On July 2nd last year, I was invited by Brighton Labour History Workshop to do a talk on the fight against fascism in Brighton and on the South Coast. The invitation was extended to me because I have been prominent in the campaign against the fascists from the mid-1970’s and have remained active ever since. The talk, which was recorded, was written up into a book. I did, and am still doing, further research into fascism on the South Coast and it is extremely interesting. One fact which is virtually unknown was that it was the Daily Mirror which was most outspoken in support of Sir Oswald Moseley’s British Union of Fascists with Viscount Rothermere advocating that they be given a ‘helping hand’. Fascism of course hasn’t gone away and we have to remain vigilant. As the book makes clear, the fight against racism and fascism is indivisible – be it here in Britain or against Zionism and the Israeli state. It is no surprise that today, the racists and fascists of the EDL see a role model in the actions of the Israeli state against Palestinians. We see it in the BNP style rhetoric about Muslims on far-right Zionist sites like Harry’s Place. Just as racists are coming together so must anti-fascists and anti-racists. The fascists have never gone away and neither have we.
THE FIGHT AGAINST FASCISM IN BRIGHTON & THE SOUTH COAST
Speaker: Tony Greenstein Tony has been active in the fight against fascism, both locally and nationally. Tony is also Secretary of Brighton & Hove Unemployed Workers Centre and a founding member of Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Tony’s book The Fight Against Fascism in Brighton & the South Coast will be launched at a meeting on:
BRIGHTON BOOK LAUNCH
Saturday, 17 March 12 pm Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF
contact Terry on email@example.com www.labourhistory.co.uk Brighton History Workshop