Major new UK campaign launches to reject vaccine passports, Digital ID & other forms of medical certification, #Together. When: Wednesday August 25th 3pm Where: Proud Galleries, 32 John Adam Street, WC2N 6BP.
Together will launch on Wednesday 25th August, at 3pm, bringing together a broad-based coalition of business leaders, campaign organisations, professionals and religious leaders from all walks of life, from many different backgrounds and from across the spectrum of mainstream political views.
We are working Together to defend the hard-won rights and freedoms of British citizens that are now being threatened via the introduction of digital ID & vaccine passports.
We are increasingly concerned about the effect the government response to Covid-19 is having on all our lives. We do not believe there is any justification for having to declare our health status to participate in normal life. Enormous damage will continue to be inflicted on our cultural sectors, communities, and everyday life if we continue down the road we are currently heading down. We have seen that the consequences of a panicked response and rushed legislation can be worse than the virus itself. After over 18 months of dealing with Covid-19, it has become clear that we are now facing a very different situation and that it is time to get back to normal.
Together has written a Declaration that sets out our thinking about why vaccine passports and digital ID are unnecessary and the impact it would have upon the lives and livelihoods of the people of the UK.
Laura Dodsworth author, State of Fear
Tonia Buxton broadcaster
Francis Hoar barrister
Alan Miller founder #OpenForAll,
Dan Astin Gregory founder, Pandemic Podcast
Dr Anthony Hinton NHS Consultant
Rev Jamie Franklin curate, Church of England
N.b If you are unable to attend in person, the event will be available to view & ask questions via live-stream. See contact details at the end of this release for further details & to request live link.
This is why over 200 groups, institutions and individuals have signed this letter and we are encouraging the public to sign the Together Declaration & support the campaign.
The campaign is backed by a wide range of people, including senior doctors, NHS staff, medical experts, mental health experts, religious leaders, legal professionals, entrepreneurs and business leaders, sporting stars, TV celebrities, bands and musicians, political leaders & campaign groups.
We can make change and demand our freedoms back but we have to do it #Together.
Speakers at the launch, quotes:
“Restricting access to venues and services on the basis of vaccination status crosses a Rubicon for the UK. This is the time to pause, to ensure we are certain of our values and remain a society that is open and inclusive for all. No convincing scientific case has been made for vaccine passports, and they would be discriminatory and divisive, and that is why I am signing the Together Declaration.” Laura Dodsworth – author, “State of Fear”
“A free society is one in which citizens go about their business without being asked for their papers, their identity or, critically, their medical status. Vaccine passports are not merely yet another disproportionate reaction to this virus, they are contrary to our way of life.” Francis Hoar – barrister, author of ‘In Protection of Freedom of Speech’
“The future for all of us in this country depends on a balanced response to Covid-19 and a proper public debate that ensures we pursue the best policies. That’s why I am a signatory of the Together Declaration to challenge the idea that we need to show health papers to engage in everyday life. It’s not necessary and not compatible with living in the UK.” Alan D Miller, #OpenForAll
“Together we say vaccine passports have no medical logic, are discriminatory and open to abuse by those in power”. Dr Anthony Hinton, Consultant Surgeon, with 30 years NHS experience
“I signed the Together Declaration because vaccine passports are not only an ineffective means of mitigating risk, they are a deeply discriminatory measure that will widen the divisions and inequalities that already exist within society.” Dan Astin Gregory, Pandemic Podcast
“I do not believe in segregation of any sort; I believe in freedom of choice. The hospitality & entertainment industries have been sacrificed on the altar of politics & this must stop. I am signing the Together Declaration as it is the only way we will see our society returned to its former freedoms”. Tonia Buxton, Broadcaster
“Vaccine passports are illogical, dangerous, divisive and discriminatory and have no place in churches or society more generally. And that’s why I’ve signed the Together Declaration“. Jamie Franklin, Church of England priest, co-signatory of 1800 petition
We the undersigned reject vaccine passports or any similar form of medical certification in the United Kingdom and invite you to add your voice to ours by signing this open letter.
We represent over 100 organisations, business groups, campaigners and professionals who have come together because we are gravely concerned about the prospect of vaccine passports in the United Kingdom.
In this country we enjoy many hard-won liberties and rights, all fought for and defended by our ancestors. These rights are not only fundamental to our understanding of democracy, they are rights we believe all humans deserve to have.
Some of us have been lucky enough to have these rights since birth, but others just like us have experienced the perils of segregation, suppression and surveillance first hand. It is a reality each of us would give anything to avoid.
However with vaccine passports in the picture and digital IDs under consideration, some of these hard-won rights are under threat.
This country has stood together and made incredible sacrifices throughout the Covid-19 crisis. What began with ‘Three weeks to flatten the curve’ turned into months of isolation with millions missing out on medical treatment, children deprived of education, businesses and livelihoods lost, families unable to visit elderly loved ones, and weddings, funerals and social gatherings restricted or cancelled.
The glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel – ‘15 million jabs to freedom’ to protect the most vulnerable- soon faded as the goalposts moved once again. When ‘Freedom Day’ finally arrived the announcement of vaccine passports meant that the prospect of returning to ‘normal’ once again slipped away.
We are human. We know this makes us seek safety over and above everything else. We seek it for ourselves, we seek to protect those we love, and we strive for a safe world for our children. Sometimes rules and restrictions can help us to feel safe, but we also know life is about balance and catching ourselves when we go too far into acting from fear.
The requirement to produce medical certifications at pubs, clubs, theatres, on public transport, at schools, universities, or anywhere else is unwarranted and risks deepening the inequalities already present within society.
We can already see from where these have been introduced elsewhere that they have led to perils a free society would wish to avoid – segregation, suppression and surveillance – being unable to dine together, long queues to enter venues, children unable to take exams or socialise together and the nightmare scenario of being denied access to healthcare.
Today it could be a covid passport to enter a pub, but what could it be tomorrow?
We want a free, fair and open society for ourselves, our friends and our families. We want to eat, work, dance, and pray together. We want our children to be able to play, learn and grow together.
This is the point where we must catch ourselves – where we recognise we are going too far by requiring medical certification to participate in normal life.
Now, it is our turn to protect the freedoms our ancestors sacrificed so much to protect – for ourselves, for our children and for our communities.
If you believe that now is the time to work together to help keep each other safe whilst also protecting the most important parts of democracy and normal life, then this is your opportunity to make your voice heard.
Please join us by signing below and let’s send the message of No Vaccine Passports Anywhere.
We can change this. Together.
(To view the signatories, view the website, launched Wednesday 25th August.)
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