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TRIBUTE TO JO COX | Join the Centenary Refugee Rally


TRIBUTE TO JO COX | Join the Centenary Refugee Rally

Featuring keynote speaker Lord Alf Dubs, child refugee campaigner and himself a wartime refugee.

When: 6:30pm, Friday 24 June
Where: Rushmere Pond, Wimbledon Common

jo cox**In light of the tragic news of the death of Jo Cox MP we have decided to hold our centenary rally as a tribute to Jo Cox. **


Just over 100 years ago, on 17 October 1914, hundreds of residents attended a meeting on Wimbledon Common called by the Wimbledon and Merton Refugee Fund.

Its purpose was to help Belgian refugees fleeing their country at the start of World War 1.

Without passionate campaigners like Jo Cox,

Come and show how much Merton residents still care about refugees 100 years on from the original rally!


Alf Dubs
Just over 100 years ago a meeting was called on Wimbledon Common by the Wimbledon and Merton Refugee Fund to organise support for Belgian refugees fleeing from German invasion. As a result 473 refugees were offered support and accommodation in the borough.
100 years later we want to repeat this rally in order to call for support for refugees today. We have invited Lord Dubs to address us. He was a child refugee himself whose life was saved by the Kindertransport initiative. He will be able to tell us about his amendment that will compel our government to accept unaccompanied children.
Bring picnic, a blanket and your friends and neighbours


The weather forecast is good for tomorrow but there is a chance that the ground might be wet. Please can you bring plastic bags, camping chairs, blankets etc to sit on. We only have a small platform so we will need people to sit.
It would be great if someone could bring a camping chair for Lord Dubs to sit on as he is coming by public transport (and maybe even a flask of tea for him?) – Any volunteers?
If you have offered to act as a steward could you turn up from 5pm to help us set up. It would be great if you could bring clipboard and pens. I will bring some high vis vest.
We are looking for a couple of people to help us carry speakers from the car at around 5pm. Please let me know if you can help. if there are a few of us it will be a quick job.
Please feel free to bring pictures, flowers tributes etc  to place in front of the platform or wave in the air but we will have to ask you to take them back with you as we have no place to leave them permanently.
If you are from an organisation that would like to ask us to something to build Jo’s legacy please contact me ASAP so we can arrange to get your request shared. It would be good to get them added to the list of things people can pledge to do.
Children and young people are especially welcome so please do bring them along if you can.
Finally, almost exactly 100 years ago Merton residents stood up up against xenophobia to reach out the hand of friendship to refugees fleeing their homes. In the memory of Jo Cox let’s do that again tomorrow. Let’s make our rally a massive demonstration of love and solidarity with Jo Cox and her remarkable family and build her a legacy we can be proud of.