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2014: A review of the year

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 30 December 2014, 15:00

2014 has been another busy and eventful year for HOPE not hate, the highlight of which was Nick Griffin losing his seat in the European Parliament and the total collapse of the BNP.

What's better is that we made this happen. Our incessant campaigning over the last 10 years drove them our of council chambers and our communities. Our research exposed their extremism and eventually undermined them from within.

While we still face many problems ahead, it is also good to reflect on what has been. I've written a review of 2014 and put together some of our best photos. Please have a look:


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Seasons greetings

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 24 December 2014, 17:10

The HOPE not hate team would like to wish all its supporters a very merry Christmas.

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A tale of two streets

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 22 December 2014, 08:07

Foxglove Road and Attingham Road are only a stone’s throw apart in Dudley but they might as well be a world away from each other. The social and economic profile of the people of one street means they are likely to be very strongly attracted to UKIP. The residents of the other are overwhelmingly likely to be strongly opposed to UKIP.

Help us buy this type of data for the constituencies most under threat from UKIP.


Armed with this information we can deliver different material into the differentstreets. We can address the concerns of weak UKIP voters and explain why Farage does not have real answers to their problems, whilst at the same time use the threat of UKIP's anti-immigrant scaremongering to motivate the strong anti-UKIP voter to turn out and vote.

Last week we launched an appeal for £10,000 so we can buy in the data we need. We have raised £9,163, meaning we need to raise another £837 by Wednesday night to ensure we have the data for the beginning of the New Year.

Can you help us get the tools we need to counter the UKIP threat?


The mainstream political parties might be nervous about taking on UKIP but we aren't. And with your help we can buy in the data that will enable us to be smarter, targeted and more effectively.

Please help us raise the remaining £837 by Wednesday

 Posted: 22 Dec 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Hope Comes To Brent

posted by: Owen Jones | on: Friday, 19 December 2014, 16:35

I think it is safe to say that Brent has bundles of talent.

From the dances moves of the Brent Punjabi Association to the amazing voices of the NGIM Choir and not to forget the great choice in food donations!

The event that took place on December 13th was a grassroots community event which succeeded in beginning the process of celebrating, strengthening and embracing the diversity of Brent.

The event was organised in direct response to feelings aired at a HOPE not hate community meeting. People expressed the fact that Brent was multicultural but fragmented and a place where diverse groups did not see the benefits of integrating.

To this end it brought me great joy to see the event begin to cut across passive divisions. This was showcased in the acts of individuals walking across to introduce themselves to other organisation, exchanging details and spontaneously feeling compelled to share their story in light of others sharing theirs.

What was achieved in that Church Hall is a microcosm of what HOPE not hate aim to achieve within Brent at large. It was music to my ears to when Mrs Field asked what was next and I responded with…Mobilisation!

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Festive Fun in Thurrock

posted by: Owen Jones | on: Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 17:08

Saturday 13th December saw the Salvation Army in Grays host Thurrock TOGETHER’s festive event. The gathering attracted around 60 people from all over the area who came from a wide range of backgrounds. United together over food, fun and music, the event was a celebration of the wonderful things that this diverse local community has to offer.

The theme of the event was HOPE and the centrepiece was a HOPE wall decorated by local children’s groups throughout the week and at the event. They were able to put their stamp on what HOPE meant to them using their own creativity and plenty of glitter. It was wonderful to see a diverse range of people of different ages, religious and cultural backgrounds enjoying each other’s company. The highlight of the event was 14 year old Anna- Marie Childs and the Chaffords’ Voice Choir delighting us with a rendition of ‘Hallelujah’. It typified what the event was about: coming together at a special time and showcasing with pride everything that the community has to offer.

With everyone delighted to be sharing food, bringing along their family and asking more about what they could do to promote HOPE in the community, the event was a great success and proof of what a united community in Thurrock looks and sounds like.

For more information on how to get involved in Thurrock contact: Thurrock@hopenothate.org.uk

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Cardiff Students: “Don’t Let Them Drown”

posted by: Owen Jones | on: Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 16:27

The recent government agreement to no longer fund search and rescue operations on the Mediterranean is incoherent as immigration policy, morally bankrupt, and a clear capitulation to the anti-immigration politics of fear.

Drown an immigrant to save an immigrant goes the line. If more people die, less people will be willing to risk their lives.

On a cold and bright December morn, students at Cardiff University arrived on campus to raise awareness among their fellow students and make their voices heard – We must not let people drown.

HOPE not hate students from Cardiff and beyond marched a ceremonial dingy up to the steps of the Student Union, with fanfare and flowers laid in memory of those that had fallen in the past year. In a cool half hour students collected 150 signatures. By the end of the week, this petition had reached the local MPs office.

The week provided a glimpse at how fast things can go when a group of people from all faiths, backgrounds, cities, towns and nations are organized around a common issue.

