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Molly's Adventures with Travellers - Learning Lessons?

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By Ben Chastney |  November 17, 2016 |

About a year ago I released the last of a set of short illustrated stories.  These featured a precocious girl, Molly, and her observations of how Gypsies and Travellers are treated in various situations.  Her naïve but challenging questions hopefully brought out some of the hypocrisy and short-sightedness of racist attitudes and practices.  I thought a year later it was worth looking at them again and asking what would happen if nothing was learnt. 

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Who wants to go to a meeting?

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By Ben Chastney |  November 3, 2016 |

Sometimes we have to arrange or go to meetings.  It can be the only obvious way of discussing issue A or finding solution B.  Very often this is not the case though and so many agencies, GATE included, might be guilty in having meetings where something different would work best for all.

 

There are two things worth challenging; language and format.  Too often meetings are set up in a way which is not welcoming or inclusive.  Plenty of our members, and I am sure this is the case for many excluded people, may automatically be put off by the idea of formal discussions which instinctively feel anything but equal.  Where the meeting happens matters.  As does who leads the discussion.  And when this happens.  And who picks the topics of discussion.  These key elements are got wrong so often.

Next article: "On Buzzwords and Played Out Terminology"

On Buzzwords and Played Out Terminology

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By Helen Jones |  November 2, 2016 |

The technical term for what I might call a ‘buzzword’, whose usefulness has expired is to say that the word has become an ‘empty signifier’.  It’s original meaning has been scooped out by overuse, or misuse, and it becomes a degraded brand even though the original concept or principle that the word describes might remain as important as ever.  People are potentially steered away from the principle because the describing word or phrase has become devalued.  Sometimes the word actually does somehow capture more currency than the idea behind it deserves, or is simply a catchy re-naming of a tired method. In this blog I am exploring the power of words and how minority groups like ours can use words to create change.

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3 Week Work Placement Opportunity

By Teresa Birtle |  October 31, 2016 |

Are you bored of sitting at home and would like some work experience?Well GATE is the place for you.If you are aged between 15-18 and would like a 3 week placement at GATE and a up to date C.V to help you find yourself a job please fill in this form   and send it back to me by my email teresa@leedsgate.co.uk by the 14th of November and if you are successfull candidate you will be given  a call so please remember to p

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Please support Hate Crime Awareness Week

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By Ben Chastney |  September 26, 2016 |

National Hate Crime Awareness will soon be upon us on 8-15th October.  A natural priority for ourselves at GATE is to increase awareness of Gypsy and Traveller hate crime which we sadly know so many members and others in the community have suffered.  We are therefore delighted that the Traveller Movement has launched a national campaign #OperationReportHate to highlight crimes faced by Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, which we are gladly supporting locally. 

Our ‘ask’ is simple: we and our partners at the Traveller Movement have produced posters (which can be downloaded here) and are asking public figures to share a photo on social media of themselves holding it.  Please use the hashtag #OperationReportHate and tag the campaign using @GypsyTravellerM.  Whether police officer, Council Officer, teacher or indeed any other profession, we would appreciate your support and hope you can take the time to help us raise awareness.

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