We are greatly saddened to hear the news of Nelson Mandela’s passing. Mandela’s impact on the racial equality movement is immeasurable. He changed the landscape of race relations in South Africa and across the world. Runnymede has written two pieces which explore our reaction to the news.
We have launched End Racism This Generation, a public campaign which calls on individuals and organisations to take actions in their own lives, businesses and communities.Are you a socially conscious graphic designer? We're inviting expressions of interest to illustrate three short comic strips telling the story of a case study in tackling racism or racial inequality. More information is available here.
Runnymede has released a new book called 'Nurturing the Nation: The Asian contribution to the NHS since 1948', which looks at the lives and careers of Asian employees at all levels of the NHS.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race and Community will be conducting a new inquiry on Race and Higher Education.
The Inquiry is seeking written submissions. Read more about the inquiry here.
We're now settling into our new office at Unit J209, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG.
We're pleased to report that we're back on line, and expect the phones to be up and running tomorrow. However, if you sent an email to us between the 1st and 7th of November it may not have reached us, so please resend. Thank you!
Things will be back to normal soon - thank you for bearing with us!
Today's blog post was written by Runnymede's deputy director Sarah Isal
Any general election or presidential campaign is interesting for many reasons, not least the fact that this is the time when different parties and candidates lay out their plans, vision and aspirations and put forward their case for being elected. The upcoming French presidential election campaign is particularly important to keep an eye on from the perspective of race equality and immigrants’ rights.
This is partly because ever since 2002, when Jean Marie Le Pen, then leader of the extreme right party Front National made it into the second round of the election at the expense of socialist Lionel Jospin, French politicians, especially on the right, know all too well that they need to capture his electorate to win the election. In order to do so, they have to make sure that certain themes are central to the campaign, namely immigration, law and order and of course more recently Islam and Muslims.
Today's post was written by Runnymede's public affairs intern Farrah Sheikh
Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that Prevent - a scheme introduced by the last government to prevent violent extremism - is to be re-evaluated in the counter terrorism review later on this year.
The Guardian had originally reported that the scheme was to be scrapped altogether. However, May clarified the Home Office’s position on Prevent in a response to a parliamentary question from Alan Johnson MP, saying that she wanted to separate the community cohesion and integration elements of Prevent from the counter-terrorism strands. Stating that it was “right and proper” that the two elements be separated, she told the House that Prevent was being rejected by those it was supposed to help because it currently merged the integration aims of the Department of Communities & Local Government and the Home Office’s counter terrorism measures.
Elsewhere in the House, MP’s called for any change in the Prevent strategy to include all communities. Kris Hopkins and David Davis both said that many Muslims felt that Prevent was targeted specifically at them. They highlighted the importance of moving away from this position and ensuring that all communities were engaged in any new counter terrorism policy.
The podcast of the debate and Q&A on promoting migrant integration created by Open Society Foundations is now available. Click here to listen to it.
On Wednesday 11 December 2013 Members of the House of Lords will discuss further amendments to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.
Read the Stopwatch briefing on the proposed Schedule 7 under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.
The tributes commemorating Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela show the universal agreement that his cause was among the greatest moral achievements of the last century. We must not forget what Mandela fought for, racial justice and human rights. In our new blog, Omar Khan, Runnymede's Head of Policy Research, explores Mandela's approach to racial injustice and how it has affected black people everywhere.