Manchester stands together to reject EDL’s divisive message

New ImageThis weekend we were offered two very different visions of Manchester. One offers HOPE, another hate.

Our Manchester is a city of vibrancy, tolerance and friendship. The other is being presented by the English Defence League and is a Manchester of hatred, intolerance and violence.

Combating extremism and hatred from the EDL and BNP in our community, on our streets and in our schools is crucial. We need to stand together to celebrate what makes Manchester a unique and vibrant city; something the EDL and the BNP want to tear apart.

DSC_0007 - Copy - CopyHOPE not hate will be central to that celebration. We have great plans over the next few years to bring our community together. Working with the City Council, faith networks and community organisations we will be holding events that bind together what we all have in common, celebrating the city and the people who make it so special.

Called TOGETHER, we will celebrate the diversity and brilliance of Manchester but we will also seek to celebrate what we have in common and build a new shared identity in which everyone has a place. We will use food, culture and the strength of our own personal stories to bring us together.

Sign the pledge to celebrate OUR Manchester

Kevan Nelson, North West Regional Secretary pledged the union’s support for the campaign saying that ‘These are difficult times economically with rising unemployment and social pressures. History teaches us that certain forces will seek to exploit such conditions and divide our communities. UNISON rejects the politics of hate and fully supports the united campaign to defeat the scourge of fascism.’ 


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