Join calls to celebrate Windrush Day every year

Join calls to celebrate Windrush Day every year

    1. Petition by

      Windrush Day Matters

Please sign this petition to join us (names listed below) to support the call to celebrate Windrush Day every year on 22nd June.

Windrush Day is an opportunity to give thanks for the positive contributions made by those who have come from overseas to Britain to our common home.

All of us – whether we are immigrants ourselves, the children and grandchildren of immigrants, or able to trace our family histories back to much earlier arrivals to Britain – have a responsibility to uphold a positive vision of multi-ethnic and multi-faith Britain as a shared society which is welcoming, just and fair to all.

Many aspects of British society today would be unrecognisable without the contributions which immigration and integration have made to our society over the generations: from the NHS to the monarchy, our language and literature, our culture and food, even the Olympic team that we cheered together last year.

It was therefore fitting that Danny Boyle’s Olympic opening ceremony featured the Windrush’s arrival as part of its popular account of how our history has shaped the country that we are today.

The 65th anniversary of the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks is a chance to reach across our many different ethnic, faith and family heritages, to reject prejudice and intolerance, and to shape a fair and inclusive future that we all want to share. This and every year, Windrush Day should be an inclusive celebration of the Britain that we are proud to call home.

For more information: please contact Patrick Vernon at Every Generation patrick@everygeneration.co.uk

British Future is a new independent, non-partisan thinktank seeking to involve people in an open conversation, which addresses people’s hopes and fears about identity and integration, migration and opportunity, so that we feel confident about Britain’s Future

SUPPORTERS OF WINDRUSH DAY:

Arthur Torrington CBE, Windrush Foundation

Sam King MBE, 1948 Windrush passenger

Patrick Vernon OBE, founder of 100 Great Black Britons

Revd. Sivakumar Rajagopalan London Baptist Association

Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future

Zadie Smith, Author

Malorie Blackman OBE, Children’s Laureate

Doreen Lawrence OBE

Diane Abbott MP

Gavin Barwell MP

Kris Hopkins MP

Dame Tessa Jowell MP

Sadiq Khan MP

David Lammy MP

Sarah Teather MP

Paul Uppal MP

Lord Victor Adebowale CBE

Baroness Elizabeth Berridge

Lord Alf Dubs

Baroness Oona King

Lord Herman Ouseley

Syed Kamall MEP

Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Playwright

Lemn Sissay MBE, Author

Hardeep Singh Kohli

Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE, Chief Executive, Kids Company

John Akomfrah OBE, Film director

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey OBE, Deputy Editor of Granta

Rosie Bairwal, National Co-ordinator, Catholic Association for Racial Justice

Dr Rob Berkeley, Director, The Runnymede Trust

Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Ian Birrell, The Independent and former speechwriter for David Cameron

Julian Bond, Director, Christian Muslim Forum

Mihir Bose

Zrinka Bralo, Executive Director, Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum

Margaret Busby OBE, Publisher

Sokari Douglas Camp CBE

Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford, Historian

Ila Chandavarkar, Development Coordinator, MENTER

Karen Chouhan, Director, Equanomics

Anthony Clavane, sportswriter and author

Colette Corkhurst, Equality Officer Unite

Jeremy Crook OBE, Black Training & Enterprise Group

Felix Cross MBE, Artistic Director, Nitro Theatre Company

Luke Daniels, President of Caribbean Labour Solidarity

Richard Dowden, Director, The Royal African Society

Don Flynn, Director, Migrant Rights Network

Dr Robert Ford, University of Manchester

Bob Foster, Founder of Windrush Nurses and Beyond Foundation

Lord Anthony Gifford QC

Ram Gidoomal CBE, Chairman, South Asian Development Partnership

Sharon Grant, Secretary, The Bernie Grant Trust

Bonnie Greer OBE, Chancellor, Kingston University

Andy Gregg, Chief Executive, ROTA

Prof Stuart Hall, Professor Emeritus, Open University

Zita Holbourne, National Co-chair BARAC UK & PCS NEC

Lady Hollick OBE

Lester Holloway, Liberal Democrats Race Equality Taskforce

Sunny Hundal, editor, Liberal Conspiracy website

Revd. Wale Hudson-Roberts, Racial Justice Group, Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Rev Dr Michael N Jagessar, Moderator, Assembly of the United Reformed Church

Kamaljeet Jandu, National Officer GMB

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Venerable Danny Kajumba, Archdeacon of Reigate, Chair of the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns

Jackie Kay MBE, Author

Omar Khan, Chairman, Bradford Bulls RLFC

Ratna Lachman, Director, JUST West Yorkshire

Michelle Lawrence, Director, Link Up (UK) & the Great British Community

John Mayford, Director, OLMEC

Roger McKenzie OBE, Assistant General Secretary UNISON

Mia Morris OBE, Founder, Black History Month

Dr Susheila Nasta MBE FRAS

Maajid Nawaz, Co-founder and Chairman, Quilliam Foundation

Dr Alastair Niven LVO, OBE

Ms Lara Oyedele, Chair, BMENational

Dave Pendleton, curator, Bantams Past, Bradford City FC

Hugh Quarshie, Actor

Paulette Randall, Associate Director of the Olympics opening ceremony

Paul Reid, Director of Black Cultural Archives

Barbara Roche, Chair of Migration Museum

Sheila Rowbotham, Historian and writer

George Ruddock, Editor, The Voice Newspaper

Neena Samota, Coalition for Racial Justice (UK)

Marika Sherwood, historian, The Black and Asian Studies Association

Julie Siddiqi, Executive Director, Islamic Society of Britain

Dr Maria Sobolewska, University of Manchester

Dr Shirley J. Thompson, Composer

Daniel Trilling, New Statesman

Rudolph Walker OBE, Actor

Chris Whitwell, Director, Friends, Families and Travellers

Verna Wilkins, Author

Ansel Wong, Executive Director, Hansib Publications

Simon Woolley, Director, Operation Black Vote

Maurice Wren, Chief Executive, Refugee Council

Shirley McGreal, Publisher, Keep The Faith

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    News

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    2. Windrush celebrated: 65 years marked with call for Windrush Day

      BBC Radio Regional Network

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01bvbwl

      BBC Radio Bristol - UK Black, Windrush celebrated: 65 years marked with call for Windrush Day

      Christian contribution of Windrush passengers is celebrated to mark 65th anniversary.

    3. Join calls to celebrate Windrush Day every year! … Petition by Windrush Day

      Join calls to celebrate Windrush Day every year! ... Petition by Windrush Day Matters

      Join calls to celebrate Windrush Day every year! Petition by Windrush Day Matters Please sign this petition to join us (names listed below) to support the call to celebrate Windrush Day every year on 22nd June. Windrush Day is an opportunity to give thanks for the positive contributions made by those who have come from overseas to Britain to our common home.

    4. Call for annual 'Windrush Day' to celebrate migration launched

      Call for annual 'Windrush Day' to celebrate migration launched

      A group of people prominent in public life has issued a call for the 22 June to be celebrated each year as 'Windrush Day'. This date this year marked the 65th anniversary of the docking of the MV Empire Windrush in Tilbury, bringing over one of the early contingents of people who wered destined to form the backbone of the Caribbean community in the UK.

    5. Campaign for Windrush Day

      Campaign for Windrush Day

      A campaign for a national day to celebrate the contributions of those who have come from overseas to Britain is gathering pace. An alliance of organisations and individuals is calling for the institution of an annual Windrush Day on 22 June, as an opportunity to give thanks for the positive contributions made by black, Asian and other minority communities to this nation.

    6. Reached 4,000 signatures
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    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. The birth of modern multicultural Britain

      The birth of modern multicultural Britain

      Windrush - 65 years on The Empire Windrush Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images The passengers (including one stowaway) were the first large group of West Indian immigrants to the UK after the Second World War. The 65th anniversary of the event will be marked in the capital this weekend with celebrations; including a river cruise and a special Caribbean themed reception.

    10. Prime Minister pays tribute to Windrush generation

      Prime Minister David Cameron's statement on Windrush Day

      https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-pays-tribute-to-windrush-generation

      Prime Minister pays tribute to Windrush generation

      The arrival of the Windrush on 22 June 1948 is widely considered the landmark of mass migration to Britain and to celebrate the anniversary there will be a number of events across the country.

    11. Windrush 65th

      Windrush supplement in this week's Voice newspaper

      http://www.voice-online.co.uk/supplement/windrush-65th

      Windrush 65th | The Voice Online

      On May 27, 1948 the Empire Windrush sailed from Jamaica for Trinidad before setting its sights on England. On June 22, the West Indians landed and became the people who changed a nation. This is a must read feature for all who want to understand the black and Asian experience in the United Kingdom.

    12. Windrush Day ‘an opportunity to give thanks’

      Windrush Day 'an opportunity to give thanks'

      In a letter to The Times (paywall link), nearly 100 individuals and organisations have called Windrush Day an opportunity to give thanks for the positive contribution to Britain of modern immigrations and integration.

    13. Windrush jubilee

      Windrush jubilee

      Many aspects of British society today would be unrecognisable without the contributions which immigration and integration have made Sir, Windrush Day - June 22 - is an opportunity to give thanks for the positive contributions made by those who have come from overseas to Britain.

    14. Reached 25 signatures
    15. Letter to The Times newspaper (published)

      Letter to The Times, reproduced on British Future website

      http://www.britishfuture.org/tag/windrush/

    16. Windrush Day: time for a public holiday to celebrate

      Windrush Day: a fitting way to celebrate our immigrant population

      Isn't it time we had a public holiday to celebrate the contributions of black, Asian and other minority communities to Britain over the last 60 years? The call for a Windrush Day emulates a long-running US campaign for a public holiday recognising ­diversity and cultural identity, with Martin Luther King, Jr Day finally becoming a reality in 1986.

    17. Windrush Day: a fitting way to celebrate our immigrant population

      Windrush Day: a fitting way to celebrate our immigrant population

      Isn't it time we had a public holiday to celebrate the contributions of black, Asian and other minority communities to Britain over the last 60 years? The call for a Windrush Day emulates a long-running US campaign for a public holiday recognising ­diversity and cultural identity, with Martin Luther King, Jr Day finally becoming a reality in 1986.

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    Reasons for signing

    • will robson NOTTINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      No celebration days why not start with this one

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    • Jagir Singh BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      I would like to support this partition and would like to know the truth about Blue star 1984.

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    • Judith Ricketts photographer BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 months ago

      I am product of brave people who travelled to this an unknown country, I am very keen to mark this event in time. Good luck with your campaign, happy to help in any way I can.

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    • Daniel Blyden BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      My grandparents came as part of the mass migration from the Caribbean. They have both passed on but I see this as important to preserve the legacy of their contributions.

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    • Naomi Palmer-Buchanan BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      To celebrate the impact of these migrant from the Caribbean and the legacy they have left us. Their inspiration and determination despite the challenges of racism, low income, marginalised, etc

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