Trade unionists, politicians, faith group and community leaders are signing up to a unity statement, opposing the racist English Defence League and supporting the peaceful, multicultural “We are Bradford” event in the city on Saturday 28 August.
We the undersigned strongly oppose plans by the ‘English Defence League’ (EDL) – a group linked to the fascist British National Party (BNP) – to demonstrate in Bradford on 28th August.
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 Muslims. Tomorrow it could be Jewish people, Hindus, Sikhs, black people, lesbians and gay men, Travellers or Eastern Europeans. There is no place for Nazis, racists or the BNP in Bradford’s multiracial, multicultural and multi-faith community.
We also urge people to attend the peaceful ‘We are Bradford’ multicultural celebration to be held in the city centre on August 28th.
David Ward MP Bradford East, Rev. Chris Howson City Mission priest, MS Kahn member, Council for Mosques, Rachel Yosef member, Bradford Synagogue Council, Abdul Nasir IslamBradford, Elizabeth Lawrence UCU regional secretary and NEC member, Geraint Evans branch secretary Bradford UCU ACE, John Campbell chair, Yorkshire and Humber UAF and Unison NEC member, Bill Greenshields National Union of Teachers past president, Rev. Lynn Britten, Little Lane church, Kanja Sesay NUS Black students’ officer and ex Bradford University student union communications officer, Abdul Basit Ali Black and ethnic minority students officer, Bradford University students’ union, Ratna Lachman JUST West Yorkshire, Rev. Clare MacLaren vicar, St Martin and St Barnabas church, Heaton, Liz Firth Communities Organised for the Common Good of Bradford, Ashiq Hussain chair, We are Bradford, Sarah Cartin vice-chair CND (pers cap) and former Bradford University student union officer, Hildah Mpofu, Rezza Faissaly, Richard Hargreaves, Nerimaz, M Pearse Bradford Immigration and Asylum Support and Advice Network, Will Sutcliffe Bradford Ecumenical Asylum Concern, Bruce Gulland, Bradford ESOL lecturer, Dennis White Bradford NUT, Lindsey Johnson Bradford Education Business Partnership, Stephen Paul Drake BYDP youth support worker, PM de Villiers Bradford Cathedral, Zaffar Hussain probation officer, Helen Forbes ACE UCU Bradford College, S Ahmed Family Action, Naeem Amza finance officer, Girlington Advice Centre, Sumara Sultan MPAC UK, A Mohmin MBU, Mary Dawson Bradford Community Broadcasting, Yorkshire CND