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Here are a selection of events, research and opportunities for those working to challenge all form of hate crime and targeted abuse in London, includes Inclusion London vacancy, virtual Bi Pride. and much much more!

London's Pan-Equality Hate Crime network will be meeting at the end of June, during Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month and will focus on overcoming race hatred - date TBC, please email mhairi@HEARrequality.org.uk with any access needs and to register your interest
17-24-30 Hate Crime Round Table 9th June

You can sign up for 17-24-30s first hate crime round table on 9th June, focusing on tackling hate crime across London

This will also include starting to think about plans for National Hate Crime Awareness Week

You can sign up here:

Click here to sign up for our Hate Crime Round Table >
Charities Challenging Hate Crime, London's pan-equality hate crime network virtual June meeting

Our last network meeting was for an extraordinary meeting in January. Members agreed to work together on a "User-Led Strategy for all survivors of hate crime and targeted abuse in London", and to launch it and some joint manifesto asks at a Hustings Against Hate for 2020's Mayoral elections.

Well much has changed since then, including the elections being postponed.



Hate crime and domestic abuse, however, seem to have increased and shifted since the global pandemic and the resultant 'lockdown'.

Many of our members have been extremely busy responding to emergency needs, applying their Lived Experience expertise to supporting new communities of survivors, as well as delivering holisitc services like adovcacy, housing support, food bank access, and collecting data and case study examples to advise and support our statutory colleagues at this world altering time.

After the initial crisis and flurry of emergency responses members are now asking we meet, virtually, to #EndHateTogether



We are proposing meeting(s) late in June to celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month.


We will have seminars and presentations on challenging race and 'migrant' hate.

We will discuss reframing messages on 'vulnerability', protecting older and disabled people from hate speech and abuse during 'cocooning'.

Date TBC, please email to express your interest, telling us how long is too long for a viritual meeting for you! mhairi@HEARequality.org.uk
 
Who's telling the truth? Traveller Movement’s response to Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches: The Truth about Traveller Crime’ #AfterDispatches

Many of our Gypsy, Romani and Traveller members have explained that whenever hate speech and dehumanising tropes are in the media, the hate crime and abuse they experience increases. This is just as true when the biased reporting comes from Channel 4's Dispatches

"A number of claims in relation to criminal activity in the Traveller community were made by the programme, but the broadcast failed to properly evidence those spurious claims. Instead, the programme relied on weak and unsubstantiated data to falsely imply a cause-and-effect relationship between Traveller site locations and crime rates. Further, when the Traveller Movement requested the raw data on which the programme relied, Channel 4 refused to share it. It also failed to consult with the experts or organisations working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities to add balance. The National Police Chiefs’ Council were not consulted and called the broadcast an “appalling” and “sensationalised” programme and stated “there is no evidence that links higher crime levels to Traveller sites nor do we have ‘no go’ sites”.Let’s just replace the word ‘Traveller’ with any other ethnic minority to reveal just how racist this programme is."

Please read the full statement from The Traveller Movement here and show solidarity with GRT comunities so we can to #EndHateTogether and say there's #NoPlaceForHate in London
 
Workshop - 10th of June 12:00 - 13:30 - NetEquality Wellbeing - Mapping, Connecting & Sharing

Mapping, connecting and sharing pan-equality, to help address some of the challenges we face surrounding Mental Wellbeing

We have come together to work across our equality networks to build the NetEquality project, looking at how digital tools can help some of the issues we are facing.

We know from our members that there is now a stronger need than ever to find out information and share resources. We think that mapping, connecting well, and sharing expertise / resources / information can help to address inequalities, by increasing opportunities for solidarity and strengthening campaigns.

We are focusing on Mental Wellbeing, and what we can share and learn from each other who do work in this area. We will be building on what people shared at our first event on the 18th of May, which brought together a wide range of people who are doing inspiring work.

What will you get out of this event?

1. Learn more about how Network Mapping can help your organisation

2. Share and find out about connections between different organisations pan-equality

3. Share and find out insights from others

4. Meet others and work together pan-equality specialisms

SIGN UP HERE

Join us to put into practice working together and connecting pan-equality, to build solidarity and strengthen our campaigns!

Note - If you didn’t attend the first event not to worry, we will be giving a short recap and build from there.

