Latest members’ activities
- 4 May 2015 – Overcome all borders: UNITED’s conference on intolerance against migrants UNITED invites your organisation to nominate for the UNITED Conference near Malaga “Overcome all borders; UNITED against Intolerance”. This conference takes place from 4 to 9 May 2015 and will focus on the intolerance migrants face in Europe with an emphasis on the scapegoating reaction to migration at Southern European borders. The aim of this conference is to create ideas, vision, and strategies to counter this intolerance and the lack of a strong and humane political vision.
- 3 February 2015 – Launch of Runnymede report on higher education Runnymede’s report, ‘Aiming Higher: Race, Inequality and Diversity in the Academy’, including fifteen short pieces from a range of perspectives, will be published in early February. The research covers admissions, attainment, employability, the student experience, curriculum and staffing, and shows continued racial inequalities for the rising numbers of Black and minority ethnic people pursuing higher education in Britain. The event will be held in the House of Commons at an event chaired by David Lammy MP, a former higher education minister, on February 3rd. For registrations, click here
- 26 January 2015 – Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in correlation with the Israeli-Palestinian situation at Runnymede Runnymede is organising a conference on ‘Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Racisms and the Question of Palestine/Israel’. The event seeks to explore the multiple, complex and inter-related ways that anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms are being constructed in relation to the question of Palestine/Israel. Of particular importance will be ideological and political alliances that have emerged locally, regionally and globally around notions such as the ‘New Antisemitism’, and ‘Islamophobia’ and how these relate to racialised discourses against Jews and Muslims. Register here
- 15 January 2015 – Paris killings: Ratna Lachman from JUST West Yorkshire says « Non, je ne suis pas Charlie » The decision of the Charlie Hebdo team to print three million copies of its satirical magazine, with the depiction of the Prophet on its front cover – albeit declaring mercy and forgiveness – was undoubtedly an act of defiance against the terrorists who murdered twelve of its journalists. But why depict a beneficent Prophet articulating a message of forgiveness – Je Suis Pardonné – a portrayal that could equally be interpreted as an indictment of journalistic hubris as much as a condemnation of those who killed in his name?
- 5 January 2015 – Migrants’ Right Network is looking for the Voices of the Open Generation Open Generation, a MRN project working with young voters, is looking for young creative outspoken individuals to become the Voices of our Generation to speak up ahead of the next National elections in May 2015. The organisation is thus launching a Competition to find the Voices of the Open Generation. If you are an aspiring filmmaker, photographer, or spoken word artist and you are under 25 and live in the UK, they want to hear from you!
- 23 December 2014 – UKREN’s opinion on ENAR’s symposium on equality data collection in Europe On 26 November ENAR held a symposium to discuss the need for secure and reliable equality data across Europe. The lack of relevant equality data across the EU means that non-discrimination policies and laws are not implemented as efficiently and cost-effectively as they could be if they were better targeted. Here’s the blog Gay Moon, Chair of UKREN, wrote about the Symposium and UK’s situation. Also, find here Measure, Plan, Act: ENAR’s publication on the importance of equality data collection.
- 12 December 2014 – “Our Voices” competition, to speak anti-discrimination out loud Organisation work for the Open Generation 2015 meet up has started! There is an important segment of society that are more open minded, tolerant and liberal about the current debate on immigration. It is important to gather the views of young people and to bring it to the public eye ahead of May 2015. The Migrants’ Rights Network is currently organising an Open Generation Festival to take place on the 10th and 11th April 2015. Are you/do you know young aspiring photographers, filmmakers and/or spoken word artists? They are inviting them to tell them about the society they want to live in.
- 5 December 2014 – Drifting upwards or sliding back? Ethnic differences in England and Wales (UK) Runnymede has published a major report outlining inequalities between ethnic minorities and white British people for every local authority in England and Wales. The research was produced by the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester and shows that differences in living standards for minorities and white British have remained persistent since 2000. Left alone, the problem will not solve itself. Read a shorter briefing here
- 5 December 2014 – Northamptonshire County Council should withdraw the “Race to the top” consultation Both Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council and Wellingborough Black Consortium have written to Northamptonshire County Council about a consultation on raising educational achievement in Northamptonshire which proposes to focus on white children.
