Press Statement October 2020
NATIONAL HATE CRIME AWARENESS WEEK BRINGS COMMUNITIES TOGETHER TO CONDEMN RACISM IN ALL ITS FORMS
Community groups across the UK are urging the public to show solidarity and support for people who have experienced hate crime during National Hate Crime Awareness Week
In a webinar ‘Standing in Solidarity’, at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 13th October, hosted by COVID-19 Anti-Racism Group (CARG) in conjunction with Tell MAMA, community leaders will call for solidarity with all communities facing racism. The webinar will also explore practical steps that could be taken and will continue to highlight prejudices faced by people of East and Southeast Asian heritage in the UK.
Incidents of hate crime against people of East and Southeast Asian heritage have increased by 300% in 2020. CARG is garnering support through a public petition that calls the UK Government to move from merely condemning racism to taking concrete action. Almost 5,000 people have signed the petition which calls for the Government to unequivocally condemn all COVID19-related racism.
This unique national webinar and petition are part of CARG’s programme, which includes enhanced collaboration with Police Forces from multiple areas, the Crown Prosecution Service, community leaders and politicians across Britain and within diverse community groups. Besides addressing the rise in racism and hate crime directed towards people of East and Southeast Asian heritage, CARG stands in solidarity with people from all backgrounds to recognise, report and condemn racism in all its forms.
Full statement with 214 co-signees