Nominees for the 2017 No2H8 Crime Awards Announced

We are pleased to announce the list of nominees for the award categories for the 2017 No2H8 Crime Awards.

Nominees have been through 2 judging panels, including hate crime agencies and a panel of respected peers who have spent many years countering hatred, racism, prejudice and extremism. We are therefore pleased to announce the following list of nominees.

We would like to send our congratulations to those on the list and to those who did not make the list, we hope that 2018 will be your year!

Upstanding Organisation Award

Liverpool Homeless Football Club
The Naz and Matt Foundation
Sophie Lancaster Foundation
Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI)

Community Volunteer Upstander Award

John Conibear
Farooq Aftab
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

Young Upstander Award

Jack Stanley

Upstanding Research and Innovation Award

Dr Mark Walters
Dr Kim Sadique
Dr Imran Awan

Law Enforcement Upstander Award

Michael Cronin
Northumbria Police Community Engagement Team
Michelle Redfern

The Jo Cox Award

Sylvia Lancaster
Stop Funding Hate

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Edie Friedman
Professor John Grieve CBE QPM
Dr David Hoffman

The CPS ‘Supporting Victims, Reporting Hate Crime ‘Award

Derby Homes
Emma Roebuck
National Black Crown Prosecution Association

Outstanding Contribution Award

Mehri Niknam
Detective Chief Inspector Shabnam Chaudhri
Sally Sealey OBE

Sheikh Abdullah Award for Intercultural Dialogue

Dr Imam Mamadou Bocoum
Rabbi Jonathon Wittenberg

Stop Funding Hate Partners with the No2H8 Crime Awards

We are honoured to have Stop Funding Hate as our partners. Stop Funding Hate aims to tackle the culture of hate and demonisation that is dividing our society and contributing to hate crimes. They are taking on the divisive hate campaigns of some press sources, by persuading advertisers to pull their support. Hundreds of thousands of people have now taken action to persuade companies to stop funding hate. In November 2016, Lego announced they would no longer be advertising in one of the national papers that Stop Funding Hate campaigns against.

Why do you think No2H8 Crime Awards is a positive annual event?

All around the UK people are tackling hatred within their communities and supporting neighbours, friends and colleagues who have faced abuse. This deserves to be recognised and supported. Because ultimately it is through people engaging with each other at the community level that we can overcome hatred and prejudice.

 This event is also a valuable opportunity for communities to show unity against all forms of hate and discrimination. Whether it is anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or other hatred based on race, religion, sexuality, disability, gender or cultural identity, we are standing together to support all those challenging prejudice and working for a kinder, fairer society.

Do you believe that hatred and intolerance are rising?

The past year has seen a shocking rise in hate crime and a resurgence of racism on a scale many would have believed impossible not long ago. But what’s encouraging is that across the UK – and around the world – hundreds of thousands of people have been getting organised and pushing back.

The rise of hatred and intolerance has been met by a growing global movement that is challenging the normalisation of hate and insisting on a more civil public discourse. Now is the time for everyone who believes in fairness, neighbourliness and basic human rights to speak out and show that the vast majority want to live in a society where everyone is respected.

How important is the media in raising awareness about hate crimes?

The media is hugely important in facilitating frank and honest debate about the factors fuelling hate crime – and enabling those affected to have their voices heard. Alongside this, the advertisers who fund our media have a vital role in supporting media outlets that report accurately and fairly – and ensuring that their marketing budgets do not fund publications which are themselves inciting hatred.

Why is it essential for communities to maintain vigilance against hatred, intolerance and prejudice?

History shows us the dangers of allowing hatred, intolerance and prejudice to go unchallenged. If we look the other way while people within our community are demonised and attacked simply because of who they are, this behaviour can start to become a new “norm” and get progressively more extreme. Hate speech and hate crime can be the first steps on a path that leads to large-scale discrimination and violence. We have to send a clear signal from the outset that we refuse to be divided and will not allow anyone in our community to be treated this way.

Huffington Post & Jewish News – Media Partners for the No2H8 Crime Awards

We are proud to announce the media partnership of the Huffington Post and the Jewish News with the No2H8 Crime Awards which will be taking place in October.

Both media partners will be highlighting award winners and the No2H8 Crime Awards now has 16 national partners who are supporting this annual event to honour those individuals and organisations working against hatred, intolerance and prejudice.

Both the Huffington Post and the Jewish News will also be attending the evening of the awards and over 200 people are expected to attend and celebrate award nominees and those who are successful in being honoured with an award.

Lastly, the Judging Panel will be meeting in the next few weeks to sift through the numerous public nominations that we have received.

Adrian Chiles, Presenting the No2H8 Crime Awards in October

We are pleased to announce that British TV and radio presenter, Adrian Chiles will be compering on the night for the annual #No2H8 Crime awards.

Adrian Chiles began his television and broadcasting career with a three week work experience stint at the BBC.  He can now count more than 20 years in the industry with highlights including his award winning BBC Radio Five Live programme, Chiles on Saturday, BBC TV’s Working LunchThe Apprentice:  You’re FiredMOTD2 and The One Show, and ITV’s Daybreak and football coverage.  In recent productions for the BBC, he explored his own and others’ faith in a three part series, My Mediterranean;  went back to his roots for Panorama to discover why Britain voted for Brexit;  and looked back at an extraordinary game of football in BBC 2’s Whites vs Blacks:  How Football Changed a Nation.  He can be heard regularly on BBC Radio Five where he presents Five Live Dailytwo days a week.

We are honoured to have Adrian on the night with us for what will be a celebration of the vast amount of volunteering and work that takes place in communities to counter hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

Member of the public and organisations can make nominations through the following LINK.