A minutes silence
Across Europe people paused to show their support and solidarity for those affected by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France and those affected by terrorism around the world.
In Lambeth the Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Anyanwu lead the minutes silence on the steps of Lambeth Town Hall along with Leader of the council Cllr Lib Peck, Chief Executive Sean Harriss , elected members of the council and council staff.
Message from Commander Mak Chishty
A letter from Commander Mak Chishty who leads the Metropolitan Police Service Hate Crime Diamond Group is being circulated as follows;
We are all aware of the shocking and tragic attacks in Paris last night; first and foremost I would like to express our heartfelt prayers and wishes to all those involved and to the nation of France.
We are still in the early stages of learning about what took place last night but I woul dlike to reassure you that we acted very quickly during the night and have implemented a policing plan that will see more visible policing in many parts of London. I would like to stress this is NOT in response to any specific intelligence relating to London or any specific community, rather our concern about how communities may be feeling.
I am writing to you today, to personally ask for your support over the next few days, as I recognise that communities may naturally feel a sense of unease and I hope you can pass on my message to help reassure them. I would be grateful if you could use your networks and messaging systems to reach as many of your community members as possible to convey the following messages;
Officers and uniformed police staff will be out and about as part of London’s community life. They welcome members of the community approaching them and will do their best to help reassure them.
If any member of the community spots anything unusal that they do not feel happy about then please report this to the police dialing 101 or the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321. If it is urgent please dial 999.
It is with regret, but something that we have come to realise through experience, that hate crime can increase in these difficult times and I would ask that any hate crime is immediately reported. I assure you that it will receive a fast response and be dealt with by specialist officers.
On a final note and I know I speak for all of us in saying that #WeStandTogether with Paris, with France and as communities together and we can send out a dtrong message of defiance against those who seek to terrorise us. Please can I aks you to enocurage all of our communities to simply send the message that ‘we will always stand together’ on twitter and other social media.
Thank you for your continued support and friendship,
With my best wishes
Commander, Community Enagement, Metropolitan Police Service.
We Stand Together in Lambeth
As part of National Inter Faith Week 15th-21st November, Faiths Together in Lambeth and the Lambeth Multi-Faith Action Group in partnership with Lambeth Police are hosting an event on Wednesday 18th November 6pm to 8pm at Corpus Christi Church Hall.
Commander Mak Chishty is one of the main speakers and will be talking about the “We Stand Together” pledge.
The Lambeth Hate Crime Stall will also be on display.
In Lambeth we have recently set up a Faith Hate Crime Working Group to bring together people of different faiths and beliefs to work together to tackle faith hate crime in the borough. Those interested in being involved should contact Mark Healey, Lambeth’s Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator at Lambeth Council.
Don’t Stand by
Plans are also taking shape for Holocaust Memorial Day in Lambeth, which will be marked by an event at Oval Cricket Ground on Sunday 24th January 3pm to 4.30pm.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day is “Don’t Stand by” and you can find out more about the event here.
Following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and other places around the world it is important to remind ourselves that we are not powerless to change things, working alone or together with others there is plenty we can do to make the world a better place.
People are not just standing together during minutes of silence to show their respects but also working together behind the scene to build stronger communities by developing bonds of friendship with each other and their/our communities.
If you would like to be involved why not consider joining a group like Faiths Together in Lambeth and supporting their cause or get involved in the Love your neighbour campaign and the Do the Right Thing campaign currently being run by Lambeth Council.
There are plenty of other opportunities to volunteer and help out advertised at the Volunteer Centre in Lambeth. The Red Cross are raising funds to tackle the European Refugee Crisis and there are many other groups involved in refugee relief efforts.
Reporting Hate Crime in Lambeth
In the first instance we encourage people to report hate crime to the police by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 if not. Reports can also be submitted online using the True Vision website http://www.report-it.org.uk
If people don’t want to report directly to the police then they can report on-line to the council http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/hatecrime.
Alternatively they can speak to any of the independent advice and support organisations listed here on the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog.
Hate Crime can also be reported via the MOPAC funded hate crime reporting app Self Evident.