I write the first blog of 2018 looking forward to another successful year for Stop Hate UK, packed full of events, initiatives and our continued work to challenge all forms of Hate Crime.
It’s only the middle of February and we’ve already seen 2 successful ‘Hate Crime Awareness Weeks’ in Merseyside and Greater Manchester, where Stop Hate UK played a key role in supporting the many things happening in both areas and there’s so much more to come in 2018!
These weeks also coincided with the launch of our new ‘Spread Love, Not Hate’ campaign.
Our new campaign has been launched in response to the many tragic events, that we witnessed in 2017, but also to remind ourselves of our very own vision statement;
“We dream of a society which is free from hate, harassment and discrimination, where all people are valued for their unique identity.”
When I reference our vision statement, I am also reminded of the great quote from the American poet and civil rights activist, Mary Angelou, that;
“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”
So, we think our new campaign to ‘Spread Love, Not Hate’ really resonates with our core values and vision, but also uses language that people can really relate to and get behind.
As part of the campaign, we’ve launched a range of new merchandise, available to buy to show your support and, of course, spread the love! Just visit our online shop to take a look at the new items, together with our existing range of Stop Hate UK products.
We’re really looking forward to 2018 and building on our successes in 2017 and we hope you’ll join us in spreading the love.
October 14th 2017 marks the beginning of the 6th annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW. The week starts with a special launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral, at 6pm on Sunday 15th October, followed by Hate Crime awareness events right across the UK for the duration of the week.
The week is organised by the anti-Hate Crime charity 17-24-30 No Hate Crime Campaign, in partnership with Stop Hate UK, the leading national Hate Crime charity.
This year we are also very pleased to announce that 17-24 -30 has received funding for National Hate Crime Awareness Week from both DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) and MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime – London) in order to increase awareness of the week and increase the range of merchandise we can offer to support events and initiatives across the country.
Last year over 200 events were organised and registered on the 17-24-30 website, where you can find a full list of all the Hate Crime events and activities taking place around the UK on its annual National Hate Crime Google map.
The week’s aim is to encourage all of us including local authorities, local councils and local police services to work together with communities affected by Hate Crime across the UK to stage Hate Crime awareness events to promote a message of HOPE.
The acronym HOPE stands for:
Hate crime awareness,
Operational response to hate crime,
Preventing hate crime and
Empowering communities to report hate crime and access support services.
Founder of 17-24-30, Mark Healey says
“We are very proud that National Hate Crime Awareness Week is now being marked by so many local authorities and organisations around the UK. This will be our biggest year yet but there is still so much more that needs to be done. We need to get every local authority involved. We want people to organise and get involved in hate crime awareness events everywhere around the UK, to remember those we have lost, and stand together with all those affected by these horrendous attacks. Working together we will eliminate all forms of hate crime.”
Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK believes it’s an important week in the calendar by adding
“We wholeheartedly support National Hate Crime Awareness week and we would encourage people to show their support to the many people affected by Hate Crime. Although every week is Hate Crime Awareness week for Stop Hate UK the week gives others the opportunity to show their support for this vital work and for us all to work closer together.”
The week is supported at both organisations’ websites and via social media using #NHCAW. The week runs from Saturday 14th October until Saturday 21st October 2017.
Press release from Chief Inspector Daniel Whyment of Lincolnshire Police:
National Hate Crime Awareness week
Communities in Lincolnshire are urged to come together and stamp out all forms of hate crime, as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week – a campaign hosted by 17-24-30 in partnership with Stop Hate UK.
The Awareness week first began in 2012, and is in its sixth year of running, with the joint-purpose of:
Raising awareness of hate crimes – and
Encouraging local authorities to work with partners and communities to tackle hate crimes.
Lincolnshire Police as part of the Safer Communities partnership are supporting that campaign, and throughout the week will be discussing the various different Hate Crimes on our Twitter and Facebook pages.
Chief Inspector Dan Whyment, Chair of Lincolnshire Hate Crime Delivery Group, said:
“It is vital that the public have the confidence to report all forms of Hate Crimes, so that we can bring an end to prejudice and discrimination in communities in Lincolnshire. This campaign is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the different types of Hate Crimes, and demonstrate how necessary and vital it is that communities group together to report and stamp out all forms of Hate Crime.
Lincolnshire is an open and tolerant county for everyone, no matter who you are or where you come from. This annual campaign remains an important part of the year to remind the public to treat all forms of Hate Crime as if they were being committed against one of your friends – and report it immediately via 999 in an emergency, or 101.”
It’s an alarming fact that ‘acid attacks’ appear to be on the rise in the UK, and some of them appear to be linked to incidents of Hate Crime.
However, it’s important to note that some of the more recent attacks seem, on the face of it, to be acts of robbery as opposed to be incidents of Hate Crime but, nevertheless, we think it’s important to understand what to do in the event of such an attack.
