As part of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Newcastle City Council is supporting ‘Wear Red Day’.

‘Wear Red Day’ will take place on the Friday 20th October 2017 and is a national day which will see a vast range of events taking place across the country.  The initiative, led by Show Racism the Red Card and hosted by Safe Newcastle Team within the council, aims to raise awareness and show unity and support in tackling the problem of racism.  ‘Wear Red Day’ is supported by a number of organisations including: local authorities, trade unions, football clubs, schools and commercial enterprises. The day is also an opportunity to raise funds to tackle racism amongst young people within the community.

Cllr Joyce McCarty, Deputy Leader of Newcastle City Council said:

“Although as a society we have come a long way in tackling inequality, racism continues to be an issue.  Many people suffer abuse on a daily basis.

“Newcastle has a rich history of challenging racism and taking collective action against hate crime and all other forms of discrimination.   As a council we remain committed to tackling discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in our great city.

“Hate crime affects us all and we can contribute to tackling it to make a real difference by wearing red and supporting this national day of action against racism.”

Newcastle City Council staff and members of public will be encouraged to show their support by wearing a red item of clothing on the day of the event. Funds raised during the event will be used to continue supporting and educating young people and teachers across England, Scotland and Wales.  As well as encouraging staff to wear red on the day, the Newcastle Civic Centre building will be lit up in red as a symbolic gesture to mark the day.

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