The Home Secretary Comes Out in Support of the No2H8 Crime Awards

We are grateful for the following comments from the Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP. The No2H8 Crime Awards have gone from strength to strength over the last 3 years and this year, we have the largest gathering of hate crime partners, police forces, politicians and members of the public, who work daily countering hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

Statement from the Home Secretary on the No2H8 Crime Awards:

“These awards are a powerful opportunity to promote what is positive in British society. We are lucky to live in a diverse, tolerant and open society and the people that we celebrate tonight have taken a stand for these important principles. Just as hate crimes impact right across our communities, those who confront such prejudice come from a wide range of faiths and backgrounds and we must take heart from that”.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Honours All Those Nominated for a No2H8 Crime Award

We are honoured to receive the following statement of support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “Over the last year coverage of hate crime has been all too prevalent across the news and on social media. However, that does make tonight’s message even more poignant and important, and it gives us an opportunity to recognise those individuals who have been a positive force in working to help end hate crime and be a positive influence in their community.

“Congratulations to everybody nominated for an award. You are all a credit to your communities and serve as an inspiration to us all.”

 

Deputy Mayor for London Congratulates All Those Nominated in the No2H8 Crime Awards

We have received the following statement from Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime:

“I am hugely proud to be Deputy Mayor of such a diverse and multi-talented city, and our ability to celebrate difference is one of our greatest strengths.

“However, we know some communities are feeling increasingly isolated, threatened and victimised because of who they are, how they live, what they believe or who they love. That is why Hate Crime is one of the top priorities in our Police and Crime Plan, because no one should be made to feel afraid, or unwelcome.

“It is everyday acts of mutual respect, compassion, kindness and professionalism that make the difference and I applaud all those who stand up against discrimination. 

“Congratulations to all those who have been nominated for and receive a NO2H8 2018 Award for your efforts in challenging hatred, intolerance and bigotry.”

 

 

Statement by the Chairman of the Conservative Party – the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

We are honoured to have received the following statement of support from the Chairman of the Conservative Party – the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, in relation to the No2H8 Crime Awards.

“I am pleased to see that the National No2H8 Crime awards continues to impress, championing the brilliant work being done across the country.

 Our nation’s culture is enriched by families and people who have come here from all over the world. With faith, or celebrating or honouring past events and traditions, one person educates another. But we are also one community – and should never lose sight that when hate is spread, it is done so to everyone.

 No individual should live in fear or isolation, which is why we have reaffirmed our commitment to tackling hate crime by updating our Hate Crime Action Plan in July to offer greater resources and training to police officers. But there is more to do.

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all those being honoured for their hard and tireless work towards tackling intolerance and prejudice. It is vital that we all work together to support cohesion”.

 

Greater Manchester Police Constable is Shortlisted for National Hate Crime Award

A Greater Manchester Police officer has been shortlisted for a high profile national award this month.

PC David Willetts has been nominated for the ‘Supporting Victims, Reporting Hate Crimes’ category of the No2H8 Crime awards 2018 in recognition for his work within the City of Manchester borough.

Winners will be announced at a celebratory gala dinner in central London on Thursday 13th September.

The awards recognise the important work that people do in communities up and down the country to stand against hatred, intolerance and prejudice.

PC Willetts has been a driving force behind supporting victims of hate crime and ensuring that hate crimes are reported in Manchester.

Policy makers, senior officials, hate crime agencies and community members will all be in attendance at the gala dinner.

PC Willetts said: “I’m very pleased to be shortlisted for the award and I’m looking forward to attending the event.

“The nomination is in recognition of the work which is being done within the City of Manchester to ensure hate crimes are reported and victims are supported.”

Every year hate crime brings misery to thousands of victims and it can be a frightening experience because they have been targeted because of who they are.

Attacks are often very personal and specifically targeted, which means it’s less likely to be a random attack.

NO2H8 crime awards are a coalition of organisations that work on tackling hatred, intolerance and prejudice including the Community Security TrustGALOPStonewall and the ‘No to Hate Crime’ campaign.

The awards recognise many individuals within communities who work tirelessly to ensure that the dignity of individuals is protected and ensure that everyone in our country should be able to live their lives free from fear.

This year’s awards theme is ‘Upstanders and Not Bystanders‘ which reflects the need to challenge hatred, intolerance and bigotry safely.

Lisa Wadham, No2H8 Crime Awards 2018, added: “We are delighted to confirm that David Willetts has been shortlisted for the Supporting Victims, Reporting Hate Crimes Award at this year’s awards.

“The event promises to be a fantastic evening which will celebrate the important work of ‘Upstanders’ in our society.”

Keep up-to-date with the awards on Twitter at @No2H8CRIME AWARDS or via the hashtag #No2H8 Crime Awards.

Statement of support from Extremism Lead Commissioner – Sara Khan

We have received the following supportive statement on the No2H8 Crime Awards from the Extremism Commissioner – Sara Khan. 

“Amid concerns of polarisation, intolerance and anger, it takes huge courage to stand up to hatred. It’s rarely the easy or popular option. We owe every one of the individuals celebrated today a huge debt, not just for the actions they’ve taken but for showing us a different way.

“The Commission for Countering Extremism wants to help everyone do more to challenge extremism. Hatred towards others can inspire people into extremism; extremism can normalise hatred in our society.

“People across the country are deeply concerned about the impact of extremism. Up and down the country brave counter extremists and activists are challenging those who seek to divide us. We need to support these brave people and build a coalition, a movement of all those people who are opposed to all forms of active hatred and extremism. These awards show that is possible.

“So I am delighted to say well done and a big thank you to the award winners, and to all the other unsung heroes who stand up to hate and extremism. You are the backbone of our country. As Millicent Fawcett said: “courage calls to courage everywhere”. Let’s say No2h8, let’s unite all those who believe in tolerance, equality and diversity and together let us defend and preserve these values which are the very foundations of our country.”

Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism

The Mirror, Kiss FM, Magic and a Range of National Media Partners Link to the No2H8 Awards

As the national nominations for the annual No2H8 Crime Awards open on the 1st of July 2018, we are proud to announce that the Bauer owned media titles and radio stations – Take a Break, That’s Life, Bella, and Closer, alongside Magic, Kiss, Absolute and Hits Radio have all become No2H8 Crime Awards media partners. This is in addition to the Mirror, Jewish News and Pride Radio.

These partnerships will ensure that grass roots communities across the Country will be able to nominate and honour those heroes in local communities who stand against hate. They will also ensure that a core social value of standing against hatred and intolerance is strengthened at a wider national level.

Speaking on the national media partnerships, the Chair of the No2H8 Crime Awards, Richard Benson OBE said:

“We are proud to see so many media agencies standing up for what is right and for core social values that we all enjoy. Given that hate incidents have risen across communities, it is essential that we all send out a strong signal, that we will not tolerate hatred and prejudice in our communities. This is why we celebrate those heroes standing against hate in communities and why we must re-enforce the need for society to remain vigilant and pro-active in reducing it.”

The Mirror Newspaper Partners with the Annual No2H8 Awards

We are proud to announce the Mirror as the official media partner of the No2H8 Crime Awards 2018.

The Mirror has a long and proud history for calling out racism and intolerance right across society. They stand up for what is right and give a voice to those who need it most.

With incidents of hate crimes on the rise and antisemitic and anti-Muslim hatred being felt across the UK, we are proud to partner with the Mirror and to defend the right for people to live their lives without fear and to identify and be proud of who they are. The No2H8 Crime Awards have become the annual event to celebrate all that is good in our country and to ensure that decency, respect and tolerance for others are at the heart of our communities.

The third No2H8 Crime Awards will take place on Thursday 13th September honouring those who stand against hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

Nominations will open in July and anyone can nominate someone who has challenged hatred throughout the country, and made a positive impact in their community and stood up to prejudice and intolerance.

Previous winners of the No2H8 Crime Awards include medical specialist Dr Nasser Kurdy who was stabbed in the neck outside of the Altrincham mosque in September 2017 and helped those injured in the Manchester Arena bomb.  

Other winners include Jack Stanley who was awarded the Young Upstander Award. Jack, 13, was featured on the national documentary ‘Educating Manchester’, where Jack comforted and made friends with Syrian refugee Rani Assad who was bullied at school. His actions led to the national hashtag #BeMoreLikeJack trending on Twitter.

Speaking about this important and exciting national media partnership, the Chair of the No2H8 Crime Awards, Richard Benson OBE, said:

“We are proud to partner with the Mirror ensuring that people across the country can nominate men, women; young people and statutory authorities for the No2H8 Crime Awards.

“This partnership not only widens the engagement of the Awards across the country, it also places this national unique event on the map as a means of celebrating all that is good within communities and where people selflessly stand up against hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

“We need to celebrate this distinctive characteristic of our country and also motivate people to be Upstanders for others if they are targeted with hatred and bigotry. We look forward to delivering our largest No2H8 Crime Awards in 2018 and with the Mirror, we go from strength to strength.”

 Alison Phillips, Daily Mirror Editor said:

“Racism and prejudice have no place in our society and the Mirror has a proud history for standing up for what is right.

“We are excited to work with the No2H8 Crime Awards, honouring those who help to stamp out hate crimes in their community and refusing to accept any sort of prejudice or intolerance.”

Speaking on behalf of the Jewish News which has supported the No2H8 Crime Awards since its inception, Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer said: “It’s a great honour to once again to be working with such a group of highly-respected organisations battling hatred and intolerance across our country.”

The No2H8 Crime Awards would like to thank the founding media partners, the Jewish News, who supported the Awards right from the start of the inception. This relationship and partnership continues and we would especially like to thank Richard Ferrer, the Editor of the Jewish News and Justin Cohen, the News Editor of the Jewish News. Both of these individuals have helped to develop and shape these Awards and we would like to thank them for their enormous efforts. We hope that you may support the Jewish News and their visionary community journalism in the future.

 

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.