Every year, thousands of people in Britain are affected by
hate crime, and this week is to create awareness on these very personal
Pulp Friction, partners with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue
Service, held an event with their choir in February 2020 to bring awareness to
hate crime, particularly hate crime towards people with disabilities, on public
Pulp Friction is an organisation that creates opportunities
for adults with learning disabilities and autism to develop their social,
independence and work-readiness skills within the catering and hospitality
They sang love songs on Nottingham’s tram from Toton Lane to
Market square to celebrate the love we should have for one another in society.
The group gave out ‘love not hate’ badges, lyrics to the songs they would be
singing and flyers to inform people on what they should do if they experience
Watch the video below to see what they got up to:
Because it is national hate crime week, the group got
together via Zoom to discuss the event they held earlier this year and to tell
stories about their experiences with hate crime.
Jessie, one of Pulp Friction’s choir members and the person
who set up Pulp Friction with her mum, told the group about the hate she
received when on a walk with school.
Jessie said: “People started throwing things at us, and
instead of doing something about the hate, they just cancelled the walks, so we
had to miss out.”
Jessie feels very strongly that people with learning
disabilities are entitled to go about their daily business without being
subjected to hate crime. She feels that all too often the perpetrators of hate
crime get away with it and the people who experience the hate crime are
Angela, from Pulp Friction, said: “People with learning
disabilities may find it difficult to report a hate crime. We advise them to
tell someone straight away who may help them with their reporting process.
Either ring 101 or 999 if they have a phone. If they don’t want to speak about
it to the police, we can help them fill in this easy read form.
“By raising awareness of disability hate crime, we hope that
bystanders will step up and help when they are needed.”