We reaffirm our belief that:
Racism, xenophobia, bigotry, and all forms of hate crime have no place in Lewisham, London or Britain. Lewisham's diversity is an asset that we've benefited from economically, socially and culturally, with generations of migrants contributing to and enhancing our borough.
In short, that diversity has made our borough stronger, more vibrant and more tolerant.
Across the UK there has been a rise in reported hate crimes. If this weren’t bad enough in itself, it probably reflects a small proportion of the problem as we know many more incidents go unreported.
We pledge as local councillors, community leaders and citizens to reassure all communities that face bigotry, hate and oppression that they are valued and welcome in Lewisham.
Lewisham's councillors will further enhance work on hate crime and hate incident reporting in the borough, including ensuring all residents know how to report hate crime and that they have the necessary confidence to do it.
We will work in partnership with local bodies, community groups, public services and local businesses to fight and prevent bigotry and intolerance, and support further community cohesion.
We call upon the Department of Communities and Local Government to make additional resources available to support community cohesion work and to start the process of healing Britain's fractured community.
We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country and we condemn them unequivocally. We will never allow hate to become acceptable.
For more information, including how to report a hate crime, contact our Crime, Enforcement & Regulation Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 8314 7237 during office hours (9am–5pm). There is also an app to report hate crime.
We invite the citizens of Lewisham to join us in standing against all forms of hate crime by adding their signatures to this statement.
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