- 4 December 2014 – Martin Luther King’s Dream: How Can We End Racism Today? December marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. preaching at St Paul’s on his way to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. To remember his efforts to fight racial discrimination, Runnymede is organising an event on December 4th in London. This event will challenge us to fulfil the dream he put to us of an equal society, one free from discrimination, intolerance, prejudice and extremism.
- 28 November 2014 – Migrants Rights Network: David Cameron’s EU migration speech – what impact on migrants’ rights? (UK) David Cameron’s speech on EU migration was as hotly awaited as any political speech in recent months. The PM rejected the temptation to introduce the more lurid proposals hoped for by some Conservative Euro-sceptic backbenchers, such as emergency brakes on EU migration and caps on numbers. Instead he chose a relatively measured tone which aimed his pitch to the public straight down into the centre-ground, and was at pains to reject an overtly anti-immigration stance.
- 27 November 2014 – Community responses to challenging Islamophobia “In the context of our contemporary reality, I firmly believe that you cannot challenge Islamaphobia unless you challenge state responses to Muslims in the so-called war on terror.” With these words Ratna Lachman, JUST West Yorkshire’s director, opened a speech she delivered at an event organized by the Muslim Engagement and Development Project. In the absence of political will to build an alternative paradigm around the war on terror, Muslims have to look for help in civil society, she concluded.
- 27 November 2014 – Tackling discrimination through sport and media: Runnymede Trust Jim Rose lecture (UK) The annual Jim Rose Lecture is at evening devoted to the work and memory of Jim Rose, co-founder of the Runnymede Trust in 1968. The Runnymede Trust established the Jim Rose Lecture to mark his enduring legacy and to continue the struggle for racial justice. This year’s Jim Rose Lecture is titled ‘Tackling Discrimination: football, media and the pursuit of equality’ and will be delivered by Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke. The event will take place on 27 November at the University of Manchester.
- 20 November 2014 – UKREN: Will the European Parliament take enough measures to combat racism? (UK) With one in ten Members of the European Parliament belonging to parties that promote racist or xenophobic policies, and hate speech becoming part of political discourse, NGOs led by the European Network Against Racism believe it is important that MEPs establish a forum to counter and combat racism. A vote on which Intergroups should be formed by the European Parliament takes place next week. The UK Race and Europe Network on behalf of its 160 member organisations strongly urges MEPs to vote for such an Intergroup. It will enable a cross-Europe solution to growing race hate, from Greece to Ireland and all EU Member States in between.
- 17 October 2014 – JUST West Yorkshire: Is Labour finished in its Northern heartlands and how is migration involved? (UK) “Labour is f…d!” That was the first response I heard from a Labour activist in Yorkshire, as the implications of Labour’s near defeat in Heywood and Middleton, a safe North West constituency sunk in. Suddenly Nigel Farage’s threat that his ‘people’s army’ is set to unleash its ‘revenge’ against a Westminster elite that has abandoned them, does not seem like a vainglorious boast after all. So given Britain’s economic dependence on foreign markets and migrant labour, can Labour turn the toxic UKIP (and Conservative) narrative on immigration and the EU into a positive vision for the North?
- 17 October 2014 – Ratna Lachman on MPs’ failures in the north of UK that opened the door to Ukip (UK) The stirrings of discontent in Yorkshire and much of the North have been festering for some time. As Northerners witnessed the recession and austerity budget sucking the economic life-blood out of their region, the common refrain was “Where are our MPs in our time of need”? Little wonder then that Nigel Farage has been able to exploit the crisis of despair by presenting himself as the folk hero come to rescue the country from the demon immigrants and faceless Brussels bureaucrats. Ukip’s two-dimensional caricature of Britain’s relationship with Europe and the world may resonate with disillusioned voters and sections of the tabloid press but it will only worsen the economic prospects for Yorkshire.
- 6 October 2014 – MRN Migrants Manifesto. First step: end the hostile environment In recent years there has been an unwelcome increase in intrusive checks and Government campaigns designed to tell some migrants that they should ‘Go Home’. In November the Migrants’ Rights Network will be launching a migrant manifesto as part of the upcoming 2015 pre-election campaign, Our Vote 2015. The manifesto pulls together the views from many civil society organisations to call for a fair and equal immigration system, and asks politicians to begin by making changes in six key areas. More news will be released in the coming weeks.
