Howler 17 soon out.

The new edition of the Howler will be out in a couple of weeks. There will be articles about Poplar Harca and the Chrisp St market campaign, an interview with a member of the Boleyn Development campaign and an article written by a supporter of Clapton Football Club, the Clapton Ultras.Here is the front page editorial.

Proudly East London

The current struggles in East London are part of a long tradition. We take pride in this tradition of solidarity, struggle and community. We remember the Match Girls Strike, the dockers’ and tailors’ strikes, all in 1889, the Wapping print strike in 1985, the squatting movement in the late 60s and early 1970s. We remember the Battle of Cable Street, Sylvia Pankhurst and the Women’s Suffrage Federation, Rudolf Rocker and the Worker’s Friend, the struggle against the National Front in the 1970s. We are reminded how East London Irish and Jews united to oppose the march of Mosley down Cable Street in 1936.

East London has been the birthplace of many progressive movements and inspired many books. For some writers East London means the Abyss, Darkest London, Outcast London, miles and miles of slums.  For us the traditions of struggle and community are what counts.

What also counts is the fact that East London has been a haven for people fleeing from persecution and massacre. Take the Huguenots, French Protestants who had to leave France after more than a million were slaughtered and who ended up in the East End. Take many Jews from Eastern Europe, forced to leave there after vicious massacres and persecution. These waves of immigration to the East End were followed by the settling of immigrants from Ireland, many of whom worked on the docks, and from Bangladesh and Somalia in the 20th century.

Being Proudly East London doesn’t mean we oppose new incomers to the area as long as they’re not rich yuppies or property developers who are attempting to destroy our communities and drive us out.  East London has a tradition of sheltering those fleeing from persecution and poverty, and it is one we also proudly celebrate.

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