Hate Crime Community Conference

Hate Crime Community Conference

On Tuesday, October 14th, IARS and its 99% Campaign Team were given the opportunity to attend and present a Youth and Hate Crime workshop at the Hate Crime Community Conference at the Ilford Library. The conference was organized by the Redbridge Equalities & Community Council and Newham Monitoring Project. The conference discussed the different possibilities needed to increase awareness of hate crime, how to report and stop hate crime, and what the police should be doing about it. About 30 people attended the conference; some representatives from the local metropolitan police, some members of the local community, and different social service and charity organizations. The conference began with a panel of 3 speakers. Estelle du Boulay, from the Newham Monitoring Project, spoke about the lack of progress in Hate Crime Infrastructure. The Newham Monitoring Project is an independent community-based anti-racist organisation that works with racial incidents and the authorities. David Landau, from Redbridge Equalities & Community Council, addressed the relationship between perception and hate crimes. Some hate crimes are not reported or categorized as hate crimes because there is a conflict in perception. What the victim perceives as a hate crime is often not perceived as such by the authorities and in result it does not get reported or investigated. The Redbridge Equalities & Community Council is a charitable organization that works towards the elimination of all forms of discrimination and promotes equality of opportunity and good relations among people of different groups. The last speaker, Andy Shallice, from the Roma Support Group, reported testimonies of real life hate crimes faced by Roma people in daily life. The Roma...