Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad


People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

Refusing to be airbrushed from history


“Black people only came here in the 60s to drive the buses and work in the factories. You did not attend the University of Oxford.”

This shamefully ignorant comment by a member of the public to Pamela Roberts belies the truth about the Black community in the UK, both the historical legacy and the wealth of its contribution. Such ignorance spurred Roberts, an Operation Black Vote alumna, to become the founder and director of a radical project entitled Black Oxford Untold Stories.

Coronavirus: UK lockdown and mental wellbeing


On the 23rd March at 8.30pm life in the United Kingdom changed. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, effectively ordered a lockdown. The lockdown was issued in response to the ongoing lack of restraint by groups across the country, who had gathered in their numbers in parks, outside pubs and even travelled a considerable distance to spend time by the seaside.

Corona Virus will hit BAME communities worse


As the stark reality of Corona-virus or Covid-19 really hits home any honest analysis would suggest that Black and minority ethnic communities here in the UK will be disproportionally hit by this global pandemic in a number of key areas.

First and most importantly health. The Government has stated that there will be certain groups who will be more vulnerable than most as the Corona virus spreads throughout the population. Those with underlying health problems such as diabetes, and respiratory problems and the elderly.

Why rush to sack Britain’s top Black police officer ?


Ms Williams who was a high ranking police officer, has now been forced out of her job with immediate effect after being found guilty of possessing indecent images of a child. Despite her long service within the police force and her repeated insistence that she had not viewed the image, Ms Williams’ case was fast tracked. The Metropolitan Police Service were aware of Ms Williams’ current position of appealing against the conviction.

OBV win ‘Campaigner of the Year award’


OBV have won the ‘Campaigner of the year’ year award by UK Parliament.

OBV had an extraordinarily busy year in 2019 working on many fronts. We were particularly pleased with our General election campaign and the collaboration with our media partners, advertising giants, Saatchi & Saatchi.

Biden Bounces Back - How Joe Biden's Presidential Campaign gained new life ahead of Super Tuesday


Joe Biden had bet on the support of African Americans to drive forward his campaign. South Carolina gave us a look at what may still come…

In South Carolina, Joe Biden talked the talk and walked the walk. For much of the 2020 Democratic Party campaign, Biden had maintained, unwaveringly, that the strength of his support from the African American community would be a factor in his campaign, whatever the outcome.

This is despite what could only be described as a less than ideal start to the electoral contest.

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