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Screening of "This is England" to benefit Antifascist bail fund

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Event Type:
Finn Finneran
Location Details:
Station 40
3030B 16th Street (@Mission St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103

At San Francisco's May Day celebration assorted right-wing and neo-Nazi counter-demonstrators - including members of the Bay Area National "Anarchists" (BANA) - a white supremacist group who have attempted to hijack leftist and anarchist aesthetics and rhetoric to push their tribalist, racialist and anti-Semitic agenda - were present on the sidewalk in front of City Hall when the pro-immigration march arrived at Civic Center Plaza.

Demonstrators tried to minimize the Bay Area National Anarchist's (BANA) neo-Nazi presence, trying to both shout them down and block their signs so their hateful rhetoric would neither be seen or heard.

In the end, two antifascist activists, Dee and Kelsey, were arrested after members of BANA pulled weapons on the antifa and attempted to assault them. Showing their true colors, police rushed in to defend the neo-Nazis and arrest the antifascists.

Fellow antifascists and friends were able to raise and front funds in order to post bond for our two comrades, but most of this money was borrowed and must be repaid! We currently need to repay a $2,000 loan as well as begin payments to the bail bondsman for the last $2,000.

The best way to send donations is via Paypal to paypal [at] You can also send well-concealed cash or checks or money orders (please leave the "pay to" section blank) to:

Kelsey & Dee Support
3030b 16th street
San Francisco, CA 94103

But in the meantime, we're showing a great film as a benefit for him. It's called "This is England" and it's about a crew of skinhead kids in 1983.

We're going to ask for donations at the door, whatever you can give. Also, we're pulling together a very impressive raffle so bring your dollar bills. We'll make something yummy to eat too.

and now for the film synopsis:

It's 1983 and school is out for the summer.
This Is England, is the story of those long weeks between terms where life changing events can take place.
12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is an isolated lad growing up in a grim coastal town, whose father has died fighting in the Falklands war.
Over the course of the summer holiday he finds fresh male role models when those in the local skinhead scene take him in.. With his new friends Shaun discovers a world of parties, first love and the joys of Dr Marten boots.. It's at one of these parties that he meets Combo (Stephen Graham), an older, racist skinhead who has recently got out of prison.
As Combo’s gang harass the local ethnic minorities, the course is set for a rite of passage that will hurl Shaun from innocence to experience.


For more info on opposing BANA, visit:

For more information on the stupid "philosophy" that is National
Anarchism, visit:

For some background on anarchism, visit:
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