|Donald Trump’s presidency is turning out to be every bit as dangerous and divisive as we feared. The rhetoric of his campaign and his early executive orders have sparked a wave of fear and hatred. Those who are often already marginalised and discriminated against – especially Muslims and migrants – have been particular targets for Trump.
Trump directly threatens steps towards tackling climate change, fighting discrimination, inequality, peace and disarmament. At the very moment when the world needs more solidarity, more cooperation and a greater commitment to justice, he proposes to build walls and wants to turn us against each other.
We are dismayed and shocked by the attempt of the British government to normalise Trump’s agenda. People in Britain never voted for this. It is our duty as citizens to speak out. We oppose this state visit to the UK and commit ourselves to one of the biggest demonstrations in British history, to make very clear to our government, and to the world, that this is not in our name.
Owen Jones, Brian Eno, Lily Allen, Dan Howell @DanIsNotOnFire, Frankie Boyle, Akala, Omid Djalili, Paloma Faith, Olly Alexander, Caitlin Moran, Paul Mason, Shappi Khorsandi, Gary Younge, Bianca Jagger Council of Europe goodwill ambassador, Mhairi Black MP, Clive Lewis MP, Caroline Lucas MP, David Lammy MP, Leanne Wood Leader, Plaid Cymru, Hywel Williams MP, Rushanara Ali MP, Shabana Mahmood MP, Ed Miliband MP, Tim Farron MP, Tulip Siddiq MP, Claude Moraes MEP, Frances O’Grady TUC general secretary, Dave Prentis Unison general secretary, Tim Roache GMB general secretary, Matt Wrack FBU general secretary, Mick Cash RMT general secretary, Malia Bouattia NUS president, Michelle Stanistreet NUJ general secretary, Kevin Courtney NUT general secretary, Sally Hunt UCU general secretary, Manuel Cortes TSSA general secretary, Christine Blower President, European Trade Union Comittee for Education, Paul Mackney Former UCU general secretary, Asad Rehman Friends of the Earth, Nick Dearden Global Justice Now, Kate Hudson CND, Luke Cooper Another Europe is Possible, Hilary Wainwright Red Pepper, Mohammed Ateek Syria Solidarity Campaign, Bruce Kent Pax Christi, Andrew Burgin Left Unity, Marina Prentoulis Syriza (UK), Sirio Canós Donnay Podemos (London), Michael Chessum Campaigner and journalist, Andrea Pisauro Sinistra Ecologia Libertà, Nicolo Milanese European Alternatives, Prof Mary Kaldor, Salma Yaqoob, Neal Lawson Compass, Talha Ahmed Muslim Council of Britain, Michael Collins Right to Remain, Adam Klug Momentum, Emma Rees Momentum, Zoe Gardner Refugee rights campaigner, Fizza Qureshi Migrants Rights Network, Salman Shaheen Journalist, Gracie Mae Bradley Against Borders for Children, Jerome Phelps Detention Action
• We write to impress upon Theresa May and her government our opposition to US President Donald Trump being accorded a state visit or any official visit to this country. The US population has suffered more than a decade and a half of a fall in incomes, but billionaire Trump offers no solution to this problem.
Racism, sexism, misogyny, Islamophobia, antisemitism, homophobia, war mongering, climate change denial or policies designed to boost the wealth of the already super-rich should not be rewarded or celebrated in this country.
Trump is, as the president of the richest and most powerful nation on earth, uniquely placed to do good or ill. His first week in office has shown beyond doubt that he intends the latter.
Most people in Britain want no part of it. They do not expect our government to condone or celebrate such policies or the values that stand behind them. That is why we say no Trump in Britain.
