PROTEST TO SAVE FRANK: Local coffee vender 7pm Wed 8th Aug Bethnal Green Tube



Frank Wang has been serving coffee from his cart outside Bethnal Green Tube Station to local residents for nearly 15 years. Many local people and visitors to the area have experienced his kindness, generosity and good humour. He's a friend to many and during the cold weather he even gives out free hot drinks to the local homeless.

Chinese now targeted in aggressive immigration clampdown


After the scandal of the aggressive immigration drive that plagued the Caribbean Windrush generation, and the clampdown on Indian restaurant waiters and chefs, it now seems the Home Office are turning their attention to the Chinese community.

For the first time in its long history Chinatown restaurants in London and across the country organised a shut down in protest of the heavy-handed immigration raids on their restaurants.

The London Chinatown Chinese Association, which organised the walkout, said 1,000 restaurants had been in touch to show solidarity.

OBV’s 22nd Birthday and still going… Please donate!


Operation Black Vote is 22. What started as a desperate idea about voter registration and civic engagement has developed into one of Black Briton’s most enduring and high profile institutions.

Rudyard Kipling: Of course he was racist and an imperialist


I’m sure LBC’s shock jock Nick Ferrari, could not contain his delight in reading the news that a student had defaced a poem at her college by the revered and venerable English literary giant, Rudyard Kipling.

Barack Obama: His speech reminds us what we’ve lost


To see the world’s most powerful man in the world stand up and lie, bully and perhaps worse still, support extreme bigotry, has almost become the norm when we think of Donald Trump. Just when you think he cannot shock you any more, he’ll shock you. His disregard for progressive world leaders such as Germany’s Angela Merkel and Canada’s Justin Trudeau, beggars’ belief.

Happy 22nd Birthday OBV


Twenty two years ago today we dreamt of changing our world.

With so many Black men and women dying in police custody,  such as Wayne Douglas and Cynthia Jarrett,  or being murdered at the hands of racist thugs, as were  Roland Adams, Stephen Lawrence and Ali Ibrahim, we knew we needed political power:  Political power, not to ask for protection and justice, but, as is our right,  to demand it.

All BME female shortlist for Woodford and Chingford


The Labour party are pinning their hopes on one of four brilliant BME women to unseat Ian Duncan Smith MP in any forth-coming General election.

The Woodford and Chingford seat, a once Conservative strong hold has been whittled down to a slim 2000 majority In recent years . Labour now see it as a key target seat and will throw huge resources to capture this prized seat that used to be represented  by Winston Churchill no less.

World Cup winners: The African Diaspora


Every since the 1970 World Cup- my first real World Cup - I’ve loved this competition.

As a Black child living in a racially hostile Leicester, a Black man emerged as the greatest human being on my planet: Pele. Pele and his team of dazzling Brazilians not only won and kept  the Jules Rimet cup that year, but in some style too. 50 years on and that footballing panache has yet to be replicated. Imagine then, as ten year old boy your schoolmates refering to you on the football pitch as Pele! It really didn’t get much better than that.

Marsha De Cordova’s finest political moment


OBV alumnus Marsha De Cordova MP hasn’t even been an MP for one year yet, but that hasn’t stopped her being a powerful voice in one of the fiercest chambers of world politics.

Yesterday, during Prime Minsters Question Time, Marsha took to the floor like a seasoned veteran, and set about flaying the Cabinet Minister, Esther Mcvey in a confident and precise manner.

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