4 February 2017
Exeter Greens will reiterate a 'refugees are welcome' message when Green
Party Deputy leader, Amelia Womack , visits Exeter this Friday. Ms Womack
has long championed refugee rights and last year visited refugees in the
'jungle camp' in Calais . During her visit to Exeter she will visit City
of Sanctuary  to hear about how the organisation helps create a welcome
and safe environment for asylum seekers and refugees in the city. Later in
the day she will take part in a debate at the university on climate change.
The visit comes at the end of a week of angry reactions to Donald Trump's
ban on refugees to the US and Prime Minister Theresa May's lukewarm
condemnation of it. A national petition launched at the beginning of the
week, and strongly supported by Exeter Green Party, calls on the government
to bar Donald Trump from making an official State visit to the UK . The
petition has so far received over 4300 signatures in Exeter, more than any
other part of the South West outside Bristol and Bath; nationally the
petition is on its way to two million signatures. There was also a
demonstration of some 700 people in Bedford Square against Donald Trump's
'Muslim ban' ; one of many demonstrations across the country and across
the world. Commenting on the visit by Amelia Womack to Exeter, Diana Moore,
Green Party candidate for St David's and Haven Banks, said:
"Amelia Womack has devoted much time and energy into highlighting the plight
of refugees and asylum seekers and challenging the policies that seek to
block them receiving the support they are legally entitled too.
"This week's huge protest has again shown that Exeter is a warm and
compassionate city and refuses to tolerate Trump's bigotry. Thousands have
signed a petition calling for this most racist and divisive of Presidents to
be barred from an official State visit to the UK".
Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party, said:
"Over the last few weeks we've seen hundreds of thousands of people take to
our streets in the UK to stand against bigotry, racism and misogyny. With so
many people protesting in Exeter I hope to highlight how people can work in
their communities to support people here in the UK."
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