17-24-30 represents the combined dates of the three London nail bombs targeted at Brixton (17th April), Brick Lane (24th April) and Soho (30th April) in 1999.
The homophobic and racist London Nail Bomber targeted the Black, Asian and Gay communities of Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho because he wanted to create a climate of fear which he believed would lead to the election of the British National Party at the European Elections.
Over the course of three weeks he planted a series of nail bombs which killed three people and injured many more. Luckily after the third bomb he was caught and his politically motivated plan failed, but his acts of hatred serve to remind us that there will always be those who seek to attack and harm us – so we must remember to remain vigilant and work together to protect our communities.
17-24-30 believes that it is important to bring people together.
The April Acts of Remembrance #AAR remain important to those affected by these attacks, they service to bring people together, providing us, our families and friends – with support and the opportunity to gather and remember those we lost. They enable us to engage with old friends and newcomers, drawing comfort from each other and sharing our experiences, thoughts and feelings.
They also provide an opportunity for our communities to raise awareness and reflect upon what has happened, to educate the next generation and ensure that we reduce the chances of these attacks happening again.
17-24-30 believes that it is important to remember those we’ve lost, and those still with us.
Three people were killed and more than 130 injured during these attacks, however the impact of these horrific events rippled further across our communities affecting many people who lived, worked or socialised in these areas, those who were connected to those caught up in the attacks, and those who saw the aftermath of these events reported in the media.
At least 48 people were injured when the first device exploded in the crowded Brixton Market. Among those taken to hospital was a 23-month-old baby with a nail in his head.
A week later, 13 people were injured when the second bomb exploded in Brick Lane.
The most serious attack took place in Soho. A pipe bomb containing 1,500 nails exploded in the crowded Admiral Duncan pub. Three friends Andrea Dykes (who was pregnant) 27, John Light 32 and Nik Moore, 31 died in the blast and more than 70 were injured.
17-24-30 believes that it is important to show our support for those affected by hate crime.
Each year, the original gathering in St Anne’s Garden was naturally getting smaller and smaller as some of those directly involved in the attacks moved on with their lives. Which is why it has became important to open up the gatherings so new people can come along. This helps the group remain connected with the wider communities and reduces the risk of remaining members becoming forgotten and isolated.
It raises the question how do we provide ongoing support for those involved? not just in the short and medium term, but in the long-term as well?
17-24-30 exists to look at how we can provide this ongoing support and facilitate the annual April Acts of Remembrance #AAR. We keep channels of communication open with some of those directly involved in the attacks, and some of the family members of those who died – so that they are consulted and involved in what we do. We also liaise with people living in these areas now, working together with the local authorities to signpost support to those that need it where appropriate.
17-24-30 believes we need to continue to develop and build better relations between and within our communities.
17-24-30 continues to encourage people across the Black, Asian and Gay communities to work with each other to develop local projects to tackle hate crime. We engage people through our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter and WordPress), host and participate in hate crime awareness events, and sign-post local support services, groups and organisations.
In September 2009 Ian Baynham was homophobically abused by three people, one man and two women in Trafalgar Square. When he challenged their them he was punched and knocked to the ground, then viciously kicked in the head as he lay unconscious on the floor. A couple of weeks later he died from the injuries he sustained.
Mark Healey, 17-24-30’s founder proposed holding a vigil for Ian in Trafalgar Square at a meeting of the Westminster Central Police Community Engagement Group (held at St Anne’s Church). Later that evening Mark set up a Facebook event for the vigil. Overnight a hundred people joined the event, and over the course of the next two weeks over 29,000 people shared the event as it went viral across the internet.
On the 30th October 2009, over 10,000 people joined 17-24-30 in Trafalgar Square to state that all forms of hate crime are unacceptable in our communities, especially in the heart of London, with more people supporting the event on-line around the world. This was the start of our national and international campaign to say #NoPlaceForHate
A year later (23rd October 2010), the event included a variety of speakers including Stuart Milk, Harvey Milks nephew. Similar events were held around the country, including 300 people gathering on the steps of City Hall, Vancover. Vigils against Hate Crime were held again in 2011, and 2012.
In 2012 the decision was made to stop holding the London Vigil against Hate Crime in Trafalgar Square due to increasing costs hosting the event and to focus efforts organising a National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW.
A week aimed at encouraging all politicians, all councils, all police services and all communities affected by hate crime to work together and organise their own hate crime awareness events to highlight local issues.
The week takes place between the second and third Saturday in October each year, beginning with a special service at St Paul’s Cathedral and ending with an International Day of Hope and Remembrance for all those affected by hate crime.
17-24-30 continues to facilitate the April Acts of Remembrance #AAR, and National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW in October each year. The group registered as a small charity with HM Revenue and Customs in August 2011 (ref XT30898) and raises funds to support its various hate crime projects listed here.
For more information download our 17-24-30 Tri-fold Leaflet 2016 pdf
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