Letters and statements of support #HCAW2014

Letters of Support

Letters and statements of support for this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness week organised by 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign in partnership with Stop Hate UK have been received from the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Leader of the opposition and the Minister for Crime.

Prime Minsister David Cameron wrote;

“Hate Crime Awareness Week reminds us of the devastating effect of hate crime on victims, their families and entire communities. It is a chance to remember those who have suffered or who continue to face intolerance and hatred.

We remember those who were killed and injured 15 years ago in the appalling nail bomb attacks in London, which targeted people because of the colour of their skin or their sexual orientation; we remember Ian Baynham who was killed in Trafalgar Square five years ago in a homophobic attack; we remember all those who were killed or injured before and since and think about their friends and families who must live with terrible consequences of hate crime every day.

Such acts must be totally rejected – every person, no matter their background, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, beliefs or ethnicity, should be allowed to live their lives without fear of being abused or attacked because of who they are – this is a basic right and one we all share.

We all have a responsibility to challenge hatred. Whether that’s addressing attitudes and behaviours that foster prejudice; intervening at an early age to educate children about tolerance; urging role models to set a good example, or backing communities so they feel confident to speak out against hatred.

And of course, the Government and law enforcers have a critical role to play too. The Government needs to make sure the best legislation and protections are in place to safeguard victims and give police and prosecutors the best possible tools; the police service needs to make sure victims feel confident in coming forward by thoroughly investigating allegations and robustly pursuing offenders; and prosecutors need to support witnesses and bring perpetrators to justice.

I am confident that the Government is making good progress in delivering on our commitments to tackle hate crime. We have strengthened the legal framework and improved how hate crime is reported and measured. We will continue to focus on our three core areas: to prevent hate crime happening in the first place; to increase reporting and access to support; and to improve the operational response to hate crime.

However, I know that still more needs to be done by all agencies and authorities, working in partnership with communities and charities like Stop Hate UK and 17-24-30, to ensure victims are heard, offenders are brought to justice and communities feel protected.

The UK is a far stronger place because of its diversity. People of different backgrounds all help make this great country. Let us all go forward together in the name of unity to confront hatred and intolerance.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg wrote;

“No-one should ever have to feel threatened or afraid of being who they are, because of their sexuality, beliefs, race, gender or disability.

“During Hate Crime Awareness Week, we remember those people who have suffered as victims of hate crime, as well as their families and friends, and stand with them to say we will not tolerate this abuse.

“In Britain, we pride ourselves on being a modern, diverse and open society. There’s no place in our society for discrimination of any kind. That’s why, in this Coalition Government, we’ve focused on preventing these kinds of attacks, increasing the reporting of hate crimes when they do happen and ensuring victims receive our full support.

“We can’t change things on our own. This is a constant challenge that we need to face together. Hate Crime Awareness Week is a stark reminder of what more we need to do: eliminating hate crime and building the fairer society everyone in Britain deserves.”

Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband wrote;

“I want to add my support to this year’s hate crime awareness week.

This year’s events come on the fifth anniversary of the appalling murder of Ian Baynham in Trafalgar Square. Despite the progress we have made on equality elsewhere, too many young men and women still face the daily experience of discrimination.

I know that Britain is better than the prejudice and hatred directed at too many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

This is why hate crimes awareness week and the many community and faith events happening across the country to support it are so important in affirming our collective commitment to speak out against hatred and persecution.

We have come a long way on the journey against homophobia and transphobia. Together, we have brough equality closer, from ending Section 28 to outlawing discrimination in the workplace in the everyday provision of goods and services. I am proud of the part that Labour MPs and Peers played in securing the sucessful passage of equal marriage through Parliament. Britain is better because of these changes.

But there is still unfinished business.

For every young person scared to come out or facing bullying in the playground, we stall have a job to do. For all those in other countries who are facing persecution and even death because of their sexuality, we still have a job to do.

But the legacy of equality has always been that when communities come together to organise a better society, progress has been made.

As you gather at events and vigils throughout Hate Crime Awareness Week, remember those who have suffereed and be restless for change.

Together we can build a more equal and just society.”

