The Jack Leslie Campaign

Jun 12, 2020 / 0

Written By Rakesh Prashara Raheem Sterling, Trent Alexander Arnold and Marcus Rashford are some of the finest English footballers in today’s game. There would be a public outcry if they were not picked to play for a forthcoming England game. London born Jack Leslie played for Plymouth Argyle between 1921 and 1935, scoring 133 goals in 384 league appearances playing in the Inside Left position, which in today’s game would be an Attacking Midfielder.  Just as a comparison Steven Gerrard scored 120 goals in 504 appearances from playing in a similar position in his Liverpool career that spanned 17 years. In 1925 Jack Leslie thought his dream, playing for his country had come true when he was told by his manager Bob Jack that he had been picked for the […]

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Black Lives Matter

Jun 1, 2020 / 0

Written By Jarelle Andre Francis Picture Credit: https://blacklivesmatter.com After writing a Facebook status about some of my thoughts regarding the killing of George Floyd, I was asked to publish them on the Greens of Colour website. Since writing this status I have had time to reflect about what more needs to be done in the short term, specifically in Britain. These ideas are set out in an addendum. I hesitated to write about George Floyd, because in reality it’s unlikely the people who most need to understand this message will take it in. That police officer isn’t just one bad cop. It’s the mandate given to him by systemic racism and oppression built over centuries. An abuse of entitlement which seldom ends in repercussions. Only because this was filmed, and […]

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Coronavirus has shown us just how unequal we are, so what’s next?

May 10, 2020 / 0

Written By Samir Jeraj In the week following lockdown I wrote a briefing in my day job highlighting the specific risks facing people of colour in the UK from COVID19. I have written dozens of these over the years on different topics, drawing together specific evidence about an issue like mental health, access to GP or benefit reforms and putting it into the context of the UK’s wider racial inequalities. Listing all these inequalities: the poorer housing, higher rates of poverty, poorer experiences of work even in high paid or status jobs, and poorer health underlines to me each time how the UK’s institutions have failed black and minority ethnic communities. Yes, there has been change, and some progress for a few – racism is not like it was in […]

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Asian and Pacific Islanders’ Heritage Month

May 10, 2020 / 0

Written By Lilly Hayward May is the Asian and Pacific Islanders’ Heritage Month.  Whilst this is an official month of observation in the USA, it is not recognised here in the UK.  However, we the Greens Of Colour would like to acknowledge this month.  We would like to encourage you to take time to learn more about these various cultures, their contributions to the UK, the issues they face today, and most importantly, how we can support them. With restaurants closed, museums shuts, and social-distancing in order, how is best to make the most of this month? Here are some ideas: Get a takeaway from a local Asian restaurant (I am sadly yet to find Pacific Islander restaurants on Just Eat near me). East Asian restaurants in particular have been […]

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Africans & Black Americans face Xenophobia in China

May 7, 2020 / 0

Written By Obianuju Eneh Xenophobia is the dislike or prejudice against people from other countries. Not to be confused with racism which is prejudice based on the colour of your skin. In recent times it is a word that has been commonly attached to South Africans when in actual fact it happens all over the world. There is nothing new about xenophobia, it happens every day and ranges from micro-aggressions to outright violence. In some cases; certain nationalities are victim to xenophobia following social dissatisfaction, economic turmoil or a high influx of a certain nationality migrating to a country. The current global health crisis has changed everything we know about our world but not what we know about human nature. Naturally, someone has to be blamed for this outbreak and […]

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Support for the Self Employed Freelancers: gaps, cracks and the creative sector

Apr 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Support for the Self Employed Freelancers: gaps, cracks and the creative sector

Written by, Councillor for Cotham, Bristol, Cleo Lake Do I have a bias in drafting this article given that I am a. an artist, b. self-employed, c. from Bristol?  Answer: Probably yes! Like many cities, Bristol prides itself upon a reputation connected to arts, culture and a creative scene that contributes massively towards the city identity, well-being and the economy.  The creative sector encompasses music, dance, theatre, photography, visual art, film and much more. But with gigs, festivals, events and workshops shelved and only a fraction of activity moving to online delivery, how are the people that hold this scene together fairing and what support is available? Whilst the focus of this article is on the creative sector,  it is also relevant for huge sections of our communities who often […]

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Windrush: Lessons for Greens of Colour

Apr 8, 2020 / 0

Written by, Rosemary Palmer The Windrush, Lessons learned report, published on 19 March 2020, calls for clarification and reduction of complexity of all immigration procedures. The report consistently stresses the need for accountability throughout all levels of responsibility whether exercised by employed , elected or selected personnel. To ensure that affected members of the community are protected according to their rights in the codes and declarations adopted by the UK, statistical and individual records must be archived, up-dated and available to all participants, the report acknowledges. The skills and sensitivities required to achieve fairness and equality can only be ensured by ongoing training in line with mission statements and timely evaluations of Home Office and Border Force procedures. The report supports the development of posts and tribunes to arbitrate the […]

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