NUS Elects First Black Female Muslim President


The National Union of Students has elected Malia Bouattia as president after a tense contest in which she unseated incumbent Megan Dunn.

Bouattia, a leftwing former University of Birmingham student who has been the union’s black students’ officer for the past two years.

Speaking to the Guardian after her victory, Bouattia said her victory was empowering. “Running against an incumbent is always tough. I believe it has only happened before once in the NUS’s history,” she said.

Zac Goldsmith ignores equality ‘Code of Conduct’ plea


As reported in Buzzfeed, despite calls and emails to Zac Goldsmith’s campaign team they refuse to respond to a plea to sign a ‘Code of Conduct’ put together by a coalition of race equality groups, including the Runnymede Trust, the Jewish Council for Race Equality, and Operation Black Vote.

It is bitterly disappointing that our attempts to engage with Goldsmith's team have been met with a wall of silence.

Hundreds of migrants drown: Does anyone care!


In what could be the largest single death toll of migrants crossing the dangerous seas from Africa to Europe has largely gone unreported.

That a large number of African migrants have drowned in one episode as their over filled boat capsized is not disputed. Local agencies cannot confirm whether that number is 100 or 400. Those survivors from that mass tragedy talk about 100’s dying at sea.

Open letter on youth violence london to all mayoral candidates


Youth violence in London is rising and too many young Londoners are living their lives in fear of violent crime. The safety of your young and their right to equitable access to the privileges and freedoms offered to their more fortunate peers is now the number one political concern of black Londoners.

The recent murders of Myron Yarde and Lewis Elwin has left a community traumatised, angry and anxious. Such crime disproportionately affects London's African and Caribbean Communities.

Sir Lenny Henry Calling for Diversity


Sir Lenny Henry - actor, writer and broadcaster, is campaigning for improving black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation in the television industry. Henry said a change is needed to address the lack of BAME representation on TV; a change that should be included in the 2016 BBC Charter renewal.

The Double Standards of Trevor Phillips


Nearly 10 years ago I presented a film about anti-Muslim bigotry for Channel 4 Television. The film demonstrated that it was permissible in 21st century Britain to talk about Muslims in a way that is wholly unacceptable in connection with any other minority group.

Some of our examples were shocking. Newspaper headlines could make almost any wild aspersion they wished against Muslims. This bigotry was not confined to tabloid newspapers.

Indian Children: Highest Performers in UK Schools


Why do many Indian and Chinese teenagers outperform their peers? According to this report, the secret is parenting.

South Asians make up only 5.5% of England and Chinese only 0.7% (2011 UK Census), however, Indians and Chinese teenagers are the highest achievers by the time they reach 16 years-old and sitting in their GCSE exams.

Sergeant Shirvin Zeinalzadeh: A new generation of police officers


On Saturday 2nd April 2016, Police Now Spring Induction participants were treated to an inspiring talk from Simon Woolley, the founder and director of Operation Black Vote. Simon delivered an excellent speech covering notions of policing, social injustice, crime and the dreaded ‘R’ word, racism.

Mayoral Candidates asked to sign ‘Code of Conduct’


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