On the 13th October at 6.30pm an Act of Remembrance for all those affected by Hate Crime will take place in St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the first National Hate Crime Awareness Week organised by 17-24-30.
People are expected to arrive at the Cathedral from 6pm onwards. At 6.30pm Cannon Mark Oakley will welcome guests. The Act of remembrance will include three speakers:
Mark Healey – 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign
Beverley Smith – Hate Crime Disability Network
Phyll Opoku-gyimah – UK Black Pride
A Candle of Hope and Remembrance will be lit by Carolyn Moore whose brother Nik Moore was killed along with John Light and Andrea Dykes in the Admiral Duncan Bombing (30th April 1999).
30 people have been asked to step forward to light 30 smaller candles during the Act of Remembrance on behalf of those present, representing the diverse range of communities affected by hate crime coming together.
The Candle will burn in St Paul’s Cathedral in front of the “The Light of the World” painting in the Middlesex Chapel for the duration of the Hate Crime Awareness Week 13th- 19th October leading up to the 4th International Day of Hope and Remembrance on the 20th October when a series of Solidarity Hate Crime Vigils are expected to take place around the UK and abroad.
Vigils have so far been confirmed in London, Brighton, Norwich, North Norfolk, Ipswich, Plymouth, Reading and Milton-keynes.
Mark Healey founder of 17-24-30 and organiser of the Vigil said “It is honour to share the stage with these people who represent some of the finest work that is being carried out across the movement for human rights.”
Hate Crime Awareness Week (13th – 19th October)
17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign has launched their first Hate Crime Awareness Week to raise awareness of Hate Crime and encourage people to do something local to tackle local Hate Crime issues.
It is hoped that the week will help promote local hate crime services and support by encouraging people to signpost local contact information, hold stalls and organise small hate crime awareness events.
Those organising events are invited to contact 17-24-30 who will help promote what is happening through their Facebook, Twitter and WordPress accounts.