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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 8 – 15 October 2016 #WeStandTogether I The 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign was set up in April 2009, to mark the 10th anniversary of the London nail bomb attacks, which hit brixton, brick Lane and the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho. Seven years on and following the attack in Orlando earlier this year, founder Mark Healey explains why his campaign is more important than ever. 17-24-30, the organisers of National Hate Crime Awareness Week (8 – 15 October) are inviting members of the LGbT community to organise hate crime awareness events and activities to take place during the week. If you wish to register your event, contact Mark Healey via mark@17-24-30.org. A special launch event in memory of those killed and affected by the attack in Orlando will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 8 October 2016. Free tickets are available on Eventbrite. 40 by Mark Healey firmly believe that when bad people do evil things it gives everyone else – those who want to live in peace and harmony – an opportunity to seize the moment and change things for the better. The LGBT+ communities do this very well, often responding with demonstrations promoting love, pride and unity. In an article in a gay magazine in April 2009, it was suggested that the anniversaries of the Admiral Duncan nail bomb caused pain and suffering to those affected, that the LGBT+ communities no longer care about what happened and that we should no longer gather in St Anne’s Church Garden to remember those lost and those affected – people who need our ongoing support – by these awful attacks. It prompted me to set up the 10,000 people attended the first London Vigil Against 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign in the month Hate Crime in Trafalgar Square in October 2009, and many marking the 10th anniversary of the London nail bomb more vigils took place around the UK and abroad. This attacks, and over 2,000 people joined our Facebook group has now evolved into the National Hate Crime Awareness to show their support – to overturn the suggestion that Week (#NHCAW), and this year commences with a service we should play down this part of our history. at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 8 October, during which The perpetrator of the attacks, neo-Nazi David we light a National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for Copeland, set out to stir up fear and hatred in our all those affected by hate crime. communities in the hope that it would lead to the The massacre of LGBT+ people in Pulse Nightclub election of far right political parties. He was influenced by Orlando earlier this year received an equal, if not greater The Turner Diaries – a fictional account of a race war set response, with thousands of people gathering at the in America. Luckily his plan failed as the overwhelming London Stands with Orlando Vigil in Soho, and similar response to his attacks served to unite. Our communities demonstrations by LGBT+ communities and their allies saw a massive outpouring of love and support from across around the world. Again, candles, flowers and tributes of the social and political spectrum to challenge hate and love were laid in St Anne’s Church Garden. change things for the better. We need to do much more than just stand together The LGBT+ communities now have a much better with those affected by hate crime. We need to ensure relationship with local, national and international there is adequate authorities than they did support for the many “We strive not just to remember and support before. Many organisations individuals, groups and raise the rainbow flag those involved, but also to educate people organisations that further outside their buildings about the need to tackle the propaganda the progress that is being to show their support for that causes hate, to challenge hate in all made. Organisations our LGBT+ communities. its fo