St Paul’s Act of Remembrance

Mark Healey pointing to No To Hate Crime Poster displayed outside St Paul's Cathedral

Mark Healey pointing to No To Hate Crime Poster displayed outside St Paul’s Cathedral

Programme Overview:

  • Open with Piano Music
  • Welcome by Rev Michael Hampel
  • Reading from Revelations Rev Mark Oakley
  • Moment of silence whilst Jenny Baynham lights Candle of Hope and Remembrance
  • Mark Healey 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign
  • Edwin Sesange Out and Proud Diamond Group
  • London Gay Men’s Chorus – “One Day like this”
  • Rose Simkins – Stop Hate UK
  • Claire Dimyon OBE – Pride Solidarity
  • Poet Dean Atta – “To LGBT Russia with Love
  • London Gay Men’s Chorus – “Love Don’t need a reason” whilst a selection of guests light candles.
  • Final Blessing
  • Close with Piano Music

Eventrbrite: We used this service to promote the event and manage the free tickets that were available, this worked extremely well and was very simple to set up. By the close of the event 236 people had registered for tickets. We would recommend using Eventbrite again.

Volunteers and participants: arrived at the Front Entrance of St Paul’s from 5.30pm. It was good to see the London Gay Men’s Chorus gathering on the steps of St Pauls. Edwin Sesange brought a large group of people with him from the African group Out and Proud Diamond Group. We had seven volunteers but could have done with a few more to help improve access to the event.

Wheelchair Access: There is an entrance on the south side of the Cathedral (right hand side as you look at the west steps). There’s a panel opposite a door and the panel has a buzzer and someone comes and lets the person in and there’s a lift. Unfortunately  the lift was out of order this evening which caused some difficulty for those attending the service – next year we need to ensure we have more volunteers to help with access to the building.

BSL Signers: We had two volunteers signing the event positioned close to the speakers on the left hand side. Some seating was reserved for members of the deaf community so they could clearly see the BSL signers.

Speakers Points: There were two speaking points either side of the main alter. Speakers took alternate turns to speak. The Welcome given on the left followed by the Reading on the right. Silence during the lighting of the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance. Then Mark spoke on the left, Edwin on the right. Performance by London Gay Men’s Chorus followed by Rose on the left,  Clare on the right, then Dean the poet on the left. Final performance by the London Gay Men’s Chorus during which members of the audience lit more candles, followed by the Blessing on the Right. The flow all worked really well.

Candles: Four candle stands were set up in a row between the two speaker stands, with the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance in the centre. We brought the candle that we used last year back to use again this year. St Paul’s supplied the smaller candles.

Brochures: St Paul’s are printing 200 programmes for the event, traditionally these are always produced in white but for this event they were on lilac paper.

Pictures and Videos: We were able to film the whole events and hope to share these videos on YouTube as soon as they become available.

Programme:

(1)   Open with Piano Music

  • Organised by St Pauls

(2)   Welcome by Rev Cannon Michael Hampel

  • We don’t have a copy of his speech but it was recorded.

(3)   Reading from Revelations

read by

The Rev Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

‘See, the home of God is among mortals.

He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples,

and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’

And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.

Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.’

Revelation 21. 1-7

(4)   Jenny Baynham and friends to light National Candle of Hope and Remembrance.

Silence and lighting of candle by Jenny Baynham, sister of Ian Baynham who was homophobically attacked and beaten outside South Africa House and later died from the injuries he sustained.

(5)   1st Address Mark Healey 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

Welcome to St Pauls Cathedral

  • thank you Michael and your team for hosting us tonight,
  • thank you to the London Gay Men’s Chorus and Poet Dean Atta who are performing for us this evening, thank you to the readers, the speakers and the BSL signers.
  • thank you to our volunteers
  • and thank you to all of you in the audience for joining us.

Welcome to the launch of this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week

  • This is our 2nd Hate Crime Awareness Week.
  • This is the 4th year since we lost Ian Baynhan.
  • This is the 5th annual gathering of Hope and Remembrance in his name.

Welcome to this historic and important launch event at St Pauls Cathedral organised by 17-24-30.

  • The Facebook group started four years ago to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.
  • The campaign that every year facilitates the April acts of Remembrance so that those lost and those affected by those attacks are never forgotten,
  • The organisation that has now established this annual Hate Crime Awareness Week and will be co-ordinating Solidarity Vigils and events against Hate Crime across the UK next weekend.
  • The small charity that works to bring people and communities closer together to tackle all forms of hate crime and promote the good work that so many other organisations including the Disability Hate Crime Network, Galop, Inclusion for All and Stop Hate UK are doing – organisation we are collecting for this week.

We are here tonight to remember those who have been victims of hate crime.

  • People like Andrea Dykes, Stephen Lawrence, Fiona Pilkington, and Lucy Meadows.
  • People like John Light, David Kato, Dwayne Jones and Dean Morriah.
  • People like Nick Moore, Matthew Shepherd, Harvey Milk and Ian Baynham.

Sadly there are so many victims that we cannot mention them all by name but that does not mean that they are forgotten because we are here tonight to remember them.

Tonight we will remember them by lighting candles of hope and remembrance.

  • We will remember them as the people that they were.
  • We will remember them as the people that they could have been.
  • And we will remember them as we face the challenges that lay ahead for us as we strive to make the world a better place in their names.

I am here to talk about Hate Crime

  • What is going on
  • What needs to be done
  • And how you can support our work.

So what has been going on?

  • Over the past four years we have established a regular calendar of events;We have networked with people from all kinds of backgrounds.
    • the April Acts of Remembrance,
    • the summer Pride Awareness Campaign,
    • the October Awareness Week leading up to the International Day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by Hate Crime
    • with solidarity events taking place around the UK and occasionally abroad.
  • And we have attended numerous events and activities across London from Barnet to Westminster to promote our campaign and share the good work that others are doing as well.

So what needs to be done? In my opinion Hate Crime is slipping down the agenda so we need to start speaking out to make sure that proactive anti-hate crime initiatives are adequately resourced and supported at every level.

Here are just a few examples:

  • I recently contacted every council across London to find out who their Hate Crime Co-ordinators are. Only 18 out of 33 councils have got back to me and some of those that have responded have said that they no longer have adequate time or resources to proactively deal with hate crime. Some don’t even have Hate Crime Co-ordinators any more. That is not good enough.
  • Last year I e-mailed all the Police LGBT Liaison Officers on the Metropolitan Police website but only half of them got back to me. That is a 50% response rate. That is not good enough.
  • The Metropolitan Police Authority use to organise a pan-London Hate Crime Forum for those tackling Hate Crime but since the MPA was disbanded that forum no longer meets. That is not good enough.

How many of you have heard of the MOPAC 7 – cutting Hate Crime is not even listed as one of their core priorities! The Mayor’s mission and challenge for the Metropolitan Police is good  “to become the most effective, efficient, most respected and even most loved police force” by 2016. The 20/20/20 Challenge to cut crime by 20%, to boost public confidence by 20% and to Cut costs by 20%. It is good but it is not good enough.

I think

  • It should be the MOPAC 8 and include the challenge “to put an end to all forms of Hate Crime by 2016.”
  • There should be a pan London hate crime forum to share best practice, develop new ideas and encourage us to work closely in partnership with each other.
  • There should be Hate Crime Co-ordinators in every Council.
  • And there should be at least one part-time dedicated, active and resourced Police LGBT Liaison Officer in every borough, and at least one full-time Officer in the key boroughs across London that have the highest LGBT populations and footfall like Westminster and Lambeth.

What do we need you to do?

How many of you are aware of how the recession is impacting on local anti-hate crime work? In recent years we have seen massive cuts to the funding of local authorities, the local police and the voluntary sector.

This has meant a lot of anti-hate crime work has been put on hold as organisations simply don’t have the time or financial resources to do it.

  • For example; Some of Galop’s funding recently came to an end so they have lost staff.
  • Westminster Council recently withdrew funding for Stop Hate UK Helpline in their borough.
  • I could list other examples.

What you need to do

  • You need to check that your area has pro-active anti-hate crime initiatives in place.
  • You need to ensure that this work is adequately funded and resourced.
  • You need to help promote and support the good work that is being done.

We all need to start being a bit more proactive and creative like the EDL – I’m not talking about the English Defence League, I’m talking about the English Disco Lovers here – “One World, One Race, One Disco” a counter movement that aims to subvert hatred with humour, promoting equality, respect and the Eutopian vision of Disco!

We need to embrace the challenges that face us like the Mosque after the murder of Lee Rigby in Wandsworth who diffused a demo by the EDL by inviting them in for tea and biscuits.

One thing I know for sure – if we continue to meet threats of violence with violence then those threats will continue to escalate which is why I believe we need to really look at new ways we can bring all our communities closer together.

How many of you have tweeted about tonight? How many of you have shared our links and posted on Facebook about this week? How many of you have talked about this with your friends and neighbours?

  • You need to leave here tonight and help us spread the word about what we are doing!
  • You need to speak to your local councils, local police and local voluntary groups and see what they are doing.
  • and if they are doing nothing then you need to work with them to make sure they are on-board with us next year!

Everyone of you here tonight can help 17-24-30 and all the other organisations represented here tonight to continue making a real difference – so be the change that you want to see in the world and work with us to make it happen.

Whilst I am here I am going to make a confession.

  • It is a struggle at times but it is a struggle worth fighting for. I am thankful to people like Ryan, Jennie and Mikey for their support and who have helped this campaign to punch well above its weight.
  • We are not reaching everyone we want and need to reach. Which is why we need new volunteers to come forward and get involved. Especially from the communities that are not well represented. We need more women, more BME people and more Trans people.
  • We could do things better but we are doing the best we can with the limited time and resources we have available. Which is why we need more support – so please speak to the organisations that you belong to and get them to do something to support us as well.

Once again I want to thank everyone for helping us to make this event happen but it does not stop here. We have a duty to make sure that we do change the world so that it is a better place for all those who follow us – in the name of those we remember tonight.

Thank you.

(6)   2nd Address Edwin Sesange Out and Proud Diamond Group

Good evening everyone.

In many African nations, Caribbean, Asia and Russia hate crime is on the increase due to the homophobic attitudes of  some of the out spoken members of the general public. Hostility toward homosexuals has frequently led to bullying, discrimination, persecution, torture and murder of lgbti and gay rights activists or those perceived as lgbti.

A few weeks ago, in a speech at the UN, the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, claimed that ‘homosexuality is one of the biggest threats to human existence. We say hatred, judgement and people like Yahya Jammeh are the biggest threats to humanity.

Earlier this year, in July, Eric Ohena Lembembe, a prominent gay rights activist in Cameroon, was tortured and killed just weeks after issuing a public warning about the threat posed by what he termed “anti-gay thugs.”  Many more homosexuals are currently experiencing hate crimes and others are living under fear for their lives in Cameroon. 

In Jamaica a Country that prides itself with the one love slogan, however hate crime based on ones sexuality and gender On 21/07/2013 a 16 year old transgender Dwayne Jones was mob lynched. Late August 2013 Dean Morriah a gay man was brutally murdered in Jamaica.

In Uganda in 2009 MP David Bahati introduced the anti-homosexuality bill. It is generally accepted that it was this bill which stimulated the increase in anti-gay hate crimes committed by vigilantes in Uganda that led to the brutal murder of the gay rights activist David Kato in 2011.

Activists like me and others in out and proud diamond group are scared to live in our own countries. We are scared that if we did we would be the next David Kato or the next Eric Lembembe among others.  

Even in South-Africa, which has one of the most liberal constitutions in the world and which has legally criminalised discrimination on grounds of sexual preference,  in reality this  has not changed the way many South Africans think about or treat gay men and lesbians. Hate crimes are on rise against lgbti people and particularly against lesbians who suffer at the hands of gangs committing acts of so-called “corrective rape”.

So what is the way forward and how can we begin to affect change?

The African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group was formed by lgbti and human rights activists to challenge homophobia , achieve equality and justice for the lgbti people in Africa and other parts of the world.  The group is currently not funded and it is run by members on a voluntary basis and many of them are victims of homophobic hate crimes.

We are aiming at changing the attitudes of the masses in anti- gay countries and also creating awareness of the homophobic hate crimes and anti-gay laws to the world through social medias, newspapers, radio, tv programmes, protests, demonstrations, campaigns, lobbying, seminars, workshops and conferences. Also challenging the perpetrators to understand the gravity of their hate crimes and hence stop them.

