- Faiza Shaheen, Labour party PPC for Chingford & Woodford Green constituency
- Bob Littlewood, Redbridge Council, cabinet member for social cohesion
- Julie Sherry, Stand Up To Racism
- Sam Tarry, TSSA national political officer
Unmesh Desai, Labour LAM
Around the world, racist and fascist organisations are growing. The rise of Islamophobia has included attacks such the massacre of 50 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand. In the week after that event, reported anti-Muslim hate crime rose by 600 percent.
The European parliamentary elections saw far-right individuals and parties standing across Britain and Europe. National Rally, which used to be the far-right National Front, topped the poll in France. Closer to home, councillors from the extremist BNP were elected in Redbridge in 2006 and served till 2010. One of those councillors has recently won a seat on Epping Forest District Council, after distributing anti-Muslim leaflets in his ward.
There has also been widespread concern recently about issues around asylum and migration, for example the treatment of the Windrush generation.
Redbridge is a multicultural borough has a proud history of resisting racism and fascism. This meeting seeks to build on this, bringing people together to organise against racism and the far right.