Skinhead Poetry 1971

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Stepney Words was a collection of poems by Stepney schoolkids aged between 11 and 15. It’s publication in 1971 led to the teacher who put it together being fired and and over 500 kids going on strike and marching to Trafalgar Square to demand his reinstatement.

North London And East London

East London lives only for violence,
And Jack the Ripper started its reputation.
As they walk through the streets of Stepney
In uniforms,
Levi jeans, boots, Crombies, Ben Shermans –
The skinheads, smart but hard
Walk in twos and threes
But never alone,
There here there there there everywhere.
When I reach King’s Cross
I’m in a different world.
Still skinheads, but not so hard and many –
There’s more trees and space.
When I reach Highgate, I’m out, out completely.
Another school day has ended,
Another nightmare vanished
Till tomorrow,
Then I die again.

Peter Kett

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Hooliganism

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Screw Skrewdriver

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A few weeks ago members of NFAAF came across Skrewdriver records being sold at a shop in the Stables in Camden.

Skrewdriver took Oi punk, a genre of music which evolved from the mash up of cultures that was Ska, and used it to spread their white supremacist bullshit through the punk scene.

This was conveyed to the shop assistant who initially attempted to make excuses, declaring one of the records in question was ‘before they became racist’, but then agreed to get the manager to stop selling the records.

The shop was re-visited and on finding that the records remained it was made clear that if fascist propaganda was not removed then our crew would come down in number to ensure that it was.

Fascist tourists continue to visit Camden. We will confront both them in our streets and in shops such as this – that de-value this area’s…

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Wounded British soldier shuts up anti-Muslim racists with epic message

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Chris Herbert was serving in Iraq when his right leg was blown off by a roadside bomb.
Here’s what he has to say about anti-Muslim racism:

Getting frustrated by some people expecting racism from me, because I got blown up. Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg.

A Muslim man also lost his arm that day wearing a British Uniform.
A Muslim medic was in the helicopter that took me from the field
A Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life
A Muslim Nurse was part of the team that helped me when I returned to the UK
A Muslim Healthcare Assistant was part of the team that sorted out my day to day needs in rehabilitation when I was learning to walk
A Muslim taxi driver gave me a free ride the first time I went for a beer with my Dad after…

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Fascists Humiliated in York

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Statement from antifascist comrades on their successful counter-demo in York yesterday:

“Today, Saturday 28th Nov, fascists were humiliated in York by strong opposition from across the Left, with our local antifascist activists fulfilling a key role. Antifascists occupied the planned site of the fascist protest, at the Railway Worker’s War Memorial, and were swiftly joined by other groups. Despite police interference attempting to disrupt our actions and clear the site for fascist use, we stood firm and held the memorial for the whole afternoon. Despite boasting a supposed 3,000 supporters online, the fascists were barely able to muster a dozen bodies and were quickly thinned by the light rain. This ragged band of racists were handily outnumbered by our strong counter-demo, which saw them matched 5:1. Spirits in the antifascist camp were kept high with chants of “there are many, many, more of us than you” and “get those nazis…

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Refugees Welcome: Nottingham, 28/11/15

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Poster for the Nottingham comrades (done using Photoshop 7).

I’ve started mucking about with graphics again (since knocking it on the head at college). If you want owt doing, email us, and I’ll see what I can do.

There’s some other stuff I’ve done here.

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(Poem): The Easier Thing to Do Right Now is Blame Muslims/Migrants for Everything

Muslims have been around for thousands

of years

but all of a sudden the world’s

problems

lie solely with them

 

“CLOSE THE BORDERS

AND DEPORT THEM!”

– even if they were born here

(it’s never enough

for some).

 

Remember Hitler?

He blamed the Jews;

anyone queer

or living in a caravan

 

now it’s anyone with a beard/

burka;

anyone who’s brown

or slightly “European”.

 

2015

and still hearing the same

old

racist

shite.

 

Nothing’s changed:

 

people die

for their colours

or blow themselves

up

in the name of their

God.

 

The world is at war

while the rich count

their notes

and decide which minority

to pick on next

 

– it’s the easiest way to divert the blame

 

while they’re out stealing

land

or training up terrorists.

 

Not to mention

screwing over the disabled

 

(but no one ever talks about that).

 

2013-12-14

Poetry.

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