4th Annual Preston Stand Together Against Racism Event

(March 17, 2017)

Mark was pleased to speak at the fourth annual 'Stand Together Against Racism' event (STAR) event in Preston held on Friday 17th March 2017 at UCLan's 53 Degrees building.

Standing Together Against Racism UCLan speech

The event showcased school choirs from across Preston and was  jointly organised by Preston and Western Lancashire Racial Equality and Diversity Council, Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council and Creativity Works, Preston.

Mark said: ‘I was delighted to attend the Stand Together Against Racism (STAR) School Choir event at UCLan. There are many people and organisations that work very hard behind the scenes all year round to ensure that a culture of acceptance, co-existence and tolerance is fostered and promoted. This event, in its fourth year, is a fantastic way to showcase that achievement. It also sends a strong clear message Preston is and always will be, a city of tolerance.

This year, the UN’s campaign for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, on 21st March 2017, has chosen as it’s the theme ‘racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration’.  In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to show that we all stand together against racism in all its manifestations, including racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance towards migrants and refugees, anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia.

I have always been proud of Preston’s history as a place where migrants and refugees are largely welcomed and I am hopeful that people continue to welcome and celebrate diversity in this City.’


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