Unite against Hate billboard launch

By Allan Leonard for Northern Ireland Foundation

At the Long Gallery at Parliament Buildings this afternoon, the anti-discrimination campaign group, Unite against Hate, formally launched their Northern Ireland wide billboard campaign

The billboard features several UAH Ambassadors paired up, with the message “Hate. We say no. So should you.”

20110215 UAH 01 – Nuala McKeever

At the event ceremony, Nuala McKeever was emcee and welcomed guests with some humour.

20110215 UAH 02 – Gerry Kelly

Junior deputy First Minister, Gerry Kelly MLA, gave official support to the campaign, concluding by saying we nees to throw expressions of hate “into the bonfires of history”.

The crowd then enjoyed a music performance by Joe Echo, who sang two songs with guitar, “Imagine” by John Lennon and “The One” by U2.

Evelyn Collins (Chief Executive, Equality Commission) stated her belief that Unite against Hate’s campaigns have helped “create an environment of zero tolerance of hate crimes”.

Awards were given to the representatives of the following organisations:

  • Willie Hay (Speaker, Northern Ireland Assembly)
  • Jerome Mullen (Honorary Consul of Poland)
  • Paul Doherty (Belfast Metropolitan College)
  • Keeli McGrogan (Southeastern Regional College)
  • Chris Ledger (Disability and Arts Forum)
  • Justina McCabe (Challenge of Change)
  • SEEDS
  • John O’Doherty (Rainbow)
  • Outburst
  • Shantell (Oyster)
  • Queens Film Theatre
  • Nisha Tandon (ArtsEkta)
  • Aiden Logan (Beyond Skin)
  • Eileen Chan Hu (Chinese Welfare Association)
  • Mohamed al Quarooti (Belfast Islamic Centre)
  • Afaff Aly (Egyptian Society)

Finally, the three MLAs who sponsored today’s event were thanked — Basil McCrea, Conall McDevitt and Chris Lyttle — as were Unite against Hate organisers — Jeremy Adams and Eva Grossman.

In summary, as Nuala McKeever said during the awards presentations, “Only by working together do we make a difference”.

  • Mark

    Maybe they could stick the lorry up at Windsor Park .

  • Jo

    Are the TUV signing up to this at all?

    http://www.atangledweb.org/category/islam/page/3/

  • pauluk

    That`s an interesting comment, Mark. Maybe they could go even one better and put it where people actually honour murderers and by naming clubs and things after them!

  • Mark

    Good idea , Is there any room left up at Palace Barracks ?

  • Great they have money to waste on this. iw mich is this sector of the NGO industry worth?

  • pauluk

    The fact that the Northern Ireland Assembly was given an award by UAH speaks volumes about the huge progress that has been made in Northern Ireland over recent years. Well done Peter and Marty! 😉

    I’m still wondering, though, how an Islamic organisation is the only religious group which apparently qualifies for such an award.

  • I prefer the postcards i did. Either way the message is important

  • Yes, Moochin Photoman, I prefer your cards too!