I am proud to support the No to Hate Crime Campaign in taking a stand against this terrible type of crime. St Paul’s must be congratulated for hosting this event, bringing together all people regardless of faith, united in challenging intolerance in our society.
The murder of Ian Baynham was a tragic reminder that despite how liberal we are as a country and as a city there is still intolerance and hatred. Hate crime is often discussed in terms of statistics which means we sometimes forget that behind each statistic is an individual who has been a victim of crime simply because of who they are. It’s important to remember those who have been affected by this terrible form of crime, the victims, their families and their friends. The candles of hope and remembrance that will be lit at the vigil are symbolic of the many communities coming together to tackle hate crime. By joining our efforts and celebrating our differences we show that we are stronger than those who would seek to divide us.
While we use this day and this week to remember those who have died I hope we are also able to raise awareness for those who are currently suffering. Something can be done. Justice must be sought. If you have been affected by crime because of your disability, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation I urge you to report it. The police, local authorities are other organisations are there to support you and to help stamp out this crime. We must show others that diversity is a strength and that together we are stronger.
Jenny Jones AM Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green Party Group London Assembly