Past events

ROTA's 20th Anniversary Event

Year 2017 was ROTA’s 20th anniversary year and to celebrate we held a special Anniversary event at the House of Lords on 30th November 2017.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) is a social policy think tank set up in 1997, devoted to issues that affect Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in London.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) was originally established in 1984 as Greater London Action for Racial Equality (GLARE) as a membership organisation. Our functions were to provide infrastructure support to London’s Race Equality Councils (RECs) and work closely with the Commission for...Read more

BAME employment in the West Midlands

On 21 st April 2017 ROTA was back in Birmingham for a seminar on BAME employment in the West Midlands. With Black people three times more likely to be unemployed in Birmingham than White British people, the seminar focused on the barriers and solutions to unequal employment outcomes. Co-hosted with local equality think tank BRAP , the audience put the panelists through their paces.

Guest speakers :

Professor Monder Ram OBE, Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship, University of...Read more

Employment Rights Post Brexit

On 28th March 2017 ROTA held its second seminar on employment rights. This was particularly poignant as Article 50 to exit the EU was triggered the next day. This government has done little, if anything at all to instil confidence that it will protect the rights of workers i.e. labour as opposed to protecting the interests of employers, in particular the rights of BAMER and migrant workers who are often the most vulnerable. In this context the seminar focused on raising awareness amongst voluntary and community sector organisations working with BAMER and migrant communities about existing...Read more

Jeremy Corbyn MP on Labour’s vision for Race Equality

Jeremy Corbyn

Watch Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn deliver his race equality and multiculturalism speech. He was speaking on 18th March 2017 in Birmingham Council House, at an event jointly hosted with the Runnymede Trust.

Read the full speech HERE .

This was the second in a leaders series, following Lib Dem leader Tim Farron. We aim to provide a platform for other party leaders to talk about their vision for race equality in due course.Read more

Tackling exploitation in the workplace

On 15th November 2016 ROTA held the first of its series of workshops on the role of exploitation and discrimination within the workplace.

The event was attended by 22 participants with presentations from Rosa Crawford of the TUC and Michael Reed of Free Representation Unit.

Guest Speakers included:

Michael Reed – Principal Legal Officer, Employment (The Free Representation Unit) Rosa Crawford – Policy Officer (Trades Union Congress)

Speaker presentations available here: ...Read more

Seminar series: Shaping the future: Race and racism in 21st century Britain

Shaping the future event
February - March 2012

In partnership with Tower Hamlets CVS, the Osmani Trust, Hackney CVS, the Selby Centre and Islington BAME CVS, this seminar series has now been successfully delivered.

Through the series, over 200 representatives from the voluntary, community, statutory and private sectors considered the broad questions: “Is there an elephant in the room? If we live in a post-racial society, why do certain ethnic groups continue to experience disadvantage? This seminar series was launched in November 2011 at the House of Lords to coincide with the retrial into the murder of...Read more

Exploring the fault line - issues at the intersection of criminal justice and mental health

ROTA meeting
July 2011

Over 80 delegates from across the mental health sector and criminal justice system descended on Coin Street Community Centre on 21 July to contribute to a discussion on Exploring the fault line - issues at the intersection of criminal justice and mental health.

The event, joint-hosted by ROTA and Action for Advocacy, brought together experts, including policymakers, practitioners, academics, BAME voluntary sector representatives and professionals, to share thoughtful ideas on key concerns, gaps in service delivery and potential areas of opportunity.

Speakers Simon...Read more

Launch of the Transformative Justice Project

TJP event
March 2009

On March 11th 2009, ROTA launched its Transformative Justice Project with an evening reception at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

The event had a focus on the 10 year anniversary of the Macpherson Inquiry, with high profile speakers sharing their positions on areas ranging from the value of restorative justice, hate crime in schools to the changing face of institutionalised racism. This will go on to inform the work of ROTA's 4 year Transformative Justice Project

Click HERE to listen to speeches from the event.Read more

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