How long until justices comes?


The Inquest into the death of Kingsley Burrell, who died in police custody in Birmingham March 2011, is finally set to take place – nearly four years after his death.

OBV launch UK’s first voter phone APP at Youth concert with Fuse ODG



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OBV launch the UK’s first voter registration download APP at Youth Concert with Fuse ODG

'The future of political engagement will be done via the smart phone'

Today at Tooting and Mitcham Football Club OBV, with the help of the international singing star FUSE ODG, will launch the nations first Voter registration down load App.

Pankurst and King: divided by continent; united in vision


This week saw two important dates celebrated across the world. First, there was the celebration of Dr King’s historic civil rights march in Selma Alabama, and then our annual celebration of International Women’s Day.

Both are hugely significant in demonstrating the changing nature of our democracies, improving representation and forcing the Governments of the day, to yield to the massive public demands for equality and justice.

Easy way to register to vote




This weekend see's the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther Kings historic civil rights march in Selma Alabama March 7th 1965. Our journey on the long road to equality and justice is far from over, and this important anniversary is the perfect occasion to launch our 'Reclaim Democracy' voter registration campaign for the forthcoming general election. 

OBV eXpress: On the road to racial equality and democratic reform


On a windy, rainy day in Brixton the OBV eXpress campaign bus quietly rolled into the symbolic Windrush Square emblematic of the multiculturalism of this London borough. It was one of those wet, drizzly days where the pavement reflects images like a simmering mirror that somehow offered the opportunity for Brixton to take a long hard look at itself.





Media is lacking diversity in various forms


The on-going under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnics was discussed at by media experts at an event last week on corporate concentration of media ownership and democracy. 

Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmith Natalie Fenton started with outlining shocking figures showing a developing concentration of publication ownership in the UK and worldwide at the event organised by People`s Parliament and hosted by Labour MP Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby). 

Upper Cut: Unravelling UK Black politics


It’s strange watching a play that depicts a life that you know so well, a life and lives that you’ve seen up close and personal, albeit at a distance.

That was my experience last night watching Juliet Gilkes Romero’s moving play; Upper cut, at the Southwark Theatre last night.

Rev Al Sharpton's only UK public talk-University of Westminster


OBV launches its General Election campaign this  Saturday 24th Jan at 12 noon at the University of Westminster, 4-12 Little Titchfield St, Central London, W1W 7BY.

To help with that launch we OBV has invited international civil Rights icon Rev Al Sharpton.

Has the memory of Martin Luther King been airbrushed?


Yesterday was Martin Luther King day in the US, a day that celebrates the courage and achievements of this amazing man who galvinised people, black and white, to change American history.

Interestingly, however, a growing number of US activists believe the memory of Martin Luther King has been sanitised and are behind the #ReclaimMLK day hashtag.

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