Faith communities across Brighton & Hove stand together as One Voice
Members of the city’s One Voice partnership, that brings together communities including faiths groups and minorities to tackle racism and intolerance, would like to reaffirm our commitment for our ‘city values’ based on pluralism, equality, fairness and respect for all. Community members had summed up our ethos at a previous meeting: “We will not tolerate hate incidents, extremist perspectives or actions in the city.”
The recent terrorist attacks including the attack at the Quebec City mosque have shocked and saddened us all. We send our deepest sympathies to the families of those who have lost lives, those who have been injured, and all affected communities. We do not tolerate violence against innocent people, wherever it takes place.
We understand that recent events globally have led to a feeling of fear and uncertainty for many of us. We stand together to reassure all our residents that as a City of Sanctuary, in Brighton and Hove, we welcome all people here and provide a safe haven for those fleeing persecution. We will continue to support and stand for human rights and are committed to ensure that all residents in our city are treated equally with respect and dignity regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual identity. We will work to protect those rights of all our residents equally.
Together we stand as one community and ‘One Voice’ against discrimination and violence. “Now, more than ever, it is important that the communities of the city stand together to reject intolerance and division. We all place a high value on preserving the diversity and absence of conflict in our city. As ever, please be vigilant and report any hate incidents you might experience, witness or hear about within your communities.”
One Voice members urge everyone to be vigilant and report any hate incidents you might experience, witness or hear about within your communities.
There are various ways to report incidents:
Non-emergency Sussex Police Contact Centre on 101
Find more information on: https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/
You can also contact the Community Safety Casework Team on (01273) 292735 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you hear or see something that could be terrorist related please call Anti-Terrorist Hotline confidentially on 0800 789 or Sussex police on 101 (non-emergency)