While we are all too aware that hate incidents have occurred in our community and from time to time distrust can arise, on the whole we are proud of being an inclusive community.
Hackney is a place where all are welcome - old, young, gay, straight, disabled, or not - whatever our ethnicity or religion. We believe that everyone has the opportunity to make a positive contribution.
In the words of Jo Cox MP, murdered a year ago, we have learnt that we have ‘far more in common with each other than the things that divide us’ Tragically she was killed for expressing those views.
We are deeply shocked by the atrocious murders in Manchester on 22 May and we send our solidarity, our tears, and our sympathy to the friends and families of the victims of the attack, as well as our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured. Our horror is compounded by the attacks on London Bridge on Saturday 3 June.
The aim of the violent extremists is to divide us, one against another, stirring up conflict, and inciting anger and hatred between innocent neighbours.
We affirm our determination to stand together against those who promote hatred and division. In particular, we pledge to speak out and act together against hate speech and hate crimes.
We commit to discovering deep and meaningful friendships that defy the artificial divisions that the killers are trying to create.
We appeal to all Hackney people to add their names to this statement, and if you can, to join us, and more than 70 community groups, for the #hackneymoreincommon event (https://hackneymoreincommon.eventbrite.co.uk) at Hackney Community College on Saturday 17 June
Initial signatoriesHackney UnitesNorth London Muslim Community CentreThe Methodist Church in Hackney and Stoke NewingtonVolunteer Centre HackneyHackney Ecumenical Borough Deans GroupHackney Law CentreNarinder Moss (Moss and co solicitors)Anja BeinrothThomas LowensteinBronwen JonesAndrew HarrisonPeter GreenDavid KingNic LeeCouncillors, Emma Plouviez, Ian Sharer, Nick Sharman, Ned Hercock, Caroline Selman, Yvonne Maxwell, Rebecca Rennison, Ian Rathbone, and Michael Desmond