Students from Alsop High School attended the launch of National Hate Crime Awareness Week at the Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas, Liverpool. The event was organised by Merseyside Police Community Engagement Unit.
The event, chaired by BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips, included an interview with Dave Kelly, founder of Daisy UK and Mark Pallios, CEO of Tranmere Rovers FC.
During the event, Sasha Taylor spoke movingly about her experience as a victim of hate crime as well as human trafficking.
The People’s Players of Liverpool Royal Court performed a short play “United Against Hate.” The play written by Paula Currie gave a moving account about the racism, which is often faced by young people both within schools and the wider community.
Liverpool poet Levi Tafari recited two brilliant poems about diversity and tolerance. During his animated rendition of his poetry, Alsop students were encouraged to chant, “We celebrate diversity.”
Also present were Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Christine Banks. The Rev Dr Crispin Palling, Rector of Liverpool, delivered the welcome address.
Chief Constable Andy Cooke, QPM said: “Everyone should be free to live their lives without fear, hatred or intolerance. There is no place in our society for hate crime and my message is simple; if you have experienced a hate crime or incident then please report it.”
Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy added: “This event launching National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an opportunity to celebrate and promote our inclusivity and our region’s rich diversity. At a time when our country and the world seems deeply divided, it is more essential than ever that we remain vigilant to combat discrimination, racism and prejudice in our communities”.