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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.

Kurt Barling: Veteran broadcaster speaks out

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One of Britain’s most senior broadcast journalists, Kurt Barling has spoken out in the weekend’s Sunday Times for the first time since the BBC dispensed with his services. He talks frankly about his distinguished career, and the very real challenges the BBC now face in matching their rhetoric of diversity whilst in reality Black senior staff remains at levels similar to 20 years ago.

Lutfur Rahman: Police find no evidence of criminality

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Mayor Lutfur Rahman is perhaps the most scrutinized politician in Britain today. He is the only directly elected Mayor to be investigated twice by BBC’s Panorama programme. He may be the only Mayor they have investigated in great detail, and of course there are a number of London-based blogs and bloggers who dedicated a substantial part of their time seeking to undermine, find dirt, and at times vilify Europe’s first directly elected BME Mayor.

My Voice, My Vote Launch

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Hear Me Now: BME men at higher risk of prostate cancer

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One year ago, a groundbreaking report was delivered in Parliament. It was called Hear Me Now: The uncomfortable reality of prostate cancer in Black African-Caribbean men. With the help of several community organisations, Rose Thompson, radiotherapy radiographer and founder of BME Cancer Communities, had compiled some shocking and revealing statistics in this report: Black men in England are more than twice as likely to develop prostate cancer than white men, and twice more likely to die from it.

Birmingham schools: Stop the Muslim witch hunt!

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The plot is straight out of a spy novel: ‘A letter is received which uncovers an Islamic plot to subvert the city’s schools, brainwash all the children and then take over the city.  The Government bring a former spy out of retirement to undercover the jihadist plot and save the day’.

How diverse is diversity?

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There was a funny article in The Independent yesterday about how with the demise of Maria Miller’s political career the Cabinet is now under-represented by “greedy shysters” and that the prime minister should create "all-greedy shyster" shortlists to redress this imbalance.

Family of Cherry Groce demand legal aid

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The Minister of Justice Chris Grayling is under considerable pressure from the family of Cherry Groce to afford the family legal aid so that they can finally get some justice for her being shot and paralysed by the police in 1985.

On change.org an unprecedented 133k signatories have signed a petition calling on Grayling to act.OBV supports this call.

Here is there letter below. We urge you to read and sign the petition so that it can quickly reach 150K

There is no shame in being Black

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Black is beautiful!

This is a powerful message to embrace the colour of your skin, the colour that you have been blessed with – white or black, light or dark. This seems a very obvious statement, but the seriousness of this issue, was made clear to me when I recently came across a news item on Channel 4 News.

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