Hope Not Hate

Billy Bragg .. just left this message on his facebook :

  • I am writing to you because I need your help. In just 29 days the
    fascist British National Party could take control of Barking &
    Dagenham council – my home town. That would give them control of a £200m
    a year budget and allow them to racialise the borough’s education,
    housing and planning services.

    This would obviously be an

    disaster and one that I cannot let happen.

    On Saturday
    17 April I am joining the massive anti-fascist mobilisation which aims
    to get more than 300 people out to deliver a special HOPE not hate
    newspaper to all 70,000 properties in the borough.

    I appreciate
    that it is short notice but the risk of a fascist-run council is very
    real. The BNP are throwing everything at this election and they are even
    moving some of their key London activists into the borough to stand as

    Here is a link to sign up to the day:


    To help get people to Barking & Dagenham the HOPE not hate
    campaign is organising transport from a number of locations from across
    London. This includes a coach from Camden and Hackney, minibuses from
    Southwark and Wandsworth and they are even renaming the 10.35am train
    from Fenchurch Street to Dagenham Dock as the HOPE Express, with the
    stewarding being provided by the RMT. You can find you local transport


    No-one likes to give up their Saturday’s but I would really
    urge everyone to join me in Barking and Dagenham on 17 April. It is
    really vital that we ensure that HOPE triumphs over hate.


    Billy Bragg