By Lester Holloway, Policy Officer for V4CE

The Immigration Bill, currently making its’ way through Parliament, has profound implications for ‘race’ and community relations beyond Third Sector organisations dealing specifically with asylum and immigration. The likely impact of the Bill would increase discrimination against British citizens from visible minorities too.

By Yasmin Begum, former Development Intern for V4CE

(Pic: V4CE CEO Kunle Olulode, Yasmin Begum and Development Officer Saqib Deshmukh)

In August 2013, I landed an internship at BME third sector infrastructure organisation Voice4Change England. After weeks of searching for jobs both in my hometown in Cardiff and in London, my temporary home where I currently study, I finally got an interview and was successful. 

By Eva Nyandoro, Voice4Change England

Every month we feature one of our members and ask them what their organisation is about and what they’ve been up to. This month we caught up with Allicia Pearce, founder of Feed the People.

Allicia Pearce and her young volunteers have setup a new soup kitchen in a deprived part of Newton, Birmingham. The project feeds growing numbers of people in the community who are experiencing social and economic challenges. Allicia took a break from her schedule to talk to Voice4Change England about the soup kitchen.

By Shantele Janes, Director of Cheshire Halton & Warrington Race and Equality Centre

I’m not an optimist, but even I was hoping that in 2014 we might have some respite from the seemingly unending talk of ‘austerity measures’. No such luck I’m afraid with January heralding Mr Osborne’s news that ‘the job is not even half done’. More cuts he says are needed and the majority of these will come from yet another slice off of the welfare budget; as if it hasn’t been decimated already...This month we have also had the lawyers strike in protest of the slashes in legal aid budgets and Michael Mansfield QC, one of our most well respected human rights lawyers speaking out about the closure of his chambers as a direct result of the cuts to legal aid.

By Saqib Deshmkh, Development Officer for V4CE

On the 5th October 1985 Cynthia Jarrett died during a police search of her home in Tottenham. A week earlier Cherry Groce had been shot dead by the police in Brixton so the situation on the ground in our communities was tense. I was a young eighteen year old young writer and had just left school and remember this time distinctly and the impact of the subsequent deaths in custody that followed in African, African Caribbean and Asian communities  (link). The shooting of Colin Roach in 1983 in Stoke Newington and the subsequent deaths of Muhammad Parkit, Tunay Hasan and Clinton McCurbin in 1987 led me to write my first full length play on deaths in custody ‘Black & Blue’ in that year.