Faith and community

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Rosalind Miller, Development Director of the Islington Faiths Forum, explains the need for Islington’s community to face the rise in racist and religious hate crime following Brexit head on.

“The EU Referendum result at the end of June 2016 has brought a number of surprises, not least the rise in negative sentiment towards people perceived to be from outside the UK, including those from the EU.

In July this year there was an increase, actually a noticeable spike, in reported racist and religious hate crime in Islington (official data shows), which quite frankly we didn’t see coming. Anecdotally, people from diverse backgrounds in Islington have confirmed this within a mixed cloud of anger and resignation.

Our sense of community in Islington, our cohesion, is under threat and so we would like to meet this head on, unpick it and discuss how we can respond to faith and community challenges around Brexit.

At 6pm on Thursday 17 November 2016 at the Council Chamber, Islington Town Hall on Upper Street, we will be doing just that – through a lecture and debate discussing these challenges with representatives from different community groups affected and seeking a way forward.

This event will start with short talks by Alex Podhorodecka, Polish Catholic Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa; Colin Adams, Chair of Islington Hate Crime Forum; Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council; Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, President of the Muslim Association of Britain; and Merium Bhuiyan, Holloway Education & Cultural Centre.

We will hear what it is like for different sections of the community post EU Referendum and after these short talks, we will then have a question time panel to take questions and comments from the audience.  Our focus will be to work through any related concerns and to find a collective way forward.

Islington is made up of people from many diverse backgrounds, this has been the case for a long time now, and so any effort to support a positive community spirit and common decency can only, we believe, support all our interests.

Let us also not forget our young people, what legacy will they inherit once all the complex issues of Brexit are sorted out?  What society or affiliation will they feel they belong to?  For if it is not positive and nurturing, it would most probably cause greater problems later on.

So you are welcome to join us for this event to discuss these matters head on for a stronger community in Islington!”

How can we respond to faith and community challenges around Brexit?
Council Chamber, Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, N1
When: Thursday 17 November, 6pm

To register for this free event please email:

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