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Civil Rights icon Rev Jesse Jackson supports Cecile Kyenge

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International support is growing for the Italian MEP Cecile Kyenge, who is being sued for defamation by the Far Right political party, the Northern League. After being likened to an orangutan by senior political member Pablo Raineri, Kyenga called him and the party racist.

The Northern League's leader Matteo Silvini has recently began a purge trying to remove Roma from Italy. In a statement he said;

Unfortunately, we can’t get rid of those Roma that have legal papers."

Mayor Marvin Rees to host Global city Mayors

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It is a truly remarkable journey for Bristol City Mayor Marvin Rees. This working class descendent of an enslaved African, who now runs the city that is most infamously known for its enrichment from the slave trade, is today hosting the most ambitious conference ever for city Mayors across the globe.

Mayor Marvin will oversee a two day conference called the Global Parliament of Mayors, that is bold, ambitious, with a vision to unite city legislators to have a universal vision that confronts the challenges of poverty, inclusion, health and migration.

‘Identity politics’ always used to beat up Black activists

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The Guardian has stopped putting up options to comment on any of my articles these days. Actually, that goes for many Black writers particularly those we are writing about tackling race inequality. The reason for this is because they already know that the majority of responses will not engage with the debate but rather hurl abuse instead. One senior Guardian person told me: "Online response is very different to those who buy Guardian. Online is frankly the Wild West".

Reimagining Cole: Christian Frederick Cole, Oxford University’s first Black African scholar

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Last year OBV alumni Pamela Roberts and Sir Ivor Crewe, Master of University College, the University of Oxford, unveiled the first Black Oxford Untold Stories plaque at the college to commemorate the significant historical achievements of Christian Frederick Cole, the University of Oxford’s first Black African student 1873, and the first Black African to practise Law in the English High Court, 1884.

Momentum hounding out only Liverpool Muslim Cllr

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A hard working city councillor in Liverpool, Abdul Qadir, who is also the city's only Muslim representative is being systematically hounded out by Liverpool's Labour Momentum. The move is broadly seen as a naked power grab that tramples over the Labour party's policy to increase BME representation.

We stand with Cécile Kashetu Kyenge

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Black elected representatives and community leaders from across Europe voice their support for the Italian MEP, who is sued for defamation for calling the Italian League party racist

Guardian Letters

Fri 12 Oct 2018 07.00 BST

Government’s radical race equality employment plan

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Press release - Immediate Thursday 11th October 2018

Contact OBV press office: 0208 983 5430 / 07920 057 237 / 07584 177 529

Government’s radical race equality employment plan

Cllr Hina Bokhari: Let’s help her make history

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It’s only 6 months since Ms Hina Bokhari was first elected a councillor in Merton, but for anyone that knows her the back story has been many years in the making. As a prominent figure once told me, ‘civic duty and confronting inequality is firmly in the Bokhari family DNA.

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