Anti-racism motion to go before council

Black Lives Matter Oban show of solidarity in town earlier this year.

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A call is being made on Argyll and Bute Council to take a stand against racism, hate crime and all forms of intolerance.

Oban councillors Kieron Green and Julie McKenzie will present a motion to the council at its September 24 meeting asking members to show their support so Argyll and Bute can be recognised as a welcoming area for everyone.

The motion has been worked on in conjunction with Black Lives Matter Oban and 846Solidarity which are both dedicated to learning about and acting against racism.

Councillor McKenzie said: ‘Hopefully we will raise awareness and play our part in ensuring the council takes a positive step forward, building on good work already done, to ensure a better Argyll and Bute for everyone.’

Jakki Spicer, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Oban and 846Solidarity, added: ‘It is important to recognise that, unfortunately, racism and xenophobia do exist in our beautiful corner of the world and to do something positive about it.’