Laura Storey, a teacher from Bristol, attended the Unite Against Fascism conference last Saturday. She reports her thoughts on the day
The Unite Against Fascism conference was an excellent event, with a fantastic range of speakers from Daud Abdullah from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to Derek Mumm from gay rights group Stonewall.
There was a high level of exciting and political debate and I left the event on a real high.
We cannot allow the BNP to win a seat on the London Assembly in the elections on 1 May.
Daud Abdullah explained that while the BNP has “modernised” its image it still promotes its “philosophy of hate, division and inequality”, and its ideas remain the same.
He added that the media’s attacks on Muslims have fuelled the racism that the BNP thrives on. Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, also spoke out against the “drumbeat” of racism in the media.
He attacked newspapers such as the Daily Mail for legitimising the myths peddled by the BNP.
Livingstone also urged everyone to vote in the London elections – no matter who for, providing they voted against the BNP.
The higher the turnout at the May election, the harder it will be for the fascists to cross the 5 percent hurdle.
I spoke during one workshop about empowering young people to fight racism within education.
I also discussed with my local Unite Against Fascism group about organising a coach from Bristol to go to the Love Music Hate Racism carnival in London on Sunday 27 April.
I’d urge everyone to do the same – it promises to be a fantastic event!