Every year since 2012 we have written to leaders across the political and social spectrum to add their statements/letters of support to National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Here is the appeal for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018;
“I am writing on behalf of the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign to request a statement/letter of support for this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW 2018.
This will be the eighth time we have organised the national week, taking place between the 13th to 20th October 2018.
A week aimed at encouraging local authorities (police and councils), key partners (anti-hate crime groups and specialist organisations) and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle local hate crime issues.
Last year we conducted a national survey of 405 councils around the UK:
- 236 61,46% state they include hate crime in their community safety plans.
- 77 20.05% state they have separate hate crime policies.
- 200 51. 81% state they have a designated hate crime lead/team.
- 54 14.10% state they have designated hate crime officers.
- 310 80.73% state they facilitate hate crime reporting.
- 235 61.20% state they have designated hate crime pages on their websites.
- 129 33.49% state they produce their own hate crime resources.
- 52 13.54% state they provide direct hate crime advocacy services.
- 229 59.64% state they refer to external advocacy services.
- 195 50.78% state they facilitate hate crime forums.
And 209 54.43% said they were taking part in National Hate Crime Awareness Week last year, with another 90 23.44% stating they may take part.
We are hoping to increase the number of councils take part this year.
Each year we write and ask for statements/letters of support from across the political and social spectrum – and we hope you will add your support again this year.
Please forward a jpeg photo and your statement to email@example.com.
At 6pm, on Sunday 14th October a Service of Hope and Remembrance will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, during which the national candle of Hope and Remembrance in memory of Altab Ali (killed 40 years ago) and Stephen Lawrence (killed 25 years ago).
We would like to encourage people to forward this appeal to the local councillors, to their local Mayors, and their local Members of Parliament – to encourage as many people as possible across the UK to add their support.
Letters 2018 will be published here.
Links to letters from previous years: