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Unite Against Fascism / Rock Against Racism

ADMINISTRATIVE/BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY: The papers consist of material produced by four organisations/event, namely Unite Against Fascism, Rock Against Racism, Love Music Hate Racism, and the Anti-Nazi League. 

Unite Against Fascism

Unite Against Fascism is an anti-fascist pressure group in the United Kingdom. UAF was established in 2003 following the electoral successes of the British National Party, beginning as a coalition that included the Anti-Nazi League, the National Assembly Against Racism, the Trades Union Congress, Unite – the Union, and UNISON.
UAF aims to raise awareness nationally of the potential affects to the UK and British society if fascist and far right groups (including the British National Party and the English Defence League), gain seats in local, national and European elections.

Rock Against Racism

Rock Against Racism (RAR) was a campaign set up in 1976 by Red Saunders, Roger Huddle and others, including the Anti Nazi League, as a response to an increase in racial conflict and the growth of white nationalist groups such as the National Front. The campaign involved musicians from a range of genres playing at concerts with an anti-racist theme with the aim of discourage young people from embracing racism.

Love Music Hate Racism

Love Music Hate Racism is a music-orientated campaign established in 2002 by the Anti Nazi League and Unite Against Fascism in response to the perceived increase in support for the far right and the British National Party.

The campaign involves concerts aimed at communicating an anti-racist message. It follows in the tradition of the 1970s Rock Against Racism campaign, which also involved the Anti-Nazi League.

Anti-Nazi League

The Anti-Nazi League (ANL) was established in 1977 on the initiative of the Socialist Workers Party (with sponsorship from some trade unions) to oppose the rise of far-right groups in the UK. It was brought to a close in 1981, but re-launched in 1992. In 2003 it merged with Unite Against Fascism.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: Papers of the Unite Against Fascism and Rock Against Racism (c.2008-2010), including: leaflets, pamphlets and other campaign and promotional materials produced by Unite Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism, Rock Against Racism, the Anti-Nazi League and the British National Party, 1994-2014; Management and organisational papers of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR), 2003-2010; Finance records of Unite Against Fascism, Love Music Hate Racism, and the Anti-Nazi League, 2008-2010; and papers of the Anti-Nazi League (ANL), including: campaign and communication papers, press cuttings, papers and correspondence regrading a visit to Auschwitz, and photographs of a visit to Auschwitz, 1976-1995.

QUANTITY: 6 boxes and oversized posters