In one week in December 2014, students came together to tell their politicians what they are against. The challenge for 2015 will be articulating together what we are for.

“Our first demonstration for the ‘Don’t Let Them Drown Campaign’ was really successful, very creative and a lot of fun. Seeing students from a number of different Colleges and Universities come together to tackle one issue was very inspiring.” – Tess, Cardiff University HOPE not hate Society President

 Posted: 17 Dec 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Joy to the world

posted by: Owen Jones | on: Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 11:50

Glittering frost carpeted Dudley for “Joy to the World”, the Castle and Priory Regeneration Board Christmas event supported by HOPE not hate. The event brought together three estates in the area- Priory and Wren’s Nest estates, which historically have had an estranged relationship, and residents from new development in North Priory, Friars Gate- to celebrate peace. The day was themed upon the Christmas Truce, to mark its centenary, and to represent the union and friendship between opposing sides in difficult times.

The day began at Community house on the new Friar’s Gate, where children wrote messages of hope and peace for the new year, which were hidden inside baubles, decorated with sparkles and festive stickers. Carols from around the world played and we reflected on the relevance of the Christmas truce for our friends, families and community. In the pinkish winter light, we walked together to St Francis’ Church and warmed up with turkey baps and mince pies!

Children were entertained with lantern making and Christmas crafts, whilst everyone enjoyed the food. We then entered the Church to hang our messages of peace and baubles on the tree, and to hear messages of love, joy and hope from other places around the world. Following a beautiful rendition of “Stille Nacht”, we lit our lanterns and Diya Diwali lamps and set off for carols in Priory park. Over 100 people braced the freezing temperatures to sing along to festive classics by candlelight.

The event was not only a lot of fun but showcased the changes in attitude in what has been known as a difficult area where HOPE not hate has been in the community for several years, towards peace and hope. We will continue to work closely with residents in Castle and Priory and to continue spreading messages of HOPE, starting with a community newsletter in the new year.

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Smarter, targeted and more effective

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 12 December 2014, 12:05

Information is power. We knew it when we were fighting the BNP - when knowing what they were planning and having background information on their candidates gave us a huge advantage in planning our own campaign. And it is the same with UKIP.

We have now been offered an amazing opportunity which will greatly assist us in ensuring that the politics of HOPE defeat UKIP's fearmongering next May.

For just £10,000 we can purchase data that will enable us to target our campaign much more effectively than has been possible in the past.

Help us get this data

This data will enable us to deliver different materials to different audiences. What goes into a weak UKIP supporting household obviously needs to be different from that which goes to a strong anti-UKIP household. This data will help us identify the likely attitudes of people within our target constituencies so we can deliver the most appropriate message.

Help us put the right leaflet through the right door


This is our last appeal of the year, but it is also probably our most important. We need to raise this money by the end of the year so we can start 2015 with the tools we need.

Please help us raise the £10,000 we need to be smarter, more targeted and even more effective.

 Posted: 12 Dec 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Human Rights Day

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 08:58

It is 64 years since the UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day.

This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day.

Everything we do at HOPE not hate, every ounce of support we seek, is cemented by our faith in the universality of human rights.

That means equal rights for all, whenever and wherever they may be.

Young, old; male, female; disabled or able-bodied; gay, straight or transgender; rich or poor; people of faith and atheists.


Please follow the day on social media, using the hashtag: #rights365

Website: www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday

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Jess Smith talk - life as a Scottish traveller

posted by: Glasgow HOPE not hate | on: Monday, 8 December 2014, 12:25

HOPE not hate anti-racism campaign invites you to hear best selling author Jess Smith talk about her life, memories & discrimination she has faced as a Scottish traveller.

Followed by a question & answer session.

JESS SMITH (www.jesssmith.co.uk)


348 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AP (5 minutes from Hillhead Underground Station)


Part of the Scottish Trades Union Congress Our Future Free From Racism programme 2014

For more information please contact greater Glasgow HOPE not hate at: www.glasgowhopenothate.org or see stuc website at: www.stuc.org.uk

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Stooping to a new low

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 5 December 2014, 09:50

I know the mainstream parties are worried about the threat of UKIP in Thurrock but there can be no excuse for the racist leaflet distributed by the Conservative Party in yesterday's Avery by-election. Amdist images of Islamist extremists, the leaflet calls the UKIP candidate, Tim Aker by his birth name - Timur Aker, in an obvious attempt to tell voters that he is a foreigner.

Sadly, this leaflet has been defended by local Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price and while it has been disowned by senior figures in the party follows a pattern of the Conservatives playing fast and loose with race.

There can be no place for racism in politics, especially from a local Conservative party which at the same time complains about UKIP's racism. An apology should be issued and a committment that this sort of nasty tactic will not be used again.

 Posted: 5 Dec 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments