[Text from The Peterloo Memorial: A Monument to Discrimination with thanks]
If you think the Peterloo Memorial should be accessible and inclusive to all, we are asking everyone to email firstname.lastname@example.org tonight, although any time today would be massively appreciated…
See below this post for a template you can use (it also explains the issue).
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Email subject line:
the Peterloo memorial: a monument to discrimination
Email template, you can if you wish amend and add your own thoughts
Dear Councillor Leese
I’m writing to say that I am angry and shocked that Manchester City Council are proceeding to erect the inaccessible Jeremy Deller designed Peterloo Memorial. A Memorial dedicated to those who marched for liberty and equality for all, should not be designed and built with discrimination and inequality at its heart.
Jeremy Deller describes his Peterloo Memorial as “a monument that’s for the public to inhabit – to be one to hang around on and assemble at. It is not something to be looked at and not touched – it is something to be on.”
That is all very well if you can climb steps… As currently designed, this Memorial is a fine example of inequality and discrimination embedded in design.
This Memorial is set to be a glaring metaphor for inequality and segregation with disabled people at the bottom of the monument, literally being talked down to. An act of exclusion that denies disabled people a voice, a blatant act of discrimination.
I and many others demand that a major reworking of the proposed Peterloo memorial is undertaken immediately by Manchester City Council, to make our memorial accessible to those unable to ascend steps, and that options are explored and conducted in a full, open, transparent and public manner.
Anything less will be a breathtaking act of hypocrisy on the part of Manchester City Council and the artist and an abandonment of the ideals of liberty and equality which moved those citizens to gather in St Peters Fields on 16th August 1819.”
If you continue to build this Monument To Discrimination you should hang your head in shame.