EDL postpones Walthamstow demo

6 08 2012

We Are Waltham Forest is pleased to confirm that the EDL’s planned demonstration in Walthamstow on 18 August has been postponed. The official reason given, that the EDL’s leaders are on holiday, is a poor mask for the reality of the situation; that following humiliations in Brighton and Bristol, the EDL is clearly not confident enough to set foot in Walthamstow. The EDL will now march in Chelmsford on 18 August, before coming to Walthamstow on 1 September.

The EDL, like all fascist organisations, relies on being able to scare people into not mobilising against its hateful demonstrations. This builds the confidence of the far right, and allows fascist organisations to grow. But the EDL has not scared the people of Walthamstow. Walthamstow is united in its rejection of the EDL and what it stands for, and Walthamstow residents have shown that they are determined to oppose the EDL, standing side by side with our neighbours of all races and religions to show the EDL that its racist hatred is not welcome here.

We are Waltham Forest will be holding a mass day of action in the town square on 18 August. We invite all supporters to join us and help spread the word that the EDL has changed the date of its march, and that our celebration of multicultural Walthamstow will now take place on 1 September in central Walthamstow. A delegation from We are Waltham Forest will also be attending the demonstration against the EDL in Chelmsford. Please bring your campaign stalls, your trade union banners and your friends, and join us in Walthamstow town square from 11am, on Saturday 18 August. Let’s show the EDL that whether in August or in September, they shall not pass in Walthamstow.


We Are Waltham Forest public meeting is a big success

13 06 2012

Tuesday’s We Are Waltham Forest meeting was a resounding success, with 130 members of the local community, black, white, and Asian, young and old, religious and non-religious, crowding into Harmony Hall.

Waltham Forest dean Steven Saxby was the first to address the meeting, emphasising the tradition of people from all parts of the Waltham Forest community working together to make the borough the kind of place in which we all want to live.

Zita Holbourne of the PCS union and the Black Activists Rising Against Cuts campaign talked about the link between the rise of fascism and the cuts, explaining that black people and poor people are disproportionately affected.

Martin Smith, the final platform speaker and assistant secretary of Unite Against Fascism talked about the growth of fascism in Europe. He described how the racism and fascism seen on the streets of Europe comes from the top, with European political leaders like Cameron, Merkel and Sarkozy attempting to make racism acceptable in the mainstream in a way that it has not been for a very long time.

Speakers from the floor included local anti-fascists, Waltham Forest councillors and members of the various religious communities, with all emphasising the importance of standing side by side against the fascists, regardless of any other differences of opinion we may have on politics or religion.

Older residents reminded those newer to the borough what happened the last time fascists tried to march in Waltham Forest, in 1978, when the National Front attempted to attack the Lea Bridge Road mosque. Local residents joined the muslim community and blocked the path of the NF, and fascists have not marched in this borough since that day.

Now, 34 years after the fascists were smashed in Waltham Forest, they are attempting to return. As residents of this borough, we all stand to lose if our rich history of opposing fascism is allowed to be reversed. That is why we will be on the streets on 18 August to show the EDL that Waltham Forest remains a no-go area for the far fight.

Stop the EDL in Walthamstow

3 06 2012

The racist and fascist English Defence League intend to march in Walthamstow on 18 August 2012.

“We are Waltham Forest” is a campaign launched by Waltham Forest residents to show the EDL that they are not welcome in our multicultural borough.

Waltham Forest is a thriving example of a community that embraces people from all backgrounds, regardless of their religious beliefs or the colour of their skin. That is how we want it to stay.

We are Waltham Forest will be organising meetings and events to celebrate multiculturalism in the run up to 18 August, and will be on the streets on the day to keep the fascists out of our borough.

How you can help

We are Waltham Forest is supported by:

Unite Against Fascism
Waltham Forest Trades Council
Waltham Forest Race Equalities Council
Waltham Forest Amnesty Internatiol
Jewish Socialists
Leyton Community Trust Mosque
Waltham Forest Palestine Solidarity Campaign