National Assembly Against Racism

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The National Assembly Against Racism (NAAR) was a British anti-racist and anti-fascist group.[1]

NAAR was a predominantly black-led national anti-racist grouping, formed after the acrimonious collapse the Anti-Racist Alliance. It first met on 4 February 1995, when it launched the Anti-Racist Charter for the New Millennium, endorsed by Bill Morris of the Transport and General Workers Union and Labour MPs Diane Abbott and Keith Vaz.[2]

Lee Jasper, race relations adviser to Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, was NAAR's chair. Socialist Action played a key role within it.[3] NAAR's student arm was Student Assembly Against Racism, organised in 1995.[4]

By 2003, its co-chairs were black Labour MP Diane Abbott and councillor Kumar Murshid, a close ally of Livingstone.[5] It had active local groups in Birmingham, Coventry, Lewisham, Manchester and Sheffield.[6]

NAAR merged into the Socialist Workers Party (UK)-led Unite Against Fascism (UAF) in 2003,[7] Jasper joining UAF's first steering committee and NAAR's Sabby Dhalu acting as joint secretary with SWP/ANL's Weyman Bennett.[8]

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  1. ^ Stefano Fella; Carlo Ruzza (24 December 2012). Anti-Racist Movements in the EU: Between Europeanisation and National Trajectories. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 67-68. ISBN 978-0-230-29090-7. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Peter Barberis; John McHugh; Mike Tyldesley (26 July 2005). Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations: Parties, Groups and Movements of the 20th Century. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-8264-5814-8. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Martin Bright "Secret sect giving PSC mask of respectability" Jewish Chronicle 19 September 2009
  4. ^ Peter Barberis; John McHugh; Mike Tyldesley (26 July 2005). Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations: Parties, Groups and Movements of the 20th Century. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-8264-5814-8. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Nigel Copsey Anti-Fascism in Britain
  6. ^ Nigel Copsey Anti-Fascism in Britain
  7. ^ Stefano Fella; Carlo Ruzza (24 December 2012). Anti-Racist Movements in the EU: Between Europeanisation and National Trajectories. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 67-68. ISBN 978-0-230-29090-7. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Unite Against Fascism: Powerful forces are coming together in a new coalition called Unite Against Fascism to confront the threat of the British National Party" Socialist Worker

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