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Forty percent of Londoner’s are Black, Asian or part of the real global ethnic majority - people of colour. In a city that thrives on its diversity in terms of its people, economy and culture, it's absolutely vital that the rapid transformation we see on our streets is more rapidly translated into fairer representation in civil society, public administration and local government.

The oldest Koran text found in UK?


Bernie Sanders: “USA dismantle structural racism”


As leader of this country will you advance an agenda that will dismantle structural racism in this country?”

This was the question posed to former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, two democratic candidates for the 2016 US presidential election, this past weekend at Netroots Nation, the country’s largest convention for progressive activists.

Few places left for BME Mayoral debate 25th July


One of the most important political events in Labour London’s political calendar is set to take place in the heart of one of London’s most diverse communities Lambeth, this weekend.

Operation Black Vote in partnership with the youth leadership project Patchwork is set to host Labour Mayoral candidates in the capital's first Black and ethnic minority hustings.

All the candidates are confirmed for this important event and are hoping to run as Labour's official candidate in the 2016 London Mayoral elections.

PM accepts OBV’s race equality part


The devil is always in the detail, but we must be positive about one particularly aspect in announcement heralded yesterday by the Prime Minister David Cameron in his briefing to journalist about how to tackle extremism.

According to Radio 4’s leading political correspondent Chris Mason, the PM made clear that as part of the Governments plan to confront extremism, the senior civil servant Louise Casey will lead a review into how “young people from BME communities can be given more opportunities, and a chance to shape the future of our country”.

Klu Klux Klan just won’t go away


The Klu Klux Klan, one the most notorious white supremacist groups in the US, held a rally in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday afternoon.

The Loyal White Knights, proclaimed to be the largest segment of what remains of the Klu Klux Klan, stood in protest of the removal of the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds in South Carolina. The group claimed that in taking down the flag, their heritage was being taken away from them.

Convenient untruths behind this drawing


The drawing used on the BBC website to illustrate BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time discussion on Slavery and Empire is a most interesting portrayal of a meeting between English officers and African natives. The interest lies in the dishonesty of the representation of the two groups of people, deliberately distorted to justify the subjugation of one group by the other.

Happy Birthday OBV - a tribute to Derek Hinds


Nineteen years ago today, a vision and a grand plan was born. A group of campaigners pledged their lives to change our world. This group of men and women would not, could not, sit idly by while racism demonised Africans, Asians, Caribbeans and those from other minority ethnic communities. We recognised and understood that racism was and is a scourge that shackles our talent and poisons society.

On the 16th July, 1996, at Westminter, the ‘mother of all parliaments’, Operation Black Vote was launched.

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