How we can fight nationalism, racism and fascism through alliances with the marginalised

Can we push back against Populism? Picture of Bolsonaro, Farage & Trump. Wednesday 1st June at 7.30 - 9.00PM

Fighting back against nationalism is the topic of an online discussion on Wednesday June 1 from 7.30pm to 9pm.

The event will explore how nationalism and populism can be countered by building alliances with marginalised groups such as women, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+, environmental groups and trades unions.

The meeting is the latest in Stroud District Green Party’s regular Cloud Café debates. Organiser Elizabeth Lee said: “Nationalism and populism often work by setting marginalised groups against each other. We need to identify what unites us, so that we can counter the negative force of pernicious politics.”

The speakers

Aurelien Mondon is senior lecturer in politics, languages and international studies at the University of Bath. His research focuses predominantly on the impact of racism and populism on liberal democracies, and the mainstreaming of far Right politics.

His first book, The Mainstreaming of the Extreme Right in France and Australia: A Populist Hegemony?, was published in 2013 and he recently co-edited After Charlie Hebdo: Terror, racism and free speechpublished with Zed. His latest book,Reactionary democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream, co-written with Aaron Winter, is out with Verso.

Molly Scott Cato is vice-chair of the European Movement, former Green MEP for the South West of England and former Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at the University of Roehampton. She is the national Green Party speaker on economy and finance. Molly has seen the growth in fascism in Europe close up and is disturbed by the way its methods are spreading in the UK. She will offer insights into what we are looking for and what we can do to counter it.

Following the presentations there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions or join the discussion.

The event is open to everyone and is free to attend but there will be the chance to make donations to Green Party funds.

Register here to join the event live, or to receive a link to a recording to watch another time.