BME Londoners manifesto: A manifesto for hope and recovery

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BME groups and individuals have put together a dynamic Black London manifesto. At its core, it calls upon the Mayor to help restore confidence between BME communities and the police, to creatively tackle BME unemployment and depravation by unlocking business potential in urban areas, and recognising the social, business and education hubs’ Black led churches and other faith groups can be.

However, these are our ideas. What do you think, are there others?

 

 

Policing and Community Safety

  • Restoring confidence of BME Communities – the Mayor should fully support a Parliamentary scrutiny by the Home affair's Select Committee. In addition, the Mayor should support the call for a public judicial inquiry into all suspicious deaths in police custody as called for by the United Friends and Families Campaign.
  • The Mayor should establish Stephen Lawrence Steering Groups to monitor the implementation of the McPherson report recommendations with clear targets to reduce race disproportionality.
  • The new Mayor should commit to creating and funding an independent London wide policing monitoring group that can monitor and independently report on policing on the capital with a focus building trust, sharing good practice and highlighting bad policing practice.
  • The new Mayor should adopt a Public Health community lead approach focusing on prevention and diversion in relation to tackling youth violence, with the creation and support of a Public Health anti-violence task force.
  • The Mayor should demand that all confiscated assets from the proceeds of crime in London are kept by London and not handed over to the Treasury. This money to be used to support the work of the Public Health anti violence taskforce.

London’s economy and unemployment

  • The new Mayor should launch a campaign work with the private sector and find ways to invest their corporate social responsibility budget in deprived areas.
  • The new Mayor should commit to a policy of supply side diversity in all GLA contracts that encourages, sets targets and develops black businesses to access city contracts.
  • We call on the Mayor to call upon Local Authorities to open their trading markets one day a week free to young people, who want to make start in business. Business classes should be developed and can be used as part of the criteria for accessing this business starts up programme. The Mayor should appoint a business woman such as Mary Portas as Small Business Czar to lead this.
  • The Mayor should ensure that Black Churches and other faith groups in London are invited to become partners in the development of local regeneration projects. The Mayor should seek the introduction of Race & Faith Planning Guidance for London and publish research on discrimination in planning application process.
  • Over 50% of Black youths are unemployed in the UK. The new Mayor should use the Equality Act, allowed by the law to positively discriminate in GLA recruitment, where there is under representation in favour of BME communities.
  • The new Mayor should campaign to persuade the Government to introduce new legislation that requires the banks to monitor and publish details of their investment and lending activities in terms of ethnicity and introduce legislation similar to the US Community Reinvestment Act.
  • The new Mayor to run a campaign demanding that London’s private sector and the GLA sign up to a new set of London Diversity standards, which would require them to publish their ethnic profiles of employees and contractors.
  • We call on the GLA, create a London wide new youth employment apprenticeship company

Education

  • Promote a University bursary scheme for poor students in London wanting to take a degree course.
  • Restore the Education Maintence Allowance and support young people from low-income families to continue with further education.
  • Open the GLA group to citywide apprenticeships and mentoring schemes
  • Set out a new strategy for private sector investors to support supplementary schools at faith and youth centres.
  • Invite Moorehouse and Spellman, historically American Black Colleges, to establish international campuses in London in partnership with the private sector and supported by public donations.

Equalities

  • To publish a London Equality Strategy in partnership with London’s diverse communities that goes is both ambitious and dynamic.
  • Ensure that race equality is mainstreamed into the GLA budget setting process requiring GLAA functional bodies and Mayoral proposed budgets and policy comply with the Race Relations and Equality Act.
  • Establish a London Race Equalities Commission with the power to research, highlight and tackle racism in the capital within the public and private sector and the power to check general compliance with the Equality Act .
  • Sets out a strategy and targets of BME representation at all levels that represent London’s diversity on all boards where the Mayor has nomination rights/influence. This will ensure that these boards look like London.
  • We call on the Mayor to value London’s public services and the people that work within them and ask the Mayor promote the positive benefits of multiculturalism speak out against the rise of the far right in London.

Culture

  • Develop a cultural strategy that focuses on the celebration of London’s diversity and to produce a plan that seeks to create employment and business opportunities using London’s cultural assets.

Housing

  • We call on the Mayor to support the National Federation of Housing London Manifesto with a focus on supporting self build housing and community resource programmes in black and ethnic minority areas.

