A FLAG is being flown at half-mast today (June 25) in memory of George Floyd one month on from his death in America.

The flag will be flown at half-mast at Wokingham Borough Council’s Shute End civic offices from 7.30am until 6pm.

George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died after a police officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25, provoking riots in many US cities and demonstrations across the world.

The council said inclusivity and equality are at the heart of everything it does and, through the services it provides, it always aim to treat everyone fairly and without discrimination.

It said the gesture is to illustrate the council’s clear support for, and commitment to, ensuring equal opportunities for all and the ending of racism and discrimination.

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The council’s commitment goes beyond flying a flag and has, in liaison with the borough’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Forum, launched a comprehensive survey to give an opportunity for all the community to share experiences and views on racism in the borough.

This survey will inform an action plan to tackle the issue that will be put together with the BME Forum and wider BAME community.

Borough Mayor Cllr Malcolm Richards said: “Here at Wokingham Borough Council we are joining Wokingham Town Council and Earley Town Council to pay our respects to George Floyd.

“There is no place for racism in our community and we are committed to tackling it.

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“We still want to hear from residents across the borough about their experiences of race and racism and would encourage them to take part in our survey.”

The Tackling Racism Matters survey invites all people to share their experiences of race and community cohesion in the borough and detail any specific racist incidents.

Anyone interested in taking part in the survey should visit the council’s website at: www.wokingham.gov.uk and search ‘current consultations’.