Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping will be offering a reflection on hate crime when he joins Muslim and other Nottingham communities at the start of the Big Iftar Love and Unity event on Sunday (21 July).
The Commissioner is invited as guest speaker at dusk on the first day of an event that runs on two consecutive Sundays in the Old Market Square. The theme on the first Sunday will be hate crime, while poverty will be the focus on the second Sunday.
Mr Tipping commented: “Events like these help us all to reach a greater understanding of our diverse communities. I believe that the more we join together in this way,the less we will see of hate crime.”
Last year this type of crime fell across Nottinghamshire by over a fifth in numbers of incidents (22.7 per cent) compared with the previous year.
The second event on Sunday 28 July will be joined by Chief Constable Chris Eyre when guest speaker will be Archdeacon the Very Rev Peter Hill who will provide a reflection on poverty.
Both these dates in the Square events include reflection and the sharing of food. They coincide with Ramadan when Nottingham’s longstanding Muslim community observe a month of fasting, reflection and prayer.
The events are organised by the Himmah Institute and Muslim Hands in partnership with nine Islamic institutions based in the city. They ask all communities to “cross the divide and come together in unity and love; to listen to each other; and to work together on issues that affect the city’s communities.” Himmah also ask for support of their food bank’s ‘bring a tin campaign.’
Himmah is a not-for-profit community based initiative that provides services and education to meet the needs and aspirations of Nottingham’s residents, and strives for positive social change.
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Posted on Friday 19th July 2013