The advice below, from ‘Stop Acid Attacks’, is how to treat an acid burn in the immediate aftermath once you have dialled 999…
The most important step is to immediately wash the affected body part with plenty of fresh or saline water
Dirty water can cause severe infection, so only rinse the burn with clean water
Keep flushing the burn with cool, but not very cold water until the burning sensation starts fading. This could take up to 45 minutes
Remove any jewellery or clothing which has had contact with the acid
Do not apply any cream or ointment as it may slow the treatment procedure by doctors
If possible, wrap the affected area in a sterilised gauze to protect the skin from air, debris, dirt and contamination
Get to A&E as quickly as possible
It’s also important to note that if you’re helping somebody else, it’s vital that you keep yourself protected at the same time.
Remember, these types of attacks are, thankfully, very rare indeed, but it is vital that we know what the immediate steps are to try to minimise the effects where possible.
Interestingly, as I write this, I am distracted by the news that the government are reviewing the sentences and punishments handed down to perpetrators of acid attacks and that this will be debated the issue in the House of Commons this coming week.
So, let’s hope any changes to the law reflect the severity, anguish and life changing effects felt by all those affected by acid attacks.
This year, we are recognising the 22nd anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, during which thousands of men and boys were systematically murdered, simply because they were Muslim. As an organisation that works with people affected by racism, we feel it is vital to commemorate Srebrenica to take a stand against hatred and discrimination that targets groups based on their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or any type of difference.
During the course of the conflict that took place in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s, between 20,000 and 50,000 women were raped, and sadly in societies all over the world, including our own, there still remains a lot of stigma around sexual violence. This year, we are working with the charity Remembering Srebrenica to commemorate the genocide, and to reflect on the experiences of women in conflict. Remembering Srebrenica’s theme this year is Breaking the Silence: Gender and Genocide, you can read more about it on their website: www.srebrenica.org.uk
As part of this, we want to recognise the strength and resilience of women who have survived conflict, and our commitment as an organisation to challenge sexism and gender based violence within our own communities.
It is now more important than ever for us to come together as people in the UK, no matter what our background, to celebrate diversity and to stand together in solidarity against hatred and discrimination. We hope you will join us in mourning the loss of those who died at Srebrenica, and reflecting on how we as individuals, groups and communities can come together to build a better future without hatred.
A week after the tragic events in Manchester and we are all still reeling from the shock, I felt compelled to write to express my total admiration for the all those involved in the devastating events that unfolded on the evening of Monday 22nd May 2017.
People who were going about their daily lives, as many are when these tragedies strike – treating their children to a pop concert by one of the most popular recording artists of current times, going to their jobs at the MEN Arena or driving their taxis to drop excited people at the venue – then, suddenly, in a single split second, their lives changed forever.
The immediate effects can only be described as devastating. The panic, horror and sheer terror that was undoubtedly felt by those at the centre of events can only truly be articulated by those that were there and I cannot comprehend how they must have felt at that precise moment, fearing that something terrible had just happened, without perhaps knowing just how terrible.
This brings me on to the reaction of not just those caught up in the epicenter of the tragedy, but to all those people that rallied round to help those affected.
The taxi drivers who turned their meters off to ferry people to safety; the people who opened their front doors to offer people shelter; other locals whose only thought was to head to the arena to see how they might be able to help and then every single person since who has offered their help and support, no matter how big or little that support, to those affected or involved in the incident.
There has been much talk since of the perpetrator and, quite rightly, police have acted quickly to close down the suspected network he has allegedly been working within but, what shines out like a beacon from all this terror and tragedy is the word ‘Love’ – not Hate – and that this is echoed from every community and every avenue of Manchester’s cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse culture.
We, like many organisations dealing with the impact of Hate Crime, have noticed a change in Hate Crime reporting since the tragic event. We have supported people who have been targeted because they are Muslim and have experienced some really nasty incidents. Some of these have been on the street but many have been online. Hate hurts however it is expressed and it’s another cowardly act. We must all work to ensure that the love and compassion we feel drowns out the Hate of others.
Let’s be clear, the perpetrators of this act of cowardice no more represent British Muslims than the brutal killer of politician Jo Cox represents white British people. That is demonstrated from the absolute condemnation from Manchester’s Muslim communities.
Stop Hate UK is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Manchester and denounce the terrible events of a week ago and I myself am proud to see a community coming together in such an amazing and truly inspiring way.
We are delighted to be attending today’s launch of the Merseyside Police ‘Police with Pride’ car on behalf of Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke.
Our Chief Executive, Rose Simkins, is attending the launch on behalf of Stop Hate UK and welcomes the addition of the ‘Police with Pride’ car as great tool in Merseyside Police’s Hate Crime initiative.
The car is just one of the many ways in which Merseyside Police intend to show their visible support for victims of hate crime right across Merseyside, in the hope that this it will encourage more victims of hate crime to come forward and report incidents to the Police and also further increase engagement with the public.
The car will be an operational police vehicle utilised by Merseyside Response Officers and will be deployed across the Merseyside region. Whilst the vehicle retains an operational police appearance, it’s livery includes a variant of the LGB&T rainbow flag colours on the side of the car, alongside the Crimestoppers logo and the Stop Hate UK website address.
