In April 1999 David Copeland targeted the Black, Asian and Gay communities of Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho because he wanted to create a climate of fear that would divide our communities, ignite racial tensions and lead to the election of the BNP – luckily he failed but not before he had killed three people and injured many more.
In September 2009 Ian Baynham and his friend were out celebrating in central London, as they walked through Trafalgar Square they were homophobically abused. When Ian challenged this behaviour he was knocked to the ground and beaten, later dying from the injuries he sustained.
17-24-30 was originally established in April 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks, to help organise and facilitate the April acts of remembrance in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho each year but when Ian died his friends turned to us for help and two weeks later we organised the first Vigil against Hate Crime in Trafalgar Square.
10,000 people joined us in central London to state that hate crime in all it’s forms is not acceptable in our communities. with messages of support from around the world. We are now working to make this an annual event, marked internationally as a day of Hope and Rememberance for all victims/survivors, and those affected by acts of hate.
We are currently a small organisation that are in the process of setting up as a charity, with limited funding so we are asking individuals, groups and organisations to support our work by affiliating to our cause (an affiliation form is attached below).
We kindly ask everyone, to print and display the poster attached below to help us advertise this year’s Vigil against Hate Crime which will be held in Trafalgar Square on Friday 28th October 7.30pm to 9pm, with a two minute silence at 8pm.
People around the world will be stopping what they are doing at 8pm to show their support, we hope you’ll join us too”
Please help us publicise our cause by sharing this information with your friends.