Norwich Pride has organised No to Hate Vigils in the city since 2009. 100+ people gather with candles for the International Day of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by Hate Crime.
The Vigil coincides with ones in Trafalgar Square and across the UK and at 8pm we share 2 minutes silence to remember victims of Hate Crime everywhere. This year's Vigil is on Saturday 20th October 2012 at 7.30pm in Chapelfield Gardens.
The idea of the Vigil is to unite communities against all forms of Hate Crime and we invite a range of community leaders from different groups to speak. Opening Doors a self-advocacy organisation for people with learning difficulties have spoken at each of the Vigils. Sabrina Bartram said in 2010:
"Here in Norwich we know of people with learning difficulties who have been targeted because they are seen as being different. People have been called names, had things thrown at them and their home, and abused when using facebook. The statistics should shame us all. 9 out of 10 people with learning difficulties have suffered bullying or harassment"We have messages of support from the police, MPs and Councillors. Chair of Norfolk County Council Tony Tompkinson said in 2010:
"Everyone in our communities has an investment in tackling hate incidents and crime. This is something that could happen to any one of us or one of our family members, or a colleague, or neighbour. We need to ensure people understand what it is and listen to them when they are telling us it is happening. Norfolk County Council is fully committed to working with partners to recognise and eradicate hate incidents in Norfolk and to make sure people who live here know they don't have to tolerate it."Lesley Graham from the Quakers said in 2011:
"What can we do? Respect each other, for our diversity, and also for our common humanity. Welcome and support people fleeing persecution. Perhaps most radical is living in the light of our own selves. Be who you are. Enjoy it whenever you can. And cherish it with Pride. Let's remember those who no longer can enjoy their selves with us."This year is the fourth International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Hate Crime. In 2009, 10,000 people took part in a Vigil in Trafalgar Square in London two weeks after 62 year old gay man Ian Baynham died in hospital after a homophobic attack in the square.
At 8pm, there will be 2 minutes silence that will end with a song from the Norwich Pride choir.
Michelle Savage, co-ordinator of this year's Vigil says:
For more information, check the website Norwich No to Hate Vigil