Assemble 12 noon
Assemble outside “the Boot & Shoe”,
Darlington Market Place, DL1 5QD
SATURDAY 5th NOVEMBER
UAF NE STATEMENT:
These are challenging times and we all face a variety of problems. We believe, however that looking for scapegoats and intolerance offer no solutions whatsoever. Migrant workers, immigrants, asylum seekers and members of any one faith are not responsible for financial crisis, hardship, cuts and unemployment.
Despite this we note an increase in anti-Muslim Islamophobia and other forms of racism in Britain and the rest of Europe.
The North-East has a well-deserved reputation for solidarity and social cohesion. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our communities and our mixed heritages.
We are aware that the racist ‘Bishop Auckland Against Islam’ (BAAI) is intent upon importing its hate filled message into Darlington on 5th November.
We believe that such a development will only stir up division and besmirch the name of our town and the North East. We believe that ‘BAAI’ must be stopped from spreading their message of intolerance.
In the event of ‘BAAI’ provocative event going ahead we are committed to supporting a vibrant, peaceful, multi-cultural and multi-faith counter-demonstration involving people from the widest possible backgrounds.
The aim of our protest would be to send out clear and simple message: ‘BAAI’ is not wanted in Darlington, the North East or anywhere else. We must all stand together in unity in the face of Islamphobia, anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and fascism.
The following are some of those who have supported previous UAF North East initiatives…
Newcastle Unites • Show Racism the Red Card • Unite Against Fascism • Tyne and Wear Anti Fascist Association • North Tyneside Trades Union Council • PCS Northern Region • PCS HMRC Tyne View Park (Longbenton) • Unite the Union Northern Region • UCU University of Northumbria • UCU Tyne Met • NUT Northern Region • NASUWT Northern Region • Durham Miners Association •NUFC Fans United • Ray Laidlaw of “Lindisfarne” • Tyne and Wear Fire Brigades Union • Yvonne Ridley, Vice President European Muslim League • North Tyneside People’s Assembly • North East People’s Assembly • Stop the War Coalition • South East Northumberland Trades Council • Northumberland Anti-Fascist Network • Socialist Workers Party • Tyneside Socialist Appeal Supporters • Ashington Socialist Appeal Supporters.
Read more here.