“Stamping out hate in Hackney” - National Hate Crime Awareness Week
Residents in Hackney are being given advice on reporting hate crime and being encouraged to share ideas for tackling hate crime in the borough as the Council, the police and the local community work together to make Hackney no place for hate.
As part of this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week, the Council are running a range of activities including a pop-up awareness stand with police partners, hate crime awareness training for staff and community partners and visits to community groups most at risk of hate crime by community safety and police officers.
Earlier this year, the Council launched its anti-hate crime strategy, ‘No Place for Hate’, which details how the Council will tackle hate crime in Hackney, including improving support for victims of hate, raising awareness of how to report hate crimes, and working with residents to build understanding of hate incidents and crime.
In addition to this week’s events, Hackney Faith Network, which represents faiths and communities from across the borough, came together at Hackney Town Hall on 3 October to take a stand against hate crime in Hackney at the group’s faith and mental health seminar.
Hackney is one of the most diverse boroughs in London, and that’s what makes it such a wonderful place to live, work and visit.
We are committed to celebrating our rich diversity, and ensuring that people of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities and gender identities can live without the fear of discrimination or hate crime. This year, we kicked off pride month with our vibrant Black Pride celebrations, held a four-month long programme of events to celebrate the Windrush generation, and we have just launched our Black History Season programme, featuring a range of events and activities for all ages and a community-led exhibition at Hackney Museum. We also celebrated our biggest - and greenest - Hackney Carnival yet!
We recognise that tackling hate crime in all its forms is one of the most important things that we do in Hackney, and we will continue to work to stamp out hate in our borough - not just during this week, but for the years to come.
Our shared values of respect, inclusivity and diversity are at the heart of Hackney’s ethos - and hate crime has no place in our borough. It is shameful that in this day and age, people continue to be discriminated against for the colour of their skin, the faith that they follow, who they love, and more. National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a fantastic opportunity for us to come together as a borough to reinforce that Hackney is no place for hate.