Government hate crime action plan 2016

The Government published their hate crime action plan for 2016, ‘Action against Hate: the UK government’s plan for tackling hate crime‘ in July 2016.

It sets out the government’s plan of actions to deal with hate crime until May 2020. It applies to England and Wales only.

It outlines actions the government will take to:

  • prevent and respond to hate crime
  • increase reporting of hate crime incidents
  • improve support for victims
  • build an understanding of hate crime

 

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Silver Sunday

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Silver Sunday is a national day for older people on the first Sunday of October, which was launched in 2012 to help overcome loneliness. It is aimed to provides an opportunity for older people to try something new, meet new people and have an uplifting day.

It’s also an opportunity for you to highlight the services or opportunities that are available all year round.

In October 2015 over 570 free events and activities took place across the UK with over 3,000 people taking part. All events were organised by local organisations, businesses and community groups who donated their time and resources to make it a memorable day for all those involved.

Feedback from 200 people who attended these events showed that Silver Sunday achieves its aims of helping people to try new things (92%) and get out and about and meet new people (90%).

Silver Sunday was also successful in reaching new people – 57% of people attended a Silver Sunday event for the first time.

The people who attend the events are extremely positive about their individual event as well as Silver Sunday as a whole with 92% agreeing it helps them to feel part of their community. The longer-term benefits of Silver Sunday are also evident – 83% found out about other local events and services as a result of Silver Sunday and 68% said they are likely to keep in contact with the people they met.

If you are able to support Silver Sunday once again, please do let the organisers of Silver Sunday know so they can promote your event on their website and through other channels such as e-newsletters, magazines and social media.

The events do not need to be on the first Sunday in October but can be in the weeks before or after if this is works out easier for you.

Attached is event/activity confirmation form for you to submit your details. Please send your completed form to ecaley@westminster.gov.uk, and if you have any other questions please let Eva Caley know. Please also forward this email to any of your contacts who you think may like to be involved as well.

Download the booking form here: Silver Sunday National Event booking form 2016 (1)

Thank you for your support of Silver Sunday which makes a real difference to the lives of older people.

More information on the Silver Sunday website here!

 

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OPEN LETTER to London Borough Councillors

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
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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 mark@17-24-30.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.
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Freedom of Information Request – Hate Crime

In light of the recent cuts to hate crime prevention services across London we have submitted a Freedom of Information request to every borough council in London and the City of London Corporation. We should receive replies in the next 20 days.

Dear London Borough Council,

We are submitting this Freedom of Information request to every council in London.

Please can you provide information about what the council is doing to tackle hate crime in your borough;

1.Hate Crime Policy

  • (a) Is Hate Crime included in the Councils current Community Safety Plan?
  • (b) Does the council have a current separate Hate Crime Action Plan?
  • (c) Can you provide PDF copies of these documents
  • (d) If no current plans are available – what date did the last plan end?

2. Hate Crime Staff

  • (a) Who is the Council’s hate crime lead?
  • (b) Does the council have a designated Hate Crime Prevention Officer (or similar position?)

3. Hate Crime Reporting

  • (a) Does the council facilitate hate crime reporting in the borough?
  • (b) If so which hate crime reporting methods are supported?

4. Hate Crime Resources

  • (a) Does the council have a designated hate crime information page on it’s website?
  • (b) If so what is it’s URL?
  • (c) Does the council have an on-line hate crime reporting form?
  • (e) If so what is it’s URL?
  • (f) Does the council have any physical resources? Posters, Leaflets,  cards, or other materials?
  • (h) If so can you provide us with pdf copies of them?

5.Hate Crime Advocacy

  • (a) Does the council provide direct hate crime advocacy to people affected by hate crime?
  • (b) If so how many Hate Crime Advocates does the council employ?
  • (c) Does the council refer people affected by hate crime to external Hate Crime Advocates
  • (d) If so please list the organisations that the council refers to.

6. Hate Crime Funding

  • (a) How much did the council spend tackling hate crime in 2014/15?
  • (b) How much did the council spend tackling hate crime in 2015/16
  • (c) What is the budget for tackling hate crime in 2016/17?
  • (d) Can you provide a list of  organisations the council currently provides funding to tackle hate crime in the borough?

7. Working with Communities affected by Hate Crime

  • (a) Does the council facilitate a local Borough Hate Crime Forum?
  • (b) If so how often does it meet?
  • (c) Which local authorities are presented on the forum?
  • (d) Which voluntary sector organisations are represented on the forum?

8. National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW 8th-15th October

  • (a) Did the Council participate in #NHCAW last year?
  • (b) If so what did the council do?
  • (c) is the council participating in #NHCAW this year?
  • (d) if so what is the council doing?

Submitted 30/07/2016

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An important message from the DMPC

Reporting Hate Crime – a message from Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

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Dear colleague,

London is rightly recognised as a city of tolerance and inclusion, something the Mayor and I are keen to work together with communities to build upon in the years ahead.

As well as using our platforms in public life to celebrate the rich diversity of our city and encourage a more inclusive society, we are also determined to pursue a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime.

We are concerned by the reported increase in racial hate crimes following the referendum result. I wanted to make contact to assure you that City Hall and the Metropolitan Police Service MPS are giving these reports our fullest attention. I am receiving daily briefings on hate crimes and I remain in close contact with the police and partners.

The Mayor and I are working to raise awareness of the ways of reporting hate crime to the police, so that they can take action to bring the perpetrators to justice and so that victims can get the support they need:

By phone: call 999 in an emergency, or 101 in a non-emergency.

In person: At any police station with a front counter

Through an app: the MOPAC Hate Crime reporting app can be downloaded for Android or Apple at MOPAC Hate Crime App

Online: at www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force

Community monitoring groups: you should report all hate crimes to the police, but you can also use community reporting methods such as Tell MAMA for Islamophobic incidents or the Community Security Trust for anti-Semitic offences.

By working together we can encourage and support victims of hate crime to come forward. I would therefore welcome your help in spreading this message to raise awareness of the importance of reporting hate crime and the ways to do so amongst your friends, colleagues and communities.

Thank you,

Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

Sophie is the former Deputy Mayor of Hackney, with lead responsibility for crime and community safety, neighbourhood and civic engagement. Prior to this, she was Special Adviser on Policing and Crime to Home Secretary David Blunkett.

Outside of powers to issue a Police and Crime Plan, and to appoint and remove senior Met officers, the role of Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime (DMPC) in London is similar to that of an elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elsewhere. Although not directly elected, once the Mayor as occupant of MOPAC delegates his authority, the DMPC has all other powers and duties of a PCC.

The DMPC leads MOPAC and is accountable to the Mayor for:

  • the delivery of the Police and Crime Plan
  • for ensuring oversight of the police
  • driving effective criminal justice and crime reduction services across London

The DMPC works with a range of agencies and service providers to improve services in our city, and with one important exception – the national Strategic Policing Requirement – the DMPC does not answer to Whitehall, but to Londoners. She has a duty to consult with local people in setting her objectives.

In London, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police answers to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, with a separate reporting line to the Home Secretary on national matters. He must at all times retain the confidence of both the Mayor (and DMPC) and the Home Secretary.

More information about how the Mayor’s Office of Policing and Crime is tackling hate crime is available on the Greater London Authority’s website here.

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LGBT & straight Muslims march at Pride London

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Press release by Peter Tatchell Foundation

Post Orlando: LGBT & Muslim communities urged to unite against all hate

London, UK – 27 June 2015

LGBT Muslims and straight Muslim allies joined the Peter Tatchell Foundation’s contingent at Saturday’s Pride London parade, on 25 June.

We marched with the theme: “LGBT-Muslim Solidarity – Fight all hate”

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Our placards featured the slogans:

“LGBT & Muslim Solidarity. Unite against ALL hate,” “Defend LGBT Muslims against
EDL & Islamists,” and “Fight both homophobia & anti-Muslim prejudice. Solidarity!”

“In the wake of the horrific mass murder of LGBT people by an Islamist gunman in Orlando, we highlighted the need for dialogue, unity and solidarity between the Muslim and LGBT communities – to oppose all hate. We also challenged homophobia in the Muslim community and defended LGBT Muslims against persecution by fellow Muslims. We support liberal Muslims against the Islamist extremists,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the PTF.

“We condemn those who seek to demonise and scapegoat Muslim people, the vast majority of whom deplore terrorism as much as everyone else. They have often been its victims, as in the terrorist outrages of 9/11 and 7/7. Our thanks to the many Muslims who have spoken out against the Orlando massacre and expressed their condolences and support for the LGBT community,” he said.

Peter Tatchell helped organise the UK’s first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride in 1972 and has marched in every parade since then. This was his 43rd Pride London parade (one year in the late 1970s there was no Pride London parade).

Also marching with us were the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group.

Background to the PTF’s LGBT-Muslim Solidarity campaign

“Our LGBT-Muslim Solidarity campaign was launched in East London in October 2015, in response to requests from LGBT Muslims who have suffered abuse and harassment, often from fellow Muslims. Our aim is to bring the Muslim and LGBT communities together, to oppose the prejudice, discrimination and hate crime that both communities suffer,” added Mr Tatchell.

