Charlie Hebdo and Europe’s rampant racism


To be a conscious African or Muslim and to live in Europe is to inhabit a dual consciousness. That reality is informed by our historical and contemporary experience of European racism and bigotry. That double consciousness defines our reality. If we are told to look up we invariably look down, when we are told ‘he was carrying a gun when shot by the police; or that ‘ the job has already gone’ we look for their lies and are rarely disappointed.

OBV: our time, our success



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Electoral Commission: End £500 deposit required to stand in elections


A new review of electoral law has led Jenny Watson, Chair of the Electoral Commission to say: `The current rules on standing for election are complex, out of date and difficult for candidates to navigate.`

The Electoral Commission issued a report reviewing criteria for candidates including the removal of the `ability to pay` criterion.

Charlie yes, but what about the massacre in Nigeria!?


I met Lorenz in Berlin just before Xmas at a leadership training event which OBV helped found. At every juncture during the training Lorenz was inquisitive and challenging. At one point he said, I’ll be in London soon can I come and volunteer for you Mr Woolley? Yes, I instantly replied, knowing talent when I see it. And here he is, in Bethnal Green writing his first article and assisting with campaigns. Expect much more from this bright young man!

Simon Woolley

Ali’s ‘Rumble in the jungle'


You have to be of a certain age to understand why Casius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, was as close to a God like figure Black boys would ever find. And I was no exception.

Many of us back then were at schools where the first thing you learnt was to fight and be good at sport.  If you could fight you were less likely to be bullied.  And if you were good at sport, you got the respect of your friends and it was something you could be proud of.

Coalition: PM immigration speech cause 'internal tension'


Prime Minister's Immigration speech manufactures “internal tension” in the Coalition Government writes Lee Jasper.

The PM’s controversial speech on immigration has caused what, on the face of it, appears to be “internal tensions” between the Coalition partners when he outlined his views to Tory party members at a conference in Hampshire this week.

Mr. Cameron accused Labour of talking tough on immigration whilst doing nothing to bring the numbers down.

How best to deal with racism


Today in the Guardian's G2, Hugh Muir is in conversation with OBV's Simon Woolley. Here is the full extract

Hello nut. Meet sledgehammer. The catalyst for this one was a public meeting. Why are you calling us racist, demanded an outraged group of residents. I didn't, protested the object of their fury. Up popped Simon Woolley, an equalities commissioner. Perhaps the issue is the "r" word, he said.

Australia condemned by UN as “new apartheid” nation


Australia the “new apartheid ‘ nation attracts UN condemnation for failing
to tackle racism.

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and the
UN Race Discrimination Commissioner says the next Australian government must
amend the constitution to make it impossible to suspend the Racial Discrimination

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