Dear fellow citizen,
One of the core aims of my group, The Final Say For All Foundation, is to fight against disenfranchisement and to give a voice to the voiceless.
Despite Brexit having happened, we continue to campaign for citizens' rights, close alignment with the EU and enfranchisement.
Throughout my time campaigning, I've seen countless reactions from UK citizens to the plight of the3million. The most common one is, "We stand with you". That is a wonderful sentiment, but sadly utterly meaningless unless we actually put our money where our mouths are. We now have to actually stand together and show solidarity by donating to the Denied My Vote legal challenge.
The legal challenge is very close to my heart for many reasons. Along with many others, I was furious and sad to watch this injustice unfolding before my eyes in May 2019. To those of us lawfully, if in my opinion unethically, disenfranchised by the UK government (because despite the Conservatives' repeated 'Votes for Life' manifesto promises, we lose our vote after 15 years outside the UK), it was especially painful to witness. I don't mind admitting that I even shed some tears while reading some of the stories.
I see the Denied My Vote legal challenge as a way to hold this government to account, but more than that to strike a blow for UK democracy.
We UK citizens can't stand by and do nothing. I know there are more exciting, more titillating stories out there at the moment, but ask yourself what are we fighting for, if not for democracy itself?
Please do me one small favour. Close your eyes and picture yourself in your polling station. Now imagine how you would feel to see your name crossed out and to be turned away without voting. This is what happened to thousands of people who had the right to vote in the European Parliament election.
I implore you to show these people that you care, that you actually stand with them by pledging a few pounds towards the legal costs of holding the government to account.
Without solidarity, we are easily ignored. We only become a force to be reckoned with when we work together. There's no them or us, there's just us.
Nicola James, founder of The Final Say For All Foundation