Reclaiming Democracy: The Magna Carta and M L K


2015 is the year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta that sought to limit the overwhelming abuse of power by kings and princes. It was an effort the check the executive abuse of power by the privileged.

This year we also saw the release, some 50 years later, of the epic movie, Selma charting the events that lead to the ending of American Jim Crow. The fact that this film has not received an Oscar is a scandal and an issue I'll be returning too elsewhere.

British Chinese Project and OBV: A voice for UK’s Chinese


Yesterday during the Chinese New Year celebrations in London’s China Town, Operation Black Vote collaborated with the British Chinese Project to raise awareness about voter registration and empower the UK’s Chinese communities to have a strong voice in May’s 2015 Election.

OBV eXpress bus tour launch


At the heart of the Black Britain’s spiritual capital, Windrush Sq, Brixton, OBV will launch its General Election voter registration campaign.

26th Feb 2015 at 12 Noon
Windrush Square

How do I register to vote?


The easiest way is online, but you’ll need you National insurance number (NI).

You can find your National Insurance number on your payslip, P45, P60, tax return, and it may be on any documentation regarding housing benefits and job centre plus documentation too.

Once you’ve got your National Insurance number click on to this site and it should take less than 5 minutes:

Who can register to vote?

White privilege and the race penalty: Discuss!


Last week the Guardian’s Sophie Heawood wrote a deeply honest article about perhaps one the most problematic issues around racism the paper has published for more than a decade: The denial that subtle forms of racism occur on a daily basis and that they have a dramatic effect on people’s lives.

2015 Election: The scramble for Black votes


Lester Holloway takes swipes at all the Party leaders in what he sees as the scramble for the crucial BME vote. His answer for real change seems to suggest that we need to wrestle democracy away from the leaders and ensure BME voters voices lead the debate for greater race equality

I’m fully expecting Home Office vans to tour the inner cities before the general election urging the public to report any suspicious politicians seen courting black communities.

Iqbal Wahhab: “I want Soul food in London”


Restaurateur Iqbal Wahhab seems to revel in doing the impossible!

Labour Edmonton select ‘All BME’ Female Shortlist


In one of the most fiercely contested seats for Labour party candidates, the party has selected a final shortlist of three women all Black and Minority Ethnic. They are: Ayfer Orhan, Kate Anolue and Kate Osamor .

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