The Alliance Party in Causeway Coast and Glens ensured the Black Lives Matter campaign was supported in the area by securing Council buildings where lit up in recognition.
Speaking after Cloonevin was lit up on June 9th, Alderman Yvonne Boyle said the move recognised the local support for the movement, whilst also respecting the current Covid-19 restrictions.
She said: “Councillor Chris McCaw and I are pleased that after our request Cloonevin has been lit up in this manner. The recent death of George Floyd and subsequent protests have rightly prompted each of us to examine our own attitude towards racism.
“As a former teacher of anti-oppressive practice in social work, assisting social work students to address their biases, I am committed to continue ‘to listen, learn and engage’ on this important issue.
“Sadly that in 2020 Racism remains an issue that needs addressed in Northern Ireland and in Causeway Coast and Glens Council area it is disappointing to see 36 crimes of this nature recorded in the last two years, with concerns around the levels of under reporting.
“Together we can change the narrative.”