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17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign Monthly Newsletter - February 2017
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February 2017

Welcome to the February issue of our monthly newsletter.

In this issue;

  • January Report
  • Plans for February
  • April Acts of Remembrance
  • National Hate Crime Awareness Week
  • Hate Crime Sector News
We hope you like what you read, and invite you to let us know what you think.

You can read our newsletter back-issues here.

Mark, James and Clizia
January report
Here are our highlights from January 2017...

Government offer £25,000 funding for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017

We are excited to reveal that we have been offered £25,000 to help fund National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017. We have been negotiating how we will use this money with the Department Local Government and Communities, and will be working closely in partnership with Stop Hate UK again this year.

Read the announcement on the DCLG website here.

Holocaust Memorial Day
We were invited to take place in Lambeth's Holocaust Memorial Day event that took place on Sunday 22nd January at The Ashes Suite, Kia Oval in Vauxhall.

"Life goes on, because Love drives out hate, because Hope is more powerful than fear, because Good people are everywhere.

Look at what happened yesterday, the women of the world stood up and marched in many countries around the globe.

Today - it is up to you to stand up too and keep the positive momentum going, to be the change you want to see in the world, to step up and challenge the politics of fear and hatred, to look after your family, to be part of your local community, to make sure this country is a decent place for people to live, and that we play a positive role in the wider world around us.

If I can make a difference through my work with the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign, imagine what we can achieve working together."


You can read the full speech here.

It is sad to hear that there has been a rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the UK. We stand with the Community Security Trust who are doing some fantastic work. Visit their website here.

National Union of Students NUS Disability Hate Crime Roundtable


17-24-30 were invited to a roundtable discussion at NUS headquarters along with a number of other disability hate crime experts and campaigners, including; Anne Novis (Inclusion London), Stephen Brookes MBE (Disability Hate Crime Network), James Elliot (NUS Disabled Students Offier) and Dr Mark Sherry (professor of Sociology, University of Toledo) amongst others.

NUS are committed to tackling disability hate crime, and plan to develop this area of work in the coming months.

Download NUS No Place For Hate Disability Document (2011) here
Find out more about the NUS Disabled Students Campaign here.

HEAR Network: Charities against Hate Crime Quarterly Meeting

Took place at Jack Dash House in Tower Hamlets on the 26th January.

The meeting included a presentation by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue who are exploring the findings from the Hate Crime Freedom of Information requests that were submitted to the London Boroughs and the City of London in 2016.

More information about the HEAR Human Rights Network here.

UK Hate Crime Network group LinkedIn

The UK Hate Crime Network Group on LinkedIn is gathering momentum and now has over 150 members around the UK.

Find out more about the UK Hate Crime Network Group here.

UNISON LGBT adopt #WeStandTogether Motion

Last year Mark Healey was involved in writing a #WeStandTogether motion for his local Lambeth UNISON LGBT group, this was submitted to the annual conference and adopted  by the UNISON LGBT Campaign.

Mark said "I am very excited about this development and the opportunities it creates to work in partnership with the Trade Union movement to tackle hate crime in the UK, it makes me proud to say that I am a Union member and that UNISON is my Union".

See hate crime sector updates for more information below.

January Newsletter and 2016 Highlights

You can read our previous newsletter and 2016 highlights here.
Plans for February
 Visit My Mosque Day 2017

#VisitMyMosque day is a national initiative where over 150 mosques around the UK are organising an open day, inviting their neighbours and local community to share tea and biscuts and to show them the true face of Islam and Muslims in the UK today.

#VisitMyMosque day is taking place on Sunday 5th February 2017. More information here.

We will be promoting the day through our social media along with links to Tell Mama - the anti-hate crime charity that is doing some great inclusive work tackling Islamophobia. More details about them here.


February is LGBT History Month

The theme for LGBT History Month 2017 is Citizenship, PSHE and Law as we mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

Checkout the LGBT History Month Calendar here.

As part of our work tackling Biphobia, Homophobia and Transphobia, 17-24-30 continues to work with borough LGBT forums in Lambeth, Lewisham, Westminster and Tower Hamlets.

We aim to help facilitate a London-wide meeting of LGBT borough organisers later in the year, and are also planning to organise a marching group to take part in London Pride on Saturday 8th July.

If you are interested in joining our marching group register your interest on our Facebook event page here.

 
Poz Pub Crawl
 
The Poz Pub Crawl organised by GMFA - the gay men's health charity, is now quarterly, taking place on the first Thursday of February, May, August and November.

More information here.
 
Sponsor Me Appeal

Our annual Spring Sponsor Me Campaign aims to raise £800 to cover the running costs of the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign so that we can continue organising the April Acts of Remembrance and National Hate Crime Awareness Week. 

 
Click here to donate to our campaign!
April Acts of Remembrance #AAR
February is the month that we start the process of organising the April Acts of Remembrance to mark the anniversaries of the three nail bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.

Each year, on the 17th, 24th and 30th April we light three candles to represent the three communities that were attacked, in remembrance of the three people John Light, Andrea Dykes and Nik Moore who lost their lives and those who were injured during the attacks.

We give out information about 17-24-30, talk about hate crime and how to report it, and speak to people about their experiences and memories of these horrific events.
We have set up three Facebook events (click on the links below) so that we can update people who are interested in coming along.

This year we are appealing for four more volunteers to help us organise and facilitate these events, to get involved in our on-going work.

If you are interested please contact james@17-24-30.org
Click here for 17th April Brixton Remembers 17-24-30 #AAR2017
Click here for 24th April Brick Lane Remembers 17-24-30 #AAR2017
Click here for 30th April Soho Remembers 17-24-30 #AAR2017
National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW
As mentioned above, the good news is the Government is giving us a grant of £25,000 to fund National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017 in partnership with Stop Hate UK.
 
  • 10% Stop Hate UK
  • 20% Admin Support
  • 10% Volunteer development and expenses
  • 10% Equipment costs
  • 20% National networking
  • 30% Developing NHCAW resources

National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW takes place between the 2nd to 3rd Saturday in October each year.

This year the week will take place between the 14th October to the 22nd October 2017.

We have confirmed with St Paul's Cathedral that the official National Act of Hope and Remembrance will take place on Sunday 15th October 2017 (join the Facebook event page via the link bar below).

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

We are currently looking for four more volunteers to join our organising team. We need people with social media skills - people who know how to use, or want to learn how to use Facebook, MailChimp, Twitter and WordPress.

Can you;
  • Help us build our new National Hate Crime Awareness Week WordPress site.
  • Help us design this year's hate crime awareness campaign?
  • Help us register and upload hate crime awareness events on our UK Google Map?
  • Help out with some of the regular admin that we need to do?
  • Help us with fundraising?
  • Help steward some of our outreach events?
If you are interested in volunteering please contact james@17-24-30.org.
 
Click here 15th Oct 2017 National Act of Remembrance at St Paul's Cathedral - launching National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017
Hate Crime Sector News
Mayor of London Formal Consultation - Policing and Crime

The Mayor is currently conducting a 12 week consultation on their draft Policing and Crime Plan, starting on 1st December and ending on the 2nd March 2017. The final plan will be published the end of March 2017.

Of particular interest is pages 54 to 57 which cover "Standing Together against extremism, hatred and intolerance"

This includes the proposed commitments to;
  • Work with MPS and CPS to take a zero tolerance approach against hate crime.
  • Support the work of TfL, MPS Roads and Transport Policing Command, the British Transport Police and City of London Police to tackle hate crime on public transport to ensure London’s transport system is a safe and welcoming environment for all those who wish to use it. 
  • Roll out the Hate Crime Victims’ Advocates service across London, following a pilot scheme in Hackney and Westminster. 
  • Launch an Online Hate Crime Hub to provide a dedicated policing response to online offences. 
  • Ensure that the approach to safeguarding against radicalisation is in line with our city-wide approach to social integration. 
  • Work with the Deputy Mayor for Social Integration to support community cohesion and resilience
However we noticed one omission - the draft Policing and Crime Plan makes no explicit mention of renewing the MOPAC Hate Crime Reduction Strategy that the previous Mayor launched in December 2015. This current strategy runs out on 2017 so we encourage people to respond to the consultation and ask the Mayor to update the MOPAC Hate Crime Reduction Strategy.

Email consultation@mopac.london.gov.uk more details on the Mayor's website here.