Any questions just get in touch - rebecca@HEARequality.org.uk

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Grants:

We know from our members that cost can be a major barrier to digital inclusion so we are delighted to be able to offer data grants and expenses reimbursements to organisations to get involved in HEAR's NetEquality events.

Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please call 07756 939 187 or email mhairi@HEARequality.org.uk

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This project is funded by the Reaching Communities programme of the National Lottery Community Fund, through the Cornerstone Fund programme.
Inclusion London Vacancy = Deadline 15 June

Inclusion London is a leading disability equality organisation run by and for Deaf and Disabled people. We have built a national reputation for effective policy and campaign work and for providing innovative business and organisational support to local Deaf and Disabled people’s organisations (DDPOs) in London.

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated, skilled and experienced Deaf or Disabled person to the following post:

Policy & Campaigns officer17.5 hours per week 12 month fixed term contract @ £34,000 per annum pro rata

This is an exciting opportunity to work with Deaf and Disabled Peoples Organisations (DDPOs) to gather evidence and carry out policy and campaigning work on the impact of the covid-19 emergency on Deaf and Disabled people including the experience of shielding and self-isolation, the impact on social care/independent living support and the implementation of the Coronavirus Act.

You will have experience of carrying out effective evidence based campaign and policy work and presenting data and policy work in an accessible and compelling way that supports effective campaigning and influencing. You will be great at developing effective relationships across different sectors and communicating with diverse audiences.

Inclusion London is committed to equality, diversity and human rights and reflecting the communities we serve. We particularly welcome applications from Deaf or Disabled people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We support flexible working and large aspects of these jobs could be done remotely, however some travel to London to attend face-to -face meetings may be required depending on the Public Health advice.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 15 June 2020

Full information:

https://t.co/qESVOH86BS?amp=1

Bi Pride Virtual Pride Festival 20th June

From Bi Pride UK

Though our September pride event can sadly no longer happen, we are absolutely thrilled to announce that on 20th June we will be hosting a virtual bi pride event: Bi-Fi Festival!

Streaming on Twitch, this virtual event will be a celebration of bi voices. Tune in to watch thought-provoking discussion panels and enjoy entertainment from a diverse array of performers. Then turn the volume up for a DJ’ed after party!

In these strange and uncertain times, keeping our community together is more important than ever.

A virtual event may not be quite what we had originally planned for this year, but we think it’s going to be pretty special.

More details will be announced soon but, in the meantime, put the date in your diary – you’re not going to want to miss this.

WHEN: SATURDAY 20TH JUNE, 17:00 – 21:00

To find out more and how to take part:

https://biprideuk.org/2020/05/26/event-announcement-bi-fi-festival/
Independent Age Grants-Reaching older people missing out, now and beyond the pandemic

Reaching older people most likely to be missing out – now and beyond the coronavirus pandemic.Coronavirus has changed the lives of everyone in the UK, but this is particularly true for our older generation who remain amongst the most affected. Before coronavirus struck the nation, Independent Age was exploring how to strengthen collaboration with older people and local organisations with the aim of shaping a more active role in supporting communities. But right now, our focus must be directed towards the current crisis. We can’t do this alone which is why our trustees have released £2 million from Independent Age’s funds to help smaller organisations across the UK working with older people hardest hit by the virus.

Our Grants Fund will comprise of four separate funding rounds. In each round we will make £500,000 available where organisations can apply to receive up to £15,000 each.

Application closing dates for each funding round are detailed as follows:

Closing date for applicationsWhen we will confirm our decisionRound 19am on 4 June 202019 June 2020Round 29am on 2 July 202017 July 2020Round 39am on 21 August 20203 September 2020Round 49am on 18 September 20201 October 2020Please be aware you can only apply once. If you have been unsuccessful, you will not be able to re-apply in a later funding round.
Coronavirus tests denied to people with learning disabilities despite 175% rise in deaths

An article in carehome.co.uk exposes that "while people aged over 65 are entitled to be tested for COVID-19, care home residents with a learning disability are not automatically eligible for tests.

Government guidance published on 15 April (and updated 14 May) clearly states 'At the moment, you can only get tests if your care home looks after older people or people with dementia'.

