Campaign launch for HOPE not hate

A meeting was held in Corby as part of the national HOPE not hate campaign which aims to celebrate the diversity of communities.

Launched in 2004 and supported by trade unions and community groups across the country, it opposes racism.

A meeting to plan campaign activities in the town was held on Friday at Corby Business Academy.

Midlands organiser of HOPE not hate Owen Jones said: “The aim is to provide an alternative voice to push back against certain political groups and mainstream media who are constantly bombarding us with 
anti-immigration rhetoric which exaggerates the issues and is creating a fear of Eastern European migrants.

“We worry that this narrative will divide communities and prevent the people of Corby living happily side by side. We want to promote the positives that migration has had on the town and show how we can all get along as one community.”

Mr Jones said the Corby HOPE group was formed in response to residents’ concerns over anti-immigration political campaigning during recent elections.