posted by: Jemma Levene | on: Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:34
Well done everyone for all the activity over the weekend, and continuing through this week. If you have not viewed (or better still shared) our 'let them stay' campaign video then please watch it here It has now been viewed on Facebook alone by nearly 2 million people in just a few days.
Richmond community fun day
Our Richmond group held a community fun day, featuring free food, games, local stories and conversations about what we can do to promote inclusive values locally. Hosted by Amigos in Whitton, the day saw people creating a handprint chart (well done for not covering our generous venue in paint!), and hanging messages saying what they love about the community.
Find a Common Flavour – Lambeth
Food somehow always brings people together, and in Lambeth this weekend we used food to talk about local diversity, giving out snacks from different cultures and collecting people’s favourite recipes. Lots more recipes to come…watch this space!
Difficult Conversations Training in Kingston
We ran our hugely relevant Difficult Conversations training, and later this week we are planning how to put what we learnt into action on a local housing estate.
Cambridge Unitarians hosted over 40 people of all faiths and none to join in pledging their support for migrants and refugees as part of the #1DayWithoutUs national event. Minister Andrew spoke about why HOPE not hate work is more crucial than ever.
This was followed by a public rally where HOPE not hate organiser Elisabeth Pop spoke about the rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Cambridge and how no community, even one as liberal as Cambridge, should take its community cohesion for granted, and about the need to speak up for tolerance and inclusivity and hold those who spread fear and hate accountable.
Qamar Nizam from Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum spoke about the need for solidarity across ethnic backgrounds exemplified about Khidmat Sisters, a project run by women to support other women in need. Their latest event brought together mothers who were Lithuanian, Syrian, Palestinian, Polish, Saudi, Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi.
On Monday, 20 Feb, for the actual UN Day of Social Justice, Cambridgeshire HOPE not hate took part in the #1DayWithoutUs event organised by EU migrants in Peterborough. We got a great reaction to the petition asking MPs of all parties to pledge not to vote for any.
In the evening, together with Cambridge Migrants Organise, we run a World Café where migrant leaders spoke about their worries and hopes, how we can best support each other and how to get migrant voices heard at the 4 May county council and super mayoral election.
As well as al kinds of activities and gatherings, over 70,000 leaflets were dispatched for this week of action, and whether volunteers took 1,000 or 50 they are all heroes.
Below are just a selection of the great photos that people have sent in.
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