Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

West Belfast MLAs lead the way in tackling racism

26 May 2011

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The West Against Racism Network (WARN) would like to take this opportunity to commend all of the recently elected MLAs for West Belfast for the strong stand they have taken against racism. On Tuesday 24 May Alex Attwood SDLP MLA and the 5 Sinn Fein MLAs were joined by Martina Anderson Junior First Minister in OFMDFM in Stormont to sign an Anti Racism Pledge of Office, sending out a clear message that racism will not be tolerated in West Belfast.

The Anti Racism Pledge, developed by WARN has been adapted from the Charter of European Political Parties for a Non-Racist Society tailored to the context of West Belfast.  It recognises the special responsibility that elected representatives bear to actively challenge racism wherever it occurs and to promote an anti racist culture.

On endorsing the Anti Racism Pledge of Office Paul Maskey Sinn Fein MLA highlighted the importance of all individuals being able to go to work and about their daily business free from fear or intimidation and the positive role which this initiative can play in that regard, noting that WARN “has made West Belfast a safer place for all who live in, work in or visit it”.

Alex Attwood SDLP MLA also praised this project  “ I urge people to support  WARN so that the message is sent out clear and loud that racism is not only wrong but unacceptable and will not be tolerated in West Belfast”.

The West Against Racism Network congratulates all of the MLAs for West Belfast for jointly supporting this important initiative and would encourage other elected representatives across the North to take their lead from them on this important issue.

Is mise

Sara Boyce

West Against Racism Network

 

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