How 61 Africans were left to die at sea


In what has been described as a ‘dark day for Europe’, a nine month investigation by the Council of Europe into the deaths of over 60 African migrants left adrift at sea, highlights so many spectacular failures that it is difficult to say other than in some these African lives were not worth saving.

These African migrant workers were not fleeing Africa to find a ‘better life’ in Europe, they were fleeing a bloody civil war in Libya in which they found themselves were caught up.

The power of the Black Vote



Almost 1000 people have already signed up for tomorrow's London Mayoral hustings.

The BBC, ITV, The Sunday Times, Guardian and most of the BME media will be on hand to cover the event.

The Black vote could be a significant factor in these elections and give an indication about the political landscape for the General election in 2015.

BME Londoners manifesto: A manifesto for hope and recovery


BME groups and individuals have put together a dynamic Black London manifesto. At its core, it calls upon the Mayor to help restore confidence between BME communities and the police, to creatively tackle BME unemployment and depravation by unlocking business potential in urban areas, and recognising the social, business and education hubs’ Black led churches and other faith groups can be.

However, these are our ideas. What do you think, are there others?



Policing and Community Safety

National Black Police Association demand race inquiry at Met


I have written many articles on the increasing nature of Metropolitan Police Service racism in recent times. Today devastating news - another three police officers have been referred to the IPCC for allegedly racially abusing George Asare, a young Ghanaian shot and then tasered in Lewisham recently.

This brings to a total of 6 police officers currently being investigated for racism. The official and anecdotal evidence is that racism is spiralling dangerously out of control as a resurgent and unrestrained and institutional racism returns with a vengeance.

Sayeeda Warsi under friendly fire…again!


Political editor Medhi Hassan writes in this weeks Newstatesmen what many people believe to be going in regard to Party Chair Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and certain quarters of the Conservative Party. He states ‘it’s difficult to come to any other conclusion that they don’t like her because: she’s a woman; she's Asian, and she’s’ a Muslim’. He goes to say of course her critics wouldn’t say that so they use other language such as lack of ‘competence and ability’.

Black Londoners to hold largest Mayoral hustings


In what is likely to be one of the largest Mayoral Hustings during this often acrimonious contest a coalition of Black leaders including church and business leaders, activists, faith group's others will be hosting a rally/hustings to help decide who will be next Mayor for London. Given that BME communities across the capital make up a third of all Londoners if our collective vote could be a deciding factor.

Registering to vote can make a difference



It is important that the Black community register to vote and participates in the May 3rd elections. In many parts of the country, how Black people vote will make a real difference to people’s lives.

In the London Mayoral elections, the Black vote could be decisive –around one third of Londoners are Black. That is literally millions of votes. With the Mayoral elections being closely fought, our vote would decide who runs London.

The backlash of global racism


Racism in the western world is on the rise. Yes there are tracts of academia I could quote you to follow the tiresome conventions justifying and giving credence to such comments, but I’m going to resist that temptation.

Racist Met officers: out of control


It reads like something out of Montgomery Alabama in the 1960s, not here in London in 2011. But what occurred to an innocent Black man picked up by the police raises some deeply worrying questions.

Could Manchester have its first BME MP?


Manchester Central MP, Tony Lloyd’s decision to stand down as the Labour Candidate for the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner Post will trigger a by-election which is expected to take place later this year.

Following the announcement made last week, the Labour party have been going through the selection process and announced the shortlist. Of particular interest to OBV is Patrick Vernon, who we’ve worked with over the years.

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