US - Africa Summit: Scramble for Africa


In what has been seen as an unprecedented move, the President of the USA Barack Obama has hosted the country’s first Africa Leaders Summit there in which 40 leaders from continent have been invited to open greater trade links with the USA.

Both the USA and Europe felt that if they don’t act quickly China will overtake them in a new scramble for African rich resources and business opportunities.

Will Tories get more elected BME MP’s than Labour, again!


That the Conservative party selected and elected more new BME MP’s than Labour at the 2010 General Election can only be described as lamentable for the Labour party that has 70% of the BME vote.

Last time round the Tories, admittedly from a low base-2- elected a further nine BME MP’s, whilst the Labour party which seeks to pride itself as the party for BME communities, only selected and elected three new BME MP’s.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi resigns over Gaza


Baroness Sayeeda Warsi came into politics with all the passion of someone who believed in social and racial justice, a lot has happened in between. But in the end she leaves Government and all the trappings of power with that same passion that began her political journey; with a passion for social and racial justice.

OBV Cartoon Corner: Immigration Debate


The West’s silence to children murdered in Gaza


This is not OBV’s field of work, but after so much brutality and murder of innocent men, women and children and the lack of moral courage from our political leaders we felt we have to say something. We must condemn what is so patently wrong. On humanitarian grounds we speak for the powerless who are being brutalised by this one sided conflict.

1st August Emancipation Day


In support of Emancipation Day, campaigners are appealing to the community and beyond for support for the 2007 Memorial campaign to raise £1.5 million for a memorial in Hyde Park recognising the victims of the transatlantic slave trade.

Long time activist Patrick Vernon has produced a video to raise awareness for the campaign. He said:

UK political leaders: Don’t shame us!


Open letter

In an unprecedented move race equality activists and campaigners have written to each of the main party leaders to demand better political leadership on issues such as race equality and immigration.

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act event


Earlier this month marked fifty years since the passing of the historic US Civil Rights Act.

To commemorate the monumental occasion, the British Library hosted two events in collaboration with UCL Institute of the Americas, KCL Institute of North American Studies and the US Embassy, London.

Met officers undermine police Chief's drive for change


Just at the time when the Met Commissionor Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was meeting with Black leaders and promising wholesale changes in the way the Met Police police inner city areas, revelations of shocking police practices have emerged.

Kei-Retta Farrel reports.

Trevor Phillips tipped to become BBC Chair


Operation Black Vote has learned from a senior source in Government that the former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is being seriously considered to be the next Chair of the BBC.

Before moving from the CRE to become the first Chair of the EHRC, Phillips had a long career in journalism and as a TV executive. For many years he fronted his own programme, 'The London Programme'.

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