PM – Fear and loathing of the immigrant


If there is one phrase word to describe David Cameron’s immigration speech on Monday it is ‘fear of the other’. He set out to show the ‘concerned’ public that he wanted to get ‘tough on immigration’, and that it is time to have a ‘sensible debate’ about immigration and some of the ‘coercive’ effects it has on public services and the changing demographic make-up of the UK.

City of London Police - We want you


The City of London Corporation is currently looking to appoint 2 external members to its Police Committee. The City of London Police is responsible for safety in the City of London, the Square Mile. There are about 8,000 residents in the City although this number is swelled daily by an influx of some 350,000 commuters, as well as people travelling through and visitors.

The Remarkable Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin


This year OBV celebrates International Women’s Day, taking the month of March to shine the spotlight on some remarkable women and their achievements. This article focuses on Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin.

Anti-immigration policies damage economic growth


Olivia Boland, Chair of the Suffolk Chinese Family Welfare Association and graduate of OBV’s MP Shadowing Scheme believes that the UK’s anti-immigrant policies towards Chinese tourists is not only xenophobic, but detrimental to our economic growth.

There is an easy, fast way to generate jobs in the UK - that is to stop the UK Border Agency (UKBA) shutting Chinese tourists out of Britain.

Generation next in society


School governors, councillors, magistrates and MPs of tomorrow were in the spotlight at the launch of a unique civic leadership programme which encourages those from ethnic minority backgrounds to step forward and have a stake in their own community.

The unique scheme, organised by Operation Black Vote (OBV) and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, has selected 40 dynamic BME individuals from across Birmingham and Wolverhampton who are keen to develop a public role.

Tottenham's first black player should be awarded the Military Cross


David Cameron can do justice to Britain's black first world war hero Walter Tull by posthumously awarding him a military honour

Chinua Achebe: Africa's great writer dies


RIP Our dear brother

There is a great African proverb:

Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter."

Chinua Achebe:

Once I knew that I had to be a writer."

Whose history?


A crucial debate about our children’s education will take place this Monday in London. Organized by BASA, the meeting will seek to scrutinize the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove’s proposals for a new curriculum for Schools in England and Wales.

Earlier this year Black groups including OBV gained a partial victory in regards to ensuring both Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano stay on the National Curriculum.

British Iraqis: A view which is hardly heard


This week marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the US led invasion of Iraq. Supported by the UK, the invasion, war and occupation of Iraq cost the US government nearly a trillion dollars and the British Government spent over £9 billion pounds on the occupation with over a million Iraqi lives lost.

Hidden Stories: The Lawrence Inquiry


After more than three decades of fighting for social and racial justice Dr Richard Stone is a little bit more frailer, but once in conversation it's clear that none of the fire that has driven this very kind man has diminished. In fact he’s probably more inpatient and frustrated about the lack of change than before. He tell’s me:

Look Simon, I’m getting on a bit now, its up to you guys to continue the job, I’ll help of course’

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