The Hackney working group of MEND was established in early 2016.
Hackney is a borough well known for its diverse population. As the 6th most diverse borough in London, it is home to thousands of people hailing from all over the world, including Turkey, South Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. It is also made up of large faith based communities, such as the Muslim and Charedi Jewish communities.
Members of Hackney’s Muslim community have already established links with each other and other faith communities to tackle hate crime and improve community cohesion. Hackney MEND wishes to build on this and work with the Muslim community at a grassroots level to tackle Islamophobia, by creating links with mosques, schools, police, local politicians and stakeholders and other community organisations.
So far, Hackney MEND has held a hustings for the North East candidates for the London Assembly during the 2016 London elections, providing an opportunity for Hackney residents to question their potential representatives. Members of the working group have also delivered the Causes and Cures of Islamophobia at local mosques.
In the future we hope to build positive relationships with more Muslim organisations in Hackney and recruit more member and volunteers to our team.
The group are currently looking for more members to fill key positions on the core group, including Women’s lead.
Email us at hackney@MEND.workinggroup.org.uk to get involved or join the ‘Hackney Muslims’ Facebook group to stay updated with our work.
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