Birmingham’s Black Church leaders get political


A significant and historic move will be played out tomorrow afternoon as Church leaders and other community activists make a silent protest outside City Hall.

The protest is a result of the notable absence of an African or Caribbean councillor on Birmingham's Council Cabinet.

Rochdale sex grooming gangs: Warsi gets it right



We can only hope that journalists and opinion formers take note of Baroness Sayeeda Warsi’s carefully nuanced articulation of the Rochdale sex grooming gangs and the wider questions it raises. I’ve said on these pages before that language is key if we want to highlight a particular problem within a community without demonising the whole community.

In an interview with the Evening Standard Warsi, who is Tory Party chair stated that,

Scottish councils still pale


Today, the Guardian has shone the light on Scottish local governance and BME representation, and it’s not looking good. Out of 1233 councillors only 17 are from BME communities and most of them from the Glasgow region.

In Glasgow the figures are neither brilliant nor shocking. But outside the Glasgow the general feeling is often, ‘we don’t have many Black people here so we don’t have a race problem'.

'Stop Search': The Play


The powerful play ‘Stop Search’, at the Broadway theatre in Catford leaves you emotionally drained, but fully informed how the blanket process of ‘Stop and Search’ dramatically effects Black communities.

Overlooked Communities


There are at least one million BME disabled people in the UK and this number is growing, yet there is little research into how the lives of disabled BME individuals could be improved.

With that in mind, Scope and the Equalities National Council (ENC), a user led Black and Minority Ethnic BME disabled peoples' organisation has carried out research to identify how BME disabled people, their families and carers feel about the services available to them and how this could be improved in the future.

Kenny Dalglish sacked



In football, it's sadly all about winning. If you keep winning, the errors that you make can by and large be overlooked. But woe betide if you fail, the mismanagement of certain situations will certainly be the stick that drives you out the door.

Shailesh Vara: Making political history


A small but significant piece of history occurred on the floor of Her Majesty’s Parliament. In the absence of his boss the Justice Minster Ken Clarke, Justice whip, Shailesh Vara become the first Conservative Asian politician to represent the Government at the Dispatch box.

Vara a highly regarded MP will surely be well placed for a full ministerial role in any forth coming reshuffle of Government Ministers.

UK migrant workers: Racism, bullying and exploitation


It’s easy to knock migrant workers, particularly the low-paid workforce: they are derided by some politicians for ‘stealing our jobs’, despised by xenophobes just for being here, or simply shunned and ignored by the vast majority of the population.

The reality, however, for literally thousands of migrant workers, many working below minimum wage is worse than we could imagine. Much worse.

Trayvon Martin’s family meets Doreen Lawrence


The parents of murdered American teenager Trayvon Martin met with the mother of Stephen Lawrence, Doreen in London over the weekend. In an emotionally charged meeting, the two families consoled one another and demanding that both sides of the Atlantic, the police abandon the racist practice of racial profiling.

Doreen Lawrence had said as soon as she had heard about what happened to Trayvon, she wanted to ‘meet the family and share the pain’ that only a parent who has lost a loved in this way can:

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