Kate Osamor MP, Dave Ward CWU general secretary, Mark Serwotka PCS general secretary, Steve Turner Unite the Union assistant general secretary, Francesca Martinez Comedian and writer, Rabbi Lee Wax, Ken Loach, Dr Shahzad Amin CEO, MEND, Lindsey German Convener, Stop the War Coalition, Kerry Abel Chair, Abortion Rights, Mohammed Kozbar Muslim Association of Britain, Andrew Murray Unite the Union chief of staff, Ian Hodson Bakers’, Food & Allied Workers Union national president, Alex Kenny NUT executive member, Sabby Dhalu Stand Up to Racism, John Rees People’s Assembly Against Austerity, Weyman Bennett Stand up to Racism, Dr Abdullah Faliq Chair, Muslim Voices, Zara Mohammed Federation of Student Islamic Societies
• As healthcare workers in the NHS, our pledge to do no harm obliges us to speak up about the jeopardy British people will face under the current transatlantic appeasement spectacle.
Within hours of entering the Oval Office, Donald Trump signed a raft of divisive orders which will put lives at risk. The most worrying include a ban on the entrance of citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries into the US, shockingly including Syrian refugees fleeing war, and the removal of 20 million citizens’ access to healthcare.
Theresa May has not responded to these actions by distancing Britain from such policies; having earlier flown out to be the first foreign leader to meet the new president, she has not condemned the immigration ban, and despite her claims at prime minister’s questions, appears happy to accelerate the fragmentation and sale of NHS services to US markets.
Meanwhile at home, the NHS is pushed further into a desperate humanitarian crisis with people dying on hospital trolleys and nurses’ pay reduced by 14% since 2010 – yet apparently NHS spending will be cut further. We demand strong opposition to harmful actions against vulnerable people, which includes protection of our NHS from a Trump-style corporate takeover. Join us in our national demonstration in London on 4 March – see ournhs.info
Dr Aislinn Macklin-Doherty Cancer specialist trainee, Prof Allyson Pollock Director of Institute of Health and Society, Prof Wendy Savage Consultant gynaecologist, Jacqueline Berry ITU nurse, Prof Raymond Tallis Emeritus professor of geriatric medicine, Dr Mona Kamal Psychiatric consultant, Dr Jacky Davis Consultant radiologist, BMA council, Danielle Tiplady Staff nurse, Dr Louise Irvine GP, Dr Jackie Applebee GP, Mr Chidi Ejimofo Consultant in emergency medicine, Dr Kambiz Boomla GP, Dr David Wrigley GP, Caroline Smith Children’s community physiotherapist, Dr Keith Venables Retired principal psychologist, Dr Tony O’Sullivan Retired consultant paediatrician, Dr Deborah Colvin GP, Dr Nadia Masood Anaesthetics registrar, Dr Sarah Gangoli Former haematology doctor, flight instructor, Dr Keith Gomez Consultant haematologist, Mr Rishi Dhir Orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Coral Jones GP, Dr Moosa Qureshi Haematology trainee, Dr Vicky Ho Consultant community paediatrician, Dr Fionna Martin Specialist registrar, medicine for older people, Dr Kumudini Gomez Consultant paediatrician, Dr Bob Gill GP, David Bailey Staff nurse, Maria Gilroy Senior site nurse practitioner, Dr Helen Groom GP, Dr Niki Fitzgerald Medical doctor, Dr Thabo Miller Paediatric trainee, Dr Taryn Youngstein Rheumatology specialist trainee, Dr Anna Livingstone GP, Dr Ron Singer Retired GP, Dr Sarah Hallett Paediatric specialty doctor, Dr Wendy Geraghty Lead clinical psychologist, Dr Jack Czauderna Retired GP, Dr John Puntis Consultant paediatrician, Dr Julia Zollner Obstetrics and gynaecology registrar, Dr Gary Marlowe GP, Jane Wilson Family psychotherapist, Ms Gay Lee Palliative care nurse, Dr SJ Warren Retired consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, Gavin Robinson Counsellor, Dr Lucy Brett-Taylor Clinical Psychologist, Eugenie Douglas Functional family therapist, Saya Morton Trainee clinical psychologist, Suzie Lemmey Trainee clinical psychologist, Dr Ozioma Obi Neonatal doctor, John Lincoln Community mental health team manager, Dr Omer Moghraby Consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr Ankush Dhariwal Haematology registrar