Young People, Youth Work and Fascism : Past and Present – Solidarity with Athens

[ A couple of supporters have got in touch and suggested a different title from its first posting, so I’ve obliged.]

In 1978 we took two Wigan Metropolitan Borough Youth Service mini-buses full of young people to the Anti-Nazi League Carnival in Victoria Park, London as part of our day-to day youth work practice. Arguing about racism and fascism appeared and disappeared as part of simply being together. Youth work and politics went inevitably hand in hand. How could it be otherwise? In a small way we contributed to the retreat of the fascist National Front.

Anti-fascist school students in Greece

Thirty five years on, almost unbelievably, fascism has reared its ugly head in Greece with the remarkable rise of Golden Dawn. Young people are once more in the forefront of the struggle to combat this odious ideology. Tomorrow thousands will demonstrate in Athens, declaring it to be an anti-fascist city.

In the name of equality and democracy, a message of solidarity across the generations – NON PASARAN!

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