From Chelmsford to Walthamstow – Stop the EDL

22 08 2012

A delegation of anti-fascists from We Are Waltham Forest joined campaigners in Chelmsford on Saturday 18 August to oppose the fascist EDL’s march in the town. The EDL demo, intended to build confidence among its supporters, was a miserable failure, mobilising less than 70 racists and fascists, while the counter-demonstration saw over 250 people march through the town in a vibrant celebration of multiculturalism.

Waltham Forest residents will be aware that 18 August was the original date planned for the fascists’ mobilisation in Walthamstow. But following pitiful turnouts and strong opposition in Bristol and Brighton in the preceding weeks, the racists decided against trying their look in Walthamstow.

Instead, the EDL will march in Walthamstow in just over a weeks’ time, on Saturday 1 September. We Are Waltham Forest, supported by the Waltham Forest Council of Mosques and Unite Against Fascism, is asking the whole community to come to the town centre from 11am, to show the fascist EDL that Waltham Forest is a multicultural borough where there is no place for its hatred and division.


‘We Are United Against the EDL’ public meeting

22 07 2012

On Tuesday 31 July the We Are Waltham Forest campaign is holding a public meeting to build support for the mobilisation against the racist and fascist English Defence League’s planned march in Walthamstow.

Join us to hear a range of speakers talk on why we should build a broad alliance across the community on 18 August, to celebrate our dversity and show the EDL that there is no audience for their hatred in Waltham Forest.

Speakers include:

Stella Creasy – Local Labour MP

Owen Jones – Author, Chavs (The Demonisation of the Working Class)

Weyman Bennett – Joint Chair of Unite Against Fascism

Rania Khan – Independent Socialist Councillor, Tower Hamlets

Aaron Kiely – NUS Black Students’ Officer and LGBT Activist

Speaker from Show Racism the Red Card

Harmony Hall, Truro Road, Walthamstow, Tuesday 31 July, 7:30pm.

All welcome.


20 06 2012

On FRIDAY 29 JUNE, Love Music Hate Racism is bringing together a diverse selection of some of Waltham Forest’s most exciting up and coming muscial acts in a celebration of the eclectic spirit of multicultural life in our London borough! As well as being ill talents and from the endz…




>> 4i2i COLLECTIVE –

“Forward thinking underground outfit the 4i2i Collective provide a brilliant live hip hop spectacle. The London based group have been causing a stir in knowledgeable hip hop circles around the UK and are known for their abstract beats, poignant singing and sharp lyrics all brought together to create a magnificent live performance which is refreshingly devoid of all the egotistical narcissism associated with hip hop these days” – – EXCLUSIVE NEW MATERIAL!!


From foundation rootikal classics to modern roots, lovers and UK dub, Fluxman can be counted on for a wide selection of conscious reggae anthems. Previously part of the Sunday slot at ReelRebelsRadio in Hackney, he now regularly DJ’s with the Spredluv Collective at the Lockside Lounge in Camden, and is also part of the Kent-based Jah Elements crew. –

>> T.B – 

East London rapper also known as TBear or Tuberculosis says he got his name coz of spittin sick lyrics. Check him out on twitter


23 year old singer/songwriter from east London, who draws a lot from the folk tradition but whose influences range from Dick Gaughan to Ed Sheeran. Will is a very personal songwriter who records his life experiences in songs resulting in a raw and often emotional


A beatbox session of solo performance pieces and combined improvised mash-ups, from two seasoned veterans and two up and coming prospects! BOOM!!

DOORS OPEN: 7:30pm
TICKETS: £10 / £5 concessions

Tickets available on the door, or to avoid disappointment, email us at:

Please show your solidarity by supporting this event. Celebrate our fantastic, multicultural community in Waltham Forest. Show the EDL that we will not tolerate their politics of hate on our streets. No pasaran!

29 June gig flyer

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.

Day of action this Thursday

4 06 2012

We are Waltham Forest is holding a day of action this Thursday 7 June. We will be meeting in the town square, Walthamstow, beside Natwest at 2pm and distributing leaflets in the market, along Hoe Street and in Lloyd Park.

It is important that we raise awareness among local people that the racists and fascists of the EDL are coming to our borough, and that we must stand united to stop them.

Here is what happens when the EDL are left to their own devices. We will not let this happen in Walthamstow:


Public meeting 12 June

3 06 2012

We are Waltham Forest is holding a public meeting on 12 June to build the campaign against the racist English Defence League’s ‘national mobilisation’ in Walthamstow on 18 August.

Speakers include Martin Smith, Assistant Secretary of Unite Against Fascism and Zita Holborne, PCS NEC member and Black Activists Rising Against Cuts.

Come along and discuss the importance of stopping the English Defence League on 18 August, and get involved in the campaign.

All welcome!

12 June 2012, 7:30pm
Harmony Hall, Truro Road, Walthamstow, E17 7BY