Thousand upon thousand of refugees will die horribly this year in their attempt to escape persecution and civil war (Up to 50 refugees dead in lorry in Austria, p37, Guardian, 29.08.15). Yet Britain is taking a smaller percentage of refugees than almost any other European country. Between 1933-1939, Britain, its population a mere 45m, accepted 70-80,000 refugees escaping Nazism (and that was not nearly enough).
We do not want to be compromised by this Government’s jingoism.
We do not want to be bystanders as thousands of people unnecessarily die.
Open the doors to those in the Calais jungle.
We demand of this Government that refugees should be welcome here.
Merilyn Moos, Secretary IUAF, in personal capacity,
Ruth Barnett, Writer and Holocaust speaker,
Dr. Louis Bayman, Uni of Southampton,
Pete Cannell, Secretary Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition , in personal capacity,
Janet Clarke, Community Governor Stoke Newington School in a personal capacity,
Sybil Cokc, Chair Tower Hamlets Solidarity campaign in personal capacity,
Keith Flett,Secretary of Haringey Trades Union Council,
Prof. Dr. Joern Janssen,
Richard Kirkwood, ex-secretary Islington TUC,
Dr Sebastian Kraemer,
Ken Montague, Member, People's Assembly Signatories Group, in a personal capacity,
Dr Dinah Murray, National Autism Project / 'NAP Strategy Board, in personal capacity,
Paul Mackney, former General Secretary NATFHE/UCU,
Peter Murry, Secretary green left,
David Renton, historian and barrister,
Sue Clegg, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Research Leeds Beckett University in a personal capacity,
Steve Cushion (Secretary), Gareth Jenkins, Ian Birchall, UCU London Retired Members,
Glyn Secker (Jews for Justice for Palestine),
Professor Sue Vice
Mica Nava, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies
Santé Refugee Mental Health Access Project