A look back over the year
posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Saturday, 31 December 2016, 10:02
In a year dominated by the Brexit vote, the murder of Jo Cox and the election of Donald Trump, HOPE not hate has been busier than ever. To celebrate our work, we have put together a few of our highlights from 2016.
As the year draws to a close, we would like to thank you all for your continuing support and look forward to working together to meet the challenges of 2017.
Happy New Year
Nick and the HOPE not hate team
Our now annual State of Hate report gave the most detailed and accurate assessment of organised hate in the UK and was widely covered in the media. For the first time our report also covered Islamist extremism.
Our research led to many violent neo-nazis getting imprisoned after Nazis ran riot in Dover.
Five years after the first Fear & HOPE report, we commissioned a new study exploring the views and anxieties of the English. Read more.
HOPE not hate brought together hundreds of people for a community event in Birmingham in response to the launch of the new anti-Muslim group Pegida.
Our instant research on the Pegida demo helped destroy the movement before it began. Watch the video.
HOPE not hate joined forces with ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s to run a voter registration campaign amongst young people in London.
Over 300,000 anti-UKIP leaflets and postcards were distributed in Wales ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections. While UKIP still won seats on the Assembly, it was not as many as polls predicted.
To mark the 80th anniversary of the International Brigades who fought in the Spanish Civil War, HOPE not hate collaborated on a celebratory beer. Read more.
Ahead of the EU referendum, HOPE not hate joined forces with Bite the Ballot to run a huge voter registration campaign which saw hundreds of thousands of people registering to vote. Find out more here.
JULY & AUGUST
In response to the murder of Jo Cox, HOPE not hate organises 120 #MoreInCommon meetings across the UK. Thousands of people volunteer to get involved and dozens of new groups are set up. Read more.
Five thousand people attended a Unity Rocks gig at Brixton Academy. Headlined by the Libertines, proceeds from the gig are going to a new anti-racist Educational Project we are launching in 2017.
Over 100 people attended our four-day 2016 HOPE Camp to learn anti-racist and community organising skills.
Welsh football manager Chris Coleman joins hundreds of local people at a friendly football game between local Polish and Portuguese migrants and Merthyr league team Quar Park Rangers organised by the local HOPE not hate group in memory of Jo Cox. Watch the video here.
To mark the 80th anniversary of the battle of Cable Street HOPE not hate produced a special website. See it here.
HOPE not hate produced the most indepth and detailed report into Anjem Choudary’s links to the Islamic State. Read more here.
HOPE not hate’s research led to the cancellation of what was due to be Scotland’s largest ever nazi gig.
To coincide with US elections, HOPE not hate produced a special 56-page magazine, which included an undercover operation inside the most extreme KKK group. See it here.
HOPE not hate brought hundreds of people together at a community event in Watford as part of our on-going campaign to bring different communities together around what they have in common. read more here.
HOPE not hate takes a stand against Farage’s lies and is backed by thousands of its supporters. read more here.
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