Walsall comes together to unite against hatred
Friday 15 July 2016 at 6.30pm
The Crossing, St Paul's Church, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DA
In a powerful display of unity between people of different backgrounds, faiths, political beliefs and ages, Innovate Walsall will be holding a memorial dinner to mark Srebrenica Memorial Week.
Nasar Iqbal from Innovate Walsall who led the vigil for anti-hatred campaigner and MP Jo Cox earlier last month has again invited local and national high profile guests to this memorial event. With community partners including Near Neighbours, St Paul's Church & Association of British Muslim supporting this event, and guests to include Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel Marsh, Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Kathleen Phillips and Chair of Remembering Srebrenica, Dr Waqar Azami OBE.
The charity Remembering Srebrenica, who are organising events all over the country, say that parallels between the anti-Islamic rhetoric in the Balkans in the 1990s and in the UK today are striking. Hate crime in the UK, particularly religious hate crime, has risen dramatically, so Walsall is one of many towns and cities across the country now taking action to challenge the stereotypes and prejudices that feed hatred.
July 11th marks the 21st anniversary of the genocide of 8,372 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica – murdered on account of their Islamic faith and Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman of Remembering Srebrenica said:
“21 years after the genocide, we are determined not only to remember the victims of Srebrenica, but to honour their memories by taking positive action to build better communities. Srebrenica teaches us that prejudice and hatred left unchecked can have catastrophic consequences, not only for the generation that suffers the violence, but for the following generations whose futures are also irreversibly altered.
Nasar Iqbal added: “Remembering Srebrenica is a duty for all of us, in the same way other atrocities are remembered, we need to learn from history's crimes and to promise to never allow our societies to ever witness or partake in any gruesome act ever again. In the wake of Jo Cox's murder and now with the ever-increasing reports of hate crime against minority communities, it is vital for communities to stand together against hate. Innovate Walsall stands firm against hatred and continues to work hard on interfaith and projects that bring all communities together.”
Those interested in attending this remembrance event in Walsall can RSVP their attendance to: info [AT] innovatewalsall [DOT] co [DOT] uk
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