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I think you have some very

I think you have some very good points in your manifesto especially, having a race Equalities commission unfortunately the EHRC have be extremely ineffective. Getting the private sector to adhere to obligations set out in the equality act I feel this would be easily achieved if the procurement section of the equality act was enforced and monitored. The monitoring of bank lending is brilliant and essential if there is to be any real social mobility as this significant factor, especially mortgage lending.

Positive discrimination is illegal however effectively using positive action as outlined in the Equalities act would be great and the statistics over youth unemployment fully justify this use. I feel an impact assessment need to be carried out as a matter of urgency into the effects of public sector cuts, this will further provide evidence for the need of positive action and hopefully help to put in place an effective strategy to halt the disproportionate number of BME people who are being effected by the cuts.

In terms of education I feel a McPherson type review is needed to address investigate the causes of disproportionate achievement, exclusions and also look at the use of in school exclusion centres.

Having faith groups involved is great but other groups also need to be included, faith groups alone do not represent the views of BME people and the focus of discussion may become to narrow.

A housing audit should be conducted and findings published

Lastly, I feel it would be great to see London celebrate it's diversity with pride and funding should be allocated to this.

Great work guys, thanks for coming up with this on our behalf.

Great start. Some ideas to throw into the pot.

I think this is an excellent start. I have a few random ideas to throw into the pot - you can take them on board or discard them as you see fit.

- Islamophobia and Muslim communities. This needs a mention under the policing and community safety heading. Muslim communities, the vast majority who are moderate and peace loving, feel under attack and feel that they are being persecuted by the police. They fear the use of the terror laws against them. This, at the very least, needs a mention. Especially the disproportionate use of stop and search against young Muslims, and the increased monitoring and surveillance of Muslim communities, and the use of the terror laws to take away basic civil liberties.

- I think there should be mention of the other Equality strands, especially LGBT, disability, faith and gender. These are currently absent from your manifesto. I for one care as much about LGBT issues as race issues; I want equality for all. For example in the London economy and unemployment section there should be explicit mention of gender issues and ways of addressing the glass ceiling, getting more women into Boardrooms, better use and promotion of flexible, part-time and home working etc to ensure women are empowered to achieve.

- There is no mention here of health. I understand fully that this is not a Mayoral responsibility but I think health issues merit a mention. I am particularly interested in mental health and what is happening to BME people in the NHS's mental health system eg why are they being sectioned more frequently, kept on locked wards more frequently, given higher doses of medication, and denied access to talking therapies.

- I feel that there is a strong Black voice in the manifesto but the South Asian voice is currently not represented eg mention is made of Black Churches but not Mosques, Temples and Gurdwaras. I think the South Asian voice needs to be heard too.

- Housing. If you are talking about this you need to talk about homelessness. I work at my Church's Winter Shelter and the Day Centre serving the homeless. This is a huge issue, and should be mentioned in the document.

I hope these comments are helpful.

immigration control at border line agency deter family unity

Please add to the good manifesto mayor to reorient govern not to practise retrogressive immigration law. student are now having in visa they cant work even when pursuing sandwich course. highly skill black are being sent back. long stay imigrant being chased in street, homes, and workplace.mentally sick black on welfare care who marry to have concerned carer are not allowed and not given visa to join this vulnerable bipolar affective disorder husband yet NHS cut fund for caring and will reduce benefit for having a paternal.Mayor to support integration of long resident immigrant not criminalise all law abiding black migrant

immigration control at border line agency deter family unity

Please add to the good manifesto mayor to reorient govern not to practise retrogressive immigration law. student are now having in visa they cant work even when pursuing sandwich course. highly skill black are being sent back. long stay imigrant being chased in street, homes, and workplace.mentally sick black on welfare care who marry to have concerned carer are not allowed and not given visa to join this vulnerable bipolar affective disorder husband yet NHS cut fund for caring and will reduce benefit for having a paternal.Mayor to support integration of long resident immigrant not criminalise all law abiding black migrant

Education

I am very very surprised that in the education sector there is no mention of the school curriculum. As at least some of you may know, it is all about the English, their history, their achievements. How does that make Black kids feel? And Whites? Does it not confirm English ideas of superiority/inferiority? It needs drastic and thorough revision!
We also need both undergraduate and post-graduate courses on Black/African British history.

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