Norman Baker MP

Minister for Crime Prevention, Norman Baker MP wrote;

“Living without the fear of being abused or attacked because of who you are is a basic human right and one we all share. I welcome Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014 as an invaluable opportunity to raise public awareness and encourage local action against all forms of hate crime.

Targeting a person or a group based on their disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender-identity or any other personal characteristic is completely unacceptable and has no place in a civilised society.

In my role as Minister for Crime Prevention I have had the privilege of seeing the valuable work that groups like 17-24-30 do in raising awareness and supporting victims of all forms of hate crime. Earlier this year I met with Sylvia Lancaster from the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, who has built a lasting legacy to her daughter whose murder was defined by the court as a hate crime. We discussed how to raise awareness of hate crimes against people from alternative subcultures amongst young people, police and other agencies. The work of organisations such as these is essential in ensuring that the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred are challenged, so that everyone has the freedom to live their lives free from hostility or harassment on the grounds of who they are.

The most recent update of our cross-government hate crime action plan ‘Challenge it, Report it, Stop it’ was published in May. As a progress report, it provides an overview of our achievements since the action plan was established in March 2012. In the report, we  also highlight issues that have emerged or continued to evolve and have renewed our commitment to focus attention on disability hate crime,  online hatred, extremism and anti-Muslim hatred. We are working across government, with our partners, the voluntary sector and on an international level to take action in each of these areas.

As part of our commitment to build a better understanding of hate crime and how it affects different people, I attended a meeting of the All-party parliamentary group on autism and learning disabilities in May to listen to the issues of the group about hate crimes against people with autism and learning disabilities. I have also met with the government’s Independent Advisory Group on hate crime. This group includes experts from across the hate crime sector and victims.

Following the recent rise in anti-Semitic hate crime in Britain we are liaising closely with the Jewish community to support them in combating it. I plan to visit the Community Security Trust, an organisation that supports the Jewish community and monitors anti-Semitic incidents, later this month, and Ministers across government have already met with representatives from Jewish communities to discuss the situation. New guidance for dealing with hate crimes, which includes advice for dealing with anti-Semitic incidents and how to monitor and deal with community tensions, has recently been issued to police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Getting the response to hate crime right depends on deep local knowledge of victims, offenders and communities. Our action plan emphasises the importance of local areas taking the lead in tackling hate crime, with professionals, the voluntary sector and communities working together to deal with local issues and priorities. I congratulate all local areas who have organised events this Hate Crime Awareness week to promote local services and initiatives.

I am conscious that there is more we can do to tackle hate crime and it is one of my top priorities in my role. I will use Hate Crime Awareness week as an opportunity to remember those who have been affected by hate crime and consider how best to take further action to end these dreadful acts. We are making real progress in tackling hate crime, but there is still much to do to confront the hatred and hostility that still exists in our society.

I would encourage anyone who is a victim of hate crime to come forward and report the incident to the police, so we know where incidents are happening. You can report incidents directly to the police online through True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk.”

Mark Healey outside Parliament

Founder of 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign, Mark Healey said.

“I hope this week, our 3rd National Hate Crime Awareness Week will inspire even more people to get involved. That we will  continue to build upon this week each year until there is absolutely no place for hate in any of our communities.

All forms of bullying, harassment, emotional abuse, physical and sexual violence are not acceptable in this day and age, we need to collectively take responsibility and stop shifting the blame onto others for these things. It is time to realise that together we have the opportunity to do something about this now.

So I am calling upon every leader and every follower to take up this challenge – do what you can do to challenge, prevent and stop hate crime today. Communicate within your families, your communities and circles of friends and encourage others to join us in this global campaign to eliminate hate crime.

Every Local Authority has a statutory duty to ensure that they have a Crime Reduction plan in place, and that includes a plan to tackle all forms of hate crime. It’s time for us to check that they do, to make sure that tackling hate crime is not just given lip service but is actually followed through.

In my view every council should have a Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator to help draft local Hate Crime Prevention Plans in partnership with the relevant council departments, the local police and the communities they serve.

We need these people in place to help drive forward these plans, to make sure the Government’s National Hate Crime Prevention Plan is implemented at every level throughout the UK and in this time of austerity adequately resourced.

I’m confident that five year’s on from the death of Ian Baynham we are making progress, but I have seen hate crime drop down some people’s agendas and we need this week to remind them to put it back at the top.

