Saturday 31 October from 12 midday outside the Art Gallery
Leeds Unite Against Fascism is holding a rally to celebrate multicultural Leeds on Saturday 31st October outside the Art Gallery on the Headrow at midday. We are also calling for the banning of the anti-Muslim protest planned by racist bigots, including the English Defence League (EDL) in Leeds city centre on the same day.
There are four immediate steps you can take:
1. Circulate the statement below condemning the EDL and email Leeds Unite Against Fascism to add your name as a supporter of the statement.
"We the undersigned strongly oppose plans by the 'English Defence League' - a group linked to the fascist BNP - to demonstrate in Leeds city centre. The EDL is a racist group dedicated to attacking Asian people and Muslims. Islamophobia - bigotry against Muslims - is as unacceptable as any other form of racism. Its aim is to divide us by making scapegoats of one community, just as the Nazis did with the Jews in the 1930s.
Today they threaten the mosque, tomorrow it could be a synagogue, temple or church. Today they threaten Muslims, tomorrow it could be Jewish people, Hindus, Sikhs, black people, lesbians & gay men, travellers or Eastern Europeans. There is no place for Nazis, racists or the BNP in Leeds multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious community.
We call on the Home Secretary and the police to ban the EDL action.
We also urge people to attend the peaceful ‘Celebrate and defend multicultural Leeds’ rally to be held outside the Art Gallery on Saturday 31st October at midday."
2. Publicise and attend the rally called by Leeds UAF on Saturday 31st October in the city centre outside the Art Gallery on the Headrow at midday.
3. Please write to the Home Secretary, the local council and police calling for a ban of the EDL racist action.
The Home Secretary, The Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Cllr Richard Brett, Leader, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 1UR Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Constable West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Police Headquarters, PO Box 9, Laburnum Road, Wakefield, WF1 3PE
4. Invite a speaker from Leeds Unite Against Fascism to your trade union, community or faith group. Please email email@example.com