A vigil was held to raise awareness of the rising number of hate crimes and to honor the victims of these incidents.
Around 50 people attended the evening event in Jubilee Square organized by the Rainbow Hub to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Vigils held electronic candles and listened to speeches from support groups and charities while remembering those affected or killed in hate crimes.
Rainbow Hub’s Meg Brosnan said: “Our aim for tonight is to remember people affected by hate crime and that is people we have lost, people who have survived and people who have all come with us of the threat of hate crimes live day.”
In her speech, Brosnan highlighted that 1,082 hate crimes were reported in Brighton and Hove last year. Over 3000 incidents were reported in Sussex during the same period.
The vigil, the first of its kind since the pandemic, was attended by a number of groups representing support services fighting racism, homophobia and other forms of hate crime.
At the event, Sophie Hargreaves, project manager for the Rainbow Hub, said: “Having these opportunities to come together as a community is so important.
“We are here to support you, but more needs to be done.”
Groups attending the event included the Racial Harassment Forum, Possibility People and Stop Hate UK.
The group’s work includes referrals to third parties and independent reporting services that allow those who witness or witness hate crime to report anonymously.
Speakers at the vigil also reported on their experiences with violence and threats.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labor MP for Kemp Town, who attended the event, said: “These events are important in bringing the community together and providing a moment for reflection.
“We have a duty to ensure that there are independent channels and that they help provide a record. With that data, we need to look at how to stop the spread of hate, and education, community engagement and economic justice need to be a part of that.”
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