One Day Without Us is a national day of action on 20th February 2017 in support of the EU citizens and immigrants from around the world who live, work and study in this country. We are a nationwide movement of ordinary people, and we are not affiliated to any political party or side of the Brexit debate.
As we were building up in Bristol, we have had already some meetings at Kino's basement, mostly organized by Marea Granate Bristol, but One Day Without Us Bristol is now a separate, broader movement.
Why are we having a day of action in Bristol?
Since the June referendum, immigrants living across the UK have come under enormous pressure. The police have reported a rise in hate crimes across the country. It seems like our newspapers and politicians keep finding new ways to stoke fear and hostility, even against children, but the men, women and children who come here from around the world are our doctors, nurses, carers, entrepreneurs, employees, co-workers, friends and family.
We feel that we cannot just stand by and allow this rise in hatred and intolerance to continue.
What are we going to do?
On 20th February 2017, we are inviting all immigrants to use part or all of the day to show how valuable they are, by taking time out from their normal activities. We want to demonstrate what immigrants give to British society, and how essential and valuable we are.
At the same time, we are asking UK-born citizens to support their friends and colleagues from around the world. We ask everyone to celebrate the many benefits that immigrants bring to this country. We want to show that Bristol is the tolerant and welcoming community that we know it to be.