BAME Labour stands accused?


As a previously excluded, and now returning member of the Labour Party and a member of the independent Momentum Black Caucus (MBC) I recently attempted to join BAME Labour, in the hope that I could use my modest political and policy experience, to become involved in helping to think about and developing specific race equality and social justice policies within the Labour party.

But before I proceed further, let me give you a little by way of context and background.

Ignatius Sancho: UK's First Black voter activist


“And so, with my Precious Billy in one hand and his future in the other,-the right to vote- I raise my arm to heaven and declare: ‘I vote for the Anti-Slavery candidate. I vote for Charles James Fox. I vote … for Freedom!’

This is the most powerful scene from an extraordinary one man play; ‘Sancho - An act of remembrance’ written and performed by Paterson Joseph.

Rev Sharpton will give knife crime speech in Parliament


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What bigots such as EDL demand!


Cllr Sanchia Alasia: Mayor of Barking and Dagenham


Operation Black Vote alumni Sanchia Alasia was voted Mayor of Barking and Dagenham Council by her fellow councilor peers.

Cllr Alasia, who participated in the 2006/07 OBV MP Shadowing scheme, has been a councilor for over eight years and has great expertise in both European politics and social services. Ms Alasia became an integral part of the Labour party, that took on and ultimately defeated Nick Griffin and his racist political party the BNP.

Talking to OBV during the recent People of African Descent conference in Brussels, Alasia  said:

Momadou's bravery, humanises the dehumanised


When the Malian refugee, Mamoudou Gassama, scaled the outside of a tower block to rescue a dangling child in an extraordinary act of bravery, France, and indeed the wider world viewed an African refugee/migrant, for a short time at least, as a human being.

Honouring Black Europe: People of African Descent (PAD)


It’s a week since I returned from the inaugural gathering at the European Parliament in Brussels that celebrated the ‘People of African Descent week’, with a conference that both celebrated 20 million people of African descent living in Europe, but also confronted the many challenges far too many face.

Bulletproof: Two Black brilliant lead roles


When TV and film producers want to be seen as 'multicultural',  they often place a Black character in the mix, usually as the most sympathetic character. Actors such as Idris Elba, Thande Newton, Adrian Lester, and Colin Salmon have all played that role to great acclaim.

Oxford University: Spot the Black student


One of the most prestigious universities in the world, Oxford is still failing to admit Black students in any meaningful numbers. According to their own data, several of the most prestigious colleges, including Balliol, University and Magdalen, each admitted two black British students as undergraduates during the three-year period. The worst Corpus Christi College only admitted one Black British student in three years.

Blasting the findings David Lammy MP stated that:

Police and Black community relations getting worse


Seven years on from the civil disturbances sparked in Tottenham 201, by the killing of Mark Duggan by Met Police Officers, public relations between London Black communities and the Met are at an all-time low. This is both a crisis of confidence and policing legitimacy. The uncomfortable truth for London and the rest of the country, is nothing has changed and there has been no improvement in relations since 2011, in fact quite the reverse is true, things have become much worse.

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