2. How can I support the campaign?
This campaign can only be a success if we get the support from as many people as possible.
There are a number of easy ways for you to lend your support for the campaign and help us achieve our goal!
Write to your MP asking them to support the campaign
An effective way to raise the profile of the campaign, and highlight the issue of hate crimes against GTR communities is to write to your local MP.
To make things a little easier, we have drafted an email which you can copy and paste in an email to your MP (you are of course free to change as much as you like).
To find your MP and get their email address, visit: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/. It would be helpful if you could let us know who you’ve contacted, so we can follow up and make sure they support the campaign! Email email@example.com to let us know.
Subject: Support #OperationReportHate
I am writing to you to ask you to support #OperationReportHate, which is a campaign for hate crimes against the Gypsy, Traveller and Roma (GTR) communities to be given the same public profile and recognition as other hate crimes.
As you will be aware, since the EU referendum result there has been an alarming increase in the number of hate crimes and the GTR communities have been victims of such offences. Hate crimes against Gypsies and Travellers are also underreported, which means these crimes remain the lowest of priorities.
To show your support, please share a photo of yourself holding an #OperationReportHate poster (which can be downloaded here) on social media using the hashtag: #OperationReportHate. This simple act will help bring greater public attention to hate crimes and the need to report them.
I hope you can support the #OperationReportHate campaign in highlighting the need to report and record hate crimes against GTR communities.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Support the campaign on social media
Social media is a powerful way to spread the message of the campaign and to help get wider public support.
Posts with photos on Twitter and Facebook get shared the most, so to help get the campaign as much attention as possible we have produced a poster for you to download and have your photo taken with.
Please encourage as many of your friends, family and colleagues as possible to have their photo taken with the poster and share on Facebook and Twitter!
Another good way to get a message out there on social media is to send tweets to people with large followings, such as celebrities and politicians (Councillors and MPs) and asking them to have their photo taken with the #OperationReportHate poster.
Please show your backing for ending hate crimes against Gypsies, Travellers and Roma and support #OperationReportHate http://bit.ly/2cqib1y
Posters for your office, school & public places
We have also produced a poster to put up in your office, school or local community centres. These can be downloaded here.
Alternatively, we have a very limited number of posters that we can pass on to you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see if any are still available.
Events during Hate Crime Awareness Week (8-15 October 2016)
National Hate Crime Awareness week is now in its sixth year. GRT communities have to date never been a part of this very important week. To ensure inclusion in this year’s event, we are encouraging as many organisations and community groups as possible to put on events during the week.
If you are interested in holding an event but aren’t sure how, please get in touch and we’ll try to help. We will also be posting here regularly updating people on upcoming events, so do check back.