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Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad

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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.

Are you Lewisham's future leaders?

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Civic Leadership Programme

The Civic Leadership Programme is designed to help more people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds get active in civic and political life.

The Civic Leadership Programme is a partnership between Lewisham Council and Operation Black Vote.

The programme

The programme looks at six different areas of public life:

education – school governors

health – health board of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

What’s Behind the Confederate Flag?

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Today, Katie, the second of our two new US interns (in their first week with OBV) tells the story of the controversial, and at times divisive flag from U.S history.

Not my state, not my issue - or is it?

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One of our new US interns Alexandra Fox (Alex) started today, and has hit the ground running by writing this short opinion piece about her changing feeling about US politics as a UK visiting student. 

As a native of California who goes to school in New England, I often feel disassociated from the news that preoccupies the South.  I don’t share the culture that waves the Confederate Flag.  I hardly know anyone who owns a gun.  But that also doesn’t mean racism only exists in The South.  

Lib Dem leaders debate race inequality

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The Liberal Democrats have invited Simon Woolley, Co-Founder and Director of Operation Black Vote, to chair a Leadership Hustings on tackling race inequality. The event has been organised by  the Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats-EMLD.

Both leadership candidates, Norman Lamb and Tim Farron, will be present at the event, tomorrow Tuesday 30 June at Draper Hall, Newington Butts, London, SE1 6SF.  Nearest tube station and bus stops, Elephant and Castle.

Black British Business Awards 2015

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Building successful black businesses has an important role in supporting the nation’s economy so we are delighted to highlight the forthcoming Black British Business Awards, an event that recognises, rewards and celebrates exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black people in businesses.

Highlighting the dynamism, excellence, creativity and resilience of British black businesses, the BBB Awards state they are ‘designed to transcend stereotypes and highlight the often unsung contributions of black people to the British economy.’

Merlene Carrington: OBV’s unsung heroine

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Almost ten year ago to the day, Merlene Carrington was sworn in as one of Her Majesty’s ‘Justice of the Peace’. Otherwise known as a magistrate.

But that doesn’t tell half the story of this incredible woman. A year earlier she had taken part in one of OBV’s magistrate shadowing schemes, a project to change the face, culture and the perception of our local courts.

A warm welcome from National Express?

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Here we reprint an posting on Facebook by a group of young Musilm women from Leeds. Yusra Ahmed and friends claim they were denied entry onto a National Express Coach for reasons that sound like pure bigotry. Islamaphobia is on the rise across the UK as OBV and many others, have said repeatedly, this example provides a small insight into the prejudice some Muslim women face. Here is their account, published on June 17th which we reprint below in full.

 

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