Just days left to change the Immigration Bill

Posted on March 15, 2014

The Immigration Bill is now nearing the end of its' swift journey through parliament and will become law before the European elections in May, just months after being unveiled. The reason for this breakneck speed is, of course, so that Tories can try to win a few grubby votes off UKIP by showing how tough (ie. hostile) they are towards all these ghastly immigrants coming over here and contributing to our economy. Only last week David Cameron ...

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Theresa May’s Immigration Bill demeans us all

Posted on October 14, 2013

The government’s new Immigration Bill is all about UKIP. Westminster parties, led by the Tories, tremble at the thought of Nigel Farage and hope to peel away a few grubby votes by appealing to the worst instincts in society. (more…)

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BBC London debates racial profiling immigration stop-checks

Posted on August 4, 2013

I was delighted to be invited onto the BBC London 94.9fm Dotun Adebayo show this evening along with Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote to speak about the immigration stop-checks at London stations this week.  (more…)

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Press regulation deal fails to tackle demonisation of communities

Posted on March 20, 2013

I wrote last December about the need to regulate against press racism so its' disappointing to see that the issues is still being largely ignored by MPs. (more…)

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Lords win battle to save equalities mission statement

The campaign to save an equality law enshrining Britain’s commitment to work towards the elimination of racism received a boost this week when the coalition peers defied the Government to keep the aspirational statement. Ministers were defeated by over 50 votes as peers voted to keep Section 3 of the Equality Act which expresses the desire to promote good race relations and end prejudice and hate. (more…)

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Archbishop Sentamu backs Mary Seacole

Posted on January 13, 2013

Archbishop John Sentamu has called for people to continue to remember Mary Seacole in his Sun on Sunday Sermon column today. The pleas from Church of England's second-in-command comes as the petition to reinstate Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano to the schools curriculum exceeded 25,000 signatures. (more…)

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Jesse Jackson backs Mary Seacole schools curriculum campaign

Posted on January 9, 2013

The Times has today published a letter from US civil rights leader Rev Jesse Jackson and a host of celebrities, politicians and academics calling on education secretary Michael Gove to reinstate the Victorian nurse Mary Seacole back onto the schools curriculum. (more…)

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We must legislate against press racism

As debate rages over press regulation following the Lord Leveson report one issue that should be on the agenda is protection against racism and prejudice. (more…)

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The demise of the local race equality council

Whatever happened to the old local Race Equality Councils? You remember them, the office with dirty windows lowering the tone of the High Street. Management committees that played out internecine battles between different communities. Yes, it's true REC's don't have a the most glowing of reputations. But behind the stereotypes existed many well-functioning organisations that made a real difference on the ground. (more…)

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Three videos and the state of race relations in Britain

Around 300 people who gathered for the Sean Rigg memorial last night watched in shock and disgust as they were shown CCTV footage of his death at Brixton police station as police officers stood around him. Yesterday was also notable for the release of two YouTube videos which - in different ways - shows how far society has to go to combat racism. (more…)

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