A rally is to be held on Saturday 2nd July to bring Islington together to say no to hate crime.
Worrying reports of increased incidents of hate crime across the country in recent days are to be met with a show of support and solidarity from the Islington community that is tolerant, welcoming, and diverse.
The rally has been called by Islington Labour Group, and will feature speakers from faith and community groups from across the borough, as well as Jeremy Corbyn MP and Emily Thornberry MP.
The rally will take place in the lower field of Highbury Fields (closest to Highbury & Islington station) and begins at 10am on Saturday 2nd July.
Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council, said: “Islington is stronger because of its diversity, and I am proud that local people are welcoming and tolerant of others.
“People from across the world make a massive contribution to our borough, working in vital public services like the NHS and helping to make Islington a vibrant and welcoming place. They are our neighbours and our friends.
“However, in recent days we have received worrying reports of increases in hate crimes across the country. We need to come together to say no to hate crime.
“I have been working with community and faith groups to reassure local residents, and with the police to ensure that reports of hate crimes are investigated and the perpetrators are brought to justice.”
In addition to the rally, Islington Labour Group has tabled a motion at Full Council condemning hate crime and resolving to work with faith and community groups to ensure Islington remains welcoming to all. The Leader of the Council has also coordinated a statement from faith and community leaders to say that Islington is proud to be a diverse, tolerant and cohesive community. A meeting will also be held with the police about measures to tackle hate crime and bring perpetrators to justice.
A ‘Love Islington – Say No to Hate Crime’ poster has also been produced that local residents and businesses will be encouraged to display. Click here to download a copy of the double-sided poster.