Category Archives: Black & Ethnic Minorities

Launch of a Walking Map of Deptford’s Slavery Legacy

It was a pleasure to attend join The Museum of Slavery and Freedom (MōAaF) today for the launch of their map of Deptford’s links to Slavery and Freedom along with Cllr Obajimi Adefiranye, Sandra Adefiranye, Cllr Joan Millbank, Cllr Juliet Campbell, Mayoress of Lewisham: Dawn Atkinson, Christina Norman, Natasha Ricketts & many members of the community. The Museum of Slavery

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Battle of Lewisham Public Artwork

We last gathered together in 2017 at the unveiling of the plaque commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham And so much has happened since that time. We have seen an increase in racism and xenophobia in the UK. Reporting of hate crimes has increased. I am proud that I live in the borough of Lewisham where diversity

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The Windrush Generation – Let Down In The Autumn & Winter Of Their Lives

The Windrush Generation as they have come to be known, in their Caribbean islands they were taught British history. They looked up to the Britain who they refered to as the ‘mother country’. The point I make is that they were brought up to ‘Be British’, there were part of the British Empire upon which the sun at that time

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Speak Out Against Racism, Discrimination & Xenophobia

We cannot afford not to speak out. Today, Saturday 9th June 2018, Lewisham Anti-Racist Group in conjunction with Lewisham Islamic Centre held a rally called Lewisham Together: United Against Islamophobia, Racism and Fascism. I was invited to speak at the rally, and agreed to because I believe that we have to stand, united against any form of racism and discrimination,

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From School Cuts To The Housing Crisis: My Journey Into Politics

Last week I met with Kimberly McIntosh, a journalist for gal-dem magazine. We spoke about my journey into politics and my priorities for Lewisham. You can read the full article by Kimberly below: Forty years since the Battle of Lewisham, that saw some 500 National Front (NF) supporters vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters show us what can be achieved when communities band together against racism. The

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The Battle of Lewisham 40 years on: The battle was won but the war goes on

As one of the New Cross Councillors, it was a real honour to speak on behalf of our community at the commemoration of the Battle of Lewisham. Forty years ago today, our community stood together against fascism and racism. The vile National Front were on the rise, and they had planned a march through Lewisham. They picked our community because

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My Lewisham Deptford CLP BAME AGM REPORT 2013/2014

2013 BAME AGM was held on Saturday 2nd November 2013, and I was elected Chair. The areas BAME members wanted to look were: What are the difference functions and Groups within the Constituency. How can we increase voter registration amongst Black, Asian & Minority Ethnics (BAME)? How can we encourage voting? What do we tell are Friends & Families about

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