Take the MOPAC 7 for example – it should be the MOPAC 8 and  include clear targets for the Metropolitan Police Service to tackle Hate. I’d like to see this implemented when we elect the next Mayor of London.

Each year we have seen more people becoming aware of this campaign and getting involved in tackling hate crime.

I am pleased to see these letters and statements of support from the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Minister of Crime Prevention which show that this campaign is being taken seriously by those at the top.

I am pleased to hear about all the hate crime events that are being organised around the UK this week. It is good to see so many local authorities, police services, and community organisations getting involved.

This is a national call for action to see all forms of Hate Crime tackled and eliminated across the UK.

Every Council, Every Police Service, Every Community, Everyone of us has a part to play – it is time to get involved and say – HERE THERE IS NO PLACE FOR HATE!

Five years on Ian Baynham, we are still standing up for you.”

Ian Baynham

MORE LETTERS OF SUPPORT WIILL APPEAR ON OUR WORDPRESS SITE IN DUE COURSE

Launch event at St Paul’s Cathedrall #HCAW2014

Saturday 11th October 2014 we will be gathering at St Paul’s Cathedral London at 6.15pm for a special service to mark the start of this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

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Sylvia Lancaster, mother of murdered Goth Sophie Lancaster will light the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime and speak about the SOPHIE LANCASTER Foundation that she has founded to Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere.

Information about Sophie Lancaster foundation here.

International Day

Saturday 18th October, we will be marking the 6th International Day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by Hate Crime with a series of Vigils around the UK.

We welcome people to post selfies and comments of support of our 17-24-30 Facebook page here.

REGISTERED FOR WEB GIFWe invite you to put your Hands up for Challenging Hate – send Stop Hate UK a photo of your hand to include in their Hate Crime Awareness Week Mosaic info@ stophateuk.org

Stop Hate UK National Hate Crime Events Listing

A list of Hate Crime Awareness Events and activities are available here on the Stop Hate UK website.

If you are organising an event, send the details to info@ stophateuk.org to get it listed.

NATIONAL HATE CRIME AWARENESS WEEK 2015

At the end of this week 17-24-30 and Stop Hate UK will be meeting to start the process of planning for next year.

If you would like to be involved then please get in touch info@ 17-24-30.org

 

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#HCAW14 National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014

2014 Awareness Week LogoThis year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week will be organised by 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign in partnership with Stop Hate UK

Dates confirmed for 2014:

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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 11th-18th October 2014

Special launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral

Organised by 17-24-30 in partnership with Stop Hate UK

You are warmly invited to this special event at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 11th October 2014 to mark the launch of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014 organised by 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign in partnership with Stop Hate UK.

This short service will include:

  • Arrival Choir music
  • Welcoming Speech by St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Speech by Mark Healey (17-24-30) and Rose Simkins (Stop Hate UK)
  • Lighting of National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime by Sylvia Lancaster (mother of Sophie Lancaster).
  • Choir Music during community lighting of candles
  • Speech by Sylvia Lancaster S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancaster Foundation
  • Blessing by St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Retiring Collection in aid of S.O.P.H.I.E. Lancanster Foundation
  • Departing Choir music

We plan to have BSL signers available.

National Candle of Hope and Remembrance

This will be the third time the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance will be on display within St Paul’s Cathedral for the duration of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

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The candle will be positioned in front of The Light of the World (1853-54) painting by William Holman Hunt.

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In 2012 the candle was lit by Carolyn and Peggy Moore, the sister and mother of Nick Moore who was killed on the 30th April 1999 along with Andrea Dykes and John Light during the Soho nail bomb attack on The Admiral Duncan bar. Many others were injured during the three nail bomb attacks targeted at the black community of Brixton (17th April 1999), the Asian community of Brick Lane (24th April 199) and the gay community of Soho (30th April 1999).

Jenny Baynham and friends

In 2013 the candle was lit by Jenny Baynham and friends, the sister of Ian Baynham who was homophobically attacked and beaten in Trafalgar Square (25 September 2009), dying 18 days later from the injuries he sustained.

