the edl/english defence league have been completely humiliated and it seems been kept off any streets anywhere,at least for today.
as i write this i have a mixture of emotion and thought.like any revolutionary socialist i question and doubt everything.i am also envious in some respects because my increasing disability limits my mobility and safety for myself and others.i wonder how others far more disabled than myself manage it-i guess a fearlessness and courage i dont possess.but even if it only for a moment i miss that glimpse and feel for how things might be and would be better-in seeing the footage of the victorious community of all sorts,marching-yes marching-in celebration,chanting"these streets are our streets".as i write i have tears running down my face.this is a rare moment in which we,the people who live and work here momentarilly possess our streets.i can share that feeling even from a distance,for this wonderful,diverse,rich(in all senses)city is briefly mine too.i have lived,worked in or yearned for it for most of my life
in the footage i have seen there is not a fascist in sight,nor indeed are the police.yet i must not get ahead of myself.this victory is a battle not the whole war.there is lots to be done and it does not break or end fascism or discrimination.but it does raise hope,confidence and indeed the stakes
one of the things i love about this great city is that the world,our world,the working class in all its diversity is here.i look forward to the time when everyone is safe here,and that we who live and work,have our yearnings and futures here,will own the streets fully and collectively.
there is lots to be done,which includes mass mobilisations againt the ruling coalition gang at their party conferences,in organising towards a general strike.not least in celebrating LGBT identities later in the month also in the east end,and celebrateing the 75th anniversary of the battle of cable street,alos in the east end when the antifascist movement and the left did not allow the BUF/british union of fascists to pass either.
lets end racism,fascism,discrimination by puttinhg the edl,their associates and the bigotry on th rubbish pile of history.
victory to the united working class.the workers united will not be defeated