Lambeth Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

On Sunday 22nd January, I was invited to speak at the Lambeth Holocaust Memorial Day event at the Ashes Suite at the Kia Oval in Kennington, Vauxhall.

The running order for the event included;

Item Led by
Welcome Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Saleha Jaffer
Readings Students from Dunraven School
“Refugees’ Welcome” Presentation by Barbara Wilson, Co chair of Lambeth Citizens and by Rabbi Janet Darley
Speaker Mark Healey, Founder of the “17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign” and National Hate Crime Awareness Week
Musical interlude Corpus Christi School Choir
Keynote Speaker Charlotte Cohen, Youth Advisor to the UK Holocaust Commission
Musical interlude South London Liberal Synagogue choir

The theme “How can life go on?” was selected by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

The annual gathering is organised by the Lambeth Community HMD Planning Group

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How can life go on? by Mark Healey

I want to start with a quote from Martin Luther King.

Hate cannot drive out hate, only Love can do that

We are gathered here today to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Whilst we remember those we have lost, and we acknowledge all the pain and suffering that people have endured and still endure today.

We must also reflect and take courage from the stories of what good people have done, and are still doing after these bad things happened.

I hope this speech will inspired you to think about how you can step forward and do something positive to change things the next time something bad happens

In April 2009 I set up a small charity called the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign which organises the April Acts of Remembrance and National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

For those of you who don’t know me – my name is Mark Healey and I use to be Lambeth’s Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator.

I am no longer employed by Lambeth Council but I remain dedicated to tackling all forms of hate crime and prejudice through my work, which is why I stand with you here today.

I am not going to give examples from the Holocaust because I want us to connect the past with the present, and acknowledge some of the bad things that are taking place around us today.

How can life go on?

I lost my Grandfather Lloyd Milton Graham in the second world war.

He sacrificed his life along with millions of others, to defeat the politics of fear and hatred.

His legacy and the legacy of all those we have lost – inspires me to stand up and be counted, to live my life in the pursuit of making the world a better place.

How can life go on?

Andrea Dykes, John Light and Nick Moore lost their lives during the London Nail Bomb attacks in April 1999.

Ian Baynham was homophobically beaten and killed in Trafalgar Square in September 2009

49 people, a list of names too long to mention now, were killed in the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando last June.

How can life go on?

Each year we organise the April Acts of Remembrance to remember those killed and injured during the three London nail bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho. To show our support to those communities that were attacked.

Ian Baynham’s death inspired the first London Vigil against Hate Crime, which has now evolved into National Hate Crime Awareness Week– marked by thousands of people around the UK in October each year.

After the attack in Orlando, over fifteen thousand people packed the streets of Soho under the banner London Stands with Orlando, and millions of other people shared messages of solidarity on-line.

How can life go on?

The aftermath of the European Referendum which has left our country and communities divided.

The impact of the Presidential Elections in the USA which has shocked us all.

The increase in hate crime attacks that continue to take place in our communities everywhere around the world.

How can life go on?

The truth is life always goes on,

Bad things happen but so do good things too.

We all have the capability to learn the lessons of history and change things for the better.

Life goes on.

Because Love drives out hate.

Because Hope is more powerful than Fear

Because Good people are everywhere.

Look at what happened yesterday – the women of the world stood up together and marched in many countries around the globe.

Today – It is up to you to stand up too and keep the positive momentum going, to be part of the change you want to see in the world, to step up and challenge the politics of fear and hatred, to look after your family, to be part of your local community, to make sure this country is a decent place for people to live, and that we play a positive role in the wider world around us.

If I can make a difference through my work with the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign, imagine what we can achieve working together.

I will end with a quote from Ghandi, and three hash tags.

Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world

The hash tags are #WeStandTogether #NoPlaceForHate and #LoveTrumpsHate

Peace and good fortune be with you all, now let’s work together and change things for the better.

Thank you.

 

 

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