So I found out yesterday that I am not allowed to run for a position in UAF due to a mistake made by my union branch. UAF rather than giving me an opportunity to correct the mistake have refused to let me stand citing bureaucratic reasons. Who would have thought trying to get rid of David Cameron from UAF would be so controversial?
In response, I with others have formed this statement which essentially calls for UAF to change in the ways that I pledged to do in this piece.
Please add your name in the comments and via social networks. I’ll be printing off the names on Saturday 25th Feb at 8am so please add your name by no later than Friday 24th 11pm.
We the undersigned activists and organisations are calling for the following:
1. For UAF conference to become a democratic forum for anti-fascist activists to elect officers and debate policies, strategies and tactics. Holding committee elections is a step forward, but only a small step. We need much more open elections (with proportional representation, not just a list of individually elected senior positions) and motions allowed to conference.
2. A commitment to direct action and mass mobilisation to no platform fascism. No to calling for state bans.
3. For UAF to put forward concrete, positive, working-class solutions to the problems the fascists exploit. UAF is not a political party, nor should it become one. But without commonly agreed positive demands, we are fighting with one hand tied behind our back. Our basic message needs to be: black and white, all religions and none, British-born and migrant – workers unite and fight for decent jobs, homes and services for all, and against all forms of racism.
4. As a logical part of this, we should break our links with fake “anti-fascist” politicians. We want unity on the basis of a common struggle, not a bare willingness to say “Fascism is bad”. This includes breaking links with eg Tory and Lib Dem MPs. We should begin with a strong public renunciation of links with David Cameron.
5. A strong drive to build broad, democratic local groups, ideally based on the organisations of the labour movement and Black, Asian, Jewish and other oppressed communities.
Justin Baidoo, South London CAN formerly South London Anti-Fascists Group
Adam Cooper, NUS Black Students’ Committee (pc)
Saraid Dodd, Lewisham NUT (pc)
Patrick Murphy, Executive Member of National Union of Teachers (pc)
Nishma Doshi, Open Rights Group (pc)
Jerry Hicks, Unite Grass Roots Left
Nadine Houghton, GMB organiser (pc)
Ruth Cashman, Lambeth Unison
Adam Ramsay, Oxford Green Party (pc)
Daniel Lemberger-Cooper, Royal Holloway University London Students’ Union President
Matthew Smith, Kingston GMB Chair (pc)
Koos Couvee, The Multicultural Politic
Neil Griffiths, No Sweat
Mark Boothroyd, Guys & St Thomas Hospital Unison (pc)
Jake Lagnado, Unite Grass Roots Left
Sacha Ismail, Workers’ Liberty
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