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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.

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

Mary Street Residents Meet MP Imran Hussain

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By Helen Jones |  October 21, 2016 |

Last Friday a group of residents from Mary Street Caravan Site in Bradford visited MP for Bradford East Imran Hussain.

‘We had just had enough,’ said resident Ruth, ‘it didn’t matter what we did or said we were just being ignored, it felt like we didn’t have a voice’. A few months ago in total frustration residents rang Leeds GATE to see if we could help in any way.

GATE visited the site and together with residents made a short film which highlighted some of the issues faced by people living on the 28 pitch council site which is located in BD4.

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.

Councils want to do the right thing – Planning maybe not as bad as feared

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By Ben Chastney |  September 20, 2016 |

Some good news, I think.  I just left a recent conference about Traveller site policy feeling relatively positive.  This is not because the national policy has improved; it hasn’t.  In the past year I and many others have talked about how recent DCLG changes to Traveller site laws will only make a bad situation worse.  That is still the case.  The good news though is that some Local Authorities are taking pragmatic approaches.  These efforts require encouragement and support.

Firstly, engaging with the debate is a positive first sign.  That over thirty Local Authorities were represented at this briefing session suggested there to be an appetite, at least from some within their Council, to seek out help and input on Traveller Site need.  Moreover, the questions asked from many, both during the main session and during the breaks, suggested a genuine desire to respond sensibly to the recent planning changes. 

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