The Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality together with a number of other local organisations have penned an open letter to the people of Suffolk calling for communities to come together after a divisive EU referendum.
The letter is signed by the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, Ipswich Community Media, Suffolk Refugee Support, Tackling Discrimination in the East, Suffolk Law Advice Centre, Suffolk User Forum, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust, Oyster Community Press CiC, Suffolk Young People’s Health Project (4YP) and Healthwatch Suffolk.
It reads: “As local organisations that seek to support some of the most vulnerable communities in our county from illegal discrimination, exploitation and marginalisation, we are very concerned about the recent upsurge in attacks on non-UK nationals since the EU Referendum result was announced.
“We all accept the validity of the poll in question, but we are worried that some of the anti-foreigner rhetoric used during the campaign has raised community tensions in some parts of the country and might be encouraging a small minority to commit acts of vandalism and verbal and physical violence.
“We want to avoid any such incidents in Suffolk – a county which has a proud tradition of welcoming people from a broad range of countries, cultures and faith systems. That is why we are urging community leaders, politicians, local councils, voluntary organisations and schools and colleges to join with us in being good neighbours to all our citizens and promoting acceptance and tolerance of others.
“Suffolk is stronger when we support each other. Please do not let the fallout from the EU vote damage individual friendships and community relationships. Please support our campaign #SuffolkSolidarity.”