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Poster generation fighting racism.

FAMILIES have launched a poster campaign to stamp out racism and xenophobia.

Two mums and their children have got many shops in Marsden, and West Yorkshire towns Bingley and Saltaire, to display posters coloured in by the kids, which include a message of support to those who have become victims of discriminatory attacks.

Mum Paula Gent, her children Saffy Gent, three, and Enzo, five, her friend Becs Leighton and son Alfie, seven, began the initiative following news of the 42% rise in reported incident of hate crime across Britain following the EU Referendum vote on 23 June.

The posters feature two clasped hands above a picture of the world.

A message below reads "you are not alone against racism and xenophobia. The greatest number of people in Britain welcome you".

Paula said: "Both Becs and I have both been really upset about the increase in racism and xenophobia which has emerged during the referendum campaign.

"We saw a poster on a Facebook group called #SafetyPin: show solidarity and welcome, which has ideas of how we can help fight against it.

"We printed posters off from this page and then Becs and I asked our children if they wanted to colour them in.

"They then went round most of the businesses in Marsden and asked if the staff would display them.

"They were all really keen to be involved and Enzo told them that "it's about being friends"."

More coloured-in posters were then handed out in Bingley by Becs and Alfie, who used to live in Marsden before moving to the area, and in Saltaire, where they got more families involved.

The Safety Pin Facebook group was created to encourage people to wear a plain safety pin to show support for and solidarity with those who feel less safe after the referendum.

"What our kids did was so sweet and we're really proud of them," said Paula.

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Title Annotation:News; Teasers
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2016
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