Thank you Nottingham!19 February 2014
Last month, the End Racism This Generation team checked in at Five Leaves Bookshop, an independent and community-focused shop in central Nottingham, to talk about what we need to do to improve racial equality specifically in Nottingham.
We were pleased to meet and makes links with a variety of members of the community, from local councillors, to academics, to local health representatives, to community group leaders . We enjoyed hearing your ideas, talking about racism in the UK and receiving your pledges, all of which have been uploaded to the map on our home page.
Natasha Beecher, chair of Nottinghamshire Pride, pledged to encourage Black and Minority Ethnic LGBTQI visibility by bringing a more racially diverse range of acts and speakers to their events in a hope to better represent and attract members of the BME community.
Nick Glynn, of Leicestershire Police, pledged to continue campaigning for and promoting improvements to the police use of Stop and Search. He also aims to identify and challenge racial profiling in policing and develop the network of Black staff support groups within police forces in his region.
We are hoping to be able to come back to Nottingham in a few months and in the meantime we still want to have a focus on Nottingham in our upcoming campaign activities.
We already have a Small Business Start-Up Surgery with Natwest lined up, aimed particularly at minority ethnic audiences. Natwest will be offering advice to those thinking about or starting out in the world of business.
The details of this event are:
WHEN: 27 February at 16.30pm
WHERE: Indian Community Centre, 99 Hucknall Road, Carrington, Nottingham, NG5 1QZ
CONTACT: Luke Sellors (07788347139)
We’re also planning on:
- engaging local politicians and community figures and asking for submissions on race issues in Nottingham for our Race Card blog site (www.racecard.org.uk)
- organising some online and media activities to highlight the specific challenges of racism intersecting with homophobia
We will keep you updated on Nottingham’s involvement in the campaign as it progresses.
Thank you for all your pledges and support, we look forward to seeing them put into action!