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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of Parliament
Members of the House of Lords
Mayor of London
London Borough Mayors
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
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
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
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.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger
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.
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Haydral Dhinsa
Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert
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.
Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner
Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Rt Hon Jane Kennedy
Northern Ireland Assembly
National Assembly for Wales
Letters from previous years are available;
- Letters 2018
- Letters 2017
- Letters 2016
- Letters 2015
- Letter from Mayor of London 2015
- Letters 2014
- Letters 2013
- Letters 2012