Newham groups unite to defy racism and hate crime in Stratford

Councillors, campaigners and residents met to discuss Islamophobia in Stratford on Friday, Picture:

Councillors, campaigners and residents met to discuss Islamophobia in Stratford on Friday, Picture: Robert Ferguson - Credit: Archant

Stand up to Racism and Newham Muslim Women’s Association are holding a joint rally to condemn hate crime in Stratford today.

Newham Stand Up To Racism campaigners at Stratford station before joining an anti-racism day march l

Newham Stand Up To Racism campaigners at Stratford station before joining an anti-racism day march last year. Picture: J King - Credit: Archant

Following a hateful letter campaign which was sent across the UK labelling April 3 ‘punish a Muslim day’, the two organisations are uniting to stand against racism.

The meeting, at 5.30pm outside Stratford station, is one of many being held across the country by Stand up to Racism.

Others in London include one held at lunchtime outside Islington town hall and events in Haringey, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Last week, students at Queen Mary University linked arms on campus and handed out leaflets, to show that communities cannot be divided by hatred.

Many took to Twitter using the hashtags #LoveAMuslimDay, #NoToIslamophobia and #DayOfSolidarity to condemn the racist campaign.

Officers from Newham police and Transport for London were also at Stratford bus station answering concerns on hate crime earlier in the day.