The following open letter is being sent out by the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign to all the London Borough Councillors to promote the launch of this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW 2016
Dear London Borough Councillors and Representatives,
This week we are writing to over 1758 London Borough Councillors to update you about plans for the fifth National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW that is taking place between the 8th – 15th October.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW
The week takes place between the 2nd and 3rd Saturday in October every year, and evolved out of the London Vigil’s Against Hate Crime that first took place in October 2009 after the death of Ian Baynham – a 62 year old gay man who was homophobically abused, punched and viciously kicked repeatedly whilst he lay unconscious on the ground in Trafalgar Square.
This year’s theme is “Standing Together” in support of the national campaign #WeStandTogether.
Service at St Paul’s Cathedral
A special launch event will take place at 6.15pm on the 8th October at St Paul’s Cathedral during which we will light the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by Hate Crime. Previously the candle has been lit by the friends and families of Nick Moore (killed in the Admiral Duncan bombing), Ian Baynham (attacked in Trafalgar Square), Sophie Lancaster (attacked in Stubblyee Park, Bacup) and Mohammed Saleem (murdered whilst walking home from a Mosque in Birmingham).
This year the candle will be lit by Ola Jides in memory of the 49 people killed in the Pulse Nightclub shootings, Orlando.
Free tickets for the service are available here;
A week of hate crime awareness events and activities
Last year over 200 hate crime awareness events took place around the UK, including Norhern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
In London the Mayor of London through his MOPAC Hate Crime Reduction strategy funded 5,000 hate crime awareness packs that were distributed across London.
You can register events here;
You can view the National Hate Crime Events Google Calendar/Map here;
We are asking all London Borough Councillors and Representatives to support the week this year;
(1) Join our two Thunderclaps on the 8th August and 8th September to help us raise awareness of the week. Use your Twitter and Facebook profiles to add your support and help us reach thousands of people.
Thunderclap 1 – 2 months to go before #NHCAW
Thunderclap 2 – 1 month to go before #NHCAW
(2) Use your social media to promote #NHCAW. We will be using the hash tags #WeStandTogether #NoPlaceForHate and #SafePlaceForAll and #NHCAW
Our Twitter profile is https://twitter.com/NationalHCAW
(3) Post a letter of Solidarity and Support for #NHCAW on your websites and blogs – make sure you send us the URL Link and we will promote widely through our social media. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the letter we received from the Prime Minister last year;
(4) Promote #NHCAW in your areas – work with your local communities affected by hate crime to put on local hate crime awareness events – find out what your local authorities (Police and Council) and key partners are doing to support the week.
Thank you for reading this letter – I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on how we can make #NHCAW a national success and ensure that there is a clear message across all our communities that there is #NoPlaceForHate in the UK.