Woman’s Place UK is disappointed that, despite complete openness with Friends Meeting House Brighton, that they have cancelled our booking with them. This has happened just 5 days before our meeting takes place.
We object to the characterisation of our meetings in their statement and to their characterisation of previous events, which have not been the cause of acrimony and discord.
Films of speakers from our other meetings are publicly available on our YouTube channel.
When we were told they had been contacted by objectors, we offered to attend the meeting to discuss their concerns but this was not permitted by FMH Brighton; neither were we invited to attend a separate meeting to respond to the concerns put to them. We understand that the objectors would not have met with FMH Brighton if we had been included.
We feel this bodes very poorly for the aspiration of their efforts to arrange mediated meetings in future, since they were unable to do so beforehand, but we wish them well in this venture.
In the interests of fairness, that has hitherto been absent, we expect to be invited to send a speaker to any meeting that is organised by FMH Brighton.
FMH Brighton can rest assured that their action has not resulted in the suppression of free speech (although we understand their concern, since that is exactly what has been attempted).
Our meeting goes ahead, tickets available on Eventbrite.
See you there.
Read this account of organising this meeting by local women here