We are supporting those still living in homophobic countries and also integrate and support those who managed to flee persecution. We help members to learn to live an openly gay life which they are not used to in the receiving countries

Last week we held a protest outside the Gambian High Commission and over the summer we protested outside the Cameroonian Embassy,  the Jamaican embassy, during the Brighton pride and on other two occasions we joined larger protests being held against the increasing homophobia in Russia. 

We understand that the perpetrators of these hate crimes are part of the solution therefore we are looking forward to work with them, and also offer them support that help them to deal with their inner and outer  problems that lead them to commit homophobic hate crimes.

Empowering women in those anti-gay countries we believe that, there would be many mothers, sisters and aunties of gay men and women who would say “I don’t care what the rest of society or even the religious fundamentalists are saying about being gay, I still love my son/my daughter/my brother or sister and I will support you whatever laws the politicians make.” This will gradually eliminate homophobia. Losing the love and support of our families is often more hurtful to us than verbal or physical abuse from strangers.

In Africa, Russia and other parts of the world there have been reports that lgbti people  are encouraged and delighted that there are other people from many different countries caring and supporting them. We believe through peaceful means and working in partnership with other stakeholders we can achieve our goals.

We are calling upon everybody to support us through attending our events, joining us on social networks, or offer any support that can help us in the fight against homophobic hate crimes in Africa and other parts of the world.

Lastly we thank all those who have played a part in the fight against homophobic hate crimes. We would like to offer our sincerely thanks to Peter Tatchell foundation, KU bar, G-A-Y bars, women of colour and all media houses for their support for the support they have offered us so far.

(7)   London Gay Men’s Chorus

Drinking in the morning sun

Blinking in the morning sun

Shaking off a heavy one

Yeah, heavy like a loaded gun

 

What made me behave that way?

Using words I never say

I can only think it must be love

Oh anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day

Someone tell me how I feel

It’s silly wrong, but vivid right

Oh, kiss me like a final meal

Yeah, kiss me like we die tonight

 

‘Cause holy cow, I love your eyes

And only now I see the light

Yeah, lying with you half awake

Oh, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day

 

When my face is chamois creased

If you think I wink, I did

Laugh politely at repeats

Yeah, kiss me when my lips are thin

 

‘Cause holy cow, I love your eyes

And only now I see the light

Yeah, lying with you half awake

Oh, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day

 

So throw those curtains wide

One day like this a year would see me right

Throw those curtains wide

One day like this a year would see me right

Throw those curtains wide

 

One day like this a year would see me right

Throw those curtains wide

One day like this a year would see me right

Throw those curtains wide

 

One day like this a year would see me right

Throw those curtains wide

One day like this a year would see me right

Throw those curtains wide

One day like this a year would see me right

(8)   3rd Address Rose Simkins Stop Hate UK

Stop Hate UK supports people who are affected by all forms of Hate Crime…

The mother of an eight year old boy who has been diagnosed with Autism, whose neighbours won’t stop making loud noise because they know it causes the child severe distress.

The shopkeeper who regularly receives racist and Islamophobic abuse from customers when they enter his shop but is afraid to talk to the police because next time it will be a brick through his shop window.

The lesbian women who are verbally abused by a taxi driver at the end of what was a good night out, when the taxi driver realises they’re a couple.

The trans woman who experiences around ten incidents each day, and mostly tries to ignore them but after the last incident, where a man called her a name in the street, it all became too much and now she feels like she wants to kill herself.

Hate Crime devastates lives. Every day people are suffering because of other people’s prejudices and hatred. People are targeted, AND sometimes killed, simply because of who they are.

If we ignore what is happening to us then we are allowing ourselves to be ignored and unnoticed and noone deserves to be ignored.

Agencies need to talk to each other and try to find ways to overcome the barriers to reporting. We need to make sure that victims are able to talk about their experiences of Hate Crime and witnesses feel able to tell others what they have seen or heard. Perpetrators should be punished for the harm they cause and their attitudes challenged before it is too late and their offending escalates.

Nobody who is experiencing Hate Crime should have to suffer in silence. Let us work together to stop Hate Crime.

Thank you for listening.

(9)   4th Address Clare Dimyon MBE Pride Solidarity

Дорогие друзья! Dear Friends!

