Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad


People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

James Cleverly selected for safe Tory seat


James Spencer Cleverly has always been a good catch for the Conservative party: educated, army background, career driven and now their parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Braintree.

Born in Lewisham Hospital, to a British father and a mother from Sierra Leone, Cleverly grew up with two working parents. His mother a midwife and his father a ‘successful local business(man)’.

Educated at both Riverston School and Colfe’s School, Cleverly embarked on following his family’s tradition of joining the army.

Fuse ODG and OBV youth empowerment concert


International superstar Fuse ODG with his friends will put on a concert to inspire young people and the BME community to register to vote and vote in the forth coming elections.

Purely on a non-partisan level, this free concert MC’d by the TV star June Sarpong .

The event will occur on Friday 13th March, 6-9pm, at Tooting & Mitcham Football Club, The Hub, Imperial Fields, Bishopford Road, SM4 6BF

70% rise in football racial abuse reports


According to the Football Association’s head of judicial services, Mark Ives, the FA has seen an increase of 70% in their total reported racial abuse and discrimination claims this season in grassroots amateur football. Ives expects that by May, a total of 800 incidents will have been reported.

Voter registration: A declaration that you will be heard


On the day we launched our national voter registration campaign it rained, and continued to rain for the next four hours. But it wasn’t nearly enough to dampen the spirits of the hundred or so individuals who turned up to support OBV's launch.

Giant golf umbrellas were handed so that those who attended could make their public declaration without getting drenched, that our communities demand to be listened to.

OBV General Election: Tomorrow let’s make a statement of intent


Launch of OBV eXpress: Windrush Square, Brixton, Lambeth SW2 1JF at 12 noon.

Tomorrow we begin to make history. It will be the start of our nationwide tour to target a more than a million people to engage in the 2015 elections and demand greater social and racial justice.

Kate Osamor wins selection battle in Edmonton


Earlier this week, it was announced that well-known union activist, Kate Osamor, won the Edmonton Labour candidacy. The other two candidates—Kate Anolue and Ayfer Orhan, of Nigerian and Turkish descent respectively made up an All- BME short list.

Reclaiming Democracy: The Magna Carta and M L K


2015 is the year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta that sought to limit the overwhelming abuse of power by kings and princes. It was an effort the check the executive abuse of power by the privileged.

This year we also saw the release, some 50 years later, of the epic movie, Selma charting the events that lead to the ending of American Jim Crow. The fact that this film has not received an Oscar is a scandal and an issue I'll be returning too elsewhere.

British Chinese Project and OBV: A voice for UK’s Chinese


Yesterday during the Chinese New Year celebrations in London’s China Town, Operation Black Vote collaborated with the British Chinese Project to raise awareness about voter registration and empower the UK’s Chinese communities to have a strong voice in May’s 2015 Election.

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