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Anti-Fascist London

On 24 April 2024 (the 92nd anniversary of the Kinder Trespass), I joined a round-table discussion at The Bishopsgate Institute in London talking about the memorialisation of anti-fascism. The discussion concluded an afternoon listening to a number of powerful testimonies from individuals involved in the struggle against fascism in London:

  • Balwinder Rana. Half a Century of Fighting against Fascism and Still Going Strong
  • Julie Begum. Women Unite Against Racism
  • Joe Mulhall. HOPE not hate’s campaign against the BNP in Barking and Dagenham and beyond
  • Alex R. Organising in the Anti-Fascist Network: A view from London
  • Iida Kayhko. Feminist anti-fascism and collective self-defence

Joining me around the table, chaired by Nigel Copsey of Teeside University, were Naaz Rashid of the University of Sussex and Ben Gidley of Birkbeck, University of London.

The various talks, discussions and academic papers heard over the two-day event are to be published in a collected volume, precise details to be confirmed.

Crowd at the International Brigade Memorial Trust‘s annual commemoration in 2003, Chris Smith MP on the right of picture.