This October is the 5th Anniverary of the death of Ian Baynham who died after being homophobically beaten outside the South African Embassy, Traflagar Square London. Two weeks after he died the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign organised one of its most sucessful Facebook Campaigns galvanising people around the world to come together and Say No to Hate.
On the 30th October 2009 we organised the first International Day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by Hate Crime, which we marked in London by hosting the first London Vigil against Hate Crime. It was an amazing event, over 10,000 people turned up in Trafalgar Square and solidarity events took place around the UK and abroad.
Last year we launched the first National/International Hate Crime Awareness Week with the intention of encouraging local councils and police authorities to work with local community groups in a coordinated effor to raise as much awareness of hate crime as possible. Whilst at the same time providing an opportunity for local fund raising efforts to take place to support local anti-hate crime and anti-bullying initatives.
Five years on and we are still doing our bit to raise awareness of hate crime and tackle the problem that exists in our communities.
We are hosting the following events this year:
On the 19th October Solidarity Vigils have already been confirmed in Brighton, Kettering, Norwich and Reading. More are expected to be announced shortly.
Venues across London are being invited to participate this year by decorating their premises purple for the duration of the week - especially for the 17th October which is International Spirit Day (set up in October 2010 in response to an increase in teenage LGBT suicides) and on the 19th for the International Day of Hope and Remembrance.
Already we have had confirmation from venues including the Joiners Arms and the Two Brewers that they will be taking part. More will follow.
And there will be a special "Purple Party" on Sunday 20th October to celebrate the end of this year's Hate Crime Awareness Week at the Two Brewers.
This year it has been decided that instead of raising and spending £5,000 on the London Vigil against Hate that we will instead in these tough economic times raise this money and share it between five organisations that are tackling hate crime in our communities and bullying in our schools.
Each charitiy/organisation will receive 20% of the monies raised. Galop and Stop Hate will get the money directly from the Charities Trust whilst 17-24-30 will transfer the funds raised to Inclusion For All and the Disability Hate Crime Network as soon as the monies are released by the Charities Trust.
WE WOULD LIKE AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO HELP US WITH THIS FUND RAISING APPEAL TO RAISE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR THESE HATE CRIME CHARITIES AND ORGANISATIONS SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO BE THERE WHEN WE NEED THEM.