By Ngoma Bishop, Voluntary Chief Officer the Black & Ethnic Minority Arts Network (BEMA)

In light of the impending General Elections in 2015 we see how extremely important our political vote will be to ensure the continuation and stability of our work. The Black and Ethnic Minority Arts Network (BEMA), also known as ‘the arts in harmony network’ is an informal alliance of individual artists, arts organisations, promoters, producers and others with an interest in improving availability of quality art to the public and of developing cultural activity as a means of promoting tolerance, equality and education. 

By Alexandra MaCrae, Equalities Officer for Black Southwest Network (BSWN)

On 5th September 2013 addressing a meeting of leading Councillors and senior Council Officials from England and Wales at the QE2 Centre in Parliament Square, London Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government paid tribute to the work done by local authorities in keeping our streets safe from crime. He began his speech, which he entitled ‘ United in Britishness’, saying: 

By Anna Pietrowski of Gingerbread - single parents, equal families

Gingerbread is the national charity for single parents families. We provide expert advice, practical support and campaign for single parents. We also work with practitioners supporting single parents.
Single parents often face difficult situations that require the organisations working with them to relay complex advice and information. For single parents who are non-English speakers or who have English as a second language, getting the right support during key periods – such as looking for work or sorting out housing – can be even more important. 

By Yasmin Begum, Project Development Intern of Voice4Change England (V4CE)

A refreshing and alternative view of the riots told through the debut film of Fahim Alam, an Oxford Law graduate who was arrested during the 2011 riots. With interviews from academics to young people, it provides an eye opening portrayal of not only the riots, but of race, class and British society.

By Yasmin Begum, Project Development Intern of Voice4Change England (V4CE)

Yesterday the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London (RAMFEL) and Migrant Rights Network joined forces to run a workshop in New Cross around the ‘Go Home’ van campaign and wider immigration-related issues. In addition, the Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) delivered a workshop on the legality of spot-checks, which has now become more highly profiled in light of the ‘Go Home’ van.