The 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign 2012 is under way to encourage as many people as possible to help tackle hate crime by doing something local.
“The idea is simple, we want to encourage people to approach their local authorities now and ask them to do something local to promote hate crime awareness during our first National (and hopefully International) Hate Crime Awareness Week 13th-19th, the week before the London Vigil against Hate Crime takes place on the 20th October.”
We have designed a Hate Crime Awareness Week poster that people can download and use to promote local events. We’ve just had our first batch printed which are going to be distributed to bars in Soho.
We hope that local authorities (police and council), voluntary groups and organisations (trade unions and student bodies) will team up with local venues (local businesses, bars and clubs) to put on events to get people talking about hate crime, what are the local stats? what services are available? what is being done to encourage hate crime reporting?
It is a great opportunity for local hate crime liaison officers to promote their services, make sure that up-to-date leaflets and posters are on display, hold information stalls, organise a variety of events from acts of remembrance to celebrating local achievements. We would like to see some team training on hate crime issues and fund-raising events to help support local initiatives.
We have already been contacted by people in Brighton, Ipswich, Kettering, Milton Keynes and Reading who are planning to hold their own Solidarity Vigils against Hate Crime on the 20th October, and to help promote these events we are offering to set up Facebook Vigil against Hate Crime events* on our Facebook page 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign to help publicise what people are doing.
*Local organisers need to contact us first by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Download Poster (here): Awareness Week Poster 2012