“We want to support and empower LGBT Muslims, to give them a voice and visibility – and to tackle anti-LGBT prejudice in the Muslim community and anti-Muslim prejudice in the LGBT community”, he said.

Gay Muslim student, Safdar Mohammed, who was part of the PTF contingent at Pride, said:

“Homophobia definitely seems to be a problem within the wider Muslim community. This thrives in areas where there’s less integration and a large concentration of Muslims. It’s important to challenge homophobia within the Muslim community….(and) the assumption that the two communities are mutually exclusive …. There are many Muslims who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. LGBT-affirming Muslims often face discrimination on two separate fronts; making it equally imperative that we tackle both homophobia in Islamic communities, as well as rising Islamophobia. The threat to LGBT people from Islamic extremists is very real….(they) take literal interpretations of Qu’ran to justify hate and punishment towards LGBT people. More needs to be done within the Muslim community to expressly counter this narrative, to guarantee that these views do not flourish. The importance creating solidarity between the LGBT and Muslim community serves everyone. Once that is achieved, we can develop loving and respectful relationships with each other.”

Another marcher, gay Muslim and LGBT campaigner, Ejel Khan, added:

“Homophobia exists in all communities, but is particularly acute in my Muslim community because of an intolerance that is wrongly perceived as justified by scripture. The Orlando shootings highlight the importance of challenging homophobia in all of its manifestations. Our LGBT-Muslim Solidarity campaign will, and has already, helped save lives by reaching out and supporting LGBT Muslims. I’m a testament to that. Extremists shouldn’t be able to dictate how we live our lives. That’s why my colleagues and I from the LGBT Muslim community stand with the Peter Tatchell Foundation in its condemnation of homophobia in all its forms, including among extremists who claim to be Muslim.”

Haydar Zaki, the Quilliam Foundation’s Programs Officer & Outreach, also joined the parade. He said:

“Homophobia is something that is becoming increasingly legitimised and must be challenged. It is this dehumanisation of the LGBT+ community which has led to tragedies such as the terrorist attack that took place in Orlando. As a straight ally and Muslim, I participated in Pride to showcase solidarity against homophobia, the need to challenge it from whichever set of ideas it comes from, and the need to end anti-Muslim bigotry by fixating instead on intellectually compromising the theocratic ideals of Islamist ideologues. We must empower the voices that call for the universality of LGBT+ rights – including Muslim reformers – and drown out the calls for the criminalisation of a community purely based on whom they choose to love.”

Tehmina Kazi, the Muslim human rights activist and volunteer at the Inclusive Mosque Initiative, said:

“LGBT Muslims often face ostracisation from their families, communities and mosques.  Many have to live double lives, and hide their orientation or same-sex partners from their families.  There is evidence that some have even been forced into marriages with members of the opposite sex and been subjected to honour-based violence if they refuse. The dominant interpretations of Islam run counter to LGBT equality and contemporary human rights standards…..(however) the academic work of Scott Siraj ul-Haq Kugle on Islam and homosexuality, and the new online theological resource set up by Daaiyee Abdullah, showcases that LGBT-affirming interpretations of Islam are possible. Homosexuality needs to be talked about more in Islam to avoid further cases like the suicide of gay Muslim Naz Mahmood. It is very important for us to all work together and challenge all kinds of bigotry, whether homophobic, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic or otherwise.”

Fiyaz Mughal, the Muslim Director of Faith Matters, added:

“Sadly, homophobia is a problem in sections of the Muslim community. When Tell Mama has tackled homophobia, some Muslims have accused us of promoting homosexuality. This is not only untrue, this accusation is homophobia by the backdoor and it plays to a homophobic element, which is unacceptable. Groups purporting to tackle hatred and prejudice cannot be selective in which group is protected against hatred, as these are universal human rights. Mutual solidarity is important, since both the Muslim and LGBT communities have elements of their identity that are targeted for hatred. There are gay Muslims and they deserve to be treated with dignity, equal life chances and be free from fear. So intersectionality, joint campaigning and standing up for each other is fundamental for the future.”

Edwin Sesange, Director of the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group, said:

“We are calling on people of all faiths to unite against anti-LGBTI hate crimes. Extremist religious teachings perpetuate intolerance towards LGBTI people. We have seen this in the opposition of many faith communities to marriage equality in the UK and in religious support for the anti-gay laws in Uganda, Iran, Pakistan and Nigeria. Religious leaders – Muslim, Christian and Judaist – have a duty to speak out against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.”

If you were unable to join us but support our LGBT-Muslim Solidarity campaign, please consider making a donation to help the Peter Tatchell Foundation continue its work for equality and diversity for all. Click here.

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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.

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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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