- 3 October 2014 – Blog by UKREN: What’s the role of human rights in the UK? UKREN has published a blog about the Conservative party’s election proposal to weaken human rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
- 12 September 2014 – UKREN blog post: The Road to Terror Leads Home The Vice-Chair of the UK Race & Europe Network (UKREN), Ratna Lachman, has written this blog post on ‘home grown jihadis’. It is easy to respond to the mood of public hysteria for action by introducing bad legislation. The raft of draconian anti-extremism and terrorism legislation under the name of Prevent and CONTEST undermined our collective civil liberties and human rights but singularly failed to plug the supply chain of ‘home grown terrorists’ to the global jihadist cause. So how should European leaders respond to the pull that ISIS exerts over young Muslims across Europe?
- [[12 September 2014 – NICEM launches response to the Executive’s Racial Equality Strategy Whilst the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM) welcome the publication of the Racial Equality Strategy document in the wake of recent high profile racist incidents, they have serious concerns about its ability to deliver racial equality in Northern Ireland.
- 1 August 2014 – UK race equality organisations call on party leaders to raise the tone of public discussion An open letter addressed to the leaders of the three main UK political parties has called on them not to ‘shame’ the public by descending to divisive rhetoric on issues of race and the rights of migrants. The letter has been signed by representatives of 25 leading race equality and migrants’ rights groups, including some ENAR member organisations.
- 1 August 2014 – Two new pieces of research by Runnymede Runnymede published two new pieces of research. The first is a report on caring and earning among Caribbean, Somali and Pakistani low income people. It highlights the challenges of balancing work and care, and the need for employers and service providers to respond better to the needs of Black and minority ethnic people, including by tackling discrimination. A second research briefing examines the labour market outcomes of Black and minority graduates of Russell Group universities.
- 17 June 2014 – Racism in Northern Ireland: up to three race-related incidents reported daily – study by NICEM Up to three race-related incidents are now being reported to the police in Northern Ireland every single day, according to a new study of racism in the region by the Northern Ireland Council For Ethnic Minorities (Nicem) has found. But only 12 out of a reported 14,000 race hate crimes in Northern Ireland over the last five years have resulted in successful prosecutions, according to a report backed by the power-sharing administration in Belfast. The annual Human Rights and Racial Equality Benchmarking Report 2013/2014, released on Tuesday, points out that there were 982 racist incidents in 2013-14 while there were 750 such incidents in 2012-2013.
- 12 June 2014 – UKREN blogpost: What next after the European elections? “Three weeks after the European Parliament elections, much analysis (and some speculation) has been undertaken by the news media, think tanks and political commentators. I went along to one such event organised by the the Policy Network with some influential speakers in Joaquin Almunia (Vice-President of the European Commission), Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Dutch Finance Minister and President of the Eurogroup), Gideon Rachman (FT) and others. Would I gain an insight into whether the shift in voting will have an impact on EU policy, particularly on race equality and immigration?”
- 2 May 2014 – The R Word: exciting anti-racism youth events across England Runnymede Trust has teamed up with the theatre and events company, The Red Room, to invite you to take part in open platforms of debate, performance and activism as part of the End Racism This Generation campaign. Young people will sit alongside experts, artists, journalists, educators, writers and politicians to discuss how we can move from feelings to action and End Racism This Generation. Date and venue: 9 – 29 May, England.
- 25 April 2014 – Romans Revealed: migration and multiculturalism in Britain in Roman Times
The Runnymede Trust and University of Reading present Romans Revealed, an interactive website that tells the stories of four people living in Britain in Roman times. The main aim is making children learn that migration and multiculturalism is not a new thing, but instead people have been travelling to and from Britain for centuries. The website is aimed at children aged 7-11, and there are also teaching resources for key stage 2. By teaching our children to accept diversity and equality from a young age, we can End Racism This Generation.
- 21 March 2014 – MEP Question Time on race equality held by UKREN
UKREN will be holding a MEP Question Time on race equality on 21st March, in London. The four main political parties (Conservative party, Labour party, Liberal Democrats and Green party) will each field a MEP or candidate to answer questions about race equality and immigration.
- January 2014 – New issue of NICEM’s magazine
The Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM) has issued its latest magazine ‘Minority Rights Now’ on ‘How the recession is impacting ethnic minorities’.