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Here we go again....

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 28 August 2009, 17:43


Last week we ran a successful campaign to stop a right wing Islamophobic football hooligan march through the streets of Luton. Over 14,000 letters were sent to the Home Secretary and Chief Constable of Bedfordshire police within 24 hours.

It proved decisive and the march was subsequently banned.

Now we need your help once again. On Saturday 5 September the right wing football hooligan group, the English Defence League, plans to use the England v Slovenia match as an excuse to whip up hatred and trouble in central Birmingham. The last time they demonstrated there were 19 arrests as the city centre came to a standstill after running battles broke out. With the England game drawing thousands to city centre pubs the potential for further trouble is severe.

Unfortunately the local council seem unwilling to act. That’s why we have set up a tool so our supporters can contact the council directly and urge them to reconsider. So far we have only sent out 5,000 to people on our email list who live in and around Birmingham but within 24 hours over 800 emails have already been sent in to the council.

With your help we can push this to 1,000.

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/speakout/birmingham

We will be writing to every Birmingham councillor early next week to encourage them to take a stand against hatred. We want to do that with the backing of a huge number of local people. So please do sign up and send a message loud and clear to the council that the football hooligans are not welcome.

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/speakout/birmingham

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We won!

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 21 August 2009, 11:48


The Home Secretary has just announced that the anti-Islam march in Luton will not be taking place. In fact, as a precautionary measure, all marches have been banned in the town for the next three months.

This is a massive victory for everyone who joined our protest yesterday. Over 14,000 letters were sent urging a ban and our voices have been heard.

Thanks to everyone who sent off a letter. We have won and Luton is a safer place because of it. This is just further proof of what we can achieve when we get organised.

 Posted: 21 Aug 2009 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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The numbers just keep on rising

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 20 August 2009, 23:11


A staggering 12,636 letters have been sent to the Home Secretary and the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police calling for the English Defence League protest in Luton to be banned. If that’s not sending a resounding message to the authorities then I don’t know what does.

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First target reached

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 20 August 2009, 18:07


We have reached our target of 10,000 letters within seven hours of launching our campaign. We have now raised our target to 12,500. If we all protest then we can get the protest banned!

If you want to add your name to the campaign, please visit this page:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/speakout/luton

 Posted: 20 Aug 2009 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Stop the haters

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 20 August 2009, 14:20


A few hours ago we launched a campaign to stop the English Defence League and other assorted hooligans and fascists marching through Luton on 19 September. We believe that there is a serious risk of racist violence and disorder if the anti-Islam protest is allowed to happen.

Almost 8,000 people have sent off emails supporting the ban to the Home Secretary and the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police.

This is really tremendous and demonstrates the strength of feeling against those agitating hate. Our target is 10,000, which I hope we will reach before the end of the day.

I shall shortly be contacting the Home Office and Bedfordshire Police with a formal request that they ban the hooligans and fascists from Luton. I have prepared a briefing outlining our arguments, including detailed profile of the individuals and groups behind the anti-Islam campaign.

If you want to add your name to the campaign, please visit this page:

http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/speakout/luton

ps, as I have finished writing this blog we have passed through the 8,000 barrier. Thanks to everyone who has sent emails.

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Dont pay, dont talk

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 12 August 2009, 15:33


BNP deputy leader Simon Darby today boasts about not paying his BBC licence fee. In doing so he is the latest in a long line of BNP officials who appear to take glee from refusing to hand money over. Writing on his blog, Darby says: “they can chase me all they want and take me to court if they wish, but I am not paying for the BBC to pump waves of anti-British Islamo-Marxist poison into my house.”

Given the attitude of the BNP towards the BBC perhaps some of the Corporation’s journalists might like to find a bit of backbone/courage and be a bit more critical of the fascist party. While we would obviously rather the BBC stopped giving the BNP a platform at all, surely they should at least refrain from interviewing BNP party leaders who publicly refuse to pay the licence fee.

Then again, if the BBC continue to give the BNP a platform, often with little criticism, maybe it should be us who withold our money?

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Hearing delayed

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Wednesday, 12 August 2009, 11:20


Yesterday took me to two of the key battlegrounds in the 2010 campaign – Stoke-on-Trent, as previously reported, and then Barking & Dagenham. In the evening I attended a meeting of black African church and community leaders. We discussed the threat of the BNP and how they had the power, together with other groups in the borough, to stop the racists next May. It was an initial meeting but a number of things were agreed which will hopefully be put into action over the coming few weeks. Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas popped in to say hello before heading back to another community meeting he was attending.

Today was meant to see Richard Barnbrook’s Standard Board hearing into his false claims that the borough had experienced several knife murders. However, the event was called off for reasons I’m not sure I’m allowed to discuss here. This is the second time Barnbrook has cancelled the hearing, the first called off because the BNP member was suffering from a ‘stress’ related illness.

These are not good times for Barking & Dagenham BNP. Barnbrook has been largely anonymous in recent months (and he’s also been the subject of increasing internal BNP criticism). Group leader Bob Bailey is awaiting a day in court following his alleged drink driving offence (and driving without insurance etc) just before the European Elections. Now I have learnt that another local BNP councillor, Lawrence Rustem, has resigned from several council committees after seemingly falling out with his party leadership.

While I’m enjoying the obvious problems Barking & Dagenham BNP is currently experiencing, there is certainly no room for complacency. They pose a serious electoral threat in 10 of the borough’s 17 wards and there is a real danger that unless we get our act together then they could become the largest single party on the council or even take total control. This brings me back to last night. Mobilising the black African community is just one element of a multi-pronged strategy. Another, discussed in a separate meeting yesterday, is about really getting into the faces of BNP councillors and making sure local people know just how bad they really are.

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Back in the groove

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 11 August 2009, 15:41


I’m writing this on the train back from Stoke-on-Trent, where I met up with NorSCARF activists to discuss next year’s elections. It was my first opportunity to meet them since the European Elections so it also gave us a chance to reflect on what had been.

I have to say that it was a really productive meeting. There were several new people (to me at least) present and also representatives from other organisations. No-one was deluding themselves about the threat we face but I’m quietly confident that we run our best campaign to date. And there is a lot at stake. Next year, three of the nine BNP councillors are up for re-election, including group leader Alby Walker, so we can make a real dent in their chances in the all-out elections in 2011, if we can substantially weaken their grip parts on the city this time round.

No sooner as I had got back on the train then it was a quick catch up with the BSD guys and plans for a whole number of emails to go out later this week.

I must admit that the European Election and its immediate aftermath left me physically drained. I’ve had a rest and now I’m raring to go!

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A poor third in Tameside

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Monday, 3 August 2009, 23:28


Hot on the heals of our good campaign in Stockport I´m pleased to say that we prevented the BNP from making another breakthrough in Greater Manchester when they finished a poor third in a council by-election in Tameside last Thursday.

Despite polling strongly in the borough in the European Elections, the BNP gained on 13% of the vote in the Denton North East ward. The campaign saw another localised leaflet being handed out by HOPE not hate activists from across the area. What was most encouraging was that several new people, alarmed at Nick Griffin´s election to the European Parliament, got involved.
The ground has now been set for sustained HOPE not hate activity across the Greater Manchester area.

We will be holding the first of almost 20 Organiser Schools in Manchester on Saturday 5 September. Details will be released shortly. This will be aimed at Greater Manchester activists, with further training events being planned for Liverpool and Preston for early October.

 Posted: 3 Aug 2009 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments