Asian Youth Movement

Bradford 12: Self-Defence is No Offence

Bradford 12: Self-Defence is No Offence.

Anandi Ramamurthy's history of the Bradford 12 trial, in which twelve members of the United Black Youth League were arrested on conspiracy charges for preparing to defend their community from fascists. Ramamurthy places the trial in the context of the urban riots which swept Britain in the summer of 1981 as well as detailing the solidarity campaign, their bold legal defence and eventual acquittal.

Emerging conflicts in the Asian Youth Movements

United Black Youth League, Bradford.

Anandi Ramamurthy analyses the emerging divisions within the Asian Youth Movements around the issue of state funding. One faction opted to accept and was slowly absorbed into the functioning of the local state apparatus as individuals made careers for themselves in the Labour Party. Meanwhile, the other faction split off to form the United Black Youth League, opting instead for a more militant path.

Women and the Asian Youth Movements

Demonstration of the Anwar Ditta Defence Campaign.

Anandi Ramamurthy analyses the involvement of women within the Asian Youth Movements and how the groups engaged (or didn't) with issues of gender, sexism and women's liberation both within the organisation as well as in their activism.

Trade Unionism and the Asian Youth Movements

Asian Youth Movement poster in solidarity with the 1984-85 miners' strike.

A look at the engagement of Asian Youth Movement activists with workers' struggles and the British trade union movement.

Kala Tara: paper of the Asian Youth Movement Bradford

Group logo

Partial online archive of Kala Tara, the newspaper of the Bradford branch of the Asian Youth Movement in the 1970s and 80s.

Newham 8 Defence Campaign - Bulletin 1

Newham 8 Defence Campaign poster

A bulletin for the Newham 8 campaign giving the history and circumstances of the arrest of the men. Supporters are urged to raise awareness for the campaign writing letters, passing model resolutions, attending meetings, demonstrations and eventually the court picket at Snaresbrook. A national demonstration against racism on the 24th September is also publicised.

Self Defence is No Offence - The Bradford 12

Bradford 12

Newsletter produced by Leeds Other Paper and the Bradford 12 campaign shortly after they won their court battle, having been arrested for creating molotov cocktails for community self-defense against the National Front.

Kala Sho or Black Consciousness, April 1986

Newsletter of the Sheffield Asian Youth Movement, May 1986

Sharrow Action Bulletin - May 1989

March in Sheffield

Sharrow Action Committee Against Racism/Fascism's May 1989 bulletin, detailing racist attacks in Sheffield and community response, criticising the role of the police and council.

Kala Mazdoor - Issue 1

Come what may, we are here to stay

The Asian Youth Movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s involved thousands of young people in radical politics, focused on resistance to the National Front, the police, and deportations. This is issue 1 of the Sheffield Asian Youth Movement's paper, Kala Mazdoor.