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Michelle Alexander: Race central to drugs policy reform

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I’ve just returned from an international conference on drugs policy reform in Atlanta, Georgia USA. The keynote speaker addressing the 1500 strong attendees was Michelle Alexander, author of the best-selling book, The New Jim Crow. In it she outlines how the US systematically targets and incarcerates Black America through the prism of ‘drugs policy’.

Four years to appoint ethnic minority directors in FTSE 100 companies

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With more revelations being revealed over the lack of diversity in the positions of UK society, Britain's biggest companies have been given a four-year deadline to appoint one board member from an ethnic minority background. Only 85 of the 1,050 director positions in the FTSE 100 companies were held by people from ethnic minorities.

Olaudah Equiano birthday celebrated for BHM

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As the UK celebrates Black History month in October, Google Doodle decided to celebrate what would have been the 272nd birthday of Olaudah Equiano (1746-1767), the African writer whose memoir gave the world for the first time a perspective on the slave trade from a slave’s perspective.

OBV's role in the Race Equality Audit

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Operation Black Vote director Simon Woolley writes in The Times newspaper:

The findings from the race disparity unit present us with a real opportunity to dramatically confront and deal with persistent race inequality in the UK.

Thurgood Marshall subject of new film

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With Black History Month beginning here in the UK, a new film chronicling the early career of one of the most important African-Americans in US history, Marshall, offers viewers to witness the rise of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall.

Now we must act to unleash a deluge of untapped talent

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Operation Black Vote director Simon Woolley writes in The Times newspaper:

The findings from the race disparity unit present us with a real opportunity to dramatically confront and deal with persistent race inequality in the UK.

Race audit could result in new laws

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OBV were featured in an article in The Times newspaper today. We reproduce this below:

Theresa May brushed aside criticism of her decision to publish data on racial divides in Britain yesterday and said she would consider legislation to stamp out discrimination by employers.

The prime minister said that the findings of the first race disparity audit were not “entirely bleak” and that there had been improvements in some areas.

Jon Daniel RIP

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Design genius and activist Jon Daniel dies

There is an exhibition at Tate Modern that chronicles African American Civil Rights art. Paintings, posters, graffiti and slogans, all capturing the essence of Black struggle in the late 1960’s.

Muslim photoshopped to spread fear

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Culture wars are a pyrrhic endeavour: they leave a sea of causalities and even the winners stand shallow having defind themselves as what they are not rather than who they are or might be. The clash of culture, race, and religion is a concerted effort that mobilizes entire segments of the population that would otherwise simply not care.

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