We Stand Together
The We Stand Together campaign started in 2015 when former Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy used it to bring Jewish and Muslim groups together after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
The hashtag #WeStandTogether was prominent after the May 2017 attack at Manchester Arena. #WeStandTogether was also adopted as the slogan for the Manchester Evening News peace campaign launched that Autumn.
The charity is based in Greater Manchester but is a national initiative. The We Stand Together charity promotes the three main aims of the campaign:
1. To celebrate our differences
2. To fight hatred and intolerance
3. To build a safer and stronger country
Our work includes:
Bi-monthly Difficult Dialogues bringing people together to discuss issues such as ‘faith, gender and sexuality’, ‘Brexit’s impact on cohesion’, ‘Sensitivity to political correctness’, ‘Disability under attack’ and ‘Equality Conflicts: Class and Race’.
#YouthStandTogether initiative developing anti-discrimination resources, events and workshops with schools and youth groups. It will bring diverse young people together to challenge discrimination and stereotyping faced and come up with practical actions to take themselves.
We write a #WeStandTogether column every other week for the Manchester Evening News to educate on diversity and challenging hate.
We run hate crime awareness events bringing together diverse groups to challenge hate and take action back in their communities.
We respond to community conflicts alongside partner organisations representing diverse communities across Greater Manchester.
We are liaising with the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Office and GMCA in relation to actions from their Cohesion Report, ‘A Shared Future’, that recognised the key role of our #WeStandTogether charity in raising awareness of social cohesion.
We are developing #WeStandTogether Month in May as an opportunity for local groups to run cohesion and challenging hate events.
#WeStandTogether Black History Month Event in Stockport
Difficult Dialogue in International Conflict Event, March 2019
#WeStandTogether Challenge Hate Crime Event