29 June 2015

Walk Together

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Join us and #WalkTogether on 7 July to remember 7/7, ten years on

Ten years ago, terrorists tried to divide us. Today a broad coalition of people, from all faiths and backgrounds, is calling on the public to come together and show that they failed.

Please join us and walk the last stop of your journey on 7 July, and show your support by sharing a photo using #WalkTogether.

7 July 2005 was just another Thursday morning and Londoners were on their way to work. But at ten to nine, terrorists detonated four bombs at Kings Cross, Aldgate, Edgware Road and Tavistock Square. 52 people lost their lives and over 770 were injured.

The victims were all of us: young and old, black and white, different faiths and none.

The tenth anniversary is a day to remember those whose lives were lost or changed forever. It’s also an important moment for London and for Britain  – a chance to stand up for the country we all want to share. After the appalling killings in Tunisia last week, it’s more important than ever that we stand as one.

On that terrible day 10 years ago, London was shocked but it didn’t grind to a halt. That evening, with public transport shut down, thousands of people walked home. But we were not divided – we walked together.

On Tuesday 7 July, we are asking people to walk together once again – to get off the bus, train or tube one stop early and walk, in a quiet moment of unity and remembrance of those who lost their lives.

 #Walktogether is a new initiative supported by Faiths Forum for London, Hope Not Hate, Islamic Society of Britain, Faith Matters, Trust for London, The Big Iftar, British Humanist Association, St John Ambulance, New Horizons in British Islam, City Sikhs, Inspire, Amnesty International UK, JW3 Jewish Community Centre London, Armed Forces Muslim Forum and British Future.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has also voiced his support for #WalkTogether, together with mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith, Tessa Jowell, Syed Kamall, Sadiq Khan, David Lammy and Caroline Pidgeon.

We hope it will will provide a way for people all over the country to be actively involved in remembering the lives lost on 7/7 – and also present a message of hope and of unity across people of different backgrounds, as Britain reflects on the ten years since 7/7.

The decade that has followed has been an anxious one for Britain. But none of us wants fear and hate to win.

The power of #WalkTogether will come from people all over Britain taking part. You can walk at any time of day, wherever you are, with friends and colleagues or on your own. Please show your support by sharing a picture of your walk using the #WalkTogether hashtag.

Join us and #WalkTogether.

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