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Hopemas 2010

In May 2010, British National Party leader Nick Griffin was heavily defeated in his attempt to become the first British National Party MP. In order to celebrate this and honour BNP opposition—specifically the group ‘Hope for Hate’—an event called ‘Hopemas’ will be held on Friday, 17 December 2010.

The British National Party is classified as a far-right political party that seeks to restore the white ethnicity of Britain that existed before 1948 through legal means. On the BNP website, Nick Griffin writes that, “Native British are now treated like second-class citizens in our own country, whilst asylum-seekers and immigrants are pushed to the front of the queue for housing, jobs and benefits.” He also says, “Despite the illegal war in Afghanistan, Muslim extremism is flourishing on the streets of Britain,” amongst many other outlandish and controversial remarks.

Hope not Hate believes the BNP are so offensive that they compare its members to Nazis, claiming there is even evidence of Nick Griffin giving the Nazi salute. The mission of Hope for Hate is to mobilize everyone in opposition to the BNP party in localized campaigning, building relationships, and empowering those who dislike racism. They saw success when Nick Griffen was massively beaten in the parliamentary election by Margaret Hodge.

To celebrate this success, the PCS supported event ‘Hopemas’ will be held, bringing a collection of performance artists—from poets to comedians—to the stage. This seasonal event will feature poet Lemn Sissay, known for his engaging performances, along with award-winning Andi Osho, who will be performing a special version of her hit Edinburgh show ‘Afroblighty,’ a stand-up comedy hit.

Also performing this night is poet and trade union activist Zita Holbourne. An award-winning and published poet, and her poetry contains strong anti-racist and anti-facist messages.

Holbourne is also a member of  PCS, NEC, the TUC Race Relations Committee and is co- founder and co-chair of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC). Melstars sound system will be playing tunes for the night, inviting the crowd to the dance floor.

Other guests include Nick Lowles, editor of Searchlight magazine, Zaiba Malik, author of ‘We are a Muslim, please,’ Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty and many more. For a night of comedy, spoken word, dance and the celebration of the BNPs signs of failure, come out for ‘Hopemas’ on 17 December 2010 at the New Red Lion, London.

The show starts at 7 PM. To book tickets and find out more information visit

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