Care homes with a majority of residents living with learning disabilities are being denied the chance to order coronavirus testing kits on the government’s new https://www.carehome.co.uk/news/article.cfm/id/1625659/care-homes-coronavirus-tests-online-portal|online portal for care homes" Read more here

#NotExpendable #DisabledPeoplesRightsAreHumanRights
Ask your MP to stand up for equal pay

Ask your MP to stand up for equal pay Support the #EqualPay50 campaign by asking your MP to table a question in Parliament and offer their support to The Fawcett Society's upcoming Bill to modernise the law on equal pay. It only takes one minute using a template letter.

50th anniversary of the Equal Pay ActAt this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we see just how undervalued those who work in our essential services are. Of course, this pay inequality is an area that we have been campaigning on for over a decade. Part of the huge pay inequality that we see is demonstrated in gender pay gaps and a lack of equal pay.

The Equality Trust want to help supporters getactive in speaking out against pay inequality at work, university, in their local area and online. We've produced a range of templates and resources to make it easy for you to get involved in the #EqualPay50 campaign.
Poverty Alliance Webinar -Tackling Unemployment After Covid, 11th June

 

The Poverty Alliance is hosting a series of free webinars to consider how we can 'Build Back Better' in the aftermath of the coronavirus. We will be looking at a range of issues and themes from the economy and labour market, to public health, social security and democracy.Our next webinar, Returning to Work: Tackling unemployment after Covid-19, will take place on11th June at 11.30am and will look at what the likely impact of the response to coronavirus will be on unemployment and what action is required to ensure that there is no return to mass unemployment.

We are delighted that the following speakers will join us:



To register for the webinar please go to this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Aptpejt2Qrew0G-KwPC0hw

 
Free Online International Conference on LGBTQI Identities and Asylum 7-9 July

HEAR is really pleased to pass on this invitation to an exciting opportunity to attend an online international conference on many different aspects of the asylum system as it relates to LGBTQI people seeking asylum

Our colleague Moira Dustin, a former long time member of the HEAR steering group, is one of the team who have been working on the SOGICA project, for which this is their closing international conference

The conference has an intersectional and inclusive perspective and includes issues related to trans people, bi people, young lgbtqi people and many other important aspects and inttersections

Final ConferenceThe SOGICA final conference will now take place online from 7-9 July 2020. Below are details including the

link for registration.

There is no fee and the closing date for registration is 30 June 2020.

The

conference programme

will be updated and sent to participants with joining details the week before the conference.

Invitation to register

The

SOGICA project final conference

is now

open for registration

and we are pleased to invite you to reserve your place. . The conference will take place on 7-9 July 2020. The conference will:

  • present the SOGICA project findings and recommendations;
  • give a platform to academics, policy makers, practitioners, activists and refugees addressing sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) asylum in innovative ways;
  • foster interdisciplinary, cross-sector and international engagement between individuals with an interest in this topic, including those most directly involved as asylum claimants in European countries.


About the project

SOGICA – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum: A European human rights challenge’ is a four-year project (2016-2020) funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Based in the School of Law at the University of Sussex, it aims to produce the necessary evidence base for a more just and humane asylum process for individuals seeking refuge in Europe on the basis of their SOGI.

To this end, since 2016, the project has studied the social and legal experiences of SOGI asylum claimants across Europe, by exploring the European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) frameworks and by focusing on Germany, Italy and the UK as case studies. During this time, SOGICA has carried out more than 150 interviews and focus group discussions with asylum claimants, refugees, decision-makers, practitioners, and experts in the field, and has conducted observations of hearings of SOGI claimants in courts and tribunals. The team has produced

a

number of publications on different aspects of SOGI asylum (such as credibility, persecution, discretion, domestic and European adjudication of these claims) and

made presentations

at conferences and seminars across Europe. A

database

of materials,

website of resources and network of more than 1,000 friends and allies beyond academia has been established. The SOGICA project will conclude in 2020 with the publication of a monograph and further peer-reviewed articles, all of which are intended to inform fairer SOGI asylum processes in Europe and greater sensitivity and humanity for SOGI minorities outside the legal process.

Who should attend

We look forward to welcoming asylum claimants and refugees, academics, policy makers, practitioners, activists, and anyone with an interest in sexual orientation and gender identity asylum.

Specific requirements

Please let us know of your access requirements when you register and we will do our best to meet your needs.

Further details, including the provisional programme and keynote speakers, will appear on the project website in due course.

Please feel free to contact

info@sogica.org

with any questions you have about the event.
 
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