French Muslims' worst nightmare


Yesterday, the French authorities informed the waiting media that their most likely suspect was a French Far Right Neo-Nazi. The murder of three African and Caribbean French soldiers along with three Jewish children and an adult led them to believe that.

Neo Nazis Murderous Rampage


French police are in a desperate search for a known neo Nazi and former French soldier, after a murderous rampage that has left seven dead and one person critically ill with gun shot wounds to the head.

Serious questions will be asked by the French authorities about why the man hunt for the murderer of three French African soldiers was only stepped up after the death of three Jewish children and one of their fathers.

Bradford West by-election hustings


A number of organisations in Bradford will be hosting a by-election hustings on Wednesday 21st March.

The event is a partnership between Bradford College students' union, University of Bradford students' union, Bradford Muslim women's council and JUST West Yorkshire, who are all committed to promoting democracy.

The organisations held their first election hustings before the 2010 general election, which led to the victory of Labour incumbent Marsha Singh.

Lewisham Ethnic Minority Partnership networking event today


Disciple Samuel Georgewill is an example of how far determination and hard work can go. The former doorman, who was already a volunteer in his local community, saw posters around his church and neighbourhood promoting the OBV Lewisham Leadership Scheme. Impressed by the opportunity, he decided to apply and was initially refused but his fortunes were good after a space became available and he was granted a place on the scheme.

15 years of Operation Black Vote


Last month, Operation Black Vote marked a significant point in its history – its 15th anniversary at the American Embassy in London.

Welcome to the next generation of BME MPs


It was a journey which began and ended at the Houses of Parliament; a journey which lasted just five months but has equipped a group of aspiring leaders with knowledge, experience and confidence to play their part in making the UK a better place to live in.

Back in October 2011, 25 men and women were chosen from across the nation to take part in Operation Black Vote's groundbreaking Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme, which would take them to the corridors of power in a bid to understand the mechanics of politics and democracy in Britain.

Fabrice Muamba: Footballing world prays for recovery


The world of football and beyond united in its thoughts for the young, gifted Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba who unexpectedly collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest during the FA cup clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

After so much negativity in English football in recent months, the game regained much of its integrity in the way it responded to such a public tragedy.

Racist parents hound out Asian head teacher


Reading the plight of head teacher Sudhana Singh, you'd be forgiven in thinking what occurred at this local primary school was in America's deep South during the 1960's, not a quite suburb of Reading in the 21st century.

Governors of Moorlands Primary School and Reading Borough Council have been branded a 'disgrace', for not dealing with what has been described as a 'Playground mafia of racist parents'.

Shedding light on transracial adoption


Statistics sadly shows that young people from BME communities are three times more likely to be in care longer than white children.

Interestingly enough, when kids from a BME background are placed, many of them are welcomed into the home of white parents due to the lack of prospective Black or Asian adopted parents. Transracial adoption, although largely unheard of, is a reality for thousands of families in Britain today.

OBV graduate Abi Olumbori to stand in Braintree council by-election


As Cllr Stephen Sandbook for Braintree South stepped down last month after moving out of the district, Braintree Council has announced the candidates for Thursday's by-election. OBV would like to congratulate Conservative candidate Abi Olumbori.

Abi took part in the OBV Parliamentary Shadowing Scheme and will be graduating this week and we are pleased to see her getting closer to achieve a great political career.

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