Never Again – Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League 1976-1982, with David Renton

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Thursday, 7th March
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location
Five Leaves Bookshop

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By 1976, the National Front had become the fourth largest party in Britain. In a context of national decline, racism and fears that the country was collapsing into social unrest, the NF won 19 per cent of the vote in Leicester, 100,000 votes in London and opened an office on High Pavement in Nottingham.

In response, an anti-fascist campaign was born, which combined action to deprive the Front of public platforms with a popular cultural movement. Rock Against Racism brought punk and reggae bands together as a weapon against the right including a major festival in Nottingham and a demonstration against the local NF headquarters.

Through the Anti-Nazi League hundreds of thousands of people painted out racist graffiti, distributed leaflets and persuaded those around them to vote against the right.

Darentonvid Renton tells the story of the National Front and the campaign which stopped it. Inevitably there will be some discussion about the rise of “Tommy Robinson” and the campaign against modern fascist and racist groups.

David Rention used to live in Nottingham, and is now a barrister in London. He has written many books, book chapters and articles on the history of the far right and resistance to it.
Tickets: £3.00 on the door including refreshments. Booking essential via events@fiveleaves.co.uk

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