15 September 2016
A message from Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, Green Party immigration spokesperson, and local member:
People are drowning as they try to reach safety in Europe. Others are trapped, endangered and criminalised in appalling conditions in Calais, and every day vulnerable migrant children are going missing – it has to stop.
The UK is a generous, welcoming country. We know we have a moral duty – as well as responsibility under international law – to respond to the displacement of people around the globe.
But the Government is failing to fulfil its promises to help people in need. The number of refugees resettled here in the last year is pitiful – even compared to the low numbers promised. The processing of asylum applications is inexcusably slow – not least for children in Calais entitled to come to the UK.
Please join us and march in solidarity with refugees on 17th September. Let’s send a loud message to Theresa May and her Government that we will not accept this cruelty. We must offer sanctuary to people forced out of their homes by war and persecution – not turn them away from our shores.
What can you do?
The March will begin at 12.30pm from Park Lane. We're aiming to arrive a bit earlier to meet up with other Greens before we set off.
At the other end of the march there will be a rally between 3pm and 5pm at Parliament Square with music and speeches.
The march is a family-friendly event and will be accessible for all.
Let us know you're coming by RSVPing on the Greens Facebook event.
For tips on ensuring the day goes well, read travel and march advice here.
The march route is shown below:
Local members will be heading from Walthamstow Central, meeting up with Walthamstow Migrants Action Group (WMAG) outside Costa Coffee at the back entrance to Walthamstow Central station at 11.30am on Saturday to travel together to the demo.