The race penalty in university education


“Study hard, get a good education and life’s opportunities will be open to you.” So the education mantra goes. And in part it is correct, but what do we tell our children about education’s persistent race penalty?

“Oh, and by the way, Son, even if you enter university with the same grades as your white friend, he or she are significantly more likely to end up with a better degree than you.”

Dear BBC: Don’t cut African Caribbean journalist


A powerful group of individuals including the most senior Black person- Pat Younge- the BBC has ever employed- have written to senior bosses at the BBC urging them not to axe a key journalistic post dedicated to covering African and Caribbean stories. Here’s the letter.

If you you’d like to sign let us know via this page or our Facebook page. Thank you for your support.

Dear Tony Hall and James Harding,

Voter registration made easier


Electoral Commission Chair Jenny Watson, writing in the Guardian makes a compelling case for online voter registration. She argues that it is essential for a modern democracy, and will help ensure organisations such as OBV and Bite the Ballot can get more people on the register

Julie Akorley: Holding court in the House of Lords


A graduate from the OBV Magistrate Shadowing scheme in her first year on the bench has already been invited to speak at the House of Lords about being a magistrate from a Black and minority ethnic community. Her journey is both moving and compelling in its ability to inspire others to be civic and community role models.

Julie Akorley was inspired to become a magistrate after learning at an OBV event that anyone could apply, regardless of whether they had any legal background.

It really opened my eyes,”

Gang culture killed 15-year old school girl Shereka Marsh


It would be wrong to speculate on some of the details that saw a promising young student -Sheraka Marsh- accidently gunned down at her boyfriend’s party in Hackney on Saturday afternoon, but one thing is for sure: gang-gun culture played a tragic role in this young women’s death.

Those rap stars such as 50 cent and Eminem who parade around in their videos with guns and girls and a ‘glamorous’ lifestyle, influence young men to ape their actions with the most appalling consequences.

Why don't more ethnic minorities vote?


By Tim Wigmore writing in The Telegraph

In 2010, ethnic minorities were three times less likely to be registered to vote than white Britons. Whether this gap is reduced will go a long way to determining the result of the next general election.

Desmond Jadoo Independent candidate: A man on a mission


Political and community activist Desmond Jadoo makes an appeal to the people of Birmingham to vote for him. Here’s his pitch:

Clearly, there is a need for change in our City and our Local communities which are becoming increasingly divided for various reasons including wealth, health, employment, and age despite the fact that we should be “ One Community”.

Transatlantic minority political leadership programme


In a class of its own.

Operation Black Vote has been involved in many partnerships in the last 18 years. A number of those key partnerships includes a long-standing supportive role of the Black students movement - United, an anti-racist, anti-fascist project across Europe. United is part of the UK Black caucus which contributes to the Black manifesto.

Sharon Hanooman: Champion for local women


Sharon Hanooman is a champion of OBV’s values. Not only is she a graduate of OBV’s Magistrates Shadowing Scheme and now a serving magistrate, but through her work as Director of the Women’s Health & Family Services (WHFS), Hanoonman is making a positive difference to people’s lives every day. OBV’s Angelica Encinales visited the recent WHFS’ AGM meeting to find out more.

Alois Dvorzac: Detained to death


The inhumanity of our immigration system

Alois Dvorzac was 84-years old when he died in Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) last month. He was a Canadian citizen of Slovenian origin suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and trying to make his way back home to spend the last days of his life with his estranged daughter. However, his journey was halted when he was denied entry to the UK at Gatwick Airport and transferred to Harmondsworth. He died in handcuffs two weeks later.

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