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.

By Imran Choudhury, Eastern Eye

JUSTICE minister Damian Green has vowed to fix the criminal justice system after an official government study revealed it was “institutionally racist”.
The damning report found white offenders received more lenient sentences when compared to black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) criminals. Almost 20 per cent of black and Asian defendants were more likely to be sent to jail than those who were white and committed similar offences.

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 Joe Dzenga, co-founder and Treasurer of Teen Flavour.

Joe talked to Voice4change about the work Teen Flavour is doing in Manchester, to get Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Refugees, Asylum Seekers and other disadvantaged groups to engage in society through music, art and other community-related activities.

By Saqib Deshmukh, Development Officer for V4CE

What have the Police and Crime Commissioners done on their watch over the first year in post and what does it mean for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugees (BAMER) communities and the sector, particularly outside London?

By Yasmin Begum, Development Intern for V4CE

In recent weeks the English Defence League's (EDL) Tommy Robinson has announced his departure from the group through the anti-extremist organisation Quilliam. At a press conference in central London with Quilliam, he discussed “the dangers of far right extremism”, the non-productive nature of street demonstrations and the “on-going need to counter Islamist ideology .