17-24-30 was founded in March 2009 to mark the anniversaries of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho. We take the first part of our name from the three dates of those attacks, the 17th, 24th and 30th April. Each year we organise the April Acts of Remembrance to mark these anniversaries.
The second part of our name NationalHCAW stands for National Hate Crime Awareness Week which we organise between the second to third Saturday in October each year. The first national week took place in October 2012, it evolved out of the London Vigils Against Hate Crime that we organised between October 2009 to October 2012.
We organised the first London Vigil against Hate Crime #LondonVAHC after the death of Ian Baynham, a gay man who was homophobically abused and beaten in Trafalgar Square, in the heart of London.
On the 30th October 2009, Ian's death inspired over 10,000 people to gather in Trafalgar Square, over 29,000 people shared notice of the London vigil on Facebook and it inspired other vigils to take place around the UK and abroad. We got messages of support from around the world.
Sandi Toksvig, said "today we stand up for Ian" and declared it the first International Day of Hope and Remembrance #IntDOHAR for those affected by hate crime.
This is our archive of the London Vigils Against Hate Crime and National Hate Crime Awareness Week
If you are planning to organise your own hate crime awareness events for National Hate Crime Awareness Week check out our planning page.
£20k funding from the Mayors Office Policing and Crime MOPAC for 300 London Resource Packs and 32 Large Borough Resource packs.
Rajnouddin Jalal (altab Ali Foundation) and Rose Simkins (Stop Hate UK) lit the national candle in memory of Altab Ali and Stephen Lawrence.
£25k funding from Department of Communities and Local Government of which £7,500 was allocated to produce 250 National resource Packs.
£20k funding from the Mayors Office Policing and Crime MOPAC for 250 London Resource Packs and 32 Large Borough Resource packs.
Kim Leadbeater lit the National Candle in memory of her sister MP Jo Cox, and those killed and injured in the London Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Manchester Areana and Finsbury Park Mosques attacks.
People have traditionally worn black ribbons to symbolise mourning people they have lost.
We have adopted the black wristband to symbolise our commitment to remembering victims of hate crime.
With funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Mayor's Office Policing and Crime (MOPAC)
we have produced an initial batch of 20,000 black #NationalHCAW wristbands.
Westminster LGBT Police Liaison Officer Tatjana and Drag Queen Ola Jides lit the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance in memory of the 49 people who lost their lives in the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, and the 20 disabled people murdered in a care home in Japan.
On the 12th June 2016, a 29-year-old American security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States.
We set up a private Facebook group to bring key people together to organise the London Stands with Orlando vigil and a public Facebook page to share information publicly about the event.
Within 24 hours of the mass shooting we were part of a small group of people who helped organise the London Stands with Orlando vigil. We were joined by over 15,000 people
Jenny Baynham joined us this year to light the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime in memory of her brother Ian Baynham who died after being attacked in Trafalgar Square.
Ian Baynham was homophobically abused and beaten in Trafalgar Square, he was in a coma for 4 weeks until he died from the injuries he sustained.
Trainee PC James Parkes was attacked by up to 20 youths in Stanley Street, after leaving a gay bar Liverpool. He was severely beaten but survived the attack.