Back in June here on the News and Reviews blog we posted our support for the Hope Not Hate campaign ahead of the European Elections. Liverpool Acoustic continues to stand firm alongside those who take positive action to combat fascism, hatred, bigotry, violence and discrimination in any form.
Liverpool Acoustic fully supports the Candlelight Vigil that’s taking place in Stanley Street in Liverpool City Centre on Sunday 1st November at 8pm. It is hoped that thousands of people will congregate in support of James Parkes, the 22 year old trainee police officer, who was savagely beaten by a gang of brainless young thugs last Sunday.
I’ll be there. Will you join me?
The following is taken from the facebook group that can be found here
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA
Sunday 1st November at 8 pm on Stanley St, Liverpool.
This event has been organized by “friends of the liverpool gay scene” following the shocking homophobic attack that has recently taken place on Stanley St, the heart of Liverpool’s gay quarter.
United by our cause, the assault of James Parkes and let us not forget the tragic loss of Michael Causer, many within the Gay community are confused, angry and at a loss over how we can make a positive lasting difference, sooner rather than later, against homophobia in such dark times.
We hear many calls for ‘real action’ to be taken both peacefully and with great anger, however it would be unwise for us to be overly passive and counterproductive of us to fight with fire but we can take that burning desire for change and turn into to something that will unite us in a positive and peaceful way.
This event is not a march or a chance to vent our anger but it is a chance to reflect, debate, comfort and bring our community together to show Liverpool that we have light at the end of the dark tunnel in the ongoing struggle against homophobia.
We can no longer tolerate brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, family and friends being denied the basic human right to feel safe in Liverpool Gay quarter so please bring a candle and join your friends, family and community in Stanley St this coming Sunday to light up these dark times.
This event has been arranged quite quickly and although many “friends of Liverpool gay scene” are involved anyone willing to help with the organization or promotion of this event please feel free to get involved as this is a community gathering,not a political, group or self promotional event.
The next Liverpool Acoustic monthly newsletter will follow on Monday 2nd November.
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.