Letters of support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015 #NHCAW

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National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW logo

National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW is organised by Mark Healey, founder of the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign in partnership with Stop Hate UK.

Each year we aim to raise the profile of hate crime on the social and political agenda and encourage local authorities (Police and Council) to work with local communities affected by hate crime.

We support the three core aims of the Government’s Hate Crime Strategy – Challenge it, Report it, Stop it (Launched March 2012 updated May 2014);

  • To prevent hate crime.
  • To encourage reporting and increase victim access to support.
  • To improve the operational response to hate crime.

We signpost and support the work being done by many people and organisations around the UK and abroad.

This year, we have set up a National Hate Crime Awareness Google map showing events taking place – you can view the map here. So far over 200 events have been registered around the UK.

Download the  17-24-30 Tri-fold Leaflet 2015 for more information.

Letter of support from the Prime Minister David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative Party

Hate Crime Awareness week is an important reminder of the need to continually confront hate crime and take every opportunity to celebrate diversity in Great Britain.

It is also a chance to remember those who have been a victim of these despicable crimes and champion people who make it their duty to challenge intolerance and hatred.

Crime in all its forms is wrong, but to persecute people purely because of their background, gender, creed, sexual orientation or physical and mental ability is utterly abhorrent. From 2013-2014, there were more than 44,000 hate crimes recorded by the police – an increase of five per cent.  This is unacceptable in a 21st century Britain.

For too long, we’ve been so frightened of causing offence that we haven’t looked hard enough at what is going on in our communities. In too many cases there has been a passive tolerance in Britain of behaviour which fuels division and tensions in our communities.

So let me be clear: no more passive tolerance in Britain. We all have a responsibility to stop this hatred: whether it is as simple as challenging the attitudes and behaviour that foster such prejudice at a young age or backing communities so they feel they have the tools to speak out against hatred.

The government has a crucial role to play in this too, which is why we have one of the strongest legislative frameworks in the world to continue to protect communities from hostility, violence and bigotry. 

So we will continue to support communities and charities like Stop Hate UK and 17-24-30 so that victims are heard, perpetrators face justice and communities are protected.

Over generations, we have built something extraordinary in Britain – a successful multi-racial, multi-faith democracy. Our diversity makes us stronger and my one-nation government will go on working hard to end discrimination and finish the fight for real equality in our country today.

PM David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative Party

Letter of support from MP Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party.

Message of support for Hate Crime Awareness Week

I want to pass on my support for this year’s hate crime awareness week.

Standing up against all forms of hate crime; Disability, Faith, Gender Identity, Race, Sexual Orientation and other emerging hate crimes, has always been core to my values. It is vital that we tackle all forms of prejudice wherever and in however they appear.

This year’s focus on raising awareness of Islamaphobic hate crime is particularly salient in light of the appalling murder of Mohammed Saleem as he made his way home from evening prayers last year. Despite all the progress we have made on equality issues Islamaphobia continues to be a daily challenge for too many in our communities. In order to truly be a society that accepts no barriers to talent and contribution we must challenge the often unpleasant and narrative that emerges too often amongst commentary on the Muslim community.

It is vital that we encourage all of those subjected to hate crimes to report their experiences, in order to both hold those who commit such pernicious actions to account, but also to empower those affected and demonstrate the confidence that we as society will not tolerate the actions of those who seek to divide us. I am particularly pleased that the work of Tell MAMA is being widely promoted throughout this week. I encourage all those subjected to Anti Muslim hate crime to share their experiences.

The work of hate crimes awareness week in bringing together so many community and faith events across the country is an vital example of demonstrating that this country expects better. It is particularly encouraging that the number of activities held throughout the week continues to grow and I would like to pass on my best wishes to all of those involved in making the week a success.

We must never cease in our battle to make Britain and kinder and fairer place. I urge you all to remember those who have suffered or are suffering today and join our tireless battle for change.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party

Letter of support from Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

I’m proud to add my support to ‘No to Hate Crime Awareness Week’ and the work of all the organisations who have come together to build better and safer communities.

No-one in our society should be threatened, targeted, attacked or abused for being who they are.

It is the duty of community leaders, elected officials like me, and those in a position of public power and influence to lead the way. 

Britain celebrates diversity and individuality, and I believe we should all work together to build a society where everyone can live freely and safely, regardless of race, religion, sex, sexuality, nationality, age or disability.

For too long hate crimes were left to go unchallenged, with prejudice lurking on our streets, in our schools and in the work place. Weeks like this help us all remember the past, and also recognise how far we have come. Thankfully, it is through the vital work of organisations like yours that we are starting to turn the dial on public awareness. But more must be done. As the latest figures prove, hate crimes remain on the rise. We may feel that society is more likely to challenge prejudice, but it’s as prevalent as ever and now is not a time to be complacent.

There are thousands of people across the country, and many young people, who still face abuse and threats. It is our duty to pave a way to a better future. We will not tolerate hate crime, we will speak out against intolerance and ignorance, and we will prosecute abuse.

The Liberal Democrat constitution begins with a commitment to building and safeguarding a fair, free and open society. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of every individual, and we reject all prejudice and discrimination.

I wish all of those involved in #NHCAW great success with the week, and with your future campaigns. You all make a great difference to people’s lives, day in, day out, and for future generations. You have my party’s full support.

Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Letter of support Karen Bradley MP Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

All crime is wrong, but crime that is motivated by hostility or hatred towards the victim is particularly corrosive. It can have devastating consequences for victims and their families, and can also divide communities.

This is why I welcome Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015. It will be a great opportunity to show how we can work together to tackle hate crime.

As the Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, I have had the privilege of meeting representatives from a wide range of groups who work to tackle hate crime. I cannot overstate how much they do to challenge the attitudes that foster hatred and support victims. Whether it is the Community Security Trust offering security, protection and reassurance to the Jewish community, Tell MAMA helping victims of anti-Muslim hate crime through the justice system, or GALOP offering care to LGBT victims of hate crime, all of our stakeholders play a vital role in the fight against hatred.

Getting the response to hate crime right depends on local partnerships and collaboration. I congratulate all local areas who have organised events this Hate Crime Awareness week to promote local services and initiatives and urge them to continue the excellent work they are doing.

However, we know that there is still much to do. We know that more antisemitic hate crimes were reported to the Community Security Trust in 2014 than in any other year since it began collecting data in 1984, and this trend has continued into 2015. We know that the Metropolitan Police Service recorded more anti-Muslim hate crime in the year we saw isolated incidents in Paris and Tunisia and ongoing instability in Syria and Iraq. We know that there are people here in the UK who seek opportunities to divide communities and cause harm to those who they perceive as different.

This is why tackling hate crime is one of my priorities as a minister. Hate Crime Awareness Week is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the journey that has brought us to this point and consider how we continue our progress in the fight against hate crime. We should not forget the victims in this fight.

We need your help too, because without your reports, we do not know where incidents are happening, or the true scale of the problem. Please come forward and report any incidents to the police, either directly or through True Vision at http://www.report-it.org.uk

Karen Bradley MP

Letter of support from Baroness Jones of Mulsecoomb and Darren Johnson Assembly Members Greater London Authority, Green Party

Letter already published here.

Letter of support from Cannon Mark Oakley, Chancellor St Paul’s Cathedral

letter already published here.

We hope more letters of support will be received and published during the week, if you would like to send us a letter of support please email info @17-24-30.org

Here are links to previous letters of support received in 2014, 2013 and 2012.

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