Exclusive: Sunderland charity shop used as a front for racists
posted by: Duncan Cahill | on: Saturday, 30 March 2013, 17:09
For some time Antifascists have been monitoring the activities of a group of EDL activists in Sunderland who have attached themselves to the charity Help For Heroes (H4H).
The pernicious group have made life a living hell for Muslims in the city and have launched a series of campaigns against a proposed Mosque in the Millfield area. The latest protest, today, attracted 80 EDL activists from across the country. Although the EDL is waning, the hatred and racism of its remaining adherents shows no sign of abating.
One of the lead figures in the group's organisation on Facebook has used the name "Angel Unites Patriots" to make a series of disgusting and derogatory postings about Muslims while claiming to be a representative of the charity which helps members of the armed forces, regardless of their race or religion.
"Angel Unites Patriots" has regularly made postings about her behaviour towards Muslims at her place of work. Early last week we managed to trace the shop in question. The shop is "Charity's Place" on Chester Road in Millfield. Describing customers as "Muzrats" and "Muzzies", the writer has also written how she would and has, refused to help Muslim customers in what she claims, is in her capacity as a representative of the charity H4H.
The charity Help For Heroes has confirmed that it has no shop in Sunderland and in fact has only one retail shop in whole of the UK, which is in Wales.
Last Monday we identified, with the help of local friends, "Angel Unites Patriots" as Pam Branningan. When we rang the shop on Tuesday afternoon, Brannigan confirmed that she was working for the charity. When confronted with the evidence we have proving that she is also known as "Angel Unites Patriots" a lead figure in the EDL in the city and the poster of racist and Islamophobic messages on facebook, Brannigan denied that she even had the internet at home and had never been on facebook in her life.
Told that she was being disingenuous, Brannigan said she did not know what that meant, either. When it was explained to her, she confirmed that she did have a facebook account, but that she had no connections with the EDL.
She also warned that her supposed 'employers', Help for Heroes, would sue us on her behalf for any story that we did write naming and exposing her.
When we presented our research to Help For Heroes they were horrified. They also confirmed that not only is the shop not in anyway connected to them, but Brannigan is not one of their registered collectors, either.
They kindly confirmed in writing that “Help for Heroes is strictly non-political and non-critical; we simply want to help. We never allow political groups to use our logo or to associate themselves with the charity and the activity in Sunderland is certainly not sanctioned or supported by the charity.”
Today the shop was filled with EDL supporters and closed early for the EDL demonstration. Brannigan was later spotted drinking with her EDL friends prior to the demonstration. She was later involved in an altercation.
This should now lead to a number of further investigations in to the activities of the far-right, including the BNP who also have used the H4H logos when campaigning and fundraising. We would also like to hear from anyone who has more information about what happened to the allegedy £3000 the EDL collected at its Preston demonstration in November 2010 and at prior and subsequent demonstrations where EDL personnel have collected money for Help For Heroes in buckets.
Posted: 30 Mar 2013 | There are 16 comments
Comment 1 | From: B31 Antifascist | Date: 9 April 2013, 07:50
I never noticed that, Milli Vanilli, it seems besides razors and jackboots, they also have Equity cards.
Comment 2 | From: MilliVanilli | Date: 4 April 2013, 18:50
That pic of Brannigan with 'Eddie Stampton' is actually the same guy that she's pictured with later, this John Riley guy. You can tell by his crooked nose.
Comment 3 | From: B31 Antifascist (again) | Date: 31 March 2013, 18:09
Harry - as a footnote to my previous comment I am as much anti-social networking as anti-fascism, racism and homophobia as social networks are the biggest Trojan horses around for hatred. (musical reference: 'This Year's Thing' by Chumbawamba). Take the EDL and al-Muhajiroun's Farcebooks off them and they would indeed be screwed as they depend so much on it.
Comment 4 | From: B31 Antifascist (again) | Date: 31 March 2013, 17:57
Harry S - If I see a webpage full of vile, sick racism and at the top of that page is the Facebook/Guardian/Sun/BBC logo then it is as much Facebook/Guardian/Sun/BBC that are to blame for that racism than the racists themselves. No amount of liberal disclaimers can cover that up. I know that if I had my own 'social network' thingummydoodle, I certainly would not allow any racism on it and if I felt that racists were infiltrating it beyond my control, I'd just pull the plug and close the thing down responsibly. As for your point on religion, I'm a humanist so the organised religions can say what they like as far as I'm concerned but it's not up to me to push my own humanism down any citizens' throats...that would indeed be bigotry. The trouble with modern selfish society is that we talk/tweet/rant too much and not listen enough. John Lennon would indeed be turning in his grave.....
Comment 5 | From: Natasha | Date: 31 March 2013, 17:14
The state on them. Dont know what they think of this world. But it would be peaceful if they stop branding every muslim as a terrorist. Muslims arent going around calling every white person paedophiles, because majority paeodophiles are white - as far as I know. What harm is a mosque to them? They want a pub or club that will bring in rowdy youngsters, and fights? EDL is a manmade illiterate bunch of hooligans. They need to be educated properly. They are chavs that have grown up and been mislead. Rant over!! Disgusting saying they support H4H when they dont.
Comment 6 | From: Harry Stottle | Date: 31 March 2013, 16:42
@B31 Antifascist - I don't see how Facebook and other social media sites are to blame for allowing disseminating such views - well, not any more than the telephone companies and the Royal Mail. It's like blaming religion for intolerance when it's some of the believers who are the problem.
Comment 7 | From: Daniel | Date: 31 March 2013, 10:14
Argh, I bought a few books here the other week, being a former soldier I was very happy that the Money was going to Help for Heroes. Now, im not so happy.
Comment 8 | From: B31 Antifascist | Date: 31 March 2013, 09:54
Harry - Mr.Mark Zuckerberg is as much to blame as the fascist who posted the smoke bomb recipe, as it is HIS 'social networking' medium that is being used to peddle this vile filth. There are still people who believe the world was a better place without Farcebook and Twatter, and if the righteous Guardian readers don't like it.....
Comment 9 | From: B31 Antifascist | Date: 31 March 2013, 09:26
Yes, well done HnH. So, what are Help for Heroes going to do about these nazis acting in the plausible name of their charity then?? They have to act.
Comment 10 | From: David | Date: 31 March 2013, 07:30
I hope this information has been passed to the Police as its sickening and every person that has clicked like or commented should be charged. I wonder if any of their employers know? If indeed they have jobs.
Comment 11 | From: B31 Antifascist (again) | Date: 31 March 2013, 16:39
No money from there will be helping any 'heroes' Daniel. Only subversives.
Comment 12 | From: Pat | Date: 31 March 2013, 03:10
Brannigan and Riley look so racially superior.....not!
Comment 13 | From: Chris White | Date: 31 March 2013, 00:10
Remind me who the dangerous terrorists are again...
Comment 14 | From: chris | Date: 30 March 2013, 20:39
I hope council close the shop down and she and her fellow idiot get arrested for inciting hatred and as for the cocktail recipe being put on the Internet he should get 10 years just for that......no the wonder there is so much hatred in the world with morons like these 2 ..........and the recipe should be taken off the net imediately
Comment 15 | From: Harry | Date: 30 March 2013, 17:48
How come this guy can post stuff about making molotov cocktails and other pyrotechnics online, but a lady who shouts "Blood on your hands" to David Cameron gets prosecuted and fined in court? Well done for outing this Nazi "charity shop" by the way.
Comment 16 | From: cloudy | Date: 28 May 2013, 08:41
May I ask what has happened since March? Were the police informed? Has the shop closed down?
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