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!
During the past week, the Conservative MP for Southend West David Amess has received answers from the government to questions on anti-Semitism and higher education and on the government’s plans to reduce anti-Semitism overseas.
Arguing that “there is no place for racism of any form, including anti-Semitism, in higher education”, the skills secretary David Willetts MP stated in response that universities have “primary responsibility” for ensuring students are not subject to abusive behaviour on campus, adding that the government would expect them to vigorously tackle these issues.
He added that the previous government provided updated guidance to higher education institutions on “Promoting Good Campus Relations, Fostering Shared Values and Preventing Violent Extremism in Universities and Higher Education Colleges”, available here. He also stated that a meeting between the Jewish community and high education stakeholders is in the process of being arranged.
In response to David Amess’s question on international anti-Semitism, foreign office minister Jeremy Browne said that combating all forms of racism remains an “important part of the government’s human rights agenda”. He added that the government supports the All Party Parliamentary Group on anti-Semitism in its work tackling the issue across Europe.
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.