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Unprecedented coalition unites against the far Right

Issue 325
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Riyale No Longer President After 15 May

Inflammatory Remarks By Public Works Minister May Alienate Significant Portion Of Voters

NEC Deputy Chairman Says ‘Government Meddling In Commission Affairs’

Range Resources Misleading Information To Its Shareholders

Somaliland Local Government Re-organisation through Presidential Decrees in an Election Year

Somaliland Keen To Host US Base, Hopeful On Oil

Somaliland: Transitional Government Is A ‘Mirage’

HOW CAN ODM ALLOW PNU, A PARTY THAT LOST ELECTIONS, DRAG IT IN THE MUD?

Confusion surrounds French anti-piracy operation off Somalia coast

Wearisome Time for the Emerging Nation of Somaliland

US General Says No Plans for Africa Command HQ in Africa

Regional Affairs

TGS-NOPEC completion of aeromagnetic data & 2D seismic survey of offshore Somaliland

French Troops Seize Somali Pirates After Hostages Are Freed

Djibouti Hunts For Abuse Suspects

Editorial
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Blatter Gives Corrupt Official Clemency

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Unprecedented coalition unites against the far Right

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Movie Of Somali Mother’s Struggle Comes To Minneapolis

Ethiopia: Djibouti Port Congested

US Shamed By Mandela Terror Link

Government & Organized Crime, A History of Co-existence

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The U.S. Military's Assassination Problem

Greed, Guns And Paranoia

Intimate Glimpses Into Somali Culture

Food for thought

Opinions

As Election Approaches, Demonization Of KULMIYE Party Gains Momentum

Somaliland Tranquility Put At Risk By Own President

How Distant is SLNEC from UDUB

ONLF 101

Somaliland Needs A Political Revolution

Somalia: Revisits the Purpose of War


London, 8 April 2008 - Operation Black Vote (OBV) today joined forces with leading faith groups including The Muslim Council of Britain, Board of Deputies of British Jews, leading Church Groups and rising Rap sensation Bashy to unite against the threat from far Right political groups.

This unprecedented coalition launched a 100-foot billboard poster across the Capital that warns of the critical danger from the far Right at the upcoming elections.  The poster reads as follows:

If you don’t vote, they win. In the London Elections, Every Vote Counts.

The poster is designed in a Banksy style design, with a hard hitting image.

OBVs research indicates that far Right groups such as the BNP could win up to two Assembly seats in this London election, giving them the balance of power in City Hall. If turnout is low, far Right groups could gain political ground under the proportional representation voting system. We estimate that if 50,000 more Black Londoners vote than in the last London elections along with other communities the far Right could be defeated.

Simon Woolley, OBV director said:  ‘We in the Black community don’t have the luxury not to vote. Our enemies are blatant racists, masquerading as democrats. Our task is urgent but simple: we register to vote by the 16 th April and vote on the 1 st May. These actions will be a fitting tribute to the death of Dr Martin Luther King, 40 years this month.’

Ken Livingstone, Labour Mayoral candidate said:

“If the BNP got a platform in London, it would be hugely damaging for the economy and London’s diverse community”  

Boris Johnson, Conservative Mayoral candidate said:

“Get out and vote to keep the racists out. We reject totally the idea of extremist politics”

Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate said:

“Getting everybody registered to vote for one of the mainstream parties is crucial to keep the extremists out”  

Notes to the editor:

<!--[if !supportLists]--> 1.     <!--[endif]--> Operation Black Vote is a non-party political campaign.

2    The term ‘Black’ is a political term. It refers to African, Asian, Caribbean and other ethnic minorities.

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Best Regards

Faizal Hakim | Project Co-ordinator | Voter Registration | Operation Black Vote |  London | E2 9PB |

Source: www.obv.org.uk

 


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