Hope not Hate
HOPE not hate
|Type||Civil Rights campaign
|Key people||Nick Lowles, chief executive|
|Product(s)||campaigning, lobbying, media, research|
HOPE not hate is an anti-hate, anti-racist and anti-extremist civil rights campaign based in the United Kingdom. It was created in 2004 by Nick Lowles, a former editor of anti-fascist magazine Searchlight (from which it split in late 2011). It is backed by various politicians and celebrities, with additional backing from several trade unions  and The Daily Mirror newspaper.
Founded in 2004 by Nick Lowles, former editor of anti-fascist Searchlight magazine, HOPE not hate functioned as part of the latter organisation until 2011, when the two parties split. As a standalone organisation, HOPE not hate took with it two of the three units of Searchlight: Searchlight Educational Trust (SET), a charity; and Searchlight Information Services (SIS), its research and investigative function.
Initially established to counter the electoral rise of the far-right British National Party (BNP) the HOPE not hate campaign "mobilises communities by providing an alternative to the politics of hate". It encourages voters to support alternatives to far-right extremist movements; it also publishes allegations of violent activities by anti-Muslim organisations such as the English Defence League and more recently has also focused on Islamist extremists and issues of communal division, such as grooming. It presented a 90,000 person petition to the European Parliament protesting against the election of Nick Griffin as an MEP. The group regularly holds nationwide bus tours during elections, sponsored by the Daily Mirror newspaper.
Changing focus 
The organisation has increasingly focused upon community-based campaigning, particularly building what it calls "community resilience" and focusing more on women voters. It has launched initiatives in support of British foods, Hate Crime Awareness Week, and reported extensively on the activities of the anti-Muslim counterjihad movement of Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, and bloggers such as "Fjordman". It linked hundreds of EDL supporters in this network with the Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik. In 2012 the group published original research looking at the attitudes of voters towards far-right political parties in the UK, which concluded that nearly half of those polled by a Populus Ltd survey supported the creation of an English nationalist, anti-Muslim political party. Nick Lowles recently claimed that politicians, including the Labour Party, need to address the way they talk about immigration and move away from encouraging "hate speech". Liz Fekete, of the Institute for Race Relations (IRR), has said that Lowles has not taken a hard enough line against racial narratives on the grooming issue.
The campaign publishes an eponymous bi-monthly magazine; in 2011 it commissioned an opinion poll on electoral attitudes towards English identity, faith and race, published as the Fear and HOPE survey. In 2012 it issued a report on the counterjihad movement, the Counter-Jihad Report; and in the same year produced a 75th anniversary guide to the Battle of Cable Street. In 2011 Matthew Collins, a former National Front and British National Party member and part of the group's investigative team, published Hate: My Life in the British Far Right (ISBN 978-1849543279), detailing his time inside the Far Right.
The group works closely with several organizations, including the Extremis Project, the Islamic Society of Britain, Faith Matters (which runs the TELL MAMA anti-Muslim violence helpline), the Community Security Trust, Stonewall, Galop, the Holocaust Educational Trust, the Christian Muslim Forum, No To Hate Crime, the Jewish Gay & Lesbian Group, Mencap, British Muslims for Secular Democracy, Scope, the Coexistence Trust, Student Action for Refugees, the Survivors Fund, Show Racism the Red Card, as well as many police forces and overseas (non-UK) partners, such as The Southern Poverty Law Center in the USA and Expo in Sweden.
Notable supporters 
Prominent supporters of HOPE not hate include Sir Alan Sugar, the boxer Amir Khan, Beverly Knight, actress and screenwriter Meera Syal, TV presenter Fiona Phillips, chef Simon Rimmer, songwriter Billy Bragg, Levi Roots, Speech Debelle, presenter Dermot O'Leary, Baroness Glenys Kinnock and comedian Eddie Izzard.
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- Elgot, Jessica. "Labour Must Stand Up Against Immigration Hate Speech, Says Hope Not Hate's Nick Lowles". Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- Fekete, Liz. "Grooming: An Open Letter to Nick Lowles". Institute of Race Relations. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- Lowles, Nick (26 February 2011). "What Britons really think about immigration". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
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- "Eddie Izzard joins Hope Not Hate anti-racism party". mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
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