Their History is Our History
2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush ship to Britain from the Caribbean. The British Nationality Act 1948 gave British citizenship to all people living in Commonwealth countries. The people who arrived here in the 50s and 60s, after being invited by the British government, have become an intrinsic part of British society: paying taxes, rebuilding the country and making countless contributions to Britain and who we are as a culture.
Now, after decades living and working here, some members of the “Windrush Generation” are being threatened with deportation. The government’s hostile immigration policies, carelessness and culture of exclusivity and othering is having devastating effects: people have lost their jobs, lost their homes, their access to healthcare has been restricted, they have been separated from their families and have been caused huge amounts of emotional distress.
By purchasing one of our #WeAreAllWindrush campaign T-Shirts you are standing in solidarity with the Windrush Generation and standing up for the kind of society we believe in – one that is inclusive, diverse and celebrates all who are part of it. The Windrush Generation and their descendants must be celebrated for the richness they have brought to our lives and the fact that Britain is better for their contribution. Their history is our history.