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Ed Miliband makes race equality pledge

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Politicians often make promises they can’t keep,"

said Ed Miliband to an audience of 200 people at the Croydon BME Forum and OBV event yesterday.

But this is a promise you can count on, and you are my witnesses: if Labour win the coming election, in every Government Department there will be a comprehensive Race Equality Strategy to tackle those persistent inequalities that many Black people face.”

The Million Man March – October 1995

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19 years ago this week, African-Americans in the United States gathered en masse for a march on Washington DC. Minister Louis Farrakhan led thousands of Black men as they gathered to declare their rights to equal justice.

Ex Radio 1 DJ withdraws Ukip calypso song

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Up unill today, Ex-radio DJ Mike Reid and Ukip leader Nigel Farage saw no obvious offence in making an anti-immigration song, in a faux calypso accent.

Aimed at stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment, Reid’s song includes lyrics about “Open borders”, and “illegal immigrants in every town”.

But yesterday Mike Reid did an about-face and has apologised for causing offence and asked his record company to withdraw the song.

Blue plaque homage to Walter Tull

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Yesterday, Walter Tull was honoured with a Nubian Jak Blue plaque in Tottenham, where he lived and made his name as a football star. Tull was the first black outfielder to play in the English premier league, making his football debut just around the corner from where the plaque was unveiled in 1909. Years later he would join the army to fight in WWI, becoming the first black British army officer. Unfortunately he ultimately lost his life on the battlefield in 1918.

Festival of Lights

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The festival of lights has arrived, a celebration that creates joy and festivity throughout communities. The festival celebrates the victory of good vs. evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The celebration marks a new begging, and represents all the good virtues we seek such as forgiveness, love and knowledge. The festival is celebrated by the Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities.

Labour’s challenge up North

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“LABOUR is finished!” That was the first response I heard from one of its activists in Yorkshire as the implications of the party’s near defeat in the Heywood and Middleton by-election, a safe North West constituency, sunk in. Suddenly Nigel Farage’s threat about his “people’s army” unleashing its revenge against a Westminster elite does not seem like a vainglorious boast after all.

Walter Tull to get Nubian Jak Blue plaque

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Totthenham Hostspur legend Garth Crooks is to unveil the Nubian Jak Blue Plaque in honour of his hero Walter Tull.

When Walter Tull stepped onto the hallowed pitch at White Hart Lane on 1st September 1909, he became the first professional outfield Black player to play in England’s premier football division.

Within eight years of making his debut for Tottenham Hotspur, he would become the first Black British army officer in the war to end all wars.

Sadly, a year later he would make the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Bolivia: More Morales for Four Years

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The Bolivian General Elections took place this past Sunday, with president Evo Morales highly favoured to win a third consecutive term. The results will not officially be announced until 22 October, but exit polls show President Morales leading at around 60%, with his closest rival lagging far behind at 25%. Leaders of other South American Countries have already called to congratulate him on the ‘win.’

Happy Birthday Rev Jesse Jackson

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Civil Rights Icon Rev Jesse does not believe in slowing down even on his 73rd birthday.

To mark the occasion, Rev Jackson met with students, health administrators, young voters, and broadcasters last week to draw awareness to current issues facing minority communities in the United States. He spoke about minority involvement in STEM careers, the recent militarization of police departments, voting challenges and the need for a Right to Vote amendment, and the US response to the Ebola crisis.

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