On the 16th anniversary of the Brixton nail bomb, we talk to Mark Healey, Lambeth Hate Crime Co-ordinator, about saying No To Hate Crime and the April Acts of Remembrance – #AAR16.
On the 17, 24 and 30 April 1999 David Copeland targeted the Black, Asian and Gay Communities of Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho in an attempt to stir up fear and hatred which he hoped would lead to a race war and the election of the British National Party. Luckily his plan failed but not before he had planted three bombs killing three people and injuring many more.
I’ve been working with the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign to organise the April Acts of Remembrance #AAR16.
17 April – Brixton Remembers 17-24-30
Members of 17-24-30 will join local people and volunteers by the site where the bomb exploded outside the Iceland Store on Brixton Road.
We’ll light three candles representing the three communities attacked and spend some time talking to passers-by about what happened, taking a moment to hold a minutes silence and take photos.
6pm meet at the Iceland store by the plaque.
6.30pm Hold a moments silence.
7pm ends – some may go for a drink afterwards.
- Visit the Brixton Archive of the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime blog for more details of what happened and previous acts of remembrance.
- Brixton Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/874750375916482/
Brick Lane and Soho Remember
For more about what happened in Brick Lane and SoHo and how these hate crimes can be remembered, please visit the following links.
- Visit the Brick Lane Archive on the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime blog
- Brick Lane Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/652530074851182/
- Visit the SoHo Archive on the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime blog
- SoHo Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/860822853959218/
The 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign
It is vital that we remember that David Copeland set out to stir up hatred between the Black, Asian and Gay communities hoping that it would lead to a race war – luckily his plan failed – but it is up to us to make sure that we keep building bridges and help bring our communities closer together so that there is no place for any form of hatred.