Public Sector: Blackburn in bid to counter racism

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is calling on residents to take a stand against racism. A poster campaign shows the faces of local people and figureheads saying why they are proud of the borough and what their achievements are.

The citizens have also signed a list of anti-racist declarations - a 'charter of belonging' - that it is asking local people to sign.

The campaign builds on a similar community cohesion drive last year, but has more emphasis on representing disabled people, said head of PR Alison Milner.

Local government's commitment to racial integration has been stepped up in the wake of the 2001 riots in nearby Bradford, Oldham and Burnley, says the Local Government Information Unit.

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