Hate crime is the initial focus of a new series of public meetings which aim to tackle difficult issues in our community.
Taking place on 21 July, the hate crime event is part of the Council's wider 'It's Time to Talk' campaign which aims to empower residents and community leaders to talk about difficult issues and work together with the authorities to tackle them. Important challenges such as hate crime, child sexual exploitation, extremism, gang culture, domestic abuse and harmful practices are all expected to be discussed at separate events throughout the year.
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of a hostility or prejudice. This could be related, but is not limited, to that person's:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- gender identity.
We went out to see what local people in Brent understood and thought about Hate Crime. Hear what they have to say in our video:
The event on 21 July has a number of high-profile speakers attending, including Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy - Centre for Hate Studies, Stephen Brooks MBE - Coordinator of the Disabled Hate Crime Network and special guest keynote speaker - creative pioneer Samuell Benta. Topics such as what exactly a hate crime is, how big the problem is in Brent and the role of social media in the context of hate crime, will be discussed.
There will also be a personal testimony from a victim of hate crime who will outline their personal experience and the long-term impact it has had on their life, as well as advice on how best to respond in this kind of situation in the future.
Representatives from the police, Brent Youth Parliament and multi-faith organisations will also be in attendance to discuss their experiences of hate crime and the impact it has had on the community. There will then be important practical workshops for attendees that will allow them to design solutions to scenarios and to discuss how they feel hate crime could be better tackled in the Borough.
Cllr Michael Pavey, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:
"All crime is terrible, but hate crime is uniquely bad. Hate crime is about being targeted by criminals simply because of who you are. Hate crime is particularly offensive in Brent because we're so proud of our diversity.
"This event is all about developing community-led solutions to tackle hate crime in our Borough. I hope that residents from all backgrounds will come along and share their ideas."
The event will take place on 21 July from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Brent Civic Centre. The Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, has called for Brent residents to come together to tackle hate crime in his latest blog post