This “No-2-Hate” event is stunning testimony that ordinary people, like every single one of us here tonight, can and do make all the difference. Like that difference we made to Section 28, the original “homosexual propaganda” law. I remember the dread I felt as that was enacted, the kind of dread that is now falling over LGBT people across the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Our “Section 28” lasted for 15 years, 15 years too long, with negative effects that are with us to this day. This “YES-to-LOVE” campaign will not “be over by Christmas”… or even the Sochi Olympics, or even, by 2018 when the Russian Federation hosts the Football World Cup.  Russian LGBT+ people need to feel that we are with them not just now but also for the long haul. 

It is our Section 28 experience, we can draw upon, in our efforts to support Russian LGBT plus people as they face these far more severe laws, which forbid anyone at all from telling the Truth about “homosexuality”.  A lot of LGBT people in the Russian speaking world simply do not know that Britain had a “homosexual propaganda” law, nor that it was overturned as recently as 2003 nor that it was voted for and apologised for by our current Prime Minister. 

They need to know that their story is part of a reliable trend in which “It gets worse before it gets better” but “It does get BETTER”. In the language of Harvey Milk’s forebears: “Надо дать им надежду.” “You have got to give them Hope.”

Homophobia in all its forms  in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus and the rest of the former Soviet/Russian speaking world is far more severe than anything we experienced. That needs placing in the context of countries finding their way, in newly emerging democracies, still recovering from the crippling effects of totalitarian rule and social dislocation, where ordinary people, in general, are treated dreadfully, but in which LGBT people and their families are far, far more vulnerable.

“Size matters” isn’t that what they say? At conservative estimates the Russian LGBT population number some 7-8 million people outnumbering the populations of all three Baltic States and about the same as the population as Bulgaria!  T

here is a 3 hour time difference between us here in London and the Russian LGBT Network in St Petersburg. We need to understand the logistical challenges facing activists. There is a NINE hour time difference between them in the west and activists in Khabarovsk & Vladivostok, & the Kamchatkan LGBT are on the other side of Japan! If Russian LGBT people are lucky, they are within reach of major cities but when they are isolated, they are very isolated, often poor (like we can’t imagine) and very vulnerable indeed.

I wish I had time to tell you about  the  inspirational LGBT people I met in Russia, that hilarious but finally cordial encounter with the arch-homophobe of St Petersburg who, with his chums, hijacked the LGBT Seminar.  Of  Vyacheslav officiating at the lesbian wedding in Syktyvkar, north of the Arctic Circle, in which heterosexuals out-numbered the LGBT!

And the Euro Footie Championships in Ukraine when St Georgina, and her not very homophobic dragon, paraded TWICE with a rainbow flag through the streets of Kharkiv (as far east as Moscow).  The rainbow flag was not only safe  but was only prevented from making any progress by grinning Russians & Ukrainians lining the 4km route, who all wanted their photo taking with the rainbow flag…especially the LGBT, who could be identified by the delight in their eyes!

There was that gulp as I said “Da ya Lezbianka” to an unsuspecting Russian in the Fanzone in Donetsk, but with a little processing that ended with warm hugs and the traditional friendship photo, two fans, two flags; one Russian: one Rainbow in the middle of Donetsk at the far end of Ukraine.

But on the night of Stonewall, in this same city, while I waved my rainbow flag in the stadium at the semi-final (as seen on Polish TV), I was a telephonic witness to the aftermath of a homophobic attack on the other side of the city.  The following day, I tried to comfort Oleg and his mother.  I learnt that it was his birthday and this was his 4th homophobic assault.  In a previous incident, the Ukrainian police had told this gentle giant that he had invited a hospitalising assault by “acting too gay”. He was certainly off my gaydar!

I promised  both Oleg and his mother that this attack would NOT be for nothing and would be made to count.   Later that day, both the racism of the English fans and the homophobic attack, were duly reported to the Mayor of Donetsk and subsequently to other Ukrainian officials, who all received this account with genuine concern and regret.  I can do no better than give you Oleg’s greeting tonight: “Oleg is alive, happy and enjoying life! He loves his Rainbow Mum, Clare, who helped him to believe in himself and to respect himself, despite everything.”

So, I am here to say “YES-to-LOVE”, “ДA… до Любовью” to all the citizens across the whole Russian Federation, and the whole Russian speaking world as they start this dialogue that was not so easy in the “West” in settled democracies.