UNISON LGBT Conference adopts #WeStandTogether Motion

In November 2016 Lambeth UNISON LGBT group submitted a #WeStandTogether motion to UNISON LGBT's annual conference in Llandudno - which was debated and adopted,

Conference therefore calls on the national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) committee to work with the national executive council (NEC) and other appropriate sections of the union to:

1. Promote a message of HOPE across the UK: A. Hate crime awareness needs to be raised; B. Operational responses to hate crime need to be improved; C. Prevention of hate crime needs to be adequately resourced; D. Empowering communities to have their voices heard, to report hate crime and access hate crime advice and support services;
2. Support the #WeStandTogether #NoPlaceForHate campaign and develop a UNISON version of the campaign, working with other trade unions as appropriate;
3. Promote and support the development of National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW across the UK;
4. Encourage branches to take a proactive approach to challenge and tackle hate crime in all its forms highlighting the fact that hate crime incidences can have more than one motivating factor;
5. Provide guidance for branches on negotiating policies and procedures relating to hate crime with employers, and for UNISON stewards and workplace representatives on how to recognise hate crime and how to support members who are subjected to hate crimes, including encouraging reporting and access to advice and support services.

Conference further calls on the national LGBT committee to encourage branch and regional groups to:

6. Work with local authorities and with LGBT and other community organisations as appropriate on initiatives and strategies to combat homophobic, biphobic, transphobic and other forms of hate crime;
7. Challenge cuts to hate crime advice and support services;
8. Promote and distribute resources, such as posters and leaflets, to raise awareness of hate crime and seek, where feasible, a designated hate crime section on regional/branch websites;
9. Signpost local, regional and national hate crime advice and support services where appropriate (including the True Vision website);
10. Encourage members to report all hate incidents or hate crimes, either directly to the Police or via a third party reporting centre;
11. Publish step by step guidance on how to report a hate incident or hate crime including what follow up actions members should expect.
12. Organise and/or facilitate hate crime awareness events and activities including #WeStandTogether #NoPlaceForHate events to show solidarity with and support those affected by hate crime.
13. Call on our members to continue to stand up against discrimination wherever it occurs.


Download the full 2016 National LGBT Conference Decisions here.
More information about UNISON LGBT Campaign can be found here.

Illustrating Gender Project

Gerald Coll-Plans www.gcollplanas.com has asked us to share the Illustrating Gender Project that has been launched at http://www.dibgen.com/index-en.html.

It consists of an illustrated book (that can be downloaded for free), four animated video clips (dealing with the difference between sex and gender; the debate biology/nurture; the inequalities between men and women; and LGBTI issues), and a handbook to use this material in educational settings.

Hope Not Hate National Weekend of Action 18/19 February

Hope Not hate want to deliver a message of HOPE to every community in Britain. They want to celebrate our multi-cultural society and the contribution that immigrants have made.

They want to show how different communities can live together and they want to campaign for the right of EU Nationals currently living in the UK to be allowed to remain after Brexit.

Following the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, Hope Not Hate want to build upon the momentum created by the Women's movement on the 21st January and build the resistance to challenge Donald's politics of Fear and Hatred.

Find out more information here.

Real DPO Ltd Disability Hate Crime Project

Real, a Disabled People's Organisation based in Tower Hamlets have received a £60,000 grant from Trust for London to establish a Disability Hate Crime Reporting Centre at Jack Dash House.

Our Mark is working on this project, along with Hannah and Rob, a student intern Alix and five Arcadia students who are carrying out a research project to assist with the development of the project.

If you are interested in volunteering contact mark.healey@real.org.uk

Inclusion London #DisabilityHateCrimeMatters

Inclusion London have been doing some fantastic work with the police and Disabled People's Organisations across London to develop the #DisabilityHateCrimeMatters campaign.

More information on their website here.

Westminster Briefing - Countering Extremism and Radicalism

Countering extremism remains a priority for both Government and those who keep our communities safe. Local services continue to embed obligations - such as the Prevent duty - set out in the 2015 Counter-Extremism Strategy. The Government also intends to introduce a Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill.

More details here.

London Hate Crime Blog

We are working on updating the London Hate Crime Blog - if you have any news about the Hate Crime Sector that you would like us to share please contact mark@17-24-30.org

 
Click here to view the London Hate Crime Blog
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