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Hate Crime Event

By Teresa Birtle |  May 9, 2016 |

My name's Teresa and I’m the admin assistant at Leeds GATE. We recently received funding from Police Crime Commissioners Victims of Hate Crime fund to develop a resource pack containing information and guidance about Gypsy Traveller hate crime. As a Gypsy I have experienced discrimination and as part of the project I wanted to make a short film to raise awareness of the issues many Gypsies and Travellers face. This is 2016 and I believe something needs to be done about it. Don’t hate don’t discriminate.

The film talks to Gypsies and Travellers and asks about their experiences and stories of where and when they have felt discriminated against. This film was shown at the launch event for the resource pack and received really good feedback.

Helen Jones, GATE CEO told the event that "Hate crime ruins lives, it shatters confidence and builds barriers between people. If we fail to deal with the common sort of 'low-level', everyday exclusion and discrimination, we are creating the environment in which hate crime flourishes. The extreme consequence of this can be - as we are only too well aware - racist murder, but is also the 'death of a thousand cuts' which Gypsy and Traveller people I know are forced to endure everyday"

You can watch my film on our YouTube page. Please share and let us know what you think.

To obtain a copy of the hate crime pack please contact myself Teresa Birtle teresa@leedsgate.co.uk or ring the office and speak to a member of our team 01132 402 444

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