represents a turning point in British
politics. It is the most significant electoral success to date for a fascist party in this country. It threatens to normalise the presence of the BNP on the political scene in a similar manner to Jean-Marie Le Pen's Front National in France.

The climate of racism against immigrants and Muslims, together with harsh and uncertain economic circumstances, have created conditions that have allowed the Nazis to grow.

With the general election looming this conference offers an opportunity to debate contemporary and historical issues in the struggle against fascism and the challenges we face today.

Sessions, speakers and panelists so far include :

Martin Smith (Love Music Hate Racism) on ‘What is Fascism?’.

Wilf Sullivan (TUC Race Equality Officer) heads a session on ‘Trade Unions, Community and Anti Fascism’ including Lavinia O’Connor (PCS), Paul Jenkins (North West UAF)

Nahella Ashraf (chair Manchester Stop the War Coalition) and Muhammad Umar - Chairman of Ramadhan Foundation speaking on ‘Islamophobia’.

John Rose (Independent author and intro author to Marek Endelman's 'The Ghetto Fights' speaks on ‘Resistance to the Nazis – The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising’.

Paul Holborow (Sec Anti Nazi League) and Councillor Stephen Munby on ‘Stopping the NF in the 70’s : Lessons for Last Time’.

Peter Hooten of The Farm and Baby J on ‘Love Music Hate Racism’.

Jon Garland (University of Leicester, co author of ‘Hate Crime: Impact, Causes, and Consequences’), Tony Lloyd (Anthony Walker Foundation) , Pura Ariza (UCU LGBT committee) on ‘Is Hate Crime Getting Worse?’.

The conference will close with a panel discussion on ‘How we stop the BNP today?’ including Weyman Bennett (Unite Against Fascism), Dominique Walker, Dannie Grufferty (Pres. Liverpool Guild of Students).

The conference is open to everyone and registration begins at 9.30am with the sessions starting at 10.15am. Advance tickets are available from News from Nowhere Bookshop, 96 Bold Street, L1 priced at £5 or by contacting Merseyside Love Music Hate Racism ( / 07908 202 006 )

There will be a free Love Music Hate Racism gig in the evening at Mello Mello, Slater Street with the Long Finger Bandits + The Stop Outs + DeeJays. Doors 7.30pm.

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1 comment:

Raphael said...

Louise, as a speaker at this event, I think you should be particularly concerned by the facts below.

One of the other speaker is Muhammad Umar - Chairman of Ramadhan Foundation speaking on ‘Islamophobia’.

To be clear - hostility towards Muslims, or Islamophobia, is to condemned unequivocally. A good speaker on that topic, who would analyze the various forms, tropes and prejudices that develop in contemporay UK, would be really useful.

But Muhammad Umar - Chairman of Ramadhan Foundation - cannot possibly be a speaker at an anti fascist conference.

The Ramadhan Foundation is doing fundraising for Hamas (see Interpal link on the Ramadhan website, Interpal is forbidden in Canada, US, and Italy because of its links with Hamas). The Ramadhan Foundation invited to the UK Mahathir Mohamad as a speaker to one of its conference ( Mahathir say things like:

"The Jews had always been a problem in European countries. They had to be confined to ghettoes and periodically massacred. But still they remained, they thrived and they held whole Governments to ransom. Even after their massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a source of even greater problems for the world. The Holocaust failed as a final solution."

The Ramadhan foundation is officially affiliated to Mahatir organization (Perdana Global Peace Organization - sic).