Letter of support from Baroness Jones of Moulscoomb and Darren Johnson Green Party National Hate Crime Awareness Week received this morning 7th October 2015.
We are writing to express our support for this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week and in particular, awareness of Islamaphobic hate crime and support for those who have been affected by this terrible form of crime.
We hope this support will help to promote the special launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral on the 10th October. Maz Saleem will be lighting the candle of Hope and Remembrance for all those affected by hate crimes and for her father Mohammed Salem, who was tragically murdered in an anti-Muslim attack just over 2 years ago.
We would like to thank the No to Hate Crime Campaign as well as MOPAC who are distributing 5,000 hate crime packs across London as part of their Hate Crime Reduction. Tell Mama will also be promoting their hate crime reporting services. St Paul’s must be congratulated for hosting this event, bringing together all people regardless of faith.
We are therefore calling on the combined efforts of the public to remember those who have died. We welcome this initiative to raise awareness for those who are currently suffering from hate crimes towards disability, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation and new and emerging hate crimes such as alternative sub-culture hate crime.
Despite how far we have come as a city there is still intolerance and hatred in society so through our work at City Hall, we urge Londoners to report it. We must show others that diversity is strength and that together we are stronger.
Jenny Jones AM, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb
Green Party Member of the London Assembly