Last night I went to a Meet and Greet in Hackney. It was an event jointly organised by HOPE not hate and Hackney Unites Against the BNP and was an opportunity for our supporters to meet in a social setting and learn how they can get involved in the campaign. Thirty people attended, which is brilliant given that there is no BNP threat in the borough.
With the election only 49 days away we agreed to do some telephone canvassing and build for our 17 April mobilisation in Barking and Dagenham. Such was the take up for our April Day of Action that we are going to put on a coach just from Hackney.
This was just one of 15 meet and greets we are holding around the country. Over 50 people attended the event in Dagenham the previous evening, all from the local area. On the same night 15 people turned up in Thurrock, again all local, which was fantastic as we have struggled to build a local campaign there in the past.
Other events have taken place in Southwark, Solihull, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent. Tonight it is the turn of Camden.
More and more people are beginning to get involved in the campaign and this is reflected in the 43 activities we have planned across the country over the weekend of 27 and 28 March, and the hundreds who have already signed up to hand out leaflets.
By Nick Lowles
HOPE not hate, Norfolk, is planning to participate in the National Day of Action. If you would like more information, or if you would like to volunteer to help in our campaign to keep the BNP out of Norfolk, please do email Barbara at HnhNorfolk@gmail.com with your contact details.