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This year we have invited Sylvia Lancaster, the mother of Sophie Lancaster who was subjected to a vicious mob attack along with her boyfriend Robert Maltby (11 August 2007),  she died from the injuries she sustained on the 24th August 2007. This lead to Greater Manchester Police announcing that they would officially begin to record offences committed against Goths and other alternative groups, as hate crimes, as they do with offences aimed at someone’s race, disability or sexual orientation.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

The first National Hate Crime Awareness Week was organised by Mark Healey in October 2012, and is now in it’s third year. This year the week is being organised by 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign in partnership with Stop Hate UK.

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The aim of the week is to provide a focus for local authorities, their partners and local community groups and organisation to organise and promote a wide range of events with the purpose of raising public awareness of hate crime whilst promoting local provision for those affected by hate crime.

Individuals can take part by helping to share information about this event and other hate crime events online through social networking and getting involved in local events which will be listed on the 17-24-30 Facebook Page and Stop Hate UK website.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week objectives

The agreed objectives of National Hate Crime Awareness Week this year are to:

1) Raise as much awareness of hate crime as possible by encouraging local authorities, their partners and key stakeholders in the community to organise a wide range of awareness raising events and campaigns to promote local services and hate crime initiatives.

2) To develop a National Hate Crime Calendar to assist the promotion of hate crime events and activities within the UK. This will be located on the Stop Hate UK website.

3) To encourage and facilitate networking between those tackling hate crime within the UK and abroad.

4) To secure funding for future National Hate Crime Awareness Weeks and a National Hate Crime Administrator post, to help facilitate future weeks. This post will be based with Stop Hate UK.

5) To recruit a team of people to oversee plans for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015, to develop and promote future weeks so that they reach a much wider audience.

Contact us if you would like to be involved

If you are organising a hate crime awareness event this year please let us know so we can help you promote it via our websites and social networking profiles.

HCAW14 Hashtag

We will be using the #HCAW14 hash tag this year.

Contacts:

Websites:

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Change.org petition launched by 17-24-30 to raise awareness of the 15th Anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks and appeal to Faith Leaders, Politicians and Election Candidates to pledge their support

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We believe that it is important to actively remember the victims of hate crime, to show our support to those who have had their lives changed forever by acts of hate. We state clearly that hate crime is not acceptable in our communities and that we will work together to tackle this problem.

Fifteen years ago this April, David Copeland – the London Nail Bomber -  set out to stir up fear and hatred by targetting communities with nail bombs in the lead up to the UK’s elections in the hope that he would light a spark that would divide communities and lead to the election of the BNP. Luckily he was caught and his plan failed but not before he had planted three nail bombs – targetting Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.

The first nail bomb was planted in Brixton on the 17th April 1999, targetting the local Black community. It exploded next to the Iceland store and injured 47 people including a young child that was sitting in a child’s buggy nearby.

The second nail bomb was targetted at the Asian communities around Brick Lane on the 24th April. It exploded next to the Sweet and Spicy Restaurant opposite Brick Lane Police station injuring 6 people including the owner of the restaurant and members of his family.

The third and final nail bomb was planted in The Admiral Duncan bar in Soho on the 30th April. It was targetted against the local gay community, exploding at 6.37pm killing three people (John Light, Nick Moore and Andrea Dykes – and her unborn child) and injuring many more.

The 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign was set up in April 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of these attacks – to remember what happened, to show our support to those affected by these attacks, to help organise the annual April Acts of Remembrance and to encourage our communities work closely together to tackle all forms of hate crime. 17-24-30 takes it’s name from the dates of these three attacks, symbolically joining the three dates to remind our communities that violence and hate crime affects us all and that we must join together to tackle and hopefully eliminate this problem.

As we approach the 15th anniversary of these attacks, and start organising the annual April Acts of Remembrance we are calling upon all Faith Leaders, all Politicians and all potential candidates in the forthcoming elections to pledge their commitment to tackling all forms of hate crime, to stand with us, and with those affected by hate crime, to condemn all acts of violence and terrorism and to work together to prevent events like this happeninig again.

We invite everyone to mark the anniversaries of  the London Nail Bomb attacks this year by joining our pledge to keep on tackling all forms of hate crime – we can all help to make this world a safer place for all, no place for hate.

Mark Healey

Founder 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign

Click this link to go to the Petition Page! 

