London Hate Crime Blog

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Welcome to the London Hate Crime Blog which has been set up by the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign to promote  our H.O.P.E. hate crime strategy in the London Region whilst signposting and supporting work that is being done to tackle hate crime across the UK and abroad.

17-24-30 No To Hate Crime campaign

17-24-30 was founded in April 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho. Initially the group was set up to help organise and facilitate the April Acts of Remembrance #AAR to mark the anniversaries of these attacks – making sure we remember those killed, injured and affected by these attacks, supporting those affected by these attacks, making sure that the wider community continued to be educated about what happened and engaged in the work we are doing to tackle hate crime.

After the death of Ian Baynham following a homophobic attack in Trafalgar Square we organised with others, the first London Vigil against Hate Crime on the 30th October 2009. This quickly became an annual event which has now evolved into National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW. The week takes place between the second and third Saturday in October each year – and encourages local authorities (local councils and police services) to work together with key partners and communities affected by hate crime to raise awareness and spread a message of H.O.P.E. across the UK.

Overview Hate Crime Sector

Last year we started mapping hate crime activities and developed the National Hate Crime Events Calendar and set up a National Hate Crime Google Map to help signpost and promote the work being done by so many people, groups and organisations.

To aid this we have started mapping the sector to network and establish partnerships between those involved.

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Our objective is to keep hate crime high on the social and political agenda until it is adequately dealt with and resolved. There is much work to be done.

You can find our more information about 17-24-30 on our sister website here.

H.O.P.E stands for;

  • Hate Crime Awareness
  • Operational Response to Hate Crime
  • Preventing Hate Crime
  • Empowering communities to report and access victim support services

This strategy is closely aligned to the objectives laid out in the Government’s hate crime strategy. Challenge it, Report it, Stop it.

The Government is due to launch an updated plan after the European Union Referendum.

We also support the objectives laid out in the Mayors Office Policing And Crime (MOPAC) Hate Crime Reduction Strategy.

The MOPAC strategy is also likely to be updated after the recent Mayor of London and London Assembly elections. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has already indicated that he is keen to tackle all forms of hate across the region.

One of our objectives is to gather hate crime polices and strategies from across the sector.

Hate Crime Awareness

Our first objective is to raise awareness of what hate crime is, who it affects and how we and others are working together to report and tackle it.

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Which is one of the reasons why we organise  National Hate Crime Awareness Week in October each year. The week encourages local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle hate crime in their areas.

Last year over 200 hate crime awareness activities registered with us around the UK including events in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We want to build upon this success this year.

Pyramid of Hate

We need to educate people about the Pyramid of Hate, and why it is important to tackle prejudices attitudes at the base of the pyramid before they lead to acts of prejudice, then discrimination, violence and genocide.

 

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We have developed the London Hate Crime Reporting Cards to distribute across London to promote the three main reporting routes that people can use to report hate crime (1) The police 999/101, (2) Local Council Community Safety Services, and (3) Independent 3rd Party organisations which we have listed on the London Hate Crime Blog.

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17-24-30 has already sponsored 41,000 Hate Crime Reporting Cards, distributing over 34,500 cards across London in the past three years. We hope to establish sponsorship deals to develop this scheme even further.

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We are also seeking funding to broaden the scope of this campaign – hoping to take our new London Hate Crime Stall on regular tour of London Libraries and community events, whilst training library and other staff how to assist people seeking information how to report.

Our aim is to signpost and promote as many reporting routes and hate crime services as possible.

Operational Response to Hate Crime

People often focus on the “operational response” of the police but we want to encourage people to think more broadly than this.

We are encouraging people to think what they would do if they encountered hate crime themselves, and how they would respond to help others. The threat of hate crime is unlikely to go away so we need to ensure that we are all ready to deal with it when and where it occurs.

Our aim is to encourage groups and organisations to adopt hate crime reduction and prevention policies and train their people how to respond to hate crime incidents.

We also need to make sure that our communities are ready to mobilise at short notice – like we did after news broke about the shootings in Orlando. London Stands With Orlando and other vigils didn’t just miraculously occur – they required people with skills and knowledge how to stage these events to respond and work together with local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime (vital if we want to keep our communities safe).

Preventing Hate Crime

It is important that we do what we can to prevent further hate crime incidents – again this involves working with local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime to come up with solutions.

We need to review previous hate crime incidents and see what we can do to prevent them happening again. Identify hot spots and trigger events so we can eliminate them, or at least greatly reduce their impact.

Empowering communities to report and access victim support services

We are working with communities affected by hate crime to raise awareness of our campaign, mapping out the sector and sharing this information as widely as possible through our social media.

We use social media to promote our campaign and connect with those we are working with. It is a very useful tool. Thousands of people are already following and engaging with our social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.

We often use the following hash tags #WeStandTogether, #NoPlaceForHate #SafePlaceForAll, #LoveWins #NHCAW and #AAR to promote our work.

#WeStandTogether sums up our aim to bring people together, encouraging communities to get behind our #NoPlaceForHate campaign, leading us to #SafePlaceForAll which is our end goal.

UKHC Network square

Recently we established the first UK Hate Crime Network group on LinkedIn, providing a forum for professionals to work together and share news updates, research and other relevant information.

You can join the group on LinkedIn here.

We are establishing links with the different communities affected by hate crime, the main hate crime strands are; alternative sub-cultures, disability, faith, gender identity, race and sexuality.

LondonHCBlog Twitter Lists

We have used Twitter to group our twitter followers and profiles we are following into useful Twitter lists. Find them here.

We are also linking up with community venues; schools, licensed premises, places of worship, community halls and libraries – creating a network of Venue Hate Crime Champions to help share information.

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Illustrating Gender Project – new resource!

Gerald Coll-Plans http://www.gcollplanas.com has asked us to share the Illustrating Gender Project that has been launched at http://www.dibgen.com/index-en.html.

It consists of an illustrated book (that can be downloaded for free), four animated video clips (dealing with the difference between sex and gender; the debate biology/nurture; the inequalities between men and women; and LGBTI issues), and a handbook to use this material in educational settings.

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Mayor of London formal consultation Policing and Crime Plan – needs to renew MOPAC Hate Crime Reduction Strategy

The Mayor is currently conducting a 12 week consultation on their draft Policing and Crime Plan, starting on 1st December and ending on the 2nd March 2017. The final plan will be published the end of March 2017.

Of particular interest is pages 54 to 57 which cover “Standing Together against extremism, hatred and intolerance

This includes the proposed commitments to;

  • Work with MPS and CPS to take a zero tolerance approach against hate crime.
  • Support the work of TfL, MPS Roads and Transport Policing Command, the British Transport Police and City of London Police to tackle hate crime on public transport to ensure London’s transport system is a safe and welcoming environment for all those who wish to use it.
  • Roll out the Hate Crime Victims’ Advocates service across London, following a pilot scheme in Hackney and Westminster.
  • Launch an Online Hate Crime Hub to provide a dedicated policing response to online offences.
  • Ensure that the approach to safeguarding against radicalisation is in line with our city-wide approach to social integration.
  • Work with the Deputy Mayor for Social Integration to support community cohesion and resilience
However we noticed one glaring omission – the draft Policing and Crime Plan makes no mention of renewing the MOPAC Hate Crime Reduction Strategy that the previous Mayor launched in December 2015. This current strategy runs out in 2017 so we encourage people to respond to the consultation and ask the Mayor to update the MOPAC Hate Crime Reduction Strategy.

Email consultation@mopac.london.gov.uk more details on the Mayor’s website here.

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Disability Hate Crime Partnership Lambeth host 3rd #NHCAW event to discuss Disability Hate Crime

This event is for anyone who wants to help end Hate Crime against Disabled People in Lambeth and find out more about support services.

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The event is being held on Wednesday 12th October 2016, registration from 10 am for a 10.30 am start, ending at 2pm.

It will be held at “We are 336” 336 Brixton Road Sw9 7AA

A light lunch will be provided from 1pm.

Booking is essential via http://dhcmainevent.eventbrite.co.uk

  • Official launch of the new Hate Crime Reporting Centre at “We are 336”
  • Update on the work of the Lambeth Disability Hate Crime Partnership.
  • Identifying Hate Crimes & Hate Incidents
  • Interactive activities, workshops and information stalls.
  • Reporting pathways.
  • Support Organisations in Lambeth for Hate Crime

For more information about our hate crime project http://tinyurl.com/glqavob

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Lambeth Inter Faith Walk 2016

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Faiths Together in Lambeth have sent us an invitation to join their annual Lambeth Inter Faith Walk on Saturday 17th September 2016.
Revd David Musgrave has organised the route of the walk;
1. 12 noon South London (Orthodox) Synagogue (45 Leigham Court Road SW16 2NF)
A break to eat packed lunches in Holmewood Gardens
2. 1.20 pm Caribbean Hindu Temple (16 Ostade Road SW2 2BA)
3. 2.00 pm Brixton Hill Islamic Centre (226a -228a Brixton Hill SW2 1HE)
4. 2.45 pm Corpus Christi Church (Brixton Hill/Trent Road SW2 5BJ)
5. 3.30 pm The Mayor’s Office (Olive Morris House, 18 Brixton Hill SW2 1RD)
6. 4.15 pm SGI Nichiren Buddhist Centre (1 Bernays Grove SW9 8DF)
The Walk starts a short distance from Streatham Hill railway station and ends very near Brixton tube station.
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Faiths Together welcomes new people to come along and take part.
Download a copy of flyer here; 2016 Inter Faith Walk flyer
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Dr Brown Research – Disability Hate Crime

We have a request from Dr Alexander Brown re Hate Crime;
Dr Brown says :-
I am an academic at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and I have a specialism in hate speech law. I am particularly interested in the current debate about extending stirring up hatred offences to disability.
I’ve been lobbying the Ministry of Justice to extend. I recently came across the Disability Hate Crime Network’s submission to the Law Commission’s report on extending these and other offences. ‘We agree that there must be an extension of new offences in terms of stirring up offences so all groups are given a consistent and equal protection in law.’
Dr Brown’s questions are :-
1) Have you ever seen, read or observed (online or offline) someone using threatening words or behaviour with the intention of stirring up hatred against people with disabilities (physical or mental)?
NB. I am NOT referring to verbal abuse or threats directed at people with disabilities. And I am NOT referring to direct incitement to acts of violence or discrimination. Instead, I AM referring to deliberate attempts to use threatening words or behaviour to make others (usually non-disabled people) hate people with disabilities.
E.g. “This country is made worse by having people with disabilities around because people with disabilities are a waste of space and a drain on the rest of us, and when we all finally admit this to ourselves disabled people had better watch out.” “People with disabilities are being punished, and rightly so in my view, for sins in previous life and when judgement day comes they will burn in hell, I hope you can see that.”
2) Public order law in the UK currently bans people from using threatening words or behaviour with the intention of stirring up hatred on grounds of race, religion or sexual orientation? Do you think such laws are justified/a good idea even if they are rarely used?
3) Do you think such laws should be extended to cover disability?
Please respond to :-
Dr Alexander Brown, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Social and Political Theory.
School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia (UEA) ,
Email: alexander.c.brown@uea.ac.uk
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EHRC report on the ‘Causes and motivations of hate crime’

Causes and motivations of hate crime by Mark A. Walters and Rupert Brown with Susann Wiedlitzka, University of Sussex, was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission on 29 July 2016.

The report looks at the causes and motivations of hate crime based on the five protected characteristics covered by current hate crime law:

  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • race
  • religion
  • sexual orientation

The report gives an overview of hate crime evidence to inform criminal justice agencies in their approach, with thoughts from the law, policy and social science.

PDF of report

When prejudice turns into discrimination and unlawful behaviour (blog by Verena Brähler, Equality and Human Rights Commission, 29 July 2016)

In the tense aftermath of the Brexit vote, it’s the job of all public bodies to take on hate crime and prejudice (blog by Marc Verlot, Equality and Human Rights Commission writing for Civil Service World, 29 July 2016)

Discrimination and hate crime in Britain: Understanding, measuring, and tackling it (blog by Hazel Wardrop, Research Manager at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, 1 August 2016)

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Inquiry into hate crime and its violent consequences

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The Home Affairs Select Committee launched an inquiry into hate crime and its violent consequences in July 2016.

Written evidence is invited on, but need not be restricted to, the following issues:

  • The effectiveness of current legislation and law enforcement policies for preventing and prosecuting hate crime and its associated violence.
  • The barriers that prevent individuals from reporting hate crime, and measures to improve reporting rates.
  • The role of social media companies and other online platforms in helping to identify online sources of hate crime and to prevent online hate incidents from escalating.
  • The role of the voluntary sector, community representatives, and other frontline organisations in challenging attitudes that underpin hate crime.
  • Statistical trends in hate crime and how the recording, measurement and analysis of hate crime can be improved.
  • The type, extent and effectiveness of the support that is available to victims and their families and how it might be improved.

Written submissions are being accepted until midday on 1 September 2016.

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