Last Saturday Feminist Brighton hosted a day of action outside the Duke of Yorks cinema, highlighting the effects of the Government’s spending cuts on Women. We gathered signatures for the Fawcett Society’s ‘Life Raft for Women’s Equality’, a call to David Cameron to take immediate steps to prevent turning back time on women’s equality. While in London the Fawcett Society were marching on Embankment in London, down in Brighton we were holding a tea party and inviting passers-by to enjoy a cuppa and cake, and have a chat about the cuts and what we can do to resist them.
It was a beautiful day for an outdoor tea party and stall. We got 244 signatures on the petition, and raised £83 for the Fawcett society. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the generous donations of cake we received, and members of Feminist Brighton, Brighton and Hove Women Against the Cuts and Squeamish Bikini, who gave up a few hours on Saturday to serve teas, wash-up and collect the signatures on the petition. A huge thank you is due to Georgio and everyone at Mediterraneo café who provided us with hot water throughout the event, and to Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium for lending us their gorgeous flower display for the afternoon. We also want to thank Unison for funding the hire of urn and industrial teapots (!), the Duke of Yorks and also Featherbees for supplying cold water for cordials! The fantastic ‘Don’t Turn Back Time on Equality’ badges we sold on the day were designed by Sarah Clark.
We would also like to thank Cllr Pete West for coming to support the event, and to Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion for coming along, drinking tea and taking part in an interview for radio reverb.
It is as important now as ever to keep up the momentum and continue the fight back against the cuts. Feminist Brighton will be continuing to look at ways that we can develop a local resistance to the way that the cuts are having an affect on women in Brighton & Hove. Come to our next meeting on the 13th December, from 7-9pm at the Friends Meeting House, to find out about how you can get involved.