This weekend, Kirklees Council will be lighting up Town Halls across the borough in an act of solidarity with the global anti-racism movement.
On Saturday and Sunday evenings the buildings will be lit in purple to mark two significant days in the anti-racism calendar.
Saturday 20 March is UN Anti-Racism Day and Sunday 21 March is the United Nations Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination which Kirklees Council are ‘proud to support’.
Town Halls across Kirklees were previously lit up in purple last June to show support for those who peacefully took to the streets across the world in a bid for equality following the tragic death of George Floyd.
The Leader of Kirklees Council – Councillor Shabir Pandor said:
“Racism has no place in Kirklees or in any modern day society and that’s why we are supporting this weekend’s anti-racism message.
“Eradicating racism and wider inequalities from society is not something we can do alone, we must work together to achieve these aims. Nevertheless we want to do what we can to shine a light on the weekend’s important anti-racism message.”
“The death of George Floyd last year reinvigorated societies around the world to stand up and address social injustices and here in Kirklees we were no different, we wanted change.”
“When we lit up our buildings last June I said that we must follow this up with long term action, and I’m proud to say we are doing just that. Our new council plan is focused around building a fairer and more equal Kirklees by working with residents and partners to address inequalities. We want Kirklees to be a place where a person’s skin colour, religion, culture or background doesn’t create barriers to them living a healthy life that is rich with opportunity.”
“I encourage everyone to please join me in virtually supporting this weekend’s messages of anti-racism. Our biggest strength in Kirklees is our diversity and we should be extremely proud of this.”