17-24-30 join annual Pride Parade in London

#NHCAW FB Group with details

On Saturday 27th June Mark Healey (founder of 17-24-30) and Alex Rose joined over 30,000 people represented by 258 organisations taking part in the annual Pride parade in London to promote National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW 2015. 

Mark said

“Pride was absolutely fantastic this year and it was great to march alongside so many people who are proud of the progress that the LGBTQ+ communities have made here in the UK.

The atmosphere on the parade was electric and our communities have a lot to celebrate now that we have finally won the right for same-sex couples to marry but we must not be complacent.

It is a sad reality that some members of our communities are still afraid to openly display their love, some still live in fear of being attacked because of their sexuality.

We need to keep the positive momentum of our movement going until we achieve universal human rights and eliminate all of the prejudices that still exist within our communities.

We need to prevent the bullying that is taking place in our schools, the harassment that is taking place in our work places, the violence that is taking place in our homes, the hate crime that is taking place in our communities and the terrorist attacks that are taking place around the world.

Our campaign is about raising awareness of the positive things that people can do, encouraging everyone to work together to eradicate all forms of hate crime.”

National Hate Crime Awareness Week is scheduled to take place between Saturday 10th October to the Saturday 17th October 2015 and will begin with a launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 10th October where a service of hope and remembrance will take place to remember those who have been affected by hate crime.

The week will see hate crime awareness events taking place around the UK and 17-24-30 are inviting all politicians, all councils, all police services and all communities affected by hate crime to take part by organising hate crime awareness events.

Previous years have seen letters of support from across the political spectrum and this year the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign are working in partnership with Stop Hate UK and other organisations to encourage even more people to take part using the hashtags #NHCAW #NoPlaceForHate #SafePlaceForAll and #WeStandTogether.

Those organising events during the week are invited to send details to info@17-24-30.org so that they can be included on the National Hate Crime Awareness Week google map which has been set up to help signpost and promote the activities that many people are organising.

The week will end with a series of Hate Crime Vigils around the UK on Saturday 17th October marking the 7th International Day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime.

And 17-24-30 will be celebrating the end of the week with a special fundraising event at the Two Brewers in Clapham on Sunday 18th October between 6pm to 11pm.

For more information about the week please keep an eye on this 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime WordPress site, like our National Hate Crime Awareness Week Facebook page and follow our campaign on twitter @HateCrimeVigil.

Mark added

“The highlight for me this year was receiving the #PointsofLight award from the Prime Minister David Cameron for my work tackling hate crime. I was presented with the award on the main stage in Trafalgar Square in front of 20,000 people. It is a great honor to be recognised for my work but everything I have achieved to date is down to the many people who have supported this campaign so far. What we do is dedicated to the memory of those we have lost through acts of hatred around the world – in the hope that we can make the world a safer better place for those who follow in our footsteps.”

Here is a list of all the 258 organisations that took part in the Pride Parade this year – we hope that all of them will support the work we are doing to tackle hate crime and do something to raise awareness of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week this year.

For more information about Pride in London click here

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About mhealey

Founder of 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign
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