Here is the list of Nominees and Winners at the No2H8 Crime Awards (2019)
(1) COMMUNITY UPSTANDER AWARD – NOMINEE BACKGROUNDS PROVIDED
After a UKIP candidate wrongly identified Zahir in a libellous tweet, Zahir took the candidate to court and eventually won his case. The case has shown communities that those who spread hate will be held accountable.
Sybil is a Romani activist and campaigner who spent her whole life living a traditional Romani lifestyle. Sybil became the first young woman from the UK to attend the Forum for European Romani Young People. She has spent 20 years working to combat hate crime and volunteers her time to work with the police on matters relating to child sexual exploitation.
Marteene is an activist in the trans community, who is campaigning for the Gender Identity Recognition Act. She has suffered transphobic hate and encourages reporting all hate crimes.
Goldsmiths University Hate Crime Reporting Project
Goldsmiths University of London set up third party hate crime reporting centres which are open to staff, students and the local community of Lewisham. The initiative has led to an increase in awareness of hate crime issues including accessing support. The project has also had a hugely positive impact bringing the communities together to support local organisations.
MURAL (Mutual Understanding Respect and Learning)
MURAL is an international project that brings together six partners from across the EU – Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. It aims to address the increase in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim sentiments in Europe by supporting tolerance and respect for different faiths, religious beliefs and ethnicities.
WINNER OF THE COMMUNITY UPSTANDER AWARD: MARTEENE PRINGLE
(2) PARLIAMENTARY UPSTANDER AWARD
In 2019 John was appointed as a government advisor on Antisemitism, having campaigned for years bringing to light the Antisemitism issues within the Labour Party. John has been a fearless campaigner against antisemitism and is well respected and much loved for his anti-racism work.
Dame Louise Ellman
Dame Louise Ellman who served as an MP for 22 years has spoken out in recent months about anti-Semitism within the Labour party, it was due to anti-Semitism that Dame Louise left the party in October and recently announced that she will not be standing for re-election.
She has been a tireless campaigner for some of the most marginalised communities in Liverpool and has always spoken up against racism and prejudice.
Kate is co-chair of the APPG on Gypsies and Travellers, and a tireless campaigner for the rights of Gypsies, Roman and Travellers. As shadow equalities minister, Kate successfully gained acceptance to equalise sentencing tariffs for disability hate crime.
Tan is the first Sikh MP with a turban in Westminster. He made headlines earlier this year after delivering a passionate condemnation of Boris Johnson’s ‘racist’ comparison of burqa wearing women to bank robbers and letter boxes. He demanded an apology for the comments in a newspaper article that has caused hurt to vulnerable women and resulted in a spike in hate crime.
He is a fearless campaigner who stands high in the struggle against hatred, prejudice and extremism.
WINNER OF THE PARLIAMENTARY UPSTANDER AWARD: KATE GREEN
(3) LOCAL AUTHORITY UPSTANDER AWARD
Warrington Borough Council
Warrington Council work with police, charities, community and volunteer groups to try and stop hate crime from happening. Warrington Hate Crime Strategy aims to support victims for a better future and will not tolerate hate crime in any form.
Adrian is the Coordinator of Hate Crime Events in Stoke On Trent City Council. Through his work he organised the “Harms of Hate” event, which signposted services available to victims of hate. Adrian is also chair of the Peace & Resilience Partnership which brings together a wide range of community organisations.
Megan is the Community Coordinator for the London Borough of Lewisham and she coordinates a range of activities within the borough including interfaith and hate crime workshops.
Megan was also integral in developing the council’s Counter Extremism Strategy, which addressed tackling extremist ideology as well as violent cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation.
WINNER OF THE LOCAL AUTHORITY UPSTANDER AWARD: WARRINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL
(4) THE BUSINESS UPSTANDER AWARD
WINNER OF THE BUSINESS UPSTANDER AWARD: CHELSEA FOOTBALL CLUB
Chelsea launched the “Say No to Antisemitism Campaign” in 2017, utilising their fan base to raise awareness. The Chelsea Foundation has also raised over £100M over 10 years for projects in the UK.
We all remember what was sadly associated with the fan base in Chelsea in the 1980’s. Today, their work on tackling antisemitism is at the forefront of supporting organisations challenging this ancient hatred and also in creating champions against antisemitism from all communities in the future.
(5) SOCIAL RESEARCH UPSTANDER AWARD
WINNER OF THE SOCIAL RESEARCH UPSTANDER AWARD: PROFESSOR MARK WALTERS OF SUSSEX UNIVERSITY
Professor Mark Walters’ areas of interest are hate crime studies and criminal justice reform. He has advised on hate crime to the Home Office, Law Commission, Metropolitan Police Service, and the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. Mark is also co-founder and co-Director of the International Network for Hate Studies.
(6) LAW ENFORCEMENT UPSTANDER AWARD
Inspector Jayne Lewis
Inspector Jayne Lewis is a British Transport Police officer who has worked tirelessly to collaborate with Merseyside Police to create the Hate Crime Pledge. The ultimate goal is to ensure a public transport network free from hate, and Jayne has been pivotal in implementing this pledge.
Anthony is committed to tacking hate crime he has been instrumental in highlighting the intersectionality of hate crimes affecting Londoners. Anthony has been integral in insurance hate crime remains a priority to the Metropolitan Police Service and has rolled out training for Met colleagues in hate crime awareness.
Bob is the community engagement officer for Kent Police and hosted many community networking events, including multiple events during National Hate Crime Awareness Week. One of his colleagues said that his passion and love is “hate crime work”.
