Hackney is no place for Islamophobia - Islamophobia Awareness Month 2020
As we approach the end of Islamophobia Awareness Month, Hackney Council's No Place for Hate Champion, Cllr Sade Etti, reiterates Hackney’s year-round commitment to fighting Islamophobia and racism in all its forms.
Hackney is a brilliant borough where people of all faiths and backgrounds live and work side-by-side, and we will never allow our shared values of inclusivity and diversity to be eroded by hate.
We work with faith leaders and communities all year round through Hackney’s Faith Forum to ensure that everyone is equal, included and heard. We also work closely with our partners to encourage people to report hate crimes and to help bring those responsible to justice.
Last year, the Council passed Cllr Humaira Garasia’s motion to commit to adopting the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims definition of Islamophobia, making it easier for us to tackle Islamophobia in all of its forms.
This sets out how Islamophobia - like other forms of hate crime - can have a particularly harmful effect on its victims as it attacks an integral part of who they are. It’s shameful that people continue to be targeted and discriminated against due to their religion, race and background - and we will not tolerate this in Hackney.
If you’ve been affected by Islamophobia, please don’t suffer in silence - there are a range of services that can help you. You may feel anxious about reporting hate crime or concerned that reporting it wouldn’t make a difference, but every case helps us build up a picture of hate crime in Hackney and supports the police to bring Islamophobes and racists to justice.
I would like to take this opportunity to commend the incredible work that our voluntary sector and faith organisations do in their communities, in bringing people from different backgrounds together and embodying our borough’s inclusive spirit. Together, we can - and we will - root out all forms of Islamophobia and racism in our communities.
Anyone who’s been affected by hate crime can:
- Report it to the police by calling 999 in an emergency, and 101 in other situations.
- If you do not wish to contact the Police, you can contact Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 for free, confidential advice and support.
- Report offensive graffiti to the Council
- Contact North London Victim Support for free local support on 0808 186 9291 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday) or 0808 1689 111 at all other times. You can also request support online.
- Access free, confidential and independent victim support through London Victim and Witness Service on 0808 168 9291
- Access a free Restorative Justice Service with Calm Mediation by telephone on freephone 0300 102 3031 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our Young Hackney website provides a range of resources for young people who want to talk to someone confidentially about a range of issues