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17 March 2009 @ 12:14 pm
Calling all supporters in Scotland  
From Equality Network, 30 Bernard St, Edinburgh, EH6 6PR


Contact your MSPs now about the hate crime bill!

MSPs will vote Tomorrow, 18th March, on Patrick Harvie’s hate crime bill, the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill.

If MSPs vote yes, the bill will go on to its second and third stages. But if MSPs vote no, the bill will be scrapped.

Scrapping the bill would mean we’d lose our only chance for hate crime against LGBT people to be taken as seriously as racist and sectarian hate crime. We need this bill to pass!

If you agree with this, please contact your MSPs, before Wednesday, to ask them to vote for the general principles of the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill on Wednesday.

Contacting your MSPs is easy

Please forward this to anyone else you think would be interested in contacting their MSPs.

You might want to include in your message one or two of the following points – but please use your own words!

A large proportion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experience hate crime, from harassment up to very serious assaults. If you feel able to mention something from your own experience, or a friend’s, that would help make the point.

Homophobic and transphobic hate crime should be dealt with in the same way as racist and religious hate crime, and this bill makes the law consistent.

The bill will be a big help in the fight against hate crime. It will encourage people to report crimes to the police. It will ensure proper handling of hate crime by the police, prosecutors and the courts. It will help ensure appropriate and consistent sentences. It will enable proper recording of the levels of hate crime, and of results of prosecutions.

Please give your address in your message, because this shows you are one of the MSP’s constituents. (MSPs ignore messages from people who are not their constituents)

How to contact your MSPs

Everyone in Scotland has one constituency MSP and seven regional MSPs. Please contact as many as you have time to!

Click on the link below, and enter your postcode in the box at the top of the web page that appears. You will get a list of your MSPs.

Click on each MSP’s name, and then click on “Contact Details” part way down the page, under the photo. The resulting page will give you an email address and some phone numbers, and a form you can use to send a short email.

You can either email them, or phone their office and leave a message, asking them to vote for the hate crime bill on Wednesday. Give your address, because that shows that you are one of their constituents.

Here’s the link: