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What can local voluntary and community sector organisations do to encourage the Living Wage?

By Daniel Silver, co-director of the Social Action & Research Foundation

The Living Wage is fast becoming a key campaign of our age. And no wonder. The injustice of low-pay is increasing throughout the UK. As Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s research on minimum income standards has shown, the past five years have seen an unprecedented erosion of living standards in the UK. Median household incomes reached a peak in 2009, with earnings continuing to fall relative to prices at least until late 2013.

What did Stuart Hall mean to me?

By Nusrat Faizullah, Educationalist

Stuart Hall is a figure that I have only come to know well recently but in that short time he has influenced me deeply. There are points in life where you stop and reflect on where you have come from in relation to where you are going. These points of reflection often take place at junctions where you examine who you are amidst the changes and necessary evolution that takes place in life. Stuart Hall who sadly died yesterday, helped me to understand these feelings but most importantly taught me to be comfortable with them and the ambiguous nature of identity in these modern times.

Why the Immigration Bill is Flawed

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.

My time as a Voice4Change England intern

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. 

Membership Spotlight: Feed the People

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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.

Weathering the Storm

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.
 

Too many deaths, too many lies...Is the judicial system really fair?

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.
 

Where's the justice?

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.
 

Membership Spotlight: Teen Flavour

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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.
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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.

Police and Crime Commissioners: V4CE Review

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?

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