Hate Crimes in West Midlands
A call by voluntary organisations to work together in response to the rise in hate crimes.
The outcome of the EU referendum on the 23rd June to exit the EU has led to a spike in reported hate crimes across the country. In response to the increased tensions in Birmingham, a meeting was organised by Migrant Voice together with the Community Resource Information Service, Polish Expats Association, Bosnia and Herzegovina UK network, African French Speaking Community Support and Celestinecelest Community Organiation on the 7th July. The purpose was to discuss the ways organisations can work together to come up with joint responses and actions in the face of the rise in hate crimes following the referendum. To find out what the situation is on the ground, both in negative incidents and positive actions, and who is doing what. Who is collecting incidents of hate crime, who is campaigning, who is working with the Police; where the gaps are, what else can been done, who else to involve, how best to work with the media, how can we work together and next steps. To read more about the discussion and outcome a copy of the meeting can be found here.