National Hate Crime Awareness Week 11-18th October 2014
Organised by 17-24-30 in partnership with Stop Hate UK
It is with great pleasure that I write to inform you of our plans for this year's National Hate Crime Awareness Week which will take place between the 11th to 18th October 2014.
We will start the week with a special launch event at St Paul's Cathedral 6.30pm on Saturday 11th October.
Sylvia Lancaster will light the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance, which will then stay burning in St Paul's Cathedral for the duration of the week in front of the painting The Light of the World.
- Mark Healey 17-14-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign
- Rose Simkins Stop Hate UK
- Sylvia Lancaster S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation
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During the week we are calling on all local authorities, police services and their partners along with key stakeholders within our communities to work with us to raise awareness of hate crime and promote local initiatives to prevent it.
Why is this important? because people are still facing attacks on a daily basis because of who they are. Disabled people are being verbally abused whilst using public transport, Trans people are being attacked on our streets, People of faith are being targeted because of their beliefs, whilst others are targeted because of the colour of their skin, and Lesbians, bisexuals and gay men are still being subject to abuse. It is time for all of this abuse and harassment to stop - which is why we need your help.
Some London Boroughs are using the week to promote their online hate crime reporting forms. Some are holding Hate Crime Reporting Stalls in their local libraries whilst others are organising talks about hate crime and meetings to bring people together to discuss how to tackle hate crime within their local communities.
Saturday 18th October is this year's International Day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by Hate Crime and a series of solidarity vigils will be taking place around the UK and abroad. In the UK Solidarity Vigils against Hate Crime have taken place in Brighton, Ipswich, Kettering, London, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Norwich, Plymouth, Reading and Wellingborough. We hope more will take place this year!
What is going on in your area? We would love to know, so if you have the responsibility for the hate crime remit please get in contact and tell us what services are available in your area. If your organising a hate crime awareness event tell us about it and we will help you promote it through our social media networks.
And if nothing is happening in your area - now is the time to raise this with your local authorities as they have a statutory duty to have a plan in place to tackle crime - and that includes hate crime! Again - let us know so we can support you.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Mark and Rose
P.S. Please share what we are doing via your social networking profiles as widely as possible, we can only get the word out to the widest number of people with your support.