Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács

Friday, August 06, 2010

Three Dates for Activists Diaries

1) Saturday 28 August - Celebrate and Defend Multicultural Bradford from the racist English Defence League - protest called by Bradford Unite Against Fascism. This needs to be huge. Bradford has a proud history of anti-fascism, but the decision of the official local Labour movement there to leave the defence of the city from racists and fascists to the state, as though anti-fascism was a struggle best waged through state bans of 'extremists' or left to some sort of police action on the day, is sorely mistaken as a strategy. As the former general secretary of NATFHE Paul Mackney notes, 'We need imaginative tactics and strategy to deal with the EDL, but what do we do if the march is not banned or contained and these latter-day brownshirt hooligans go on the rampage through vulnerable areas?' That cannot be allowed to happen - Non Pasaran!

2) Sunday 3 October Right to Work Campaign Demonstration at Tory Party conference, Birmingham - Tell David Cameron to stuff his cuts. 'Our defence must be built on generalised strike action and community resistance' - Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary. 'This government of millionaires says "we're all in it together" and "there is no alternative". But, for the wealthy, corporation tax is being cut, the bank levy is a pittance, and top salaries and bonuses have already been restored to pre-crash levels' - Tony Benn.

3) Saturday 6 November - 'No to racism – No to Islamophobia’ National Demonstration in London.

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