For 5 years HEAR members working on hate crime have been connecting pan-equality to build solidarity and cross sector and intersectional understanding, by meeting quarterly as Charities Challenging Hate Crime.
Throughout that time members wanted to challenge hate speech across communities, be better allies and have consistent messages or shared campaigns. Charities Challenging Hate Crime, and HEAR members in general, recognise the importance of user-led actions and Expert by Experience voices, but also understand the pressures on frontline caseworkers, that clients and emergencies come first and that respect and safety are really important when using Lived Experience voices.
In light of the above (and with agreement from Trust for London) HEAR, working with Equally Ours and Charities Challenging Hate Crime members will be designing and delivering a strategic communications programme to frame, develop and test messages Challenging Hate Pan-Equality.
So we need to hear from you! Which audiences do you want to influence? Local and national politicians and policy makers? The public? In conversations and campaigns during National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 what would have helped you frame messages? What ‘values’ help audiences better understand we all have the right to live free from hate specch, violent crime and targeted abuse? Please email with your thoughts or to arrange a conversation so we can develop strategic communications training programme Mhairi@HEARequality.org.uk
Going forward Trust for London won’t be funding pan-equality hate crime as a policy and campaigns theme as, although we’ve achieved a lot over the last round of funding, hate crime is no longer within their overall funding priorities. However HEAR’s Bridging Divides project, funded by City Bridge Trust, will be able to support members on some work on this, although in a more limited way. Any members who have ideas of how this could most usefully happen, please email Christine@hearequality.org.uk
What HEAR members told us to do
On the theme of pan-equality Hate Crime HEAR members tasked us with connecting Hate Crime specialists, across all protected characteristics, to campaign to #EndHateTogether
HEAR members said it was important that HEAR’s pan-equality Hate Crime work:
• highlights the intersectional nature of Hate Crime
• brings together different equalities streams to look for pan-Equalities strategies for reducing Hate Crime
• highlights the fragmentation in reporting and convictions across London and ways to overcome this
• creates links between HEAR members, the police and other services on the frontline of recognising, reporting and eliminating Hate Crime
What HEAR has done to meet the task
HEAR set-up Charities Challeging Hate Crime (CCHC).
CCHC is London’s pan-equality Hate Crime network. It meets quaterly in a different part of London and co-hosted with a different HEAR member each time. The agenda and focus is decided by CCHC members.
Regular atttendees include Inclusion Barnet, Real DPO, ROTA, Victim Support, DASL, Galop, Traveller Movement notices and minutes available here
About once a year we invite our statutory colleagues to join us. This year we co-hosted with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)
Charities Challenging Hate Crime AGENDA 12.11.19
NEXT MEETING TUESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY 2019 AGENDA
HEAR co-produced a 3rd Party Reporting list
HEAR members told us it would be useful to know where people can get #Support2Report, so we co-prodcued this list of 3rd party and anonymous reporting options in London. To include or update your service details on this list please email HEARcampaigns@reap.org.uk including details of your service.
To promote and share good practice in challenging Hate Crime HEAR has set-up an award for excellent and innovative London projects working across equality, across sector and across communities to #EndHateTogether.
Nominated projects were:
1. Disability Hate Crime MATTERS a partnership between Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
2. Tower Hamlets Hate Crime Champions Project
3. User-Led Hate Crime Training co-produced and co delivered by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Barnet and Inclusion Barnet
The eventual winner, voted for by HEAR members, were Inclusion Barnet and Barnet MPS
Further details on all projects available here