WINNER OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT UPSTANDER AWARD: INPSECTOR JAYNE LEWIS FROM THE BRITISH TRANSPORT POLICE
(7) YOUNG UPSTANDER AWARD
Yusuf is Community Engagement Coordinator for Redbridge Council, leading on counter extremism and hate crime. While professionally striving to stop hate crime, Yusuf also calls out homophobic, Antisemitic and Islamophobic abuse whenever he encounters it. Most recently, he called out homophobic abuse by a woman who was from a minority community and which led to her being convicted for a public order offence with aggravated homophobic elements to it.
In his role of young volunteer at Investing in Children, Jack helped secure £7000 in funds to further their work. Jack’s interest in hate crime and mental health and he often highlights through his work the impact that hate has on young people and their mental health. Jack is also a campaigner for the LGBTQ+ community and spreads his positive message through social media.
WINNER OF THE YOUNG UPSTANDER AWARD: YUSUF PATEL
(8) MEDIA UPSTANDER AWARD
THE WINNER OF THE MEDIA UPSTANDER AWARD: AMELIA GENTLEMEN
As a journalist and reporter for The Guardian, Amelia spent 6 months working on the story of the Windrush Scandal, an issue which had previously been neglected by the British media. The story breaking led to the resignation of Conservative Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
(9) SPORTS UPSTANDER AWARD
Anwar is a retired English footballer and Assistant Manager at Aldershot Town. During his career Anwar played for clubs including West Ham United and Eastbourne Borough, and was the first player of Bangladeshi origin to play professional football in England. Anwar has worked extensively with Show Racism the Red Card, Kick it Out and lead the Fans for Diversity Campaign for the Football Supporters Association.
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
Through the power of football, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust works in deprived areas off Rotherham to promote education, wellbeing and sports and community development. The trust has delivered activities to over 61,000 participants in the last year and this in an area that has seen some groups seeking to divide local communities.
WINNER OF THE SPORTS UPSTANDER AWARD: ROTHERHAM UNITED COMMUNITY SPORTS TRUST
(10) THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE UPSTANDER AWARD
As Hate Crime Coordinator/District Crown Prosecutor Gareth goes above and beyond in his role to ensure that all staff are have a deep understanding of hate crime. Gareth is also committed to engaging with local communities affected by hate crime in order to learn from their experiences.
Working for the CPS, Sonia has co-authored the CPS national legal guidance on race, religion and homophobic crime. Sonia also helped create a Hate Crime Tracker which has led to an improvement in the quality of hate crime files. Outside of work Sonia also sits on a number of regional hate crime boards.
Gemma is Inclusion and Community Engagement Manager for CPS North-West, she has worked extensively with youth groups in Salford including the Salford LGBT Youth Group in her previous role as Salford City Council’s Community Cohesion Officer.
WINNER OF THE CPS UPSTANDER AWARD: GARETH MORGAN
(11) THE LIFETIME UPSTANDER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
THE WINNER OF THE LIFETIME UPSTANDER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: MARK HEALEY
Motivated after the terrible attack on the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho in 1999, Mark Healey set his life’s work to challenge hatred. The Soho pub bombing was carried out by David Copeland, a self-confessed racist and homophobe. Copeland went onto attack Brixton and Brick Lane and hoped to spark a ‘race war’. Little did his twisted mind realise that we as communities, will not turn against each other.
His twisted actions spurred on Mark Healey.
Mark founded 17-24-30 in remembrance of the 3 nail bombings in London targeting Black, Asian and Gay communities in 1999. Through 17-24-30 Mark also created the National Hate Crime Awareness Week which takes place every October, encouraging thousands throughout the UK to report hate crimes, improve the way we respond and prevent further hate crimes.
(12) THE JO COX MEMORIAL AWARD
WINNER OF THE JO COX MEMORIAL AWARD: DAVID LINSEY
Daniel and Amelie Linsey were tragically killed on April the 21st 2019 at the Shangri La Hotel in Sri-Lanka. It was Easter Sunday and Daniel and Amelie were eating breakfast at the hotel – when a bomb – one of eight to hit churches and hotels around the country – exploded.
Their father, Matthew survived, and the family were due to fly out from the country that same morning. It was later to transpire that Daniel, (19) and Amelie (15), had been murdered by Islamist extremists.
Just two weeks after this unimaginably horrific passing of his siblings, David Linsey launched the Amelie and Daniel Linsey Foundation to support local people affected by the terrible events. It has become a full-time task and has become “all consuming” as he said to a national newspaper. He managed to raise £220,000 in just four months and through two charities, ‘Nest’ and ‘Their Future’ Today, he has managed to provide shelter, education and therapy for those affected. Recently, David, who is with us tonight, said that, “one of the hardest things about life in Britain after the deaths is how quiet it seems. Daniel was to start university soon and Amelie was always there for everyone.”
(13) THE TELL MAMA AWARD
WINNER OF THE TELL MAMA AWARD: LORD NICK BOURNE
Lord Nick Bourne, formerly the Minister for Faiths and Communities, was a tireless advocate and campaigner for communities and visited numerous faith institutions in what was a personal and professional journey to find out about the greatest spiritual assets we have – our faith institutions which inspire others globally.
Lord Bourne was an active supporter of interfaith, hate crime and social cohesion work and is respected by many communities. He is passionate about people and places and a strong advocate of hate crime work. He is much missed within Government and a much needed voice of moderation when it comes to supporting communities.