We were founded in 2004, in order to offer an antidote the politics of hate espoused by The British National Party (BNP). They were winning substantial votes and local councillors in our northern towns and traditional anti-racism and anti-fascism was failing.
HOPE not hate was established to offer a more positive and engaged way of doing anti-fascism. We prioritised working in communities to town centre demonstrations; we engaged and spoke to local people rather than to ourselves; and we realised that the BNP was tapping into a wider mood of alienation and hardship and it was important to address issues of concern to voters.
Since 2010, HOPE not hate has focused more on community politics. We have built peaceful and positive resistance to attempts by the English Defence League to divide communities, offered support to and run joint initiatives with Muslim organisations and have begun campaigning against Islamist extremism.
We were founded in 2004, in order to…