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April Acts of Remembrance – Appeal for Volunteers

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This April marks the 15th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks when David Copeland set out to stir up fear and hatred by planting a series of nail bombs across London targeting the Black, Asian and Gay communities of Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.

Each year 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign organise the April Acts of Remembrance to mark the anniversaries of these horrific events and provide an opportunity for people to show their support to those affected by these attacks.

In Brixton (17th April) and Brick Lane (24th April) we tend to organise a small gathering at the site of the bomb attacks, lighting three candles which represent the three communities that were attacked, talking to passers-by about what happened, and taking a moment to reflect upon what happened and how we hope to stop it happening again.

In Soho (30th April) there is a short Act of Remembrance in St Anne’s Gardens. Friends and family gather at The Admiral Duncan from 5pm onwards before walking round to the gardens about 6.10pm for a service lead by Rev Simon Buckley from St Anne’s Church. We remember the three people killed during the Soho bombing; Nick Moore, John Light and Andrea Dykes. There are usually a few speeches, a moment of silence and a song sung by a local choir.

We are currently in the process of organising this year – if you would like to come along and join us please get in touch Mark@17-24-30.org (please mention which dates your available) or sign up to our Facebook events to follow what is taking place. We need volunteers to help us steward these events.

Everyone is welcome who wants to come along.

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Vauxhall IDAHO Tree replanted in Lambeth

POSTED BY LAMBETH COUNCIL ⋅ FEBRUARY 26, 2014

MP Kate Hoey, Cllr Jack Hopkins and Lambeth Hate Crime Coordinator Mark Healey replanting Tree

MP Kate Hoey, Cllr Jack Hopkins and Lambeth Hate Crime Coordinator Mark Healey replanting Tree

Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey (left), Cllr Jack Hopkins (centre) and Mark Healey (right), Lambeth Council’s Hate Crime Coordinator, at the replanting of the IDAHO tree.

The Vauxhall IDAHO Tree marking Lambeth’s opposition to homophobic hate crimes around the world has been replanted in Lambeth.

Speakers including Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey warned of the discrimination still faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in countries like Russia, Uganda and Nigeria as they planted Chinese privet on a site at the Albert Embankment.

The tree replaced an apple blossom which was planted several years ago to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO), but has since died. The original tree commemorated victims of hate crimes, including David Morley (known affectionately as “Sinders” within the LGBT community) who was killed on the South Bank in 2004, and Jody Dobrowski who was killed on Clapham Common in 2005.

Vauxhall One and Vauxhall Gay Business Forum asked for the tree to be replaced during LGBT History month this month [February], and to show solidarity with Russian colleagues during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. They also wanted to draw attention to the persecution of LGBT communities taking place in Nigeria and Uganda.

Ms Hoey, who joined Cllr Jack Hopkins, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, to plant the tree, said: “All of us who live in Vauxhall want to live in a society, in a neighbourhood, in a community where we all can be free from fear.

“This tree is a symbol of why it matters that we don’t condone, in any way or any shape or form, homophobia.

“It is particularly sad that this is happening in a week when a major Commonwealth country, Uganda, has just passed a law that is making homosexuality illegal.”

Mark Healey, Lambeth Council’s Hate Crime Coordinator, said almost 100 homophobic incidents had been reported to local police already this year – but the figure was only the “tip of the problem”.

He said: “A recent survey found that only one in six gay people report incidents to the police, so we could be looking at another 500-plus incidents that we are not aware of this year alone. We want to appeal to all victims of hate crime to come forward and tell us what they have experienced so we can do something about it.”

“We are replanting the tree today to reaffirm our collective commitment to tackling homophobia in Lambeth, to make Lambeth a safe place for all; no place for hate.”

The evergreen Chinese privet was donated by Alistair Johnstone, from Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces after Mark Oakley from the Vauxhall Gay Business Forum and Frances Fraser from Vauxhall One reported that the original tree had died.

Anyone who has experienced hate crime in the borough can report it via the Lambeth Council website hate crime reporting form or contact Mark Healey Lambeth’s Hate Crime Coordinator 020 7926 2796 or by email mhealey1@lambeth.gov.uk.

In an emergency always contact the Police on 999.

More pictures of this event on the Lambeth LGBT Facebook page (click here).

