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East Anglia focus on racial justice and modern slavery

Racial justice, discrimination and modern slavery are the focus of two coming events in the Diocese of East Anglia.

Modern Slavery – a Christian Response, a talk by Jacinta Goode from the Medaille Trust will take place at St John’s Cathedral, Norwich, from 7.30-9pm, on Thursday February 7. The Medaille Trust is a Catholic charity which supports victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

The talk is being hosted by the Norwich Justice and Peace Group. Its chair, Sarah Ebelewicz, said: “It’s such an important topic and one we haven’t discussed before. It’s a subject very close to Bishop Alan’s heart and an issue that affects people who are victims of human trafficking for work here in East Anglia and throughout the UK.”

There will be time for discussion after the talk.

February 17 marks Racial Justice Sunday, which focuses on the experiences of ethnic communities in England and Wales. It is a day on which all are called to earnestly pray for an end to racism and racial inequality in our country. The theme this year is Dignity of Work, looking at how all people must not be exploited or face discrimination and hatred in their work.

Bishop Paul McAleenan, Lead Bishop on Migration and Asylum for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: “In our task as disciples of Christ, our responsibility is to make sure people are treated with dignity at work and are not exploited. Migrant communities and those suffering from racial abuse are particularly vulnerable to being drawn into unjust working conditions and labour exploitation.”

Funds raised through the day’s collection will be used for promoting racial justice in England and Wales. Money should be sent to your diocese, with a note indicating that it is for the Racial Justice Sunday.

Click here to read more news and information regarding Racial Justice Sunday.