The car looks resplendent as you can see below:
Stop Hate UK are very proud to be involved in this project and we very proud to be present at today’s official launch at Merseyside Police’s headquarters.
Stop Hate UK has seen quite a few new faces join the team recently; from volunteers to helpline operators to employees and trustees – which is great news for the strength of the charity and its collective skills.
Just last week, one of the training sessions featured our new trustee, Brian Culleton, who joined the charity in the middle of 2016 and Brian has kindly put together a very emotive piece as to the reasons why he became involved with Stop Hate UK.
We’re only too happy to share this with you, as an insight into one of our newer trustees viewpoint and the motivations behind the decision to become a trustee of Stop Hate UK.
Over to Brian….
“Hello. I’m Brian Culleton and I’m on the Board of Trustees for Stop Hate UK. I joined the board in June 2016 after meeting with Rose Simkins (Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK) and having a conference call with the Chair of Trustees (Graham Lewis) and another trustee.
My main reason for joining Stop Hate UK was due to the ongoing treatment of transgender people, which prompted me to research some charities to which I could support. As it turned out, the more I read around the subject, I quickly realised that I was more interested in stopping all forms of hate, bias and discrimination towards all people.
After meeting with Rose and speaking with Graham, I was even more enthused and became very keen to join the board, to help ensure that the work of this wonderful charity continues for many more years.
I acknowledge that the very mission statement or aim, I suppose, of every charity, group or support network is actually not to exist. For example; if there were no Hate Crime in the UK, Stop Hate UK’s work would be done…! Isn’t that the ultimate goal of every charity?
Unfortunately, just as we think that we’re making strides in this country, people’s mindsets don’t move in line with legislation. For example, just because equal marriage was introduced, doesn’t mean that homophobia was eradicated.
Similarly, the outcome of the Brexit vote resulted in an upsurge in Hate Crime that was unprecedented. Some people thought it presented them with legitimate excuse to attack (verbally and physically) any non-national.
All colleagues and volunteers involved in Stop Hate UK have become part of this wonderful charity because they feel impassioned about preventing Hate Crime and supporting those affected by it. The work of this charity is of paramount importance and will continue to be needed until society accepts the incredible diversity that we have in this country.
As for my role, and the role of the wider Board of Trustees, we simply have a responsibility for the management of the charity. We have to ensure that the charity’s assets and resources are used only for the purposes of Stop Hate UK. This involves safeguarding all of the charity’s assets such as cash, intellectual property (i.e. marketing material), staff and reputation. We are also responsible for establishing and monitoring all associated policies and employment procedures. This includes the recruitment policy, grievance policy, levels of authority policy, disciplinary policy … the list goes on. Essentially, we, as the Board, are tasked with ensuring that the Stop Hate UK is run in accordance with its constitution, charity law and all governing documents. We need to make sure that the board performance is effective and we support/manage Rose as the Chief Executive.
The Board of Trustees is made up of two elements; the overall Board and also the Finance, Governance and HR sub-group. My role is the Finance Lead and it is my responsibility to make sure that Stop Hate UK keeps proper accounts and to review the financial performance.
It is also my responsibility, along with the Board, to ensure that Stop Hate UK has robust and effective financial controls in place.
I acknowledge that it all sounds very convoluted but we, as a Board, are effectively there to ensure that the charity remains as a going concern (i.e. the charity remains operating for the foreseeable future). All the Stop Hate UK Trustees bring different professional skills, resources, connections and life experiences to ensure that we continue to be as effective a board as possible.
We’re not ethereal beings – we’re very ordinary people who are involved in Stop Hate UK simply for the same reasons that you are – we want to make Hate Crime a thing of the past – and step-by-step we’re supporting and educating people to allow them to see the true beauty and diversity of this incredible country.
From my perspective, I would like to thank all Stop Hate UK employees and volunteers for the work that you do. Without your input and support to make Stop Hate UK so fantastic, our role as Board of Trustees would be redundant and cease to exist. All of you do the hard work and we are well aware of that so a massive, heartfelt and sincere thank you to all of you.”
We’d like to thank Brian for taking the time out to write such an emotive, insightful piece and we look forward to his continued support as a Trustee of Stop Hate UK.
On International Women’s Day, we thought we’d take a look at our very own Chief Executive’s career, as she also celebrates over 10 years service with Stop Hate UK.
It was clear from an early age that Rose’s career path would take her down the charity route, as she completed her first fund raising event at the tender age of just 11!
However, these were different times and it was not the ‘norm’ for a young woman to pursue a university education, with a clear passion to make a difference to those in need – thankfully times have changed – and Rose was not to be deterred from her aspirations.
During her years with Stop Hate UK, Rose has been at the helm as the charity has gone through many changes, leading Stop Hate UK to be the now nationally recognised voice on all forms of Hate Crime.
Rose is passionate about what she does and what she stands for, making her a very valuable asset to the work of Stop Hate UK.
So we’d like to highlight Rose’s achievements on International Women’s Day, as Stop Hate UK continues to provide help, support, assistance and guidance to all those directly or indirectly affected by incidences of Hate Crime.
You can find out more about Rose by clicking on the links below: