Youth Parliament launches campaign to combat racism

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, South Tyneside's Member of Youth Parliament Emma True and Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council at Jarrow Town Hall.
Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, South Tyneside's Member of Youth Parliament Emma True and Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council at Jarrow Town Hall.

Emma True, South Tyneside’s elected Member of the UK Youth Parliament, has launched the Parliament’s 2016 campaign called Don’t Hate Educate.

The year-long campaign aims to combat racism and religious discrimination and will call on politicians and schools to join in the Youth Parliament’s bid to help young people speak out about discrimination.

As part of the launch Emma met Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, and Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, at Jarrow Town Hall to discuss how young people across South Tyneside will promote and work on the national campaign.

Councillor Kerr, said: “I am pleased that tackling racism and religious discrimination is a key priority for our young people in the Borough. It is only through educating the public about different cultures that we can end prejudice against those of a different faith or race.”

As part of Youth Parliament’s National Day of Action to launch the campaign Emma also visited MPs, Emma Lewell-Buck and Stephen Hepburn, to talk about the new campaign.

Councillor Atkinson, said: “South Tyneside has a diverse community and it is important that ignorance of different faiths and race does not jeopardise the Borough’s strong community spirit.”

Emma said: “I’m so excited to start working on this campaign in South Tyneside because I think the Borough is such a great and accepting area. I’ve lived here all my life and I found that the sense of community we have here in South Tyneside is really worth shouting about nationally.”