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Call on the new mayor to fix London’s Democracy

posted by: Elisabeth Pop | on: Friday, 29 April 2016, 08:51

The Capital is facing a democratic crisis – one in five Londoners is not registered to vote and the city has lost almost 330,000 voters since the General Election!

Over the past four weeks we’ve run 35 events across 13 London boroughs and registered more than 5,000 people with our partners, Ben & Jerry’s.

With one week to go until the elections on 5 May, you can help us fix the voter gap by contacting the main candidates and urging them to commit to our three point pledge:

1. Pressure the Cabinet Office to release more funding for electoral services in London.

2. Call for the creation of an independent London wide forum on democratic engagement.

3. Publicly support a website so people can check their voter registration status.

Contact Sadiq Khan (Labour Party) and Zac Goldsmith (Conservative Party) and let them know that you want a democracy where all voices are heard!

We’ve sent open letters to all Mayoral candidates, including Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan, to highlight the scale of the democratic crisis facing the capital. Together we can make London a better place for everyone.

Join the thousands of others calling for action!

 Posted: 29 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Final Call – Don’t get #FrozenOut, #RegisterToVote Now!

posted by: Elisabeth Pop | on: Friday, 15 April 2016, 11:46

With the help of ice cream gurus Ben & Jerry’s, we’ve registered over 5,000 people and had over 15,000 conversations with people who now won’t get #FrozenOut of the 5 May election.

We’ve run events at 10 universities, 25 colleges, and across communities – in fact, we’ve engaged Londoners in 13 different boroughs and, of course, across social media. We’ve also distributed dozens of Democracy Packs via our volunteer network.

But our work is not yet done!

Click here to Register now

When we started this campaign, 1 in 5 Londoners did not have a vote. The voiceless were most likely to be the young, renters, ethnic minorities and the poor.

We have made a difference, but now you have the power to shape the London you want to live in. With just 72 hours to go, please get involved in our final push.

The voter registration deadline is this Monday –18 April – so we need you to join our social media push and ensure your family, friends and community have a say on 5 May.

Running 35 events was not easy, but it was necessary – now you can help us cross the finishing line.

Share this and let’s make sure our voices get heard on 5 May!

Click here to Register now

 Posted: 15 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Rebuilding Rotherham

posted by: Nick Stevens | on: Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 11:59

Rotherham is a town that has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent times.

It is against this backdrop, as well as the growing insecurity around jobs and increased government cuts, that HOPE not hate has been working alongside local partners to establish a strategy for how we can build a united, positive and inclusive community in the town.

As a first step along what may well be a long, and at times challenging path, HOPE not hate brought people from across Rotherham last Saturday for a public discussion about change: specifically what change looks like, and how we might be able to work together to bring it about.

Rotherham United Football Club’s ground, New York Stadium, was the setting for Saturday’s event. As sunlight began to stream into the box overlooking the pitch, we initially heard from Mariam Shah and Mike Fitter, both skilled in the art of conflict negotiation and resolution through their work with the ‘Who Is Your Neighbour?’ project.

Following this, attendees were asked to consider three things that they primarily wanted to see changed in Rotherham. Three clear themes emerged from the discussion:

• a desire for an increase in positive coverage of Rotherham

• a need to engage with and empower the town’s young people

• and the need for a large-scale event to bring people together in celebration.

Following this, the group discussed the resources that might available to bring about this positive movement in Rotherham.

With plans for Rotherham Carnival this summer already in full swing, we are already looking at other ways in which we can champion the great work being done here, and to begin shifting the narrative.

However, whilst we will continue to champion positive themes, we will not lose sight of the scandal of child sexual exploitation in the town, or the serious incidents (including a murder) of racist violence. It is in this context that we will continue to bring communities together and challenge those who believe that either child sexual exploitation or racist violence has any place in Rotherham.

 Posted: 13 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Making Wales a welcoming and prosperous nation

posted by: HOPE not hate Wales | on: Wednesday, 13 April 2016, 10:24

This Thursday HOPE not hate will be coming together with Together Creating Communities (TCC), Welsh Refugee Council and Oxfam Cymru to host a national hustings ahead of the elections for the National Assembly for Wales.

This is a chance for communities from across Wales to hear how the main political parties are planning to make Wales a welcoming and prosperous nation.

The meeting will be tightly and fairly chaired, with questions being passed to the panel on issues such as migration, economic growth, health, education and equality. It will be taking place in Wrexham, where volunteers have been hard at work getting over 10,000 community newsletters through doors, urging people to get registered to vote and have their voice heard in the Welsh Assembly Elections on May 5th.

Volunteers getting out their community newsletter in Wrexham

Volunteers getting out their community newsletter in Wrexham

The hustings will take place on Thursday 14th April from 19:30 to 21:15 (BST) at The Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, LL11 2AW.

If you would like to join us, please register by clicking here

For more information please visit or call 01978 262588.

@HNHWales @OxfamCymru @TCCWales @welshrefcouncil

 Posted: 13 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Thanks for sharing your incredible stories of wonderful women

posted by: Jemma Levene | on: Thursday, 7 April 2016, 15:30

Today is the final day when we feature our International Women’s Day Community Champions. I can honestly say we’ve had nothing but positive feedback for this project, and it has been as delight from start to finish.

If you’ve not been following our shortlisted nominees, take the time to read their stories which are all listed here. They really are a brilliantly diverse cross section of today’s Britain, but they all share one thing in common, which is their passion for making their local community a better place, and our whole team salutes them for everything they have achieved and will continue to achieve.

Someone wrote to me during the project, with the following comment “The whole series has been inspirational because the striking thing about all your featured women is that they are just like us – ordinary women who have proved how special they are”. So true! You are an inspiration to all of us!

 Posted: 7 Apr 2016 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments