Join the counter demonstration
27th April, meeting at 11.30am at the bottom of West Street.
Last year, around 1500 Brighton residents from different backgrounds came out in unity to show the racist MfE that they are not welcome in brighton. Below is a Unity Statement against the March For England signed by various Brighton groups and trade unions. We welcome support from all groups and individuals who want to sign up to the statement. To add your organisation just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton is a brilliant and vibrant city where many people of different cultures, backgrounds, abilities and faiths come together. It has a positive and unique character which its residents enjoy and embrace. Brighton people live here in the knowledge that they will be valued and that the things which make each individual different are celebrated here – not despised. We take great pleasure and pride in being surrounded by humanity in all its exciting diversity.
Because of this it is very saddening to discover that the far right group March for England, which is a division of the violent and racist organisation the English Defence League, is to march in Brighton (on April 27 2014). In previous years, participants in the March for England have made Nazi salutes and shouted homophobic, sexist and racist abuse at passers-by.
When groups like this come to Brighton it is because our multicultural city in all its diversity proves that their own doctrine of hate is wrong, and they want to damage our unity. That is why we stand together: black, white and Asian; people of all faiths and of no faith; trade unionists; people of different political persuasions; University, school and college students; people of all abilities; whatever our sexuality.
In Brighton we all stand together. And when someone tries to threaten our community we must stand together even more firmly and join the counter demonstration on 27th April, meeting at 11.30am at the bottom of West Street.
Caroline Lucas MP
Nancy Platts, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven
Brighton and Hove Unite Against Fascism
Stop the March for England
Brighton Trades Council
Brighton and Hove Unison
Brighton University UCU
Brighton and Hove NUT
University of Sussex Students Union
Brighton Love Music Hate Racism
Phélim MacCafferty, Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide
Sussex Partnership Unison branch
Councillor Warren Morgan, Labour and Co-operative Councillor for East Brighton, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group
Geoffrey Bowden, Green Party Councillor for Queen’s Park
Ruth Buckley, Green Party Councillor for Goldsmid
Lizzie Deane, Green Party Councillor for St Peter’s and North Laine
Ben Duncan, Green Party Councillor for Queen’s Park
Chris Hawtree, Green Party Parliamentary candidate Hove and Portslade
Rob Jarrett, Green Party Councillor for Goldsmid
Davy Jones, Green Party Parliamentary candidate Brighton Kemptown
Mike Jones, Green Party Councillor for Preston Park
Leo Littman, Green Party Councillor for Preston Park
Lisa Murray, Chair Brighton Hove Green Party
Phélim Mac Cafferty, Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide
Alex Phillips, Green Party Councillor for Goldsmid
Steph Powell, Green Party Councillor for Queen’s Park
Bill Randall, Green Party Councillor for Hanover and Elm Grove
Sven Rufus, Green Party Councillor for Hollingdean and Stanmer
Sue Shanks, Green Party Councillor for Withdean
Ollie Sykes, Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide
Liz Wakefield, Green Party Councillor for Hanover and Elm Grove
Pete West, Green Party Councillor for St Peter’s and North Laine
Dr. Peter Kyle, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hove & Portslade
Purna Sen Labour parliamentary candidate, Brighton Pavilion