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A Call for Unity

People protesting Islamophobia

For some years it has suited the Government and the media to drive a wedge between, on the one hand the longer settled Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities - who settled here in the first of the post-War migrations (many from the “Windrush Generation” - largely from the “New Commonwealth” and their offspring), and on the other hand the more recent  migrant arrivals including refugees, asylum seekers and EU migrants often from countries that had no history of British colonial subjection.

Rights not Red Tape

Stephen Lawrence

Lee Jasper recently declared that: “The monitoring [data collection and analysis] that started rigorously following the death of Stephen Lawrence is being abandoned. Doreen Lawrence has complained about it. Other black activists have complained about it. But the Government calls it ‘red tape’, which shows their lack of interest in promoting equality”.   We are he says “now in a position where we can’t even assess the extent of racism.”

Race to the Bottom – Political parties, race and immigration

Migrant's rights network logo

Sadly all three major parties are running scared of UKIP after the recent Eastleigh by-election.  The level of discussion about race and migration is becoming more shrill and harsh by the day – and we are still two years away from a general election. The Tories and the Coalition Government are determined to get net migration down to under 100,000 even if  Britain’s business,  financial, universities and other parts of the economy suffer irrevocable damage in the process.

Hello from Andy Gregg

Andy Gregg

I am hugely pleased and proud to take up my post as Chief Executive at ROTA. I follow in the footsteps of two very influential and inspiring black women: Dinah Cox and Elizabeth Henry,  who not only put Race on the Agenda but also put ROTA on the map. As a small strategic and policy organisation we focus on challenging race equality in London and beyond. Our work has national implications and is led and directed by our membership of organisations and individuals concerned about issues of race and their impact on policy, legislation, service delivery and inclusion.

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