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Zac Goldsmith: Divide and rule is wrong

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A very dear friend of mine always said to me when I was struggling with difficult issues: “When things are wrong they’re wrong. It doesn’t matter how you try and sugar coat them, or what excuse you try and make. Wrong is wrong . Simple!”

She’s right of course, and this is particularly so with certain elements of Conservative Mayoral Candidate Zac Goldsmith’s campaign.

Yvonne Mosquito: The Witchhunt continues

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Earlier this month OBV reported that West Midlands Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner (PPC) Yvonne Mosquito was being driven out of her position as the only Black female PCC in Britain. This week she was suspended as PCC following allegations of ‘gross misconduct’ for - incomprehensibly - visiting the family of a murder victim according to the Office of the PCC.

Explaining Afrophobia in Europe - Ethnic Profiling

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When a black man walks in the suburbs he is questioned and looked at as if he doesn’t belong.  When a black woman is wearing expensive clothing it is assumed she got it all by drugs or sexual favours.  When a Muslim tries to go through security he is judged, scrutinised and glared at.  For decades, minorities have been victims of ethnic profiling.  This form of racial discrimination has been used by the police for quite some time now and labelling and basing judgments off one’s race reflects the inequities of a judicial system.

Solidarity in the face of extremism

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In response to the rising Islamophobia, the by-product of increasing extremism and the recent Brussels attacks, Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at an Easter reception at Downing Street said:

“This is the great fight that we have to join. Our brothers and sisters who are Muslims, they want our assistance. We should be reaching out and wanting to help them battle against extremism.”

David Lammy Criminal Justice Review

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Early this year Labour MP David Lammy was appointed by PM David Cameron to lead a government review of the UK’s criminal justice system and its discrimination of BAME people. This week he announced an open call for evidence from anyone who wants to contribute their own experiences.

Lammy penned an article for the Guardian discussing the current troubling statistics about Black people behind bars in the UK and the direction his review of the discrimination will take. He wrote:

Fuelling hatred after Brussels attack: Shame on You!

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In the wake of the Brussels attacks yesterday, instead of spreading peace and solidarity with the people in Brussels after their day of tragedy, some people used the event to foster hatred, fear and push political agendas.

Allison Pearson, a Telegraph columnist, tweeted:

Brussels, de facto capital of the EU, is also the jihadist capital of Europe. And the Remainers dare to say we're safer in the EU! #Brexit”

Afrophobia in Europe: Groundbreaking ENAR report

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The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) launched a ground-breaking Shadow Report on Afrophobia in Europe on Monday, March 21st, explaining what Afrophobia is and why it is an urgent problem in all European countries despite the EU Racial Equality Directive and other legislation to prevent discrimination.

Brussels attacked: Our heart-felt thoughts go to victims

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Last week I left 35 colleagues from around the world to continue their leadership training in the capital of Belgium, Brussels. These colleagues who would become friends such was their warmth, their generosity of spirit and their mutual desire to change our world.

Today, for about three hours organisers and participants of that leadership programme –The Transatlantic International Leaders Network- were frantically phoning around to see if everyone was safe after the inhumanity of terror struck the streets of Brussels.

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