‘We have to address fear and hate’: Islington Faiths Forum to celebrate diversity at ‘Great Get Together’
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Westminster Bridge. Manchester Arena. London Bridge. It has been a fearful three months for the UK. Even more important, then, to address that fear.
Islington Faiths Forum is holding an “Islington Great Get Together” this weekend as a show of unity.
It was originally organised to mark one year since the murder of MP Jo Cox by a far-right terrorist in her Batley and Spen constituency.
But it has taken on even greater significance in the light of the Manchester Arena and London Bridge terror attacks in the past couple of weeks.
The “get together”, held at the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road on Saturday, will feature community speakers ranging from Islington Council leader Richard Watts to Finsbury Park Mosque chairman Mohammed Kozbar.
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Roz Miller, development director of Islington Faiths Forum, said: “It’s been a challenging time, with all these terrorist incidents.
“We are holding this event because we want to remind everyone what Jo Cox herself said: ‘We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.’
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“The event is about a visible show of unity in a diverse community. The Muslim Welfare House offered its site, and Finsbury Park itself is the emodiment of a diverse area.”
She added: “After the Brexit vote last year, there was a spike in race and religious hate crime in Islington. It showed us we can’t rest on our laurels. We need to continually promote community cohesion.
“There’s no point thinking it’s just going to go away. We have to address fear and hate.”
For more information about next Saturday’s “Great Get Together”, visit islingtonfaithsforum.org.uk