March for England – they don’t march for us

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March for England 2013
(they are on the left-hand side – you may need a good magnifying glass)

Thousands of people from across Brighton are, yet again, ready to line the seafront on Sunday (27th April) to counter this year’s March for England. Attempting to bring their crude form of nationalism in the form of ‘Englishness’ to the city will be rag-bag assortment of racist thugs, Islamaphobes and homophobes.

The English Defence League and the BNP have been halted in their tracks across the country over the last year, so their Brighton ‘day out’ is likely to attract the sad rump of the far right splinter groups still left.

All their previous visits have been met with a united front of resistance from Brightonians from all parts of the city – workers, trade unionists, students, the LGBT community and people of faith and no-faith. This year must be no different, and after they have shuffled a couple of hundred metres along the seafront in a metal cage, with a police escort that easily outnumber them, they will be jeered off the streets and humiliated yet again. Then we can continue to enjoy our city and the diversity it offers – something March for England cannot understand. That’s why they hate us so much.

We are gathering at the bottom of West Street at 11.30 am to line the seafront route.Bring home-made placards & banners and whistles. For updates follow @stopmfe.

Let’s stand together and drown out their message of hate and let them know we want them to give up and not come back.

Brighton Unity Statement against the March for England 2014

ImageLast 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 brighton@uaf.org.uk

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

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

Nancy Platts, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven

Dr. Peter Kyle, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hove & Portslade

Purna Sen Labour parliamentary candidate, Brighton Pavilion

 Brighton Love Music Hate Racism

Phélim MacCafferty, Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide

Sussex Partnership Unison branch

Sussex LRC

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