Southend UNISON members join the Basildon Pride March – A Response To Hate on Saturday 15th September

Photograph of Southend UNISON members on the Basildon mini-Pride March.
Southend UNISON members on the Basildon mini-Pride March.

Southend UNISON members joined over 200 people for the Basildon Pride March at the weekend. The march was called at short notice in response to an anti-homosexual group which has been ‘preaching hate’ outside Basildon’s LGBT club, Colors, as well as distributing homophobic leaflets in the area.

For more info. about the event read Charles Thomson’s article: Basildon Pride parade, sparked by recent ‘homophobic’ incidents, set to become annual event

Basildon Pride March in pictures.

REGISTER for your FREE TICKETS to the BASILDON mini-PRIDE After Party in Colors!

Announcement graphic showing a rainbow flag overlaid with text reading: "BASILDON mini-PRIDE."

REGISTER for your FREE TICKETS to the BASILDON mini-PRIDE celebrations in Colors on Saturday 15th September after the march!

REGISTER HERE

Due to the venue having a limited capacity entry will be by TICKET ONLY. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult!

For more information visit the BASILDON mini-PRIDE Facebook page and to make a donation please visit the event’s Crowdfunding page.

UPDATE: BASILDON PRIDE MARCH – Meet outside Toys R Us, Basildon at 11:30am on Saturday 15th September

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Join us and support the BASILDON PRIDE MARCH – A RESPONSE TO HATE.

EVERYONE WELCOME!

Meet outside Toys R Us, Basildon at 11:30am on Saturday 15th September

We will then be proudly marching to Colors Nightclub for food and entertainment.

Southend UNISON will be meeting at Southend Central train station at 10.45am, to catch the 11.03am train to Basildon.

For further information contact Sam Adams (LGBT+ Support Officer) at the branch office: unison@southend.gov.uk 01702 215 980

Join the BASILDON mini-PRIDE MARCH – A RESPONSE TO HATE – Saturday 15th September

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Homes across Basildon and surrounding areas have recently been targeted with homophobic leaflets. Xpand Christianity produces these ‘offensive’ leaflets which are being distributed by an anti-homosexual group who are regularly ‘preaching hate’ outside Colors, a gay nightclub in Basildon.

Basildon mini-Pride March has been organised in response, and Southend UNISON LGBT+ Group will be attending, alongside Southend Pride, Transpire and many other community groups.

All UNISON members and allies are urged to come along and support this event and show that there is no place for hate in our society.

More details to follow soon…


Related Articles:

Basildon councillor files second ‘anti-gay hate crime’ police report in two weeks, as preachers set up stall outside Colors nightclub

Essex Police probes ‘offensive’ leaflet drop in Basildon, as Christian group which produced it claims, ‘Sodomites and lesbians are coming for us.’

Call for Southend UNISON members to attend national conferences – accommodation, travel and subsistence costs will be covered!

Announcement graphic reading: "CALL FOR BLACK MEMBERS; DISABLED MEMBERS; LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER MEMBERS; AND WOMEN MEMBERS TO ATTENDED NATIONAL CONFERENCES."

Dear Member,

UNISON holds national conferences each year for our members who identify with a particular self-organised group (SOG). This is one way of organising around equality that helps bring together certain underrepresented groups. These groups are Black members; Disabled members; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members; and Women members who experience particular types of prejudice and discrimination, issues and concerns. Each SOG has their own annual conference – please see conference dates and venues below.

Southend UNISON is looking to send members as delegates (or visitors) to these conferences and will cover accommodation, travel and subsistence costs.

UNISON recognises that society is not a level playing field and one of UNISON’s main aims is to help workers fight for fairness and equality in the workplace and beyond. Challenging discrimination and winning equality is at the heart of UNISON – these conferences enable branches to submit motions in advance and bring together members from across the country to collectively organise and debate important issues that affect them.

With continued unprecedented funding attacks on the public sector affecting underrepresented groups more than others, as well as a rise in anti-immigration, Islamophobia and racism – organising around equality and challenging discrimination has never been more important.

It is up to us all to fight against these attacks, however these self-organised conferences are an opportunity for delegates to discuss the issues directly facing them by debating motions and their action points that support the right to equality for all. Each conference will decide on motions to be sent to the National Delegate Conference.

Southend UNISON supports delegates to attend to act as a voice for this branch where appropriate, but also to keep this branch informed of the debates and issues raised so that we can collectively look at what we can do more of to improve equality within our workplaces.

If you identify with any of the self-organised groups above and are passionate about furthering the equalities agenda across this UNISON branch workplaces, and would like to be more engaged with the branch around equalities issues or indeed more generally please contact us and let us know which conference you might be interested in attending.

We look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Claire Wormald
Branch Secretary


Conference Dates and Venues

Disabled Members’ Conference 2018
Dates: 27 – 29 October 2018
Venues: The Brighton Centre, Kings Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2GR
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report

LGBT+ Conference 2018
Dates: 16 – 18 November 2018
Venues: Harrogate International Centre, King’s Road, Harrogate HG1 5LA
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report

Black Members’ Conference 2019
Dates: 18 – 20 January 2019
Venues: Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 1BB
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report – Available Soon

Women’s Conference 2019
Dates: 14 – 16 February 2019
Venues: Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH
Conference Preliminary Agenda Report – Available Soon

Southend Pride’s Amazing Parade & Festival 2018 | #SouthendPride

Photograph of UNISON stall at Southend Pride Festival at Warrior Square Gardens.

On Saturday 21 July, UNISON members joined hundreds of people on the Southend Pride Parade – the culmination of a range of fantastic events throughout the week to celebrate the LGBT+ community.

The parade gathered at Royal Plaza and was opened by Southend Pride organiser, Dan Turpin, UNISON Southend-on-Sea Secretary, Claire Wormald, and the Mayor of Southend, Councillor Derek Jarvis.

After these speeches and a workout with Active Life everyone proudly marched up the High Street to the Festival in Warrior Square Gardens, and then on to an After Party at The Cliff Pub.

Southend Pride in pictures:

“SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR: DONALD TRUMP’S NOT WELCOME HERE”

Photograph of Baby Trump Blimp and placard reading: DUCK OFF DONALD

On Friday 13 July, UNISON members joined hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets in Southend-on-Sea, London and towns and cities across the country to stand up against Donald Trump’s visit and values – a dangerous man that represents bigotry, hatred, misogyny and racism – and threatens both our environment and international peace.

What we saw was a day of celebration, noise and action. A day of joy, love, solidarity and resistance as we stood together in celebration of the diverse communities which make up our great country.

TOGETHER WE SAID IT LOUD, SAID IT CLEAR: DONALD TRUMP’S NOT WELCOME HERE!

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march on Friday 13th July.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march on Friday 13th July.

SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP videos.

Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) talks about the importance of standing up against Donald Trump’s visit and values.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and protestors at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march.

Protester Tony Groves talks about his own Baby Trump at the SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march.


SOUTHEND-ON-SEA AGAINST TRUMP march, BRING THE NOISE Women’s March and TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP National Demonstration in pictures.

Southend Pride starts today!

Photograph of Pride Flag raised at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to celebrate the start of Southend Pride. (13.07.18)
Pride Flag raised at the Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to celebrate the start of Southend Pride. (13.07.18)

The first events of Southend Pride start today – TRANSPIRE SOCIAL & OPENING PARTY – visit southendpride.org.uk for details … an exciting week ahead! ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

Photograph by Michael Sargood, Senior Media Relations Advisor, SBC

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Southend NHS campaigners join the huge Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration on Saturday 30th June

Photograph of UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration' on Saturday 30th June.
UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Our Southend NHS campaigners at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration’ on Saturday 30th June.

UNISON Southend-on-Sea members and Save Southend NHS campaigners join the huge Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration on Saturday 30th June in London.

We stopped outside Downing Street demanding Theresa May’s resignation en route to a rally where we were greeted by the National Health Singers choir singing “the NHS needs saving, don’t let them break it”.

Photograph of Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) addressing protestors at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration' on Saturday 30th June.
Claire Wormald (Secretary, UNISON Southend-on-Sea) addressing protestors at the ‘Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration’ on Saturday 30th June.

Doctors, nurses, union leaders, actors and politicians including Jeremy Corbyn addressed around 40,000 people – demanding an end to government cuts and further privatisation of the health service, for staff to no longer be subcontracted to private companies and for social care to be properly funded.

Photograph of Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party) addressing 'Our NHS is 70' rally at Westminster, London. (30 June 2018)
Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party) addressing ‘Our NHS is 70’ rally at Westminster, London. (30 June 2018)

Our NHS is 70 Celebration & Demonstration in pictures.