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Letters of support from the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition

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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, wrote:

“I strongly back this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week which once again raises this important issue around the country.
 
Crimes motivated by hatred have no place in modern-day Britain and I know that communities all over the country are united in their condemnation of such despicable acts.
 
Hate crime manifests itself in many ways: from homophobic bullying and harassment of people with disabilities to acts of terrorism perpetrated in the name of religion and those who target entire communities in a twisted form of retribution.
 
This year I joined other politicians, public figures and ordinary people with the family of Stephen Lawrence to remember his death twenty years on. It was a stark reminder of the devastation caused by hate crime.
 
Next year is the 15th anniversary of another appalling act – that of the nail bomb attacks in London which killed three people and injured many more. These were not just attacks on the African-Caribbean, Bangladeshi and LGBT communities – they were attacks on us all.
 
While these dreadful acts happened some time ago, sadly hate crimes still take place. Therefore, it’s important that victims have the confidence to come forward either to the police or to support groups, such as the 17-24-30 organisation. And it’s just as important that police, prosecutors and courts do everything in their powers to pursue offenders and bring them to justice.
 
That’s why earlier this year I set up a task force to oversee how government is tackling extremism. This brings together key departments: education, health, home office and justice to ensure the system not only pursues and prosecutes offenders but prevents crimes happening in the first place.
 
I do believe that a lot of progress has been made over the years but we must all recognise that still more needs to be done if we are to say that the job is complete.
 
This is why raising awareness of the issue is so crucial and it is heartening to see so many people taking part in events up and down the country this week to get the message across. We will see solidarity vigils in public spaces, venues will be hosting special training and educational events, and volunteers will be distributing leaflets in our towns and cities.
 
Meanwhile, other organisations and venues will highlight the issue in a more colourful way by ‘painting the town purple’, with bright decorations and posters. The week then culminates with the International Day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime.
 
Let us all join in remembering those who have been killed or affected by hatred and let it give us hope that crimes like these are stopped. We owe that to the memory of those who have lost their lives to hatred.”

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said:

“As we mark the start of Hate Crime Awareness week, my thoughts are with all of you who have suffered as a result of these deplorable and cowardly acts against individuals and entire sections of our society.

“Your strength and unity reminds us all that hate crime must be challenged.  Hate crime is always an attack on the core values and freedoms which underpin our society. Standing together in this way is the greatest show of strength for those who suffer hate crimes, and demonstrates the greatest condemnation of those who commit them.

“This Government stands with you.”

And the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband  stated:

The Act of Remembrance and Renewal provides an opportunity to remember all those affected by hate crimes. The act of lighting a candle of hope is not just about remembering; It is also positive affirmation of our collective commitment to speak up and speak out against hatred and persecution.

As we approach the fourth year since the appalling murder of Ian Baynham in Trafalgar Square, the annual events of Hate Crime Awareness Week play a vital role in bringing communities together across the country.

We have come a long way on the journey against homophobia and transphobia. I am proud of the part that Labour MPs and Peers played in securing the successful passage of equal marriage through Parliament. Britain is better because of equal marriage.

Together, we have brought equality closer, from ending Section 28 to outlawing discrimination in the workplace in the everyday provision of goods and services.

But there is still unfinished business.

For every young person scared to come out or facing bullying in the playground, we still have a job to do. For every gay couple abused in the street, we still have a hob to do. For every victim attacked for simply being who they are, we still have a job to do.

I know that Britain is better than the prejudice and hatred directed at too many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. As you gather at events and vigils throughout Hate Crime Awareness Week remember those who have suffered, and be restless for change.

Together we can build a more equal and just society.”

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Comment by Mark Healey, 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign

I’m very pleased to receive these important messages of support from our Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Four years on from the death of Ian Baynham the organisation 17-24-30 has established October as the month where we encourage people across the UK and abroad to do something to tackle hate crime in our communities. It is good to see people working together in partnership with each other, with their local police and councils, promoting and supporting local anti-hate crime initiatives.

I hope this week will inspire more people to get involved. That we can continue to build upon the National Hate Crime Awareness Week each year until there is absolutely no place for hate in any of our communities.

Once this week is over let’s start planning for next year. In April we mark the 15th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014 will take place between the 11th – 18th October 2014.

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