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Peckham Pride 2017

A different kind of Pride march made its way through the south-east London district of Peckham this past Saturday. Organised by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, Movement for Justice and South East London Sisters Uncut, Peckham Pride formed a rallying call for solidarity between two notoriously persecuted groups — LGBTQIA+ people and migrants — and the community of Peckham, a frequent target of the UK Home Office’s immigration raids.

Following a community breakfast and placard-making session at Peckham Platform, demonstrators assembled in front of Peckham Library and then set off down Rye Lane. Along the way, speeches were given both by organisers and community members including a local shop-keeper who came out to address the crowd as it stopped outside his store. Speeches given by Rosemary from MFJ were particularly inspiring.

Unfortunately, a day that should have ended in celebration was dampened by news that a black man who had been driving down Rye Lane during the march had been arrested by Southwark police. While the police have not issued an official statement at the time of this writing, citizen reports suggest that his only crime was driving while black at an anti-racist march. Movement for Justice mobilised quickly and made their way to Walworth police station to stage a protest of the arrest with other community groups in tow. The protest lasted into the night.

The following photos were taken before and during the march through Peckham.

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 Two tenants on Rye Lane throw balloons and glitter as the march moves past their windows. The tenants also display a banner with the words ‘Queer and welcome here’ and a mock street sign (‘Bi Lane’ in place of ‘Rye Lane’).

Two tenants on Rye Lane throw balloons and glitter as the march moves past their windows. The tenants also display a banner with the words ‘Queer and welcome here’ and a mock street sign (‘Bi Lane’ in place of ‘Rye Lane’).

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 A view through one of several buses brought to a halt on Rye Lane.

A view through one of several buses brought to a halt on Rye Lane.

 Bus drivers smile, wave, and chat with demonstrators as the march makes its way past their vehicles.

Bus drivers smile, wave, and chat with demonstrators as the march makes its way past their vehicles.

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