Statement: Brighton Unity Against Racism

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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 next year. (April 2013)

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.

Supported by:

Brighton Trades Council

Brighton and Hove Unite Against Fascism

Brighton University UCU

Brighton and Hove NUT

University of Sussex Students Union

Sussex Labour Representation Committee.

Brighton Love Music Hate Racism

Caroline Lucas, Green MP Brighton Pavillion

 Itch – King Blues

James Ledward –editor Gscene.

Jason Kitkat, Green Party Councillor,  Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council

Ollie Sykes, Green Party Councillor, Brunswick and Adelaide Ward

Les Hamilton, Labour & Co-operative Councillor, South Portslade

Liz Wakefield, Green Party Councillor, Hanover & Elm Grove

Pete West, Green City Councillor for St Peter’s & North Laine Ward

Warren Morgan, Labour & Co-operative Councillor for East Brighton

Phélim Mac Cafferty, Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide

Alexandra Phillips, Green Councillor for Goldsmid ward

Rob Jarrett, Green Party Councillor for Goldsmid

Ian Davey, Green Party councillor for St Peter’s & North Laine

Simon Burgess, Labour,  former leader, Brighton and Hove council.


2 thoughts on “Statement: Brighton Unity Against Racism

  1. Does this mean there is going to be a unified call for a specific form of action on the day? If we really want a diverse and unified response, whatever we do has to be something that people feel safe turning out for. If it looks like it’s going to be a fight/shouting match, lots of people won’t come, even though they feel strongly about the issue. Is it possible to put out a call for people to line the route of the proposed march in silence, with backs turned to the EDL. I think this would give a really strong, clear and photogenic message.

  2. Thanks Dani and absolutely agree that important that everyone who opposes the racists feels able and safe to do so. We hope to have lots of trades unions and other groups involved who will want to have banners etc clearly visible to the marchers. Last year, a less passive opposition meant that the racists had to curtail their march and many people think that was very important. Much of what it is possible to do on the day will depend on the policing and we will be keeping everyone informed.

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