Southall: A Town Under Siege looks at Southall, one of the major post World War Two Asian centres inFrom the Institute of Race Relations website:
, and focuses on how this community organised to resist racist and fascist attacks between 1976 and 1981. Southall's militancy had been initiated by community organisations of the 1950s, created to help Black workers combat racism at the workplace as well as to deal with discrimination in the community. And as state racism increased - into areas of immigration control and virginity testing, the 'bussing' of schoolchildren, 'overcrowding notices' in housing, harassment by the police - the community fashioned and forged new weapons of struggle. It was during one of this community's historic moments of defending itself against organised fascists and police humiliation that the young New Zealander, teacher and anti-racist, Blair Peach, was killed 1979. [from TUC poster] Britain
"21 May 2009
A screening of two IRR films charting Black people's struggles for justice in Ladbroke Grove and Southall.
- Thursday 21 May 2009, 7-10pm
- Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
- From you were black, you were out shows community resistance and the emergence of a number of 'Black Power' organisations in 1950s Ladbroke Grove.
- A town under siege focuses on how Southall organised to resist racist and fascist attacks between 1976 and 1981.
- David Clover - Librarian, Institute of Commonwealth Studies
More information about the films here where you can also download a copy of booklet which accompanies the Struggles for Black Community DVD