When Hate Comes to TownImagine a scenario where someone is stirring up hate in your community. Maybe its just one person, maybe its an organised group. Maybe you don’t have to imagine, because it’s happening in your community right now, and it’s really vile.You want to respond, you want to make things better, and stand up to hate. But you’re not sure how to get started, who to contact first, what will make things better, and how to make sure you don’t make things worse.Well, the good news is you are now in the right place. Welcome to the HOPE not Hate Charitable Trust hub, When Hate Comes to Town. By the time this is all up and running, you’ll be able to find masses of content to help you out. Whether you want to come up with a project plan, find out how to get the local media involved, want to find out about a particular group that have come to your community, or want support in reporting a hate crime, we are here to help.Take a good look around the site, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you want help with anything, or to talk through the particular situation you are facing. Good luck, and we hope you find this site helpful,The HNHCT team Home How to guides 14-steps to challenge hate Case Studies Staying Safe Our Events Shrewsbury Mosque Application In the spring of 2013, the Shropshire Bangladesh Welfare Society fulfilled a long held dream to buy a building in Shrewsbury, to set up a mosque and community centre. However, very soon, their planning application became fiercely contested by the EDL and the BNP, who both launched social media campaigns against it. Some of the postings were so extreme and threatening that three people have been arrested. The small Muslim community were intimidated, and unsure of how to proceed. It just so happened that HOPE not hate were holding open meetings around the country at that time to gauge what issues were effecting communities, and for the first time, we held an event in Shrewsbury. Many of those attending wanted to discussed the controversy. A number of ideas came out of the meeting to dispel myths and show solidarity with the local Muslim community. A new HOPE not hate groups was formed, and they decided to put together an open letter in support of the Muslim community's right to worship. Over 680 people, all but 50 from Shrewsbury, co-signed the letter in just five days, and it was handed in to the leader of Shropshire Council. People protesting against Mosque being built in Shrewsbury The Bangladeshi Welfare Society, which had bought the dis-used building, were overwhelmed and heartened by the support of those who signed the letter. Up until then, the local Muslim community had to use a room in a local church for prayers.The letter itself received substantial coverage in the Shropshire Star and on Radio Shropshire. It also brought together dozens of local people who as a result of their success agreed to continue positive anti-racist campaigning in the town. Here's an email we received into our office after this campaign: "It is so good to feel that we could reply to the EDL in such a positive manner. I felt so angry in reading the comments against the Prayer Centre but I felt so much better when I knew that hundreds of other people felt like me and were prepared to stand up and be counted. I love hope not hate." - Angela It is easy to become bogged down in protesting 'against' something or being simply being 'anti', but emails like these - when you can see that we've made a positive difference to communities under attack - make our job all worthwhile.