This October’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week will be unlike any other hate crime awareness week that we have ever delivered due to the impact of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
Traditionally it would be a time of hate crime awareness engagement events and activities with staff and volunteers from local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime all doing their bit to encourage people to come together to tackle local hate crime issues in their areas around the UK.
However this year many of those events won’t go ahead as planned. Like the annual Service of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime that is usually hosted by St Paul’s Cathedral.
The service has been cancelled but all is not lost – the lighting of the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime will still be lit – this year by a member of the disabled community in memory of the 18 victims of disability hate crime mentioned in the 2008 Report “Getting Away with Murder: Disabled people’s experiences of hate crime in the UK“.
This year the slogan of the week is We Stand Together Against Hate, the words emblazened on bright yellow t-shirts, badges and hate crime reporting cards funded by the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime for distribution across London. Whilst pdf copies of hate crime awareness posters and leaflets can be downloaded from the NationalHCAW website https://nationalhcaw.uk/plan-your-nationalhcaw
Appeal for photos and statements of support
This year we are writing to leaders across the political, social and reglious spectrum to ask for a photo and statement of support for the national week.
We will contact the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and leaders of other political parties.
We will write to members of the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly.
We will welcome statements of support from Members of Parliament and Members of the House of Lords. It would be really helpful if people across the UK could contact their local MPs and encouage them to add their support.
Use this parliament website link to contact your MP: https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-an-mp-or-lord/contact-your-mp/
We will reach out to the Police and Crime Commissioners for their support across the UK.
Since 2012 we have had statements of support from all kinds of people and we welcome them now more than ever.
What we will do with the photos and statements of support?
We will share the photos and statements of support in three ways. First we will add them to a page on our WordPress blog, second we will share them via our Facebook page and third we will add them to this year’s Hate Crime Google Map.
Since 2009 we have had statements of support from the following Prime Ministers; Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Theresa May. Letters from the leaders of the Opposition include Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn.
Letters have been received from the Leaders of the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, Local borough Mayors, Members of Parliament, Members of the House of Lords, Police and Crime Commissioners, Ministers from the Home Office (including the Home Secreatry) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
You can view this year’s Hate Crime Google Map here. On the map you will find markers for the statements (Yellow) we receive, markers for any articles (Black) published about the national week, markers for any events (Blue) going ahead (including virtual events that are taking place) and markers for council websites (Red Cross/Green Tick) – indicating whether they display hate crime information or not.
The annual Hate Crime Google Map has been produced annually since 2015.
Where should people send their photos and statements of support?
Please send jpeg photos and text of statements to Mark Healey at firstname.lastname@example.org (sending us the text of a statement enables us to easily copy and paste it over to our social media)
Signed physical copies of letters should be address to our mail address; 17-24-30 NationalHCAW, Studio 151, 15 Ingestre Place, W1f 0JH.
Getting Away With Murder: disabled people’s experiences of hate cirme in the UK was written by Katharine Quarmby and published by SCOPE in 2008
Section 143 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 allows for sentences to be increased for disablist hate crimes. The law specifically refers to hostility based on ‘the disability or perceived disability of the victim’ and offences motivated by hostility towards persons who have a disability. However, although disablist crime is recognised by the law, this does not seem to be reflected in people’s attitudes and such crimes attract little public outcry. There is a deep lack of awareness about disablist crime, similar to the public’s ignorance of racist hate crimes prior to the Stephen Lawrence case. This was not taken seriously in its early stages – but it eventually became a watershed case, which resonated widely with the public and led to stiffer sentencing for racist crime. Disablist crimes should be treated with the same seriousness by the public as murders motivated by racism or homophobia.
Download Report here.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week was founded in 2012, evolving out of the series of hate crime vigils that took place after the death of Ian Baynham in 2009. The first London Vigil Against Hate Crime took place on the 30th October 2009 with over 29.000 people sharing messages about the event around the world and over 10,000 people gathering to say No To Hate in Trafalgar Square.
The charity 17-24-30 National Hate Crime Awareness Week (1184819) registered in August 2019 evolved from a Facebook Group that was set up by Mark Healey and Ryan Parkins in March 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the nail bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho. Since then the charity has organised the April Acts of Remembrance to mark the anniversaries of these attacks, the London Hate Crime Vigils between 2009 to 2012, and National Hate Crime Awareness Weeks from 2012 to the current day. In 2019 over 70% of councils around the UK took part in the national week.
Mark Healey was an Olympic Torchbearer during the London Olympics 2012, was awarded the 272nd UK Points of Light Award for his anti-hate crime work by Prime Minister David Cameron in June 2015, honoured with the Edwin Shucker Upstander Award in 2016, City for All Volunteer of the Year by the City of Westminster in 2019 and recognised with a Lifetime Achievements Award by the National NO2H8 Awards in 2019.
Mark is passionate about tackling all forms of hate crime with over 33 years experience of community development work with the LGBT+ communities. 3 years experience as Lambeth’s Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator, 3 years working as an Engagement and Communciations Coordinator tackling Disability Hate Crime at Real (a disabled people’s organisation in Tower Hamlets) and is now employed part-time at the Metro Charity as their new Croydon Hate Crime Officer. He runs 17-24-30 NationalHCAW in a voluntary capacity in his spare time.
National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime. The lighting of a natinal candle had become a tradtion at St Paul’s Cathedral where it has been lit and displayed each National Hate Crime Awareness Week since 2012. It is usually lit by a victim’s family or friends in their memory. Nick Moore (2012), Ian Baynham (2013), Sophie Lancaster (2014), Mohammed Saleem (2015), 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando and 20 disabled people murdered in a care home in Japan (2016), MP Jo Cox and those killed and injured in the London Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Manchester Areana and Finsbuary Park Mosque attacks (2017), Altab Abli and Stephen Lawrence (2018), and Johnny Delaney (2019).
This year Albert Adams, Raymond Atherton, Kevin Davies, Christopher Foulkes, Steven Gale, Colin Greenwood, Frankie Hardwick, Shawei He, Barrie-John Horrell, Steven Hoskin, Rikki Judkins, Christine Lakinski, Brent Martin, Sean Miles, Laura Milne, Keith Philpott, Fiona Pilkington and William Ripsher will be remembered during the lighting of the National candle which will be on display during National Hate Crime Awareness Week at St Paul’s Catehdral (10th – 17th Octber 2020). The lighting of the candle will be filmed and shared on the Cathedral’s website for the first time this year.
There is an archive on the national website https://nationalhcaw.uk/nationalhcaw-archive covering the history of the charity from April 2009 to the current day. A separate page https://nationalhcaw.uk/april-acts-of-remembrance covers the history of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho and the April Acts of Remembrance that take place on the 17th, 24th and 30th April each year (the dates from which we take the first part of our charities name 17-24-30).
“Everything we do is about bringing people together, to remember those we have lost and those who need our ongoing support, to say NO to hate in our communities and make them safer places for everyone to coexist.”
” We spread a message of H.O.P.E. Raising Hate crime awareness, improving Operational responses to hate crime, Preventing hate crime where possible and Empowering communities to work together.”
On our Planning your NationalHCAW website page there are free pdf resources to download. London organisations can register interest in recieving free resources funded by MOPAC and there are left-over resources from previous that can be purchased via ebay with all proceeds going to the charity.
More information can be found on our National website here; https://nationalhcaw.uk/