‘‘Piratin was the East Ender whose organising abilities brought 100,000 Londoners on to the streets in the Battle of Cable Street in 1936 and stopped Mosley's Fascists from marching through Whitechapel.’’ (George Matthew 1995)
Communist Phil Piratin played a leading role in protecting Jewish people living in the area and in organizing the people who stopped Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists marching through the East End. Piratin was a leading figure in the Stepney Tenants Defence League and organization tenants living in bad houses in a fight to get repairs done and rents reduced.
‘‘Tens of thousands of working class men and women had organized themselves for common struggle. Committees were formed, and hundreds of people who had never been on a committee and had no experience of organization or politics learned those things, and learned them well. Outstanding were the women. Every feminist claim was proved right. They were more enthusiastic, and hence more reliable. It was the women who did most of the picketing.’’ (Phil Piratin)