80th Anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street – which inspired Red Cable Sunday
Red Cable Sunday takes it’s name from the battle of Cable street: Today is the 80th anniversary of the battle of cable street when Jewish & Irish communities came together with trade unionists and anti fascists to defeat the British Union of Fascists by stopping them marching through the Jewish community in East London – defeating the so-called ‘master race’. Unity defeated them when they wanted to be British counterparts to the Nazis. I used to work as an anti racist campaigner near cable street – unity always defeats fascism – which has recently utilised Islamophobia to whip up hatred – fascism remains as anti Semitic as ever. The example of Cable Street showed that united, fascism can be defeated – I’m proud to have worked with Unite Against Fascism in broad campaigns to reject the BNP and the EDL – the words of cable street : ‘they shall not pass’ are as relevant now as ever Read more about it on Unite Against Fascism’s website here Tracks I have written and produced take influence from being an anti-racist activist and inspiration from events like this. These tracks also have a 1930’s feel to them musically: Prelude to the Nocturne is about the beauty of darkness and light, whilst Love in the Metropolis is about the diversity of big cities, thanks in part to immigration. It is a homage to George Gershwin, whose music I love, but who also produced Porgy and Bess, in the midst of the same Great Depression Era, the first all Black cast in a Broadway show – it opens with ‘Summertime’, the most covered song in the world. Jewish and Black unity takes the world by storm! This shows the positivity of culture and communities working together instead of blaming each other in the midst of an economic crisis.
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