25/09/2017 - Published by

#WeStandTogether – help us teach kids about peace, fight hate crime and celebrate kindness

Today (Monday 25th September) we launch We Stand Together, a campaign for a more peaceful Greater Manchester. We want to give every child the chance to learn about peace and how to solve problems without violence, to fight against hate crime and to celebrate kindness. Join us.

The Manchester Evening News is joining the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation to call on their readers to join us in a campaign to make our wonderful city a more peaceful, more tolerant and ever more caring place to live.

Our #WeStandTogether campaign has three simple goals:

1. To make sure every child in Greater Manchester is taught about how to solve life’s problems peacefully and without turning to violence

2. To encourage and celebrate your acts of love and kindness – especially when you are helping someone you don’t know

3. To fight every kind of crime which is driven by hatred. Instead, let’s get people from different communities talking – and together let’s stand up to violent extremism and hate crimes

We are working on this campaign with the Manchester Evening News, Greater Manchester Police and some of the families of those who died in the Arena.

And we want YOU to join us too.

Manchester Evening News editor Rob Irvine said: “A dreadful, unforgivable atrocity happened in Manchester on May 22. This was an act of evil and hatred, pure and simple.

“We had the sad duty to report the tragedy of 22 lives stolen, of many more lives scarred forever, of families and communities racked by grief, sadness and anger.

“And we also told seemingly countless numbers of stories that spoke of a city and its people filled with love, affection and a genuine desire to help others.

“In those first few days, many thousands of you sent out a defiant message to those who want to divide our society through hatred and violence.

“And that message was ‘We Stand Together’.

“So let’s take that message and turn it into positive action, starting today.”

The Warrington-based Peace Foundation is a charity that works nationally and internationally for peace and non-violent conflict resolution. It has helped hundreds of people affected by the Arena attack.

Chief executive Nick Taylor said: “Over the coming weeks, we will show you how, anyone – individuals, families, businesses, community organisations, schools, colleges, faith groups, can get involved. The Foundation will offer schools, communities and individuals opportunities to run projects and take actions.

“Violent extremism and terrorism has to be stopped, and we need to capture the spirit and actions shown by Mancunians to defeat hatred and promote peace. Please join us.”

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “History teaches us many lessons. Let’s learn from what we’ve been through as a city this year. Let’s build on that hope and defiance to create a better, more peaceful and more tolerant society for everyone.”

Relatives of those who lost their lives in the Manchester attack have also backed our campaign.

The families of Nell Jones, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, Alison Howe and Martyn Hett have all voiced their support for #WeStandTogether.

Join us