Q: What does “17-24-30” stand for? A: 17-24-30 represents the combined dates of the London nail bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho which took place on the 17th, 24th and 30th April 1999. Hence the first part of our charities name 17-24-30.
Q: What does “NationalHCAW” stand for? A: NationalHCAW stands for National Hate Crime Awareness Week which is the second part of our charities name.
Q: When was 17-24-30 founded? A: A Facebook group was set up in April 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the London nail bomb attacks. We registered 17-24-30 as a small charity with HM Revenue and Customs in August 2011. We evolved from a small charity into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation CIO registered with the Charity Commission on the 8th August 2019. Charity Reference No 1184819.
Q: Why was 17-24-30 set up? A: In April 2009 there was an article published that said that there was not enough support for those who experienced these attacks, the anniversaries cause pain and suffering, and that because there was no support the annual gathering in St Anne’s Gardens should end. We felt strongly that whilst people affected by these attacks want to gather, that the community has a duty to stand with them. So we took on the responsibility of organising and facilitating what we now call the April Acts of Remembrance #AAR. We felt it important Check out our archive on our national website; https://nationalhcaw.uk/april-acts-of-remembrance We believe that it is important to remember the victims of hate crime, to signpost support to those who have had their lives changed forever by acts of hate. Our value is organising events to bring communities together to remember those we have lost, and those who need our ongoing support. To state clearly that there is no place for hate, whilst developing people’s skills and making society a safer place for all.
Q: What are the aims of 17-24-30? A: Our primary aim is to organise and facilitate the April Acts of Remembrance #AAR . We want to bring people together, to remember those lost and those who need our on-going support. We want our communities to stand together against all forms of hate crime. In Brixton and Brick Lane we gather and hand out information about hate crime and talk to people about their experiences. In Soho we facilitate the annual service in St Anne’s Gardens.
Q. How did National Hate Crime Awareness Week come about? A: Following the death of Ian Baynham in October 2009 we organised the first London Vigil against Hate Crime in Trafalgar Square which was supported on social media by over 29,000 people around the world. Over 10,000 people turned up for the first vigil in Trafalgar Square – launching what has become an International day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate #IDOHAR. 17-24-30 organised the London Vigils against Hate Crime between 2009 to 2012 and inspired other vigils to take place around the UK.
Q: What is National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW? A: In October 2012 the London Vigil against Hate Crime evolved into the National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW. The week takes place between the second Saturday and third Saturday of October, and is designed to encourage local authorities (Police and Council) to work with local communities affected by hate crime to organise hate crime awareness events to promote local advice and support services. We aim to spread a message of HOPE; H – Hate crime awareness. O – Operational response to hate crime. P – Preventing hate crime. E – Empowering communities to report hate crime and access advice and support services. In 2012, 79 councils around the UK said they were taking part in the national week, by 2017 this had risen to 211 and we expect this to have increased again in 2019 (currently pending the outcome of a national freedom of information piece of research).
Q. What does 17-24-30 organise during #NationalHCAW? A: Working in partnership with key partners covering all the hate crime strands (Disability, Faith, Gender Identity, Race, Sexuality and Alternative Subcultures) we organise and coordinate the national week. We facilitate a launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral. We register events taking place across the UK and add markers to a national Hate Crime Google Map each year. We write to social and political leaders inviting them to submit letters of support. We run a national campaign to promote our message of H.O.P.E. We design, produce and distrubute thousands of hate crime resources. We signpost advice and support services for victims of hate crime and encourage hate crime reporting. We also conduct research. We manage our national website and produce a regular newsletter to update people about the hate crime sector. Check out our archive on our national website; https://nationalhcaw.uk/nationalhcaw-archive We also run the UK Hate Crime Network group on LinkedIn, with the aim of networking professionals working across the various communities affected by hate crime. More information here; https://172430notohatecrime.wordpress.com/projects/uk-hate-crime-network/
Q: What do you do with the LGBT Community A: We have consolidated our LGBT work into one project called our Rainbow Boroughs Project. The project aims to help network LGBT forums across London using our social media. We helped organise the London Stand with Orlando Vigil in 2016 We organise a marching group to take part in the Pride in London Parade each year.
Q. How can people get involved? A: We are looking for volunteers and trustees. We hold regular weekly volunteer sessions in South London on Tuesdays and some selected weekends. If you are interested please send your C.V. to [email protected] stating why you would like to get involved. More information about our charity is available on our national website; https://nationalhcaw.uk
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