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Hate crime vigil set for 23 October

vigilFollowing the success of last year’s inaugural event, a second ‘Candle-lit Vigil Against Hate Crime’ is due to take place in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday 23 October. Last year’s event was held to mark the first International Day against Hate Crime, and attracted an estimated 10,000 people. This year’s vigil will be held on Saturday 23rd October from 7pm-9pm in Trafalgar Square with a two-minute silence at 8pm. 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.”

Mark set up the Facebook group ‘17-24-30’ to mark the anniversaries of the three London nail bomb attacks in 1999. ‘17-24-30’ represents the three dates that the nail bombs were left in Brixton (17th), Brick Lane (24th) and Soho (30th) 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.

For more details go to www.17-24-30.com - or on Facebook, join the group ‘17-24-30’ (Twitter ‘HateCrimeVigil’). The organisers are very keen to hear from anyone who might be able to volunteer to help organize or steward the event.

Posted: 23 September 2010

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