Since 2004, HOPE not Hate have been on the frontline against hate and extremism in all its forms. More recently, you may have heard about how one of HOPE not Hate’s undercover informants infiltrated extreme right-wing group National Action and foiled the planned terror plot to assassinate Labour MP Rosie Cooper. HOPE not Hate have also been commended for their work in producing an annual guide to understanding extremist groups. The 2019 launch event for their “State of Hate” report was attended by members of the Home Office, Police, GLA and the Commission for Counter Extremism who all hold this report in the highest regard as an essential resource for all those working to counter extremism.
Through their partnership with the Building A Stronger Britain Together network, Tower Hamlets are proud to welcome HOPE not Hate to deliver their “When Hate Comes to Town” workshop. This workshop combines community mapping tools with exercises on tactics and strategy to explore how we can respond positively to provocation in our communities from extremist groups. We will explore ways in which we can respond in a way that builds relationships across communities whilst isolating the extremist minority. Whilst it is widely acknowledged and celebrated that Tower Hamlets is a beacon of diversity, this has often attracted unwanted attention from far- right groups. Since 2015, we have been visited by extremist groups such as the EDL, Britain First and the FLA in attempts to provoke our communities and stoke tensions. Given the current political climate, we think it is essential that our Hate Crime Champions, the NPFH Forum and our wider partners are prepared to deal with the same challenges should they arise.