Brixton has a proud tradition of multiculturalism and anti-racist activism and we feel profoundly angry at the vandalism of Brixton mosque and the rising number of racist attacks against muslims. No one should feel the kind of fear and intimidation that many muslims have been subjected to in the past week.
We were all deeply saddened by the terrible murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich last week but we know that fascist organisations such as the EDL and the BNP who are now trying to stir up trouble and incite racist violence against Muslims, do not care about the dead soldier, his family or the interests of any community.
We will not give any quarter to those who would judge an entire religion, race or nationality by the actions of a few. We never held white people collectively responsible for David Copeland, the former BNP member who planted a nail bomb in Brixton in 1999. Nor should anyone suggest that Britain’s Muslims are collectively responsible for the attack in Woolwich.
We will redouble our efforts to build relationships across our diverse communities and we call on everyone to join with community groups, trade unions and faith groups who are holding a peaceful unity demonstration in Woolwich Central General Gordon Sq, (next to Woolwich Arsenal DLR) this Saturday 1st June at 12 noon, to promote our ideals of anti-racism, multiculturalism and respect for all. We will be meeting locally at 10.30am at Brixton tube to go there together.
Mohammed Khalil, Lambeth Masjid and Progressive Community Centre
Tom Chigbo, Loughborough Junction Citizens
Grace Lally, Chair Loughborough Estate Tenants & Residents Association
Cllr Rachel Heywood, Coldharbour ward
Rabbi Janet Darley, South London Liberal Synagogue
Dr Sarfraz Jeraj, Hyderi Islamic Centre
Rob Owen, NUT young members
Jon Rogers, Lambeth Unison
Pete Gillard, Chair Unite South London Area Committee
Lee Jasper Lambeth Unite Community Branch And BARAC
Eve Samson, South London Liberal Synagogue
Louise Freedman, Vice President South London Liberal Synagogue
Clive Hershman MBE South London Liberal Synagogue
Anna Tapsell, Lambeth Community Police Consultative Committtee
Joan Twelves, former leader Lambeth Council
Anne Sassoon, Chair, Ferndale ward Labour Party
Cllr Matt Parr, Coldharbour ward
Anthea Masey co-chair Loughborough Junction Action Group
Tim Gaymer co-chair Loughborough Junction Action Group
Helen Shaw, Co-director Inquest
Chris Blake Lambeth Save our Services
Ros Brandon, Brixton
Sally Long, Brixton
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