Against a backdrop of anti-immigrant hysteria and the rise of a facist National Front in 1970s UK, the Rock Against Racism movement organised to fight back!
Join Green Party Co-Leader and Tāmaki Makaurau candidate Marama Davidson and Green Party Maungakiekie Candidate and Anti-Poverty organiser Ricardo Menéndez March for this special fundraiser which mixes anti-racist people power with punk rock!
At 6pm grab a drink and chat with Marama and Ricardo about grassroots-led solidarity movements and organising against racism and fascism before catching this rousing documentary at 6:30pm. A vital documentary in the contemporary climate where the fightback against racism and the far-right is more important than ever!
‘Blending fresh interviews with archive footage this energizing film documents a vital London protest movement. Rock Against Racism (RAR) was formed in 1976, during a hostile environment of anti-immigrant hysteria and National Front marches. As neo-Nazis recruited the nation's youth, RAR's multicultural punk and reggae gigs provided rallying points for resistance. As founder Red Saunders explains: 'We peeled away the Union Jack to reveal the swastika'. The campaign grew from Hoxton fanzine roots to 1978's huge concert in Victoria Park, featuring X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson and of course The Clash, whose rock star charisma and gale-force conviction took RAR's message to the masses.’
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