Bristol 4 Grenfell Silent March on Wednesday 14th MarchPosted on: 10 Mar 2018
A silent march in Bristol in support of the residents of London’s Grenfell estate will be taking place on Wednesday 14th March from 5-7pm.
There will also be a Grenfell Heart and Banner Making workshop down at the Malcolm X Community Centre on Monday 12th March from 6-8pm, before the march on Wednesday.
The event on 14th of March will rally at the Water Fountains on Anchor road, Bristol at 5pm and will feature local speakers, before setting off at 6pm on a silent procession led by 71 people – each carrying a placard bearing the photo of one of the people that died in the tragedy. This will be followed by a minute’s silence and speeches in St Pauls with a guest speaker from Justice4Grenfell.
Bristol4Grenfell are organising to march, supported by the Justice For Grenfell campaign and Bristol People's Assembly, in solidarity with the residents of London’s Grenfell estate, whose fight for justice continues more than eight months after the fire that killed 71 people.
Since the tragedy on 14 June 17, the Grenfell community has held monthly silent marches near the Kensington site to demand fair treatment from the council – whose response has been widely criticised as entirely inadequate. As of now, hundreds of survivors from the tower and the immediate buildings are still stranded in temporary accommodation, despite promises to fast-track them into new homes.
On the 14th February 2018, the first Grenfell solidarity protest outside the capital took place in central Manchester – in tandem with the London march, and Bristol will add its voice of solidarity with the March walk.
According to Kensington and Chelsea Council, 248 households continue to reside in their homes on the Lancaster West estate, of which the tower is part, while 66 households are in emergency hotel accommodation.
Joe Delaney, a Grenfell survivor claims, “People have no trust in Kensington Borough Council. The police recovery teams are still working next to my flat and the council still hasn’t shown evidence that the building is fire-safe, eight months on”. This safety issue is bigger than Grenfell though. This is a national issue – there are blocks across the country still with unsafe cladding and where it has been removed residents are freezing. The protection for tenants in this country is appalling and no matter which party is in government, little seems to change. Safety should not be considered as an undue burden. How dare they?”
Bristol, let our silence be heard and show Grenfell we care. No Justice, no Peace!
Justice For Grenfell campaign
Fire Brigades Union Avon branch
Unite Union South West
PCS Union South West
CWU Union Bristol & amal branch
Bristol Cut the Rent (student group)
Weston-Super-Mare Labour Party
Bristol People's Assembly
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