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Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) marks 25th anniversary

Writer Bonnie Greer, John Battle MP, Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, and Dr Usama Hasan are among those who will be taking part in celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) at Westminster Cathedral Hall on Saturday.

The theme is the 'Changing Face of Britain' and it explores how we can challenge racism within our diverse population.  Parishes, Religious communities, other Christian denominations and faith communities, schools, civil society, local and central government, and politicians will be attending.

Bishop Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, said:  "Racism violates the dignity of the individual and the oneness of the human family.  As Christians we have a duty to work towards its eradication. For the past 25 years CARJ has sought to tackle racism and racial discrimination by addressing the needs of minority ethnic and marginalised communities.  During the course of its Silver Jubilee, CARJ has been focusing on the present and future challenges we face as well as celebrating the ever increasing diversity of our Church and our society.  We must take this opportunity to affirm with one voice our ongoing commitment to end racism."

Margaret-Ann Fisken, chair of CARJ, said:  "From its inception 25 years ago, CARJ has had a vision of a Church and a society committed to racial justice.  Over the years we have been blessed with individuals, schools, groups, parishes and dioceses who have worked tirelessly alongside us to identify and eliminate racism, discrimination and xenophobia.  We hope our national event on 7 November will be used as an opportunity to reflect on our achievements and redouble our efforts in our ongoing racial justice work."

The event begins at 10.30am at Westminster Cathedral Hall and will include remarks by Rt Hon John Battle MP, Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, and Dr Usama Hasan on topics such as equality, cohesion, inter-religious dialogue, marginalisation and alienation, and urban disadvantage.  At 2pm, a Mass will be held in the Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop  Vincent Nichols and other Bishops.  The day will conclude with an activity hosted by young people and Bonnie Greer at 4pm.