ДA… до России…”Yes to Russia” “Yes to Ukraine”

As it says in the Bible:

“Твой народ стал моим народом”

“Your people are my people”

(10)    Poet Dean Atta “To LGBT Russia with Love”

They create hate

To separate

And scapegoat us

Wherever we are

From Russia to Nigeria

The Kremlin

To the National Assembly

The law denies us equality

To be attacked

Or beaten in the street

Is a part of our reality

Even here in the UK

That has happened to me

Where there are laws to protect

Doesn’t make us free to express

Who we were born to be

Whether you are L, G, B or T

We are a community, by necessity

When any one of us is persecuted

We should all take it personally

We are a family

Dysfunctional like all the rest

Not the worst and not the best

Not cursed and not blessed

Just people

Who deserve to be equal

Because we all are

Just people

Teachers, doctors, engineers

Athletes, actors, not puffs and queers

Not trannies, not faggots, not dykes

Just human beings

With human rights

If I say your country

Would be poorer without you

And your life

Would be richer elsewhere

Is that fair?

Because if your country

Has your heart

Who am I to tell you to leave?

We have to be

The change we want to see

Not hide or run but overcome

And yes it’s easy for me to say

Here in the UK

I don’t have to live in fear everyday

So I wouldn’t blame you

If you didn’t stay From Moscow, Russia to Kingston, JA

I don’t know what I’d do

In your position

All I’ve done here is sign a petition

Write a poem and tweet about it

It’s not enough

How will this keep you going

When it gets so tough

You consider taking your own life?

Looking at a gun, a rope or a knife

Like an exit sign

Out of this hell that you’re living in

What would my words mean then

When you’re so close to giving in?

Because of tireless hate

Abuse and rejection

This poem

Cannot provide you any protection

But it might

Remind you that you are not alone

Brothers and sisters

Your struggle is known

All over the world

This family is growing

With straight allies too

Until one day

Those you fight will stand by you.

(11)  London Gay Men’s Chorus

If your heart always did

What a normal heart should do

If you always play a part

Instead of being who you really are

Then you might just miss

The one who’s standing there

So instead of passing by

Show him that you care

Instead asking why

Why me? And why you?

Why not we two?

‘Cause love don’t need a reason

Love don’t always rhyme

And love is all we have for now

What we don’t have is time

If we always believe

All the madness that we’re taught

Never questioning the rules

Then we’re living lies we bought so long ago

How are they to know?

It’s not who’s wrong or right

It’s just another way

And it’s not about a fight

It’s just I wanna stay with you till the end

With you my friend

‘Cause love don’t need a reason

Love don’t always rhyme

And love is all we have for now

What we don’t have is time

I’ll hold you close

Time can’t tear us apart

Forever, I will stand by you

We’ve got to start with the beat of one heart

Together, we will see this through

‘Cause love don’t need a reason

Love’s never a crime

And love is all we have for now

What we don’t have is

What we don’t have is time

(12) Final Blessing

O Lord,

support us all the day long

of this troublous life

until the shades lengthen,

the evening comes,

the busy world is hushed,

and our work is done.

Then, Lord, in your mercy,

grant us safe lodging,

a holy rest and peace at the last. Amen.

To a troubled world, peace.

To a searching world, love.

To a waiting world, hope.

 

Afterwards the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance under the Dome will be moved to the Middlesex Chapel where it will burn each day until 19th October.

Guests were invited to sit quietly or make your way out of the Cathedral when you were ready ready.

Everyone was welcome to light a candle under the dome before they left.

There was a retiring collection in aid of five anti-hate crime charities/organisations;17-24-30, Disability Hate Crime Network, Galop, Inclusion For All and Stop Hate UK

This raised £281.84

(13) Piano Music

  • Organised by St Pauls

(14)  Ends

Afterwards some of us stopped outside St Paul’s Cathedral to talk to and have photos taken with members of Queer Strike who were holding banners “Stop All Hate Crimes” “Stop Police/HO Hate Crimes”.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Hopefully their work and ours will help bring an end to all forms of hate crime.

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One Response to St Paul’s Act of Remembrance

  1. Liz Walker says:

    Privileged to be there.
    Next year lets have standing have standing room only!

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