National Hate Crime Week 2014
organised by 17-24-30 in partnership with Stop Hate UK
We are almost there,
Less than 36 hours until our launch event at St Paul's Cathedral, starting a week of hate crime awareness events around the UK.
We are honoured that Sylvia Lancaster, the mother of Sophie Lancaster who was murdered in a horrific hate crime attack in 2007 is joining us to light the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime. The candle will remain in St Paul's for the duration of the week.
Have you booked your free tickets for the launch at St Pauls on Saturday? click here to do so.
You can find out more about the great work Sylvia Lancaster is doing with the S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation here including the first Alternative Solutions to Hate Crime Conference she is organising in Burnley Mechanic this November.
We certainly plan to be there.
Have you checked the National Hate Crime Events Listing on the Stop Hate UK website to see what is going on in your area? click here to do so.
Every Local Authority has a statutory duty to have a Crime Reduction Strategy in place, drafted in consultation with other local authorities, the police and local communities to tackle crime in their areas and this should how they plan to eliminate hate crime.
Stop Hate UK recently wrote to all the Police and Crime Commissioners to ask them to reaffirm their commitment to tackle all forms of hate crime and we are please to see that some have already made statements to their local press like the Police and Crime Commissioner in Derbyshire did here.
But we still have some way to go to get every area involved which is why we need you to forward this email to your local authority and ask them what they are doing. Make sure you copy in your local MP and us too (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You can look up your MP's contact details on the Parliament website here.
We have written to all of the political leaders and asked them for letters of support which we expect will arrive shortly. Here is what they wrote to us last year.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and Norman Baker MP - the Minister for Crime at the Home Office are both preparing letters for us too.
Now that we have established the National Hate Crime Awareness Week as an annual event in the UK, 17-24-30 and Stop Hate UK are already planning for 2015. Look out for our hash tags #HCAW14 for this year's events and #HCAW15 for next year.
We need more volunteers to help us so please get in touch if you want to be involved.
In hope and remembrance for all those affected by hate crime,
Founder 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign