Diocese of Manchester

    We Stand Together

    Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders launch a campaign today to promote acts of kindness and inclusion between people of different faith or ethnic communities in Greater Manchester.

    They issue a public statement in response to the recent increase in Race Hate incidents following the EU Referendum result and are promoting the use of social media to tell “Good News” stories of acts of friendship and kindness between people from different faith or ethnic communities – using the hashtag #WeStandTogether.

    The campaign will be under the banner of #WeStandTogether – and has the full support of the Lord Mayor of Manchester, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester and the Police and Crime Commissioner of Greater Manchester.

    Today’s statement will be backed up by a public launch of the campaign on Tuesday 12 July at Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, M3 1SX.

    Statement on Community Relations after the EU Referendum Result

    We stand together as representatives of Greater Manchester's communities of faith.

    Our different traditions unite in common concern for the welfare of our neighbour, whatever their age, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender or belief.

    Many views were expressed during the EU Referendum debate. We recognise the strong emotions they awakened. But there is never any excuse for hate-crimes, intolerant language nor discriminatory behaviour. We are especially saddened by reports of the most recent incidents once the Referendum's outcome was known - and we declare ourselves in solidarity with all who have suffered as a result of them, many of whom have been made to feel they have no place here when this is their home.

    Today, we call on all people everywhere to build on the foundation of the strong, cohesive, diverse and mutually supportive community that we know Greater Manchester to be.

    We will sustain the welcome that we offer to all newcomers.

    We will build bridges of understanding and trust.

    We will remove barriers of suspicion and fear.

    Through being open to one another, we will remain open to the rich traditions of faith that inspire us and that can nourish our common life.

    We invite our people to take initiatives of kindness and care in their local neighbourhoods - to befriend, to visit, to represent or to help - especially including those who have been made to feel that they don't belong here.

    Together, we shall demonstrate the truly inclusive and welcoming community we know Greater Manchester to be – and to recognize our citizenship in the one world that we all share.

    We would urge anyone who is a victim of hate crime to come forward and report it to police. You will be listened to, you will be taken seriously. You can report online by visiting www.report-it.org.uk, or by calling police on 101. If you don’t feel comfortable going to the police, there is also a network of independent centres who will report the incident to the police on your behalf. You can find details of these centres atwww.gmp.police.uk/hatecrime

    This statement by Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders has the support of:

    Ian Hopkins QPM, Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police
    Councillor Carl Austin-Behan, Lord Mayor of Manchester
    Tony Lloyd, Police and Crime Commissioner and Interim Mayor, Greater Manchester
    Jim Battle, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Greater Manchester

    Among the Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders and Representatives who have endorsed this statement are:

    Rt Revd Dr David Walker, Bishop of Manchester
    Rt Revd Mark Davies, Bishop of Middleton
    Rt Revd John Arnold, Bishop of Salford
    Revd Dr Andrew Lunn, Chair, Manchester and Stockport District, Methodist Church
    Revd Andrew Mills, United Reformed Church, North Western Synod Moderator
    Archbishop Dr Doyé Teido Agama, Presiding Prelate and Executive Director, Apostolic Pastoral Congress, and Senior Pastor, Christian Way of Life Churches
    Mrs Sharon Bannister, President, Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester and Region
    Jonny Wineberg, Co-chair of #WeStandTogether, and Chair of Executive, Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region
    Sanjay Jagatia, Director / Secretary General of the Hindu Council UK
    Revd Bob Day, Chair, Faith Network 4 Manchester and United Reformed Church
    Ms Assia Shah, Chaplaincies for Manchester Airport, Pennine Acute Health Trust, University of Manchester and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
    Mr David Arnold MBE, Co-chair of the Council of Christians and Jews, Manchester Branch
    Revd Canon Steve Williams, Co-chair of the Council of Christians and Jews, Manchester Branch
    Councillor Afzal Khan CBE, MEP for North West England
    Councillor Nilofar Siddiqi, Sufi Muslim
    Mr Louis Rapaport, Co-chair of the Hindu-Jewish Association
    Very Revd Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester
    Rabbi Dr Reuven Silverman, Manchester Reform Congregation
    Dr Ranjit Singh Sumra, Sikh Community
    Mr Jagtar Singh Ajimal, Sikh Community
    Major Alan Watters, Divisional Commander, Greater Manchester, Salvation Army
    Mr Suresh Mehta, Secretary, Board of Trustees, Jain Samaj Manchester
    Revd Stuart Wild, Superintendent Minister, Manchester Methodist Circuit
    Mr Amer Salam, UK Islamic Mission
    Ms Yasmin Bukhari, Bridging Cultures Co-ordinator, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
    Mr Qadir Chohan, Chair, Manchester Council of Mosques
    Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, Whitefield Hebrew Congregation
    Bheem, Director- Hindu Council UK ,Greater Manchester
    Qaisra Shahraz, Vice-Chair, Faith Network 4 Manchester
    Ms Assia Shah, Chaplaincies for Manchester Airport, Pennine Acute Health Trust, University of Manchester and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
    Imam Rashid Musa, Imam, University of Salford
    Mr Mohammed Amin M.B.E. – Co-Chair, The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester
    Councillor Heather Fletcher, Co Chair of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester
    Councillor Naeem ul Hassan J.P., Lead Member for Race, Manchester City Council
    Councillor Afzal Khan C.B.E., MEP for North West England
    Major Alan Watters, Divisional Commander, Greater Manchester, Salvation Army
    Sara Khan, Senior Member of Myriad Foundation and Project Manager of Soup and Smiles
    Naveed Malik, Senior Member of Myriad Foundation and Project Manager of Soup and Smiles
    Mr Zahid Hussain, Eco-Mosque Trustee
    Councillor Aftab Ahmed, Shi’a Muslim Community
    Revd Charles Kwaku-Odoi
    Judith Rack, Sacred Sounds Choir
    Naveed Malik
    Mr A.K. Sinha, Hindu Community
    Dr Saraswati Sinha, Hindu Community
    Yusuf Tai
    Jo Green
    S. Siddiq, British Muslim Heritage Centre, Whalley Range
    Susan Gregory
    Ahmed Ali
    N. Khalid
    Joan Tomkinson. Elder, Community of Christ. Denton, Tameside
    Revd Joanna Farnworth, on behalf of St Martin's Church, Droylsden
    Revd Roger Farnworth, Team Rector, Parish of the Good Shepherd, Ashton-under-Lyne; Area Dean of Ashton; chair Faiths Utd Tameside and Action Together CIO

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