Sinn Féin to launch ‘One Community’ anti-sectarianism policy – Kearney
Writing for An Phoblacht today Sinn Féin Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA said the party’s new policy on anti-sectarianism ‘One Community’ will be launched by Uachtarán Shinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald on Monday 25th June in the Houben Centre, Crumlin Road Belfast at 11am.
And the South Antrim MLA said anti-sectarianism should be at the heart of our political and civic institutions.
Declan Kearney said:
“Sinn Féin is absolutely committed to bringing about a rights-based and integrated shared society in Ireland.
“We believe anti-sectarianism should be at the heart of our political and civic institutions.
“Sinn Féin's policy on anti-sectarianism ‘One Community’ will be launched on June 25th at 11am in the Houben Centre in North Belfast by party President Mary Lou McDonald.
“The location is both symbolic and apposite. This part of Belfast in particular has been deeply scarred with division and violence as a result of sectarianism.
"Yet there is pioneering work being done to reconcile differences, heal old wounds and build the foundations for a united and shared society in the future.
“ ‘One Community’ sets out a comprehensive series of proposals to tackle sectarianism and sectarian segregation.
“Importantly it calls for a legal definition of sectarianism as hate crime and with powers of enforcement.
"Anti-sectarianism should be common ground, regardless of constitutional differences.
“It is the key to dispelling suspicion and fear, and facilitating reconciliation. It is the key to a united, shared future.
“Those who suffer from segregation, division, inequality and discrimination have nothing to fear from a united, shared community.
“Those who profit from and exercise political dominance based upon sectarianism have everything to fear.” ENDS/CRÍOCH
Read Declan Kearney’s full blog at http://www.anphoblacht.com/contents/27405