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National Windrush Monument, unveiled at Waterloo Station, June 22nd 2022. A symbol of a new era if recognition of the history of Windrush & a new foundation from which to build a vision of a shared past, present and future @75Windrush…
Special Occasion: The Times editorial today supports the @75Windrush call for action for the 75th anniversary year made by a broad civic coalition on the Times letters page on #WindrushDay yesterday
New arrival: a child reaches out to the young girl depicted on the National Windrush Monument. Photograph by @JavierGarciaBPI on today's Guardian front-page.
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Watching Lenny Henry's #caribbeanbritain on BBC 2. "What does integration really mean?" What does it mean to fit in? How much of my culture has Britain absorbed?, he asks. #WindrushDay
Edric Connor's Manchester United Calypso for the 1957 FA Cup final ImageImageImage
Manchester United Calypso (1957)
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Floella Benjamin: in future, people will say "meet me by the Windrush Monument". This permanent place of reflection and celebration shows how the history of the Windrush generation and their descendants is now recognised as an important part of British history #WindrushDay
"You called and we came". This poem by Laura Serrant was read at the unveiling of the Windrush Monument, reflecting on the links between the Windrush generation and the history of the NHS, with both 75 anniversaries marked next year @75Windrush…
The pioneering contribution of the late Sam King honoured today. A Windrush passenger, he co-founded the Windrush Foundation & campaigned for #WindrushDay from marking the 40th anniversary in 1988.

This 2013 picture in Windrush Square (renamed in 1998 for the 50th anniversary)
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The Government's plan to scrap the #HumanRightsAct and replace it with the #RightsRemovalBill is an unthinkable attack on each one of our rights to be treated fairly & with dignity and respect. 🧵
On #WindrushDay, it is an attack on Vernon Vanriel and Eunice Tumi. Vernon travelled to Jamaica and was denied re-entry into the UK, facing destitution as a result. Arguing that their human rights were breached, they were subsequently granted citizenship.…
It is an attack on people like Mr. and Mrs. Driscoll, whose council allocated Mr. Driscoll a spot in a care home, but not Mrs. Driscoll. They made arguments on the basis of their right to family life, and were eventually placed together in the same home.…
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1. For #WindrushDay I'm going to share the story of Zaffar Mirza, a 56 year old Pakistani man who was lawfully living with his family in Edinburgh until one day he lost his passport and became a victim of the #HostileEnvironment, two years before the #Windrush scandal broke.
2. In 1967, aged 8, Mr Mirza moved from Pakistan to London with his family. He had a difficult youth, and spent some time in local authority care and juvenile detention before moving to Scotland aged 17. There, he met and married a British woman, Mrs Begum, one year later.
3. Together they raised a family. All of their children were British. He chose not to apply for British citizenship himself, always viewing his status in the UK as secure. After all, his Pakistani passport contained a 1970s stamp which clearly stated he had indefinite leave.
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On #WindrushDay, we call on the @ukhomeoffice to immediately suspend #HostileEnvironment policies that prevent migrants in vulnerable circumstances from accessing public services - and to implement the recommendations of the Windrush Lessons Learned Review. 1/4
Our report #AnUnsafeDistance found that migrants continue to avoid hospitals for fear of overseas visitor charging & NHS data sharing.

This is despite #COVID19 testing & treatment being made exempt. 2/4
"Hostile environment policies have eroded trust in healthcare services to such a degree that even if the message of COVID-19 charging exemptions reaches asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, it is not sufficient reassurance for some." 3/4
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Today is June 22nd, Windrush Day

"WELCOME HOME!" was the Evening Standard headline, as the paper sent a plane to greet the Windrush in 1948. That headline was because a third of the 400 Windrush passengers were RAF servicemen from the Caribbean, returning to Britain post-war
My friend @pvernon has done a tremendous amount over the years to establish Windrush Day. We worked with him to coordinate the 2013 call from a civic & faith coalition, inc Windrush passengers, for government to recognise Windrush Day as an annual event.…
We talk of Windrush as the beginning of post-war immigration. That 1948 headline captures why it is better understood as also a new chapter in the longer history of Empire & Commonwealth, service & contribution which made Britain the country we are today…
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