Letters of support 2019

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Every year we received letters of support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW 2019 from across the social and political spectrum.

We will be adding these letters of support below on this post and on this year’s National Google Map 2018 here as we received them.

Letters should be sent with a jpeg photo to info@nationalhcaw.uk


Political Leaders

Ministers

Members of Parliament

Members of the House of Lords

Mayor of London

 

London Borough Mayors

Mayor of Haringey

Mayor of Haringey

“Haringey is an amazingly diverse borough and that is one of the things I, and our residents, love most about it. Hate crime has a real and lasting impact – no one should be targeted because of their religion, race, sexual orientation or identity, or disability. There is no place for this in London, the UK or the world. I am proud of all those standing up and saying no to hate – it is a job for every one of us.”

Mayor of Haringey :  Cllr Sheila Peacock

Mayor of Sutton Muhammad Sadiq

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I am delighted to join you for this Act of Hope and Remembrance at St Paul’s
Cathedral on the 13th October 2019.

I would like to offer mine and the London Borough of Sutton’s support by highlighting
National Hate Crime Awareness Week in Sutton.

We will be holding events across Sutton from 14th to 18th October 2019. Our aim is
to bring people together; to stand with those affected by Hate Crime; to remember
those we have lost and those who need our support in tackling a hugely damaging
problem currently threatening our society.

Councillor Muhammad Sadiq
Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton

Mayor of Waltham Forest

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As with my predecessors, I am pleased to add my support to National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

As Mayor of Waltham Forest, I am proud of our record of unity and cohesion in this most diverse of boroughs. We encourage people to share and celebrate their differences and so increase understanding and acceptance.

No one should live in fear because of who they are. It is up to us all to stand up against discrimination and hate. I therefore wish you every success with the week ahead and in the future.

Cllr Chris Robbins CBE, Mayor of Waltham Forest 2019-20

Police and Crime Commissioners

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens

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I welcome National Hate Crime Awareness Week as an opportunity to talk about hate crime, the impact it has on people’s lives and what we can all be doing to prevent it from happening in the first place. It also provides an opportunity to reach out to victims of this awful crime and let them know that they are not alone and, most importantly, there are people who can offer help and support.

I fully support the work being done to raise awareness of such a damaging crime. It is only by standing together, can we truly tackle hate crime. Our message is clear – perpetrators who affect communities with their hatred are not welcome and will not be tolerated.

Hate crime is motivated by prejudice towards any aspect of an individual’s identity such as a disability, sexuality, race or religion. Since January this year, 2,686 hate crimes have been reported in Avon and Somerset and the majority of these were racially motivated, while others were transphobic, homophobic, gender, faith and disability related.

We continue to live in a time of uncertainty where our country’s future in the European Union remains unclear. In these uncertain time, there has been a worrying increase in hate crime nationally including in Avon and Somerset. Let’s be clear, there are no excuses for this behaviour and as local communities we must stand together united against hate crime.

As communities, if we see this behaviour we must challenge it and report it. We must help give victims of hate crime the confidence to speak to the police or partner agencies about their experience. There are some fantastic organisations offering support to victims of hate crime and we need to ensure victims know where to go for support.

I believe we must take pride in the rich, multi-cultural and beautifully diverse communities we live in, taking every opportunity to learn more about other cultures, traditions and livelihoods. Celebrating inclusivity has been the focus of past hate crime awareness weeks in Avon and Somerset and teams have used #No2Hate to show that together we stand united against Hate Crime.

As individuals, I believe our differences should be celebrated; it’s our uniqueness that makes each and every one of us who we are. Being targeted because of your age, race, sexual orientation, religion or any other reason is unacceptable.

Sue Mountstevens

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger

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I am writing to show my support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week, which is
taking place between the 12th and 19th October.

Since coming into office in November 2012, tackling hate crime has been a key priority for me, as part of my work to improve services for victims and witnesses. Through my Your Force Your Voice community engagement programme I have been and spoken to residents from across the Cleveland area, including many diverse groups, and sadly the consistent theme from diverse communities is that hate crime remains a priority for them, and that intolerance is still evident within our local areas.

I have established a multi agency cross Cleveland Strategic Hate Crime and Incidents
Group, which I chair, and which is focused around five key areas:

  • Preventing hate crime and incidents
  • Responding to hate crime and incidents in our communities
  • Increasing the reporting of hate crime and incidents
  • Improving support for the victims of hate crime and incidents
  • Building our understanding of hate crime and incidents

I have also funded dedicated resources within the Police focusing on engaging with
diverse communities to break down barriers, build trust and encourage reporting, and also on hate crime investigation.

Tackling hate crime is a role for all organisations, not just those within the public sector. As such I work closely with the voluntary and community sector, and have provided funding for a number of initiatives, including:

  • Funding for Show Racism the Red Card educational workshops in primary and
    secondary schools across Cleveland, to raise awareness of hate crime and the
    impact that it has on victims.
  • Funding for Trans Aware to deliver transgender awareness sessions with young
    people involved in the National Citizen Service, focusing on mythbusting and
    education regarding transgender and non binary issues.
  • Support for a range of community cohesion events including Middlesbrough Pride, Middlesbrough Mela and Stockton EID Fusion

These are just a few of the initiatives I have supported, there are many more, as I am
passionate about tackling hate crime. I know it is a vastly under reported crime and I am working hard with the Police and our partners to put the message out to communities that we will not tolerate this unacceptable behaviour.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a brilliant mechanism for raising public
awareness of this important issue and an opportunity for us all to stand together against the minority of people who continue to target others within their communities based on their Race, Religion, Disability, Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. We should all be free to be who we are without fear of prejudice and intolerance, and I am determined that we will continue to strive for this in Cleveland.

Barry Coppinger

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Haydral Dhinsa

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Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert

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My office and I fully support his year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW) and its message that there is ‘No Place for Hate in the UK’.

The HCAW campaign is essential to raising awareness of hate crime, remembering those we have lost, supporting those who need our ongoing support and encouraging services to work with key partners & communities to tackle local hate crime issues.

As Police and Crime and Commissioner, I want Gwent to be a place where people can live, work and contribute to our communities without living in constant fear of experiencing hatred of any kind.

However, should someone become a victim of hate crime in Gwent, we have the mechanisms in place to support them. This could be via our specially trained Hate Crime Support officers or partners in Connect Gwent, our multi-agency victim’s hub.

If you would like more information on the support available, please visit www.bit.ly/GPHateCrime.

Jeff Cuthbert

Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Rt Hon Jane Kennedy

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Hate crime is included within two priority areas that I have set up for Merseyside Police – to ‘Support Victims and Protect vulnerable People’, and to ‘Prevent Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour’. My staff work with a number of organisations operating across the Merseyside area to provide support services to victims of hate crime and also raise awareness of hate crime issues throughout the area, including within school settings. The services provided to victims include peer support and practical advice, focused upon the needs of the individual and the risk factors that are present within each unique case.
I have committed £105,000 per year in a 3 year commissioning strategy to provide hate crime support. The following organisations are commissioned through until April 2021:
• The Anthony Walker Foundation is a well-established charity, formed following the tragic death of Anthony Walker in a racially motivated attack. It provides a service for victims of race and/or religious motivated hate crime. The organisation has strong understanding of all aspects of hate crime, and acts as the coordinator for all the Hate Crime services commissioned by my office.
• Daisy UK is a national registered charity that is well known in Merseyside, with a base in Liverpool and good partnership links. It provides a service for the victims of disability related Hate Crime; and
• Citizens Advice Liverpool provides a service for the victims of LGBT related Hate Crime is a part of a network of charities operating nationally, with a strong footprint in Merseyside. They provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities, and have a strong understanding of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Hate Crime issues.
In addition, I fund Stop Hate UK to provide services as a 3rd party reporting centre for those wishing to report hate crime, but who may not wish to enter the formal criminal justice process. SHUK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties. SHUK has worked closely with me to raise awareness of hate crime, including marketing campaigns that I have supported.
I will also be working with Stop Hate UK supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week in Merseyside this October.
Furthermore, after close collaboration with me, Liverpool FC, Everton FC and Tranmere Rovers FC are publishing articles about hate crime in their match day programmes to coincide with HCAW and it is hoped that the clubs will also distribute Stop Hate UK ‘Blow Time On Hate Crime’ beer mats to coincide with the articles in the match day programmes. My staff will be attending multi-agency events during NHCAW with our partners promoting SHUK and encouraging reporting of hate crime. Liverpool City Council are in the process of drawing together these events. During HCAW we will be undertaking a social media campaign promoting #NOPLACEFORHATE, #NO2HATE and Stop Hate UK.
Tackling Hate Crime is a hugely important issue. I believe that people should be able to live their lives in peace and safety irrespective of their gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. I have supported previous National Hate Crime Awareness Weeks, providing letters of support, promoting the event through my website and social media channels, attending multi-faith events highlighting how communities are working side by side to combat hate crime. I have also held a range of awareness events, including hate crime training days for professionals, seminars on equality and diversity, community roadshows and awareness events in schools across Merseyside. NHCAW has always historically been an excellent opportunity to promote the SHUK commissioned service, by dedicated leaflet drops, mailshots to partners and stalls at events across the region.
Through this dedicated and consistent approach, I am making every attempt to tackle hate crime and protect those at risk, ensuring that Merseyside is a safe place for all to live, work and visit.
Yours sincerely,
Rt Hon Jane Kennedy
Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

Northern Ireland Assembly

National Assembly for Wales

 


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