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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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