From time to time, I receive a press release that will motivate me to reach out to you lot, and I have to say, the one that I’ve just received from 17-24-30 has certainly been well received.
For anyone unaware of what 17-24-30 is, “17-24-30” represents the three dates that three nail bombs were left in Brixton (17th Sept), Brick Lane (24th Sept) and at the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho (30th Sept) targeting the black, Asian and gay communities of London.
The campaign has four objectives – to bring people together, to build relationships between communities, to support those who have been attacked and to challenge all forms of hate crime.
Please have a read of the below release, and if you want to find out more, or just show your support, you can do so via the below links:
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Candle-lit Vigil against Hate-Crime
On 30th October 2009, 10,000 people descended on Trafalgar Square to commemorate those who had been victims of Hate Crime when Facebook group 17-24-30 held the first International Day against Hate Crime.
This year’s vigil will be held on Saturday 23rd October from 7pm – 9pm in Trafalgar Square with a 2 minute silence at 8pm. The Candle-lit Vigil allows you to stand shoulder to shoulder with other supporters to stop this happening again and shows your support to all victims of Hate Crime.
The Vigil will include speakers form a wide cross section of the community, and musical contributions.
Mark Healey, organiser of the vigil said: “We are remembering all victims of hate-crime. Harvey Milk said, ‘you have got to give them hope’ and I think that ‘hope’ is what this event is about. Hope that we can work together and put an end to all forms of hate-crime.”
“For those unable to attend, in the UK and throughout the world, we are asking that they light their own candles of hope, and observe the two-minute silence at 8pm on Saturday 23rd October. People are invited to take part on-line, by posting photos of their candles on Facebook tagged with the names of those who gather with them. We want to make this a worldwide day of remembrance, hope and action.”
For more details go to http://www.17-24-30.com
Guest Speaker Announcement – Stuart Milk
17-24-30 No To Hate Campaign is very pleased to announce that Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk, human rights activist and founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, will be speaking at the Candle-lit Vigil Against Hate Crime in Trafalgar Square, London on 23rd October 2010.
Stuart Milk formed the start up Not-for-Profit Harvey Milk Foundation and the Harvey Milk Global Human Rights Institute to advise, assist and support LGBT rights organisations, movements and advocates worldwide with a primary mission to help achieve equality through the story and message of his late Uncle in all corners of the globe and to fulfill Harvey’s dream of a world without discrimination and a world without hate.
Milk will be travelling from the USA to join a number of speakers representing the many individuals and communities affected by or campaigning against hate crime in the UK.
10,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square last year to show support for all those affected by hate crime in the UK and internationally.
The annual vigil against hate crime is 7 – 9pm on 23rd October 2010 in Trafalgar Square, London, with a two minute silence at 8pm.
“In the brief time that Harvey spoke, and ran and led, his voice stirred the aspirations of millions…and gave us all hope – hope unashamed, hope unafraid – and that could not be silenced.”
Barack Obama, President of the United States