National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW Launch at St Paul's Cathedral
National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW Launch at St Paul's Cathedral

National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW Launch at St Paul's Cathedral

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5th National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th October 2016

Special launch event at St Paul's Cathedral

Organised by 17-24-30 in partnership with Stop Hate UK

You are warmly invited to this special event at St Paul's Cathedral on Saturday 8th October 2016 to mark the launch of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016 #NHCAW

The service of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime will include:

  • Arrival Diversity Choir music
  • Welcoming Speech by St Paul's Cathedral
  • Speech by Mark Healey (17-24-30) and Rose Simkins (Stop Hate UK)
  • Lighting of National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime 
  • Diversity Choir Music during community lighting of candles
  • Guest speaker
  • Blessing by St Paul's Cathedral
  • Retiring Collection in aid of 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign
  • Departing Diversity Choir music

We will have BSL signers available.

PLEASE AIM TO ARRIVE BY 6.15 PM as DIVERSITY start singing at 6.20 PM

National Candle of Hope and Remembrance

This will be the fifth time the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance will be on display within St Paul's Cathedral for the duration of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW.

The candle will be positioned in front of the painting The Light of the World (1853-54) painting by William Holman Hunt.

In 2012 the candle was lit by Carolyn and Peggy Moore, the sister and mother of Nick Moore who was killed on the 30th April 1999 along with Andrea Dykes and John Light during the Soho nail bomb attack on The Admiral Duncan bar. Many others were injured during the three nail bomb attacks targetted at the black community of Brixton (17th April 1999), the asian community of Brick Lane (24th April 199) and the gay community of Soho (30th April 1999).

In 2013 the candle was lit by Jenny Baynham, the sister of Ian Baynham who was homophobically attacked and beaten in Trafalgar Square (25 September 2009), dying 18 days later from the injuries he sustained.

IN 2014 Sylvia Lancaster, the mother of Sophie Lancaster who was subjected to a vicious mob attack along with her boyfriend Robert Maltby (11 August 2007),  she died from the injuries she sustained on the 24th August 2007. This lead to Greater Manchester Police announcing that they would officially begin to record offences committed against goths and other alternative groups, as hate crimes, as they do with offences aimed at some's disability, faith, gender identity, race or sexual orientation.

In 2015 the candle was lit by Maz Saleem, the daughter ofMohammed Saleem 82, who was murdered in an anti-Muslim terrorist attack during which he was stabbed three times from behind. Pavlo Lapshyn from the Ukraine who is serving 40 years for Mohammed Saleem's murder and the three mosque bombings in the West Midlands for which he was charged and sentenced under the terrorism act.

International Day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by Hate Crime

The first international day of hope and remembrance for those affected by hate crime took place on the 30th October 2009 when over 10,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square for the first London Vigil against Hate Crime.

Comedian Sandy Toskvig announced that this first gathering was the first International Day of Hope and Remembrance as we received messages of support from around the world. Many solidarity vigils of hope and remembrance took place around the UK and abroad - and continue to take place on the third Saturday of October each year.

This year the 8th international day will take place on Saturday 15th October.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

The first National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW was organised by Mark Healey in October 2012, and is now in it's fifth year. This year the week is being organised by 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign in partnership with Stop Hate UK.

The aim of the week is to provide a focus for all politicians, all local police servies, all local authorities and their partners, and communities affected by hate crime to organise hate crime awareness events to raise awareness of hate crime, to encourage reporting, to promote local support services and look at ways we can all work together to prevent hate crime.

Individuals can take part by helping to share information about this event and other hate crime events online through social networking and getting involved in local events which will be listed on the 17-24-30 Facebook Page and Stop Hate UK website.

We will be using the hash tags #NHCAW#NoPlaceForHate,#SafePlaceForAll and #WeStandTogether.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week objectives

The objectives of National Hate Crime Awarenesss Week this year are to:

1) Raise as much hate crime awareness as possible by encouraging local authorities, their partners and key stakeholders in the community to organise a wide range of awareness raising events and campaigns to promote local services and hate crime inititatives. We want to encourage people to think about all forms of hate crime; Disability, Faith, Gender Identity, Race, Sexual Orientation and other forms of hate crme.

2) To continue to develop a National Hate Crime Calendar to assist the promotion of hate crime events and activties within the UK. We have created a google map to promote events. This will be located on both the 17-24-30 Wordpress site and the Stop Hate UK website. Register your events here.

3) To encourage and facilitate networking between those tackling hate crime within the UK and abroad. We have set up the UK Hate Crime Network group on LinkedIn.

4) To secure funding for future National Hate Crime Awareness Weeks and a National Hate Crime Administrator post, to help facilitate future weeks. You can find out about 17-24-30's current fundraising appeals here.

5) To recruit volunteers to help us organise future hate crime awareness campaigns and events so we can continue to reach a much wider audience. 17-24-30 is looking for "Venue Hate Crime Champions" who we can send hate crime packs with information to share and display, and "Community Hate Crime Champions" who will help us with our work.

Contact us if you would like to be involved



Please note that this is the draft running order for this event, we will be finalising arrangements over the course of the next couple of months - so the information here may be subject to change.

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