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PCC supports We Stand Together campaign


We Stand Together

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has joined people across Bristol to get behind a national campaign to stand against hate crime and intolerance.

The 'We Stand Together' Campaign initiated by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and supported by police forces across the UK is asking communities to promote its messages of standing together against hate crime and intolerance.

On Tuesday, March 10, delegates and attendees at the launch of the Bristol Race Manifesto publicly pledged their support for the new national campaign by tweeting their stand together pic under the #Westandtogether banner to encourage communities to engender trust among each other and stand united.

The launch of the Manifesto - which highlights some key areas where racial inequalities currently persist and where the gaps are widening - took place at the Bristol BME fair. The event took place at Trinity Arts Centre and was organised jointly by Bristol BME Voice, BYEP, SARI, Bristol City Council, Avon & Somerset Black Police Association and Voscur.

For more information on the event and the Manifesto click on this link: http://www.bristolbmevoice.org.uk/?p=438

Sue Mountstevens said: "The message behind this campaign is clear - that our communities are stronger when we stand together. I am standing together with Avon and Somerset police, our partners and all our communities to say hate crime and intolerance have no place here."

The We stand together campaign has been launched as a result of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Denmark which has increased tension in some communities in the UK.

Following conversations with community groups and stakeholders, a group of Chief Officers have developed plans for the campaign, which brings people together to promote cohesion amongst all community groups, especially those fearful of future attacks or hate campaigns.

To launch the campaign some police forces have been holding community events, and a nationwide Twitter campaign began last week.

The Constabulary will now work with community partners to highlight examples of people promoting community cohesion to further spread these messages.

Acting Chief Constable John Long said: "We are pleased to stand together and pledge our support to this campaign which aims to help build safer and stronger communities in Avon and Somerset and all over the UK.

"We want to encourage people to stand up to hate crime and intolerance and its effects in our communities and stand together to celebrate our differences and diversity." 

Posted on Wednesday 11th March 2015
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