Episode 5: Live from the Phoenix Leicester

In this very special one-off live episode of Hidden Hate, recorded at the premiere of Revisiting the Harms of Hate at the Phoenix, Leicester, Neil and Amy are joined by the CEOs of Stop Hate UK, Rose Simkins, and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Alison Vincent. We seek to make sense of the alarming rise in hate crime over the past decade, and highlight some of the key challenges facing organisations who tackle hate in a climate of political toxicity and widespread indifference.

Our Special Guests

Rose Simkins joined Stop Hate UK in January 2006 as Chief Executive and has led the Charity through a significant period of growth and change, developing it from a racial harassment focused organisation, into one that now covers every aspect of Hate Crime, through its pioneering 24-hour reporting services. Her drive for eradicating social injustices has always been at the forefront of her work.

Alison Vincent has a background in the arts and education sectors and social justice. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up by Sylvia Lancaster in 2008 following the murder of her daughter Sophie who was targeted because of her identity as a goth. Alison became involved in the charity after hearing Simon Armitage’s Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster on the radio back in 2010. Her job as Chief Executive is to drive the development of the foundation and continue Sylvia’s legacy.

Useful Links and Resources

Stop Hate UK (website)

Sophie Lancaster Foundation (website)

Murdered for Being Different BBC Three drama about the murder of Sophie Lancaster (TV programme)

The Hate Crime Experiences of those from Alternative Subcultures (2023) (Report)

Episode Transcript

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