Brighton’s Beautiful Anti-Fascist Day

 

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A big thank you to all the thousands of people who came out onto the streets of Brighton on Sunday 21st April to show their opposition to  March for England in so many different ways. Stopmfe will post up and blog out a full account the day and would like to hear about your experiences. Please email stopmfe@ymail.com and let us know your story. Nothing will be published without your permission, of course. Meanwhile thanks to the person who created this alternative picture postcard of Brighton’s Beautiful Anti-Fascist Day.

ThomasPaine In front of Brighton’s ‘doughnut’ (which is in fact a depiction of the world), Stopmfe activist upholds the words of free thinker, eighteenth century revolutionary and local man, Thomas Paine.

“My country is the world, and my religion to do good.”

Thomas Paine’s humanitairism found its way onto one of the many home made placards placards held high when local people gathered together to turn back the right wing nationalist and racist March for England.

“March for Humanity, not for England.”

Lets do it again. See you at 11 am Sunday 21st April. Meet at Brighton Pier to line the route.

 

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Brighton embraces but we draw the line at racists

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As Brighton prepares for the return March for England on Sunday 21 April, local supporters of Stopmfe (Stop March for England) have been riding high on Brighton’s Eye with a message for these English fascists. “Brighton embraces but we draw the line at racists”. Stopmfe has borrowed this message from one of many home-made placards held up last year when March for England tried to parade through the city . Thousands lined the streets in celebration of community spirit against hatred and division.

 

Amy Wilder, a Stopmfe spokesperson, comments on the racism of March for England:

 

“Well, they don’t hide their Islamophobia because they think forms of religious hatred are acceptable whereas everyone knows that racism that discriminates on colour, on variations of skin tone, are not. So they try to not to speak about colour but they and their language are racist nevertheless. Islamophobia is a racism. It’s discrimination against a religious identity, against a people’s culture. It’s part of a fascist package of prejudice.”

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Meet near Brighton Pier to line the route of the March

We will be meeting near the entrance to Brighton Pier at 11am on Sunday the 21st April, to line the route of the March for England. We hope you will join us and the hundreds of others coming to show we reject their racism and hatred. The March itself is supposed to be starting at 12 from the Big Wheel on Madeira Drive, going west along the A259 seafront road a short distance and then going back again.

See you there!

Banner on the Beach: a message to the March for England

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NO FASCISM Never Again!

A group of local artists, human rights activists and anti-racist campaigners created a banner on the beach with stones sculpted into the words: NO Fascism: Never Again!

Amy Wilder, a local anti-fascist who works with Stop March for England (Stopmfe) said:

“We know that March for England, due back in Brighton on Sunday 21 April, is going to try to parade their prejudice in our city again but our landmarks should not be used by English Defence League or other racist or fascist groups as the backdrop for their hatred. This is our message written on the beach.”

Sarah Abbott, a local artist, explains why she helped create the Banner on the Beach:

“Brighton is known for its freedom and tolerance. What it stands for deserves defending. It’s a place where people live alongside one another without judging each other’s lifestyles or beliefs. Participating in public art projects like this, getting out into public spaces, having our say, has helped create our amazing community. We are an affront to all those far right racists who live off prejudice. I hope they get the message. The don’t belong here and they shouldn’t belong anywhere”