National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019
Tower Hamlets Council is once again highlighting its No Place for Hate campaign, which provides training to the community to help tackle hate crime, supports victims, raises awareness of the impact of discrimination and aids the prosecution of perpetrators.
Nearly 4,000 individuals and 160 separate organisations have already signed up to the No Place for Hate pledge, promising to:
- Do their best to combat prejudice and to stop those who, because of hate or ignorance, would hurt anyone or violate their dignity.
- Try at all times to be aware of their own prejudices and seek to gain understanding of those who they perceive as being different from themselves.
- Speak out publicly against all forms of prejudice and discrimination.
- Reach out to support those who are targets of hate.
- Think about specific ways their community can promote respect for all people and make Tower Hamlets No Place for Hate.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “The diversity and incredible community spirit of our residents is our greatest asset as a borough. Discrimination and prejudice have no place in our borough and I would urge everyone to sign the No Place for Hate pledge to underline how hate crime will not divide us.”
Councillor Asma Begum, Deputy Mayor for Community Safety and Equalities, said: “Residents can send a clear message to those who seek to divide us by signing the No Place for Hate pledge. There will always be more that we have in common than what divides us. This pledge helps celebrate our communities and tells hate crime perpetrators that they will not win.”
The council’s renewed focus on the pledge links with the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, which begins on 12 October 2019. This national week long campaign raises awareness of what hate crime is and stands up for those affected by it.
Throughout this week, Mayor Biggs, council staff, partners in organisations, residents and the police will be working together to work for those suffering the effects of hate crime, and remembering those who have been victim.
These events include a service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, attended by the Mayor of London, Mayor of Tower Hamlets and heads of all London boroughs on 13 October.
The council is calling on more people to commit to helping stamp out hate crime underlying our shared values, shared community and commitment to making Tower Hamlets a stronger, safer neighbourhood for everyone. Pledging is quick, easy and free to do by visiting www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/npfh
Anyone who is the victim of, or witness to, hate crime should to report it immediately. You can call 999 for emergencies and 101 for non-emergencies.
The council commission’s Victim Support to provide specialist emotional and practical support. You can call Victim Support on 020 8555 8254. Further details can be found on www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/hatecrime
Posted on Thursday 3rd October 2019