February 23, 2012

Today – Thursday 23rd Feb, City and Islington Sixth Form Centre Strike 12.45

Teachers at the sixth form centre are on strike as part of national action against cuts and changes to teachers’ conditions in sixth form centres and in defence of education for all. Ihoops send our support

Join Teachers on their picket line from 12.45-1.30 and for a rally outside of the Sixth Form Centre, Goswell Rd, near Angel


Trade Council Meeting Tonight Thursday 23rd Feb, 7.30pm, Town Hall. All welcome.

The meeting will hear speakers from the victorious electricians’ disputes who have successfully beaten multinational companies such as Balfour Beatty. There will also be film from Reel news from the electricians’ picket lines.


Join IHOOPS leafleting this Saturday 25th Feb 11am-12noon outside Sainsburys, Angel Islington

Ihoops will be leafleting to support the demonstration and lobby for the Council Budget setting meeting on 28th Feb. Please come along. If you can help with leafleting for 28th Feb contact Deborah on


Unite Against Fascism National Conference – Sat 25th Feb 10am-4.30pm, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square.

Ihoops support UAF and are able to send delegates to this conference. If you would like to attend please contact Gabriella on


Stop the Health and Social Care Bill TUC Rally 7th March

There will be a major rally against the Bill on 7th March. We will send details of this and stalls organised by Defend the Whittington to build for this Rally very soon. For more information on the Rally go to the Keep Our NHS Public website.


Islington UAF: successful launch

February 22, 2012

The public launch meeting of Islington Unite Against Fascism on Wednesday 25th January was a wonderful example of British multiculturalism at its best. The Finsbury Park Mosque ,where the meeting was held, was buzzing with men, women and children from all religions, cultures and backgrounds, united in one aim: to defend multiculturalism and fight fascism.

Even the panel of speakers represented the diversity of the borough, from religious leaders to MP’s to national campaigners. The room was packed, estimated 180 in attendance, with people even having to stand at the back. Chairing the meeting was Mark Campbell, a senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University and chair of London Met UCU branch. A life-long anti- racist campaigner, Mark began the meeting with Pastor Martin Niemoller’s famous poem “Never Again” and dedicated the meeting to the victims of the Holocaust in reference to Holocaust remembrance day that week.

Speakers included Catherine West, Leader of Islington Council, who spoke about housing problems in the borough, then Imam Ahmed Saad, who talked about the history of Islam and anti-fascism.

Islington MP Jeremy Corbyn spoke next on anti-fascism in Islington and how the borough has a long history of challenging racism and defending itself against far right groups like the National Front and the BNP.

Reverend Jennifer Potter, leader of the Islington Inter-faith Forum spoke of Celebrating our diversity and being open minded in our approach to others and working as a community to build friendships between different faiths and cultures.

Hassan Mahamadallie,editor of the book Defending Multiculturalism, spoke of his experiences of racism and the link between the fight against fascism and racism and the fight against government austerity.

Emily Thornberry, Islington MP, spoke of her history working with refugees and immigrants as a lawyer and how this shaped her approach to politics in the borough.

And finally, Weyman Bennett, joint national secretary of Unite Against Fascism, spoke of the national situation in terms of far right organisations and our responses to that.

These speakers were followed by many questions, comments and most interestingly, personal stories. People spoke of their own struggles and problems they have faced in the community, as well as asking for a better channel of communication between the MPs and their communities. And as a final triumph of the evening, the whole event was broadcast live, via Skype, from the mosque to the FinFuture community space across the street for the benefit of disabled people and their carers.

In all, this event has truly united the community in one aim: to Celebrate diversity, defend multiculturalism and oppose Islamophobia and racism. It has also opened up the dialogue between different corners of the community, creating a space for everyone to tell their story, have their voices heard and to come together in Islington, galvanized in unity and strength.