Today, the 30th April 2022 is the 23rd anniversary of the Admiral Duncan nail bomb attack which left three people dead and many more shocked and injured.
Come and join us – we will be gathering at the Admiral Duncan from 5pm, at 6.10 pm we will walk around to St Anne’s Gardens for a short service in the gardens.
Over a three week period in April 1999, the Nazi nail bomber set out to stir up fear and hatred across London in the hope that it would lead to a race war and the election of the British National Party, luckily his plan failed but not before he had nail bombed the Black, Asian and Gay communities of Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.
Each year the anti-hate crime charity 17-24-30 National Hate Crime Awareness Week (1184819), founded by Mark Healey and Ryan Parkins, organises the April Acts of Remembrance to mark the anniversaries of these dreadful attacks.
17-24-30 named after the deates of the three attacks on the 17th, 24th and 30th April 1999 started as a Facebook group – aiming to provide a space online for those who wanted to continue to mark the anniversaries to stay connected. In the space of a month over 2,000 people joined the group.
Mark spoke to the people who had organised the Soho Act of Remembrance during the first 10 years (2000 to 2009) and volunteered to take on the responsibility of organising the annual event, and he has done so since April 2010. At the same time he felt it important to rekindle Acts of Remembrance in Brixton and Brick Lane so that all three anniversaries were marked and remembered.
“We go to Brixton and Brick Lane on the 17th and 24th April, at 6 pm we light three candles representing the three people who died in Soho and the three boroughs of Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and Westminster united together against Hate Crime. We talk to passers-by about what we are doing, what happened and what we want to prevent from happening again. Without fail – every year someone comes along who tells their personal story of what they experienced – it is really important to create that space for people to connect and be listened to.”
Over the past 13 years, the anti-hate crime charity 17-24-30 has given out over 250,000 hate crime reporting cards, organised hundreds of hate crime awareness events and activities, and encouraged thousands of people to talk about and report the hate crime they have experienced.
“In the same year we launched 17-24-30, Ian Baynham – a 62 year old gay man out celebrating a new job was homophobically abused, punched and kicked unconcious in Trafalgar Square – left in a coma he died 4 weeks later from the injuries he sustained. 17-24-30 organised the first London Vigil against Hate Crime for Ian on the 30th October 2009”.
The 30th October 2009 was a significant date – it was the 5th anniversary of the death of David Morely (aka Cinders), a gay man who was a barman at the time of the Admiral Duncan nail bombing. He survived the attack, only to be killed on the 30th April 2004 in a homophobic ‘happy slapping’ attack by a group of teenagers on the South Bank. Every year we remembers David along with Andrea, Nick and John.
“I believe we have a duty to remember what happened, to remember those lost and injured, and those who need our ongoing support. We must do everything we can to work together to prevent these attacks from happening again.
Today my thoughts are with all those affected by these awful attacks – with the friends and families of Nick Moore, John Light and Andrea Dykes. Remembering too David Morely (sinders) and Thomas Douglas, as well as the landlord Mark Taylor and his team of staff. It is an important day for us all to come together and stand in solidarity with each other”.
The London Vigils took place between 2009 to 2012, and in 2012 evolved into what we now know as National Hate Crime Awareness Week – a week dedicated to encouraging the authorities (Government, Police and Councils), key partners and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle hate crime across the UK.
In 2012 over 81 councils took part in the national week, by 2018 this had risen to over 300 councils across the UK – about 75% of councils. The week has also been supported by police services across the UK as well.
We have created a tradition of lighting a National Candle of Hope and Remembracnce for those affected by hate crime at St Paul’s Cathedral which remains alight at St Paul’s for teh duration of the national week.
It is important to stand in solidarity with all communities affected by hate crime – each year we work with people and organisations across the UK to tackle Alternative Sub-Culture, Disability, Faith, Gender Identity, Race and Sexual Orientation (anti-LGBT) hate crime.
There is an archive about the national week here: https://nationalhcaw.uk/nationalhcaw-archive
The Government has only provided funding for 17-24-30 once, in 2017. We have had statements of support from every Prime Minister and Home Secretary from 2010 onwards – although we have not received a statement of support from the current Prime Minister since he took office, and the Home Secretary stopped signing the Governments statement of support when 17-24-30 supported the Black Lives Matter campaign – to end racism across the UK.
We are hoping that they will change their minds and add their support. We will continue to ask them, as we ask all the leaders of the political parties, the police and crime commmissioners, council leaders and Mayors, local councillors, anti-hate crime charities, community organisations and faith and community leaders – to support our work, to state that there should be no place for hate in the UK.
17-24-30 received funding from the Mayors Office Policing and Crime, £25,000 to pay for resources for the national week in Octcober each year. This gives us some funds to cover our core costs – but we need to raise more funds if we are going to continue to expand and develop our projects to tackle hate crime and build stronger communities.
We registered with the Charity Commission in August 2019 – charity number 1184819.
We have also registered with the Rainbow Lottery, and have our own Rainbow Lottery page – we are looking for 50 people to support us by purchasing their lottery tickets through our page which means we get 50% of all ticket sales. Funds that we will use to cover our core costs.
The Soho Act of Remembrance will take place in Soho today – gathering at the Admiral Duncan from 5 pm, walking round to the gardens at 6.10 pm. We are asking people to sign up via eventbrite to get an idea of numbers – but people don’t need a ticket to attend. It is an open event and everyone is welcome.
If you are interested in volunteering – please contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email and mobile number. Tell us why you would like to volunteer and what type of volunteering you would like to do.
More information on our Volunteers and Staff page: https://nationalhcaw.uk/volunteers-and-staff
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