NATIONAL HATE CRIME AWARENESS WEEK 2017
As you are no doubt aware, it’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017 from 14-21 October. Across the country local authorities, councils and police services will be working alongside communities affected by hate crime, raising awareness of the impact of hate crime, and promoting a message of togetherness and hope. This week we are also pleased to announce a partnership in principle with the Metropolitan Police, with whom we will be joining forces to tackle hate crime, which, we learned with the Home Office’s 2016/17 statistics for Hate Crime released this week, is sadly on the rise.
At the Anne Frank Trust, it’s Hate Crime Awareness Week every week as we, using Anne Frank’s life and diary, seek to educate and empower young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to challenge all forms of hatred, prejudice and discrimination. We are honouring National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017 with a series of events, some of which are open to the public.
In London we had the launch of Anne Frank + You on 17 October, this important and highly relevant flagship community exhibition draws on themes from Anne’s diary that have a strong contemporary resonance, creating a thought-provoking experience for visitors and a vital reminder of where hatred and intolerance can lead. Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Martin Hewitt spoke at the event about the new partnership and told guests: “We will work together to combat the hate that blights the lives of others.”
Starting in Camden and Islington, our new partnership will build on the work we are already doing with the Department for Communities and Local Government as part of the Government’s Hate Crime Action plan, using a collaborative educational approach in local schools and communities to tackle prejudice and discrimination across the capital.
In the Midlands, we will be delivering workshops at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Kings Norton, Birmingham, which will be happening through a link with the police. We are also delivering our Switch Off Prejudice programme in six primary schools, who are feeder schools of St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School.
In Bedfordshire, we celebrated the second year of our Anti-Hate Crime Schools Project and successful partnership with Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner with an event at Vandyke Upper School on 17 October. Eva Clarke, one of the youngest-known Holocaust Survivors, told her incredible story at the event alongside Vandyke Ambassadors, who led the event.
Our work with young people, provides a tangible solution to the issue of hate crime beyond National Hate Crime Awareness Week. If you’d like to support us in reaching more young people through education and help us to empower them with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination, we would be grateful if you could donate and help us achieve our vision of a society free from prejudice and discrimination.
Together we can combat the rising prejudice and hate affecting our society – thank you!